Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Boys' Sweet Sixteen


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66 comments:

  1. I think Owensboro's WVJS 1420 AM is going to have a Red Devils-centric broadcast of today's opening game. The DJ and another guy were on the air a little bit talking about getting revenge for this football game. They referred to Collins as the "Marthas," so maybe they are HP readers.

    Then they played "Hold Me Now" by the Thompson Twins.

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  2. Just in case you grew up around western Kentucky and moved off to places like St. Louis and Washington and Moscow and you were wondering whether the radio stations out here were still playing "Dirty Laundry" by Don Henley, the answer is yes.

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  3. Jason Frakes ‏@kyhighs
    As previously noted, Owensboro in Sweet 16 for record 43rd time. Collins in it for first time.
    10:55 AM - 18 Mar 2015

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  4. confirmed...the Owensboro game is on 1420 locally

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  5. but they appear to be using the KHSAAbroadcast featuring Cameron Mills on color

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  6. I don't know of an Owensboro radio station that has sent local commentators for today's game

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  7. that's a shame it's if I'm rightparticularly given that the Red Devils have been to the sweet 16 more than any other team

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  8. to the Red Devils credit they don't seem to care

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  9. Owensboro leads the Marthas 11-6.

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  10. programming note...today's comments are being brought to you by voice recognition software on my smartphone as I Drive across the Ohio River and Evansville Indiana to meet my mother for lunch!

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  11. given this caveat, i must ask that you not hold Concord elementary school's Mrs. Chandler accountable for the poor punctuation and grammar

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  12. its 15 to 11 in favor of Owensboro after one quarter

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  13. Cameron Mills says Collins is attempting to triple team Owensboro best player a6 foot 9mr. basketball candidate named Holman. "I can't believe that's their strategy. that's going to leave too many guys open."

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  14. 28-18 nearing halftime and lunch time

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  15. breaded steak mashed potatoes gravy...now who won the first game

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  16. okay so now we're on to Hopkinsville vs Taylor County

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  17. Taylor County's 28-year-old coach was on the pregame showlaying down the proper amount of love for Clem Haskins

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  18. I love me some claim the gem so I of course loved that

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    1. "Clem the Gem," I meant. (Voice-recognition software.)

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  19. none the less I'm rooting for hoptown. #secondregionstrong

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  20. now I feel certain the whopand wkuk Toddare dropping the hoptown knowledgeon 1230 this afternoon

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  21. but I'm still working my way through Henderson and will have to get further southon 41 to pick up the local hoptown broadcast

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  22. nearing Richards, I can hear WKU Tods voiceintermittently has some awful Heartsong fades in and out on 1230

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  23. I think he just said that the lead is now 12

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  24. inside the Webster County line WKU Todd comes in loud and scratchy to announce Hopkinsville hits a buzzer threefor a 10. Lead at halftime

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  25. 46-37, Hoptown, with 2:18 to play in the third quarter, but four Tiger starters have three fouls apiece. Taylor County has been whistled for 10 fouls to Hoptown's 17.

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  26. Taylor County surges to within 50-44 as the third quarter draws near its end, and Hoptown's leading scorer and rebounder in this game has now picked up his fourth foul.

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  27. I have a 25-year-old brochure for a driving tour of the Morgan-Moore Trail and Battle of Tebbs Bend at Green River, July 4, 1863:

    On the night of July 2, 1863, Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan crossed the Cumberland River at Burkesville, Kentucky, with 2,500 troops and headed north on his GREAT RAID INTO INDIANA AND OHIO. Exceeding his commander Braxton Bragg's order, Morgan planned to take Louisville, cross the Ohio River, and take the war into Northern territory. Some historians think Morgan's ultimate goal was to link up with Lee's army in Pennsylvania.

    On the night of July 3, 1863, the Confederates camped at Cane Valley between Campbellsville and Columbia. On July 4, Morgan planned to cross the Green River at Tebbs Bend after defeating the Federal garrison of approximately 200 men under Col. Orlando H. Moore. Morgan divided his forces and sent over half of his troops around the position to cut off a Union retreat. ...

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  28. With about six minutes to play and Taylor County within 56-50, Hoptown's coach sends back in his stud scorer/rebounder, and Jaqualis Matlock responds almost immediately with a dunk, a layup and a steal. Now the Tigers' lead is 62-53 with 4:18 to go--but a second Hoptown starter has acquired his fourth foul. That's two starting Tigers with four fouls and the other three with three apiece.

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  29. FIFTH FOUL ON JAQUALIS MATLOCK! 3:38 to go, and Taylor County completes a three-point play. Hoptown 62, Taylor 56 ...

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  30. Media timeout, 2:56 to go ... still 62-56 ...

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  31. Back to the brochure:

    Union defensive line, consisting of an abatis of felled trees, was flanked on both sides by the Green River. Moore chose to defend this narrow neck of land, about 100 yards wide. Confederate Basil Duke described it as "one of the strongest natural positions he had ever seen."

    ... In addition to the abatis of trees constructed by the 25th Michigan, Colonel Moore ordered that a trench over 100 ft. long with earthen breastworks be built. He stationed 50-75 riflemen in it. The position was protected by felled trees, sharpened sticks, wire and fence rails. Moore anticipated that his men would withdraw from this pit in the first stage of the enemy attack.

    At sunrise on July 4, the Union pickets opened fire on approaching Confederate forces. Confederate artillery, located 500 yards south, fired on the rifle pit, wounding two Federal soldiers. ...

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  32. 1:20 to play ... Taylor County briefly got to within four and had the ball, but Hoptown has now scored four straight points and is headed to the free-throw line for one shot ... good! 69-60, Tigers!

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  33. The brochure:

    At 7 a.m., a delegation composed of Col. Robert A. Alston, Lt. Col. Joseph T. Tucker and Major Elliott approached Moore's position under a flag of truce and demanded surrender to avoid useless bloodshed. Moore came forward and replied: "Present my compliments to General Morgan and say, this being the fourth of July, I cannot entertain the proposition to surrender."

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  34. 49 seconds to go ... two more Hoptown free throws ... 71-60 is now the Tiger lead ...

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  35. 3rd and 11th Kentucky Cavalry Regiments of Morgan's Second Brigade under Col. Adam "Stovepipe" Johnson, about 400 dismounted men, charged the strongly defended position. The Union forces abandoned the rifle pit and the Confederates overran it. There they came under fire from the Union forces behind the abatis. The Confederate attackers began to run out of ammunition and suffered heavy casualties, as Johnson had feared. ...

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  36. WKU Todd starting to talk confidently about Hoptown's chances with 45 seconds to play, an 11-point advantage and the ball. He correctly notes that these two are playing for a chance to face the "Owensboro Senior Red Devils" in the second round.

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  37. 25 seconds to go and Hoptown headed back to the line: Tigers 72, Taylor 63.

    Good and good. 74-63.

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  38. Confederate General Basil Duke sent in the 5th Kentucky, commanded by white-bearded Col. D. Howard Smith, to support Johnson. The Confederate forces changed the abatis with hideous Rebel yells. The woods were alive with the sound of battle as the Confederates charged the abatis eight times in 3 1/2 hours. The Northern defenders, whose fire was very efficient, were ordered by Moore to remain silent in order not to reveal their numerical weakness. They could hear the Southern commanders trying to rally their troops. One last time, the Rebels reached the timber, but were unable to hold it in hand-to-hand combat, and retreated.

    Moore, holding I Company of the 25th Michigan in reserved, sounded his bugle and Captain DeBoe led his men forward. This action thoroughly demoralized the Southern forces, who thought the North's reinforcements had arrived.

    A second delegation under flag of truce was sent in to Moore by the Southern forces to request permission to bury their dead. Permission was granted. ...

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  39. Final: Hoptown 76, Taylor County 64.

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    1. Since the playoffs started, Hoptown has eliminated the AP's number-2 team (Henderson County) and the AP's number-4 team (Taylor Co.). Next up, the 8th-ranked Tigers will take on the 7th-ranked Owensboro Red Devils.

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  40. I will be rocking some Potluck Church during the next game of the tournament, Covington Catholic vs. Campbell County, but I hope to tune in to the highly recommended Steve Black Show or widely referenced WEZJ to hear Williamsburg and Doss.

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  41. Here are the teams from the AP's top ten that are still playing:

    1. Lou. Ballard
    3. Knott Co. Cent.
    7. Owensboro
    8. Hopkinsville
    9. Cov. Catholic

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  42. Defending-champ CovCath broke open what was a back-and-forth game in the first half to beat Campbell County, 64-43.

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  43. And now we're finishing up the third quarter of today's last game: Williamsburg 45, Doss 44. The WEZJ play-by-play guy speaks in an breathless staccato that you might imagine of a rural AM-radio preacher.

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  44. 3-pointer gives Doss its first lead of the game, 47-45 ...

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  45. Neither of these teams has a state championship. The burgundy and old-gold Doss Dragons have made five trips to the Sweet Sixteen, the first in 1980 and the most recent in 1987. The orange and white Williamsburg Yellow Jackets have made four appearances, the first in 1940 and the most recent in 1946.

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  46. 3:40 ... Williamsburg makes one of two free throws, and it's 51-48 ... this play-by-play guy must be heard ...

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  47. 1:58, Doss timeout ... still 51-48 ...

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  48. Williamsburg blocks Doss's shot and rebounds, and then Doss blocks--but this times Williamsburg rebounds and calls timeout ... 1:35 to go ... still 51-48 ...

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  49. Turnover ... 3-pointer, Doss! ... 54-48 ... "that was a big bucket right there," says the WEZJ play-by-play dude ...

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  50. One of two free throws for Williamsburg ... 54-49 ... turnover, Doss ... "YESSIRREEBOB!" ...

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  51. Doss foul ... 45 seconds to go ... Williamsburg ... one of two free throws again ... 54-50 ...

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  52. Turnover, Doss ... missed 3, Williamsburg ... 20.2 seconds ...

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  53. That'll do it ... Doss comes from behind in the fourth quarter to beat Williamsburg, 56-50 ... I'm sorry to lose both the Yellow Jackets and the WEZJ radio team ...

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  54. The WEZJ radio team reminds us that "we haven't heard the last from these seniors. They've still got baseball to play." Williamsburg was runnerup to Mayfield in each of the last two KHSAA Class A football championships.

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  55. Programming note: Coverage resumes today at "12 Teams Left."

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