Friday, February 17, 2012

Oh, Kentucky

KHSAA wrestling finals! 

The rare Brohm to have not quarterbacked U of L is the first football coach. 

The bridge is re-opening! (No, not that bridge.) 

This might mean that La Grange will be getting its caboose soon. 


  1. Morganfield's 101.3 FM WMSK says it's the only Kentucky radio station that covers wrestling, and it's in its third year of doing so. Union County already has had two winners this morning, WMSK reports.

  2. North Carolina made such deregulations of their systems while I was living there. Luckily for me I was living in a community which was smart enough to pass their own regulations which forced companies which wanted to enter the market to provide blanket services rather than getting to pick and choose the areas of the city they wanted to target. This is why it is so important to have a smart city manager which is dialed into these types of decisions and how they can affect the local area.

  3. I'm not exactly sure what's going on at the state wrestling tournament. I think we might be amid a lunch break. Anyway, Morganfield's WMSK has been broadcasting its regular big-country fare. My favorite songs among those I've heard so far are Zac Brown Band's "Free" and Darius Rucker's "Don't Think I Don't Think About It."

  4. OK, I don't know how the scoring works, but Union County is obviously off to a fantastic start today. And you can really hear the enthusiasm in the voices of the three-man WMSK broadcast team on the air.

  5. Joe B. Hall recruited heavily in Union County, nabbing Larry Johnson and Dwane Casey of Morganfield and then Fred Cowan of Sturgis. Both Johnson and Cowan were drafted by the NBA (Johnson hung around with the Buffalo Braves for half a season), and both went on to play professionally in Japan. Casey is in his first year as head coach of the Toronto Raptors, and still hasn't updated his bio to show that he is no longer an assistant with the league-champion Dallas Mavericks.

    The coach of the Union County High Braves when Johnson, Casey and then Cowan played there was Ernie Simpson, who went on to land an assistant-coaching spot at the University of Evansville in 1977. He was on a recruiting trip in Kentucky and, consequently, the only member of the '77-78 Purple Aces who was not killed the night of Dec. 13, 1977.

  6. Another Morganfield native is Kassie Wesley DePaiva, who, since 1993, has appeared on One Life To Live as Blair Cramer (she also has sung the theme song). She also has hosted PBS's Knit and Crochet Today and guested on The View.

  7. 1975!

    Per the Jan. 8, 1975, Sturgis News, Union County beat the Pendleton County Wildcats, 84-47, as guard Bunny Lewis poured in 28 points. Dwane Casey finished with five points after Coach Ernie Simpson, also a special-education teacher at the school, benched him in the first quarter for arriving late. The Braves' pregame meal, incidentally, included spaghetti with no meat and pancakes, the newspaper reported.

    At the Morgan Theatre on Court Street in Morganfield: Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn (rated G) and Arnold (PG), starring Stella Stevens and Roddy McDowell.

  8. At the West O'Bannon and S. Townsend corner of a Morganfield cemetery is a doorway, and on it is mounted a plaque reading, "Dedicated to the memory of William Burry, My Chum. Jan. 10, 1851-Dec. 28, 1935. Of Chicago Harvard College Class of 1874 and to our friendship close and unbroken through sixty-nine years. WDH."

  9. One of my fantasy lives is successful re-opener and operator of the Hudson Bowling Center and Service Station (there's a motel there, too) at Sullivan, on U.S. 60.

  10. That 1840 election was something else.

  11. I've been waiting for another 1975 entry to update everyone on the Cats.

    After their 91-90 victory at Vandy, Kentucky went home and blew out Mississippi State, 112-79. Then they went to LSU and had all kinds of trouble with Dale Brown's Tigers, but pulled out a 77-76 victory. Then back to Memorial Coliseum for a 75-61 win over Georgia and a 119-76 victory over Auburn. Check out Kevin Grevey's line from the Auburn game: 15-21 from the field, 7-8 from the line, 37 points and 10 rebounds.

    After the win over Auburn, the Cats moved up to number 4 in the AP poll. They had a record of 17-2 overall and 11-1 in the SEC.

    But then they went to Knoxville, where they had all kinds of trouble with Bernard King (24 points) and Ernie Grunfeld (29 points). The Vols (who had 23 FT's while UK had only 6) jumped out to a 56-44 lead at the half and hung on for a 103-98 victory, as UK suffered its third loss of the year.

    Two nights later, the Cats went home and beat Ole Miss 108-89, so their record is now 18-3 overall and 12-2 in the SEC. The AP dropped them to 7th after the loss to Tennessee.

    It's all exciting, of course, but UK has little chance in the NCAA's. The Wildcats will probably be in the same region as Indiana, and the Hoosiers are undefeated and crushing everyone in their path.