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Tomcat Shootout ready for quarterfinal round; 60-64 Tomcats draw bye

ASHLAND, Ky. – The inaugural Tomcat Shootout, a simulation tournament of teams comprised of great Ashland Tomcat basketball players going back to the 1950s, is set for the quarterfinal round.

Seven half-decade teams have emerged after winning best-of-3 series against same-decade teams.

A bye for the quarterfinal round to the semifinals was given to the 1960-1964 Tomcats through a blind draw. They will face the winner of 1970-74 and 1990-94.

“I love my 70’s guys but seems about right that the 1960-64 guys got the bye,” said super-fan Bill Bradley. “This is going to be some good basketball. Can’t wait to see how it ends up.”

The other half of the bracket has 1955-59 vs. 2015-20 and 2000-04 vs. 1980-84.

Games will be single elimination in the quarterfinals and semifinals and best-of-3 in the championship round.

The tournament will finish up about the same time “Tomcat Tales” is released. The book features the games from the simulated Sweet Sixteen and individual Tomcat teams going against each other in fantasy matchups.

Only 30 copies will be available in the first run, but more will be available soon after. Books will be $20 ($25 if shipped).

By Mark Maynard

Managing editor of Kentucky Today, the digital newspaper of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, since July 2017. Worked 42 years for The Daily Independent in Ashland, Kentucky, the last 12 as managing editor and editor and the previous 30 before that in the sports department, including 17 years as sports editor. I have been in the business since 1975 with more than 75 writing awards from the Kentucky Press Association. I have also have written eight books, used to run fast but now look more like I have a piano on my back. President of Amy For Africa, a faith-based Christian ministry serving Uganda. I'm a husband to Beth and father to Stephen and Sally, grandfather to Brooks and human to Opie!

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