Simulated Kiwanis Bowl rosters: It’s a Who’s Who of Tomcat football greats

Let your imagination run wild for a minute and picture some of these matchups in real life. It would be epic. We will have to settle for a simulated battle between these Tomcats who were once-upon-a-time stars for Coles and Putnam Junior Highs. That series lasted from 1952-1978. These players are from 1955 to 1981Continue reading “Simulated Kiwanis Bowl rosters: It’s a Who’s Who of Tomcat football greats”

Coles vs. Putnam in Kiwanis Bowl: Could it happen again?

There hasn’t been a good old-fashioned Kiwanis Bowl since 1978. That was when Coles defeated Putnam 6-0 on a rainy night in Putnam Stadium to conclude a 27-year series that began in 1952. Ashland’s two junior highs would merge into Verity Middle School the following year. Ashland and Russell freshmen teams filled the void andContinue reading “Coles vs. Putnam in Kiwanis Bowl: Could it happen again?”

Joltin’ Joe in Ashland

(This originally published in September 2009) My phone rang the other day and on the other end of the line wasn’t a familiar voice, but it was a familiar name. Jimmy Rose was calling me. I’d heard about him through my many conversations with Jack Fultz over the years. Rose was Fultz’s high school basketballContinue reading “Joltin’ Joe in Ashland”

1970 Tomcats get their wish(bone) in last game of season

ASHLAND, Ky. – Ashland’s 1970 football season became a turning point in coach Herb Conley’s career. The Tomcats finished only 3-7 but it was a 7-3 victory over Ironton at Tanks Stadium in the last game that provided enough to keep Coach Conley around. He introduced the wishbone for the first time in that oneContinue reading “1970 Tomcats get their wish(bone) in last game of season”