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?”

Lots of Irish eyes on 1967 vs. 1980 Holy Family matchup

ASHLAND, Ky. – All week long the talk was of the battle between two of Holy Family’s best basketball teams. Who would prevail between the Irish teams of 1967 and 1980? They both had reputations to uphold and the attention was building before Game Day. Several area schools offered to let the Irish use theirContinue reading “Lots of Irish eyes on 1967 vs. 1980 Holy Family matchup”

40 years ago this summer, Darryl Strawberry made his pro debut in Paintsville, and so did Jody Hamilton

It was 41 years ago this summer that George Steinbrenner put some Yankee pride into eastern Kentucky. The former Yankee owner, who passed away in 2010, made the Paintsville Highlanders the Paintsville Yankees. Paintsville’s pinstripes lived up to what The Boss wanted from his franchise. Paintsville won the Appalachian League championship in 1979, 1980 andContinue reading “40 years ago this summer, Darryl Strawberry made his pro debut in Paintsville, and so did Jody Hamilton”