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Old City School Football..... Nick & George Yeast

By ChiefSmoke - If you are around old city school football, you never know who you will run into. One day at Paris, I noticed a car parked near our practice field at Garrard Park. As I walk closer to the car, I realize that Bill Arnsparger has come to watch our practice! Tonight, D Smith(UK) & Tyus Short(Ky State U) announced where they will play college football. They are both part of the Yeast family and one of the highlights for me tonight was visiting with Nick & George Yeast! Nick & George played against my Dad's Mercer teams in the mid 70s. They were very good players at Harrodsburg HS. Nick... Read More →

Why We Do What We Do.... the Timing of Spring Practice

By ChiefSmoke - When the KHSAA allowed football coaches to move their spring practice window to later in the spring, many programs chose to move their practice dates to April or May. That gives them better weather and allows college coaches to visit and watch practice. We have continued to do ours immediately after basketball and here is why: 1- if there are injuries, we have more time to recover before the season begins. By going early, we get the most opportunities for live contact. I think live contact is very beneficial, but it is tough to get live full-speed reps, and take the ball carrier to the... Read More →

Fun is good.... Purpose and Service are Better

By ChiefSmoke - Coaching HS football is FUN! If that were not the case, we wouldn't do it. Friday night victories, being with our players & coaches, enjoying a productive practice are all times we enjoy. But, what about the tough times? How do we navigate those? We have a bunch of tough times when we are coaching football. I would argue that everyday that is not enjoyable is actually an exceptional OPPORTUNITY for living out our purpose and serving others. The toughest thing I have ever witnessed a coach go through was when Robert Allen Yankey drown on a Friday morning after a football game,... Read More →

Sweet 16 to Final 4

By Hellbird - In all my 50+ years, this is the very first time I've been to the sweet 16. I've always heard what a great event and how incredible the atmosphere is and it's a must see for any basketball fan. Well I've never been before mostly because no team I was affiliated with (fan or alumni) has never been so I didn't think I would be that into it if I just went to watch. So this year my Cooper Jaguars shocked everyone outside of Union by knocking off the Perenial favorites in the Giants of Cov Cath to earn their first ever regional title and sweet 16 birth. So this was the year, after only 9... Read More →

Toughness vs. Entitlement

By ChiefSmoke - We finished our first 5 days of spring practice this morning. We are making progress and showing improvement. I would also add that there have been times that we have looked absolutely ugly.... which is to be expected with a young team in its first few spring practices. I think the football parts will work themselves out and we will have an opportunity to have a good team. Two things that make me feel good about our team and reinforce to me that I am coaching great kids: 1- Our practice on Tuesday was for 2 hours and the wind chill was 23 degrees. It was cold and even tough for me.... Read More →

KHSAA Sweet Sixteen Preview - Pikeville

By 15th Region - Pikeville (23-8: 59th District Champion / 15th Region Champion) The Pikeville Panthers advanced to the state tournament for the first time in 18 years as they won the 15th Region this season. With great guard play, grit, and clutch performances by their star Wyatt Battaile, Pikeville blazed through the 15th Region Tournament by knocking off Belfry 72-62 in the quarterfinals, South Floyd 82-75 after trailing by seven in the 4th quarter in the semifinals, and Johnson Central 95-84 after trailing by 18 at the five minute mark of the 2nd quarter in the Championship. The Panthers are... Read More →

Stealing Reps, Utilizing Quality Coaches, 21st century reality

By ChiefSmoke - We had our first day of spring football today and it was a very good start. For the first time, I am not coaching a position. I will continue to call the offense. But, with Trosper, my son, on the way as a QB, I don't need to be his position coach. And, we have a highly qualified, former college QB and former HS head coach on staff in Graham Heasley who is doing a great job with that position. Practice flowed much smoother without me worrying about coaching the QBs. It also freed me up to interact with all positions, coaches, and kids. I really liked that part the best. When I coached the... Read More →

Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys' Sweet 16® Broadcast Info; 98.5 FM to air games locally

By theguru - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2017 The 2017 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16® gets underway Wednesday afternoon at Rupp Arena when Bowling Green squares off against Graves County at 12 p.m. (ET). Fans can follow all the action through live webcasts at or listen to the games online at All 15 games will also be broadcast through the Kentucky Utilities/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16® Radio Network, with the games airing locally in Lexington on iHeart Media’s “The Bull Icons at 98.5 FM”. Live video webcasts of all 15 games will be available at for subscribers to the... Read More →

KHSAA Sweet 16 Special-Martha Lane Collins Titans

By 8th Region Warrior - Name: Martha Lane Collins Mascot: Titans Head Coach: Chris Gaither District: 30th Region: 8th ​State Tournament Appearances: The Titans will be making their second state tournament trip since the opening of the school. Martha Lane Collins High School is a fairly new school coming from the Shelby County split. They last made the tournament in 2015, in which they played the eventual state champion in the first round losing 55-38. Read More →

Spring Football 2017

By ChiefSmoke - We will begin our spring practice on Monday (3/13). We can adjust from day to day, but every practice schedule is completed and reviewed by our staff before we begin. All offensive period & some scout offensive scripts are done ahead of time as well. The planning ahead makes sure that we get everything covered and we don't leave anything out. Our first two days are almost exclusively individual/fundamental work by position and special teams. The 3rd day we will go 11 on 11 scrimmage. Regardless of how many days we go, the first scrimmage is usually rough and ugly. I like to get that done... Read More →

2016/17 KHSAA Sweet 16 State Tournament Preview

By All State Baseball - The 2016/17 season has pretty much came and gone. We are now headed to the 2016/17 KHSAA Sweet 16 State Tournament that will start next Wednesday. Two things are for sure; 1. There will be a new state champion….2. There should be some barn burner games. Who will come out on top? Bracket: Top: 3/15 - 8 PM – Scott County vs. Pulaski County 3/15 - 12 PM – Bowling Green vs. Graves County 3/15 – 6:30 PM - Scott vs. Harlan County 3/15 – 1:30 PM – Pikeville vs. Perry County Central Read More →

KHSAA Sweet 16 Tournament Preview - Elliott County

By All State Baseball - Name: Elliott County Mascot: Lions Head Coach: Greg Adkins District: 62nd Region: 16th ​State Tournament Appearances: The Lions will be making their 6th Sweet 16 tournament appearance. The Lions have made it to the semi-finals once, losing to Covington Holmes 67-57 in the 08/09 season, Covington Holmes would go on and win the Sweet 16 State tournament. The Lions would play Warren Central in the elite 8 in the 06/07 season and Warren Central would come out with the win 92-76. In 07/08 the Lions got bounced in the opening round game by Mason County 66-62, Mason County, of... Read More →

KHSAA Sweet 16 Tournament Preview - Perry County Central

By All State Baseball - Name: Perry CountyCentral Mascot: Commodores Head Coach: ShannonHoskins District: 54th Region: 14th State Tournament Appearances: This will be theCommodores 6th state tournament appearance since 98/99.Perry Central has only made it to the Elite 8 once (2003/04 losing toWarren Central 55-31, who would go on to win the state title thatseason). The other 4 times the Commodores have made it to the Sweet16, they have been bounced in the first round. 98/99 the Commodoresfell to Pleasure Ridge Park 76-59. 99/00 they fell to Iroquois 69-54,04/05 they fell to Elizabethtown 70-60 and... Read More →

KHSAA Sweet 16 Tournament Preview - Hopkinsville

By All State Baseball - Name: Hopkinsville Mascot: Tigers Head Coach: Timothy Haworth District: 8th Region: 2nd State Tournament Appearances: The Hopkinsville Tigers will be making their 6 state tournament appearance since 2000. The Tigers had made it to two semi-final games…2002/3 season when they fell to Chris Lofton’s Mason County Royals 75-63 and 2012/13 when they lost to Madison Central 60-56 who would go on to win the state tournament. The Tigers have made it to two Elite 8 games, losing both, 2013/14 losing to Louisville Trinity 74-56 and 2014/15 losing to Owensboro 71-50. The Tigers... Read More →

10th Region Tournament Recap, Final Rankings and All-Region Players

By mcpapa - The 10th Region tournament, to coin a phrase, came in like a lamb and went out like a lion. The quarters were pedestrian and all chalk, the semis were exciting and the final was one for the ages. Quarterfinals Campbell County 55 Clark County 45. Campbell trailed by 5 at the half, but rallied behind their defense and Garren Bertsch's 14 second-half (19 total) points to get the double-digit win. Cole Hegyi chipped in 15 for the Camels, while Will Philpot led the Cardinals with 20, Jordan Graham had 11 and Ryan Cooper 10. Bracken County 52 Harrison County 40. Harrison County... Read More →