Vaught's Views: Boyle search continues

July 12, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

People and things of a sports-related interest:

* Boyle County basketball.

Just as they did before former coach Andy Moberly resigned, rumors continue to swirl about the Boyle boys basketball coaching position.

Boyle athletics director Jim Spears said there is "absolutely no truth" to a rumor that a new coach will be named today.

"If anybody is offered the job Monday, I would be shocked," said Spears Sunday night.

He said Boyle has had a "representative" number of applicants for the job that came open when Moberly resigned last month. Four candidates have been interviewed and Spears says it has "yet to be determined" whether interviews are over.


One problem is that Boyle has few teaching positions at the high school level. Spears said at this time there is also no plan to hire a coach who would also be an assistant principal.

"We have candidates all over the board as far as their qualifications and strengths," Spears said. "We're just really restricted by the teaching positions, and we are trying to make sure we stay patient as we look for the right teacher and coach."

* Brad Cloud and Davis Teater.

Boyle's Cloud and Danville's Teater recently were honored by the Jerry Claiborne Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.

The chapter has recognized outstanding high school football players in Kentucky since 1995. This year 20 scholar-athletes received awards to help with their college education.

Davis and Teater both were starters on state championship teams last season.

* Eddie Montgomery.

If you have always wanted to meet the country rock singer, who is also a huge Kentucky and area sports fan, then you have your chance Tuesday.

He'll be working at "Just Between Friends," a new trendy women's store on Broadway in Danville that is co-owned by his wife.

The store's grand opening will have live remotes with two radio stations (WBUL-98.1 FM with Deedra Ransdell and The Skunk-107.1 FM with Charlie Perry) that go from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The store has some unique items for Boyle County and Danville fans, which is no surprise considering the way Montgomery constantly touts the football prowess in Title Town.

* Centre College baseball.

Centre athletics director Brian Chafin correctly noted that the Colonels are not the most northern team in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference as stated in this column Friday. Both DePauw and Rose-Hulman are several hours north of Centre.

He also disagreed with the assertion about Centre's baseball facility being at the bottom of the league.

"Over the last few years we have improved our facilities and they certainly are not the worst in the conference," Chafin said. "Our facilities are fine and soon will be even better."

* Greg "Punk" Gorham.

This is a name you may not recognize, but if you watch WLEX-TV (Channel 18) sports you are going to miss him.

He's a sports videographer and left last week for a job in Washington, D.C. He's been a regular on area football sidelines for years and often has put together season highlight tapes for Danville football coach Sam Harp.

He's carried my buddy, Alan Cutler, at the Lexington TV station for years with his coverage. Punk was passionate about sports, but he also had a unique way of catching the best emotion and most dramatic parts of a game.

Punk is one reason Channel 18's sports coverage improved so much, especially when it came to high school sports, and made other Lexington TV stations have to also devote more time to prep events.

It just won't be the same without him, especially when it comes to Boyle County and Danville football.

* Danville girls basketball.

Even though new coach Stephanie Baker won't be able to attend, the first Admiral Girls Basketball Camp is still on for July 19-21.

Head boys coach Craig Pippen and girls assistant Kim Hawkins will run the camp, which costs $45.

"Stephanie won't be in town yet, but we decided to go ahead and do the camp," Pippen said. "Each camper gets a T-shirt, basketball, shooting assessment sheet, 5-on-5 competition, individual instruction and lunch."

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