Vaught's Views: Starns still a good fit for Boyle

October 07, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

People and things.

* Boyle County boys basketball.

The Rebels can start practice under interim coach Ronnie Bottoms next week. However, Boyle officials are not staying idle in their pursuit of a full-time coach for the 2005-2006 season.

Bottoms was named interim coach this year after Andy Moberly resigned during the summer. One candidate for the job then was Mason County assistant coach Mark Starns, who eventually took his name out of the running because there was not a suitable teaching vacancy.

However, Starns, a former head coach at Burgin, was at the Boyle-Pulaski Southwestern football game last week with his wife and obviously still has an interest in coaching at Boyle.


He's recently resigned his coaching position at Mason. After Kelly Wells left Mason to take a college coaching job in Hawaii, Starns thought he might be elevated to head coach at Mason - and so did many others. He had helped Wells guide Mason to a state championship and make the Royals one of the state's top programs in recent years. However, he was mysteriously bypassed and a former Mason player was named head coach.

Now Starns is looking for a spot to coach next year and Boyle could be the perfect fit for both him and the Rebels. He knows the game, he's enthusiastic and he likes this area.

No decision on the 2005-2006 coach is expected any time soon, but it's clear Starns would like the job.

* Mickie DeMoss.

The University of Kentucky women's basketball coach will be the featured speaker at the Mercer County UK Alumni Club fall dinner meeting Oct. 21 at the Anderson Circle Farm Show Barn.

DeMoss will begin her second year at UK this season and has done a masterful recruiting job since leaving Tennessee to try and rebuild the Kentucky program. She's also an entertaining speaker and if you have never heard her talk, this is a great opportunity.

A social is set for 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7. Cost is $12.50 for dues-paying alumni club members and $15 for those who are not club members. However, the dinner is open to the public.

If you would like to attend, send a check made payable to the Mercer County UK Alumni by Oct. 18 to Margaret Meredith, 416 Beaumont Ave., Harrodsburg, 40330.

For additional information about DeMoss' visit, contact Lori Wells at 859-865-2629.

* Baseball camp.

Baseball players in grades eight through 12 can participate in a one-day camp at Cumberland College in Williamsburg Oct. 23.

Cumberland coaches and players will offer instruction on fielding and hitting. A session for pitchers and catches will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and a session for position players will be held from 1-4 p.m.

Camp cost is $50 and includes lunch.

Boyle County's Derek Christerson and Garrard County's Aaron Ellis are senior players on the Cumberland team. Last year they helped the Patriots reach the NAIA playoffs.

For information contact Cumberland coach Brad Shelton at 606-539-4387 or

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