Vaught's Views: NCAA honors Peek

November 15, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

People and things.

* Cassandra Peek.

The former Lincoln County basketball standout, who has played in the last two NCAA Tournaments with Austin Peay, has been named the 2004 winner of the NCAA Sportsmanship Award for the Ohio Valley Conference.

The OVC could nominate only one male and female for this award. The nominees were picked based on their ideals of fairness, civility, honesty, unselfishness, respect and responsibility.

The award is part of the NCAA's push to promote better sportsmanship.

Peek is preparing for her senior season at Austin Peay after averaging 6.7 points, 3.7 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game last year. She also had 40 steals to lead her team. Peek shot 35 percent from 3-point range and 71 percent from the foul line last year when her team won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament for the second straight year.


Obviously, though, Peek has made an even bigger impression with her attitude and character than she has with her play, and winning this award should one day be an even more meaningful memory than playing in the NCAA Tournament.

* Michael Lauer.

After leading Danville's girls to a 16-4-1 record that included regional and sectional championships and a berth in the final eight in the state playoffs, Lauer has been named coach of the year for small schools (under 800 students) by the Kentucky High School Girls Soccer Coaches Association. It's a well-deserved honor.

* Jeremy Curtis.

Jeremy Curtis, a 1996 Boyle County High School graduate, is featured in the newest issue of Stock Car Racing, a monthly magazine devoted to auto racing.

Curtis works with G-Force Racing Gear and the question-and-answer with him in the December issue asks him about a variety of the race apparel products his company provides for race drivers.

My favorite question in the article: Is racing underwear a necessity? Can I wear my lucky T-shirt or necklace underneath my driver's suit?

"I always recommend the Normex long underwear - always the long-sleeved, long-legged type. I wouldn't have it any other way, even with the fire suit. It's just another level of protection," Curtis said in the article. "As far as lucky T-shirts are concerned, I don't have any problem with that. The only concern I have is with an item such as a necklace with which heat conductivity might become a problem."

* Roscoe Denney.

The South Laurel assistant boys basketball coach, who took Danville to the 1990 state tournament when he was head coach of the Admirals, is seeking a grant from "Sports Illustrated for Kids" to enhance reading programs already used in the Laurel school system.

Denney is in his 33rd year of teaching and has taught every grade level. He's also used "Sports Illustrated for Kids" in other school systems to help vocabulary and other literacy skills.

Denney also recently had a group of young, aspiring basketball players at Rupp Arena to show off their dribbling skills during a Kentucky basketball game.

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