River Rat

  • RIVER RAT: Roundball time has arrived

    High school basketball season has arrived in Kentucky, with the regular season beginning Monday in the Bluegrass State.

  • RIVER RAT: MNF Diary

    Fantasy football makes the NFL quite maddening at times.

    I’ve been hit-or-miss on watching Monday Night Football this year, but with the Steelers playing with a chance to take over first in the division, I was all-in. Even wore the white 43 Troy Polamalu jersey, which hasn’t been especially lucky this season. However, I hoped the defense would be able to come up with a big effort in honor of their injured leader and overcome whatever bad luck stain might have been spilled upon the jersey, or just my general jinx powers.

  • RIVER RAT: Rose’s wait as interminable as his will

    This weekend, the National Baseball Hall of Fame inducted its latest class.

    It’s a strong group of six highlighted by three of the guys — hurlers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and manager Bobby Cox — instrumental in the Atlanta Braves’ wildly successful run in the 1990s.

    But this column is not about them, or slugger Frank Thomas, or managers Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa. It is instead about who is not going to be inducted, not this year or any time soon.

  • RIVE RAT: I’m a little late to the Twitter party

    I started up a combined Twitter account for PLG-TV 13 and Kentucky Standard Sports a week ago, and apparently it was just in time, as the buildup to The LeBron James Decision Pt. 2 was absolutely, positively hysterical.

    I had sort of an idea of what I was missing, but not totally. And friends telling me “You HAVE to get on Twitter” was usually just enough of a reason not to, for me, as I’m just not one of those guys who is swayed by the “everybody is doing it — you should too” line of thinking.

  • RIVER RAT: Waving the flag

    I’ve had a bit of patriotism on my mind lately, and it’s not because July 4 is on the immediate horizon.

    I’ll be honest — it has more to do with my casual following of the USMNT’s fare in the current installment of the World Cup.

  • RIVER RAT: Timed impeccably, Brown goes out on top

    When I first arrived in Bardstown some seven years ago, my advance research told me Bethlehem wasn’t much more than a soccer school.

    Now, it’s become so much more, and it can’t really be a coincidence, can it?

    “He’s done for Bethlehem what Tom Jurich did for U of L,” said Tom Hamilton, the Bethlehem principal, of outgoing athletics director Tom Brown.

  • RIVER RAT: Select Preps is this week

    Last year around this time, we were making our preparations for the first Select Preps awards show, honoring the top student-athletes in each of the 25 varsity sports played at our local high schools, as well as the coach of the year.


    It’s a pretty big number to wrap my mind around, considering it was only a handful of that when I started as a high school sports reporter some 11 years ago, switching from news.

  • RIVER RAT: Bardstown basketball made the leap

    When you go to the Sweet 16 like I do every year to photograph the event, you end up with a lot of down time in between games and quarters.

    Most of that time, for me anyway, is filled up by visiting with old friends from my travels across the commonwealth, as well as chatting with whomever might be nearby in the press room and on press row, and while strolling through the stands and concourses and lobbies and streets around downtown Lexington, soaking up the environment.

  • WHITAKER BANK/KHSAA BOYS' SWEET 16: Can Bardstown break through?

    In seven previous trips to the Sweet 16, Bardstown has never made it past the first round.

    Could this be the year the Tigers break that drought? The magic 8-ball doesn’t necessarily say yes, but the signs do point to that possibility.

    Their first-round opponent Thursday at 6:30 p.m. is Pleasure Ridge Park, a veteran of 14 appearances including last year, when they fell 65-60 in the first round to Covington Holmes.

  • PEOPLE and PLACES: District snapshot

    The postseason is special, and as a result the performances that occur during the postseason are just a little bit bigger, a little more weighty. There’s just so much more on the line, especially when you’re facing down a win-or-go-home scenario.

    We’ve seen plenty of big outings during this 19th District tournament (Saturday’s boys’ championship between Bardstown and Thomas Nelson was too late for this edition), and here are a few of the biggest highlights of the week: