When faced with adversity two years into his Kentucky women’s basketball head coaching tenure, Matthew Mitchell showed resourcefulness and found success. But after the mass defection of players from Mitchell’s program this school year, the coach finds himself facing an even more daunting challenge.
When Trojan Nation breaks from the dreaded No. 1 post in the first leg of the Triple Crown, he will carry more than the weight of 126 pounds on his shoulders as just the 10th maiden starter in the Kentucky Derby since 1937 and the first since Nationalore in 1998.
No horseman wants to benefit from another’s misfortune. But when unbeaten champion Songbird, the filly regarded as arguably the best 3-year-old of either gender, was declared out of the Kentucky Oaks last month due to a low-grade fever, a door of opportunity previously thought to be all but sealed was suddenly busted open in the sophomore filly division.
Frank Vogel will not return as Indiana Pacers coach next season. Pacers President Larry Bird said Thursday that the team will not renew Vogel’s contract for next season. Bird said he believes it’s time for a new voice to lead the Pacers, keeping with his long-held philosophy on short shelf lives for coaches.
In this week’s high school notebook, Josh Moore catches up with a former Bryan Station girls’ basketball player whose play in the junior-college ranks earned her a spot at the University of Alabama. DeAndre Dishman, a more recent Bryan Station standout who missed much of his senior season with a leg injury, signed with Eastern Kentucky. You can follow Josh for live coverage of high school sporting events @HLpreps.
Transylvania University junior Jordin Fender, a graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, has been honored as one of three Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Year for 2016 by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.