Mark Story

High School Sports

The Sweetest Century: The team that saved Kentucky’s Sweet Sixteen

There likely would not have been a 100th Sweet Sixteen coming this March had Edmonson County not won the 59th state tournament in 1976. At a time when big-city dominance of the boys’ Sweet Sixteen had become oppressive, Coach Bo Davenport’s 1976 Edmonson County Wildcats shocked the commonwealth and showed small schools from rural Kentucky could still win the basketball state championship.

High School Sports

Some other Lexington high schools could use nickname changes, too

The imbroglio over the choice of “Stallions” as the nickname for Lexington’s new Frederick Douglass High School led to a quick reversal by the Fayette County Public Schools. In most cases in Kentucky — including other Lexington schools — the major problem with high school team nicknames is not offensiveness. It’s a lack of imagination and mind-numbing conformity.

UK Football

The tree planted at Commonwealth Stadium to help a grieving family heal

After his son, Steven Dearborn, an enthusiastic Kentucky football tailgater, died at age 40 last spring from head injuries suffered in a fall in his home, Gary Dearborn contacted UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart to see if a tree honoring Steven could be planted near where he had tailgated in Commonwealth Stadium’s Orange Lot. Days later, a UK official contacted Gary Dearborn to say yes.

UK Football

2016 was state of Kentucky’s finest major-college football year ever

When Louisville’s Lamar Jackson was announced as the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Saturday, it put the capper on a historic season of major-college football in Kentucky. This year also produced a second straight Conference USA championship for Western Kentucky and, arguably, the most compelling Kentucky Wildcats-Louisville Cardinals rivalry game in modern history.

Videos

Joel Justus: We haven't seen best of Bam Adebayo

Kentucky assistant basketball coach Joel Justus says Bam Adebayo will continue to improve even after he leaves UK.
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Joel Justus: We haven't seen best of Bam Adebayo 0:50

Joel Justus: We haven't seen best of Bam Adebayo

Isaiah Briscoe agrees he is heart and soul of team 1:56

Isaiah Briscoe agrees he is heart and soul of team

Malik Monk says he wins best dunk contest 1:30

Malik Monk says he wins best dunk contest

Cann says Cats gained confidence in practice, showed it on court 1:51

Cann says Cats gained confidence in practice, showed it on court