Stadium namesake Cliff Hagan, right, was joined by five former coaches and head coach Nick Mingione, as they threw ceremonial first pitches Sunday prior to the final regular-season game ever played at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Once the game started, things did not go as well for the Wildcats, who lost 18-8 to Mississippi State.
Stadium namesake Cliff Hagan, right, was joined by five former coaches and head coach Nick Mingione, as they threw ceremonial first pitches Sunday prior to the final regular-season game ever played at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Once the game started, things did not go as well for the Wildcats, who lost 18-8 to Mississippi State.
Stadium namesake Cliff Hagan, right, was joined by five former coaches and head coach Nick Mingione, as they threw ceremonial first pitches Sunday prior to the final regular-season game ever played at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Once the game started, things did not go as well for the Wildcats, who lost 18-8 to Mississippi State.

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Mark Story

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I am a native Kentuckian, a graduate of North Hardin High School (Radcliff) and the University of Kentucky. I came to the Herald-Leader in the glamorous position of agate clerk on Aug. 27, 1990. Since that time, I’ve worked as small-college beat reporter, sports enterprise/investigative reporter and, since August, 2001, as a full-time sports columnist.