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Who's that guy in the cape? It's super fan Winston Bennett

Former University of Kentucky basketball star WInston Bennett cheered on the McCracken County Mustangs volleyball team during the state tournament last week. Bennett's daughter Jasmine played for the Mustangs and has signed to play collegiately at Louisville. (McCracken County photo)
Former University of Kentucky basketball star WInston Bennett cheered on the McCracken County Mustangs volleyball team during the state tournament last week. Bennett's daughter Jasmine played for the Mustangs and has signed to play collegiately at Louisville. (McCracken County photo)

When McCracken County High School played in the state volleyball tournament last week, its fans were led in cheers by a guy wearing a cape, boxing gloves, sunglasses, a Mustangs' T-shirt and a University of Louisville cap.

He was also wielding a small stick-horse. The guy in the get-up was none other than Winston Bennett, the former UK basketball star.

His daughter Jasmine was a senior star for McCracken County this season.

The 6-foot-2 outside hitter signed with Louisville this week.

Mustangs Coach Tim Whitis said Winston led cheers the last four years.

"He's awesome."

Bennett said his daughter is "long and athletic and loves volleyball. And she's a 4.0 student. She's brought us so much joy."

Bennett finds it difficult sitting still and watching Jasmine compete.

"So I put all my nerves into cheering as hard as I can," he said.

Bennett stepped down as basketball coach at Mid-Continent University in Mayfield last year. He now sells insurance.

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