High School Basketball

Sweet 16: Reunion of Redhounds in Rupp

Corbin's Redhounds played in the Sweet Sixteen Wednesday night, making memories for themselves, their families and their fans.

Memories that can last decades, just as they have for the Corbin team that played in the state tournament 60 years ago.

Those Redhounds finished third in the Sweet Sixteen played in the Louisville Armory. They beat Central City in the consolation game on a fling-and-a-prayer by none other than Roy Kidd.

"We were losing by one, and I wasn't even to mid-court when I took it, and that sucker hit the backboard, went straight in, and we won," said Kidd, who was in Rupp Arena on Wednesday.

That 1950 Corbin team was full of players who went on to excel at the next level and beyond.

They included Kidd, a football coaching legend at Eastern Kentucky University; Frank Selvy, a basketball superstar at Furman; Bob Barton, who also played at Furman; Jerry Brooks, who earned a football scholarship to EKU; Bob Terrell, who went to Louisville before transferring to Georgetown where he became a sports Hall of Famer; Tommy Adkins, captain of a UK football team under Paul "Bear" Bryant; and Jerry Bird, who played basketball at UK.

Also, C.D. Vermillion and Darrell Storm got hoops scholarships to Erskine University.

"We had some pretty good athletes," Kidd said. "The thing that amazed me was that every one of the basketball players played football, too. Even Frank Selvy, who was just a skinny kid."

Corbin's basketball coach was Harry Taylor, who took the Redhounds to six consecutive state tournaments from 1947-52. Kidd started in three consecutive Sweet Sixteens.

"Most of our dads worked on the railroad, so one year all of us wore bib overalls and red shirts to Louisville," he remembered. "The people in downtown Louisville just stared at us."

EKU hosted a men's basketball game Wednesday night, but Kidd passed that up to watch Corbin play Scott County in Rupp Arena.

He wanted to relive some 60-year-old memories.

Daddy and coach

Warren Central sophomore Drake Riley played only one minute in the Dragons' 55-36 victory over East Carter, and he hit a three-pointer with 40 seconds left.

That might not seem like a big deal, but it was to his dad, Warren Central Coach Tim Riley.

"For my son to hit a three ... I'm just so blessed," the elder Riley said. "To be able to look across the floor and see my mother — she's 77 years old — throw her hands up, it was such a joy.

"I'm glad we won, but sometimes late in the game you get to be a daddy if you're ahead. And I got to be a daddy just a little bit. ... That was special for me seeing him hit that three."

Update on Charlie Ruter

Charlie Ruter, who kept the official scorebook for all but two state tournaments from 1947 through 2004, was released Wednesday after several days in Baptist East Hospital in Louisville.

He was treated for an apparent heart attack.

Ruter, 89, is something of an unofficial state sports historian. He played basketball at Western Kentucky University, under Ed Diddle, and his involvement as a track and field official has taken him across the globe. He officiated at each of the last two Summer Olympic Games hosted by the United States, at Los Angeles in 1984 and Atlanta in 1996.

All in the family

Twenty-four years after coaching East Carter in the Sweet Sixteen, Charlie Baker was back in Rupp Arena on Wednesday as a radio color man describing the Raiders' first state tournament appearance since 1986.

And watching his son Brandon coaching East Carter against Warren Central.

"It's an unbelievable experience," Charlie said. "I'm so proud of Brandon and what he's done there.

"It's a dream come true to see this happen."

Brandon was a sophomore point guard on that '86 East Carter team, but he said "this trip is even more fulfilling. It's a lot more enjoyable seeing these players get a taste of being in Rupp Arena."

East Carter assistant coach Jack Calhoun also played on that '86 team, as did Vic Adams, whose son Caleb is on this year's team.

Stansbury in the house

Mississippi State Coach Rick Stansbury, whose most recent memory of Kentucky wasn't a pleasant one — an overtime loss to the Cats in the Southeastern Conference Tournament finals Sunday in Nashville — was seen scouting at Rupp on Wednesday.

The Battletown, Ky., native was seen chatting with former UK guard and current Agriculture Secretary Richie Farmer during the Newport-Christian County game.