It's been more than three years since Bowling Green had to take its lumps and move forward.
The Purples (4-1) are in unfamiliar territory after Friday's 21-20 home loss to McCallie School (Tenn.) snapped their 48-game win streak, the second longest in state history.
It was the first varsity loss for every Bowling Green player, but the new challenge becomes shrugging it off as they begin district play this week at Barren County.
"That 48 is past, and we can move toward what is really important, and that's trying to win another state championship," Purples Coach Kevin Wallace told The Daily News of Bowling Green. "I really think if we can stay healthy, we've got a chance to do that."
That health part has been an issue so far. The Purples lost Wallace's son, senior tight end Cameron Wallace, to a season-ending torn ACL two weeks ago against Owensboro.
Starting junior running back Jacob Yates missed that game with an injury but returned against McCallie.
Then Bowling Green learned Thursday night that junior receiver Robbie Lofton is out three weeks with mononucleosis.
"It's been just a lovely week," Kevin Wallace said Friday.
Lofton's injury meant senior Bradley Wierson — typically a slot receiver — played the team's "X" receiver position for the first time. Even with both players out last week, Lofton and Cameron Wallace represent 38 percent of Bowling Green's season catches and receiving yards, and 60 percent of its receiving TDs.
"I'm disappointed that we didn't score more points," Kevin Wallace said of the McCallie loss. "I think we can be better than we were, but I don't think we were that bad on either side of the ball. If we play like that, I think we'll win most games, in terms of our effort and how physical we were."
The Purples drew praise from McCallie Coach Ralph Potter, who said Bowling Green "had a great game plan for us."
Bowling Green gave up two offensive touchdowns and kept McCallie star running back Alex Trotter in check, but hurt itself with a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown in the first half.
McCallie also scored its second TD before halftime on a drive extended by a roughing-the-passer penalty on the Purples.
"Everything that happens is as a team," Bowling Green senior linebacker Joseph McIntyre said. "There's no fingers to point at offense, defense, special teams or anything. We played our guts out. It's just sad that it couldn't turn out in our favor. But we're going to come back next week, get better, learn from it and get ready for district."
League reviewing domestic violence policies
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Monday his league will "take a fresh look" at its domestic violence procedures in the wake of the NFL's rash of incidents.
Silver said during a community service event in Staten Island in New York that the league has been discussing with the NBA Players Association ways to further educate players and provide programs to them and their families.
"We learn from other leagues' experiences," Silver said. "We're studying everything that's been happening in the NFL. We're working with our players' association. We've been talking for several weeks and we're going to take a fresh look at everything we do."
The NBA's collective bargaining agreement calls for a minimum 10-game suspension for a first offense of a player convicted of a violent felony.
"We have in place the appropriate mechanisms for discipline, although we'll take a fresh look at those as well," Silver said. "But most importantly, it's education, and it's not just the players, but it's the players' families. That's what we're learning, too.
"We have to take these programs directly to the players' spouses, directly to their partners so that they're aware of places they can go to express concerns, whether they're anonymous hotlines, team executives, league executives. And we're consulting experts. There's a lot to be learned here. It's a societal problem; it's not one that's unique to sports."
Captain of SMU's only Final Four team dies
Joel Krog, a Kentuckian who was the captain of SMU's only NCAA Final Four team, died at the age of 79. SMU said Monday that Mr. Krog died Saturday in Houston. Details were not released.
Captain of the 1955-56 team, Mr. Krog averaged 12 points and 9.2 rebounds a game as a senior, when the Mustangs were 26-4 and reached the 1956 Final Four. SMU lost to eventual champion San Francisco, 86-68, in a semifinal.
He came to SMU from Ashland Blazer High School in Kentucky. Former SMU Coach Bob Prewitt said Mr. Krog "was a guy everyone loved to have as a teammate."
The Mustangs were 54-24 in Krog's three years on the varsity, including a 28-1 home record in the final three seasons at Perkins Gymnasium before Moody Coliseum opened.
Star pacer Captaintreacherous retired
Two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous was retired. The 4-year-old won 23 of 33 races and $3.14 million in purses. His earnings rank No. 12 among all pacers.
Last season, Captaintreacherous won 13 of 16 races and $2.05 million on his way to his second Pacer of the Year honor. This season, he won two of seven starts and was scratched from the Canadian Pacing Derby in August.
Trainer Tony Alagna said Monday the horse "hasn't been himself" for several weeks and has been fighting a respiratory bug.
The horse will stand as a stallion at Hanover Shoe Farms in Hanover, Pa., in 2015. A retirement ceremony will be held Oct. 2 at The Red Mile in Lexington.
SEC honors Napper for 2nd straight week
Senior libero Jackie Napper was named the Southeastern Conference's defensive player of the week for volleyball for the second consecutive week. Napper, an Assumption graduate, has 10 or more digs in all 12 matches this season. She's averaging a career-high 5.18 digs per set.
■ Collegiate Baseball rated Kentucky's recruiting class No. 14 nationally. Four of their newcomers were selected in the 2014 MLB Draft but elected to play for the Cats instead: junior 6-foot-2 right-hander Dustin Beggs (Roswell, Ga.) was a 17th-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals; freshman 6-foot-5 righty Justin Lewis (Suwannee, Ga.) was picked in the 19th round by the San Diego Padres; freshman 6-foot-4 right-hander Zach Pop (Brampton, Canada) was a 23rd-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays; and freshman 6-foot-2 shortstop Riley Mahan was taken in the 40th round by the San Francisco Giants.
The 14-player recruiting class also includes three players from Kentucky high schools: left-handers Jake Hamilton (Pikeville) and Jared Proctor (Nelson County) and infielder Trey Miller (Lexington Catholic).
The last word
Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, a candidate for this year's Heisman Trophy, said 2013 winner Jameis Winston of Florida State needs to clean up his act. Abdullah and Winston both grew up in the Birmingham, Ala., area and trained together at the same gym. Abdullah said he considers Winston a friend:
"It's kind of hard for me to understand what's going on with him right now, but from a general standpoint it's the maturity level. Think before you act. Understand the bigger picture. Everything that you do, say or how you present yourself can have dire consequences. That's something I feel like he definitely needs to assess more."