• In the stands

    Fans are an important and prominent part of sports. The cheering fans can motivate a team to keep pushing in a pressure-packed situation in a game.

    Fans get very involved in a game. Sometimes, however, they get a little too involved in the game.

    There was Steve Bartman and Jeffrey Maier. Now we have Troy Caldwell. All three were unknown fans in the stands just enjoying a baseball game when they were thrown into the spotlight amid controversy.

  • UK commit Dontaie Allen proved early that he could be special player

    By Larry Vaught

    The first time Billy Stafford saw Dontaie Allen play middle school basketball he knew he was watching an “athletic and skilled” player.

    Stafford is the Nicholas County middle school boys head basketball coach and assistant high school coach. Allen plays for Pendleton County and will be signing with the University of Kentucky next month after giving his verbal commitment to coach John Calipari in the summer almost immediately after he was offered a scholarship.

  • Disappointing endings

    Endings are always emotional.

    Dr. Seuss once said, “Don’t be sad because it’s over. Be glad because it happened.”

    Still, we can’t help but be sad when something comes to an end. When something ends, we can never get that same thing back ever again. Sometimes, when something ends, we say goodbye to that thing forever.

  • VAUGHTS VIEWS: Alabama commit Tanner Bowles wants to go against the best

    His team may not win a state championship and he may not win Mr. Football, Gatorade Player of the Year or the Hornung Award given to the state’s top player. However, don’t doubt that Glasgow lineman Tanner Bowles is a special player.

    “Tanner has started for four years and his sophomore year he received his first Division I offer,” said Glasgow coach Jeff Garmon.  “A lot of kids could have settled for that and just played it out. Not Tanner.

  • Winding down

    Between six sports to cover, college classes and working at my dad’s appliance store, I’ve been kept very, very occupied. There’s never been a lack of things to do.

    Despite how hectic things can get sometimes, I’ve had quite a fun time covering Marion County sports over the past few months. In that time, I’ve written about so many games. There have been wins, losses and even a few ties. There have been many athletes making stellar plays and thrilling victories.

  • Rough penalties

    Player safety is always a primary concern in sports. No one wants to see a player go down with an injury that could be season-ending, or even worse, career-ending.

    Over the past several seasons, it’s become as even bigger issue as many star players have gone down with injuries and lawsuits have been filed over players’ health post-career. It has forced the league to address player safety and the league attempted to do that by adopting a new “point of emphasis.”

  • Life lessons from sports

    Last week, I wrote about the immense power sports has in uniting people after a tragedy and how it can help people heal as they grieve and mourn.

    This week, I’m going to talk about another power sports has: teaching athletes important, lasting life lessons. Sports has so many positives. There is so much to love about sports. There’s so much good to say about it.

    Last week, I wrote that sports is much more than just merely a sport. Sports are where memories are made, friendships are forged and life lessons are taught.

  • Vaught’s Views: Mark Stoops makes time for special UK fan to spend time with team, coaches 

    By Larry Vaught

    He’s been a successful coach in several sports and a well respected school administrator in Franklin County. Casey Sparrow has also always been a University of Kentucky sports fan and getting to see the UK football team play and practice — along with meeting coach Mark Stoops and assistant John Schlarman — had special significance for the Mercer County man.

    Sparrow has been battling cancer for over four years and recently stopped treatments as he chose quality of life as his first priority now.

  • More than just a sport

    Sports is so much more than X’s and O’s, game strategies, a score or wins and losses. It is so much more than a player’s stats, a player’s performance or a team’s performance. It’s more than four quarters, seven innings or five sets.

    Sports is much more than just merely a sport. Sports are where memories are made, friendships are forged and life lessons are taught.

    Above all, it is the force that can unite us after a tragedy.

  • Wandale Robinson will make college choice in October

    By Larry Vaught

    Just in case Western Hills star Wandale Robinson didn’t know how big a recruiting priority he was for Kentucky, he found out Friday night.

    That’s when Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops came to watch him play and got to see plenty, including a 96-yard punt return for a touchdown in Western Hills’ win over rival Frankfort.