This will be the third year that Hunter Sallis has started for Millard North (Neb.) High School for coach Tim Cannon and he’s emerged not only as a major recruiting target for Kentucky but as one of the top players in the 2021 recruiting class.

As Chester Thomas left the paddock shortly before Saturday’s 146th running of the Kentucky Derby, his family collectively sang “My Old Kentucky Home” loudly and perhaps a little off-key.

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Just how good was former Kentucky center Bill Spivey, the first 7-footer to play at Kentucky and the national player of the year in 1951 when Kentucky won the national championship (he had 22 points, 19 rebounds in the title game)?

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With the sun shining high above the Madisonville Country Club, the Dawson Springs Panthers went to work in their Pennyrile Area Conference golf match Tuesday afternoon.

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With restrictions and guidelines in place to help ensure the safety of students and athletes, local high schools are preparing in hopes to compete in their respective fall sports.

There’s an old Beatles song “In My Life,” and one of the lyrics in the song is “There are places I’ll remember all my life, though some have changed, some forever, not for better.”

He’s never coached Terrence Clark, but he’s coached against the incoming Kentucky freshman guard often and Our Savior Lutheran (N.Y.) coach Peter Wehye has never failed to be impressed.

For the past few years, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association has acknowledged students who play three or more sports during their school year.

Kentucky lost some big offensive numbers off its 2020 softball team with the graduation of Alex Martens and Bailey Vicky, two of the nation’s best offensive players last season. However, signee Erin Coffel of Indiana will arrive on campus with some big numbers of her own.

During his junior season, Isaiah Jackson played with Spire Academy in Ohio, a team that featured guard LaMelo Ball and Rocket Watts. That left Jackson to fill a role while Ball, who played overseas last year and should be a top five pick in the NBA draft, and Watts, who averaged 9.0 points p…

Mollie Kregor, director of the Mitchell Family Foundation, says it’s impossible for anyone to fully appreciate what Jenna and Matthew Mitchell do to support so many charitable efforts in Lexington and Fayette County.

As we are all feeling the impact of COVID-19 in one way or the other, sometimes it’s good to hear a sports story on perseverance. One of those stories come from former Dawson Springs Panther basketball star Ron Adams.

Editor’s Note: This column was written before the announcement of the cancellation of spring sports and basketball events. Information from other schools in Hopkins County were omitted due to space issues.

While fishing with her dad, Jerry Bruce, and her uncle Kevin Bruce on Friday, Dawson Springs resident Shelby Johnson (left) caught a 4-pound bass in Lake Beshear. Right after her catch, uncle Kevin (pictured) caught a 3-pounder.

When I wrote my last column, I was just finishing up going to the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) basketball tournament and was making preparations to attend my first ever Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) tournament.

Dawson Springs Jr. Pro junior league blue team, coached by Maddie Huddleston and Logan McKnight, is made up of Kara McKnight, Alyssa Allison, Hannah Smith, Braxton Robinson, Sarah Jones, Jackson Young, Levi Purdy and Audrey McCoy.

Carlton McCuiston and James Embry represent Dawson Springs High School Bass Fishing Team with two bass in a tournament March 7 on Lake Beshear.

Dawson Springs Jr. Pro junior league’s red team is coached by Earl “Bug” Day. Team members are Raylen Tate, Kobe Lindsey, Carter Bourland, Matthew Kovach, Leland Sizemore, Mikel Day and Harrison Dalton. See More Jr. Pro on Page A12.

Austin Clark coached the Dawson Springs Jr. Pro junior league orange team. Team members were Jaiden Tuttle, Kadance Fritz, Ronnie Banks, Baylee Swatzell, Ashtyn Swatzell, Caleb Midkiff, Gunner Cullen and Adam Embry.


Kaylee Simpson, a Dawson Springs resident and a freshman at Brescia University, competes Jan. 18 in the Eastern Illinois University John Craft Invitational as part of the Bearcat women’s track and field team, which finished its season on the last weekend in February.

In just their first year as a program, the Midway University men’s indoor track & field team made a splash and turned heads on Feb. 7 in Tiffin, Ohio, at the River States Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Championships at Tiffin University.

The yellow team in the senior division of Dawson Springs Jr. Pro were second place. Pictured are Coach Scott Summers, Kaydon Coats, Brody Hall, Avery Shelton, Jaxen Thomas, Trevor McKnight, Nathan Walls and Tember Oliver.

Josh Chappel’s gray team in the junior division placed second. Team members are Tember Oliver, Cade Barnett, Alieah Cook, Tobiyah McCune, Logan Chappel, Gracie Plunkett and Tripp Larimore.


Junior Pro champions

The Dawson Springs High School softball team will start its season Monday with a home game against Christian Fellowship. Play starts at 5:30 p.m. at Dawson Springs City Park.

Left: Kelbie Massey (right) is able to avoid defenders (from left) Clark Larimore, Audri Scott and Blake Loney on Feb. 22 during Dawson Springs Jr. Pro fundamentals game in Panther Gym. Center: Caleb Midkiff, on the Dawson Springs Jr. Pro junior league’s orange team, catches a rebound during…

Right: The gray team’s Tember Oliver and the light blue’s Jenna Fairchild fight for the ball during the Dawson Springs Jr. Pro junior league championship game in Panther Gym. Center right: Felix McElfresh works on passing during Dawson Springs Jr. Pro fundamentals practice this winter in Pan…