One of the treats of my job is reconnecting with the past, whether it’s hearing about or watching a former Kentucky high school star excelling in the college or pro ranks, or succeeding in an endeavor that has nothing to do with athletics. That’s why I’ve decided to start this weekly feature. I’ll pick three years at random and do a little research on what was happening in high school sports for a particular week.
Here’s the first installment, looking back at what went on the first week of November in 1968, ’79 and ’86. Some of the names might ring a bell. Murph Howard, for example, is currently the baseball coach at Pendleton County. Larry Kirksey, a former UK football player and long-time college and NFL assistant, is in his first season as wide receivers coach with the Houston Texans. Steve Parker, who played football at UK and later coached Bryan Station, is now Dr. Steve Parker, an associate professor in the UK College of Education. And Charles Atinay is athletic director at Henry Clay.
Harlan rips Bell County 34-0 as QB Murph Howard throws 3 TD passes, including 2 to Larry Kirksey. Harlan goes undefeated (10-0-1) but doesn’t make the playoffs . . . Paris sophomore QB Steve Parker throws 2 TD passes in a win over Bath County . . . Henry Clay QB Robbie Ross passes for 2 TDs and runs for another in a victory over Harrison County . . .
Montgomery County’s Roger Dale runs for 2 TDs, throws a 2-point conversion pass, recovers 2 fumbles and returns an interception for a TD in a win over Woodford County. The victory puts the Indians in the playoffs for the first time in school history . . . Richmond Madison receiver Eddie Simmons has 3 TD catches, and 280-pound tackle Keith Bosley returns a fumble 56 yards for a score in a rout of Harrodsburg . . . Gordon Lunceford runs for a pair of TDs to lead Franklin County over Bullitt Central for the region title.
Goalkeeper Charles Atinay leads Henry Clay to the state soccer finals for the first time, but the Blue Devils lose in a shootout to Ballard at Lafayette’s Ishmael Stadium. . . Henry Clay’s Wendy Frazier wins the Class 3A state cross country title. Danville eighth-grader Katie Stamps wins the 2A title . . . Tates Creek football coach Roy Walton lights up a victory cigar after his Commodores earn a spot in the football playoffs with a 14-13 overtime win against Bryan Station. Tates Creek’s defense stops Defenders’ star William Dishman at the goal line on fourth down to preserve the victory . . . Paris’ Lanie Fomas runs for 156 yards and 3 TDs in a rout of Madison.