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Quotes of the Year

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By The Staff

“Oh, he’s the best ever, absolutely. He’s a once in a lifetime player. Everything has come together for him since the time his Mom nurtured him at the club when he first showed an interest in the sport down to him starting with the personal trainer and doing everything he could physically to become a better athlete and a better player. Plus, he’s so modest, so humble that you just can’t help but like him as a person. As good as he is in tennis, he is probably a better human being.”

SOHS tennis coach Wood McGraw after Eric Quigley won his fourth straight state title

“It was beyond anything that I had expected. It was a very, very nice night.”

NOHS basketball coach Nancy Martin after being inducted into the state athletic hall of fame

“When it gets dark you will see cars with their lights on or shop lights hooked to generators. I have to give our coaches credit. They are pretty inventive when it comes to finding a place to practice and how to light it.”

  OCYFL president Tim Kollenberg on the growing league’s lack of practice facilities

“Oh my God, that was kind of embarrassing. I just turned around and got back down the court, but it’s so great we did this. We knew we could do it.”

Lady Colonels’ forward Emily Lape on banking in a key three-pointer in OCHS’ upset of SOHS in the district tournament

“When you come to one of our meets and you see a kid start and finish a race you can thank a parent. Without them, they would not be there in the right spot at the right time.”

Oldham Pirhanas swim coach Laura Feese on her program’s great parental support

“The meet I hit 5-4, I was very, very close to getting 5-6. At state when another girl (Nocero) hit 5-4 it made things a lot more competitive and got me going. I knew I could hit it and it was an awesome feeling to do it.”

NOHS junior Erin Overcash after winning her second straight state high jump title

“It’s great winning outstanding swimmer, but the sportsmanship award is the one I am really flattered by. The MVP reflects how I did in the pool, the sportsmanship reflects how I did out of it and that’s just as important.”

SOHS senior Grant Cooksey after winning a pair of regional swimming titles for the second year in a row

“All you can really do is laugh about it right now. I have had so many injuries you just have to laugh at the irony of it. I just can’t seem to catch a break.

Lady Mustangs’ all-region guard Emily Crutcher reflecting on the close of her high school career

“Our expectation is to win championships. If you are not interested in that, then you probably don’t want to be a part of our program.”

Lady Colonels’ coach Larry Just after being hired at OCHS

“When I first put that Kentucky shirt on it was special. I feel like I have endless resources to work with and the history and tradition around here sells itself.”

Former OCHS All-American and La Grange native Kyra Elzy after being hired as an assistant coach at UK

“We’ve never made it to region before so it’s just huge. This is the most seniors we’ve ever had on the team. This game meant more to us than any game this season. It’s a big win.”

NOHS senior Matt Dearmond after the Mustangs beat SOHS to reach the regional baseball tourney for the first time

“Oh yeah, it’s always been a goal of mine since my freshman year. I have always wanted to be the first kid from South Oldham to make the all-star team. It’s pretty surreal, it hasn’t really sunk in.”

Lady Dragons’ guard Lauren Jones after making the Kentucky All-Star team

“Not a bad way to end my birthday. The last few years the Dragon has been after my birthday so I couldn’t eat any cake until after the meet. I figure I am going to go home and have some ice cream with it too.”

SOHS junior Ryan Houchens after winning the 189-pound title at the Dragon Invitational

“That’s not normally a pitch I hit well. Normally I will pop it up, but this time I stayed back and drove it.”

Oldham Aces outfielder Mike Davis after hitting a walkoff double in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Shelby county 9-8 in the regional finals