Today's Sports

  • An All-American's welcome...

    He’d been in the South Oldham High School gymnasium hundreds of times before.

    But standing five feet from the ticket table at the entrance of the gymnasium with other SOHS alums, Eric Quigley seemed unsure.

    The basketball court isn’t Quigley’s comfort zone. But give him a tennis court, including those at SOHS named for him, and watch Quigley play with ease.

  • Still biking strong

    As bicyclists crossed the finish line Saturday during the La Grange Urban Short Track Series, race organizer Jon Kindig motioned with his right hand and called out the number of each racer as they finished.

    “310!” Kindig yelled as Louisville’s Tom Brockman won the toughest category.

    But as runner-up Nick Barbieri of Louisville approached, he kept his head down, as his earphones blasted music from his Ipod.

    “11!” Kindig yelled when Barbieri crossed.

  • The Sports Primer: 12.20

    I got a real treat Thursday as I shadowed South Oldham High School alum Eric Quigley, now a tennis star at the University of Kentucky.

    Quigley returned to his alma mater for the first time in three years to be honored for his collegiate All-American recognitions at UK the past two years. SOHS raised a banner in his honor.

    I'd heard plenty about Quigley since I arrived at The Oldham Era in August. I realized that he meant a great deal to SOHS and the surrounding community, but I wanted to see how people received him.

  • Fields of soccer dreams

    Driving on Ky. 146 in Buckner on weekday afternoons in 1998, Lauri Rush's oldest children, Ashlee, then 12 and Joey, then 11, got excited each time they passed the soccer fields at the South Complex.

    Ashlee and Joey saw fields of other children playing soccer in the Oldham County Youth Soccer Association and the Thoroughbreds Soccer Club.

    "Every time we passed, the kids said, 'Oh, that looks fun!'" Lauri said. "So we just tried it and they loved it. We'd try other sports, but they always stuck with (the Thoroughbreds)."

  • Grand Stamm: Basketball defined...

    I’ve grown up as a big University of Kentucky fan, the same as my father and became a basketball fanatic. I still remember attending my first Wildcats’ game, against Alabama during the 1995-96 season, which later ended with UK winning the national championship.

    My dad and I got tickets from a co-worker of my mom’s a month before the game. Those days couldn’t go by fast enough.

  • Grand Stamm — LIVE! 12.16

    Guys and Gals, welcome to the second of our weekly chats with you, our readers.

    Every Friday (time varies depending on guest availability) I'll be chatting and answering any questions you have about sports in Oldham County or any other sports topic (Don't even get me started on the Bowl Championship Series).

  • Partial to the Puck

    Gathered in a dim blue locker room Monday at Louisville’s Iceland Sports Complex are 13 players dressed and ready to play. But before the teams take the ice, something catches coach Rick Macht’s attention.

    There's some anxiety in the room, as the Oldham County High School ice hockey club team is having its ups and downs this season.

    Suddenly, Macht and the players are all looking at sophomore forward Jack Gifford.

    “What happened to your sock?” Macht asks.

  • The Sports Primer: 12.13

    Last week, I got a first-hand experience in why basketball is big in Oldham County for this week's Grand Stamm column.

    Being from Morehead and having lived in Kentucky my entire life, I already knew this was a basketball state. But each county, town and team have their own, unique stories of what makes basketball so great.

    I went to boys' basketball games at North Oldham and Oldham County High Schools and a girls' basketball game at South Oldham High School.

  • Taking on different wretling...

    He’ll be on a different continent, but Oldham County junior Mikey Caudill won’t have to wrestle any koala bears or kangaroos.

    Caudill will represent Team USA as a 285-pound heavyweight in the Down Under Sports Wrestling Tournament July 2-10 in Surfers Paradise, Australia, after being selected to wrestle this fall.

    Chris Pella, recruiting coordinator for Down Under Sports, describes the event as a goodwill tournament between the U.S., Australia and New Zealand to build up the wrestling programs in the latter two countries.

  • Buck Bragging Rights

    Despite five layers of clothing, four hours in the woods left him cold, tired and hungry. But the thought of killing a big buck and showing it off to his friends kept Wesley Yonts in that tree stand on a Friday morning last month.

    Wesley’s patience paid off 15 minutes later, when he killed a 9-point buck Nov. 18.

    “I was shivering,” Wesley said. “We were about to go back to the truck because it was so cold. I just couldn’t take it. But when you know there’s a deer around, you start to warm up a little bit.”