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Kentucky Basketball — Bruins Ruined!

Bruins Ruined!—By John Huang

As a kid growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, the mere mention of UCLA basketball would immediately invoke in my mind a magical sense of awe and wide-eyed wonder. In my own imaginary world, Coach John Wooden would pencil me into his starting lineup alongside Lew Alcindor, Lynn Shackelford, Curtis Rowe, and Henry Bibby. Together, our team would win a slew of consecutive national titles and become the envy of every competing college program in the land.

Outside of my make-believe universe, I knew that Coach Wooden didn’t really need me as his 5’8” power forward. The Wizard of Westwood, with his pyramid of success, would produce a UCLA dynasty and nearly a dozen national championships symbolic of THE gold standard in the world of collegiate hoops. How ironic then, that it would be the mighty Bruins who would defeat my beloved Kentucky Wildcats in the 1975 National Championship—in what would turn out to be Coach Wooden’s last game before retirement.

I discovered that revenge, even forty years later in a regional semifinal, tastes just as sweet. When that clock finally struck zero and the FedExforum scoreboard read Kentucky 86—UCLA 75, I felt that customary concoction of emotion whenever the Cats advance—elation mitigated by relief, excitement comingled with gratitude, celebration stirred in with anticipation.

In this rematch of the titans, De’Aaron Fox took his point guard battle with Lonzo Ball personally, scoring a career-high and freshman NCAA tournament single game record of 39 points. Backcourt mate Malik Monk resurfaced with 21 points, and the rest of the team did just enough to collectively offset another outstanding effort by UCLA forward TJ Leaf. Kentucky accomplished what Coach John Calipari intended, slowing the pace and mucking up the game intermittently to disrupt the high-powered Bruin offense. For much of the evening, the Wildcats made UCLA work on the defensive end of the court and for their efforts, they were rewarded with another Elite Eight appearance on Sunday.

At this point in the tournament, there really is no rest for the weary. Up next is the University of North Carolina, the #1 seeded team in the region. The Tar Heels easily defeated the Butler Bulldogs 92-80 in the other semifinal matchup. Frankly, they looked unbeatable. They’re also a team looking for their own version of revenge after losing to Kentucky earlier this season. I don’t know about you, but I’m not quite ready for the end of this run. I want to keep dancing on Beale Street and savoring the taste of Rendezvous Ribs. Please Memphis, “Don’t Be Cruel” to my Wildcats. Let’s hope the Tar Heels get “All Shook Up” on Sunday, and it’ll be “Heartbreak Hotel” for the boys in powder blue.

This blog posting was originally submitted as a UK Basketball Column for Nolan Group Media publications.

If you enjoy my writing, please continue to visit me at www.huangswhinings.com and follow me on Twitter @KYHuangs.

 

 

 

 

Spring turkey hunting

Spring turkey hunting is slipping into position before daybreak and sitting still as the sun eases over the hills. It is breaking the silence with a call and getting a response that sends a shock of excitement down your spine. It is coaxing a love-struck gobbler closer and keeping your wits as it struts into range. In Kentucky, the 2017 season is right around the corner. Hunters ages 15 and younger are first up. The youth-only season is the weekend of April 1-2. The general statewide season opens April 15 and runs through May 7.


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100 Days in Appalachia

Vanda Rice and Margy Miller of Clay County were featured in the blog ‘100 Days in Appalachia’ and their story ‘100 Days, 100 Voices’. Author Nancy Andrews presents photographs depicting the diversity of voices across Appalachia. These portraits strive to show the varied faces, passions, issues and opinions from around the region.


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Three arrested on drug charges

Three Manchester residents have been arrested after Laurel County Sheriff Deputies found them in a vehicle in possession of suspected crystal meth, two loaded needles, digital scales, marijuana, rolling papers, a .40 caliber handgun and a .38 special handgun. Sam Wooton, age 73, of Wooton Drive Robert Hubbard, age 30, of South Hwy 11 and Robert Wooton, age 49, of Wooton Drive were charged with drug trafficking. Robert Wooton was also charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana.


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Cattlemen’s Association

The next Clay County Cattlemen’s Association Meeting will be on Tuesday evening, April 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the EXCEL Building. John Chism, Director of Marketing for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Travis Gabbard, Marketing Specialist for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, will be with us that evening. John and Travis put together the weekly Kentucky Livestock and Grain Marketing Report. They will give a presentation on how cattle are graded and how prices are determined. I think that this will be a very informative meeting and one that you will enjoy. We hope that you will make every effort to attend this important meeting. As always, give us a call at 606-598-2789 to register so that we will plan enough food. If you wish to invite other cattlemen, feel free to do so. Just make sure that you register them!


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Foot Care for the Diabetic

Foot Care for the Diabetic will be on April 20th at 6:00 pm at the Clay County Extension Office. If you are a diagnosed diabetic, you can purchase one pair of shoes a year and your insurance will pay for them. We will have a representative here on April 20th for you to order your shoes. She will measure and make molds of your feet for a good fit. She will also do a program on how important foot care is for the diabetic. The program is FREE, but you must call 606-598-2789 to register to attend.


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Sauces, Dips & Dressings

Sauces, Dips & Dressings will be on April 19th at 10:00 am at the Clay County Extension Office. Sauces, Dips & Dressings can be to food as accessories are to garments. They add appeal and flavor and can create a completely different taste. They are also, generally less expensive and more flavorful than purchased ones. Call 606-598-2789 to register. FREE & open to the public!


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Hippity, Hoppity, Easter

Hippity, Hoppity, Easter is on its way! Come join us on April 13th from 6-7:30 pm at the EXCEL building beside McDonald’s for Family Fun Night for some Easter fun! We will have crafts, pictures, coloring pages, games, cookies and story time. Join us for a fun evening with your family! FREE & open to the public!


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