BROWN’S SPORTS NOTES: Area athletes, teams shine

News, notes and a quote or two …

Several area athletes and basketball teams are gaining state recognition. Let’s peruse some of those accolades, shall we?

D.G. Sherill is a prophet or a good lobbyist. During one of our Friday night football pre-game shows, he said he thought Bowling Green Purples’ running back Jamale Carothers would be Mr. Football. Brian Webb and I both agreed the standout Navy football commit should be in the running.

Carothers closed the door on the debate with his performance in the Purples’ 70-22 win over Pulaski County in the Class 5A state title game. He ran 12 times for 128 yards and four touchdowns. Showing his versatility, he added another 111 yards on five pass receptions and another TD. He scored 30 of his team’s 70 points, which alone would have been good enough to win the game. (Of note, the game was tied 22-all at halftime.)

Carothers became Kentucky’s newest Mr. Football on Wednesday. Was Sherill a prophet? You never know how those awards will tabulate, but it was easy for voters to support a player as dynamic as Mr. Carothers.

Monroe County pulled out a 52-49 win over Covington Holy Cross in the first round of the All “A” Classic on Wednesday morning. Kelsey Johnson led the way with 19 points, while Reagan Turner tossed in 16.

On a team where Turner is the leading scorer, any other player is capable of having a big day. Witness Johnson: Her team had a one-point lead with 15 seconds to play. She stepped to the foul line and hit a pair of free throws to put Monroe up 52-49. Then, with one second left, she blocked a 3-point shot attempt by HC’s Aleah Tucker to preserve the Lady Falcons’ victory. (This information is according play-by-play stats.)

The victory sets a meeting with Murray in the second round on Friday at 7:30 a.m. central time at Frankfort Civic Center. If I had placed bets before the tournament, I would have picked either Monroe or Murray to win the All “A” event. Murray is 17-3 with losses to Butler, Ryle and Simon Kenton. Two of those three teams are ranked AP Top 10 in the state; as is Murray. Monroe is 20-2 with losses to Elizabethtown (an AP Top 10 team) and Bowling Green.

The Friday morning game should be a Gym-Dandy.

Russellville’s return to the All “A” Classic Boys State Tournament began this morning (Thursday) with a sound defeat of East Ridge. The Panthers took control of the game in the third quarter with a 21-14 advantage and led 46-37 going into the final period. They led by 14 points (55-41) on a 3-pointer by Jacob Naylor midway through the fourth and pretty much cruised to the finish line. They play Mayfield Friday at 4 p.m. central time at Frankfort Civic Center.

Russellville has a quality team this year with a solid chance to advance deep into the tournament.

Of local note, former Warren Central Dragons coach Tim Riley is presently guiding Owensboro Catholic through the All “A” Classic Boys’ Tournament. His team was set to play Pineville Thursday afternoon.

This week’s quote comes via text message from an unnamed friend.

“Remember, after a discussion or meeting, at least half the people in the room should leave with the impression you are a complete (bleep), or you haven’t done your job.”

He attributed the quote to Abraham Lincoln. It just doesn’t seem like an Honest Abe quote. Who am I to question historic fact?

James Brown is digital director for Commonwealth Broadcasting. He spent 20 years covering high school sports in Kentucky and Mississippi. Follow him on Twitter @JbrownESPNKY.

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