Category: kentucky

Kent. basketball coach under fire for abuse resigns

A Kentucky boys basketball coach who has been under fire since eight members of his team quit rather than play for him has finally resigned after his team fell to 2-14.
According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Floyd Central (Kent.) High School basketball coach Kevin Spurlock submitted a letter of resignation on Friday. While Spurlock’s resignation came of his own accord, as confirmed by Floyd County Superintendent Danny Adkins, it also came amidst extreme turmoil.
RELATED: Eight Kentucky HS basketball players quit because coach ‘demeans us’
As previously covered here and elsewhere, Spurlock served a three-game suspension for “conduct unbecoming of a coach,” following an investigation sparked by eight members of the team quitting en masse.
Without those players, Floyd Central has been unable to keep pace. As noted by the Herald-Leader, Spurlock’s team is just 2-14 in the 2018-19 campaign, and just 1-12 since his initial suspension Dec. 4. By comparison, Floyd Central finished 19-12 in the 2017-18 season.
According to the Herald-Leader, Floyd Central football and baseball coach Shawn Hager has been named the interim basketball coach for the remainder of the season. Meanwhile, Spurlock will allegedly remain in his other roles as a teacher and softball coach at the school.
“Coach Spurlock was not fired or forced to resign,” Adkins told the Herald-Leader. “This is on his own accord.”

Kent. HS football coach: New Louisville coaches not welcome here

The new coaching staff at Louisville wasted little time in upending the plans of a quartet of commits to former coach Bobby Petrino. Now there’s backlash from a coach of one athlete’s team.
As reported by the Lexington Herald-Leader, Franklin-Simpson (Kent.) High School head coach Doug Preston lashed out against the new Louisville coaching staff who rescinded an offer to Jack Randolph, an offensive lineman at Franklin-Simpson. As noted by our Gannett partners the Louisvlle Courier-Journal, Randolph was one of four players who have had their scholarships taken away by the staff of new Louisville coach Scott Satterfield.

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Preston responded on Twitter after another Kentucky recruit left the fold at Louisville:

What I hate to see is our kids getting their scholarships pulled with only days to go until signing!! These kids have set their futures around what UL promised! They showed loyalty to their commitment and now they get burned! Ridiculous and no class @UofLFootball
— Doug Preston (@coachadp) December 10, 2018

As noted by the Herald-Leader, Randolph remains scheduled to graduate early and was previously planning to enroll at Louisville for the spring semester. While has offers from at least five other schools, including Western Kentucky and Cincinnati, it’s uncertain if those scholarship offers remain on the table or whether those schools moved on to other targets after Randolph committed to Louisville.
Either way, the end result was that Randolph is suddenly scrambling, while Preston may be shutting off all access to Franklin-Simpson players to Satterfield and his staff.

Coach Satterfield shouldn’t bother sending anyone down here to recruit in the future! I can’t look my players in the eyes and tell them to trust anyone @UofLFootball any longer!
— Doug Preston (@coachadp) December 10, 2018

Eight Kentucky HS basketball players quit because coach 'demeans us'

A group of eight players on the Floyd County (Ky.) High School boys basketball team decided to quit because of their Board of Education’s handling of grievances related to their head coach. More specifically, they felt the punishment handed down to coach Kevin Spurlock wasn’t sufficient after an investigation found him guilty of “conduct unbecoming of a coach.”
The eight players — including two sets of brothers — raised their concerns about the coach after he allegedly verbally abused them multiple times. He is also accused of threatening a fan of an opposing team, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. While all eight players were individually offered the opportunity to return to the team, they instead decided to quit rather than continue to play for a coach they feel has belittled them and had a deleterious impact on their self-esteem.
While Spurlock insisted “If some things they said had been proven, I would have been fired,” other allegations went uncontested. That includes the larger details of an incident during a scrimmage in Ashland where he threatened to fight an opposing fan. Meanwhile, the parents of some of the now-former players offered other anecdotes speaking to Spurlock’s inflammatory character.

thank you basketball. i love you. pic.twitter.com/coC2rD1S1P
— Dalton (@daltonboyd21) December 5, 2018

Missy Jones, the mother of the quitting player Brady Jones, offered the following to the Herald-Leader as proof of Spurlock’s contentious behavior:

“He said in the locker room afterward that ‘You’re letting your teammate get raped and molested out there and you’re not even doing anything about it,’” Missy Jones said. “He’s egging these kids on to fight on the court.’
Multiple players and parents said Spurlock’s demeanor during their summer exhibitions was similar. During one summer game, Missy Jones said, Spurlock was upset with a missed call by a female official — “She didn’t see something that did happen,” Missy said — with Floyd Central trailing by four points with four minutes left. He continued to berate the official for two minutes following the missed call before choosing to forfeit the contest.
“He talked to her like a dog,” Missy Jones said. “He got so mad he forfeited the game and took the kids out of the possibility of winning a championship game. We drove all the way to Lexington, spent all this money, for him to decide on a whim to up and leave.”

The mother of another player claimed he was mocked for his injury, which Spurlock accused of being a sign of personal weakness rather than a genuine medical condition.
“At halftime of the varsity game while my child was still sitting because he couldn’t dress,” Jo Hall, Hayden Hall’s mother, told the Herald-Leader. “(Spurlock) threw himself on the floor, grabbed his knee and said, ‘Oh I’m Hayden, I’ve hurt my knee,’ making fun of my child. He’s supposed to be an adult? He’s supposed to be an educator and setting examples for these children? No.”
In fact, the mother of two of the players who walked away from the team, Jamie Salisbury, is an employee of the school but had to be placed on medical leave because of anxiety derived from the coach’s behavior and its impact on her sons. She told the Lexington newspaper she would continue to support her children regardless of personal cost, apparently referring to any political ramifications that could come from her employers.
“There’s been no Bobby Knight (actions) or any of those things,” Spurlock told the Herald-Leader. “Nobody is getting their nose bit off or nobody getting headbutted or choked. It’s not even remotely close to that. The superintendent said he felt comfortable with three (games) if I felt comfortable with three, and I felt totally comfortable with it. I think based on our policies, it was perfectly fine with me. We’re gonna move on and get past it. We’ll see how that works. It won’t be easy, but in the long run, it’ll be okay. I’m not real worried about it. It’s just another obstacle you gotta get over.”
That’s true for Spurlock now that he has retained his position. It’s not true for the eight players who decided they couldn’t continue because of his influence.

Kentucky 3A state final marred by post-game brawl

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A video from Lexington TV station WKYT shows a scuffle that broke out after the conclusion of Friday’s Class 3A football state championship game between Central High School and Corbin.
Alex Walker of WKYT posted the video on Twitter late Friday night:

[WATCH]: End of the Class 3A title game ends with PUNCHES THROWN.
Central beats Corbin, then a melee ensues at Kroger Field. #KHSAA pic.twitter.com/7iGeKy2wMy
— Alex Walker (@AlexWalkerTV) December 1, 2018

Central defeated Corbin 20-19 with the game coming down to the final play. Corbin’s Will Childers missed a 44-yard field-goal attempt as time expired.

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“It is unfortunate that this situation marred an otherwise great game,” KHSAA commissioner Julian Tackett said. “We will review all available accounts, including all actions taken by players and all actions taken and not taken by other school representatives, and make any determinations following the conclusion of the playoffs.”
The scuffle occurred after the teams shook hands at midfield.
“Tempers flared a little bit at the end … and it’s a non-issue,” Corbin coach Justin Haddix said after the game.
Read the rest of the story in the Louisville Courier-Journal

Super 25 Regional Girls Volleyball Rankings: Week 13

Each week USA TODAY High School Sports and the American Volleyball Coaches Association will release Super 25 Regional Girls Volleyball Rankings. Rankings are based on results from the 2018-19 season, quality of players and strength of schedule. Regions are determined by the AVCA.

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Records through Nov. 20
REGION 1 (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI)

Rank
School
Record
City
State

1
Victor
42-3
Victor
NY

2
Newton North
20-1
Newtonville
MA

3
Clarence
32-4
Clarence
NY

4
Woodstock Academy
25-1
Woodstock
CT

5
Burnt Hills
39-2
Burnt Hills
NY

6
Portville
43-2
Portville
NY

7
Barnstable
23-1
Hyannis
MA

8
Southington
23-2
Southington
CT

9
Hollis-Brookline
25-1
Hollis
NH

10
Bourne
27-1
Bourne
MA

REGION 2 (DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)

Rank
School
Record
City
State

1
North Allegheny
14-0
Wexford
PA

2
Loudoun County
30-1
Leesburg
VA

3
Immaculate Heart Academy
37-1
Washington Township
NJ

4
Northwest
19-1
Germantown
MD

5
Lord Botetourt
32-1
Daleville
VA

6
Princess Anne
29-0
Virginia Beach
VA

7
Flint Hill
30-1
Oakton
VA

8
Atholton
18-1
Columbia
MD

9
Wilmington Charter
17-2
Wilmington
DE

10
Freeport
23-1
Freeport
PA

REGION 3 (AL, FL, GA, NC, SC, TN)

Rank
School
Record
City
State

1
Walton
41-3
Marietta
GA

2
Oviedo
28-4
Oviedo
FL

3
St. Thomas Aquinas
26-5
Ft. Lauderdale
FL

4
McGill-Toolen
36-4
Mobile
AL

5
Briarcrest Christian
40-2
Eads
TN

6
Brentwood
47-3
Brentwood
TN

7
Nation Ford
44-7
Fort Mill
SC

8
Marvin Ridge
44-2
Waxhaw
NC

9
Green Hope
28-1
Cary
NC

10
St. Pius X
42-5
Atlanta
GA

REGION 4 (AR, LA, MS, OK, TX)

Rank
School
Record
City
State

1
Flower Mound
43-7
Flower Mound
TX

2
Byron Nelson
42-2
Trophy Club
TX

3
Ridge Point
47-6
Missouri City
TX

4
Plano West
40-10
Plano
TX

5
Kingwood Park
40-11
Kingwood
TX

6
Prosper
35-10
Prosper
TX

7
Southlake Carroll
39-10
Southlake
TX

8
Lovejoy
47-7
Lucas
TX

9
The Woodlands
46-5
Conroe
TX

10
O’Connor
41-12
Helotes
TX

REGION 5 (IN, KY, MI, OH, WV)

Rank
School
Record
City
State

1
Assumption
43-0
Louisville
KY

2
Yorktown
34-0
Yorktown
IN

3
Mercy Academy
32-7
Louisville
KY

4
Ursuline Academy
27-2
Cincinnati
OH

5
Sacred Heart Academy
27-10
Louisville
KY

6
Grand Rapids Christian
46-5
Grand Rapids
MI

7
Avon
33-4
Avon
IN

8
New Castle
35-5
New Castle
IN

9
Padua Franciscan
27-2
Parma
OH

10
Mt. Notre Dame
20-7
Cincinnati
OH

REGION 6 (IA, IL, MO, WI)

Rank
School
Record
City
State

1
Marist
39-3
Chicago
IL

2
Helias Catholic
36-2
Jefferson City
MO

3
Burlington
38-5
Burlington
WI

4
Marian Catholic
27-1
Chicago Heights
IL

5
Lafayette
31-3
Wildwood
MO

6
Cedar Falls
44-0
Cedar Falls
IA

7
Nazareth
31-5
LaGrange Park
IL

8
St. Theresa’s Academy
29-11
Decatur
IL

9
Ankeny Centennial
40-3
Akeny
IA

10
East Troy
31-8
East Troy
WI

REGION 7 (MN, ND, NE, SD)

Rank
School
Record
City
State

1
Champlin Park
32-2
Champlin
MN

2
Millard North
38-2
Millard
NE

3
Eagan
29-3
Eagan
MN

4
Pius X
36-3
Lincoln
NE

5
Stevens
34-1
Rapid City
SD

6
Lakeville South
29-5
Lakeville
MN

7
Skutt
27-5
Omaha
NE

8
Century
34-5
Bismarck
ND

9
Lakeville North
26-5
Lakeville
MN

10
Elkhorn South
31-9
Elkhorn
NE

REGION 8 (CO, KS, NM, UT, WY)

Rank
School
Record
City
State

1
Lewis Palmer
26-1
Monument
CO

2
St. James Academy
34-8
Lenexa
KS

3
Valor Christian
27-2
Highlands Ranch
CO

4
Lyman
35-0
Lyman
WY

5
La Cueva
22-0
Albuquerque
NM

6
Chaparral
26-3
Parker
CO

7
Lawrence
38-2
Lawrence
KS

8
St. Thomas Aquinas
36-8
Overland Park
KS

9
Fossil Ridge
21-4
Parker
CO

10
Lansing
39-6
Lansing
KS

REGION 9 (AZ, CA, NV)

Rank
School
Record
City
State

1
Mater Dei
43-2
Santa Ana
CA

2
Marymount
33-10
Los Angeles
CA

3
Torrey Pines
33-4
San Diego
CA

4
Cathedral Catholic
28-8
San Diego
CA

5
Redondo
35-4
Redondo
CA

6
Millenium
45-1
Goodyear
AZ

7
Xavier College Prep
33-9
Phoenix
AZ

8
Sierra Canyon
33-11
Chatsworth
CA

9
Central
39-6
Fresno
CA

10
Perry
32-1
Gilbert
AZ

REGION 10 (AK, HI, ID, MT, OR, WA)

Rank
School
Record
City
State

1
Iolani
28-6
Honolulu
HI

2
Kamehameha
36-4
Honolulu
HI

3
Jesuit
31-4
Portland
OR

4
West Valley
24-3
Yakima
WA

5
Diamond
49-4
Anchorage
AK

6
Century
34-5
Pocatello
ID

7
Sprague
27-7
Salem
OR

8
West Linn
21-6
West Linn
OR

9
Kentridge
23-1
Kent
WA

10
Richland
31-3
Richland
WA

Records through Nov. 12

The Isaiah Stewart Blog: Visiting Duke, NBA Young Boy, style tips and more

Isaiah Stewart is ranked No. 3 overall in USA Today Sports’ Chosen 25 for 2019 after dominating the competition with La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) during the high school season and City Rocks (N.Y.) during the summer circuit season. That kind of play has got everyone from Duke to Michigan State to Villanova, among many others in hot pursuit. Now Stewart has agreed to give USA TODAY Sports exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his everyday life in a blog.
Isaiah Stewart here and I’m back to update you guys on what’s going on!
I know it’s been a while, but I’m here to let you know what’s been going on in Zay’s World!
I’ve been on a bunch of visits here lately that I want to tell you guys about.
The last visit I went on was to Michigan State and I had a ball there.
I got to hang out with the guys most of the visit and had a great time. I went to the football game and took in the atmosphere. It was just a visit where I got to really get a feel for what life would be like if I went there. I think the thing that stood out most is how close the players are. They really do hang out and do everything together. That was big because when it’s like that you know that you’re gonna have great chemistry that will lead to wins on the court.
The visit before that was to Syracuse and that was fun because it’s the hometown school. I got to meet with the guys and the coaching staff and they laid out the blueprint for me. They feel like I can be the special player that accomplish a lot of things like Carmelo Anthony did for them.
That’s big for me.
Before that visit was the Kentucky visit and that was a fun visit as well.
I got a chance to see the practice and the thing that stood out the most was how intense the guys were. I love that because I know they all just want to get better.
Coach Cal’s message was that I can come in and go to work. You just go with the opportunity there and if I work hard, hopefully, I’ll get a chance to leave achieve my dreams.
Duke is gonna be my last visit and that’s this weekend so I’m looking forward to that. I’m mostly looking forward to hanging out with the guys and just taking in what it would be like to go there.
I already have a great relationship with Coach K and the staff so I want to get the players’ take on everything.
I won’t be able to sign during the early period, but it’s all good. I can still commit. I’m not worried about not being able to sign. I would like to go ahead and make a commitment after the last visit, but it’s all about how I’m feeling and if I feel like I’m ready.
OK, right now I’m feeling really good about how my high school team is looking this season. We’ve just got a lot of talented guys that want to work and get better. We’re playing with a chip on shoulder this season and I’m excited about what we’ll be able to do.
Right now, we’re No. 6 in the USA Today Super 25 and I ain’t gonna lie that’s about five spots too low for us! We’re not stressing it; we’re just gonna work hard and prove it.
A few things I really want to work on individually is my finesse game. Everyone knows me for my strength and power, but I’ve added more to my game like going to the perimeter, facing up, putting the ball on the floor and all of that. That’s the way the game is being played now so I want to continue to polish that part of my game this season as I get ready for college.
School is going good for me right now too. I’m trying to finish up my first semester as strong a possible. My goal is to get three A’s and two B’s, but hopefully I’m gonna pull out all A’s.
OK, let’s get in to this music real quick; right now I’m listening to NBA YoungBoy. He’s the best out right now to me. That’s who I’m throwing on in the headphones before a game. Then I’m listening to Lil Baby, YG, Lil Uzi and I’m also listening to my boy Nahziah Carter. He plays for Washington and he’s actually Jay Z’s nephew, but he’s nice on the mic too.
He keeps it on the low, but he sends me his unreleased songs and they’re tough!
Of course I’m still listening to that reggae heavy too! Always.
I want to add in a little fashion tips in my blog too because I love to look good off the court. I’m always looking at different styles. I always like looking nice and presentable no matter what. I’d have to say my go-to look is a Nike suit with a fresh pair of Jordans.
Now if I’m trying to get dripped-up I’m gonna throw on some gold, put the earrings in, put some cut-up jeans on, nice pair or fly J’s or some Balenciaga’s! I can get dripped up a lil’ bit!
OK, guys I appreciate you checking out my latest blog and I’ll be back soon to let you know how the Duke visit went and what’s next for me.
Shoutout to you guys for keeping up with my blog!
Thanks again for tuning in with your boy Zay!
Don’t forget to follow Isaiah Stewart:
Twitter: @Dreamville_33
Instagram: the.isaiahstewart

St. Xavier continues aggressive climb in Week 12 Super 25 Boys Soccer Rankings

The Week 12 Super 25 Fall Boys Soccer rankings from USA TODAY High School Sports and United Soccer Coaches is out, and there is a bit of a shakeup at both ends of the poll
FULL RANKINGS: Super 25 Boys Soccer, Week 12
Two weeks ago, Louisville power St. Xavier was sitting at No. 23 in the polls. Now, for the second straight week, the Tigers are taking a seismic jump, this time up seven spots to No. 6, after beating Highlands (Fort Thomas, Ky.), 1-0, to captured the program’s 14th Kentucky state title.
Elsewhere, Cleveland (Rio Rancho, N.M.) is up nine spots to No. 14 this week after beating Mayfield (Las Cruces, N.M.) in double overtime to capture the New Mexico 5A state title.
Arapahoe (Littleton, Colo.) sky-rockets into the poll this week at No. 8, making its season debut after beating Super 25 mainstay Grandview (Boulder, Colo.) for the program’s first state title since 1997. Joining Arapahoe as the new entrants this week are No. 20 Seneca Valley (Harmony, Pa.), No. 21 Air Academy (Colorado Springs, Colo.), No. 22 Medina (Ohio), No. 23 La Salle Academy (Providence, R.I.) and No. 25 Chaminade (Mineola, N.Y.).
St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.) remains the No. 1 team in the land, followed by a top five of No. 2 Naperville (Ill.) North, No. 3 Nauset (Eastham, Mass.), No. 4 Martin Luther King (New York, N.Y.) and No. 5 Marquette (Milwaukee) that remains unchanged.