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Jones looks back on career as one of state’s most successful coaches

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One of the most successful coaches in Harlan County history stepped down earlier this summer, perhaps ending a coaching career that began on the high school level in 1980 and has connections to most of the great players and teams in the county since that time.Mike Jones posted a 613-255 record in 28 seasons as a boys basketball coach in a career that included stops at Cawood, Jackson County, Todd Central, Harlan, Clay County and Harlan County.

 

Summer sledding

Kim Creech|Daily EnterpriseHarlan County assistant coach Chad Wood led a drill during a practice session last week. Wood is in his first season with the Black Bears after a successful run as coach of the New Harlan Patriots. Wood and Britt Craig led the Patriots to numerous league titles over the past decade and to the state playoffs last fall.

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Pee Wee football registration set for Friday

Harlan County RAP team wins Transy campSeveral members of the Harlan County RAP seventh-grade team won awards at the Transylvania Basketball Camp last week and the team, which includes Cade Barnes, Carter Barnes, Jared Hawkins, Taylor Spurlock and Devin Eldridge, won the league and tournament titles with a victory over a Louisville team in the finals.Carter Barnes won the cut throat competition. Cade Barnes won the free throw competition. Spurlock was on the hot spot and...

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Getting ready to kick off the season

Chris Jones|Daily EnterpriseHarlan sophomore Boone Allison worked on kickoffs during a recent practice sessions. Allison was one of the bright spots for the Dragons in last year’s 2-9 season as he took over kicking duties and also played on the offensive line.

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Collett returning to Red Bird to lead basketball program

Charles David Collett’s first job as a high school basketball coach has brought him back home.Collett, a coach the past five years at Stinnett Elementary School, is taking over as the boys basketball coach at Red Bird Mission School, inheriting a rebuilding job at one of eastern Kentucky’s smallest schools.“I attended and graduated from Red Bird in 1987, played four years of varsity basketball and it has been a dream of mine since I began coaching to so...

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Breaking down the best teams in UK basketball history

July and August in Kentucky is keep-the-pot-boiling time for basketball fans.At Louisville, Russ Smith has signed an NBA contract. And, college basketball’s premier coach, Mike Krzyzewski, weighed in about UofL joining the ACC. “Louisville brings the ACC a great brand. This is one that will make headlines in business journals.”At Western Kentucky U., Jeff Brohm is revving up the Hilltopper football fan base with emphasis on recruiting in-state players. ...

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Summer instructions

Photos by Chris Jones|Daily EnterpriseHarlan coach J.B. Donahue worked with players on blocking Thursday at the HHS field. Donahue is entering his 22nd season as coach of the Dragons.Assistant coach Jon Bates was surrounded by several Dragons during a special teams drill. Harlan will open the regular season on Aug. 22 at Leslie County.

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Lefty gets it right, stays in British Open mix

HOYLAKE, England (AP) — Phil Mickelson broke par in a major for the first time since he won last year’s British Open. It was just what he needed Friday at Royal Liverpool to stay in the hunt at this one.Typical of Mickelson, it wasn’t easy.He missed a 4-foot birdie putt after one of his best shots of the day, and was so irritated by that it caused him to bogey the next hole. He lost his tee shot on the par-5 10th hole, had to play another tee shot but s...

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Recruiting analyst likes direction of UK program under Stoops

HOOVER, Ala. — Tom Luginbill, who played quarterback one year at Eastern Kentucky University, is national football recruiting director for ESPN. He has been impressed with the talent Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has brought in since his arrival at UK and likes the direction the Kentucky program is headed.He shared these insights during a break from his ESPN duties at Southeastern Conference Media Days here this week.Question: Now that you have had a second year to ev...

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Summer slingin’

Jay Compton|Daily NewsHarlan County junior quarterback Jarett Ford completed a touchdown pass during a 7-on-7 scrimmage against Bell County earlier this week at Union College. Harlan County, district champions the past four years, will open its schedule Aug. 23 against Bryan Station.

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Resilient Pirates looking for post All-Star surge

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves in an average, every day — if still heated — pennant race.A season after shedding the yoke of two decades of failure with a stirring run to a playoff berth, the Pirates are just another solid if not spectacular team trying to keep pace in the jam-packed NL Central.To be honest, being an ordinary contender is refreshing.“We know where we stand, we know where we are,...

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Russell collapses during speaking engagement

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — Celtics officials say NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell is doing OK after collapsing during a speaking engagement near Lake Tahoe.Team spokesman Brian Olive says the 80-year-old Russell felt faint after the Thursday morning fall at the Hyatt Regency resort in Incline Village, Nevada, but was planning on returning home to Seattle this evening.Witness Michael Rooney tells The Associated Press that Russell was telling a story ...

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