Turnovers … by Alan B. Gibson

Posted February 8, 2017 at 10:09 am


It certainly was a nice tribute to Robbie

Among the things he loved the most, Robbie Davis loved a good game of basketball, and especially high school basketball.

This past Saturday, during the first annual Robbie Davis Memorial Classic, there was certainly plenty of that.

Fans will remember that Davis, one of Clinton County’s most recognizable figures especially when it came to sports, passed away unexpectedly last summer at just 53 years of age.

While some of the games were lop-sided, others were good contests and fans attending were also treated to the chance to watch three true state tournament possible contenders on our floor.

The North Hardin Trojans, this week’s 10th highest rated boys team, put on a show Saturday in it’s 95-57 win over the West Jessamine Colts.

The Pulaski County Maroons, rated at the No. 22 spot in this week’s Cantrell ratings handed Monroe County a 77-60 defeat in boys’ action while in girls’ play late in the day, our own Clinton County Lady Bulldogs were downed by the Covington Holmes Lady Bulldogs 61-25. Holmes hit this week’s Cantrell ratings as the No. 11 ranked squad in the state.

In the nightcap, our own Bulldogs picked up a very nice win over the Bulldogs of Holmes with a 75-54 victory which showcased a very nice 24 point performance by Rob’s youngest son, John Davis, who fittingly, was presented with the Player of the Game Award after the contest – a presentation that was made by his older brother, Joe Davis.

It was a good day of basketball and a nice tribute to Rob. The event will help fund a foundation that has been established, also in his honor, designed to help provide financial support, mentoring, and opportunities for underprivileged athletes in Clinton County and surrounding counties.

It was a good day of roundball.

Radio auction around the corner

The conclusion of this 2016-17 basketball regular season is just around the corner, Thursday, February 16 to be exact, which means the annual Booster Club/WANY Radio Auction will hit the airwaves Friday, February 17.

More details will be included in next week’s Clinton County News, but just a head’s up this week to mark your calendars.

Missing basketball mystery solved (and congrats to Todd)

After searching for several days for a missing basketball from the boys’ rack of basketballs, the mystery was finally solved this past Monday night for Bulldog coach Todd Messer.

Messer had been searching for that missing basketball from the rack, that should have been 15 basketballs, for several days, and at one point, even had his players staying after the game to search under the bleachers, behind exercise equipment, and anywhere else a nice KHSAA sanctioned basketball might be hiding – but to no avail.

On Monday night, he found the basketball, and as Paul Harvey used to say… here’s the “rest of the story”.

Clinton County’s win over Allen County-Scottsville on January 27 was Messer’s 199th coaching victory as head basketball coach at Clinton County High School.

With that in mind, and without telling anyone else, Assistant Coach Mike Beard snatched a basketball off the rack, and had it in tow when the team headed off to their next game at Jackson County. After the 86-54 victory over the Generals, Beard asked for, and was granted, a “swap” for the actual game ball that was used during Messer’s 200th win.

Returning to Albany with the basketball, and only a couple of people knowing he had it, Beard had local artist Jack Amonett letter the basketball commemorating the special accomplishment in Messer’s career,

On Monday night, the case of the missing basketball was solved when Athletic Director Nick Irwin presented it to him in front of our home crowd before the start of the McCreary Central game.

Congrats to Todd for this very significant career accomplishment (as well as to Coach Beard for pulling off the difficult feat of getting one over on Messer), and glad he could rid his mind of the mystery of the missing basketball as we head into the end of this regular season play.

It’s February already and tournament time is later this month, so . . .

I’ll see you in the gym!

Clinton County Bulldog Head Coach Todd Messer was presented with the game ball from the January 27th game against Jackson County where the Dawgs won the game, giving Messer his 200th win as a Clinton County head coach.