Turnovers … by Alan B. Gibson

Posted June 5, 2019 at 12:09 pm

Lady Bulldogs enter a new era with #11

Word came late last week that the 2019-20 Clinton County High School Lady Bulldogs will be led this season by a very familiar face from the head coach’s chair when the position was announced being filled by former stand-our player and assistant coach Ansley Stalcup Nelson.

A more detailed article on Ansley’s outlook for the upcoming season appears this week on page 1.

Ansley will become the 11th person (in 12 tenures) to sit in the head coach’s seat since that position was first created with the renewal of girls’ basketball in Kentucky high school athletics in the mid 1970’s.

A 2015 graduate, Ansley led the floor for the Lady Bulldogs and was one of the most intense players I’ve had the joy of watching in the past four decades of doing this job.

For the past couple of years, I’ve enjoyed watching her learn the game from a different position than that of a floor guard, but rather from the sidelines as an assistant coach.

Yes, she’s young, but she’s smart and she’s eager to learn, and she will certainly do everything in her power to take this Lady Bulldog program to the top.

From everything I’ve heard and everyone I’ve talked to since Ansley was named Lady Dawg coach last week, she has the full support of this community, the players and the parents, well as the staff from both the program at CCHS and with all of that in her favor – expect nothing but success.

I’m looking forward to this run – let’s get this thing going, Coach Ansley!

Fair time in Clinton – Family Night is Tuesday

For as long as most of us can remember, the week-long tradition each summer that is the Clinton County Fair means a week of events staged at the fairgrounds that produce a stretch of socializing, entertainment and of course competition.

Long one of my favorite nights of the schedule has been the “Family Night” list of event that includes the athletic event and fun-filled competitions for fair-goers of all ages.

With the exception of a hand-full of years, I’ve emceed the Family Night event, and will again be on the stage this year when we get the fun started next Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m.

The lineup of competitive races and events used to be referred to as an afternoon “Athletic Events” back when Coach Lindle Castle and long-time teacher Otis Brown would put kids through the paces, before the lineup became a main feature on the fair schedule and was moved to a night time slot several years ago.

In any event, it’s one of the most entertaining nights of the schedule, and gives everyone a chance to get in on the fun in the center ring – whether it be in a foot race, sack race or even an egg tossing event.

The fun gets underway at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 7. Come on out for some small-town, community close-knit fun.