Ashland Tomcats sports history and highlights with host Mark Maynard, a Hall of Fame sports journalist in northeastern Kentucky. A deep dive into the history of one of Kentucky's greatest high school programs.
Ashland captured its second state championship of the playoff era with a 14-1 season capped off with a win over Lincoln County in the finals. Listen as Vic Marsh, the winningest coach in Tomcat history, talks about that special season.
John Koskinen is a pretty big deal. He has worked for two former U.S. presidents, including serving as the commissioner of the IRS, was a former president of the U.S. soccer association and led the world through the Y2K conversion. But before all that, he was a 175-pound center for the 1955-56 Ashland Tomcats.
Howard Humphreys was one of Ashland's finest basketball players from the 1950s, starting for the Tomcats in 1956 and 1957. He played in the very first AIT and went up against the likes of Flat Gap's Charlie Osborne and Maysville's Toothpick Jones. He went on to play for Southwestern Louisiana where he once scored a school-record 40 points in a single game. He lives in Austin, Texas, today with his beautiful wife Ann and still works daily.
Before Herb Conley and Dick Fillmore were "Mr. Inside" and "Mr. Outside" for the 1958 Tomcats, they were friends growing up in Ashland. The 70-year friendship is as strong as ever today. Listen to the details of the 10-0-1 season - the last undefeated campaign in Ashland history - and some bonus stories from these two great Tomcats.
Coach Herb Conley's nine-year coaching reign ended after the Tomcats finished 9-3 with a heartbreaking 14-13 overtime loss to Lexington Tates Creek in the Class AAAA State At-Large semifinals in Putnam Stadium.
Ashland's 1975 season produced one of the hardest-hitting defenses in school history with the team that carried the nickname of JAWS all the way to the biggest championship game in the state of Kentucky. The Tomcats fell just short of perfection but it's a team that is still remembered 45 years later.
Ashland started the season 5-0 before a demoralizing 13-6 loss to Russell seemed to turn the tide in a 6-3-1 season where coach Herb Conley had several upperclassmen in the lineup. A big season was on the horizon.
Ashland was coming off 21 victories and only one loss in Kentucky in two years but the Tomcats were depleted going into the 1973 season. They still managed a 6-5 record and nearly shocked undefeated and top-ranked Boyd County in the last game.
Coach Herb Conley talks about one of his greatest Tomcat teams from 1972. Ashland finished 11-2 after losing to Tates Creek, 16-7, in the state championship. It was the last game ever played at UK's Stoll Field.
Ashland's 1970 football season was spiraling downward and coach Herb Conley was on the hot seat. The sophomore-dominated Tomcats took a six-game losing streak into the last game at Ironton and rode a new wishbone attack to a stunning 7-3 victory. The future suddenly looked much brighter.
Coach Herb Conley talks about his second season in 1969 that finished 4-7. It had some good moments but wasn't up to the lofty standards of Tomcat fans who were starting to become uneasy about their 28-year-old coach.