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.
Chris Hutt was one of three 1,000-yard running backs in the Ashland Tomcats' 1990 state championship football season. He rushed for 175 yards and three TDs in the 35-13 victory over Lincoln County to complete a 14-1 season. Hutt came back a season later and took the Tomcats to the regional championship game. He is one of the greatest running backs in Tomcat history.
Quarterback John Radjunas talks about the 1967 Tomcats' state championship football season from start to finish. The Tomcats finished 13-1, winning the title 19-14 over Elizabethtown on the same day that tragedy occurred when basketball star Joe Franklin was killed in an automobile accident near Morehead.
Stacy Franz is the No. 2 scorer in Ashland Kitten basketball history, piloting the 1990 and 1992 teams to 16th Region titles and also started at third base on one of Ashland's seven Little League state championship teams in 1986. She is one of the most fierce competitors, male or female, in Ashland history,
Bill Bradley started his coaching career at Holy Family High School in the 1970s and it still hasn't stopped. This season will be his 20th on the bench for the Ashland Kittens' basketball program. And don't forget about The Clem, maybe the longest-running pickup basketball tournament in the nation. After being postponed by COVID this year, the games played in front of the Bradley's home turns 40 next year. We will talk about it all in a fun 54 minutes with the unflappable Mr. Bradley.
Find out what happens in the second half of the simulated Kiwanis Bowl between Tomcat all-stars who played for either Coles or Putnam from 1952-78. The Buccaneers and Broncos were tied 21-21 after an exciting first half. Find out the rest of the story in this episode.
Tomcat Larry Castle exploded onto the scene as a big scorer as a senior when he averaged 23.3 points per game after scoring less than 100 in his first two years on the team. It was good enough to earn him a third-team All-State selection from the Courier-Journal and a scholarship to WKU.
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.