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Tomcat Tales

Tomcat Tales

By Mark Maynard
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.
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HUTT! HUTT! A look back at the career of 1990 Tomcat running back Chris Hutt.
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.
November 23, 2020
John Radjunas and the 1967 state champion Ashland Tomcats
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.
November 16, 2020
Stacy Franz was a girl for all seasons and an Ashland legend.
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,
November 13, 2020
Bill Bradley's remarkable coaching career spans more than 40 years.
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.
November 11, 2020
Kiwanis Bowl simulation completion: Coles vs. Putnam All-Stars
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.
October 29, 2020
Larry Castle's incredible senior season in 1959 ranks as one of the finest in Tomcat basketball history. And he just kept doing more.
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.
October 28, 2020
A simulated Kiwanis Bowl between former Tomcat stars who went to Coles and Putnam
Listen as Dicky Martin, the legendary VOICE of the Ashland Tomcats, does the play-by-play with Mark Maynard in a simulated Coles-Putnam Kiwanis Bowl. The last time these junior highs met was 1978. 
October 22, 2020
1990: Coach Vic Marsh wins a state championship with a blockbuster backfield.
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.
October 21, 2020
John Koskinen's remarkable life journey included snapping football for 1955-56 Tomcats.
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.
October 13, 2020
Howard Humphreys recalls Ashland in 1950s, the first AIT and his outstanding Tomcat basketball career
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.
October 8, 2020
Forever friends carry undefeated 1958 Tomcats
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.
October 5, 2020
1976: Tomcats put together super season in Herb Conley's finale.
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.
October 1, 2020
1975: JAWS comes to 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.
September 24, 2020
1974: Tomcats have fantastic start, tougher finish
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.
September 18, 2020
1973: Tomcats keep winning edge in Conley era
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.
September 12, 2020
1972: Tomcats come within whisker of state title
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.
September 10, 2020
1971: Herb Conley era roars to 10-2 season
Tomcats hit their stride in Herb Conley's fourth season as head coach but playoff system fails them in the end.
September 5, 2020
1970 Tomcats have a wish(bone) come true
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.
September 1, 2020
1969 Tomcats started with a bang
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.
August 26, 2020
1968: Herb Conley's first season with the Tomcats
Coach Herb Conley talks about the 1968 season when the Tomcats went 7-3-1 with four shutouts. It was the first of nine seasons for Coach Conley. 
August 20, 2020