May 7, 2009 editorial: Locals make mark on sports scene

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THE ISSUE: Alex Jones OUR VIEW: Well-deserved honor

By The Staff

The basketball road has taken Elizabethtown High School senior Alex Jones many places. This summer she will spend a couple of weeks with the Kentucky All-Stars in the annual showdown with Indiana.

It is a fitting end to a remarkable high school career for Jones.

At Elizabethtown, she was a standout from the time she broke into the starting lineup, eventually leading the Lady Panthers into the state title game back in March.

There are only 12 All-Stars each season in Kentucky girls' high school basketball. We have one of them right here in Elizabethtown.

Jones won't be the only local face with the Kentucky All-Stars. Tommy Adams, the girls' head coach at Hart County High School and a Hardin County resident, will serve as the All-Star assistant coach and will be elevated to head coach for the 2010 team.

These are both well-deserved honors for a player who works at her game and for a coach who has spent endless hours in the gym and on long bus trips.

This summer should be something special for both Jones and Adams.

THE ISSUE: Zipp Duncan

OUR VIEW: Team-first attitude is admired

You can say this about former Elizabethtown High School football standout Zipp Duncan: He doesn't shy away from change.

Now a senior at the University of Kentucky, Duncan is yet again switching positions. He has played defensive end, tight end, offensive guard and is shifting to offensive tackle.

The move comes after Duncan started along a vastly improved offensive line.

Duncan's move is team-oriented. He leaves the comfort of his starting spot to learn a new role along the line, all for the common goal of making Kentucky as strong a team as possible.

Kentucky's recent gridiron success has come with Duncan in the lineup. He has played in 38 games in his Wildcat career with 26 starts.

Some people will show leadership with what they say. Duncan is showing a brand of leadership to be admired with his own actions. Doing what is best for the team is a too often overlooked quality.

Zipp Duncan is showing his fellow Wildcats what being a leader is all about.

- These editorial represent the consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.