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OPINION NOTEBOOK: I don’t fish, but DelVisco does (and other thoughts) (07/31)

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By Nathaniel Bryan

 

Not-so-random notes and thoughts on the world of local sports compiled while gearing up for the fall prep season. On my parents’ farm in Glendale – well close enough, since they have an Elizabethtown mailing address and a Sonora phone number – are two ponds. They – the ponds, not my parents – are both big enough to fish in and seem to be well stocked. But I don’t fish. If some of y’all still haven’t figured it out yet, I ain’t exactly the most patient person to grace this earth. So waiting for a marine animal to snatch up a piece of metal attached to a long piece of twine attached to a pole attached (sort of) to my hand is pretty much out (if not confusing enough to read as well). However, for those of you interested in the sport of fishing – shout out to Elizabethtown’s own KEVIN SNIDER – you’re in for a treat tonight. And at of all places, a restaurant known for its steak (and peanuts, yay!). Professional fisherman Mike DelVisco will be at Elizabethtown’s Texas Roadhouse from 6-8 tonight. He’ll share tips, teach children about the art of fishing and sign autographs. Plus, he’ll show off that nifty state-of-the-art fishing vessel, err, boat, and truck he uses on the Bassmaster tour. IN THE WATER n Two Central Hardin students are hanging out this week in Atlanta, but I’m thinking they’re going to beat the heat. Senior ASHLEY LEWIS and junior AMBER COOPER, who own every major Lady Bruin swim record, are two of Kentucky’s 48 swimmers competing in the Southern Zones through Sunday. They left on Monday, the day after the four-day State A Championship wrapped up at E-town Swim & Fitness Center. Lewis is one of the team’s captains. Cooper is competing in a 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) open water swim on Sunday. I can’t run a 5K without simultaneously combusting – of course, being an overweight, asthmatic diabetic might have a smidgeon to do with that – and she’s swimming them for fun. ON THE LINKS n Lauren Hartlage, a 10-year-old from Elizabethtown, tees off at 9:06 a.m. today in the first round of the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship at Whispering Pines West in North Carolina. Her mommy should be familiar – new Elizabethtown girls’ golf coach Kim Hartlage. ON THE TRACK n One of the top athletes to ever come out of Hardin County’s got a new gig. Former North Hardin High School and Western Kentucky University standout JOEY STOCKTON has been named the head track and field coach at Campbellsville University. Stockton will be working double time, as he is an assistant coach on the Tigers’ football team. ON THE HARDWOOD n For those of you who forgot about GREG JOHNSON since he sat out last season at North Hardin, he certainly hasn’t forgotten what to do on the basketball court. During last week’s 455-camper Rick Bolus Blue Chip camp at Georgetown College, Johnson averaged more than 30 points per game on his way to being selected as the camp’s Most Valuable Player. He also won the slam dunk contest and was runner-up in the All-Star game MVP voting. Joining Johnson on the 30-member All-Star team was fellow North Hardin teammate BILLY THOMPSON – someone else known for his tremendous hops, since he won the Class 3-A high jump title at State in June – who helped the Trojans become the only team with more than one All-Star selection. n Of North Hardin’s four players to attend the girls’ Blue Chip camp at Bellarmine University in Louisville, three (DESTINY BRAMBLETT, RAECHAUN EDWARDS and JENNIFER SMILEY) were named to the “First 20” All-Star team, which consisted of the top 20 players attending the camp, which featured 300 players from 12 states. Bramblett and Edwards helped their team to a 10-1 record and a runner-up finish, while Bramblett and Smiley were selected to play for an All-Star team in the Adidas Super 64 Tournament in Las Vegas. n Although it’s not exactly basketball related, North Hardin guard Sarah Anderson’s travel softball team recently won a World Series qualifier in Wisconsin. Next up is a trip to New England to play in the World Series in Boston. Nathaniel Bryan is a sports writer for The News-Enterprise. He can be reached at 505-1758 or at nbryan@thenewsenterprise.com