Curt Selvy passed away last week. In Corbin, Curt and all his brothers were legendary basketball players and were honored recently by fans from over the last several decades.
I have known Curt all of my life, and I can remember as a young boy when Curt and my grandfather, S. T. Crook used to hunt together out on Crit Farris’ Farm on Spring Cut Road. My grandfather thought a lot of Curt and when my grandfather became too elderly to go hunting with Curt, he would bring game by my grandfather’s house and leave it for him.
I remember my grandmother Crook who was an excellent judge of character and how much she loved Curt. My grandfather, who was an avid basketball fan, telling me how great the 1947 Redhounds were and that Curt was the best player in the state of Kentucky that year.
I remember Curt as a referee in both high school and college where he was the very best at officiating games as well. I remember Curt at the Tri County Country Club calling across the fairway to me saying “Cr oo k (making it sound like a three syllable word) you have the worst swing I have ever seen” and he was right about that too.
Curt Selvy has passed into his next world but he left behind the love of his family, Violet, the love of his life, Sherry, his daughter, her husband Fred Hoskins and their grandson, Brad and all of his brothers and sisters to whom he meant so much.
The young guns of Coach Tony Pietrowski suffered their first defeat Thursday of last week but acquitted themselves very well as they bounced back and applied a spanking to Knoxville Catholic. The loss to Bell County was not severe in any respect as the young ‘Hounds never gave up in what was an uphill battle all the way.
Josh Crawford seems to be recovering well from his knee injury and is beginning to take control of the games.
Madison Johnson is certainly providing points, rebounding and defense as he establishes himself as a force in the 13th region. Deke Barley was out with sickness but seems to be fully recovered now and adds quickness and outside shooting to the mix.
Clayton Sewell provides toughness down low and good quickness as well. Josh Smith is a seasoned sophomore who is a very tough kid on the boards and is capable of scoring big numbers at times.
Senior Josh Hamlin has really improved and is an excellent shooter on the perimeter. Aaron Manns is a beat in the middle and plays very hard. Aaron also has great hands with a good shooting touch. Speaking of playing hard, no one plays harder than Isaac Wilson, who has added a new dimension to the concept of defense, he is extremely quick and knows how to get the ball where it should go.
Lee Crawford has a beautiful shooting touch and his young looks belie his toughness. Lee’s development adds yet another weapon for coach Pietrowski. How do I feel about this year’s edition of the Redhounds. I love them
Whoever put the Associated Press All-State Football Team together must have their heads in a hole. For Clint Cashen to go totally unnoticed is unbelievable. Cashen led the ‘Hounds through thick and thin and always provided tremendous leadership. Whoever did not see to it that Cashen was given the honor he so richly deserved should be ashamed. Josh Sanders, Rob Madon and Sean Nolan were deserving of mention as well.
I am sure Cashen will add help to the basketball team before the season is over. I do not care what you are playing, I would want Clint on my team, he is a winner.
Ah yes, it is time for my mystery roster. The coach of the mystery roster this week was Jim Messer with assistant coach Ted Mitchell. Their colors are Orange and Black and they were the Wildcats.
The cheerleaders were Carlene Maloney, Shirley Lockaby, Joanne Mitchell, Nancy Mitchell and Pat Gilbert. The mystery roster: Gary Teague, Jack Willis, Jim Goodman, Harold Hart, Richard Maloney, Nolan Ferral, C. S. Frederick, Jerry Chadwell, Delano Sams, David Ridner, Tex Inman and Billy Don Montgomery.
This may very well have been the best team to ever represent this school. They were loaded with talent but were beaten by Corbin 58-51 in the semifinals of the 50th District in 1958.
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