Category Archives: Ron Hamblin

High School Football Week 4 Wrap-up

Coach Tom Larkey won his 300th game – Photo by Brendon Miller

As Fall weather approaches, High School Football is getting more and more exciting.  It has been especially exciting for the Perry Central Commodores and Coach Tom Larkey. Perry has started out the season with 3 straight wins going in to last night’s contest with Clay County. Coach Larkey was looking for prestigious win number 300. In BSN’s game of the week, Larkey would get his 300th win and Perry Central would run their record to 4-0 with a 35-12 win over Clay County.  Continue reading High School Football Week 4 Wrap-up

Taking Pride in your Country during Sports

Marcus Peters – KC Chiefs sits during National Anthem disrespecting our Country, Flag and Troops who died for this country – Photo Courtesy Bleacher Report

(Opinion Article by Ron Hamblin)
The NFL opened it’s season Thursday with the Kansas City Chiefs beating defending Champions New England Patriots in Foxboro. Although that was huge in and of it self, it wasn’t the whole story. Last season, NFL numbers for viewers were down drastically and most of it was attributed to NFL players deciding it was a good idea to protest during the National Anthem. HUGE MISTAKE.

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Week Three of High School Football Full of Excitement

PCC QB Jack Sluss drops back for a pass. – Photo by Tony McGuire

Week three schedule of High School Football was all over the place due to heavy rain that was forecast throughout the region. Some teams moved their games up one day and play on Thursday while others moved to Saturday. Most teams decided to chance it and played as scheduled on Friday night. Continue reading Week Three of High School Football Full of Excitement

Week 2 High School Football is in the Books

Hazard defeats Harlan County 17-6 in BSN Game of the Week. Photo by Brendon Miller

There is nothing like High School football this time of the year and this weekend was no exception. In the Bluegrass Sports Nation Game of the Week, the Hazard Bulldogs defeated a very good Harlan County Blackbears in Hazard by the score of 17-6. Harlan was coming off their season opening win with high expectations against 2016 Class “A” State Tournament runner up, the Hazard Bulldogs. Hazard’s defense would not allow that to happen as they held Harlan to 182 yards in total offense. Hazard ran the ball for 148 yards led by Corey Smith with 122 yards and 2 scores. Hazard’s defense also accounted for 3 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries. Continue reading Week 2 High School Football is in the Books

High School Football underway in fine fashion

Paintsville defeats Estill in BSN Game of the Week – Photo by Brendon Miller

It is hard to believe that it is already time for High School Football. It seems like yesterday we were on the baseball field. High School Football is the official sign that fall is just about here. Last season saw 3 mountain teams make it to the State Championship game. Johnson Central and Belfry both won their Class’s State Title with Hazard finishing as the Runner-up .  This year all three should be battling for yet another trip to the Championship game. Continue reading High School Football underway in fine fashion

UK well represented at McDonalds All American Classic

Mar 26, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds High School All-American forward PJ Washington Jr (25) poses for a photo during the 2017 McDonalds All American Game Portrait Day at Chicago Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 26, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds High School All-American forward PJ Washington Jr (25) poses for a photo during the 2017 McDonalds All American Game Portrait Day at Chicago Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

BLUEGRASS SPORTS NATION was one of the few media outlets from Kentucky to attend the McDonalds Classic in Chicago this past week.

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Mar 26, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds High School All-American forward Jarred Vanderbilt (2) poses for a photo during the 2017 McDonalds All American Game Portrait Day at Chicago Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Miller took in all the action for BSN. The Kentucky Wildcats were represented by this years incoming freshman.  Jarred Vanderbilt, Quade Greene, PJ Washington and Nicholas Richards will all make their home in Lexington next season. UK will once again be a force to be reckoned with. Continue reading UK well represented at McDonalds All American Classic

NCAA Sweet 16 – Are there really any upsets at this stage of the tournament

South Regional - Memphis, Tenn
South Regional – Memphis, Tenn

If you are looking for surprises and upsets at this time in the tournament, you really won’t see many. On the first night of play in the Sweet 16, the buzz was about a number 11 seed, Xavier, knocking off a 2 seed in Arizona. Was this really an upset. The AP Preseason poll had Xavier ranked 7th and Arizona 10th while the USA Today Coaches poll had them 8 and 11. Did Xavier live up to expectations during the season. Continue reading NCAA Sweet 16 – Are there really any upsets at this stage of the tournament

2017 Boys Sweet 16 First Round Over

The 2017 Boys Sweet 16 First round action at Rupp Arena has come to an end with very little surprises. At the end of the first round, half of the 16 teams representing Regions across the state, have packed up and went home with dreams of a State Title dashed. Here is a look at each game for the opening round of 16. Continue reading 2017 Boys Sweet 16 First Round Over

Boys Sweet 16 – Perry Central Advances to Elite 8

Tobler with the drive - Photo by Brendon Miller
Tobler with the drive – Photo by Brendon Miller

BOYS SWEET 16 1st Round, Gm 2.

Perry Central vs Pikeville 3-15-17

Both Perry Central and Pikeville, Mountain teams, entered Rupp Arena with dreams of a State Championship. Both teams came out sluggish to start the game and the nervousness showed as both committed careless turnovers and missed easy shots. Midway through the first quarter the teams settled in and started to run their offenses a little smoother. Pikeville had a hard time getting shots off as PCC’s big men contested everything near the rim. Pikeville would hold a one point lead after the 1st quarter 9-8. Continue reading Boys Sweet 16 – Perry Central Advances to Elite 8

SEC Tournament Wrapup (Day 2)

Georgia defeats Tennessee to advance to play UK. - Photo by Brendon Miller
Georgia defeats Tennessee to advance to play UK. – Photo by Brendon Miller

Battle to see who would face the Wildcats Goes to Georgia

It wasn’t easy by any stretch, but the Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Tennessee Vols 59-57 to get the opportunity to play the Tournaments number one seed, the UK Wildcats. Georgia would bounce out in front with a 5-0 lead but Tennessee would battle back eventually tying the game and then taking a brief lead at the 9:37 mark of the first half. Both teams would battle back and forth until halftime where Tennessee would hold on to a 27-26 lead. Continue reading SEC Tournament Wrapup (Day 2)