WSIP Sports 7-29-2016


H.S. Basketball

Longtime Paintsville boys basketball coach Bill Mike Runyon has reportedly resigned. Runyon has spent 30 years during two stints as the Paintsville head coach. In his career, Runyon has collected 581 wins which ranks him 23rd on the Kentucky all-time coaching list. Runyon began his run as Tigers head coach in 1982, but retired from coaching after the 2007-08 season only to return to Paintsville prior to the 2012-13 season. He has led the Tigers to 14 - 57th District championships, 8 - 15th Region championships, 4 appearances in the Sweet 16 semifinals and a state championship in 1996, PHS also finished runner-up in 1998. Runyon has coached 2 Kentucky Mr. Basketball, 1987 winner John Pelphrey and 1998 winner J.R. VanHoose. According to other media reports, Runyon reportedly said he wanted to remain as the head coach, but "because of extenuating circumstances" had to resign hi position. There has been no reports thus far on who will be named the next Tigers head basketball coach.

UK Football

Univ. of Kentucky football’s annual Fan Day has been set for Saturday, Aug. 6. The event will feature an autograph session with players and coaches, followed by an open practice. Admission and parking for the event are free of charge. Fan Day festivities will begin at 9 a.m. in the Nutter Field House, where the entire Kentucky football team will sign autographs. The autograph session will last until 10:15 a.m. Following autographs, fans will be able to watch one of Kentucky’s first practices of fall camp at the practice fields next to the new Kentucky Football Training Facility, unveiled to players last week. Practice is tentatively scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and last until approximately 12:30 p.m. Fans will be allowed to enter 20 minutes prior to the start of practice.

The Wildcats football team will report to camp on Aug. 4 and participate in media day on Aug. 5. UK is preparing for its 2016 season opener vs. Southern Miss, which will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 in Commonwealth Stadium. Season tickets for UK’s seven home games and single-game tickets for both home and away games are available at UKFootballTix.com.

Cincinnati Reds

The Cincinnati Reds are coming off a series win over the San Francisco Giants, winning 2 out of 3 games. Since the All-Star break, Cincinnati is 8-4, but still sits in last place in the Central Division @ 4-61 overall and 21 games behind the Chicago Cubs. The Reds will open up a 3-game weekend series at the San Diego Padres tonight. Game time is set for 10:40 PM tonight, 8:40 PM Saturday and 4:40 PM Sunday. Each game available on AM 600 WKYH in Paintsville.


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