After doing play-by-play in Madisonville for 23 years, research that originally was "job-helpful" became a hobby.
Special thanks to Bob Simmons, my sportscasting mentor and former boss. Bob taught me game preparation, numerous do's and don'ts, and put up with my noisy enthusiasm as we broadcast the District, Region and State Tournaments together for almost twenty years.
Altogether it was a 33-year broadcasting career that included stops at AFVN, Saigon as a radio/television sportscaster; the National Junior College basketball tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas; and two decades worth of Kentucky state basketball tournaments in Lexington/Louisville.
Honors that have come my way include:
2004 Madisonville All Sports Hall of Fame
2011 Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches
"Court of Honor" - Lifetime Media Contributor
The Madisonville Messenger has been a tremendous source of information for this site. I spent dozens of hours in the archives of the Hopkinsville New Era. The online Park City Daily News (Bowling Green,) Middlesboro Daily News, and Harlan Daily Enterprise have all been helpful as I fill in blanks and add notes. Thanks to the many individuals who helped with personal scrapbooks, yearbooks, scores, coaches' names, team records, etc.
Jim Swinford of Cynthiana did an incredible job of digging up the final pieces of the puzzle that made the baseball records complete, and he supplied much of the 10th region basketball page. David Edmundson has done marvelous work in compiling the history of the 4th region. Jim Bates, Danny Perkins, Kevin Patton and the late Bob Offutt (all of Henderson) have supplied quite a bit of information; and former sportscaster Todd Griffin of the Princeton Times Leader has been a regular contributor.
Ron Bevars and the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches...and 15th/16th region historian Curtis Crye...have supplied much material.
In 2012, Jeff Cooper in Louisville started sharing his collection of every district, region and state tournament score...back to the first pre-state tournament games in 1921. Through the end of 2014, he is missing only 45 scores from that 93-year period. Unbelievable! And he continues to dig!
My name is Bob Mays. If you have an addition, a correction, or a comment...my address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I would enjoy hearing from you.