Former Kentucky High School Tennis Star In the Limelight

ICYMI, the 2011 Kentucky State High School Tennis champion, Samantha Maddox is a senior at the College of Charleston and a member of the women’s tennis team.  However, if you google Samantha Maddox you will find out two things very quickly: 1. she is dating PGA Tour member Dustin’s Johnson’s brother Austin Johnson, and 2. she is not the biggest fan of baggy clothes or beer or pizza or Meghan Trainor.

samantha maddox Maddox is the daughter of former UK football offensive lineman, John Maddox.  Austin Johnson is Dustin’s caddie.

You can visit Samantha’s Instagram account here. is your number 1 place for women’s sports coverage.

859 Sports 10th Region Boys and Girls Computer Rankings 2/16/15


1 Mason County 88.0
2 Campbell County 67.9
3 George Rogers Clark 67.1
4 Augusta 60.0
5 Paris 59.2
6 Bishop Brossart 58.0
7 Montgomery County 56.4
8 Scott 56.0
9 Harrison County 51.4
10 St. Patrick 47.0
11 Silver Grove 45.8
12 Pendleton County 43.0
13 Bracken County 39.6
14 Nicholas County 33.8
15 Bourbon County 32.3
16 Robertson County 22.8
17 Calvary Christian 15.8


1 Scott 66.4
2 Campbell County 65.7
3 George Rogers Clark 63.7
4 Mason County 63.2
5 Bracken County 63.1
6 Bourbon County 56.8
7 Robertson County 53.4
8 Bishop Brossart 53.3
9 Pendleton County 51.9
10 Augusta 49.4
11 Nicholas County 40.9
12 Montgomery County 33.3
13 Paris 33.3
14 Harrison County 31.4
15 Calvary Christian 23.9
16 St. Patrick 12.3

8th Region Rankings

9th Region Rankings

859 Sports 9th Region Boys and Girls Computer Rankings 2/16/15


1 Newport Central Catholic 89.2
2 Covington Catholic 79.2
3 Holmes 70.7
4 Dixie Heights 70.4
5 Boone County 66.0
6 Cooper 63.2
7 St. Henry 62.3
8 Holy Cross (Covington) 56.2
9 Ludlow 55.9
10 Bellevue 55.3
11 Conner 51.8
12 Newport 51.1
13 Beechwood 46.9
14 Lloyd Memorial 43.6
15 Highlands 37.6
16 Dayton 36.8
17 Villa Madonna 36.6
18 Ryle 30.4
19 Covington Latin 26.7
20 Heritage Academy 23.7


1 Holmes 94.5
2 Highlands 88.2
3 Holy Cross (Covington) 83.7
4 Newport Central Catholic 65.9
5 Newport 59.8
6 Ryle 57.2
7 Boone County 56.6
8 Dixie Heights 55.0
9 St. Henry 55.0
10 Ludlow 54.7
11 Bellevue 54.4
12 Lloyd Memorial 51.8
13 Villa Madonna 49.0
14 Notre Dame 48.9
15 Dayton 45.7
16 Beechwood 45.5
17 Conner 42.9
18 Cooper 41.1
19 Covington Latin 38.5
20 Heritage Academy 30.8

8th Region Rankings

859 Sports Computer Rankings 8th Region Boys and Girls 2/16/15


1 Oldham County 82.6
2 Owen County 80.2
3 Collins 70.0
4 Shelby County 68.6
5 Anderson County 61.7
6 Simon Kenton 56.1
7 Trimble County 55.8
8 North Oldham 55.1
9 Walton-Verona 51.5
10 Grant County 49.0
11 Spencer County 44.0
12 Eminence 44.0
13 South Oldham 38.8
14 Henry County 35.5
15 Carroll County 35.0
16 Gallatin County 27.3
17 Williamstown 26.3


1 Simon Kenton 81.4
2 Shelby County 79.5
3 Gallatin County 65.3
4 Trimble County 64.3
5 Anderson County 62.2
6 Collins 57.1
7 Walton-Verona 55.1
8 South Oldham 54.5
9 Williamstown 52.2
10 North Oldham 49.5
11 Oldham County 45.8
12 Carroll County 37.9
13 Henry County 34.6
14 Owen County 33.5
15 Grant County 32.9
16 Eminence 32.8
17 Spencer County 26.0

Chewing Tobacco, Chewing Tobacco, Spit, Spit, Spit Means You Will Sit

We live in a world of inconsistencies; purposeful and planned inconsistencies.  The world is ran by adults who are often times well intentioned and other times not so well intentioned.  There has always been quite a bit of talk  about how sports teaches kids lessons they will take with them when they are done playing sports.  What never is clear, is exactly what lessons are being learned.

The lesson being learned by a wrestler at St. Xavier High School in Louisville is, if you are going to chew tobacco then don’t take it to school with you and set off firecrackers. Because, your locker will be searched and the contraband revealed.

According to the Courier Journal, Dominic Lampe, the 160 lb. defending Kentucky State Wrestling Champion will have to sit out this weekend’s Region Four Tournament at Manual and will not be eligible to compete in the State Championships set for next Friday and Saturday in Lexington, Ky.

Jeff Lampe said his son’s backpack and locker were searched by St. X officials after Dominic and two other students set off a firecracker in the locker room.

Chewing tobacco was found in Lampe’s backpack and St. X has a very strict no tobacco policy.

“It is the policy of the Saint Xavier Athletic Department that all students who participate in the school athletic programs will refrain from the possession, use, or distribution of tobacco, alcohol, and/or drugs at all times. This policy applies on and off campus, including evenings, weekends, and holidays, and during periods of the year when their activity is ‘out of season.’ Student athletes who possess, use, or distribute drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products at any time are in violation of this policy and will be disciplined by the athletic department and their coach.”

A first tobacco offense at St. X carries an automatic and immediate suspension of 10 percent of a season, regardless of whether the infraction occurs in mid-season or on the eve of the state finals.

For the fifth consecutive year, the Campbell County Camels won the 6th Region wrestling championship.  The Camels have 11 state qualifiers.

Newport, one of the newest programs in northern Kentucky had a strong finish at 6th.  The Wildcats did have a wrestling program in the 1970s that was discontinued in the 1980s and revived 9 years ago. Covington Catholic is in their 2nd season of wrestling.

Weight Wrestler Place
106lbs Tanner Yenter * 1st Place
113lbs Brady Wells * 2nd Place
120lbs Dakota Lillie * 3rd Place
126lbs Brad Krebs * 2nd Place
132lbs Bryan Holden 5th Place
138lbs Bryan Spahr * 1st Place
160lbs Jarrod Stadtmiller * 4th Place
182lbs Eli Matthews * 1st Place
195lbs Brett Graziani * 3rd Place
220lbs Austin Myers * 1st Place
285lbs Jordan Mason * 3rd Place

* Automatic state qualifier 

Region 6 final team standings:

1. Campbell County 228.5

2. Ryle 204.5

3. Cooper 138.5

4. Scott 135.5

5. Walton-Verona 124.5

6. Newport 119.5

7. Simon Kenton 116.5

8. Dixie Heights 103

9. Holmes 67

10. Conner 66

11t. Boone County, Covington Catholic 37.

Region 6 individual wrestling champions (top four in each weight division advance to state):

106: Tanner Yenter (Campbell County) def. Blake Roth (Walton-Verona), 13-4;

113: Ryan Moore (Walton-Verona) def. Brady Wells (Campbell County), 6-3;

120: Cody Huston (Cooper) def. Joey Scaggs (Dixie Heights), 4-3; 126: Logan Erdman (Ryle) def. Brad Krebs (Campbell County), forfeit;

132: Mason Smith (Walton-Verona) def. (Kyle Steiner (Cooper), fall 5:38;

138: Bryan Spahr (Campbell County) def. Derek Wiley (Conner), 3-1;

145: Tony Ashford (Scott) def. Jack Dorne (Ryle), fall 0:38;

152: Jon Belk (Ryle) def. Tristin Badida (Conner), fall 1:54;

160: Johnny Meiman (Ryle) def. David Lynam (Newport), fall 3:27;

170: Ryan Woolf (Ryle) def. Eli Sowder (Scott), 8-1;

182: Elisiah Matthews (Campbell County) def. Casey Cornett (Simon Kenton), 7-6;

195: Elijah Miller (Simon Kenton) def. Benjamin Lippert (Ryle), 22-6;

220: Austin Myers (Campbell County) def. Ahmad Hameidan (Boone County), 22-6;

285: Branden Johnson (Dixie Heights) def. Deric Applegate (Newport), fall 1:17

Aggressive, hard working, stocky kids can wrestle.  Every school in the 859 should have a program.

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Chicago, Gangsters, Domestic Violence, and Crime (The Valentine’s Day Edition)

Happy Valentines Day!

Former Reds pitcher David Wells tweeted a photo claiming that his wife bit him for cheating on her.

Then his wife tweeted this photo:

Was he cheating on her with David Cone?  I hope this is not the joke that it appears.  David Wells is > Kenny Powers.

Yoga pants are under attack.  Really, the ultra extremists in this country have a lot more in common with the Taliban than they do with America.  Can we just stop this conversation now?  Whether it be Yoga pants, leggings or etc.  there is a place for them in this country.  Want to talk about banning something?  How about  hair buns, high waist jeans, and flats.

Go America!  Lets start the protest against the protest right now!


I spent nearly a week in Chicago last June.  Made two trips to Wrigley.  The place is still a dump.  There’s not a good seat in the entire park and on June 26th it was so damn cold, I had to leave early.  Chicago is a great place if you like beer, food, and educated women.  Chicago is a horrible place if you like baseball.  Well, Wrigley field is being renovated:

This offseason, the long-awaited ballpark expansion and restoration, now known as The 1060 Project, is underway. This upgrade is designed to ensure the viability of the ballpark for future generations of Cubs fans, while preserving the beauty, charm and historic features fans have come to know and love.

The four-year plan — which will include structural upgrades; improved player facilities, new fan amenities, outfield signage, including a video board in left field, expanded concessions, new and improved restroom facilities, and much more — will be undertaken in four separate phases, beginning with the conclusion of the 2014 baseball season. Here’s what you can expect in each of the next four years at the corner of Clark and Addison.

Will fans still have to wait in long lines to pee in a horse trough?

Roger Goodell made $35 million dollars for doing absolutely nothing in 2014.  How hard is it to get up every morning, go to the office and not make decisions and have no repercussions to your lack of decision making.  Goodell is a New York City rich kid who has never had to sit in a job interview in his life.  He has not one thing in common with the average NFL fan except perhaps IQ.  He is the face of Wall Street.  The face of handouts and legacies.   Never being accountable, never having to earn anything but handed over the reins to powerful institutions because he happens to be old, fat, white and someone’s son.  But the new MLB commissioner is probably worse. According to Yahoo Sports, Rob Manfred says he believes going to a Super Bowl type biding process to see who will host the MLB All-Star game.  I just can’t tell you how little I think of the All-Star game but its a big deal to a lot of fans and it should remain as far from NFL like handling as is possible.

Cops mishandled the Aaron Hernandez investigation.  They showed up at his house at 10:30 pm and knocked on the door.  No one answered so they walked around for a long time. Their evidence is crumbling as they are now relying on the “it took him a long time to answer the door” proof of guilt.   However, Hernandez screwed up by giving in and talking.  The Patriot’s knew that Hernandez was being invested within hours after the murder according to Yahoo Sports and cut him within hours of his arrest.  If that would have been you or me that the cops found rental keys from a car we rented in the jacket of a dead person, they would’ve sought a warrant and knocked down our doors.

The Reds have one legitimate really good hitter and his name is Joey Votto.  People in this town that are bad at math are already bitching about Votto.  Marty Brennaman made some kind of ridiculous remark on WLW yesterday about if Votto wants to lead the league in OBP, then the Reds are in trouble.  Baloney.  That statement is pure Thom Foolery.

Does Marty B. even know who has led the league in OBP over the last 40 years?

Here is every person who has led the NL in OBP from 1974 to 2014 (23 names):

McCutchen, Votto, Pujols, Chipper Jones, Bonds, Helton, Larry Walker, McGwire, Sheffield, Gwynn, Dykstra, Lonnie Smith, Kal Daniels, Jack Clark, Raines, Pedro Guerrero, Gary Mathews, Mike Schmidt, Keith Hernandez, Pete Rose, Jeff Burroughs, Reggie Smith, Joe Morgan.

Want to go back further?

How about:

Ken Singleton, Morgan, Mays, Carty, McCovey, Rose, Allen, Santo, Mathews, Frank Robinson, Wally Moon, Ashburn, Joe Cunningham, Musial, Jackie Robinson, Ralph friggin Kiner.

Takes up to through the 1950s.

I can’t help but wonder if the same people who complain about Votto getting on base, think Todd Frazier is a “gamer.”

Wondering about Valentine’s Day?  Well me neither but I want to fill this post with more insanity, so here it goes:

According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.

Bugs Moran was a Chicago Northsider and leader of the Irish Catholic mob.  Moran invented the drive by shooting.  Tired of the drive by shootings, Al Capone staged a ambush one infamous Valentine’s Day.  The site of the Valentine’s Day massacre has not been preserved and is now a parking lot to some kind of hospital.

Happy February 14th everyone.

Cantrall, Litkenhous, and 859 Sports Combined Rankings Boys Basketball 2/13/15

The 859Sports team of mathematicians, analysts, and bar flies have been hard at work this morning.  Some interesting diversity in the polls.  For example, 859Sports likes Trimble County, Ludlow, and Augusta better than the other two systems.  Which poll do you find most accurate?

8th Region Cantrall Litkenhous 859Sports Average
Oldham County 1 1 1 1.0
Collins 2 3 3 2.7
Owen County 3 4 2 3.0
Shelby County 5 5 4 4.7
Simon Kenton 4 2 8 4.7
Anderson County 6 7 5 6.0
North Oldham 8 8 7 7.7
Grant County 7 6 10 7.7
Spencer County 10 9 11 10.0
Walton-Verona 11 11 9 10.3
South Oldham 9 10 13 10.7
Trimble County 13 14 6 11.0
Henry County 12 12 14 12.7
Eminence 15 16 12 14.3
Gallatin County 14 13 16 14.3
Carroll County 16 15 15 15.3
Williamstown 17 17 17 17.0
9th Region Cantrall Litkenhous 859Sports Average
Newport Central Catholic 1 1 1 1.0
Covington Catholic 2 2 2 2.0
Holmes 4 3 3 3.3
Dixie Heights 3 5 4 4.0
Cooper 5 4 6 5.0
Boone County 6 6 5 5.7
St. Henry 7 7 7 7.0
Holy Cross (Covington) 8 8 8 8.0
Newport 9 10 11 10.0
Conner 10 9 12 10.3
Beechwood 11 11 13 11.7
Ludlow 15 15 9 13.0
Highlands 13 13 15 13.7
Bellevue 16 16 10 14.0
Lloyd Memorial 14 14 14 14.0
Ryle 12 12 18 14.0
Villa Madonna 18 17 16 17.0
Dayton 17 18 17 17.3
Covington Latin 19 19 19 19.0
Heritage Academy 20 20 20 20.0
10th Region Cantrall Litkenhous 859Sports Average
Mason County 1 1 1 1.0
Campbell County 2 2 2 2.0
George Rogers Clark 3 3 3 3.0
Montgomery County 4 4 7 5.0
Paris 7 6 4 5.7
Bishop Brossart 5 8 6 6.3
Scott 8 5 8 7.0
Harrison County 6 7 9 7.3
Augusta 10 10 5 8.3
Pendleton County 9 9 12 10.0
St. Patrick 12 13 10 11.7
Bourbon County 11 11 15 12.3
Bracken County 13 12 13 12.7
Silver Grove 15 15 11 13.7
Nicholas County 14 14 14 14.0
Robertson County 16 16 16 16.0
Calvary Christian 17 17 17 17.0

You can see the Computer rankings for both boys and girls divided by Regions here: 8th, 9th, or 10th