Tim Rice was a great friend

Former Southwestern Lady Warrior basketball coach Tim Rice (Upper Left) is seen here with his assistant coaches, Chris Adkins (Upper Right), Chelsea Gomez (Front Row Left) and Mark Fothergill (Front Row Right), in a photo that was taken before the season tipped off while he was the head coach at Southwestern. Rice was tragically killed in an automobile accident on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the age of 59.
Photo by David Rogers.

By DOUG EADS

Former Southwestern Lady Warrior basketball coach Tim Rice was taken way too young on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, as he was tragically killed in an auto accident in Martin County.

Rice, age 59, was the current head coach of the Sheldon Clark Lady Cardinals in Martin County.

Of course most people from the Pulaski County-Somerset area remember coach Rice as the head coach of the Southwestern girl’s basketball program from 2004 through the 2013 season.



In that span, Rice had a memorable run at Southwestern, winning four district championships, and finishing as a 12th Regional runner-up on one occasion.

You can talk about wins and losses, district titles and the like when it comes to Tim Rice, but the first thing I thought of yesterday when I heard about coach Rice’s unfortunate accident was that I lost a very good friend.

Tim was a great guy, and a very good basketball coach, and above all, he was a good friend.

We had many, many conversations after games throughout the years — both wins and losses — and the one constant each and every time was coach Rice would always find a way to say something to make me — or both of us — have a good laugh.

Tim was a funny guy, and he never took himself too seriously. He was the kind of guy you just liked to hang around with, because at some point, he was going to do or say something that would make you laugh or bring a smile across your face.

We played church league softball games against one another at Wheeler Park over the course of many summers, and the trash talking — all in good fun — lasted from the first pitch to the final out of each and every game. After all, we were competitors, and Tim was as competitive of a guy as they came.

I’m saddened that we all lost Tim way too soon earlier this week, but I can take solace that he was a part of my life for the 10 years that he was the head basketball coach for the Lady Warriors.

So, rest in peace my friend. You are gone way too soon, but you will never be forgotten.





Lady Maroons extend winning streak to 19, with 16-1 pounding over Somerset

By DOUG EADS

Since a season-opening loss to Mercer County, Brad Gover and the Pulaski County Lady Maroon softball team has been on an absolute tear, having not lost a game since.

Last night — facing a Somerset team for the first time this season — Gover and company extended their winning streak to 19 games in a row, with a 16-1 thumping over the Lady Jumpers in a game shortened to five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

And as one might imagine, it was a total team effort.



Eva Gover continued her outstanding season by going 4-4 at the plate with four runs driven in for Pulaski County.

Riley Hull went a perfect, 3-3 at the dish with 3 RBI, and Holly Barron was 3-3 at the plate with three runs driven in.

Bella Ellis banged out a couple of hits and drove in two runs, while Taylor Young went 3-3 at the plate with two RBI.

It was just that kind of night for a PC team that moved to 19-1 on the season and has shown no signs whatsoever of slowing down this year.

“We have a bunch of girls that just love the game of softball and look for ways to get better each game,” stated a very happy coach Gover after the game.

“I thought we hit the ball really well, and we were disciplined at the plate,” added the Lady Maroon coach. “We hit pitches that we could hit, and we were active in the field as well.”

As for Gover’s counterpart in this 47th District matchup, as one might imagine Somerset head coach David Dorsey wasn’t pleased with his club’s play or effort after the contest.

The loss dropped Somerset to 6-16 on the season, and Dorsey says that while he feels his club just isn’t very good right now, they will keep working to try to figure things out coming down the home stretch of the season with a very young team.



“Experience- wise right now, we’re probably a decent middle school team right now,” lamented Dorsey immediately following last night’s contest.

“I’m replacing seniors that have either graduated or quit this year with seventh and eighth graders and freshmen,” Dorsey added. “They’ve had some bright spots and I’m proud of that, but it’s just hard to compete with upperclassmen night in and night out with such a young team.”

Jasmine Peavy was a bright spot for Somerset in the loss with a hit and the Lady Jumpers lone RBI in the game.

Emma Hawk and Addison Langford both had hits in the game for Somerset, while seventh grader Molly Lucas led the Lady Jumpers with a pair of hits in the contest.

Both teams will meet up again tomorrow night at Somerset at 6 p.m. for a rematch — weather permitting.

On the baseball diamond last night, it was Somerset topping Pulaski County in a 47th District contest by a final score of 9-4.



Lady Maroons top Casey County; run win streak to 13

By DOUG EADS

The Pulaski County Lady Maroon softball team has been on a roll since a season-opening loss to Mercer County, and Brad Gover’s club continued that roll in its district opener on Tuesday afternoon.

Hosting the Casey County Lady Rebels in a 47th District contest, Pulaski County got a solid effort on the mound from Kaylee Strunk, and got the job done at the plate as well.

As a result, the Lady Maroons improved to 13-1 on the season and extended their winning streak to a baker’s dozen, with an 11-2 win over Casey County.



Strunk went the distance for PC, throwing seven innings against the Lady Rebels, allowing Casey County five hits, while fanning seven batters and walking only one.

At the plate, it was the trio of Riley Hull, Eva Gover, and Gabby Countryman that did big-time damage in this affair for the Lady Maroons.

All three banged out two hits in the win, with Hull driving in 4 runs, Gover added a pair of RBI’s, and Strunk helped her own cause with a hit and a pair of runs driven in.

PC took control of this one by scoring five runs in a decisive fifth inning off of Casey County’s Haley Price, and never looked back on its way to win number 13 in a row.

Strunk and Dawn Wilson both walked in the frame, Hull had a single, and Casey County had a costly error on a ball hit by Bella Ellis.

With the win, the Lady Maroons went to 1-0 in district play, and will look to extend their winning streak to 14 games tomorrow in a rematch against the Lady Rebels at Casey County.

That game is set to get underway in Liberty beginning at 6 p.m.