A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Billy Reed: High school basketball in Kentucky is about culture, education, politics, not just sports

If I were to approach a university president about teaching a course on the History of High School Basketball in Kentucky, I’m confident he or she would look at me as if I were a Martian and dismiss the idea by saying there was no money for such a frivolous class. That would be a shame, of course, because the course would be about much more than basketball. It would be about culture, race, geography,...

Kentucky by Heart: Former top-ranked boxer Stitch noted more for his feats outside the ring

In the 1950s and early into 1960, Louisville’s Rudell Stitch was a highly successful amateur and professional boxer. He ranked as high as second in the world as a welterweight and later found renown as a lightweight. He won 45 of 57 amateur bouts, with five Kentucky state titles along the way. As a professional, Stitch won twenty-seven out of thirty-four matches, including thirteen by KOs. These...