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Barbourville High School Baseball’s Thursday News and Views


Hello there, readers. Tonight we have a feel-good story for you from southeastern Kentucky, where the Barbourville Tigers upset Knox Central, 1-0, Tuesday night to claim its second 51st District Championship in three years. But it’s not the play on the field or the district title that has us applauding the Tigers here this evening; it’s what they did after the game that needs to be shared.

Immediately following the big win, the Tigers hurried off the field, 51st District trophy in hand, to Hampton Funeral Home, where friends and family of Tina Rose were gathered for her visitation. Rose, the mother of Barbourville senior shortstop Jacob Rose, passed away on Saturday. He chose to join his teammates on the field in the district championship over attending her visitation with his family.

Jacob and his teammates filed into the funeral home in their dirty, sweaty uniforms just in time to pay their respects before the ceremony ended Tuesday night. Jacob carried the trophy inside and took it up to his mother’s casket to show it off. She would be proud, too, because we’re told he played “incredibly” Tuesday night and was named to the All-Tournament team after the game.

You can see him holding the trophy with his teammates below:


Jacob Rose holding the trophy

One Barbourville parent said it best: “Some times you can save the game, but this week, the game saved our Jacob.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rose family and the Barbourville community. Good luck in the Region 13 tournament!


Senior pitcher Tanner Moore wrote Tina Rose’s initials in the dirt every time he took the mound in Monday’s semifinal.


Now, the News and Views…

UK Athletics posted a school-record 3.218 cumulative spring GPA.

All University of Kentucky student-athletes combined for the best semester since 2002-03, the first year complete grade info was available. The 3.218 cumulative GPA marks the fourth straight semester the Cats surpassed 3.0 as a whole.

Women’s swimming and diving led the way with a 3.728 GPA, followed by women’s cross country (3.667), softball (3.599), women’s tennis (3.546) and rifle (3.517). Men’s tennis led all UK men’s teams with a 3.401.

The men’s basketball posted a 3.05, while football was one of two schools to miss the 3.0 mark at 2.813.

No, we will not post KSR’s cumulative GPA.

Erin Calipari got engaged.

Congrats to Erin and her fiancee on their engagement! I think this means she should be on the radio show again soon.

I’m setting the odds for “Hey Soul Sister” as the father-daughter dance song at 1/20.

Jalen Whitlow will transfer to Eastern Illinois.

The Panthers made it official with a press release on the school’s website on Wednesday. Whitlow announced his transfer from UK on April 16 after Mark Stoops asked him to move to wide receiver. He wanted to keep playing quarterback and that brings us to where we are today, saying goodbye as he moves to whatever city is home to Eastern Illinois. I don’t know and I’m not looking it up because it doesn’t matter.

It’s important to note that Dorial Green-Beckham was not one of the four incoming transfers mentioned in EIU’s release. College football’s best receiver was rumored to be joining Whitlow in (Insert City) next season. That’d be a nice target to have.

Patrick Towles is working out in California.

Patty Ice is throwing with quarterback coach George Whitfield Jr. in San Diego this week. Sports Illustrated once called Whitfield, “The go-to-coach for big name QB’s Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton and Andrew Luck.”

Towles met Whitfield during the Elite 11 camp in high school. Tennessee’s Justin Worley and Nebraska’s Johnny Stanton are also in San Diego working out with the group.

UK Baseball upset No. 7 Florida in the second round of the SEC Tournament.

The Cats advance to face the South Carolina/Mississippi State winner Thursday night, while Florida moves to the Losers section of the double-elimination SEC Tournament bracket.

Florida is the 2014 regular season champ but couldn’t get it done against Kentucky. UK defeated the top-seeded Gators, 4-2.

Julius Randle likes the idea of playing for the Lakers.

According to Mark Medina of Inside The Lakers, Randle would love to play with Kobe Bryant in the NBA.

“He was my favorite player. I loved Kobe’s persona and swagger and how he played,” Randle said. “He was someone I always looked up to at a young age.”

“It would be extremely fun,” Randle said. “I could learn a lot from him and talk to one of the greatest, if not the greatest player of all time. There’s a lot I could learn from and pick his brain in just how to get better and dealing with adversity.”

ESPN’s Chad Ford has Randle going to Los Angeles at No. 7 in his latest mock draft, but he expects them to shop around with the pick.

R.I.P. to this guy.

Lawd have mercy. (Ignore the carrying violation.)

Tolly-Ho burger named Best Burger in Kentucky by Business Insider.

The hungry minds at Business Insider found the best hamburgers in America and listed them by state in a greasy article that will have you salivating. Tolly-Ho won the crown here in the state of Kentucky. Here is what the website had to say:

KENTUCKY: Tolly-Ho has been providing Lexington with simple yet delicious burgers and shakes since 1971. Its signature burger, the Tolly-Ho, is served on a toasted sesame-seed bun and topped with its housemade secret “Ho” sauce. []

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m making a quick Tolly-Ho run before finishing the night post.

Josh Hopkins is record producer Ralph Bass in the new James Brown biographical movie, Get On Up.

Can you spot him in the trailer?

Looks good.

A Rupp Arena renovation update coming soon?

The deadline for the university’s response to Brent Rice’s letter is this Friday. We expect to hear whether or not any progress was made by the end of the week, maybe as early as tomorrow.

That’ll do it for now, kiddos.

Go Cats?

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

18 Comments for Barbourville High School Baseball’s Thursday News and Views

  1. Chicago Chris
    11:51 pm May 21, 2014 Permalink

    To be fair to the guy who got dunked on, he actually did successfully deflect the ball from Hot Sauce, he just lost sight of where it went… lucky for HS it went right back to him.

  2. Bardstown Joe
    12:22 am May 22, 2014 Permalink

    I just read the headlines. UK Athletics posted a School-Record of 3.218 cumulative spring GPA…This speaks volumes of the success for all tutors in the CATS Academic Center….Go CATS!!

  3. If you just ignore everything it's really cool
    12:27 am May 22, 2014 Permalink

    You mean if you ignore the multiple carries and the ridiculous travel after he recovers the deflection. This Court Kingz crap is as close to actual basketball as paper airplanes are to jetliners. “Look at me! I can juke anybody as a ball handler provided you don’t enforce any of the rules!” The Harlem Globetrotters called…

  4. Really though
    1:04 am May 22, 2014 Permalink

    Tolly-ho burgers are crap compared to an O’Round from Lynaughs. Especially the cajun one

    • SuperCat
      9:28 am May 22, 2014 Permalink

      I honestly don’t know anything about Tolly-ho burgers.. So i should definitely give them a chance sometime. But, living in Louisville I can certainly say there are some KILLER local independent burger joints here. And it is fitting that Kentucky be known for good burgers given that the Cheeseburger is claimed to have been invented at Kaelin’s in Louisville in the 30’s. Now.. there are others who claim otherwise, but it is a fact that Kaelin’s in Louisville was the first place to have it on the menu and call it the “Cheeseburger”.

  5. Alec
    1:09 am May 22, 2014 Permalink

    Tolly-Ho has a strange weird man that serves the food. and he is rude. I have often wondered when I go there about that strange guy.

  6. JC
    1:20 am May 22, 2014 Permalink

    Is he Mama?

  7. Shannon
    7:38 am May 22, 2014 Permalink

    As one of the parents of Barbourville High School baseball, this week has been an emotional roller coaster for Jacob. His mother was his biggest fan and he was not only her son, but her caregiver for several months. They were very close. She was unable to attend Senior night with him, but insisted that he go. The rest of his family wanted him to play this week, if he wanted to. Tuesday night of the Championship game, no one expected him to be there, but in he came about 5 minutes before the game. His mother’s funeral was yesterday and Jacob laid his mother to rest. His entire team and coaching staff were with him. I’ve never been more proud of a group of young men, and it has nothing to do with getting the W.

  8. fairplay
    7:48 am May 22, 2014 Permalink

    Bubba went to U of L on a football scholarship. He was a good running back, but a poor student. On graduation day, Bubba didn’t have enough credits. But he was a great football star and the U of L students held a rally and demanded the dean give him a diploma anyway.

    They were so insistent that the dean agreed if Bubba could answer one question correctly he would give him a diploma.

    The one question test was held in the auditorium and the students packed the place. It was standing room only. The dean was on the stage and told Bubba to come up. The dean had the diploma in his hand and said, “Bubba, if you can answer this question correctly I’ll give you your diploma.

    Bubba said he was ready and the dean asked him the question. “Bubba,” he said, “How much is three times seven?”

    Bubba looked up at the ceiling and then down at his shoes, just pondering the question.

    The students began chanting, “Graduate him anyway! Graduate him anyway!”

    Then Bubba held up his hand and the auditorium became silent. Bubba said, “I think I know the answer. Three times seven is twenty-one.”

    A hush fell over the auditorium…then the students began another chant:

    “Give him another chance! Give him another chance!”

    • SuperCat
      9:24 am May 22, 2014 Permalink

      Did you seriously just set there and type all that? One question for YOU… WHY? Get a life bro. Its not even relevant or original.

    • Pistol Pete
      3:26 pm May 22, 2014 Permalink

      I liked it!

  9. Mxyzptlk
    8:18 am May 22, 2014 Permalink

    Tolly Ho hasn’t been the same since the health department made them empty the decades-old grease traps. Now nothing tastes the same as it did in the nineties.

  10. JRome
    8:23 am May 22, 2014 Permalink

    Tolly-Ho and Lynaughs burgers are okay… but if you are looking for a the best burgers around go to Meadowthorpe Cafe on Leestown Rd. It’s a hidden jewel in Lexington and deserves to be recognized as the best cafe/burgers in Lexington and even in Kentucky. They have a wide variety of burgers and they even have a burger that has a patty, bacon, cheese, and an egg with a Spalding glazed doughnut for the bun!

    • Drew Franklin
      8:37 am May 22, 2014 Permalink


    • L1C6
      8:44 am May 22, 2014 Permalink

      Meadowthorpe is good, just be prepared to smell the grease on you all day long.

  11. Oogie
    8:34 am May 22, 2014 Permalink

    I will second the comment above about Meadowthorpe Cafe.

  12. The Ghost of Don Rutledge
    8:40 am May 22, 2014 Permalink

    “Ignore the carrying violation.” Just one? Geez. That is not even basketball. Somebody call John Cloughtery down there to kick those idiots in the crotch.

  13. Gary
    9:14 am May 22, 2014 Permalink

    Lawd have mercy. (Ignore the carrying violation.)

    ********Just playground junk. And I HATE those loud play by play anouncer wanta-a-be’s