Greenup County's Cambria Burke came in first place with a score of 71 for the Boyd County Invitational.

Play Strong or Go Home:  Local Highschool Golfers Refuse to Lose

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Play Strong or Go Home: 

Local Highschool Golfers

Refuse to Lose

                                               By: Sasha Bush

Greater Ashland Beacon

     American amateur golfer, Bobby Jones, is considered one of the   most influential figures in the history of golf. Jones helped to not  only design the famous Augusta National Golf Club, but he also was  one of the original founders of the Masters Tournament. At a very  early age Jones had a clear understanding of the game and was  perhaps wise beyond his years. Jones believed, “Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots;  but you have to play the ball where it lies.”

     Playing the ball where it lies is universally the most dreaded part about the game of golf. Sometimes you are left with what feels like an impossible lie and other times your only chance at making the green in par is to come up with a “Happy Gilmore shot.” Young golfers from all around tee’d up this past week as they competed in the Ashland Invitational. Bellefonte Country Club’s pristine course was once again the backdrop for this tournament. This year the competition was fierce. With over 85 golfers … this left little room for error. 

     Ashland Blazer High School’s coach, Josh Agee shared that he was eagerly excited to get this season started, “We have a lot of new and younger players this year. My hopes for this season are to be able to build well rounded young men with character, discipline, sportsmanship, and a drive to become to best that they can be.  I stress to my kids (his team) that this game is about self-improvement and becoming better than you were yesterday. This game takes a lot of patience.” 

      Patience and golf certainly go hand-in-hand and takes a great deal of poise and grit to perfect. Every golfer that took part in Ashland’s Invitational certainly showed that they had both. However, at the end of the day, it was Russell that walked away with the lowest combined score and the win. Seniors Torin Kirk and Brody Kilburn helped to lead the Red Devils to victory by scoring a 73 by each on their score cards. Russell junior, Kolten Kirk wasn’t far behind as he contributed to the team’s victory with a final score of 78. At the end of the day Russell edged out Lexington Catholic by just two strokes securing the team’s first place finish with a score of 309. 

      Meanwhile the courses were running hot at Grayson’s Hidden Cove Golf Course. Female golfers from all around showed up to take part in the Boyd County Invitational. Greenup County senior, Cambria Burke put on quite a show during the tournament. Burke’s ability to read the greens was nothing short of impressive. The talented senior remained calm under pressure, was quick to think on her feet, and displayed a level of talent that most golfers can only dream about. With a score of 71, which is one under par for Hidden Cove’s unforgiving course, Burke secured her spot at the top. Burke hopes to keep the same momentum going this year and ride it all the way to state.

      Trailing Burke by just three strokes, Boyd County’s Morgan Kennedy was runner-up with a score of 74. Kennedy’s mother and Boyd County High School girls golf coach, Missy Winkle Kennedy has high hopes for this season as she shares that the team continues to improve season to season, “Boyd County girls golf is growing! We had thirteen girls come out for golf this year and that is pretty amazing. Growing the game in the county has always been one of our (BCHS) goals. We now have a varsity team and a reserve team. For our varsity team… we want to work on our overall team score for 18-holes. We have to keep one another pumped throughout the game and understand that its ok if one of us have a bad round… that just means that someone else needs to step up and grind it out on the course. If we can play like we did at the Lady Lion Invitational as a team… then we will be in a good place to move on from Regionals to Semi State this year just as we did last year.” 

      Coach Kennedy mentioned that she is extremely proud of the progress that the girls have made and that they have gotten more consistent in their game play. Kennedy’s daughter Morgan and senior Kristen Ramey have both dropped at least five shots from last year. Being veterans to the game, both girls have worked hard to get to where they are and have proven themselves on the course. Demonstrating time and time again how to recover from a bad lie, both Kennedy and Ramey have become role models for the younger golfers on the team. 

Beacon Hoops: February 14, 2023

Beacon Hoops: February 14, 2023

James Collier

The Ashland Beacon




   Ashland closed the regular season with a pair of wins this week with defeats of Rowan County and Spring Valley.

   Ashland drained 16 triples in a 75-44 rout of Rowan County. Zander Carter paced the Tomcats with 24 points while going 6 of 7 from downtown. Rheyce Deboard had 17.

   Ashland closed regular season play with a 78-48 thumping of Spring Valley while draining another 16 threes. Carter and Deboard paced the Tomcats with 24 and 17, respectively.

   Ashland will meet Rose Hill in the opening round of the 64th District Tournament on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. The tournament will be played at Boyd County Middle School.

BOYD 21-5

   Boyd County turned in a 3-1 mark this week with wins over Raceland, Elliott County and Perry County Central before closing the week with a loss to Harlan County.

   Five players finished in double figures while hitting 16 threes in a 93-50 rout of Raceland. Cole Hicks and Jacob Spurlock led the way with 19 points each. Hicks went 5 of 7 from downtown. Rhett Holbrook kicked in 11. Alex Martin and Jason Ellis each had 10.

   Boyd County routed Elliott County, 96-43 led by Spurlock’s 20. The freshman went 6 of 8 from beyond the arc. The Lions hit 18 threes in the win. Hicks netted 18. Drew Smith had 14. Martin scored 12 and Ellis had 10.

   Boyd County outlasted Perry County Central for a 71-70, overtime win. Spurlock had 25 in the win while hitting seven 3s. Hicks poured in 19. Trey Holbrook netted four points but grabbed 12 rebounds.

   Boyd County closed the week with a 71-63 loss to Harlan County. Hicks paced the Lions with 15. Rhett Holbrook had 14. Ellis finished with 11. Spurlock had 10.

   Boyd County ends the regular season with a busy slate of three games. They welcome Russell Monday night then travel to Morgan County on Tuesday and East Carter on Thursday. The Lions will play Fairview in the opening round of the 64th District Tournament on Feb. 21st at 7 p.m.


   The Eagles roll into the final week of the regular season on a three-game winning streak after a 3-0 finish this week.

   Steven Day led the Eagles with 25 points in a 94-74 hammering of Rose Hill. Tamel Smith had 20. Izaac Johnson kicked in 16. Tanner Johnson had 14.

   Fairview survived a near disaster after coughing up a 24-point lead to Lawrence County with a Smith 3 at the horn to win 80-77. It was his 7th three in the contest. No stats were reported in the win.

   Fairview closed the week with a 71-62 win over Raceland. Smith led the way with 21 points, five 3s including his final triple that put the Eagles in front for good in the fourth quarter. Day kicked in 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Tanner Johnson had 16 points and 15 rebounds.

   Fairview visits Russell Tuesday and Maysville St. Patrick on Friday. The Eagles will play Boyd County in the opening round of the 64th District Tournament on Feb. 21st at 7 p.m.


   Rose Hill fell in all four contests this week, losing to Truth Guardian Christian, Fairview, Lewis County and Jenkins.

   Rose Hill came up short to Truth Guardian Christian, 49-45. Christian Blevins had 18. John VanHoose added 11.

   The Royals lost to Fairview, 94-74. Collin Wilburn had 23 points and hit seven 3s. Benton Ruck-er had 20. VanHoose and Blevins each had 14. VanHoose grabbed 10 rebounds.

   Rose Hill fell to Lewis County, 72-52 and Jenkins, 70-38. No stats were reported in the losses.

   Rose Hill travels to Truth Guardian Christian Tuesday, Tolsia Thursday and welcomes Hannan on Saturday.



   Russell saw its 16-game winning streak snapped Friday night but bounced back with a win over Bath County Saturday to close the week at 2-1.

   Russell won its 16th in a row with a 72-39 hammering of Elliott County. Damon Charles led the Devils with 14 points. Zaylen Carter had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Carson Blum added 10.

   Russell fell to Greenup County, 58-42 for its first loss since losing to Fleming County on Dec. 16. Charles led the Devils with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Gavin Carter added 11.

   Russell ended the week with an 80-67 win over Bath County. No stats were reported.

   Russell visits Boyd County Monday, welcomes Fairview Tuesday and travels to Rowan County Thursday.

   Russell will play Raceland in the opening round of the 63rd District tournament in Vanceburg. Dates and times have not been set.


   Raceland fell in all three contests while dropping into the fourth seed for the upcoming district tournament.

   Raceland lost 93-50 to Boyd County. Parker Ison had 15 to lead the Rams.

   Raceland took a 54-52 loss to Lewis County eliminating a possible tiebreaker situation that would keep the Rams out of the fourth seed. Raceland led early and trailed late but had a look at the basket before the final horn for the tie but only drew rim on the attempt. Christian Large led the Rams with 17. Connor Thacker added 11. Jonah Arnett kicked in 10.

   Raceland closed the week with a loss to Fairview, 71-62. After a strong start by the Rams, Fairview took a 13-12 lead in the first that started a back-and-forth affair the rest of the way until the Eagles regained the lead for good midway through the fourth. Thacker had 21 for the Rams. Landyn Newman and Arnett each had 12. Large finished with 10.

   Raceland welcomes Greenup County Monday and Lawrence County Friday.


   The Musketeers turned in a 2-0 week with wins over Russell and West Carter.

   Greenup County defeated West Carter, 66-54. Bradley Adkins paced the Musketeers with 18 points. Cohen Underwood and Eli Adkins had 14. Bryson Chandley netted 10.

   Greenup County sent a shockwave through the 63rd District with a 58-42 throttling of Russell at ‘The Marv’ to snap the Devils 16-game winning streak. Bradley Adkins led the Musketeers with 16 points. Carson Wireman dropped 15. Eli Adkins added 13.

   Greenup County visits Raceland Monday night, Elliott County Thursday and welcomes Montgomery County Friday.

Beacon Hoops: January 3, 2023

James Collier

The Ashland Beacon





   Ashland went 1-2 this week in the AIT with a win over The Carmel School out of Virginia and losses to Simon Kenton and Blue Ridge, VA. 

   Ashland fell 55-54 to Simon Kenton on a buzzer-beater stick back to open the AIT. Zander Carter netted 19 to lead the Tomcats. Rheyce Deboard had 11.  

   Ashland bounced back with a 79-53 win over The Carmel School on Day 2. Carter paced the Tomcats with 26 points. Tucker Conway had 21 points and stroked five 3s. Deboard added 17. 

   Ashland fell to Blue Ridge, 81-66 in the fifth-place game. Carter had a game-high 29 points. Deboard tossed in 21. 

   Ashland travels to Johnson Central Thursday and welcomes Pikeville Saturday.


BOYD 11-2

   Boyd County went 2-1 in the Tampa Bay Christmas Invitational with wins over Palmetto, FL (89-77) and King, FL (77-71) and a loss to Leto, FL (65-63). No stats have been reported from the trip. 

   Boyd County meets Pike County Central Monday in the Class 2A Sectionals.



   Fairview went 2-1 this week with wins over Coal Grove and Pendleton County and a loss to Anderson County. 

   Fairview knocked off Coal Grove, 80-67 behind 26 points and 13 rebounds from Steven Day. Tanner Johnson had 13 points. Izaac Johnson added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Tamel Smith tossed in 10. 

   Fairview defeated host Pendleton County, 70-59 in the Phillip Wood Classic. Tanner Johnson led the way with 27 points. Smith netted 15. Day added 14 points and 10 boards. Izaac Johnson had eight points and 10 rebounds. 

   Fairview fell to Anderson County in the championship of the Classic, 90-74. Tanner Johnson led the Eagles with 31 points. Day had 18. 

   Fairview visits Adams County, OH Tuesday and welcomes Grace Christian Saturday.



   Rose Hill was idle this week. The Royals travel to Fleming County Tuesday, welcome Hannan, WV Friday and meets West Carter Saturday in the opening round of the All “A” Classic. 





   Russell claimed the King of the Smokies Championship with a clean slate in the three-game event. 

   Russell opened the event with a 50-40 win over North Greene, TN led by Damon Charles 23 points. Caleb Rimmer had nine points and 10 rebounds. 

   Russell outlasted Phil Campbell, AL, 56-55 in overtime in the semifinals. Carson Blum paced the Devils with 16 points. Rimmer had 11. 

   Russell defeated Cullman, 61-59 in the championship. Rimmer led the Devils with 20 points. Charles added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Blum tossed in 13 while going 3 of 3 from long range. 

   Russell welcomes East Carter Tuesday and Lewis County on Friday. 



   Raceland was idle this week. Raceland visits Menifee County Tuesday and faces Elliott County Saturday in the opening round of the All “A” Classic. 



   Greenup County fell in all three contests in the Carolina Invitational with losses to Darlington, SC (42-35), Johnson Central (47-42) and Lawrence County (57-51). No stats were reported from the tournament. 

   Greenup County waits for its first opponent of the Class 2A Sectionals on Thursday. 

Beacon Ladies' Hoops: January 3, 2023

James Collier

The Ashland Beacon





   Ashland was idle this week. Ashland travels to Cabell Midland Thursday and welcomes Bath County Saturday.



   Boyd County went 2-1 in the Tampa Bay Christmas Invitational with wins over Bloomingdale, FL (56-50) and Western, FL (52-39). The Lions fell to Westminster, FL, 49-41 in the championship. Jasmine Jordan led the Lady Lions with 22 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Bloomingdale. Taylor Bartrum added 13 points and Emilee Neese 12.

    Boyd County meets Pike County Central Monday in the Class 2A Sectionals.



   Fairview picked up a pair of wins this week after defeating Ironton St. Joe and Hannan, WV.

   Fairview knocked off St. Joe, 38-32. Kiera Loving had 14 points and 21 rebounds. Mia Newton added 12. 

   Fairview defeated Hannan 58-18 behind 21 points and 20 rebounds from Kiera Loving. Newton added 12 points. Madison Loving had 10 points and 10 rebounds. 

   Fairview travels to Calvary Baptist, WV Monday, Adams County, OH Tuesday, June Buchanan Friday and welcomes Grace Christian on Saturday. 


GIRLS 63rd




   Russell went 1-1 this week with a win over Rowan County and a loss to Cooper. 

   Russell fell to Cooper, 62-29. Shaelyn Steele had 12 for the Devils. 

   Russell bounced back with a 50-29 hammering of Rowan County. Steele led the way with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Hannah Sanders added 10. 

   Russell visits Montgomery County Monday, Lewis County Friday and Franklin County on Satur-day. 



   Raceland went 1-2 in the Ohio River Classic. 

   Raceland fell to Betsy Layne, 50-43 in the opening round. Nim Maynard led the Rams with 23 points. Kennedy Taylor added six points and 16 rebounds. 

   Raceland bounced back with a 66-49 win over Magoffin County. Maynard led the Rams with 23 points. Reagan Mackie kicked in 14 points. 

    Raceland fell to Huntington St. Joe, 48-41 in the final game of the event. No stats were reported in the loss. 

   Raceland visits Lewis County Tuesday and meets Elliott County on Saturday in the All “A” Clas-sic.



   Greenup County went 1-2 in the Carolina Invitational. 

   Greenup County fell to Phillip Simmons, SC, 50-38 in the opening game of the event. Rachel Bush led the Lady Musketeers with 18 points. Emily Maynard had 11. Katie Shaffer grabbed 12 rebounds. 

   Greenup County lost 66-60 to Riverside, VA. Bush poured in 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Maynard netted 17. 

   The Musketeers closed the event with a 57-37 win over Bishop England, SC. Bush paced the Musketeers with 27 points and 17 rebounds. Maynard had 19. 

   Greenup County awaits its opponent Wednesday in the Class 2A Sectionals. 

The Tri-State Taster: Enjoy a Meal at Tres Hermanos Nunez Mexican Restaurant

Michelle Jordan

The Ashland Beacon


   Ashland is home to many wonderful restaurants. My husband and I take one weekend each month to try one of them out. It was two days before Christmas, and we were hungry from spending all day shopping. So, since it was my husband’s turn to pick where to eat, he suggested Tres Hermanos Nunez Mexican Restaurant, located at 807 Carter Avenue in Ashland.

   We walked into this colorful space with an outdoor seating area and lots of tables and chairs filled with customers and their holiday cheers. It was such a great atmosphere, and everyone seated seemed to be having a great time. We could not wait to be seated to enjoy a Mexican meal and drinks to relax from the holiday rush.

   Our server, Pedro, was a delight. He brought us some house-made chips and salsa to munch on while we perused the menus for the entrees. The chips were light and airy, and although the salsa was a bit too thin to stay on the chip, still made for a great appetizer.

   My husband decided to go with an order of Fajitas Tres Hermanos. ($16.99). The sizzling plate of steak, chicken, and sausage mixed with grilled onions, bell peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes and served with rice, beans, lettuce, guacamole, and sour cream.  He thoroughly loved it.

   Since, I was watching my waistline, I went with their famous Grilled Chicken Protein Bowl. ($10.99).  The menu also offered steak, shrimp, or for the veggie lovers out there, the Veggie Bowl. But whatever protein bowl you choose, they are all served together in the bowl with Mexican rice, black beans, lettuce, tomatoes, Guacamole (optional), shredded cheese and topped off with sour cream. So much goodness in one healthy bowl makes for a reorder the next time we visit.

   Never one to shy away from dessert, we ordered the fried ice cream. ($4.99). A big dip of French vanilla ice cream with a sweet, crispy coating was drizzled with chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and presented in a fried tortilla bowl.

   It was a refreshing end to a great meal. We both took home leftovers as the portions were large.

   While dining we saw a big group enjoying their company holiday gift exchange party. Everyone was having a good time and the manager was very present to ensure they had all their needs met. 

   If you are a fan of Mexican food, then this is the place to go. I would definitely have to say that this was a great meal to end the day. 

The Tres Hermanos Nunez

Cuisine: Mexican

Address: 807 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101

Phone: 606.324.0302

Hours: Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Alcohol: Full bar