Creech honored; Floyd Central football job

Teddy Paynter

It seems like just yesterday I was introduced to a young lady who was making an immediate impact on the basketball court at small Jenkins High School in Letcher County.


I’ve had the opportunity over the past 42-plus years to watch some very talented players display their talents on all levels.


I knew this young lady was special, and special she was then and now.


Whitney Creech, now a freshman at Western Kentucky University, finished her high school career as Kentucky’s all-time leading scorer with 5,527 points.


She just finished third in the balloting for Kentucky Sports Figure of the Year, won by Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who beat out University of Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis.


Historian John Carpenter recently informed me that she is about to have her No. 5 jersey placed into the Naismith Hall of Fame. The Hall is located in Springfield, Mass. Carpenter said Creech becomes the first-known player in state history to receive such an honor.


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari and former player Louie Dampier were inducted as part of the 2015 class.


Janet Creech, Whitney’s mother, said a time and date for the induction has not been finalized.


Her all-time leading numbers passed Highlands’ Jaime Walz, who finished her career with 4,948 and was the state’s all-time leading scorer since 1996.


Her scoring touch may never be matched again. Only time will tell.


Congrats, Whitney!




Are Floyd Central players falling behind?


The Floyd County Board of Education doesn’t plan to announce the new head football coach at Floyd Central High School until sometime in April.


Meanwhile, players who return from both Allen Central and South Floyd are being placed behind the eight ball just months before the 2017 season.


Football is a year-round event when it comes to working out in the weight room and off-season conditioning.


I’ve heard from a number of Floyd County residents who are concerned their children will fall behind with the announcement being held off for whatever reason.


I hope and believe Floyd County Superintendent Dr. Henry Webb and other members of the board act quickly.


The students from both schools deserve an equal chance.




No clear-cut favorite


With the high school basketball season moving into the month of February I think many of those of us who cover the game are not sold on a clear-cut favorite.


The 57th District currently has Johnson Central, Magoffin County and Sheldon Clark in the mix. I think you can toss on three of them in a hat come post-season time.


The 58th District has South Floyd front and center. Allen Central, which has played at difficult schedule, is a challenge for the Raiders. You also can’t count out Prestonsburg when early March rolls around.


The 59th District is wide open as well. Pikeville, East Ridge and Shelby Valley are all capable of advancing. I’m not sold on two teams just yet.


Phelps is making the 60th District field a challenge for me. Lawrence County, Pike Central and Belfry are the front-runners but I’m not sold that the Hornets can’t shake things up.


Until next time……


— Teddy Paynter may be reached at 606-218-4932 or by e-mail at: