Michael Tierney’s Birthday

Michael Tierney celebrated his birthday last weekend with a number of his close friends.

Photos by BILL WINE | Contributing Photographer

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Hey Hey—What’cha say???

Today, folks has been a really really super duper day…..

Can’t say that I’ve been feeling all that ‘super’ lately— lots going on and weighing on my mind and for whatever reason—SHA-ZAMMIE today— poof seems like a weight has been lifted.

Can’t really put my finger on what / why / how I’m feeling so much more like ME—but I am and I’m really excited about it.

Now, since I haven’t chatted with you guys in a while—and can you really say what we do it ‘chat’ Naaa…..I write—you read. I spill my beans and you say “she’s crazy”….I open up my world to you and you just comment. I’m beginning to think something about our relationship is a little off keel. (had to look that word up, I thought I just made up another ‘Terra’ word—but I didn’t. It’s a really word and I used it correctly—goshgee—today is really turning my way—HipHip HOORAY)

Okay—golly—I can ramble on about nothing…..can we just get this story started already-HELLO! (missed me haven’t ya?!-HA)

Okay, Okay….that’s it for now folks—teehee. I really just wanted to say HI–HELLO– How are ya???….  I promise to write more and more often later.

Let it snow….Let it snow….Let it snow…..

Over The Hump Concert

Two of Louisville’s most entertaining bands – Thumper & The Plaid Rabbits and This, That & The Other – rocked Headliners on Dec. 28 at the Over The Holiday Hump Concert, an event that benefited Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the River Region.

The non-profit’s mission is to advocate for abused and neglected children involved in family court by training and supervising community volunteers. For more information, go to www.casariverregion.org.

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Iron Mike To Be Keynote Speaker At Hornung Awards

A scene from the 2011 Hornung Awards.

Earlier this week, the Louisville Sports Commission and Paul Hornung announced Georgia senior Brandon Boykin is the recipient of the 2012 Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse.

The honor is given to the nation’s most versatile football player – so it’s only fitting to have an equally versatile keynote speaker.

Hall of Fame Football Coach and Player Mike Ditka will fill that role at the Feb. 2 banquet, which is being held at The Galt House Hotel.

“Mike is just a hell of a guy,” Hornung said recently while seated behind a massive desk in his office, his 7-year-old French Bulldog, Louie, lying nearby, his legs splayed beneath him, a Green Bay Packers collar around his neck.

“Ditka is the number one man in Chicago and still is,” Hornung continued. “He does a lot of charity work and still does. … He was the best blocking tight end in the history of the game. He was vicious. He would hurt people. Shoot, he’d do that to his brother if he was on the field.”

Hornung chuckled. Then, he launched into a memory about the time – “four or five years ago” – when Ditka invited the Golden Boy to Chicago to speak at a dinner.

“I went up and spoke and he introduced me like I’m going to introduce him (at the Hornung Awards). What happened was there was this small table where the speakers were up high. We were up there six foot. When he introduced me to speak, I went up and slapped him on the back and he fell off the goddamned stage. The stage – look! – he fell on concrete. I thought he broke his neck. I was shivering. I was so scared, but he got up and thank God he handled it. If that would have been me,” Hornung shook his head.  “It was terrible. To this day I think his wife thinks I did that on purpose. I don’t think she likes me.”

(Mrs. Ditka: Consider that a public apology from Hornung, who also apologized profusely from the stage that night.)

“Mike is just a hell of a guy,” said Hornung. “He really is. I just love him. I respect him.”

Known as Iron Mike for obvious reasons, the ESPN analyst – who has a line of wines that include one called Kick Ass Red – was more than kind to The Voice-Tribune, not to mention he’s funny enough to give Will Ferrell a run for his money. Oh wait. He already did.

About Iron Mike

Mike Ditka.

Mike Ditka.

Born Oct. 18, 1939 in Carnegie, Pennsylvania.

He is married to Diana and has four children: Mike, Mark, Megan and Matthew.

First Tight End to be inducted in to the Hall of Fame.

Golf is his favorite hobby, which he plays to a six handicap.

Second and only other person to win the Super Bowl as a player, assistant coach and head coach.

Inducted into the  Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 30, 1988.

College: University of Pittsburgh.

NFL Draft: Fifth pick of round 1 in 1961.

Professional: Debuted as a player for the Chicago Bears (1961-1966), before playing for the Philadelphia Eagles (1967-1968) and, finally, the Dallas Cowboys (1969-1972). His coaching career began whne he was an  assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys (1973-1981). He served as head coach of the Chicago Bears for a decade (1982-1992) before ending his coaching career with the New Orleans Saints (1997-1999).

Awards: Five-time Pro Bowl selection (1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965); three-time Super Bowl champion (VI, XII, XX); NFL Championship (1963); 2x AP NFL Coach of Year (1985, 1988); 1985 Sporting News NFL Coach of Year; 1988 Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of Year; 2x UPI NFL Coach of Year (1985, 1988); 1961 UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of Year.

Sources: NFL.com, Pro Football Hall of Fame, College Football Hall of Fame and MikeDitka.com.

Q&A with Mike Ditka

The Voice-Tribune: Why did you accept the invitation to speak at the Paul Hornung Awards, presented by Texas Roadhouse, on Feb. 2. It is Super Bowl weekend, after all.
Mike Ditka: Paul Hornung is my buddy. That’s no big deal for me. I’m going to be down in Indianapolis (for the Super Bowl). He asked me to do it. And I said fine I’ll do it. I’ve known Paul for a long, long time.

What do you think about the Paul Hornung Award on  a national scale?
Unfortunately people don’t remember. … Paul was a one-man team: He played linebacker, he played defense, he punted, he kicked off, he played quarterback … he played everywhere. He was really the most versatile player in college football. He did everything. He played all the positions.

When is the last time you were in Lou-uh-ville?

Lou-uh-ville. Kentucky.
Oh! You mean Lou-ee-ville.

Ha. Sorry, Mr. Ditka. Yes, Lou-ee-ville.
It’s been a while. That was back in my young days of gambling. I used to go down (for Derby), but I haven’t been back there in a while. I think as you get older you forget about those things. Or you watch them on TV. Forget the crowds.

I had some man friends who practically gushed when they heard I was interviewing you today. One of them called you America’s Coach. What’s that like?
I’ll be honest with you, I’m too old to think about that stuff anymore. I consider it a nice gesture when they call me coach. You know, I was a coach a long time ago. I’ve been retired from that a long time. What I am now is just a guy going through life and finishing out, going down the last couple turns.

You’ve had various walk-on acting roles and played yourself as a little league soccer coach in the movie “Kicking & Screaming,” alongside Will Ferrell. What’s your next acting venture?

Unfortunately, I haven’t heard back from Hollywood. (Laughs.) I run into a lot of kids who don’t know me from coaching football (in real life). They know me from coaching (in the movie). I was with some people last night at (Ditka’s, his restaurant) and there were some kids. “There’s the coach from ‘Kicking & Screaming.” At least I have some fame in some other arena.

Was that your first foray into soccer?
When I was young, we played football, baseball basketball. There was no other sport. … Now,I think it’s a great sport. It’s a great sport for young people. It certainly gives you all the benefits: coordination, conditioning.

Is that really you on Twitter?
I don’t Twitter. I don’t Twotter. I don’t do any of that. I have my phone and I call on it. That’s about all.

But you did just get an iPhone.
You just called all it did was buzz because I can’t get the ringtone back. I’m going down to the iPhone store as soon as I get out of here. I’m technically stupid. I gotta live with it.

Paul Hornung Award Banquet

The Paul Hornung Award.

The Paul Hornung Award.

Feb. 2, 2012
The Galt House Hotel
Keynote Speaker:
Cocktail Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner & Program: 7 p.m.
Individual Tickets: $75 each
Corporate Table of 10: $1,250 (includes two tickets to the VIP cocktail reception)
Tickets and Questions: Contact Julie Howell at 502.587.6742 or jhowell@louisvillesports.org

2012 Paul Hornung Award Winner

Brandon Boykin, University of Georgia

Sports Figures Attending

  • Mike Ditka
  • Howard Schnellenberger
  • Charlie Strong, University of Louisville Head  Football Coach
  • Jeremy Schaap, ESPN
  • Christine Brennen, USA Today
  • Gil Brandt, NFL.com and NFL scout
  • Sam Madison, NFL player, 4-time All-Pro, Super Bowl Champion
  • Dexter Heyman, Uof L player and winner of the Howard Schnellenberger Award, which is given to the most valuable player on the winning team in the annual rivalry between the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky football teams.

Paul Hornung Award

The Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, is given annually by the Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) to the most versatile player in major college football. The Award was created by the LSC in January 2010 with the support of the Golden Boy himself, Paul Hornung, a native and lifelong resident of Louisville and member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.

Hornung is considered by many the most versatile player in the history of college and pro football. He won the 1956 Heisman Trophy at quarterback for Notre Dame and was the No. 1 pick in the 1957 NFL draft. He played every position in the backfield during his career with the Irish, where he also punted, kicked, returned kicks and played defensive back. While in the NFL he was a multi-threat offensive back and prolific kicker. He was a member of four NFL championship teams as an all-pro halfback for the Green Bay Packers and led the NFL in scoring 1959-60-61, set the single season scoring record in 1960 with 176 points and was named League MVP following the 1961 season.

In the spirit of partnership with Paul Hornung, the Louisville Sports Commission oversees and administers all aspects of the Award including budget, selection process, marketing and PR, banquet, trophy, sponsorships and hospitality. An Advisory Committee co-chaired by LSC Chairman Steve Higdon and Executive Director Karl Schmitt and comprised of LSC Board leadership and local business leaders provides guidance to insure integrity of the award.

The mission of the award is to recognize and reward versatile, high-level performers in major college football; to help preserve the legacy of one of Louisville’s native sons and sports icons; and to promote Louisville as a great sports town.

Contact writer Angie Fenton at angie@voice-tribune.com, @angiefenton on Twitter or call 502.551.2698.

Royal Court

Six women have been selected as Princesses for the 2012 Derby Festival. Jhalak Dholakia, a senior quadruple major in anthropology, biology, Spanish and humanities at the University of Louisville; Arielle Evans, a senior exercise science major at Georgetown College; Kaelyn Gault, a senior communications major at the University of Louisville;  Irma Kocer, a senior business marketing major at the University of Louisville; Erica Lee,  a freshman accounting major at the University of Louisville; and Taylor Sang, a junior broadcast news major at Western Kentucky University.

The six young women chosen as Princesses will act as ambassadors for the 2012 Kentucky Derby Festival and attend nearly 70 events over a two-week period. The Princesses were selected out of more than 100 applicants. One of the six women will be crowned the Derby Festival Queen by a spin-of-the-wheel at the annual Fillies Derby Ball on April 20 at the Galt House East Grand Ballroom.

Each woman will receive a $2000 scholarship, funded by a $1000 donation from the Fillies and $1000 from the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation.

Not A Runner, Not A Quitter

I’m not a runner, and I’m not a quitter, but by April 28, I’ll be one or the other.

In late 2011, Susan Ward  with the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy asked if I’d consider being a member of Fred’s Team, a group of runners training for the 39th Annual Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon on behalf of the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks and Parkways.

The men and women on Fred’s team are of varying levels of experience. I fall at the back of the pack.

Yes, I workout regularly and have for years and am more active than I’ve ever been, but running without a ball (or person) to chase is something different entirely.

Distance running requires commitment and dedication. If I miss a few days of Zumba or lifting weights, it’s easy to jump back in the game. If I skip a couple days of running, I feel the effects almost immediately, particularly in my head.

My career path has given me the luxury of trying a number of things I’d never considered doing all for the sake of sharing. Running the minimarathon is the only venture I can recall turning down exactly for that reason: Committing to train for the 13.1 mile race would mean having to share what is, for me at least, a terrifying proposition I’m still not sure I can achieve for myriad reasons, some of which I’ll share over the next few weeks.

For starters, I love what I do for a living and, like many of you, I’m sure, spend a little too much time doing it.

There have been days so busy that fitting in a run has required a 3 a.m. wake-up call and ended when my head hit the pillow at 12 a.m. I’m no math whiz, but I’m smart enough to know I won’t be able to keep up that kind of routine, which means something has to give. I’m still not sure what that will be, but I’m committed to figuring it out.

For now, I’m concentrating on putting one foot in front of the other and telling as many people as I can that I am going to run the mini. Sooner or later, I’ll have to believe it myself.

Come, Run

I’m running the KDF miniMarathon with Fred’s Team in support of the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy. The Frederick Law Olmsted Parks are a key reason I love living in Louisville. I can’t imagine our city without these fabulous parks.

There’s still time to join me and the rest of the members of Fred’s Team. Sign up by going to www.olmstedparks.org or call Susan Ward at 502.802.0667.

If you do join Fred’s Team and you’re interested in running with me during the week, my contact information is at the end of this column.

Third Thursday

The Voice-Tribune recently moved into new digs on East Main Street in Nulu and we’re still unpacking, so we’re going to refrain from hosting a January Third Thursday event. We’ll resume our monthly parties in February. You can follow us on Twitter – @TheVoiceTribune – or LIKE us on Facebook to find out our next location. We’ll also run an announcement in print in an upcoming issue.

Contact Angie Fenton, The Voice-Tribune’s Managing Editor, at angie@voice-tribune.com, 502.551.2698, www.facebook.com/angiefenton2 or @angiefenton on Twitter.

My Imaginary Eclipse Award Ballot

Thoroughbred racing will celebrate its equine and human champions in the industry’s annual excuse to dust off the tuxedo Jan. 16 at the Beverly Wiltshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

While I’m still unhappy with the bulk of last year’s Eclipse attendees for their shamefully tepid reception for Claiborne Farm’s Seth Hancock when he accepted the much-deserved Eclipse Award of Merit for his family farm’s century of work, I’m letting bygones be bygones (more or less) and looking ahead to Monday.

I don’t have an Eclipse Award vote (bygones, bygones), but had I been worthy of a vote, these would have been my choices for top honors of 2011:

The 4-year-old filly gets my vote because she had a better, more ambitious year than any of the boys.

Girl Power rules for the third time in four years, although I would not have voted for Zenyatta last year.

Mine would have gone to Blame, so score one in my absence for the Zenyatta Nation.

The greatest bit of news on this category is that Havre de Grace is preparing for a 5-year-old campaign, so let’s say “Bravo!” to owner Rick Porter and Kentucky-born trainer J. Larry Jones for their plan to share her with racing fans for another season.

One of the few real Eclipse Award debates for 2011 is the spat among backers of Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Caleb’s Posse.
I love the latter, but the nod goes to the Derby winner. His campaign was shortened by injury, but it was a wonderful run.

My vote for him is a “check the scoreboard” tally. Since Animal Kingdom won the race, it means volumes more than any other. And, don’t forget he won the Preakness as well. He just didn’t get there in the Belmont. Plus, Caleb’s Posse’s wins all came at one-turn distances and there is another category in which he is a much better fit.

The Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic winner took a little while to get rolling, but her second half of the year was tremendous. Her only thumping was delivered by Havre de Grace (check the HOY selection).

He had a terrific year against top competition on grass in California and won the Pacific Classic on synthetic Polytrack at Del Mar.

I would have loved to have seen him run on the Churchill Downs dirt in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, though probably would have run on grass.

A pre-Cup injury knocked Acclamation out of the event, but not out of my top spot in this category.

This wonderful mare gets my imaginary vote, but Blind Luck, whose year ended prematurely after she ran the only bad race of her life, still has my heart.  The latter beat the likely champion in the Delaware Handicap, which easily gets my nod for “Race of the Year.”

Nobody was better at one turn on dirt than this 3-year-old.

Tough call here in a category that includes the 1-2 finishers in Churchill Downs’ Derby Day Humana Distaff – and Sassy Image whipped heavily-favored Hilda’s Passion that day.

It’s a tight vote, but the brilliant win by Hilda’s Passion in Saratoga’s Ballerina, a race in which she suffered a season-ending injury, gives her a slight edge.

My guess is that Union Rags will end up being the better horse and Kentucky Derby contender, but Hansen whipped him head-up in their only meeting in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.  Trainer Mike Maker’s unbeaten gray colt gets the edge for getting the job done against his top rival in the big one.

It’s the easiest category of 2011 because trainer Steve Asmussen’s unbeaten filly was simply the best.

I’ll give him the narrow edge because of his California body of work, although European shippers Cape Blanco and Breeders’ Cup Turf winner St. Nicholas Abbey make it an entertaining discussion.

The European import had a solid body of work in the U.S. before her flameout on Breeders’ Cup Day.  That’s enough here.

It was a magical season for Mott, who scored Breeders’ Cup wins in the Ladies’ Classic with Royal Delta and the Classic upset by Drosselmeyer.

A Kentucky Derby win – the only thing missing from the résumé of the all-time training leader at Churchill Down – will come, perhaps as early as this year.

Ramon Dominguez had a fantastic year, but Velazquez ranked second to that rival in 2011 earnings and won the Kentucky Derby aboard Animal Kingdom, one of the great pick-up mounts in racing history.

The Nicholasville, Ky. couple had another fantastic year, thanks to their faith in, and support, of their star stallion, Kitten’s Joy.

Winners with their homebred Stephanie’s Kitten, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, and multiple stakes winner Headache. Let’s get the Ramseys two new trophies for a terrific year.

The young Frenchman follows in the footsteps of former Eclipse-winning apprentice and countryman Julien Leparoux, now the King of Kentucky racing and one of the world’s top riders.

His U.S. campaign was brief, but impressive enough to get my imaginary vote in this category.

Kick winter’s boredom by exploring Derby City

Does anyone else get bored during the winter months?

Do you experience a little depression during the winter?

When I think back to my childhood, I only remember happy things. I don’t remember the endless weeks of winter’s gloomy gray skies.

But, with age my emotions are simply more vulnerable to weather changes than when I was a youngster.

When winter sets in, and snow flakes have yet to fall from the sky, it’s a great time to experience some of the attractions that our beautiful city has to offer.

We are fortunate to live in a city with so many cultural activities, so readily available.

Whether you’re looking for something educational to keep the kids entertained, or an evening out with friends, with a little effort you can find things to do in Louisville that will keep you occupied throughout the year.

Undeniably, Louisville’s claim to fame is being the home to the Kentucky Derby.

What some of us forget about are the never-ending attractions to keep our visitors and us busy throughout the year.

For example, did you know that Louisville has 122 parks? With that many parks, it’s easy to find something to see, and do.

Take a look at this list for some of the hottest places in Louisville to visit.

Art Galleries & Museums

  • The Speed Art Museum
  • 21C Museum Hotel
  • KMAC- Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
  • Muhammad Ali Center
  • Kentucky Derby Museum
  • Louisville Slugger Museum
  • Louisville Science Center
  • Frazier Historical Arms Museum
  • Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
  • Salvo Collective

Theater Arts

  • The Kentucky Center
  • Louisville Ballet
  • Kentucky Opera
  • Actors Theatre of Louisville
  • Kentucky Shakespeare festival
  • Stage One

Kids Attractions

  • Louisville Zoo
  • Louisville Extreme Park
  • Belle of Louisville
  • Kentucky Derby Festival Events
  • Thunder over Louisville
  • Great Steamboat Race
  • Great Balloon Race
  • Pegasus Parade
  • Marathon and Mini-Marathon Races

Louisville Parks

  • Cherokee Park
  • Waterfront Park
  • Iroquois Park
  • Shawnee Park
  • Louisville Extreme Park
  • McNeely Lake Park
  • Central Park
  • Algonquin Park
  • E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park
  • Jefferson Memorial Forest

Ten Pins Separated Fern Creek High School Bowler From History

Fern Creek junior Jo Jo Miller rolled the first 300 game since bowling was sanctioned by the KHSAA.

Fern Creek junior Jo Jo Miller rolled the first 300 game since bowling was sanctioned by the KHSAA.

In a match against North Bullitt last month the junior  Jo Jo Miller — perfect through nine frames — needed just one more strike to complete a 300 game.

“It really hit me when I got to the 10th frame. I was shaking and nervous,” said the 16-year-old with a 221 average.

Everyone and everything in Derby Lanes froze as Miller zeroed in. Using his signature two-hand release, Miller delivered the ball on a crash course down lane 34.

Two excruciating seconds passed before the fifteen-pounder smashed into the 1-3 pocket.

Not a pin was left standing.

“I turned around and everybody was yelling, cheering, clapping,” said Miller. “A weight came off my chest.”

It was Miller’s fifth career perfect game, but it was first in the state to go down in KHSAA record books.

Bowling, the first new sport to be sanctioned by the KHSAA since fast-pitch softball in 1995, is enjoying a high profile in its inaugural season with 80 schools competing.

Tigers coach Randy Cook believes the sport is trending upward: “We’ve picked up quite a few teams so I hope it will grow and get competitive.”

Miller explained that sanctioning has not been a dramatic change for those who competed in years past as part of the Kentucky High School Bowling League.

“There is more incentive now because it’s widely recognized,” said Miller.

The state championship will be contested March 23-24 in Louisville Executive Bowl on Phillips Lane.

“I see it growing exponentially,” Miller said. “Everybody is going to come out and realize how much fun it is and bring all their friends to join the team.”

Girls – 18

Manual coach Stacy Pendleton said his top-ranked Lady Crimsons have a “quiet confidence.”

Manual coach Stacy Pendleton said his top-ranked Lady Crimsons have a “quiet confidence.”

Take four star seniors, throw in a strong bench and add the motivation that comes from a second-place finish at last year’s state tournament.

What you get is the state’s best girls’ basketball team.

Manual — ranked No. 1 in both The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings and The Lexington Herald-Leader’s Cantrall Ratings — entered this week undefeated through its first 15 games and has outscored Kentucky opponents by an average of 37.1 points.

Head coach Stacy Pendleton said there are significant differences between this year’s team and last season’s squad that fell to Rockcastle County 56-54 in the state championship game.

High IQ

“The basketball IQ on the team is a lot higher,” said Pendleton. “We can do more things and change up quicker. They have a calm and a quiet confidence that I really like.”

Jan. 14 the Lady Crimsons travel to No. 2 Marion County for a 6:30 p.m. tilt.

The Lady Knights (13-2) are also undefeated against in-state competition with their only losses coming to Winward School (Calif.) and Mater Dei (Calif.) at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix last month.

“Playing them is always a big deal,” said senior guard April Wilson. “I don’t think we’ve ever been more ready.”

Best Ever?

Senior Kara Wright is averaging 13.2 points a game for No. 1 Manual.

Senior Kara Wright is averaging 13.2 points a game for No. 1 Manual.

Wilson (13.1 ppg.),   Wright (13.2), Lauren Bodine (7.8) and LeAsia Wright (8.3) make up a senior class Pendleton called “the best I’ve ever had.”

Six-foot-two junior center Kayla Styles has been sidelined with a sprained knee but should be back in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game.

Junior Katie Long and sophomore Tabitha Mitchell chip in valuable minutes and “have come a long way” according to Pendleton.

“Developing our seventh and eighth kids is paramount to our success,” he said. “I’m looking to get more contributions from those kids.”

This weekend’s matchup with Marion County kicks off a two-week stretch that will see the Lady Crimsons face a Ryle team with only two losses (Jan. 20) and defending Ohio state champion, Twinsburg (Jan. 21), before Louisville Invitational Tournament play begins at Bellarmine Jan. 24.


photo courtesy of U.S. Army All-American Bowl Trinity coach Bob Beatty was named Coach of the Year by the U.S. Army Bowl Selection Committee. Serving as offensive coordinator, he led the West squad to a 24-12 victory in the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 7 in San Antonio, Texas.

photo courtesy of U.S. Army All-American Bowl Trinity coach Bob Beatty was named Coach of the Year by the U.S. Army Bowl Selection Committee. Serving as offensive coordinator, he led the West squad to a 24-12 victory in the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 7 in San Antonio, Texas.

Post-season awards and honors continue to pile up for the state and national champion Trinity High School football team.

Coach Bob Beatty was named the Russell Athletic Coach of the Year on Jan. 6 at a ceremony in San Antonio, Texas.

Voted by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, the award honors the nation’s top coach and recognizes exceptional coaching abilities and leadership skills.

Beatty, in his 12th year at the helm, led the Shamrocks to a flawless 14-0 record and their ninth state title in 11 years.

In addition, MaxPreps named wide receiver James Quick a first-team U.S. Air Force Junior All-American. Quick caught 82 passes for 1,434 yards and 21 TDs. He is now a star on Trinity’s No. 1 basketball team.

Contact columnist Chris Cahill at ccahill@voice-tribune.com.

David Loignon: The Path To Pet Buddy

David Loignon.

Photo by CHRIS HUMPHREYS | The Voice-Tribune

You know him as “The Pet Buddy,” but David Loignon is so much more.

The owner of Home Buddies – an in-home pet-care business under the Camp Bow Wow franchise based in Colorado – has been working with furry clientele for the last year and writing about his experience in his column in The Voice-Tribune.

But before opening up his own pet-care business, he enjoyed a very different career path as a television producer for a quarter of a century. “I first started out as a reporter and a photographer,” he said. “I moved to Louisville to work at WHAS-TV and the last job I had before this was general manager of Churchill Downs Simulcast Productions.”

Prior to landing in the River City, Loignon lived primarily in Sacramento, Calif., but grew up moving from military base to base as an Air Force brat. He eventually landed a producing job at WHAS11 after graduating from the University of Nebraska and working in television in Lincoln and Omaha.

“I moved here strictly for a job and kind of fell in love with (Louisville),” Loignon said. “I had left twice and went up to Minneapolis to work in TV for a year and I was out in (Los Angeles) working with (American horse-racing network) TVG for awhile. I kept being drawn back to Louisville. It’s felt like leaving home every time I’ve left and it’s felt like coming home every time I’ve come back.”

Loignon had the opportunity to travel to Bosnia, Kosovo and flew with the Thunderbirds, the air demonstration squadron of the Air Force, while working with WHAS-TV. After leaving the news station, he began producing documentaries for the Military Channel, but soon found himself looking for employment.

“Unfortunately, the original version of that (series) tanked and so I ended up unemployed for a little while,” Loignon said. “I think everyone should be unemployed once because it teaches you a lot about yourself, about what you’re capable of and what’s important.”

From there, Loignon took the job with Churchill Downs Simulcast Productions, but began to desire a change of scenery. Wanting to open his own business, he left television and threw himself into his childhood passion.

“I was never allowed to have pets as a kid and I loved animals,” Loignon said. “I got to know every dog in the neighborhood, and once I finally graduated from college and worked a few years, I decided to get my first dog. I’ve spent a lot of time reading books, I’ve watched a lot of shows with animal behaviorists, and I have a good friend who’s an animal trainer.”

Loignon decided last March to open Home Buddies in Louisville and began writing “The Pet Buddy.”

Sadie and Sophie.

Sadie and Sophie.

With Home Buddies, Loignon and five sitters walk, feed and provide other in-home pet-care for owners who are away at work or on travel. They sit just about anything, from dogs and cats, to parrots, chinchillas, lizards and fish.

Loignon is also pet-parent to a Labrador mix named Sophie and Sadie, a Golden Retriever mix, both rescued from GRRAND, and lives with his wife of 12 years, Julie Koenig-Loignon, a former anchor for WHAS11.

Aside from Home Buddies, Loignon also continues to work some in television production and has taken up scuba diving, as well as racing with the cycling team sponsored by TwinSpires.com, a Churchill Downs company. As of the last two years, he has also begun racing cyclocross, and will produce the global television coverage of the world championships next January at Eva Bandman Park in Louisville.

“(Cyclocross) is a cross between road racing and mountain bike racing,” Loignon said. “You race over grass, dirt, sand and have to dismount the bike and carry it over obstacles and jump back on. It’s muddy and dirty, and the kind of cycling you did as a kid.”

Add traveling to his list of hobbies, as well. He and Julie love Paris and often say they’d like to one day open a Home Buddies there.

But for now, Loignon hopes to become a better resource for pet owners and help people develop a better relationship with their pets.

“I’m hoping I’m being a friend to animals by teaching their owners,” he said. “Hopefully I’m helping people have a better relationship with their pet and have (pets) become better members of their family.”

For more information on Home Buddies, visit www.myhomebuddies.com/louisvilleeast.

Contact writer Ashley Anderson at aanderson@voice-tribune.com, 502.498.2051.

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Hostess Gifts

I really love hosting parties, dinners, game nights you name it. When I’m hosting something and somebody walks through the door with a hostess gift, it’s proof they’re appreciative of my hard work.

It’s certainly not my motive for entertaining, but I think it’s one of the most thoughtful gestures we can do for each other. Taking the adage, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Alison Cardoza, Personal Trainer and Dance Instructor

Alison Cardoza.

Alison Cardoza.

As a former Indianapolis Colts cheerleader and University of Louisville ladybird, Alison Cardoza has become an expert on staying active and healthy in order to look and feel great.

Currently a personal trainer and dance instructor at Baptist East Milestone, Cardoza keeps busy helping others achieve their fitness goals, working on local and national choreography projects, and taking care of an energetic five-year-old daughter.

I spoke with Cardoza to find out about her expertise in health and wellness and picked up a few tips on meeting your personal fitness goals in 2012.

What else are you involved with besides personal training and dance?
I’m currently writing a fitness book and creating fitness merchandise at Milestone. The book will include body weight exercises that can be done at the gym or at home to better your fitness routine. We’ll also be filming some YouTube fitness videos soon, and I recently finished filming a workout video called “The Fitness Compass.” It’s about working out and has a dance combination in it. It’s a level one (workout) video and we’re hopefully shooting level two in the next two months.

With the New Year, the gym is typically more packed than usual. What time of year do you notice people begin to slack off on coming to the gym?
I have some clients who have stuck with me for eight years and have not missed a workout session. Some people maybe stick with it for about a month and then they give up after about a month. My goal is to get those new people in and meet them and keep them on track.

Alison Cardoza.How are you helping your clients reach their fitness goals in 2012?
The main thing is to get my clients to make better choices in their life. I tell them, “Would you rather watch a movie or take a walk?” Usually they say watch a movie once they’ve come home after a long day at work, but walking will release endorphins and help relieve the stress from their day.

What about nutrition goals?
So many people like to reward themselves with desserts or drinking at night, but your metabolism slows down at night so you end up gaining more weight. I tell people, don’t drink at night; don’t reward yourself with a big, fat dessert. Moderation is the key. Reward yourself in a way that won’t affect your fitness goals, whether it’s buying a new nail polish or getting a haircut.

What are some ways to prevent overeating at night?
After dinner, that urge will stop. Wait 10 minutes and drink black tea or green tea – something with antioxidants.

What is your biggest advice for achieving personal weight loss or fitness goals this year?
Mental and physical fitness is all related. Just pace yourself and make sure you are eating healthy foods all day long. Don’t ever starve yourself. Your body is a machine. Choose healthier options.

For more information on Cardoza, visit www.alisoncardoza.com.