Top Sports Figures? Who’s On Your Left?

Sports Columnist
The Voice-Tribune

Each year, The Lexington Herald-Leader invites all of us know-it-alls to vote for the top 10 athletes in Kentucky.

It’s a Lexington paper  and, as you will see, it is dominated by UK athletes. Seven of the top 10 represent the University of Kentucky. But this year there is a solid core of University of Louisville representatives in the No. 3, 4 and 5 spots.

Just one woman, Adia Mathies, who plays basketball for UK’s women and is the MVP of the Southeastern Conference, made the 10-person list.

Our state’s most outstanding high school athlete in years, Trinity’s multi-sport standout, James Quick, did not make The Herald-Leader’s list. He has been the star of Trinity’s last two state championship football teams, a standout on the current Shamrock state championship basketball kings and a state champion sprinter in track

Some guy named Earl Cox picked UofL director of athletics Tom Jurich No. 1, UofL football coach Charlie Strong No. 2 and UofL quarterback Teddy Bridgewater No. 4.

Anthony Davis, the star of UK’s national championship basketball team, finished third and Oscar Combs, founder of The Cats’ Pause, said that Davis is the finest Wildcat of them all.

I don’t think that my friend Oscar ever saw Bill Spivey, but Davis is clearly the standout basketball player of this year’s stars.

Herald-Leader Top Sportsmen
1. Anthony Davis
2. John Calipari
3. Teddy Bridgewater
4. Charlie Strong
5. Tom Jurich
6. Randall Cobb
7. Darius Miller
8. Dermonti Dawson
9. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
10. A’dia Mathies

Earl Cox’s Ballot
1. Tom Jurich
2. Charlie Strong
3. Anthony Davis
4. Teddy Bridgewater
5. James Quick
6. A’dia Mathies
7. Bob Beatty
8. Peyton Siva
9. John Calipari
10. Rick Pitino