Here we go.
The high school regular season begins today, as the three Maysville golf teams are scheduled to kick off their 2013 campaigns.
Mason County's boys travel to Rowan County's tournament at Eagle Trace Golf Course, while the Lady Royals are at Harrison County for the Central Kentucky Conference tournament.
St. Patrick's boys are slated to entertain Williamstown at Laurel Oaks Golf Club.
Maysville Country Club will play host to three tournaments in three days next week as golf season begins in earnest. Lewis County's invitational is Monday, Mason County's girls' invitational is Tuesday and the Mason County-St. Patrick Invitational boys' tournament is Wednesday.
• Speaking of the beginning of the 2013-2014 high school sports calendar: our annual fall sports preview section is scheduled for release in our Aug. 23 edition -- that's Friday of Week Zero on the football schedule. We'll have a look at the football, soccer, volleyball, golf and cross country scene for this fall.
• To follow up on the story we had earlier this week on Keith Prater's resignation as the Lewis County baseball coach: Prater, who has accepted a special education teaching position at Rowan County, said Wednesday he has neither accepted nor yet been offered a baseball assistant coaching position with the Vikings, but that he will assist the football program this fall.
• The 4-Cs are putting on a 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament today in memory of Pat Moore.
Moore, a Maysville graduate and former Mason County assistant coach, died in 2002.
"We as well as some family members of the late Charles Patrick Moore have decided to hold this tournament in conjunction with the Maysville Classic," Corey Newdigate, the 4-C president, said Thursday. "The Maysville Classic today is such a great event that we thought it would be even greater for the youth to have a tournament as well. I look forward to a wonderful weekend full of fun and basketball."
The first game today begins at 5 p.m.
Moore was the founder of what is now the Maysville Classic, which begins Saturday. You can see more on that in the advance in today's edition by our intrepid contributor, Cameron Griffin.
• As Morehead State's football team enters its first season under new coach Rob Tenyer, a player with a Maysville connection will have the opportunity to win the starting signal-caller's job.
Redshirt junior Boone Goldsmith, whose father Billy played at Maysville High School and Morehead State, has been taking snaps as the starting quarterback, Tenyer said during the Pioneer Football League media day teleconference on Thursday.
Redshirt freshman Logan Johnson, of Whitesburg, has been getting reps as the No. 2 quarterback.
"Both are Kentucky boys, and obviously they're gonna get 1- and 2-team reps as we move forward starting next week," Tenyer said. "And we have three freshmen, two from Kentucky (Louisville's Austin Gahafer and Crestwood's Jack Sherry) and one from Indiana (Mitch Gilles) that we're excited about, and they'll get reps as well."
Tenyer anticipates there may be plenty of snaps to go around with the offense he plans to install.
"When you run the offense that we run, we want to be as efficient as we can playing our high tempo, and it may take one week or two to find out who that guy is," Tenyer said. "I'd really like to play with one, but if we have to play with two, that's the way we'll do it."
Boone Goldsmith graduated from Boyle County. The Rebels, who employ Billy as an assistant coach, won the 2009 Class AAAA state title with Boone under center.
The Eagles entertain Pikeville on Aug. 29 to open the season. They play host to Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 21 in the 70th all-time meeting between the Ohio Valley Conference rivals.
• ESPN The Magazine's Wright Thompson did an extensive profile of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel earlier this week. Thompson looked at the duality of Manziel as "just a college kid," with the capacity for fear, anger and loss of personal control, and as a prodigiously talented football player with the on-field swagger of his artfully crafted "Johnny Football" persona.
The article and its premise were reminders of a quote attributed to Manziel at Southeastern Conference media days a couple weeks ago: “I’m still 20 years old, I’m still a sophomore in college, I’m still going to do things that everybody in college does and I’m going to enjoy my life. Hopefully people don’t hold me to a higher standard than that because I am still in college and I’m still going to live my life to the fullest.”
Remember, this was after the (totally blown out of proportion) story broke that Manziel left the Manning Passing Academy early under suspicious circumstances, so Manziel was on the defensive from the get-go at media day. And we're not saying that if a young adult has the means and opportunity to hang out with Drake and LeBron James, as Manziel did during the offseason, that they shouldn't pursue that.
However, if Manziel really doesn't understand that he is being held to a higher standard -- fairly or not -- because of his platform as a Heisman Trophy winner, then his coaches and family -- who alternate between vociferously defending Manziel and cautioning against his potential demise in Thompson's piece -- have failed him.
Presented with the opportunity to set a good example for youth and for society, some people -- we call them "leaders" -- relish it. Some people merely accept it. And some run from it.
Thompson's article and the above quote indicate where Manziel comes down on that scale, and it appears he has much room for improvement in terms of maturity.
• To end on a positive note: without knowing any other details or circumstances, we were pleased to see it reported Thursday that John Wall, after signing a five-year, $80 million extension with the Washington Wizards, announced he plans to donate $1 million to D.C. charities.