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Old home week on Sunday

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Mike's Minute

By Mike Aldridge

I’ve always heard the term “old home week” and I just used it without really knowing for sure what it meant.  
I am using it to mean seeing a lot of people that you know in one day in various venues, be it right or wrong.
Sunday was one of those days where I saw many people who are from Cynthiana or lived in Cynthiana in different places.  
The first person I saw was Camryn Whitaker as she helped coach the University of Dayton Lady Flyers to their 14th straight win to complete an undefeated regular season in the Atlantic 10 and a 26-1 regular season record.  
The game with St. Joseph’s was a rough game on ESPN 2 but in the end Dayton came out on top 73-66.  
Dayton will play again on Friday in the Atlantic 10 tournament held in the home of the Lady Hawks of St. Joseph’s, the Hagan Arena in Philadelphia.  
Whitaker began her coaching career at Austin Peay following a stellar career at Western Kentucky where she is the all-time career-assists leader.  
She then moved on to Missouri State where she was assistant coach and also head recruiter.  
In the 2011-12 season, she returned to her alma mater for a season before being hired by the University of Dayton this year.
Next I went to the 9th Region finals with Dennis and Ann Witajewski.  
There I saw their sons, Jeff and Bryan, who both were basketball players for Harrison County on regional champions.  
Bryan paid my way into the game so I will say he was one of the better point guards that have played at Harrison County.  
That would be true whether he paid my way in or not, but since he did there it is in print.  
Jeff’s wife, Jan Leigh, is also a Harrison County person and she was also in attendance at the game.  
The game between Covington Holmes and Covington Catholic was hard-fought and close through out with the Bulldogs winning to advance to the Wednesday 1:30 p.m. game in Rupp Arena.  
The No. 1 assistant coach for Holmes is former Harrison County and, ironically, Covington Catholic head coach Mike Listerman.  
You can see Listerman’s Bulldog tenacity in the Holmes style of play, which contributes greatly to their success.  
I had a chance to talk with Listerman, his wife Jean and youngest daughter Emalee after the game.  
While on the floor after the game, I ran into Michael Box and son Henry.  
The Box family is also long-time friends of the Listermans and Henry is Michael’s basketball buddy though, much to Michael’s chagrin, he is a Mason County fan.  
On another subject, the Cynthiana-Harrison County Baseball Alumni Association is taking nominations for its first Hall of Fame class.  
The Alumni Association board is made up of Larry Gossett, Ron England, Jim Fuller, Jim Swinford and Buddy Renaker.  
They would like nominations of players, coaches, supporting people and even umpires who are deserving individuals for the Hall of Fame.  
All nominees should exemplify high standards of sportsmanship, ethics and moral character.  
The forms for nominating an individual or more than one individual may be obtained by going to the association’s web site at www. Cynthiana-harrisoncobaseballassoc.org or go to WCYN’s web page and click on the sports section and then go to the alumni associations logo. The ballots must be in Ron England’s hands on April 1, 2013.