Once a Bobcat, Always a Bobcat
Hurd considered #1 fan
Dave Hurd has followed Bobcat basketball for years. A player himself from sixth grade and through high school, he loves the game and has immersed himself in the BGHS sport.
The basketball aficionado says he rediscovered the sport around
the age of 50; he’s 77 now.
After moving around a bit earlier in life, when he finally found himself back in Bowling Green, the rest clicked into place — basketball included.
“I’m Bowling Green,” the gentleman says.
He can talk for hours about his personal genealogy and connections to Pike County, quoting friends and recalling years past. Many of these fond memories are centered around his beloved sport.
Years-worth of Bobcats have looked to Dave Hurd for inspiration. Many consider him the team’s number-one fan.
Grote, Hendrix grade sportsmanship
Bowling Green High School takes sportsmanship very seriously. Each year at the annual basketball tournament, a sportsmanship trophy is awarded to the team who exemplifies the attitude.
Not just anyone is laden with the responsibility of selecting this team. Only the best, and most highly respected, sportsman are given the task. That’s where Donny Hendrix and Mike Grote come in.
The duo of BGHS alums were selected about 15 years ago for the honor. Blake Skillman, a former BGHS athletic director, is the one who approached Grote and Hendrix for the job.
Each year since, the Bowling Green natives perch as a table on the far side of the gym, and let the magic of the sport unfold before their eyes. They are not only judging the players themselves, but also the coaches and members of the crowd.
“We’re just looking for all around sportsmanship,” explained Hendrix.
Donny Hendrix and Mike Grote grade each team, the players, coaches, and fans, participating in the Bowling Green tournament on their sportsmanship.
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