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Bath County News-Outlook Your Hometown Newspaper July 28, 2010 7 By Brad Laux News Reporter charles ,~islemercury.com It will be a breeze coaching the Bath County boys' basketball program in 2010-11. Deron Breeze, that-is. Last season's associ- ate head coach at Mercer County and a one-time head coach at Bracken County, Breeze was se- lected in mid-June to lead the Wildcats. He replaces Jim Hicks, who guided the program to three straight winning seasons and a pair of regional-tournament ap- pearances before resigning at the end of April to take the .head-coaching job at Grant County. In addition to his du- ties as the boys' basketball coach, Breeze will be a spe- cial education collabora- tion teacher in the math department at the high school. 'Tie is a young guy who brings a lot to the court. He is a student of the game," Bath County Director of Athletics Arlen McNabb said. '%Ve are really excited to find a candidate who can fill a need as a teacher and as a basketball coach." Thirty-one individuals submitted applications for the position, but Breeze had some characteristics and experiences that sepa- rated him from the rest, including a year as a stu- dent assistant and another as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky Uni- versity. "His energy and enthusi- asm," said McNabb of the qualities that made Breeze rise above the other can- didates. "At Western, he broke down game film and that stood out. He also was at Bracken County, which is a small school (like Bath County). and he knows what he is getting into." Those watching Bath County this winter will see a big change in the coach- ing style from past Wildcat teams. "I take a low-key ap- proach. The kids have to be internally motivated. I am more of a detail, funda- mentals guy," Breeze said, contrasting himself to the animated and out-spoken method utilized by his pre- decessor. '%Ve won't have to instill hard play, com- petitiveness or discipline. Coach Hicks did a good job with that." Originally from Maysville, Breeze played two seasons of high school basketball for his father at Cumberland County before moving to Barren County, where he gradu- ated. A four-tune all-dis- trict pick and a three-time all-region selection, he led the state in 3-point shoot- ing as both a junior and senior. He went on to play two years at North Idaho College. A 2007 WKU gradu- ate, Breeze helped tutor eventual NBA draft picks Courtney Lee and Jeremy Evans during the sum- mers, since the full-time coaches were unable over- see those workouts due to NCAA rules. The Hilltoppers posted a 51-18 record during his two seasons with the club and advanced all the way to the Sweet 16 his final year. Defense and rebound- ing are two of the hall- marks of a Breeze-led team and he had the opportunity to showcase that during his two most recent coach- ing stints. Last year Breeze's Mercer County squad notched a 22-10 re- cord and advanced to the 12th Region champion- ship game, before falling to West Jessamine. Accord- ing to Breeze, the Titans' 22 wins were a school re- cord. At Mercer, Breeze was in charge of scouting, individual workouts and coordinating the defense. ' We were the top defensive team in the re- gion and one of the top in the state," he said. In 2008-09, Breeze served as the head coach of Bracken County, where the Polar Bears finished 9-20. He said an injury to the team's best player cur- tailed its' chances for suc- cess. "Rebounding was big at Bracken. We were 13th or 14th in the state," he said. '~re also were sev- enth or eighth in the state last year at Mercer." Yet, the opportu- nity to get back to East- ern Kentucky appealed to Breeze. "My dad played at Mason County in the '70s and my aunt still lives close," he said. "I liked the location and the team's potential. Coach Hicks did a great job and the kids know how to win. "This is a good re- gion, but there is a chance to come out of it and go to the state tournament," he added. "The chance to play in the All 'A' (Clas- sic) also got my interest." Breeze hopes to install confiderice in the Center for Rural Development's 2010 Rogers Scholars Bath County High School student Sherry Henderson is better pre- pared to step up into a leadership role in her home community after graduating this summer The Center for Rural Development's prestigious Rogers Scholars program. Lonnie Lawson, presi- dent and CEO of The Cen- ter, presented Henderson with a certificate recogniz- ing her completion in the 2010 Rogers Scholars pro- gram at an awards ceremo- ny and graduation service before family and friends on July 16 at The Center's main offices in Somerset. Henderson, 16, a junior, was among 37 high school students from across Southern and Eastern Kentucky to graduate from the second session of Rog- ers Scholars program held during the week of July 11- 16 on the campus of The Center. ' i'he Rogers Scholars program has been an awe- some experience," Hen- derson said. ' It has really taught me a lot. I'm no longer afraid to speak my mind in front of people." Rogers Scholars--The Center's flagship youth program--emphasizes the development of technologi- cal skills and builds in par- ticipants a sense of leader- ship, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a commitment to rural Kentucky. '2 ogers Scholars instills in young people the desire to serve their home com- munities and the region by assuming a leadership role, if they haven't already, as soon as they graduate from the program," Lawson said. 'q'hese students truly rep- resent the best and bright- est minds in our region and are the next generation of leaders in Southern and Eastern Kentucky." Each graduate will re- ceive an offer of a college scholarship from 14 partici- pating colleges and univer- sities in Kentucky, and one university in Tennessee. 'fl]ae Center is honored to share the Rogers Schol- ars experience with all 73 of the graduates in both the first and second sum- mer ses- sions rep- resenting our largest group of partici- pants in the b_i tory of the 12-year program," Jessica Melton, as- sociate di- rector of leadership and training for The Center, said. ' ese students have exemplified strong leadership skills and a commitment to our region." Henderson is the daugh- ter of Kathy Fisher and Gary Henderson of Owingsville. -30- The Center for Rural Development, located in Somerset, Ky., provides economic and community development programs to residents in a 42-county service area of Southern and Eastern Kentucky, and is home to several state- wide and national technol- ogy-based programs. For more information on pro- grams available through The Center, visit www.cen- tertech.com. Photo Caption: Lonnie Lawson, at left, president Area's Best Business Review At Saint Joseph- Mount Sterling, we am dedicated to ~roviding you with the h~h-. est level d care in a fdendl~ family~ented atmosphere, Construction is underway on a new all.pnvate room, lacement hospital. The cility, which will be located on Falcon Drive, jm off Int tate 64, is scheduled to Ol n in summer d2011. M~lBJHC ~I71FJCL W l~t~= m ~ p~dL Kt~w ~i ~e=ku ~wmn~p~ in The Bath County News-Outlook on Wedne,~ay, July, 28, 2010 and CEO of The Center for Rural Development, pres- ents 2010 Rogers Scholars graduate Sherry Hen- derson, a junior at Bath County High School, with a plaque recognizing her completion of the week- long program. Henderson, daughter of Kathy Fisher and Gary Henderson of Owingsville, graduated from the second class Rogers Scholars at ar awards and graduation program held on July at The Center in Somer. set. team and focus on having an aggressive approach to playing the game. '%Ve want to attack at all times on offense and defense," he said. 'qWe want to eliminate the op- ponents' first Option and make them react. Once that happens things tend to break down." Sreeze's self-described definition of attacking on offense means the Wildcats likely will try to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim. He also plans on play- ing an up-tem- po style. '%Ve want to space the floor and use screens. We want to put the kids in the right situations, use mis- matches and play to our strengths," he said. "De- fense will be our focus. We've got to defend and rebound." With the recent depar- tures of some of the top scorers in school history, Breeze realizes there are 8a{[ &Sq-289-6425 challenges ahead. "Three 1,000-point scor- ers have graduated from here over the last three years," he said. will need to develop a point guard and a center. I want us to get better as the year goes along, but early in the year we are going to struggle. I'd like us to be good going into,Janu- ary and see how things develop. I expect us to be playing our best basket- ball by February 1." Breeze also has bigger and longer-term goals for the Wildcats. "I want to make sure that the seniors are pre- pared for college or to go out in the 'real world' and get a job," he added. "I want to keep (the pro- gram) moving forward and I want the commu- nity proud of the team." Davy Moore and Jere- mey Booher will return to the sidelines as assistant coaches. Breeze has two children, Braylon (5) and Trinton (2). Pleasure Ridge Apartments Sharpsburg, Ky Now Taking Applications for Elderly Rent based on 30% of income Contact: 606-247-2254 September 10, 2009 We do not dis mi ate aghast a~i~t~ ba~, cokx. sex.se~ o~emlm ~ preferefce, disability, ~, veta~n status, FARM BUREAU INSURANCE OOw William D. Ellington AGENCY MANAGER Derek Ellington, Agent ingsville Ph.: (606)674-6335 FARMERS HOME MUTUAL INSURANCE OF FLEMING COUNTY "Since 1875" 108 Court Square, Flemingsburg 606-674-2237 FIRE, WIND, LIGHTNING, PERSONAL AND FARM LIABILITY, MOBILE HOME INSURANCE Charles "Bud" Hunt, Bath County Directory Do you have COPD(chrnicbstructive Pulmonary Disease) or know someone who does? The Pulmonary Re-hab Staff at Bourbon Community Hospital is offerring a FREE Seminar. 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