A look back atwhat once was the heart and soul of sports in the beautiful, but ruggedmountains of Kentucky is what Legacies of Kentucky Mountain Basketball doeswith photographs from today.
It was a timewhen many small communities and towns were put on the map by the play of theirlocal high school basketball team. Some communities weren’t even townsthemselves, but their teams played as good as or better than any from thestate.
A time when folkswould crowd into gyms just to watch their favorite team play and those thatcouldn’t make it inside would stay outside with someone calling the score outthe front door to the crowd gathered fighting the elements (sometimes with thehelp of a little anti-freeze).
This was a timewhen high school basketball was bigger than University of Kentucky basketballstatewide.
Legacies ofKentucky Mountain Basketball … is about the golden era of high schoolbasketball in Kentucky (the mid-1950s), high school basketball that was asclose to the original game as we will ever see again … good, fundamentalbasketball … set shots, pick and roll, picket fence, blocking out, guardaround, and hard-nosed disciplined coaches.
This bookfeatures the towns and high schools of the 13th, 14th and 15th Regions of theCommonwealth, including detailed accounts of the 1953-54, 1954-55, and 1955-56seasons – the golden era of Kentucky Mountain Basketball – including stunningphotographs of over 60 schools and gymnasiums that remain today!
Harold M. Kelleywas raised in the rural south central Kentucky town of Scottsville attendingScottsville High School and then receiving a BS degree from Murray StateUniversity in Medical Technology and Biology in 1970. After serving 3 years inthe Army, Harold attended Blood Bank Technology School in Orlando, Florida andthen worked 17 years for the American Red Cross Blood Services in Asheville,North Carolina as Technical Director and later AssistantAdministrator/Compliance Officer. Harold has since worked in other areas of themedical field.
While living inNorth Carolina and soon after purchasing his first 35mm camera, Harold attendeda basic photography class at Asheville-Buncombe Community College in the early1980’s and his interest in photography has continued to grow since then. Haroldhad the opportunity to meet the late photojournalist Bill Thomas at a weekendphoto workshop outside of Ocala, Florida and later attended photo and writingworkshops given by Bill at his farm near Glendale, Kentucky. Bill served as anature photography mentor and friend who could be called upon when a particularquestion needed an answer. Harold also had the opportunity to work atShutterbug Digital Photo in Bowling Green for almost 4 years and learned otherbasics of photography and photo enhancement while working in the digital lab.
Harold currentlyresides in Glasgow, Kentucky with his wife Pat. He teaches Beginning DigitalPhotography through Barren County Community Education and is the volunteerpreserve monitor of Brigadoon State Nature Preserve in Barren County. He hasheld several exhibits of his work and has been published in various magazinesand newspapers.