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Story has local flavor with entries on Ed Diddle, Jim Richards, and Clem Haskins

Annette Richards sent a link to a story, by Gary P. West about the rich basketball history of Western Kentucky University Hilltopper history which was posted on the Bowling Green, KY, Daily News website.

The story has major Columbia area emphasis, with an opening on the era of Coach E.A. Diddle, the Gradyville, Adair County, KY native who brought the program to national prominence in the mid-1900s. Included in the story are memories of Annette Richards' husband, Jim Richards. Richards, a Garlin, KY, native, was both a head basketball coach at Western and later, a head golf coach, there. The story includes both the Clem Haskins playing and coaching eras at Western. Haskins resides today in Campbellsville, Taylor Co., KY. The All American first rose to fame as a player for both Durham High School and as the star of the Taylor County Cardinals.

Adair County can claim the writer in a bibliography of Adair County authors for his entry on the Circle R Restaurant in his book "Eating Your Way Across Kentucky: 101 Best Places to Eat," with an introduction by another Adair County claimed author by virtue of his having owned property on Barnett's Creek, Byron Crawford. Copies are at the Adair County Public Library and are for sale at the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce, 201 Burkesville ST, Columbia, KY.

Read the entire Gary P. West story at by clicking on Hilltoppers have long, storied history at arena Note: Link was live Saturday, March 13, 2010. Please notify us if link becomes broken.

This story was posted on 2010-03-13 10:21:42
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