Apr 042012

Bike polo tourney, April 27-29

By Sunny Montgomery

It was a warm and particularly windy afternoon when I attended my first bike polo practice, arriving at Coolavin Park as the pickup games were already underway.  A dozen or so players and two large dogs hurried back and forth across the old tennis courts.  The dogs, unfortunately, did not play polo.  Instead, they barked raucously at the young children who’d wandered over from the playground, in part to tease the dogs but also to watch the players circling the court on their bicycles, chasing a small ball with their homemade mallets.  Occasionally, a player would cruise past where I sat taking notes and whack their mallet up against the chain link fence.

Within just a few minutes, I witnessed my first collision.  The player toppled sideways off his seat then struggled to climb back on while still holding onto his groin.  Continue reading »

Sep 142011

Decent hours, no pay, holidays off

North of Center is looking for interested sports writers and photographers to provide regular coverage and reports on the town’s diverse sports scenes. We are actively interested in writers to cover bike polo and disc golf. Other sports coverage options include Lexington Bocce League, Latino baseball at  Coolavin, Croquet on Clay, Creacy kickball games, Castlewood ping pong matches, alley cat races, soapbox derbies, or any other sports event you can convince us needs coverage.

Past coverage can be found archived on our web page’s sports section.

We are interested in any ideas potential writers may have and are always on the lookout for celebrating the public sporting use of our public parks and lands. We are not seeking coverage of UK sports.

Knowledge of the sport you wish to cover is helpful though not necessary if motivated to learn. Ideally, writers will start by covering just one sport. Pick your beat. Preference will be given to writers who express a definite vision for how they plan to cover the sport.

The paper has a rich tradition of solid local sports coverage written from a variety of voices.  Apply to contribute to that tradition.

Mar 162011

Will of the people decides championship

NoC Sports

Coolavin Park

Chicago Rob connected on back-to-back slapshots in the seventh minute to lead team Lou-Rob to the championship of the Lexington Bike Polo Spring Break 2v2 Tournament last Sunday. Lou-Rob bested a 33 team field of pasty white bikers on parole from cities all over the greater midwest and northeast.

Although it apparently fell beneath the cracks of the KSR staff holed up in Atlanta covering the Cats game, the 2v2 had drawn minor regional publicity for becoming the first openly collectivist tournament in Kentucky sports history. The invitation read: “Teams will be selected randomly and any obviously overpowered teams will be split up, a bit of polo socialism to ensure lively, balanced play.” Continue reading »

Aug 112010

Criner scores, not Cornell

I played on team Tater Tots, and it was definitely Will Criner that scored against Burbonic Plague, not Chris Cornell. Just wanted to note that.

Great article!

Zach W

“Mall of God” ongoing

In Jake Caldwell’s response (July 28) to Andrew Battista’s cover story of July 14, Mr. Caldwell makes a distinction between Lexington’s “royal narrative” and the “narrative of God’s reign.” While this distinction is useful for his purposes, it’s essentially empty, as are two other distinctions Mr. Caldwell makes in his response, between “Lexington’s ruling elite” and whatever class Mr. Caldwell purports to represent, and between “mainline liberal Protestant churches” and “evangelical mega churches.” Continue reading »

Jul 282010

Jared Baize pounds Chris Simpson's rims into the dirt while Mike Rozzi looks on.

Danny Mayer

“Huffine factor” key to championship ride

By Danny Mayer

Coolavin Park

After a series of crushing tournament defeats, including a second place finish here at the BG State Games this time last year, Chris Simpson can finally silence his critics and add a tournament championship to his growing bike polo resume. Simpson and his Bourbonic Plague teammates Nick Redbeard and Henry Huffine outscored and generally out-pedaled the fourteen team polo field gathered in pursuit of last Saturday’s Bluegrass Games State Bike Polo championship.

Things kicked off at 12:22 when players and journalist gathered around BG State Games Commisioner of Bike Polo Brian Turner for roll call and a collective discussion surrounding some finer points of game rules over the double elimination tournament. No T-Boning, no high-sticking, and for godsakes, no striking the ball while using your foot for balance on the court walls, if you can help it. Continue reading »

Mar 272010

Lexington Bike Polo gears up for a king hell of a tourney

NoC News

Volunteer construction crews on bikes have been frantically working around the clock at Coolavin Park to put the finishing touches on Court 2. The preparations are for Lexington Bike Polo’s 2nd annual Spring Invitational, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 3 and 4. Treated lumber boards have been pedaled into place and nailed down by the construction crew to form the court’s outer-walls; the clean-up crew has been busy waxing the court to a dull green shine, while the home-court-advantage crew has followed right behind them, scuffing up and oiling down select spots on both courts 1 and 2; and the balls crew has been keeping a close watch on their balls–checking them at regular intervals throughout the day for irregularities, deformities, and the like.

What’s more, the cookout crew has decided, after much discussion and paring down of ideas, on a cookout menu of hotdogs, hamburgers, Ale-8-Ones, and PBRs. All-city player Brad Flowers, apparently fully healed from his debilitating athlete’s foot injury, is now back to full speed and has been seen doing stop-start exercises on his bicycle up and down Johnson Avenue at odd hours of the early morning in an attempt to get back into game shape. All the while the bruiser, Alex Brooks, has been methodically sharpening the tips of his handlebars each night before drifting off to a deep sleep in the warm embrace of his bike–a relaxation technique he reportedly learned while playing around the Juarez circuit years back. Continue reading »