Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local Sports

September 18, 2013

Carter stats guru retires

Gemeinhart hangs up headset after 43 years


Sept. 18, 2013 — “He’s constantly on the move,” Nash said. “Every year, he wanted to try to add something. I told him, ‘There’s no more you can do! You’re keeping running score, offense, defense, rebounds … he was always wanting to do the best he could. He was very upset if he got anything wrong.”

“Sometimes watching Tom is more interesting than watching the game” said Carper, Tom’s partner since 2000.

Carper has a new partner with him this football season — his son, Tucker.

“It’s very bittersweet,” Carper said.

Gemeinhart recalled how his radio days started. He said he was keeping stats for his son, Ken, and the Prichard basketball team from the stands. He’d slip some notes to Nash, who was calling games alone, during action.

“Pretty soon I said, ‘Any time they’re playing, come on down,’” Nash said.

Gemeinhart’s first paycheck was $10 for two games. He was giddy.

“I got into the game free, and I got paid!” he said.

Basketball has always been his favorite, but he also did football and some baseball. Gemeinhart was an assistant basketball coach at Kentucky Christian from 1967 to ’72. One of his jobs was to track stats for the team, then coached by Loren Dace, who wanted his Knights to take an uncanny 100 shots a game.

“We scored 169 points, 164, 139 twice,” Gemeinhart remembered. “It was racehorse up and down the floor."

Gemeinhart estimates he worked close to 1,500 basketball games over the years. He’s visited the best playing venues the Bluegrass has to offer — Kentucky’s Rupp Arena, Freedom Hall in Louisville, Diddle Arena in Bowling Green and more.

The best player he ever saw? Fairview’s Jeff Hall.

The best team? The 1999-2000 state champion West Carter Lady Comets, coached by the late John “Hop” Brown.

“The highlight of all my broadcasting was that championship game in 2000,” Gemeinhart said.

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