Ralph Morrow

Veteran sports columnist Ralph Morrow says the only sport he doesn’t follow is cricket. That leaves plenty of others to fill his time.

SPORTS & MORE: U.S. OPEN & KEY WEST’S NEW BASKETBALL COACH

I watched a lot of sports shows last weekend to see what I could learn about the new LIV Series of professional golf, and I, of course, tuned in to the U.S. Open, being played in unseasonably cool weather outside of Boston.  Early on, there was mention of a lot...

SPORTS & MORE: PRO GOLF DRAMA — IF I HAD $4M, HOW WOULD I SPEND IT?

I’ve never met pro golfer Phil Mickelson. I’ve read he’s deep in gambling debt, but I know he’s a great golfer. He has jumped from the PGA Tour to the new LIV Series, which is backed by Saudi Arabia and pays its golfers a lot more than the PGA...

SPORTS & MORE: CAN WE PLEASE HAVE A NO. 1 TENNIS PLAYER?

Coco Gauff is a talented tennis player, but she’s not No. 1. Iga Swiatek is.  Gauff, ranked 23, is from the United States. Swiatek is from Poland. On Saturday, June 4, in the finals of this year’s French Open, Swiatek crushed, demolished and destroyed Gauff, 6-1, 6-3, for her second...

SPORTS & MORE: MERMORIAL DAYS SPORTS

It’s over. My teams are done. Finished. I could swear, but I won’t. The Key West High girls’ softball team lost their state final four opening game, 3-1, last Thursday. Miesha Hernandez’s homerun and Chloe Gilday’s pitching weren’t quite enough. The girls and coach Jesse Garcia have come home, full of...

SPORTS & MORE: LADY CONCHS RUN TO STATE FINAL FOUR

Hip, hip hooray for the Key West High School softball team. The players of coach Jason Garcia play at noon on Thursday, May 26 at the Legends Way Ball Field at Clermont for a Final Four Class 4A contest against Lake Wales. Thursday’s winner plays at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May...

SPORTS & MORE: 5 KWHS TEAMS LOSE COACHES

It’s that time of year, when high school coaches consider other occupations or locations. Such is the case at Key West High School, where athletic director Justin Martin is looking to replace coaches in five sports. Boys basketball coach Chris Ellis has resigned after one season. “I’m heading back to St.Louis,”...

SPORTS & MORE: RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU PICKED RICH STRIKE TO WIN THE DERBY

No, I didn’t pick the winner of last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. While I have chosen some previous winners, there wasn’t a chance I could have picked Rich Strike, and I’ll tell you why. As of Friday morning, the 20-horse field included Ethereal Road in the 20th post position. Then,...

SPORTS & MORE: TWYMAN’S CARE OF STOKES RESULTED IN TEAMMATE AWARD

I never met Maurice Stokes. But I met Jack Twyman several times. The Twyman-Stokes Teammate Award goes annually to the National Basketball Association player who exemplifies friendship to another player. It was first awarded in 2012. Last week, this season’s award went to Milwaukee’s Jrue Holiday. When I graduated from college,...

SPORTS & MORE: KEY WEST CONCH BASEBALL & SOFTBALL TEAMS SEEK STATE TITLES

The objective each sports season for Key West High School teams is to compete for Florida state championships. The baseball Conchs have been the most successful, bringing home 11 state titles. Key West has come close in other sports, but no other team has a state trophy to acclaim...

SPORTS & MORE: HOW MUCH BASKETBALL IS TOO MUCH?

There were four NBA playoff games on Easter Sunday. Some people would say that’s one, two, three or four games too many. Others, like me, would say that’s just about right. I didn’t watch every minute of every game. But I did watch a lot of each game. In the...

SPORTS & MORE: TIGER WOODS SHOWS GUTS & DETERMINATION IN THE MASTERS

The cheering was deafening. Tiger Woods, adorned in his usual red shirt on Sunday, was walking up the 18th fairway of his final round of the Masters golf tournament. As in, where else would he be, what else would he be wearing?  This was the victorious Tiger, but not based on...

SPORTS & MORE: KANSAS SETS RALLY RECORD FOR NATIONAL HOOP TITLE

It may have been the best men’s college basketball championship ever played. Or the most exciting. Or the best finish. Kansas won it, 72-69, on April 4 over North Carolina at New Orleans’ Superdome. The Jayhawks had to make up the largest deficit ever in a championship game – 16...