Joey Fosko will be missed by everybody in these parts who lives and breathes sports, especially high school sports.
Fosko, long-time preps writer for The Paducah Sun, died early Monday morning of heart failure. He was only 46.
Sad ironies abound; it was his birthday, and the baseball season was heating up. If there was anything that Joey followed more intently than local high school sports, it was major league baseball.
As news of Joey’s death spreads , we are shocked and saddened.
“The Foz” knew the local sports scene like few others and wrote about the games and the players and the coaches with insight and feeling.
He was opinionated but affable, a fun guy to be around.
Joey and I were friends not only as fellow sportswriters but as graduates of rival McCracken County high schools. I often greeted him by saying, “Hey, Lone Oak,” and in typical Purple Flash style, he usually disregarded my Heath pedigree.
I didn’t always agree with some of Joey’s notions, but often they resonated.
For example, I agreed with him that six divisions of high school football competition in Kentucky is excessive.
“They only need two classes,” Joey would say. “Trinity and St. X in one, and everybody else in the other.”
It’s hard to conclude this column. It’s hard to imagine covering First Region sports events and Joey not being there. It won’t be the same.
Godspeed, pal. We will miss you and remember you.