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Cox reflects on state, national championship

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Johnny Cox is part of a short list of WYMT coverage area athletes who have won both a state and national championship.

Cox won a state title with Hazard back in 1955 and then a national championship with the University of Kentucky in 1958, but personally, Cox says the national championship was more gratifying because of the struggles endured to win it.

"I was 18 years old when we won the state. I didn't really pay that much attention to it," says Cox. "Winning the (national championship at Kentucky) was more gratifying because we struggled, and I played about 80 percent of the season with a bad hand; I had ligaments pulled in it, and had trouble with it for about half the year. It just all came together at one time, you know."

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