AS a junior in 2008 James David Strange of Pineville High School led his Mountain Lions team to the State All “A” Classic. They fell to Bardstown 60-53 in the first round. They also fell in the season’s ending 51st District Tournament play with a 79-74 loss to Lynn Camp, bringing an end to the school’s all time best won-lost record at 24-6. He had a 6’6” All State 3rd Team teammate named Dustin Day who contributed mightily to the team’s success that season, also.
In 2009 as a senior Strange led his team back to the State All “A” Classic after a squeaker in the Regional final, defeating Middlesboro 58-57. This time the Mountain Lions drew the Calvary Christian Cougars in the State All “A” first round and it turned out to be the cat fight that most thought it would be with the Mountain Lions coming out on top over the Cougars 37-36. Strange had 25 points and seven steals in that game. The next game, though both teams were also nicknamed as felines, did not produce the cat fight the first one had. The Mountain Lions fell hard to the powerful Elliott County Lions 90-47. Elliott County was loaded with three All Staters in brothers Ethan and Evan Faulkner and Jonathan Ferguson. In Strange’s senior season of 2008-09 the Mountain Lions didn’t reach the wins they had the previous year though they did have a fair season at 17-12. Again they failed to get out of District Tournament play.
Strange was named MVP of the Regional All “A” Tournament in 2008 and 2009. He also was named as the 13th Region Player of The Year in 2008 and 2009 as well as being a member of the All Region 1st Team as a sophomore in 2007. He was an All State Honorable Mention honoree as a junior in 2008.
After high school Strange signed to play at Transylvania University but later transferred to Union College.
Strange had played for Pineville’s longtime coach JD Strange. Coach Strange resigned in November,2018. Before that he had served as the head coach at Knox Central High School, Allen County-Scottsville High School and Bell County High School as well as head basketball coach at St. Catharine Jr. College and as an assistant basketball coach at Campbellsville College, bringing his years of coaching to a total of 41. Coach Strange in early 2019 was inducted into the first class of the 13th Region Hall of Fame. James David Strange was named as his replacement.