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Beshear asks coaches to put student health first, urges schools in ‘red zones’ to follow guidance

By Lisa Gillespie and Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News With at least five Kentucky high school football games canceled due to the novel coronavirus only 11 days after the start of a delayed season, Gov. Andy Beshear said coaches are almost in a sacred position to protect the health of their student-athletes. “If I was running a high-school program, I would want my team to be getting tested on...

Billy Reed: When my high school granddaughter is playing field hockey, I won’t promise not to worry

This fall my younger granddaughter is playing field hockey at Assumption High School in Louisville. She loves the sport so much that she transferred to Assumption so she could play on one of the state’s best teams. So far, so good. Her parents, my older daughter and her husband, assure me she is happy and doing well in her new environment. That’s good enough for me because I so much admire them...

EKU administration defies Ohio Valley Conference, announces eight-game football schedule for this fall

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Eastern Kentucky University has released an eight-game football schedule, a week after the Ohio Valley Conference postponed its league contests for the upcoming season. The revised schedule features home games against Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin and Western Carolina. The Colonels will open the season on Sept. 5 at Marshall, followed by another road game at West...

KHSAA board members uphold earlier plan to resume high school fall sports competition in September

By Terry Boehmker KyForward sports reporter The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control upheld its earlier decision to start full-fledged practice in five fall sports on Monday with competition beginning the week of Sept. 7. During a virtual meeting on Thursday, the board voted 16-2 in favor of its original plan that affects the sports of football, soccer, volleyball, cross country...

George Rogers Clark to rely on star running back Azariah Israel, experienced offensive unit this fall

(KyForward is previewing the upcoming football season for many high school programs in Central Kentucky. The season is scheduled to begin Sept. 11.) By Chad Hensley Special to KyForward Senior running back Azariah Israel will once again be a highlight reel on the football field for George Rogers Clark High School. A year ago, Israel led Class 6A with 2,346 rushing yards and was third overall in the...

Despite key losses on offense, Scott County looks to challenge Frederick Douglass for district title

(KyForward is previewing the upcoming prep football season for many programs in Central Kentucky. The season is scheduled to begin Sept. 11.) By Chad Hensley Special to KyForward When looking up the word consistency in the Kentucky high school football dictionary, one program that will always be listed is Scott County. Each season, the Cardinals of head coach Jim McKee are tabbed as a serious challenger...

SEC football teams to play league-only schedule starting Sept. 26; UK game with Louisville canceled

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference will be starting the season later and with a league-only schedule in football, the conference announced Thursday. The league presidents agreed to a 10-game model and Sept. 26 start in wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has altered the fall sports scene. “This new plan for a football schedule is consistent with the educational...

Starting dates for Kentucky high school fall sports pushed back to September due to pandemic

By Terry Boehmker KyForward sports reporter Starting dates for Kentucky high school football games and other fall sports competition were pushed back to September by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association on Tuesday. During a virtual meeting that drew thousands of viewers, the KHSAA Board of Control voted in favor of changing the starting dates following the recent spike in COVID-19 cases around...

Lindsey Wilson football standout named Mid-South Conference Male Student-Athlete of the Year

Lindsey Wilson College football standout Cameron Dukes has been named the 2019-20 Mid-South Conference Male Student-Athlete of the Year. Dukes, a junior quarterback from Shepherdsville, threw for more than 3,300 yards last season with 35 touchdowns. He added 12 rushing touchdowns while helping the Blue Raiders to a divisional title and an undefeated regular season. “Thank you to the selection...

KHSAA extends limited practice restrictions on most high school teams; golf season will start on time

By Terry Boehmker Special to KyForward Limited practice requirements placed on Kentucky high school sports teams due to the coronavirus pandemic will remain in effect through Aug. 2, but golf season can proceed as planned. Those are two of recommendations approved by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control on Friday during a meeting in Covington. Julian Tackett Golf got the go-ahead...

Four EKU football players named preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference by HERO Sports

Four Eastern Kentucky University football players have been chosen to the HERO Sports preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team. Running back Alonzo Booth, offensive linemen Tucker Schroeder and Jackson Bardall, and linebacker Steven Crowder were the EKU players receiving the honors. Booth earned second team All-OVC honors from the coaches and communications directors last season. He was also chosen...

Louisville season opener against N.C. State moved to a Wednesday to avoid conflict with Derby Week

The University of Louisville’s season opener at home against North Carolina State will be played on a Wednesday (Sept. 2), moving from the previously scheduled Sept. 3 date. Vince Tyra, Louisville’s director of athletics, made the announcement on Monday. Because of the nationwide pandemic, the 146th Kentucky Derby Weekend, originally set for April 30 through May 2 in Louisville, was pushed...

Fayette County Public Schools to begin phased-in return for outdoor athletics on June 29

Fayette County Public Schools will begin a phased-in return for outdoor athletics and extra-curricular activities on June 29. Practice will resume for fall sports at the high school level (cheerleading, cross country, dance, football, golf, soccer and volleyball) on June 29, followed by middle school sports and other high school sports on July 6. Manny Caulk“Nothing is more important than the safety...

Satterfield, Louisville football players slowly see normalcy returning as voluntary workouts continue

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville University of Louisville football head coach Scott Satterfield said on Wednesday that things are almost back to normal. Well, as normal as you can hope during a pandemic. More than half of the roster has returned to campus during the past two weeks, and Satterfield brought back his coaches on Monday in hopes to start the 2020 football season as planned. COVID-19...

Morehead State defensive standout named FCS preseason All-American by College Sports Journal

Opponents of Morehead State football became well aware of the dominance of defensive end Vaughn Taylor Jr. in 2019. After all, he led the Pioneer Football League in a pair of statistical categories — tackles for loss and sacks. His name is now recognized nationally as Taylor was tabbed to the FCS preseason All-America Team by College Sports Journal. A native of Washington, D.C., who transferred to...

Louisville defensive back uses platform as Division I athlete to join in call for change in society

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville University of Louisville defensive back Anthony Johnson isn’t sitting idle when it comes to racial injustice and social issues within the community. The junior, who was a key component on the defense last season, is using his platform as a Division I athlete to provoke change, not only in the city of Louisville but nationally. He is back on campus and...

UK season opener against Eastern Michigan moved to a Thursday to avoid conflict with Kentucky Derby

University of Kentucky football will return a bit earlier than expected this fall, breaking out of the starting gate first on a holiday weekend that also includes the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby. UK’s season opener against Eastern Michigan, originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5, has now been moved to Thursday, Sept. 3, at Kroger Field, athletics director Mitch Barnhart announced...

Georgetown College football player using his feet to raise money, combat racial discrimination and hunger

Time and a passion can be a beautiful combination. Georgetown College football player Branden Leff is discovering this. The junior wingback has tallied most of his yards for the Tigers on out routes for five catches and 60 yards. In July he wants to go the distance – hopefully 13.1 miles or more. Leff started a GoFundMe – Run for a Change – and will run a mile for every 80 dollars donated to...

Former LexCath football standout Wes Caldwell named athletic director at Highlands High School

Wes Caldwell has been named the athletic director at Highlands High School. He is currently the assistant athletic director at Lexington Catholic High School. Caldwell earned his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from Middle Tennessee State University and his master’s degree in Recreation and Sports Administration from Western Kentucky University. Wes Caldwell While attending Middle...

Once home to Murray State football, Cutchin Field’s winning ways continue with women’s soccer

Once the home of Murray State football, Cutchin Field (formerly known as Cutchin Stadium) began serving as the home pitch for a different type of football when it became the venue for the women’s soccer program during its inaugural season in 2000. Nestled in the middle of campus, Cutchin Field hosted games for the Racer football team, once known as the Thoroughbreds, from 1924 to 1972. Murray...