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Lexington Catholic, Scott County, Frederick Douglass to battle for 11th Region boys hoops championship

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The start of the delayed 2020-21 boys basketball season finally tips off Monday, and the 11th Region is stocked with talented teams. Lexington Catholic, Scott County and Frederick Douglass all appear primed to contend for the 11th Region championship. Henry Clay could face a major rebuilding season after losing 11th Region Player of the Year Marques Warrick,...

Stoops, UK land in-state talent during latest recruiting class to lay groundwork for success

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops stayed close to home to piece together his latest recruiting class. The Wildcats added 18 players during the early signing period, including seven in-state players, three each from Ohio and Georgia, two from Alabama, one each from Michigan, and Tennessee. Kentucky also inked a kicker from Australia. The big storyline line,...

Battle-tested Beechwood meets top-ranked Lexington Christian for Class 2A state championship on Friday

By Don Owen KyForward sports editor Start by combining a rugged schedule with talented football players. Add an accomplished coaching staff to those ingredients, and the final result is a championship-caliber team. Those elements will be on full display Friday when Beechwood takes on Lexington Christian for the Class 2A state championship. The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. at Kroger Field in...

Frederick Douglass to meet Lexington Christian in mythical city championship showdown on Friday

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter An improbable meeting between Frederick Douglass and Lexington Christian is set to take place on Friday for what many are hailing as the mythical city championship in Lexington. A tweet by William Warfield on the PrepSpin Twitter account on Oct. 1 saying he would love to see the “dream match” was a precursor to the game finally being scheduled — thanks...

North Laurel dedicates game to fallen teammate, posts 47-14 win over crosstown rival South Laurel

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter Less than a week after a tragic accident took the life of a teammate and sidelined another, North Laurel easily defeated crosstown rival South Laurel, 47-14, in the First Priority Bowl game in London. North Laurel fell behind South Laurel early as the Cardinals scored three minutes into the game. But it was all Jaguars from there as North Laurel (2-1) scored...

Loaded with talent and experience, motivated North Hardin seeks Class 6A state championship

(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 North Hardin raced out to a 13-0 record last fall, but the quest for perfection ended during a 54-7 loss to eventual state champion Louisville Trinity in the Class 6A semifinals. A bevy of talent, including seven starters...

Tates Creek looks to build on momentum from state semifinals; Commodores must replace 24 seniors

(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 A year ago, Tates Creek High School penned a tale of two vastly different seasons — in just 14 weeks. And the 2020 version of the Commodores will begin as a mystery with only three starters returning on both sides...

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...