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KHSAA delays start of winter sports until January; Sweet 16 basketball tentatively set for late March

KyForward staff The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control has voted to delay the start of winter sports until Jan. 4 and is expecting to finish the virus-altered basketball season in late March. The basketball season was scheduled to begin on Monday, but the KHSAA’s decision will push back the start of play by more than a month. Boys and girls basketball teams will now be limited...

Kentucky students encouraged to apply for 2021 Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year recognition

Kentucky student-athletes who are involved in agriculture are invited to apply for one of six scholarships and recognition as a 2021 Kentucky Ag Athlete of the Year. The program is a partnership of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA). “Athletics and agriculture have a lot in common. They both teach the value of effort, discipline,...

Punting the proverbial football: Board sends issue of fall sports for high schools back to KHSAA

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today After an exhausting three and a half hour meeting, the Kentucky Board of Education punted the proverbial football back to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control on Friday. 
The BOE unanimously voted to send a letter urging the KHSAA to consider “additional consideration of alternative options for high-contact sports.” It would include...

Al Cross: Beshear sees his limits; now it’s time for an individual character test and for you to carry the ball

There’s no shortage of subjects for a Kentucky political column: the U.S. Senate race (Mitch McConnell’s got a leg up, and both sides are misleading you), the bipartisan plan for the election (kudos to Secretary of State Michael Adams and Gov. Andy Beshear) or the Republican convention (Donald Trump’s latest TV show, well produced but with too much fiction). But the most important piece of business...

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...

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...

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...

KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett says fall sports could be vastly different for Kentucky’s schools

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Julian Tackett is hopeful a form of normalcy can be achieved in high school sports this fall. Tackett, the commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, is beginning to see a glimpse of hope that prep sports will be played when school resumes, although he thinks it won’t be the same as last fall. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced the KHSAA to...

KHSAA announces 12-member class for the 2020 Hall of Fame set for May 30 in Lexington

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association will induct its Class of 2020 into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame presented by Roberts Insurance on Saturday, May 30 at the Embassy Suites Lexington. This year’s 12-member class will be the 33rd inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame, and consists of former high school coaches, athletes, officials, administrators, and contributors. The Class...

Kentucky High School Athletic Association makes changes to state’s high school football playoff rules

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Some changes are in store for the 2019 high school football season playoff system in Kentucky. Members of the Board of Control for the Kentucky High School Athletics Association earlier this year stopped the practice of having district first- and second-round playoff games being played between schools of different districts. Kentucky high school football will undergo some...

Keven Moore: The risks of high school football heat exhaustion — and what to do about it

As an old retired peewee football coach and 20-year fantasy football vet, it’s that time of year where many of us are just barely surviving on NASCAR races and MLB games, as we crave the start of the football season. I believe that men are physically and biologically drawn to this war-like sport because of our tribal embedded territorial, hunter and warrior-like instincts. Rivalries are all...

KHSAA institutes policy dealing with unruly parents, says poor behavior has directly led to lack of referees

Kentucky Today KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said unruly behavior has led directly to a shortage of referees. A new policy could help fix that problem. (KHSAA photo) The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has adopted a new policy that addresses unsportsmanlike conduct by spectators and has the power to keep parents from watching future games. Any adult spectator who is removed by school...

Trinity takes boys Sweet Sixteen state championship behind humble senior MVP David Johnson

By Mike Fields Kentucky High School Athletic Association David Johnson has to be one the most self-effacing, ego-averse MVPs in the history of the Sweet Sixteen. After the gifted 6-foot-5 senior had 22 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocked shots and 2 assists to spark Trinity past Scott County 50-40 in the finals of the 102nd Boys’ State Basketball Tournament in Rupp Arena on Sunday afternoon, he steadfastly...

Ryan Quarles: Give to ‘Ag Tag’ fund, invest in future of Kentucky agriculture and develop leaders

Deep roots grow leaders. That’s how Kentucky’s agricultural community develops leaders for our future. “Deep roots grow leaders” is also the theme of this year’s Ag Tag campaign to raise funds to invest in organizations building the leaders of tomorrow. Kentucky farmers recently may have received a note from their county clerk with a reminder to renew their farm vehicle license plates. At...

Stuart Sanders: Scott County coach Billy Hicks’ 1000th basketball victory shows importance of sports

On January 24, Scott County boys’ basketball coach Billy Hicks logged his 1,000th win, making him the first Kentucky High School Athletic Association coach in Kentucky history to reach this mark. Billy Hicks Why is it important to celebrate Coach Hicks’ milestone? Moreover, why is sports history important? I recently spoke with Hicks at the unveiling of the latest Kentucky Historical Society HistoryMobile...

Kentucky high school student-athletes invited to apply for 2019 Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year

Kentucky student-athletes with ties to agriculture may apply for one of six scholarships and the honor of being recognized as a 2019 Kentucky Ag Athlete of the Year. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, center, honored the 2018 Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year, from left: DeMarius Wilson, Gracie Staude, Ben VanHook, Kimberly Molden, Nathaniel Messer, and Kourtney Ashby. The program is a partnership...

Kentucky Department of Agriculture recognizes 2018 KHSAA-KDA Ag Athletes of the year

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles commended six Kentucky high school student-athletes involved in agriculture for being named the 2018 Kentucky High School Athletic Association-Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) Ag Athletes of the Year. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, center, honors the 2018 Kentucky High School Athletic Association-Kentucky Department of Agriculture Ag Athletes of...

Statute unveiled of famed coach Roy Kidd, spent 39 years at EKU, is in College Football Hall of Fame

Eastern Kentucky University unveiled a long-anticipated statue of College Football Hall of Fame coach Roy Kidd on Saturday.   The statue of the man who won 314 games as the head coach of the Colonels is located in the north end zone, overlooking the field at Roy Kidd Stadium.   Private funds have been donated specifically for the project over the last two years.    Kidd retired from his coaching...

KHSAA participation numbers set new record with nearly 80,000 involved in 13 sports, four activities

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association enjoyed record participation levels during the 2015-16 season, with 79,805 rostered participants across the KHSAA’s 13 sports and four sport-activities. Participation levels increased for the fourth-consecutive year, with football once again ranking as the most popular sport with 14,336 competitors (31 girls) playing for 221 schools – an increase of...

Everyday Heroes: 30 years after iconic torch first lit, Bluegrass State Games going strong

Steve Flairty with former Gov. Martha Layne Collins, who created the Bluegrass State Games (Photo provided)   This article is reprinted from the June/July 2014 issue of Kentucky Monthly magazine.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   It was summer 1986 during the opening ceremonies of the second annual Kentucky’s Bluegrass State Games, in part spawned as the state’s answer to...