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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...

Former UK standouts Maggard, Johnson among 10 new members set for Hall of Fame

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Class of 2015 was announced Sunday and 10 members in this year’s class will be the 28th inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame.   The members include former high school coaches, athletes, officials, administrators and contributors. The Class of 2015 will be inducted in ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the...

Trigg County hits bull’s-eye, wins first placein 2014 National Archery Ky. championship

The 2014 National Archery in the Schools Kentucky state championship held at Louisville’s International Convention Center featured more students than ever.   “A record 4,172 student archers competed in the tournament,” said Patrick O’Connell, state NASP coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “Last year, which was our previous record,...

Trigg County hits bull's-eye, wins first placein 2014 National Archery Ky. championship

The 2014 National Archery in the Schools Kentucky state championship held at Louisville’s International Convention Center featured more students than ever.   “A record 4,172 student archers competed in the tournament,” said Patrick O’Connell, state NASP coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “Last year, which was our previous record,...

New varsity sport luring Tates Creek High students onto its co-ed bass-fishing team

The bass-fishing team from Tates Creek High School went to Wilgreen Lake near Richmond to prepare for the Region 2 qualifier. (Photo from FCPS)   By Tammy Lane Special to KyForward   Students who enjoy the great outdoors and the challenge of landing a catch have found a new outlet on their school’s bass-fishing team. While some might be long accustomed to fishing for fun, this organized...

‘Once they try it, they’re hooked’; archery hitting the bull’s-eye with Lafayette students

Lafayette's archery team practices before the first school bell rings. (Photo from FCPS)   By Tammy Lane Special to KyForward   Competitive spirit and commitment bring students out for 7 a.m. archery practices at Lafayette High School in Lexington, where Coach Jesse Peters runs mini-contests to prepare his team for tournaments. To start their week, nearly two dozen took turns taking...