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KHSAA board votes to allow high school sports teams to resume meeting in limited groups June 1

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today High schools across the state can begin meeting with their athletic teams on Monday. The Kentucky High School Athletics Association Board of Control voted Thursday to allow team meetings of 10 or less June 1-14. Beginning on June 15, practices can resume for some sports on a limited basis. Based on current guidelines from Governor Andy Beshear, practices with 10 or fewer...

Participation numbers increasing in most Kentucky high school sports, except football, KHSAA says

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The leader of the Kentucky High School Athletics Association says student participation is increasing in most boys and girls sports with football being the exception. KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett testified before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Education Committee last week. “Last year 57,000 boys were on rosters, along with 48,000 girls,” he told lawmakers....

KHSAA sets 2017 state high school soccer tournament at Frederick Douglass, Lafayette

During the course of its regularly scheduled meeting at the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Offices, the Board of Control accepted a membership application from Danville Christian Academy and finalized sites for the 2017 State Soccer Tournament. Danville Christian Academy will begin its two-year probationary period with the current 2017-18 school year, and will be ineligible for...

KHSAA: It’s not just fun and games, high school sports teach important life lessons

By Bob Gardner and Julian Tackett Special to KyForward Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here. And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike. Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games. It teaches important life lessons, too. In fact, high school athletes not only have higher grade point averages...

Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame completes induction of ‘Centennial Class’

The “Centennial Class” of the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame was completed when the 2017 inductees were enshrined Saturday at the State Theater in Elizabethtown. Coaches and players have been selected each of the past six years to complete the top 100. The Centennial Class is commemorating 100 years of high school basketball sanctioned by the Kentucky High School Athletics Association. The...

Kentucky becomes first state in the nation to require protective face protection for high school softball

Kentucky will be the first state to require face protection in high school softball following action taken by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control Tuesday. The Board of Control conducted its first organizational meeting of the 2017-18 academic year at the Hotel Covington in Northern Kentucky. Over the course of its two-day meeting, the Board took a progressive step...

Top-ranked Bowling Green leads wire-to-wire, tops Cooper to capture 100th KHSAA Boys’ Championship

By Mike Fields Kentucky High School Athletics Association D.G. Sherrill never got to attend the Sweet 16 when he was a kid growing up in Caldwell County in far western Kentucky. “My daddy believed when my basketball season was over, it was time for me to go to work,” he said. “So I was in a welding shop when everybody else was coming to watch basketball.” Sherrill’s first trip to watch the...

Clark-Heard, Moore, Sutherland among latest inductees to KHSAA Hall of Fame

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Class of 2017 was announced in a press conference at the KHSAA Offices. The 11 members in this year’s class will be the 30th inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame, and consists of former high school coaches, athletes, officials, administrators, and contributors. The Class of 2017 will be inducted in ceremonies scheduled for Saturday,...

Former Dunbar head girls' basketball coach Bridenbaugh named to KHSAA staff spot

Sarah Bridenbaugh has been named assistant commissioner for the Kentucky High School Athletics Association and in her new post, she will have oversight of field hockey, cross country/track and field, and the sport-activity of bowling, while also handling various administrative duties within the Association.   KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said Bridenbaugh will officially join the association...

KHSAA expands partnership with Special Olympics Kentucky to include all sports

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association and Special Olympics Kentucky announced a new partnership this week, unveiling plans to develop unified sports opportunities in Kentucky for intellectually disabled student-athletes.   For the last four years, the KHSAA has conducted adapted track and field events at its state meet for physically disabled student-athletes. The new venture with Special...

KHSAA to conduct two-day Student Leadership Conference for prep athletes

The 14th annual HYPE KHSAA Student Leadership Conference will be conducted next week in Lexington and Bowling Green. The conference is a free service provided by the association for student-athletes to learn teamwork exercises and sportsmanship initiatives, and discuss current issues.   The first conference will be held Monday at the Lexington Convention Center, followed by the second seminar...

Proposed ‘Tebow Bill’ to allow home schoolers to play sports could have broader implications

By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor   Legislation proposed for the 2015 session of the General Assembly designed to allow home school students to participate in sports in their local public schools may be more wide-ranging than intended, according to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.   State Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington, said his proposal is based on a 1996 Florida law that...

Proposed 'Tebow Bill' to allow home schoolers to play sports could have broader implications

By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor   Legislation proposed for the 2015 session of the General Assembly designed to allow home school students to participate in sports in their local public schools may be more wide-ranging than intended, according to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.   State Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington, said his proposal is based on a 1996 Florida law that...

Eleven new members set to enter Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame Sunday

The Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be inducted Sunday during the association’s annual banquet at the Lexington Center at 12 p.m.   This year’s class of 11 members features former student-athletes Fred Bishop (Pineville), Jeff Brohm (Louisvile Trinity), Caroline Burckle (Sacred Heart), Sonny Collins (Madisonville-North Hopkins), Ukari Figgs (Scott County), Don Frye (Monticello),...