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West Jessamine aims for turnaround under new head coach, erase memory of winless 2019 season

(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 The kickoff to the Kentucky high school football season is three weeks away, and West Jessamine is looking to turn around the program with a new head coach. Scott Marsh has taken over a Colts football program that went...

Solid foundation in place, Sayre prepares for first full season of varsity football since 1976

By Chad Hensley Special to KyForward Building a high school football program is like building a house in that it needs to start with a good, solid foundation. Heading into their first full varsity season with a strong foundation will be the Sayre Spartans. Many people are familiar with Chad Pennington because he threw for more than 13,000 yards and 115 touchdowns while at Marshall University. He also...

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...

Baptist Health Urgent Care locations make sports physicals for athletes easy, cost-friendly

The upcoming school year will have a different look with new rules in place for COVID-19. But among the familiar activities will be school sports. And one of the most important steps for the ongoing health of a student-athlete is a sports physical which is required by most schools. In its guidelines for the upcoming school year, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association says that students will...

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...

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...

Six Kentucky high school student-athletes involved in agriculture earn scholarships from KHSAA, KDA

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced the six Kentucky high school student-athletes involved in agriculture that have been named the 2020 Ag Athletes of the Year by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. “Typically, I join these outstanding, agriculturally-minded student-athletes on the floor of Rupp Arena to award these scholarships,...

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...

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 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...

Marshall County High School takes top spot in 2018 KHSAA Bass Fishing Tournament at Kentucky Lake

The Marshall County High School team of Tristan Barrett and Evan Bremmerkamp brought a two-day cumulative total of eight bass weighing 27 pounds, 11 ounces to the scale this weekend, beating out 67 other teams to win the 2018 Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) State Bass Fishing Championship on Kentucky Lake. The win earned the team medals, a trophy to display in their school and the...

KHSAA state football finals moving from Western Kentucky University to UK’s Kroger Field

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Sack one up for University of Kentucky. The Kentucky High School Athletics Association moved the state football finals from Western Kentucky University’s Houchens-L.T. Smith Stadium to newly-named Kroger Field during its board of control meeting Wednesday. The KHSAA state football finals will be played at Kroger Field for the next two seasons. The event...

More Than a Game: New book explores impact of civil rights movement through lens of forgotten school

Basketball is a crucial aspect of the Kentucky identity, and while those outside the state primarily witness the competition as between opposing college or professional teams, high school basketball has formed a core component of the sport’s presence since the establishment of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) Boys Basketball Championship in 1918. In 1960, that championship would...

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...

High-scoring Mercer County girls cruise past Franklin County to notch KHSAA Tournament championship

By Mike Fields KHSAA HIGHLAND HEIGHTS – When Chris Souder took over as Mercer County girls’ basketball coach 18 years ago, he allowed himself to imagine the Titans winning a state title someday. “It’s always a dream, it’s always a goal,” he said. “But two years ago we talked about it actually being a realistic goal. If everybody would stay the course, buy into the way we wanted to play,...

Kentucky by Heart: For Kentuckians, memories of state tournament are all part of our social fabric

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist One of the first times I heard the phrase “Greatest Show on Earth” was at the Kentucky High School Basketball Tournament. The announcer expressed that hyperbole during the introduction, but for me way back in the 1970s, awash with rural state culture and the popularity of hoops, I didn’t consider it as hyperbole. It WAS the greatest show, and the district...

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...

St. Xavier stops Campbell County one game short of championship in KHSAA state baseball final

By Evan Merrill Special to KyForward The Campbell County baseball team’s impressive playoff run ended Saturday with a 1-0 loss to perennial power Louisville St. Xavier in the KHSAA championship game at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington. Appearing in the first state title game in program history, Campbell County had the tying run on third base when St. Xavier pitcher Conner Holden got the final...

KHSAA, Midway University partner to create Female Student-Athlete of the Year Program

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) announced Monday that Midway University will be the first corporate partner to join the Association’s newly created Girls’ Sports Initiative, which aims to showcase and promote girls’ sports in Kentucky. As part of this new venture, one of the first collaborative corporate partnerships of its kind in the country to specifically target girls’...

Former KHSAA commissioner Brigid DeVries named 2016 Sue Feamster Trailblazer Award honoree

University of Kentucky alumnae and the first female commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletics Association, Brigid DeVries will be honored with the 2016 Sue Feamster Trailblazer Award on Sunday, Feb. 21 when the Kentucky women’s basketball team faces Arkansas at 3 p.m. inside Memorial Coliseum. The award, given to those who have provided exceptional leadership and paved the way for others...