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Pairings set for Kentucky High School Athletic Association boys’, girls’ state basketball tournaments

By Terry Boehmker Special to KyForward A draw conducted Thursday set the bracket for the first girls’ high school basketball state tournament to be held in Northern Kentucky as well as for the boys’ event, scheduled for Rupp Arena in Lexington. The St. Elizabeth Healthcare/KHSAA Girls’ Sweet 16 state tournament will be played March 9-13 at BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky...

Western Kentucky recruit Creech nets 71 points to set new state high school scoring record

Western Kentucky University signee Whitney Creech became the state of Kentucky’s all-time leading scorer with a career-high 71 points on Tuesday evening, passing former Lady Topper Jaime Walz on the high school list with 4,957 points in her varsity career. Creech led Jenkins to a 90-87 overtime victory over Paintsville on Tuesday, scoring 13 of her 71 points in the overtime period to lead the...

Billy Reed: High school basketball in Kentucky is about culture, education, politics, not just sports

If I were to approach a university president about teaching a course on the History of High School Basketball in Kentucky, I’m confident he or she would look at me as if I were a Martian and dismiss the idea by saying there was no money for such a frivolous class. That would be a shame, of course, because the course would be about much more than basketball. It would be about culture, race, geography,...

Victory by Western Kentucky results in adjustments to high school football championship schedule

With its win over Marshall on Friday, Western Kentucky University secured its right to host the Conference USA Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. (CT). WKU hosting the C-USA Championship means the KHSAA will utilize the alternative schedule for the 2015 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl approved by the Board of Control in October. A Lafayette ball carrier can’t make...

Kentucky High School Athletic Association announces 12-member Hall of Fame Class for 2016

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Class of 2016 was announced Sunday in a press conference at the KHSAA Offices. The 12 members in this year’s class will be the 29th inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame, and consists of former high school coaches, athletes, officials, administrators and contributors. The Class of 2016 will be inducted in ceremonies scheduled for...

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...

Daily Yonder: KHSAA says he’s cheating,
but Roderick Rhodes says he’s changing lives

Cordia High School Coach Rodrick Rhodes huddles with his players before a 2011 game. The former UK star and NBA player has helped bring students from tough urban neighborhoods and a Malaysian war zone to the rural school. The high school athletic association says he’s cheating. He says he’s changing lives. (Photo by John Flavell)   In a state where basketball is a religion, a small, mountain...

Bowling Green will continue to host high school football championships through 2018

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association officially extended its agreements with Russell Athletic and Western Kentucky University to partner and host the state football finals through 2018 in a press conference in Bowling Green.   The KHSAA Board of Control previously approved an extension for WKU and Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium as the host site of the Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth...

Board of Control upholds Cordia penalties, but allows team to play limited schedule

The Kentucky High School Athletics Association’s Board of Control voted Wednesday during a special meeting to uphold 18 of the KHSAA’s 25 original findings levied against Cordia High School resulting from numerous violations of recruiting and oversight rules.   The KHSAA’s original 25 findings of fact from a yearlong investigation. The review of the sanctions was conducted on Oct....

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...

KHSAA Board of Control recommends use of headgear for three fastpitch softball positions

Kentucky star Kelsey Nunley always wears a protective face mask when she pitches (Photo from UK Athletics)   By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor   The Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control has recommended that players at three defensive positions use protective headgear in prep fastpitch softball games played across the state.   Under current rules that...

KHSAA Girls Basketball Tournament shifts to NKU's Bank of Kentucky Center in 2016-17

The Kentucky High School Athletics Association’s Board of Control awarded the girls’ basketball state tournament to the Bank of Kentucky Center and Northern Kentucky University for 2016 and 2017 during action taken on Tuesday.   The Bank of Kentucky Center on the Northern Kentucky University campus will be the new site for the KHSAA Girls Basketball tournament, beginning in 2016 (Photo...

Sports Notes: Colonels place three on All-OVC team; KHSAA adds field hockey

Eastern Kentucky landed two players on the All-Ohio Valley women’s tennis team while the men earned one spot.   Following a vote of league coaches, EKU juniors Amandine Faouzi and   were first-team picks for the second year in a row. On the men’s side, Alex Alvaro was a second-team selection.   EKU junior Kristina Labeja(Photo from EKU Athletics) Labeja led the team with...

Kentucky Board of Education accepting candidates for vacancy on KHSAA board

The Kentucky Board of Education is seeking an individual to serve in a position on the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control that will become vacant on July 1, 2014.   The KHSAA is the Kentucky Board of Education’s designated body to manage statewide interscholastic athletic programs. The Board of Control supervises KHSAA, establishes staff salaries, sets goals for the...

Rupp Arena renovations to include fan amenities and integration into downtown

Renovations to Rupp Arena were announced Monday, an estimated $310 million in upgrades that will include an entirely new facade and updated surroundings that Mayor Jim Gray described as a “freed” Rupp Arena. Inside the arena, chairback seats throughout, wifi for fans and a new center-hung scoreboard inside Rupp highlight the project. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   The...

Brackets revealed for KHSAA Boys' and Girls' Sweet Sixteen basketball tournaments

The pairings for the 2014 Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls’ and the 2014 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen were determined Monday afternoon when the annual Draw Show was conducted at the WKYT Studios in Lexington. Hosted by Gary Ball and Dave Baker, the Draw Show was televised by The CW Lexington and WYMT, and live streamed at www.khsaa.org.   The 2014 Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls’...

KHSAA Boys' and Girls' Sweet 16 Tournament Draw Show to air Feb. 3 on The CW Lexington

The pairings for the 2014 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen and the 2014 Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls’ Sweet Sixteen will be unveiled on Monday, Feb. 3, when the annual Draw Show is broadcast live by The CW Lexington. The KHSAA Sweet 16 Draw Show will also be streamed live online at www.khsaa.org and www.wkyt.com.   The 2014 Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls’ Sweet 16 will be held...

KHSAA finalizes boys' and girls' 2014 high school basketball regional tournament sites

Locations for the girls’ and boys’ high school basketball regional tournaments were selected last week. (Photo from KHSAA)   The sites for the 2014 Basketball Regional Tournaments were finalized last week with the selection of Barren County (boys) and Allen County-Scottsville (girls) in the 4th Region. Regional basketball tournaments are scheduled for March 3-11, leading up to the...

KHSAA reschedules Saturday football games to account for weather problems around state

After reviewing all of the available data/information and the most educated predictions, the KHSAA is making schedule adjustments for the rest of the weekend, and changes to a few of the event instructions to help with this weekend’s weather situation. Though there are dozens of factors that went into the schedule revisions, the first and foremost concerns have been competitor safety, and the travel...