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North Laurel dedicates game to fallen teammate, posts 47-14 win over crosstown rival South Laurel

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter Less than a week after a tragic accident took the life of a teammate and sidelined another, North Laurel easily defeated crosstown rival South Laurel, 47-14, in the First Priority Bowl game in London. North Laurel fell behind South Laurel early as the Cardinals scored three minutes into the game. But it was all Jaguars from there as North Laurel (2-1) scored...

Loaded with talent and experience, motivated North Hardin seeks Class 6A state championship

(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 North Hardin raced out to a 13-0 record last fall, but the quest for perfection ended during a 54-7 loss to eventual state champion Louisville Trinity in the Class 6A semifinals. A bevy of talent, including seven starters...

Youthful North Laurel attempts to retain county bragging rights, claw way into district contention

(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 Though just nine starters return from last season’s 5-6 team, North Laurel is setting its sights on clawing back into contention for a Class 5A District 8 crown this fall. Chris Larkey is back for his 12th season...

Talented Franklin County aims to defend district title, contend for Class 4A state championship

(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 After starting with 11 straight wins and a regular-season district championship, Franklin County’s 2019 football campaign came to an abrupt end. The Flyers — playing without star quarterback Nick Broyles — dropped...

Bourbon County seeks respect in rugged Class 4A district behind experienced offensive unit

(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 Bourbon County Colonels will attempt to prove they deserve as much praise and respect as their rugged district counterparts this season on the football field. That’s because playing in a four-team district with...

Bolstered by 16 returning starters, experienced Rockcastle County looks to contend in Class 3A

(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 With 16 starters returning from an 8-4 team, head coach Scott Parkey is counting down the days before he initiates the launch sequence for the 2020 version of the Rockcastle County Rockets on Sept. 11 at Letcher County...

After enduring injury-plagued 1-10 campaign last fall, Madison Central seeks major improvement

(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 Madison Central endured an injury-plagued 1-10 campaign in 2019, and the Indians will play this fall to honor the memory of a teammate who tragically died during the offseason. Emanuel “Manny” Prewitt was found...

Lexington Catholic returns 15 starters, but Knights must find replacement for star quarterback Allen

(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 Lexington Catholic returns 15 starters this season, but the biggest question mark will be how the offense responds after losing Beau Allen, arguably the greatest quarterback in program history. Allen, a Mr. Football...

Berea aims for second straight winning season behind talented backfield, big offensive line

(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 After recording the program’s first winning season since 2009, the Berea Community High School football team will look to improve on a 7-4 record — but with a small roster of about 25 players. Berea, which competes...

Motivated, talented and experienced, Lexington Christian focuses on Class 2A state championship

(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 Somerset captured the Class 2A state championship last season, but the Briar Jumpers nearly didn’t make it out of the second round of the playoffs. Just ask the players and coaches at Lexington Christian Academy. Lexington...

George Rogers Clark to rely on star running back Azariah Israel, experienced offensive unit this fall

(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 Senior running back Azariah Israel will once again be a highlight reel on the football field for George Rogers Clark High School. A year ago, Israel led Class 6A with 2,346 rushing yards and was third overall in the...

Tates Creek looks to build on momentum from state semifinals; Commodores must replace 24 seniors

(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 A year ago, Tates Creek High School penned a tale of two vastly different seasons — in just 14 weeks. And the 2020 version of the Commodores will begin as a mystery with only three starters returning on both sides...

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...

Kentucky Supreme Court sets schedule for hearing on suit against Governor’s executive orders

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court issued an order on Friday, setting a briefing schedule and a date for oral arguments, in one of the lawsuits filed against Gov. Andy Beshear’s use of executive orders in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. 
The matter involves separate rulings by circuit judges in Boone and Scott counties, in cases where Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined...

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...

Georgetown, Scott Co. featured in newest episode of KET’s Downstream; preview party set for Dec. 9

Georgetown and Scott County have starring roles in an episode of KET’s production of “Downstream,” and everyone is invited to a Preview Party on Sunday, Dec. 9, at Country Boy Brewery & Taproom to celebrate. Hosted by Georgetown/Scott County Tourism, the party will include a screening of the episode, entitled “Georgetown KY – Elkhorn Creek, Bourbon Blending and Local...

Scott County graduate Ryan Wiggins serves as EKU student regent with a ‘passion for advocacy’

By Madison Harris Eastern Kentucky University “A passion for advocacy” inspires everything Ryan Wiggins does as Student Government Association president at Eastern Kentucky University. “I have always wanted to make a difference for my constituents,” he said. Wiggins has had a pretty clear idea of what he wanted to do for a long time. After graduating from Scott County High School in 2015 and...

Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy Jaime Morales critical after shooting at I-75 rest stop, fugitive killed

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Scott County sheriff’s deputy was in critical condition Wednesday following an officer-involved shooting late Tuesday night that left one suspect dead, the Kentucky State Police said. 
The sheriff’s deputies and Georgetown police officers were helping federal agents from the U.S. Marshals capture a fugitive from another state, the state police said. The incident...

‘My Brother’s Burden Walk’ coming to Kentucky, as firefighter calls attention to plight of colleagues

According to the International Association of Firefighters, cancer is the leading cause of firefighter death in the United States. All but eight states now have presumptive cancer laws. In addition, the subject of first responder PTSD and suicide is not new but, as the years roll on, it continues taking the lives of our firefighters, law enforcement officials, and EMS workers. According to a report...

Kentucky eye bank: Coroner charged with receiving stolen property didn’t steal donated eyeballs

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today The Kentucky Lions Eye Bank wants to let potential donors know the Kentucky coroner being charged with receiving stolen property didn’t steal eye donations. The bank said they used Scott County Coroner John Goble’s services twice when commercial transportation was not feasible because of surgery time constraints, according to a release. The surgical transport tissue...