2015-2016 News Releases

07/01/16 – Associate Commissioner Cope Receives NFHS Citation

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KHSAA Associate Commissioner Butch Cope was one of eight recipients on Friday of the NFHS Citation for State Athletic and Activity Association personnel. The Citation award is designed to honor individuals who have made contributions to the NFHS, state high school associations and is one of the most highly regarded achievements in high school athletics. Each of the eight NFHS Sections selects an honoree, primarily from among the Assistant and Associate Directors of the various states and those who have served in that position in the past.

Cope received his award on Friday at the 97th annual NFHS Summer Meeting in Reno, Nevada. Cope is the fourth KHSAA recipient of the award since its inception in 1997, following Brigid DeVries (1999), Louis Stout (2002) and Larry Boucher (2009).

Cope is in his 21st year with the KHSAA. He began his tenure as the KHSAA sports information director before being promoted to director of promotions and media relations, then assistant commissioner […]

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06/10/16 – KHSAA To Award Inaugural Louis Stout Memorial Scholarships Saturday

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2016

The KHSAA will present the first Louis Stout Memorial Scholarships to Buckhorn’s Abigail Abner and Henry County’s Jakob Beckley on Saturday during the quarterfinals of the Rawlings/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament. Each student-athlete will receive a one-time scholarship of $2,000 payable to an institution of higher learning, which will be presented by representatives of the KHSAA and Commissioner Stout’s son, Juan.

Winners were chosen after careful review with high school and college administrators, with selection criteria based on athletic activities, non-athletic activities, non-school activities and an essay on the role a student-athlete should play in the community.

A four-year letterman on the Buckhorn volleyball team with a 4.0 grade point average, Abner was highly involved in her school community during her high school career. In addition to tutoring fellow students, Abner was a member of Buckhorn Against Drugs (BAD), Future Business Leaders of America […]

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06/08/16 – Rawlings/KHSAA Baseball and Worth/KHSAA Softball State Tournaments Begin Thursday

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 8, 2016

The 2016 Rawlings/KHSAA Baseball and Worth/KHSAA Softball State Tournaments get underway Thursday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington and Jack C. Fisher Park in Owensboro, respectively. The Rawlings/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament (June 9-11, 17-18) begins Thursday morning when Johnson Central takes on Highlands at 11 a.m. in the first of the day’s four opening round games. First round action continues with four games on Friday, followed by four quarterfinal games on Saturday. The state baseball tournament resumes the following weekend with semifinal action on Friday, June 17th and the championship game on Saturday, June 18th.

The Worth/KHSAA State Softball Tournament (June 9-11) opens at 5 p.m. (CT) tomorrow night in Owensboro, as the first four opening round games are played simultaneously at Jack C. Fisher Park. Thursday’s competition concludes with four more opening round games at 7 p.m., before the teams return to the park Friday morning at 9 a.m. to […]

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05/26/16 – Republic Bank/KHSAA Track & Field State Meet Begins Friday

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 26, 2016

The 2016 Republic Bank/KHSAA Track & Field State Meet gets underway Friday afternoon at the University of Kentucky’s Outdoor Track and Field Complex with the 2A Championship starting at 4:30 p.m. The event continues Saturday morning with the 1A championship at 9 a.m., followed by the 3A meet at 4:30 p.m.

This year’s meet is the second since the KHSAA partnered with Special Olympics Kentucky to offer Unified opportunities in Track & Field. Unified participation at this year’s state meet has risen to 110 competitors, after having 35 student-athletes compete in Unified offerings at the 2015 State Meet.

Live event-by-event results will be available on the Track page at KHSAA.org during the meet. Following the event, a highlight package from each championship will be available at KHSAA.tv, with official championship photos available at khsaaphotos.org.

2016 Republic Bank/KHSAA Track & Field State Meet
Official Program – http://khsaa.org/Publications/Programs/20152016/Track/issue1/index.html
Heat Sheets/Lane Assignments – http://khsaa.org/track/2016/laneassignments.pdf
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05/13/16 – Kentucky-Indiana Basketball All Star Information

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In conjunction with the Bluegrass Sports Commission, the information below relative to the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star series is listed below. Please consider attending this historic event that is being managed by our partners at the Bluegrass Sports Commission.

The 76th annual Kentucky vs. Indiana All-Star Game will be played on Sunday June 12th at Bellarmine University. The Girls will play at 1pm and the Boys at 3:30pm.

Tickets are $12 and can be ordered at bluegrasssports.org or by calling 859-286-5152. They will be on sale for $15 at the door.

The 2016 Boys Kentucky All-Star team is Coached by Wayne Breeden, Rodney Woods, Dom Fucci and Bart Rison:
Trey Blevins, Wayne County
Alex Cook, Male
Tyrik Edwards, Christian County
Mason Faulkner, Caverna
Quentin Goodin, Taylor County
Connor McKim, St. Xavier
Tyler Sharpe, Bullitt East
Caleb Taylor, South Laurel
Isaiah Tisdale, Henry Clay
Ben Weyer, Newport Central Catholic
Carson Williams, Owen County
Darius Williams, […]

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05/12/16 – Board of Control Names Spalding Official Ball Sponsor

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2016

The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its final meeting of the 2015-16 academic year over a two-day session at the Association’s headquarters May 10-11. Among the various items discussed, the Board reviewed the results of a request for proposals distributed in March for a new official ball partnership, as its current agreement with Rawlings will expire at the end of the 2015-16 season. Following its review, the Board approved the Commissioner’s recommendation to accept the three-year proposal from Spalding (2016-17 through 2018-19), pending final signed contracts.

The Board completed a comprehensive review of eligibility rules and programs within the Association as required by existing state regulation, focusing on potential Constitution and Bylaw proposals to be voted on by the membership to address undue influence (recruiting) concerns and revisions to the transfer and enrollment rules. Final proposal determinations will be determined at the Board’s July meeting.

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05/10/16 – Bass Fishing, Republic Bank/KHSAA Tennis State Championships Begin This Week

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2016

State champions will be crowned in Lexington and Calvert City this weekend as the 2016 KHSAA Bass Fishing and 2016 Republic Bank/KHSAA State Tennis Championships get underway. The two-day State Bass Fishing Championship (May 13-14), with Calvert City serving as official host city, begins each morning with the boat launch from Kentucky Dam Marina at 7 a.m. Teams will start returning to the marina at 3 p.m. each day, with the weigh-ins scheduled to begin at approximately 3:30 p.m. The Bass Fishing weigh-ins will be webcast live each day at KHSAA.tv, courtesy of FLW.

During the State Bass Fishing Tournament, fans and competitors will have an opportunity to take part in the Fish Festival Expo at Kentucky Dam Marina from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, with vendors, sponsor booths and activities for kids.

The Republic Bank/KHSAA State Tennis Championships begin this weekend (May 14-15) with the boys’ and girls’ […]

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05/01/16 – KHSAA Celebrates Top Licensed Officials During Annual Banquet

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2016

The KHSAA honored the top officials for 2016 during the 23rd Annual Officials Recognition Banquet today at the Association’s headquarters. The ceremony recognized the finalists for each sport or sport-activity in which the KHSAA licenses officials, as well as the Larry G. Boucher Jr. Supervisor of the Year.

Finalists in each sport were selected through a combination of their service to their association and excellence in officiating. One official in each sport was named “Outstanding Official of the Year” for his/her sport in appreciation of their dedication and service to schools and student-athletes across the state.

Outstanding Official Nominees (winners in bold)
BASEBALL – Chris Minter (Richmond), Paul Schardein (Louisville), Creal Waddell (Bowling Green)
BASKETBALL – Harold Byrd (Mount Washington), Molly Caldwell (Lexington), Jim Cecil (Pikeville), Romonte Dishman (Louisville)
COMPETITIVE CHEER – Gayle Trame (Taylor Mill), Dewana Warrix (Lexington)
FIELD HOCKEY – Mary Brainard (Lexington), Yaphet Edghill (Louisville)
FOOTBALL – […]

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04/25/16 – Draw Show For Baseball, Softball and Tennis Set For 12 PM Wednesday

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2016

The draws for the 2016 Republic Bank/KHSAA Tennis Team Championship, the Rawlings/KHSAA Baseball State Tournament and the Worth/KHSAA Softball State Tournament will be determined Wednesday, April 27th at 12 p.m. when the Draw Show is conducted at the Association’s headquarters and webcast at KHSAA.tv.

This year will mark the first time Tennis is included in the spring Draw Show, as recommended changes from the Kentucky Medical Association’s Sports Medicine Committee led to the Board of Control approving a format change to the state Tennis tournament. The changes separated the team championship event from the singles/doubles competition, which were traditionally played together, in order to limit the number of matches a student-athlete could compete in each day. For more information on the recommendations that led to changes in the state Tennis tournament, visit http://khsaa.org/111915-tennis-tournament-format-changes/

The Draw Show will be streamed live online at KHSAA.tv, with complete brackets available on the KHSAA […]

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04/19/16 – 2016 KHSAA State Archery Championship Set for Thursday at KBA

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2016

The 2016 KHSAA State Archery Championship gets underway Thursday morning at the Kentucky Basketball Academy in Lexington. The competition begins at 9 a.m. with the first of six hour-long flights. The four teams with the highest overall scores across the opening flights will advance to the championship round, scheduled for 3:30 p.m., followed by an awards presentation for the top four teams and the top eight individuals.

Last year, Trigg County’s Clay Stevens became the first student-athlete to post a perfect score of 300 at the state championship en route to capturing the 2015 individual state title. Stevens’ performance helped Trigg County claim its third-consecutive team championship. The Wildcats finished with a total score of 4,507 points during the championship round, followed by Madison Central (4,484), Anderson County (4,466) and Letcher County Central (4,463).

A complete list of lane assignments for this year’s event can be found at http://khsaa.org/archery/2016/laneassignments.pdf

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04/18/16 – KHSAA and Midway University Partner To Create Female Student-Athlete of the Year Program

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2016

The KHSAA is proud to announce Midway University as its 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’ sports, Midway University will establish a Female Student-Athlete of the Year award in each female sport and sport-activity sanctioned by the KHSAA.

“We are blessed here in the Commonwealth with so many examples of great performances by not only some of the most athletic girls in the country, but a group that represents that wonderful combination of great students, exceptional student-athletes and active servant leaders in our communities,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “This program will allow many of our great partners, starting with Midway University, to showcase this stellar group of student-athletes and allow the […]

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04/14/16 – Spring Sports Championship Media Credentials

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The KHSAA’s online media credentialing system for the Spring Sports Championships is now live, and can be accessed by going to credentials.khsaa.org.

Credentials to each KHSAA state championship event are issued by the KHSAA to working members of the media that regularly cover high school athletics. Credentials must be requested prior to the established deadline for each sport through the online credentialing system (credentials.khsaa.org).

Credentials should be requested by the sports editor/director for all members of his/her organization needing to attend an event. Credentials for freelance photographers and stringers must be requested by the sports editor/director at the outlet the freelancer will be representing. No credentials will be issued outside of the online credentialing system. The KHSAA reserves the right to limit the quantity of credentials issued to media outlets when space is at a premium.

Failure to adhere to the KHSAA policies and guidelines, as well as unauthorized use of the media credential, will result […]

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04/13/16 – KHSAA Announces Official Of The Year Nominees

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2016

The KHSAA will honor the top officials for 2016 on May 1st at the Association’s 23rd Annual Officials Recognition Banquet. The ceremony, conducted at the KHSAA Offices, honors the finalists for each sport or sport-activity in which the KHSAA licenses officials.

Finalists in each sport were selected through a combination of their service to their association and excellence in officiating. One official in each sport will be named “Outstanding Official of the Year” for his/her sport in appreciation of their dedication and service to schools and student-athletes across the state. The Association will also present the annual Larry G. Boucher Jr. Supervisor of the Year Award during the ceremony.

Outstanding Official Nominees
BASEBALL – Paul Schardein (Louisville), Chris Minter (Richmond), Creal Waddell (Bowling Green)
BASKETBALL – Romonte Dishman (Louisville), Molly Caldwell (Lexington), Jim Cecil (Pikeville), Harold Byrd (Mount Washington)
COMPETITIVE CHEER – Gayle Trame (Taylor Mill), Dewana Warrix (Lexington)
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03/24/16 – Board of Control Approves Football Playoff Structure in 5A, 6A; Issuance of RFP for Official Ball

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2016

The Board of Control conducted its fifth regularly scheduled meeting of the school year at the Lexington Center on March 18th, during which time it finalized the playoff format for 5A and 6A, approved the issuance of an RFP to designate a new official ball, and elected its President-elect for 2016-17.

After an extensive review of potential playoff formats over several meetings that was finalized in January, the Board reviewed the proposed cross-bracketing table for Class 5A and 6A for 2016 through 2018. Following the review, the Board approved the cross-bracket table for 5A and 6A, and will continue review of playoff pairing discussions in 2A, 3A and 4A for 2017 and 2018 during its May meeting, following receipt of survey results. The adopted table of cross-bracket pairings is available at http://www.khsaa.org/football/playoffpairings.pdf.

With the Association’s current ball contract with Rawlings set to expire at the end of the school year, the […]

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03/14/16 – Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16® Broadcast Schedule

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 14, 2016

The 2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16® begins Wednesday afternoon at Rupp Arena when Buckhorn takes on Murray at 12 p.m. Fans can follow the action for all 15 games of the tournament by watching live video webcasts at KHSAA.tv or listening online at KHSAA.net.

The 2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16® marks just the fourth time in KHSAA history four schools have had both their boys’ and girls’ basketball teams advance to the state tournament in the same year – which Bowling Green, Murray, Mercer County and Owensboro Catholic achieved this year.

Four schools sent both their boys’ and girls’ teams to the Sweet 16® in 1977 (Owensboro, Taylor County, Laurel County and Ashland Blazer) and 1989 (Marshall County, Oldham County, George Rogers Clark and Clay County); while a state record five schools sent both their boys’ and girls’ teams to the state tournament in 1988 (Marshall County, Oldham […]

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03/08/16 – St. Elizabeth Healthcare/KHSAA Girls’ Sweet 16® Broadcast Information

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 8, 2016

The 2016 St. Elizabeth Healthcare/KHSAA Girls’ Sweet 16® gets underway Wednesday afternoon at BB&T Arena in Highland Heights. Fans can follow all the action through live webcasts at KHSAA.tv or listen to the games online at KHSAA.net.

All 15 games will be streamed live at KHSAA.tv through the NFHS Network, which is a subscription based service. Subscription plans for the NFHS Network include a day pass ($9.95), a monthly pass ($14.95) and an annual pass ($119.95).

These passes, with the daily pass priced less than the cost of admission to state championship contests, not only entitle the users to all Kentucky broadcasts, but all of the broadcasts from the more than 40 participating state associations. To subscribe to the NFHS Network, visit: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/subscribe/retail

A free audio-only feed of the games will also be available online through KHSAA.net and Mixlr (http://mixlr.com/khsaa/), which has a corresponding app available for […]

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03/04/16 – Whitaker Bank Scholarship Winners Announced

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2016

As part of its title sponsorship of the Boys’ Sweet Sixteen®, Whitaker Bank awards a one-time $1,000 scholarship to four deserving student-athletes. The winners of this year’s Whitaker Bank Scholarships are Samuel Barker (Bath County), Skylar Mays (Henry Clay), Ephraim Otieno (Model) and Emily Moore (Rowan County).

Each winner will be recognized during halftime of the first semifinal game of the 2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen® on Saturday, March 19th.

The 2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16® will take place March 16-20, with all games streamed live at KHSAA.tv through the NFHS Network, which is a subscription based service. Subscription plans for the NFHS Network include a day pass ($9.95), a monthly pass ($14.95) and an annual pass ($119.95).

These passes, with the daily pass priced less than the cost of admission to state championship contests, not only entitle the users to Kentucky broadcasts, but all of the broadcasts from the […]

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02/23/16 – Swimming & Diving Championships Begin Thursday; Hall of Fame Tickets on Sale

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 17, 2016

The 2016 KHSAA Swimming & Diving Championships (Feb. 25-27) get underway Thursday afternoon at Ralph Wright Natatorium in Louisville with boys’ diving preliminaries at 1 p.m., followed by the girls’ diving prelims at 6:30 p.m. Competition resumes Friday morning at 10 a.m. with the boys’ swimming prelims. Girls’ swimming prelims are scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start time on Friday.

Saturday’s championship finals begin with the boys’ competition at 10 a.m. The state meet concludes with the girls’ championship finals, which are slated to start at 4:15 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the public at 9 a.m. on Friday for the morning session, and 2:30 p.m. for the afternoon session. On Saturday, ticket sales begin at 9 a.m. for the boys’ finals and 3:15 p.m. for the girls’ championship.

Live event-by-event results for all rounds of the 2016 state meet can be viewed at:
http://khsaa.org/swimming/2016/state/index.htm

The heat sheet and entries are […]

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02/20/16 – Sweet 16® Online Media Credentialing System

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2016

The media credentialing system for the 2016 St. Elizabeth Healthcare/KHSAA Girls’ and Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen® State Basketball Tournaments is now available online, and can be accessed by going to credentials.khsaa.org. The St. Elizabeth Healthcare/KHSAA Girls’ State Tournament will take place March 9-13 at BB&T Arena in Highland Heights, followed by the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16® March 16-20 at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

The deadline to apply for credentials is 5 p.m. on the Monday prior to each respective tournament – March 7 for the Girls’ Sweet 16® and March 14 for the Boys.

OWNERSHIP OF RIGHTS
The intellectual property, corporate, broadcasting and media rights to all State championship rounds of the KHSAA postseason championships belong exclusively to the KHSAA, including titling agreements and sponsorships. As such, the KHSAA is the only entity permitted to originate a live broadcast during the Sweet 16® (this includes the use of streaming […]

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02/17/16 – KHSAA State Wrestling Championships Begin Friday Morning at Alltech Arena

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 17, 2016

The 2016 KHSAA Wrestling State Championships return to Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park this weekend (Feb. 19-20). Gates will open to the public on Friday at 8:30 a.m., with the first round matches set to begin at 9:30 a.m.

The second session begins Saturday morning with third round championship bracket matches at 9 a.m., continuing through the sixth round consolation bracket matches (bouts 785-812). The Medal Round and Championship Awards Session is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For each weight class during the Medal Round, the consolation bracket final bouts for third, fifth and seventh place will be contested simultaneously, followed by the championship bracket match and the awards presentation for that class. Team trophy presentations will take place following the awards for the 285 lb. weight class.

A complete list of printable brackets for the 2016 KHSAA State Wrestling Championships can be found at:
http://khsaa.org/wrestling/2016/wrbrackets.pdf

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02/16/16 – Former KHSAA Commissioner DeVries To Receive Sue Feamster Trailblazer Award

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2016

Brigid DeVries, the first female commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, will receive the 2016 Sue Feamster Trailblazer Award on Sunday, Feb. 21 when the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team hosts Arkansas at Memorial Coliseum.

“It is certainly a pleasure to see people outside of the interscholastic community recognize the many contributions made by my friend and former colleague Brigid DeVries,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “She was truly a trailblazer with her variety of involvements and efforts and most deserving of this outstanding award. Her commitment to opportunities as well as her passion for doing things the right way set an example for many to follow, and that continues today.”

Named in honor of the pioneering women’s basketball coach and national leader on the NCAA steering committee, the Sue Feamster Trailblazer Award is given to those who have provided exceptional leadership and paved the way for others to […]

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02/10/16 – KHSAA State Bowling Championships Begin Thursday at Collins Eastland

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 10, 2016

The 2016 KHSAA State Bowling Championships (Feb. 11-12) get underway Thursday morning with the singles competition at Collins Eastland in Lexington. Team champions will be decided on Friday, with the boys’ team finals scheduled for 12:15 p.m., followed by the girls’ team championship at 5:15 p.m.

Thursday’s boys’ and girls’ singles competition begins with qualifying games at 10:10 a.m. After each competitor bowls three games, the field will be trimmed to the top eight individuals. The top eight will then roll two additional games, with the top four boys’ and girls’ performers advancing to the step ladder bracket, which will continue through its completion. Awards for the singles competition are tentatively scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

The boys’ team championship opens Friday’s action, with team introductions slated for 7:30 a.m. and qualifying games starting at 7:50 a.m. Following two qualifying games, each team will be seeded in a 16-team bracket with the state […]

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02/04/16 – Pairings Announced For 2016 St. Elizabeth Healthcare/KHSAA Girls’ and Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16®

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 4, 2016

The pairings for the 2016 St. Elizabeth Healthcare/KHSAA Girls’ and the 2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen® were unveiled Thursday afternoon when the annual Draw Show was broadcast on The CW Lexington and KHSAA.tv. Hosted by Dave Baker and Gary Ball at the WKYT Studio, the Draw Show determined the matchups for the 99th boys’ Sweet 16® and the 55th girls’ Sweet 16®.

The 2016 St. Elizabeth Healthcare/KHSAA Girls’ Sweet 16® will be played in Northern Kentucky for the first time this season, with the tournament taking place March 9-13 at BB&T Arena in Highland Heights. The 2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16® will be played the following week, March 16-20 at Rupp Arena in Lexington. Full-session ticket packages for the Boys’ and Girls’ Sweet 16® are available for $80 for upper arena seats and $124 for side/lower arena seats, and can be purchased online at the following link: http://www.khsaa.org/payments/tickets/

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02/01/16 – New Corporate Partnership Makes Chocolate Milk an Official Beverage of the KHSAA

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2016

The KHSAA unveiled a new corporate partnership with the American Dairy Association (ADA) and the Kentucky Dairy Farm Families on Monday, which will make Chocolate Milk an Official Beverage of the Association. This new partnership provides an opportunity for the dairy farm families of Kentucky and KHSAA to promote nutrient-rich Chocolate Milk to KHSAA student-athletes, coaches and fans as a delicious and nutritious post-workout recovery beverage which helps to replenish nutrients lost during workouts, practices, weight training and games.

“Anytime you can partner with an organization in an effort to do something positive for student-athletes is a plus,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “We are excited to welcome our new partner into the KHSAA family, and look forward to working alongside them to benefit our membership.”

Chocolate milk is an ideal beverage for student‐athletes to drink because it provides the unique nutrition-profile needed after sporting events and practices, including nine essential nutrients […]

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01/28/16 – Board of Control Addresses Football Alignment, Bracketing; Baseball Pitch Count; Swimming and Diving State Qualifiers

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2016

The Board of Control addressed a lengthy agenda during its regularly scheduled meeting at the KHSAA Offices on Thursday, approving a slight “midcourse” adjustment to the football alignment as required by the competition rules and future football playoff bracket formats, finalizing a baseball pitch count, and settling on the number of regional qualifiers for the state swimming and diving meet for 2016.

Per the football competition rules, a “midcourse” adjustment is to be made in the second year of a four-year alignment. In order to be considered for adjustment, the four-year average enrollment (including 2015-16 data) would have to be within the boundaries of another class, and the school shall have had at least a 10 percent change in four-year average enrollment during the two-year period.

Upon review of the data, only two schools fit the criteria to be placed into a different class, and the Board unanimously approved the movement of […]

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01/26/16 – Sweet Sixteen® Draw Show Set For February 4th on CW Lexington, KHSAA.tv

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 26, 2016

The pairings for the 2016 St. Elizabeth Healthcare/KHSAA Girls’ Sweet Sixteen® and the 2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen® will be revealed on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. (ET) when the annual Draw Show is televised by The CW Lexington. The Sweet 16® Draw Show will also be streamed online at KHSAA.tv and WKYT.com.

The 2016 St. Elizabeth Healthcare/KHSAA Girls’ Sweet 16® will be held March 9-13 at BB&T Arena in Highland Heights, with the 2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16® taking place March 16-20 at Rupp Arena in Lexington. Brackets with official pairings will be available on the KHSAA/Riherds.com Scoreboard and the KHSAA website on the basketball home page following the conclusion of the draw show.

Full-session ticket packages for the Boys’ and Girls’ Sweet 16® will be available for purchase by the general public starting Feb. 8th, at a cost of $124 for side/lower arena seats. For more information, […]

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01/25/16 – Hall of Fame Journalist Mike Fields Joins KHSAA.org as Contributing Writer

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 25, 2016

KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett announced today that Hall of Fame journalist Mike Fields and his more than 41 years of experience covering high school sports will be joining KHSAA.org as a contributing writer. Fields, who retired from the Lexington Herald-Leader in 2015 after 35 years with the publication, will produce content for his own blog at KHSAA.org along with feature articles and state championship coverage through the KHSAA website and social media.

“I have talked to Mike on several occasions about my hopes for developing an increased web presence with stories about the great student-athletes, coaches, officials and administrators that are affiliated with the member schools, both present and former, of the KHSAA,” said Tackett. “Mike being our first contributor is symbolic of his dedication to our schools, his experience with traditional and social media and his love of this level of play. We look forward to his work beginning immediately.”

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01/21/16 – KHSAA Sanctions Bryan Station and Lafayette Girls’ Basketball Programs for Altercation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 21, 2016

The KHSAA has handed down two-game suspensions to a total of seven girls’ basketball players following an altercation between Lafayette and Bryan Station on January 14, 2016. During the incident, violations of Bylaw 15 “Sportsmanship” were committed when multiple nonplayers (rostered individuals not in the contest) left the bench area. Due to the number of individuals involved in the situation, the game officials appropriately requested review by the KHSAA under the video review policy.

KHSAA policies and procedures permit the use of replay at the discretion of the Commission and in compliance with NFHS playing rules in a situation involving a fight, physical confrontation or ejection where the circumstances are potentially unable to be accurately observed and reported by the game officials, and where either the member school or official has requested such review. This could include identifying individuals that were not previously identified, correcting […]

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01/20/16 – Winter Sports Championship Media Credentials

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The KHSAA’s online media credentialing system for the Winter Sports Championships is now live. Media members can visit credentials.khsaa.org to apply for credentials for the bowling, wrestling and swimming and diving state championships.

Credentials to each KHSAA state championship event are issued by the KHSAA to working members of the media that regularly cover high school athletics. Credentials must be requested prior to the established deadline for each sport through the online credentialing system (credentials.khsaa.org).

Credentials should be requested by the sports editor/director for all members of his/her organization needing to attend an event. Credentials for freelance photographers and stringers must be requested by the sports editor/director at the outlet the freelancer will be representing. No credentials will be issued outside of the online credentialing system. The KHSAA reserves the right to limit the quantity of credentials issued to media outlets when space is at a premium.

Failure to adhere to the KHSAA policies and guidelines, […]

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01/19/16 – KHSAA Sanctions Graves County Boys’ Basketball for Bylaw 16 Violations

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 19, 2016

The KHSAA has handed down sanctions to Graves County High School resulting from improper open gym activities involving its boys’ basketball program during the 2014-15 academic year. During the course of its investigation, the KHSAA found Graves County to be in violation of Bylaw 16 “Recruitment/Undue Influence” for conducting open gym activities where student-athletes from other member schools participated without express consent from their respective school’s principal designated representative.

In addition, Graves County boys’ basketball assistant coach Lyndon Dunning was found to be in violation of Bylaw 16 for impermissible contact with the family of a student-athlete at another member school (Hickman County) regarding the open gym activities.

“Graves County Schools will in no way tolerate violations of the KHSAA Bylaws,” said Graves County principal Matthew Madding. “We take a great deal of pride in our compliant membership with the KHSAA and have […]

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01/19/16 – Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16® Scholarship Application Now Open

2015-2016 News Releases

For the third year Whitaker Bank, as part of its continuing title sponsorship of the Boys’ Sweet 16®, and the KHSAA will be presenting four one-time $1,500 scholarships. The scholarships are open to high school seniors that participate in KHSAA sanctioned sports and sport-activities.

Deadline for the information to be received by the KHSAA is Feb. 26. There is no limit to the number of applicants from a school.

Winners will be recognized during the 2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ State Basketball Tournament, March 16-20 in Lexington.

Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16® Scholarship Application Form is online and may be completed using the link below:
Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16® Scholarship Application

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12/28/15 – Board of Control Nominations Sought

2015-2016 News Releases

Per the provisions of Article IV, Section 2-B, of the KHSAA Constitution, this is to advise you that the term of office for Board of Control members will expire June 30, 2016. The terms of Board members Donna Bumps (at-large, Regions 1-8), Jeff Saylor (Section, Regions 13-14) and Henry Webb (Sections, Region 15-16) expire as well as Ron Dawn (Non Public, Regions 9-16). Mrs. Bumps, Mr. Saylor and Dr. Webb have served only one term and are eligible to seek an additional, and Mr. Dawn has served all or part of two terms and is ineligible to seek an additional term).

The KHSAA Constitution stipulates that nominees for elected Board vacancies hold a valid Kentucky Teaching Certificate issued by the Kentucky Department of Education and be an employee of an accredited KHSAA member school or system in the appropriate region that is in good standing with the KHSAA. The candidate must be employed in […]

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12/17/15 – First Basketball Stat Leader Reports Released

2015-2016 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2015

The first weekly statistical leader reports for girls’ and boys’ basketball have been posted at KHSAA.org. Statistics are compiled weekly throughout the season and will be posted to the KHSAA website each week.

As a reminder, member schools are solely responsible for submitting statistical information. If a school or individual is omitted, or information is not updated, that means the team in question did not update its statistics through the KHSAA’s online system prior to the deadline.

Beginning last season, as contained in Bylaw 27, the requirements to enter and maintain rosters, schedules and statistics was enforced more rigorously by the KHSAA. This enforcement subjects member schools to penalties by the Commissioner, including fines and other actions, within the constraints of Bylaw 27.

The statistical leader reports can be found through the links below:

Boys’ Basketball
http://khsaa.org/basketball/regularseason/2015/statsbit.htm

Girls’ Basketball
http://khsaa.org/basketball/regularseason/2015/statsgit.htm

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12/11/15 – Applications Being Accepted for Louis Stout Memorial Scholarship

2015-2016 News Releases

When former Commissioner Louis Stout passed away in 2012, his widow Anna directed that donations on his behalf go to the Louis Stout Memorial Fund for Students. She felt this was a chance for the KHSAA to honor student-athletes who excel in athletics, academics, school service and community service. 

Applications are being accepted for students to apply for those awards through January 31, 2016. The award winners will be announced in conjunction with the boys’ state basketball tournament in March. Two grants, each in the amount of a one-time scholarship of $2,000 payable to an institution of higher learning, will be awarded each year for the next four years. The scholarship is not renewable and is not endowed for expansion. Minimum criteria is a 3.5 (converted to 4.0 scale) grade point average; involvement in varsity sports or sport-activities; involvement in other school activities and a record of community service/involvement.

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12/10/15 – Competitive Cheer Championships This Saturday At Alltech Arena

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10, 2015

The fourth annual KHSAA Competitive Cheer Championships will take place this Saturday, Dec. 12 at Alltech Arena in Lexington. Doors open to the public at 8 a.m. with the competition starting at 9 a.m. with the All-Girls’ Small and All-Girls’ Medium divisions. The All-Girls’ Large and All-Girls’ Super-Large divisions are slated to begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by Coed divisions A & B at 4 p.m.

Each session of the championship will be webcast live at KHSAA.tv. Fans can watch a live webcast of each session at KHSAA.tv, or listen to a free audio broadcast at KHSAA.net. All KHSAA.tv productions are a part of the NFHS Network, which is a subscription based service. Subscription plans for the NFHS Network include a day pass ($9.95), a monthly pass ($14.95) and an annual pass ($119.95).
These passes, with the daily pass priced less than the cost of admission to […]

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12/03/15 – Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl Broadcast Schedule

2015-2016 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 3, 2015

The 2015 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl gets underway tonight as Pikeville takes on Beechwood in the 1A Championship game at Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green at 7 p.m. (CT). Each game of the championship will be webcast live at KHSAA.tv for subscribers to the NFHS Network. A free audio broadcast of each game can also be found at KHSAA.net.

All KHSAA.tv productions will be a part of the NFHS Network this season, which is a subscription based service. Subscription plans for the NFHS Network include a day pass ($9.95), a monthly pass ($14.95) and an annual pass ($119.95).

These passes, with the daily pass priced less than the cost of admission to state championship contests, not only entitle the users to Kentucky broadcasts, but all of the broadcasts from the more than 40 participating state associations. To subscribe to the NFHS Network, visit: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/subscribe/retail

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11/27/15 – Schedule Set For 2015 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 27, 2015

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.

The revised order of games will be as follows:

Thursday, December 3
7:00 PM (1A) – Beechwood vs. Pikeville

Saturday, December 5
5:00 PM (6A) – Male vs. Lafayette
8:00 PM (5A) – Bowling Green vs. Pulaski County

Sunday, December 6
1:00 PM (2A) – Mayfield vs. Newport Central Catholic
4:00 PM (3A) – Lexington Catholic vs. Belfry
7:00 PM (4A) – South Warren vs. Johnson Central

*All Times Central

Fans can watch a live webcast of each game at KHSAA.tv, or listen to a free audio broadcast of each game at […]

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11/22/15 – Dawahares/KHSAA Hall Of Fame Class Of 2016 Inductees Announced

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 22, 2015

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Class of 2016 was announced today 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 Saturday, March 19, 2016, at the Lexington Convention Center. The Class of 2016 will also be recognized during the semifinals of the 2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16®. The induction of the 12-member Class of 2016 will bring the total number of honorees in the Hall of Fame to 445.

Sam Ball (Henderson County HS) – A product of Henderson County High School, Ball would later become an All-American at the University of Kentucky before an NFL career which featured two Super Bowl appearances. An All-State selection […]

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11/19/15 – Board Approves Revised Schedule For State Baseball, Tennis Tournaments

2015-2016 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2015

On Wednesday, the Board of Control approved a proposal from KHSAA staff to revise the schedule for the state baseball tournament during its regularly scheduled meeting at the Association’s headquarters. In an effort to alleviate competitive issues under the current format resulting from pitching limitations and roster depth, as outlined in the extensive research conducted by Lawrence County Athletic Director Travis Feltner and validated through staff review of the current format, the new format will provide a minimum of three days of rest between the quarterfinals and the semifinals. Beginning with this year’s state tournament, the revised format will allow teams the opportunity to use their pitchers at the top of the rotation in both the early rounds (first round/quarterfinals) and the later rounds (semifinals/championship).

“Pitching limitations are in place for the health and safety of our student-athletes,” KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said. “In keeping with the overall desire of the […]

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11/16/15 – 2016 KHSAA Hall of Fame Press Conference Set for this Sunday

2015-2016 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 16, 2015

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association will hold a press conference on Sunday, November 22 at 1:30 p.m. to announce the KHSAA Hall of Fame Class of 2016. The Hall of Fame announcement will take place at the KHSAA Offices in Lexington (2280 Executive Drive), and will be streamed live online at khsaa.tv.

The 2016 Hall of Fame banquet will take place Saturday, March 19 in the Bluegrass Ballroom at the Lexington Center in conjunction with the 2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen®. Following the banquet, each inductee of the 2016 Hall of Fame class will be recognized that evening in an on-court ceremony during the semifinals of the boys’ basketball state tournament.

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