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04/06/20 – Baseball Nominations Sought for Midway Student-Athlete of the Year

Baseball Blog Updates

While spring sports and sport-activities are currently suspended, Midway University is continuing with its recognition of the outstanding talents of student-athletes who participate in these programs. The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year among baseball participants for 2019-2020 is now open.

This award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one participant from each 2019-2020 team. Nominations must come from a member school, but may be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at

The winner will be announced May 17 and will be recognized at a future function in coordination by Midway University.  From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2019-2020 Midway University/KHSAA Overall Student-Athlete of the Year and announced at the future […]


03/23/20 – NFHS Part 2 Exam Now Online for Baseball & Softball Umpires

Baseball Blog Updates

The NFHS Part 2 Tests for licensed officials in the sports of Baseball and Softball are now available online.  Even during what we hope is a short time, while there are currently no games being played, officials may use this tool to increase their knowledge, brush up on the rules and situations or complete the exam to move to the various levels within the classification of officials.

First-year officials are not required to take the exam, however, if any first-year official has completed licensing requirements, the test may be taken.

The tests will be open until Monday, April 6 at 11:59 p.m. (ET). Login at to take the test.

Thank you for being a licensed official and we appreciate your patience during such unprecedented times.


The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage […]


12/23/19 – Swimming & Diving Nominations Sought For Male and Female Midway Student Athlete-of-the-Year Awards


The KHSAA is excited to open the nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year among Swimming & Diving participants for 2019-2020. Midway University has expanded its partnership to include both male and female nominations for 2019-2020.

This award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one participant from each 2019-2020 team. Nominations must come from a member school, but may be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at

The winner will be announced early in the postseason and recognized at an awards banquet at Midway University in early June 2020. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2019-2020 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year and announced at the banquet. All winners […]


10/24/19 – Advance Tickets On Sale for State Volleyball Tournament


Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming KHSAA State Volleyball Tournament to be played Nov. 8-10 at Valley High School in Louisville.

All tickets are general admission with no-reentry and are priced at $10 each per individual per session. Those 10 years of age and under are admitted free. Tickets may also be purchased at the venue beginning one hour prior to the first match of the session.

An all-session ticket (good for all four sessions of the event) is also available online only and may be purchased in advance of the event for $30. All-session tickets will not be available for purchase at the venue.

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Recalling the most remarkable comeback story in KHSAA history


BY MIKE FIELDS (Sept. 14, 2017)

Justin Thomas, a St. Xavier graduate and former KHSAA state titlist, has written quite a story on the PGA Tour this season. He’s won five tournaments, including the PGA Championship, earned nearly $9 million, and has a shot at the $10 million Fed Ex Cup this weekend.

But his story isn’t the best ever written over the course of a season by a St. Xavier grad/ KHSAA state titlist/PGA champ.

Bobby Nichols takes that honor. He authored perhaps the most remarkable comeback in the history of Kentucky high school sports.

That comeback began 65 years ago this month.

In September, 1952, Nichols, then a junior at St. X, was critically injured in a car accident. He suffered a brain concussion, broken pelvis, collapsed lung, punctured spine, bruised kidney and other internal injuries. The 16-year-old was given last rites. He was unconscious for more than two weeks, and spent 3 ½ months […]


Haywood, Hilton faced off in their football coaching debuts


BY MIKE FIELDS (Aug. 29, 2017)

Philip Haywood and Dudley Hilton, the two winningest high school football coaches in Kentucky history, have 780 victories between them.

And to think that 42 years ago today, they squared off against each other in their head coaching debuts.

On August 29, 1975, Prestonsburg and its 24-year-old rookie coach, Philip Haywood, played host to Breathitt County and its 27-year-old rookie coach, Dudley Hilton, in the season opener.

Prestonsburg won the game 20-6, giving Haywood his first victory. He’s gone on to pile up 416 more wins, most of them at Belfry. He’s also led the Pirates to six state titles, including the last four years in a row.

“I just vaguely remember that first game,” Haywood said. “I don’t know if Dudley and I even knew each other back then. I doubt if either of us had a clue what we were doing. We probably were just glad to get a team out on the field […]


Geordon Blanton’s championship senior year


BY MIKE FIELDS (June 9, 2017)

J.C. Blanton remembers last summer when his son Geordon told him he’d like to win three state championships his senior year at Johnson Central.

“I told him if he got one he’d be lucky,” J.C. said.

Geordon must be a lucky guy; it helps that he’s an exceptional athlete, too.

After leading Johnson Central to its first state football title last fall, and after winning his second individual state wrestling title this past winter, Geordon Blanton is playing for the Golden Eagles in the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament this weekend.

Blanton hasn’t taken time yet to relax and reflect on just how special his championship senior year has been.

“I can sit back and think about everything this summer when my high school season is over,” he said. “Right now I want to make sure I live in the moment, enjoy it, and soak it all up.”

Jim Matney, who coached […]


Fast-pitch softball has given girls college opportunities


BY MIKE FIELDS (May 30, 2017)

When Emily Gaines started playing fast-pitch softball as a 9-year-old, she was hooked: “I fell in love with it,” she said.

As an eighth-grader, Gaines cracked the starting lineup for South Laurel.

By the end of her high school career, she had written her name in the state record book as the all-time leader in hits (349), doubles (104) and consecutive games hitting streak (52), and was named Miss Softball.

Gaines earned a scholarship to Kentucky, where as a senior she was the Cats’ starting right fielder. In her last game, in UK’s first-ever appearance in the College Women’s World Series, she hit a home run.

“It was an amazing way to end my softball career,” she said.

That was in 2014.

Twenty years earlier, young women could only have dreamed of such athletic achievements.

In 1994, Kentucky was one of only four states that didn’t offer fast-pitch softball to its high […]


Put me in, coach! I’m ready to play baseball, basketball, football


BY MIKE FIELDS (May 11, 2017)

Scott County junior Landon Easley loves playing baseball, but not enough to practice and play it year-round.

“I couldn’t do it. Baseball is such a mental sport that I’d have a headache all the time if I did that,” Easley said with a laugh.

Scott County junior Sam Sutton feels the same way.

“I’d hate it because I’d get so burned out on it,” he said. “If I had to play any sport the year round, I’d get sick of it and not way to play it anymore.”

Concentrating on one sport may be trending in high schools across the nation, but not at Scott County.

Easley and Sutton are among several Cardinal baseball players who consider specialization a dirty word.

They play football in the fall, basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring.

“I just feel like playing all three sports in high school is something […]


Welcome back, Bobby Flynn



BY MIKE FIELDS (March 15, 2017)

It was great to see Bobby Flynn back in Rupp Arena on Wednesday for the 100th Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16.

Flynn has been a fixture at state tournaments for more than 40 years as a volunteer, mostly working along press row.

He was noticeably absent last year, however, due to health issues. He suffered broken ribs and broken collarbone in a fall, and after recovering from those injuries, he fell again and suffered a broken back.

“I’m still hurting in my back, but I’m doing a lot better,” said Flynn, who will turn 90 this July.

Bobby’s son Doug said bringing his dad to the Sweet 16 “is the best therapy in the world for him and for all of us. His whole life has revolved around basketball. This is like family for us. We hope this gets him all pumped up and really gets him going.”

Bobby was wearing […]


Phil Cox and his ‘Loyall’ mentor, Billy Hicks


BY MIKE FIELDS (March 14, 2017)

Before Phil Cox became Vanderbilt’s all-time leading scorer in 1985, before he starred at Cawood High School and became Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball in 1981, he first realized what the game might hold for him as an eighth-grader at Loyall Junior High in Harlan County.

And he credits his eighth-grade coach, Billy Hicks, for opening his eyes to the future.

Cox and Hicks, who hadn’t seen each other in more than 25 years, traded stories about the good ol’ days Tuesday morning, before a press conference at Lexington’s Griffin Gate Marriott announcing the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame’s Centennial inductees for 2017.

Cox will be among the honorees at this summer’s ceremony in Elizabethtown. Hicks, the winningest high school coach in Kentucky history who has Scott County back in the Sweet Sixteen this week, was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year.

Cox, now the principal at Jefferson Middle School […]


Boys State Basketball – Shots Heard ‘Round the State


Austin Dumas of Lexington Dunbar, Dwane McIntosh of Paducah Tilghman, Fred Maggard of Carr Creek, Jimmy Dan Conner of Anderson County, Paul Andrews of Laurel County and many others share special places in the memory of State Tournament fans. These stars made goals that won games or turned the tide of battle. Their feats will never be forgotten by fans who saw them.
The following list accounts for most of the game-winning shots and stellar performances in tournament history as originally compiled by former Lexington Herald Sports Writer John McGill and supplemented following Mr. McGill’s retirement:

1925 – Irvine Jeffries of Louisville Manual vs Pikeville. Fouled as the game ended, Jeffries netted two free throws for a 21-19 victory. He had hit a field goal a minute earlier to tie the score.

1925 – Charles Temple of Winchester vs Monticello. Winchester won 20-19 when Temple, fouled as […]


RIP, Bobby Keith: Clay County icon; basketball genius


Bobby Keith, who guided Clay County to the 1987 Sweet Sixteen championship and was regarded as one of the greatest basketball coaches in state history, passed away Oct. 5, 2016, after suffering a heart attack. He was 75.

Keith was an absolute basketball genius. He guided his beloved Clay County Tigers for 27 seasons, leading them to 18 (!) 13th Region titles. His 767 career victories are fifth on the state’s all-time list. He had a career record of 767-125 (86%).

Keith was a media favorite because he was always cooperative and always a good quote. After Clay County beat Ballard in overtime to win the state title in 1987, he quipped: “I was hoping so bad I could win one before I gave it up because these things are harder to come by than chicken teeth!”

I wrote this profile of Keith for the Lexington Herald-Leader in 1988 at the height of Clay County’s success. The […]


Austin Kearns part of South Lexington ‘reunion’


BY MIKE FIELDS (April 26, 2016)

Austin Kearns was throwing batting practice in one of the cages at the South Lexington baseball complex in Shillito Park on a rainy evening last week, and nobody took a second glance at the former major league outfielder working with a group of 9- to 12-year-olds.

Kearns was just another South Lexington alum back home again.

Shillito Park was where Kearns’ baseball talent first took root. He helped South Lexington win the Cal Ripken World Series in 1992. He went on to star at Lafayette a few years later, earning Kentucky’s Mr. Baseball honors in 1998 and getting drafted in the first round by the Cincinnati Reds.

Kearns spent 12 years in the majors with five teams before retiring in 2013.

He’s been back at Shillito the past two years, helping coach the South Lexington Astros, for whom his son Aubrey, 10, is a smooth-swinging left-handed hitter.

“When I […]


Goodin out to prove he’s the best


BY MIKE FIELDS (March 17, 2016)

Quentin Goodin didn’t win Mr. Basketball honors Tuesday night, but the Taylor County senior wanted to show that he deserved the award with his play in the Cardinals’ 94-65 victory over Mason County Thursday night in the 99th Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet Sixteen in Rupp Arena.

Goodin, a 6-foot-2 guard who has signed with Xavier, had 28 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals as he led Taylor County to its first state tournament win since 1974.

Cards Coach Rich Gatewood thought “Q” had an extra kick to his game in Rupp.

Goodin admitted he did. He said he wanted to “prove a point” that he, not Carson Williams of Owen County, should have been chosen Mr. Basketball by the state’s coaches and media.

At Tuesday night’s banquet, Goodin said he started to stand up when Joe B. Hall made the announcement, “Mr. Basketball is …” but then he heard Carson Williams’ […]


Butler flattens Flyers to claim 5th title


BY MIKE FIELDS (March 13, 2016)

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — Butler cemented its place as one of the preeminent girls’ basketball programs in Kentucky history by blasting Franklin County 62-36 to win the St. Elizabeth Healthcare/KHSAA Sweet Sixteen championship Sunday afternoon.

The Bearettes claimed their fifth state title (2016, 2014, 2008, 1980, 1975) to join Laurel County as the only 5-time champ in the modern era. (Ashland won 5 titles between 1921 and 1929.)

Butler overwhelmed Franklin County 15-0 to start the game and 14-0 to start the second half to suck all the drama out of BB&T Arena and keep the 3,444 fans fairly quiet. Butler led 42-15 midway through the third quarter.

The Bearettes’ 26-point margin of victory was the second-largest in finals history, topped only by M.C. Napier’s 88-56 rout of Highlands in 1994.

“We just ran into a dad-burn buzz saw today,” Franklin County Coach Joey Thacker said. “We got back on our heels and it was over. We were just […]