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Sasha Turansky resigns as WCHS head softball coach

FORMER Woodford County High School softball coach Sasha Turansky, left, enjoys a laugh with her assistant coaches, Les Anderson, middle, and Rick Abel, right, before a regular season game last year. Turansky resigned her position at the end of the 2016 season. Turansky resigned her post as WCHS head coach following the 2016 season. In her four years with Woodford, she compiled a 109-30-1 overall record, two 41st District titles and three appearances in the 11th Region championship game. (Photo by Rick Capone)

A few days after the Woodford County High School softball team lost in the regional championship game on Wednesday, June 1, Sasha Turnasky resigned her position as head coach of the team. “While we didn’t reach our ultimate goal of winning the region and competing at state, I think we had a tremendous amount of success,” said Turansky about her team and her time as head coach. “We were able to do things that Woodford County had (not) been able to accomplish in at least 10 years, maybe ever. The kids we’ve had on this team are some of the best around, on and off the field; they’re good kids, very funny and insanely talented and hard working. I really enjoyed being their coach the past four years and I know going forward they will continue to have great success.” Woodford athletic director Jay Lucas, who is also head coach of the WCHS girls’ basketball team, had nothing but praise for Turansky. “Thanks to Coach Turansky for investing four years in our softball program at WCHS,” said Lucas. “Her teams won 109 games in four years ... They won two 41st District championships and were 11th Region finalists three times. We wish Coach Turansky all the best in her future endeavors.” In her four years as head coach, Turansky put together a solid record, finishing her career at Woodford with a 109-30-1 overall record, a 56-13 region record and a 28-6 district record. In her final two seasons, her team was undefeated in district play. Going season by season: • In 2013, her first year, her team finished 23-11 overall, 11-5 in the region and 5-3 in the district. That year, Woodford finished as district runner-up and was the runner-up in the 11th Region tournament, losing to Scott County in the region tournament. • In 2014, the Lady Jackets finished 25-12 overall, 13-4 in the region and 6-3 in the district. The team finished as runner-up in the district, and lost in the first round of the 11th Region tournament to Scott County. • In 2015, Woodford finished 33-4-1 overall, 18-1 in the region and 9-0 in the district. That year, Woodford won the 41st District Championship and finished as runner-up in the 11th Region, losing to Scott County in the region championship game. • In 2016, in what would be Turansky’s final season, Woodford finished 28-3 overall, 14-3 in the region and 8-0 in the district. The Lady Jackets defended their 41st District title, and then finished as runner-up to Scott County in the 11th Region tournament. While the team did not reach their ultimate goal of making it to the state championship tournament, Turansky has many proud memories of her time as head coach of the team. “I am most proud of how hard the girls worked throughout the four years,” she said. “We changed a lot about how they approached the game and they responded really well. Every year we got better and better. On and off the field, that is what I’m most proud of.” As to her favorite memory in the four years she was with the team, Turansky said, “In 2015, we played in one of the best tournaments in the state, the Big M Classic in Elizabethtown. We went down there with no one really expecting much from us and in two days we beat some of the best teams in the state, Mercy, Assumption, and Scott County, and had No. 1 McCracken on their heels for three innings. Seeing how excited the girls were after every one of those games and seeing them start to believe that we could really make some noise in the state, was a great feeling. Also beating Scott County was a huge highlight that weekend.” Turansky helped her team accomplish a lot in her time at Woodford, but the accomplishment she is most proud of is, “Putting Woodford County on the map,” she said. “Our first year, by the end of the season, we were ranked in the coaches poll for the first time since 2007. “After that we were invited to more tournaments, had the opportunity to play better teams and were consistently ranked every week for three years. We were ranked in the top six every week the last two years. Seeing people throughout the state start to consider us as a powerhouse program was very exciting and the girls deserved that recognition.” Turansky is currently a special education teacher at the Jessamine Early Learning Village in Nicholasville. Originally from Richmond, she now lives in Lexington.

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