• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Nine Yellow Jackets win Triple Threat Award

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has launched a new program to honor athletes who play multiple sports over the course of a school year. In an effort to continue the national emphasis and the KHSAA’s own efforts to de-emphasize sports specialization in the athletic culture, the Association recently launched the “Triple Threat Award” program to recognize those students who participate in high school athletics year round. The award, which is given to student-athletes who participate in a KHSAA sport or sport-activity on the varsity level during each season of the academic year (fall/winter/spring), was presented to a total of 1,814 student-athletes statewide for 2017-18.

The criteria was based solely on each member school’s rosters that were submitted through the KHSAA’s online system, as that was the only permitted determinant for athletic eligibility. The KHSAA reported that 266 of the 280 member schools have at least one honoree and three schools (Holy Cross-Lou., Oneida Baptist, and Pikeville) each have 22 award recipients, followed by Villa Madonna with 21, and McCracken County and Scott with 19 each. By class, 465 seniors, 511 juniors, 458 sophomores, 318 freshmen, 43 eighth graders and 19 seventh graders were honored. By gender, 838 females and 976 males qualified for the award.

Woodford County Triple Threat Award Winners

Abby Bleuel Cross country, swim and track and field

Katie Gatewood Cross country, swim and track and field

Jack Hill Football, wrestling and track and field

Savannah Karbach Soccer, basketball and track and field

Caroline Miller Volleyball, swim and tennis

Ben Nash Football, basketball and track and field

Paden Nicholson Cross country, swim and tennis

John Stork Football, wrestling and track and field

Clay Thomas Cross country, swim and track and field

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