• By Thomas Mims Woodford Sun Sports

Introducing the first ever Sunny Awards

With 2019 coming to a close, now, more than ever, are we living in list-mageddon. There are more lists than ever as people roll out their favorite movies of the year, the top 10 shows of 2019, the top 10 new shows of 2019, best news stories of the year, and of course, “Ten times Baby Yoda literally made our hearts melt with his cuteness.” The caveat though? It’s 2019. The decade is over. It’s almost 2020 and now we apparently can’t advance as a civilization if everyone doesn’t also hear our top ten lists for not only the year, but the decade. Don’t worry, we here at the Sun are above click-bait style headlines to draw people in to see our “Best of” lists. That’s why it’s my pleasure to introduce the first Sunny Awards. A year-end awards lis… — docket — dedicated to recognizing the best in Woodford County sports for 2019. Just to clarify, again, this is not a list. This is a ballot. It’s an entirely different thing. That is why we’ll be using social media to enlist you, the reader, to vote and decide who wins the following awards for our Sunny Awards:

  • Best Team

  • Best Single Performance, Female

  • Best Single Performance, Male

  • Best Season Performance, Female

  • Best Season Performance, Male

  • Best Win

Most of these awards are likely self-explanatory given their names, but just to clarify (and introduce the candidates) let’s go through them. There are four nominees up for consideration in each category, but additional nominees can be suggested at sports@WoodfordSun.com if there’s another candidate worthy of a look.

Best Team

This award goes to the team that simply performed the best relative to competition. Criteria used to determine the final candidates included which teams had the most outstanding final record, how deep of a postseason run was made, signature wins, talent and postseason awards considerations, and a variety of other fringe details that measure a team’s overall success and talents. This award also rewards the most people as it takes into account the athletes, coaches, support system and fans. The nominees, in no particular order, are…

  • Woodford County High School girls’ lacrosse: Perfect 24-0 record, state champions.

  • WCHS softball: 30-6 record, 41st District champions, 11th Region champions, first round exit in state tournament play.

  • WCHS girls’ cross-country: Ninth place finish in KHSAA Class 3A championship.

  • WCHS Volleyball: 31-9, 30th District champions, 8th Region runners-up.

Best Single Performance, Female

This was originally going to be called “Best Single Game Performance,” but that would exclude athletes who don’t play games such as swimmers and runners. Situation played a large part in selecting nominees. For instance, a player scoring 27 points in a championship game would be nominated ahead of a 30-point game against lesser competition. For both categories,an athlete’s year in school listed refers to the time of the performance.

  • Maggie Twehues, WCHS freshman, 5th place finish at KHSAA cross-country state championships in Class 3A with a time of 19:24.37.

  • Delaney Enlow, WCHS junior, girls’ basketball, 28 point, 16 rebound performance in 57-50 win over Dunbar in the opening round of the 11th Region tournament.

  • Claire Lehmkuhler, WCHS sophomore, softball. Six innings pitched, one hit, one walk, 11 strikeouts in 4-0 win over Lafayette in the 11th Region semifinals.

  • Brittany Sherrod, WCHS junior, lacrosse. Nine goals, five assists in 22-6 win over Bowling Green in the state semifinals.

Best Single Performance, Male

  • Amartae Rice, WCHS senior, football. 20 carries for 221 yards and five touchdowns in 56-16 win over West Jessamine.

  • Anthony Tabor, WCHS junior, 22 points while shooting 8 of 11 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free throw line in 79-52 win over Western Hills in 41st District tournament.

  • Justin Lehmkuhler, WCHS junior, track and field. State champion in boys’ high jump with jump of six feet, six inches.

  • Xavier Moore, Cole Janzow, Nate Janzow, Clay Lewis, WCHS swimming. First place in the 200-yard medley relay at KHSAA Region 6 championships. Time of 1:40.90 set new region record.

Best Season Performance, Female

Where the best single performance measures one instance, this award recognizes sustained excellence.

  • Brittany Sherrod, WCHS girls’ lacrosse. 24 games played, 158 goals scored, 51 assists for undefeated state champion team.

  • Evelyn Milburn, WCHS senior, volleyball. 921 assists, 140 kills, 59 blocks, 276 digs, 68 service aces. Ranked 16th in the state in total assists for 2019.

  • Claire Lehmkuhler, WCHS softball. Led team in hits, doubles, triples, innings pitched, wins and pitching strikeouts. Second on the team in batting average (min. 20 at bats), stolen bases and saves. Third on team in base on balls drawn, fifth in runs batted in.

  • Delaney Enlow, WCHS basketball. Averaged 18 points and 13 rebounds on 58 percent shooting from the field.

Best Season Performance, Male

  • Amartae Rice, WCHS football. 1,481 rushing yards, 20 touchdowns in 10 games played.

  • Brandon Cromwell, WCHS senior, basketball. Averaged 14 points, five rebounds for 21-11 region semifinalist Yellow Jackets.

  • Charlie Corum, WCHS senior, baseball. Set a new school record with 12 home runs in a season. Led team in home runs, walks, RBI, batting average. Second on team in runs, doubles.

  • Owen Damm, WCHS junior, soccer. Led team with 24 goals in 19 games, including two in region semifinal loss to North Oldham.

Best Team Win

Who did you beat? How did you beat them? How significant was the game? The following four games have the best answers to these questions.

  • WCHS boys’ basketball team’s 67-65 win over Scott County. First boys’ basketball victory over Scott County in the 21st Century. The historical significance here is a major component, as is the fact it occurred at home with a close score.

  • WCHS girls’ lacrosse 14-5 victory in the state championship over Lafayette. Where the previous nomination recognizes a close regular season win, this nod goes to a dominant championship performance. Speaking of dominance in a championship game…

  • WCHS softball’s 12-3 win over Madison Southern in the 11th Region championship game. Eighth grader Jocelynn Edwards closed the game with a flawless three-inning pitching performance in which she struck out five without allowing a single hit or walk.

  • WCHS football’s 56-16 victory over West Jessamine. The first district win for Coach Dennis Johnson since he took over the program, but not the Yellow Jackets’ only district victory in 2019.

The nominees have been set, now comes the voting. Over the following week, the six categories will be put to a vote on the Sun’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The voting will be done in a semifinal/final bracket style format. Voting to choose which candidates advance to the finals will be held Dec. 24-26 and voting for the ultimate winners will be held Dec. 29-31. Polls are live as of the release of this edition of the Sun.

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