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Sports Medicine Center


proudly introduce our

2015 High School
Athletes of the Year!

Leah Stevens,
Sacred Heart Academy


Sacred Heart Academy's Leah Stevens is not only one of the top athletes in the state of Kentucky but one of the premier swimmers in the country.

Stevens was an 11-time Kentucky High School state champion at Sacred Heart, including three individual wins in 2015. She helped the Valkyries to three team state titles and she holds the state high school record in 500 freestyle and was a member of two record-setting relays (200 and 400 freestyle).

During her time at Sacred Heart, Stevens was a 14-time high school All-American and three times was named a scholastic All-American.

A member of Lakeside Swim Team, Stevens is headed to Stanford for college and was a member of the 2014-15 USA Swimming National Junior Team.

Stevens represented the U.S. in international meets in 2014 in Maui and 2013 in Japan. She won the 2013 U.S. Winter Junior Nationals in the 1,650-yard freestyle and in 2012 won the 500 and 1,650 free at that meet.

In all, Stevens holds 19 individual Kentucky age-group record and seven relay state records. She is the No. 19 recruit in the country per "SwimSwam," which covers swimming news.



Skyler Griffith, Williamsburg High School


Williamsburg High School senior Skyler Griffith is one of the elite high school athletes in the state of Kentucky – and he does it in multiple sports.

Griffith was a quarterback for the football team and helped the Yellowjackets to back-to-back Class A state title runner-up seasons and, in basketball, helped his school to its first Sweet 16 appearance since 1946. The young man, who is also playing on the baseball team as a senior, was the star of both sports for the Yellowjackets. He is planning to attend the University of the Cumberland and play football in college.

"Skyler is a down-to-earth young man who never gets rattled no matter how big the stage he is on," says Williamsburg football coach Jerry Herron. In football, Griffith completed 133 passes for 2,604 yards and 43 touchdowns with just two interceptions as a senior. He also rushed for 834 yards and 16 TDs and finished his career with a 45-10 record on the gridiron.

A member of the Class of the Commonwealth team and a four-year Associated Press All-State honorable mention selection, Griffith finished his career with 1,060 yards rushing and 20 TDs and 178 catches for 3,676 yards and 40 TDs.

Griffith finished with 424 career points scored, 101 tackles and 12 interceptions. Williamsburg lost to Mayfield in back-to-back state title games.

In basketball, Griffith was named 13th Region Player of the Year after he averaged 15 points a game while shooting 49.2% from the floor. He was a 39.6 percent shooter from three-point range and averaged 4.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists.

Griffith finished his basketball career with 1,291 points and was a Kentucky Mr. Basketball nominee. He also played baseball for two seasons.






Looking back:


Dr. Rudy J. Ellis
Sports Medicine Center

2014 High School Athletes of the Year

As part of the KAHF program, two high school standout athletes
also were recognized at our Wednesday, June 18, 2014, event
at Louisville's Crowne Plaza Hotel:

Alexa Filley
Assumption High School

Nacarius Fant
Bowling Green High School

Alexa Filley, Assumption

By Jody Demling

A two-time first-team All-State performer and twice a State Tournament MVP, Alexa Filley turned in an illustrious career on the volleyball court at Assumption High School. Filley led the Rockets to the state tournament title in four consecutive years and was named MVP as a junior and a senior.

Filley was such a standout for the Rockets she became just the fourth athlete in Kentucky history to be named Gatorade National Player of the Year in her sport. The 5-foot-9 Auburn signee joins former Leslie County quarterback Tim Couch and former Fort Thomas Highlands girls’ basketball player Jaime Walz and Southern girls’ basketball player Lisa Harrison as the only national winners from the Bluegrass State.

Filley finished with had 1,248 assists, 334 digs, 102 kills, 58 blocks and 41 service aces during her career. She was a second team Under Armour All-American as a senior and was named the 14th winner of the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year honor from Assumption since 1997.

In the classroom, Filley is also a standout. She sports a 3.91 GPA and scored in the 91st percentile nationally on the ACT. She volunteers with Special Olympics, the Healing Place soup kitchen and also assists in a second-grade classroom.

Filley will also get a trip to the ESPY Awards this summer in Los Angeles, a perk for the 12 Gatorade National Player of the Year winners.




Nacarius Fant, Bowling Green

By Jody Demling

One of the top two-sport athletes statewide in recent memory, Bowling Green High School’s Nacarius Fant earned his first statewide recognition on the football field but was also a standout in basketball and dabbled in some baseball.

Fant helped lead the Purples to three straight undefeated seasons and Class 5A state titles, earning Kentucky Mr. Football honors as a senior. A wide receiver headed to Western Kentucky University, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Fant was only the second Mr. Football from the Bowling Green-area after Warren Central’s Damon Hood in 1990.

Fant finished his senior season with 83 catches, 1,699 yards and 24 touchdowns. He played on the varsity level since his freshman year and owns every major receiving record in program history. Fant finished with 4,473 career receiving yards (third in state history), 52 touchdowns (tied for fourth) and 227 receptions (tied for fifth). As a football player, Fant was ranked as a three-star prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com and picked WKU over Kentucky, Purdue and several others.

On the basketball court, Fant helped lead the Purples to a 29-7 record and a Fourth Region championship. The Purples made it to the Sweet 16 semifinals before losing to eventual state champion Covington Catholic.

Fant averaged 12.9 points a game on the season, including 31 in the semifinal loss. He was named to the Sweet 16 All-Tournament team and is playing baseball this spring.


The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers' new head football coach Jeff Brohm was on hand to see Nacarius Fant recognized as a Kentucky High School Athlete of the Year. Fant has declared for Western, which moves into Conference USA next season.

A Louisville native who played quarterback for the U of L Cardinals, Brohm was inducted into the KAHF in 2010. The former NFL quarterback has sent 20 players including four QBs to the pros. Brohm hopes Fant develops quickly because, "In our first year, our goal is to win the conference championship."


In addition to his new coach being on hand, Fant had family and friends providing support and sharing  his moment in the spotlight at the June 18 event.  Unfortunately, his female counterpart as Kentucky High School Athlete of the Year, Alexa Filley, had an out-of-town scheduling conflict and could not attend to personally accept her recognition.






Looking back ...

2013 High School Athletes of the Year

As part of the KAHF program, three high school standout athletes
also were recognized at our Thursday, June 13, 2013 event
at Louisville's Crowne Plaza Hotel:

James Quick of Trinity High School;
Rebecca Greenwell of Owensboro Catholic High School;
Makayla Epps
of Marion County High School.



Makayla Epps, Marion County High School

A four-time first-team All-State selection, Makayla Epps had an illustrious career at Marion County High School that ended with a 39-0 senior season with the Lady Knights. She led Marion County to the state’s first undefeated state championship since 1984 when Marshall County accomplished the rare feat. Epps was named a McDonald’s All-American and was named Kentucky Miss Basketball and was also honored as the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year. She was a second-team member of the USA Today All-American team. As a senior, Epps averaged 22.8 points, 4.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 4.1 steals per game. With a career that she started on the varsity level as a sixth grader, Epps finished as the state’s sixth all-time leading scorer with 3,321 points. She also ranked in the top 10 all-time in state history in career steals with 618 and career assists with 839.

Epps is the daughter of former University of Kentucky point guard Anthony Epps, who guided the U.K. Wildcats to the 1996 NCAA national men’s basketball championship. The All-Star Girls Report ranks Makayla Epps as the No. 15 player nationally in the Class of 2013, while she’s ranked No. 21 by Blue Star Basketball. The younger Epps has signed with Kentucky.

James Quick, Louisville Trinity High School

One of the greatest athletes in state history, James Quick became a star at Trinity High School as a freshman. He became the first freshman to start for Trinity in a football game and played the final nine games as a freshman, starting one of the greatest runs of any player in state history. Quick helped the Shamrocks to three consecutive Class 6-A state titles, including a national championship in 2011. He became the only player in state history to catch a touchdown pass in four consecutive state championship games. Quick was named Kentucky Mr. Football and was honored with the Gatorade State Player of the Year Award plus the Paul Hornung Award, which is given to the state’s top player. Quick was also named to the U.S Army All-American game where he caught the game-winning touchdown and was named MVP of the game, which included the top 80 players nationally. As a senior, Quick had 85 catches for 1,413 yard and 16 touchdowns in 12 games. He finished his career as the state’s all-time leader in receptions with 280 and was third in receiving yards (4,437) and touchdowns (57).


Quick is ranked as a top 100 prospect by the scouting services and has signed with the University of Louisville. He’s the highest-ranked player to ever sign with U of L. But it’s not just his prowess on the football field that makes Quick a star athlete. He became the first player ever in Kentucky to lead a team to a state football and basketball title when he helped the Shamrocks to the 2012 Boys’ Sweet 16 championship. He was a key player on that team, earning All-State honorable mention honors in basketball. Quick also won the 200-meter run in the Class 3-A state track and field meet four years in a row. He’s expected to also run track at U of L. Quick’s father, Rhonyia, played football at Louisville and his mother, Jennene, ran track at Middle Tennessee State.




Rebecca Greenwell, Owensboro Catholic High School

One of the top players nationally in the Class of 2013, Greenwell was named a first-team USA Today All-American after her senior season. She averaged 23.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.2 steals a game at Owensboro Catholic as a senior, despite playing with a torn ligament in her right knee. Greenwell, who missed her junior season because of a knee injury, was also one of three finalists for the Naismith Girls’ High School Player of the Year award, was a McDonald’s All-American and was also named a WBCA All-American. As a senior in a game against Whitesville Trinity, Greenwell set a national record with 17 three-pointers. Greenwell led Owensboro Catholic to the Class A State Championship, and then later in the season the Lady Aces made it to the quarterfinals of the Sweet 16. Despite missing an entire season, Greenwell still finished her career with 3,306 points, which ranks seventh all-time in state history. She had 1,322 career rebounds.



Greenwell is ranked as the No. 4 player nationally by Girls Basketball Report and checks in as the No. 6 player by ESPN’s HoopGurlz. She has signed to play at Duke. She also has had success on the international stage, helping the U-16 USA National team to a gold medal in 2011 when she was named co-MVP, while also helping the U-17 team to the World Championship title in 2012.

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Looking back:

2012 High School Standouts
for Athleticism

 Special  Event!

Dr . Rudy J. ElIis Sports Medicine Center  
High School Athletes of the Year!




Sydney Moss, J.J. Jude win Rudy Ellis awards as Kentucky's 2012 Top High School Athletes

Boone County High standout Sydney Moss, Kentucky’s Miss Basketball, and Johnson Central sports star J. J. Jude have been named to receive the Dr. Rudy J. Ellis Sports Medicine High School Athlete of the Year awards at next month’s Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame banquet in Louisville.

Moss, who is the daughter of All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss, led Boone County to two Ninth Region titles and set a school career records for points scored. She will play her college ball at the University of Florida.

Jude, a two-sport athlete, set a Kentucky career rushing record in football. He also won back-to-back state titles in the 171-pound weight class in wrestling. He finished his career on a 170-match winning streak in wrestling. He has signed to play football at Eastern Kentucky. More pictures soon!


Sydney Moss, Boone County High

Boone County High School senior Sydney Moss excelled at one sport at the high school level. She was a  a high-level basketball player.

The 5-foot-10 guard for the Rebels was named Kentucky’s Miss Basketball after a sensational high school career that saw her ranked as a top 50 player nationally.

"She posses a unique skill set and versatility and can play any position on the floor well and has raised the level of play of her teammates," Boone County coach Nell Fookes says. "Not only has our program benefited from Sydney’s talent and competitive nature, but I feel that she has raised the level of awareness and interest for girls’ basketball in the entire Northern Kentucky area. Her unselfish play, athleticism and humble mannerism have made her a fan favorite."

Moss, the daughter of NFL All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss, is a three-time All-State selection and was named Ninth Region Player of the Year.

Moss played as an eighth-grader at Heritage Christian and then as a freshman at Ryle High School before starring for three years at Boone County. She helped the Lady Rebels to the Girls’ Sweet 16 as a sophomore and senior.

The University of Florida signee averaged 23.3 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 4.1 steals and 1.6 blocks as a senior for the Lady Rebels.

Moss, who was born in West Virginia, finished her career with 2,997 points and 1,602 rebounds. She wound up shooting 53.6 percent from the field for her career. In her three years at Boone County, she set a record for scoring (2,267) and finished second in rebounds (1,074).


J.J. Jude, Johnson Central High

Johnson Central High School football coach Jim Matney says he’s "never seen anything like" the career J.J. Jude had during his high school days.

Jude, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound multi-sport standout, goes down as one of Kentucky’s all-time best male athletes in recent memory.

In football, Jude was a running back and set a new state record for career rushing yards, while he won two state titles and was a runner-up in a national meet in wrestling. He also ran track and finished second in the 200-meter dash.

"He’s been amazing for our school and is a great kid," Matney notes.

Jude was a two-time first-team Courier-Journal All-State selection in football and ended his career with 8,637 rushing yards. He broke the old record for career rushing yards set by former Fort Knox and University of Kentucky standout Derek Homer.

As a senior, Jude ran for 3,061 yards and 31 TDs to become the first Kentucky player to surpass 3,000 yards twice. He's only the sixth player to reach 3,000 in any season, doing it as a junior and a senior.

As a junior, Jude set a state record for yards in a game with 584 in a win over Woodford County. He finished that season with 331 carries for 3,258 yards – second in state history for a single season – and 31 TDs.

In wrestling, Jude made it to the state tournament six years and placed five times. He won the 170-pound title as a junior and senior. Matney said he was a runner-up in a national wrestling meets during his sophomore season.

Jude also played some baseball for Johnson Central.

Jude has signed to play football at Eastern Kentucky University.

The 2012 Kentucky high school male athlete of the year, J.J. Jude, posed just before sitting down for the June 7 induction dinner with (at left) his parents, James and Tammy Jude, and Johnson Central High School football coach Jim Matney  and his wife, Debbie.


Also at the J.J. Jude table for the recognition event held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville was Jude's cousin B.J. Gilliam (standing at left). Golden Eagles assistant football coach Mark Salyers sits with his son, Aaron Salyers.



The 2012 Kentucky high school female athlete of the year, Sydney Moss, is shown with Boone County High School coach Nell Fookes and Sydney's grandparents, Frank and Sissy Offutt.


Moss and Jude were honored as the 2012 Dr. Rudy J. Ellis Sports Medicine Center High School Athletes of the Year during the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Banquet on Wednesday evening, June 7, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Louisville

Download an Adobe PDF file of the full 2012 program write-up here:
                    KAHF HS Spotlight 2012\KAHF 2012 HS Athletes.pdf




Recalling our 2011 event:


Sara Hammond and DeVante Parker Named Kentucky's 2011 Top High School Athletes

By Jody Demling
Induction Photos by Jim Reed

DeVante Parker, Louisville Ballard High

The state’s top two-sport athlete in the Class of 2011, DeVante Parker, a product of Louisville’s Ballard High School, was one of the leading candidates for both Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball honors. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Parker becomes the first player from Louisville to make first-team All-State in both football and basketball since Male’s Michael Bush, who is now in the NFL, did it in 2002. Parker was a first-team All-State pick at wide receiver in football. A two-time first-team All-State member in football, Parker caught 68 passes for 1,793 yards — 26.4 yards a catch — and 19 touchdowns as a senior. The single-season yardage total ranks fourth all-time in state history. He had 209 yards and one TD against 6-A state champion Trinity, 137 and two TDs against 6-A finalist Male and 227 yards and three TDs in just three quarters against 3-A state champion Central. Parker finishes his career with 3,274 yards receiving. He had 73 catches for 1,438 yards and 12 TDs as a junior. The career yardage total ranks fifth only behind Somerset’s John Cole (4,981), Lawrence County’s Gerad Parker (4,736), Male’s Montrell Jones (4,345) and Mason County’s Chris Lofton (3,511). He was named Paul Hornung Award co-winner. In basketball, Parker was the star on one of the state’s elite teams. A guard for the Bruins, Parker averaged 19.7 points and 6.8 rebounds a game, finishing with 1,077 career points. He shot 49.2 percent from the field as a senior, including 34.5 percent (87 of 252) from three-point range. Parker was a member of the Orlando Sentinel’s All-Southern team for both sports and was the seventh leading vote getter on the basketball All-State in hoops. Parker, who is running track in the spring of his senior season, has signed to play football at the University of Louisville.


Sara Hammond, Rockcastle County High

Sara Hammond set a new standard for girls’ high school basketball players in the state of Kentucky with some elite honors. The Rockcastle County star was not only named Miss Basketball but she was ranked in the top 20 nationally and became the first female basketball player ever from the Bluegrass State to play in the prestigious McDonald’s All-American game. The 6-foot-2 Hammond was a two-time, first-team All-State pick and helped lead Rockcastle County to the school’s first-ever girls’ Sweet 16 title. Playing for the Rockets, she averaged 16.3 points, 12.4 rebounds, 3.9 blocked shots, 2.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Hammond also won the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year award and the Associated Press Player of the Year Award. She was named as a third-team All-American by USA Today and in the McDonald’s game with five blocks – the third most in history. ESPN’s HoopGurlz ranks the University of Louisville signee No. 12 in the Class of 2011 nationally, which is the highest national ranking for any player statewide for more than decade. Hammond averaged 10.5 points and 8.2 rebounds a game as a sophomore and 15 points and 10.8 rebounds as a junior. During her high school career, Hammond finished with 2,121 points, 1,584 rebounds and 523 blocked shots. The rebound total ranks her No. 9 all-time in state history while the blocks total ranks No. 4. Hammond also ran track during her early days, giving up the sport after a few years of running because of AAU basketball. She placed at several state meets, including winning the 1,600 relay Class AA state championship team as a sixth grader.

Sara and DeVante were honored as the 2011 Dr. Rudy J. Ellis Sports Medicine Center High School Athletes of the Year during the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame 2011 Induction Banquet on Wednesday evening, June 8, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Louisville





Recalling our 2010 event:

Hafele, Watts, Are Kentucky Farm Bureau

2010 High School Athletes of the Year

Sacred Heart Academy’s Jackie  Hafele and McCreary Central’s Aaron Watts were honored as the 2010 Kentucky Farm Bureau High School Athletes of the Year during the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame 2010  Induction Banquet in Louisville on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Louisville.                                                             

The awards were voted on by sportswriters and sportscasters from across the state and are sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Companies.

“Kentucky Farm Bureau is proud to sponsor and support the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, which recognizes superior athletic achievement while lending support to Kosair Charities,” says Kentucky Farm Bureau second vice president Eddie Melton. “We are pleased to have this opportunity to provide well-deserved recognition to Jackie and Aaron for their outstanding athletic achievements, and we are sure they both will build on the early promise they have shown in the high school careers.”


Jackie Hafele, Sacred Heart Academy

        Hafele is a sensational two-sport standout at Sacred Heart Academy. She was named Miss Soccer in the state of Kentucky as a senior and was one of the top basketball players in the Seventh Region. She has signed to play soccer at Butler University. In soccer, Hafele helped Sacred Heart to three consecutive state titles. She had 11 goals and nine assists during her senior season when the Valkyries went 19-1-2. She was the only Kentuckian named an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and was also named as the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year. In basketball, she played some on the varsity as a freshman and was a standout as a sophomore and junior. She played in only one game as a senior because she suffered a season-ending knee injury and underwent surgery in December 2009. She played in 55 career games and had 342 points, 220 rebounds and 102 steals. She was considered among the top seniors in the state prior to her knee injury.



Aaron Watts, McCreary Central

        The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Watts is one of the state’s top three-sport athletes in recent years. He was named first-team All-State by The Courier-Journal in football, is likely a first-team All-State basketball player and is also one of the state’s top baseball players. He is being recruited in all three sports. In basketball, Watts led his team in scoring and steals as a junior and a senior. He averaged more than 20 points a game as a senior. In the prestigious Lexington Catholic Tournament in December 2009, Watts averaged 23 points a game. In football, Watts was a first-team All-State player as a defensive back and also played several positions on offense. Watts had 1,101 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns, 530 yards passing and four TDs, three interceptions and one fumble recovery. He returned 91 yards for a TD  and had 71 tackles as a senior. During his career, Watts finished with 3,494 yards rushing and 38 TDs, 1,450 yards passing and 14 TDs, 15 two-point conversions, 616 yards receiving and 5 TDs, three TD kickoff returns, 256 tackles and nine interceptions. In baseball, Watts is considered one of the top outfielders in the state. His mother, Trina, played basketball at Western Kentucky University.


Here is Kentucky Farm Bureau's announcement following  the 2010 event:

Kentucky Farm Bureau Honors
High School Athletes of the Year

Louisville, KY (April 29, 2010) – Jackie Hafele of Sacred Heart Academy and Aaron Watts of McCreary Central High School were recognized as the Kentucky Farm Bureau High School Athletes of the Year during yesterday's Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame 2010 Induction ceremony.

Sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Companies, the high school honors came following a vote by sportswriters and sportscasters throughout the state.

Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney said the sponsorship underscores the organization’s commitment to young people. “We’re pleased to provide the recognition for outstanding high school athletes,” Haney said. “Athletics are an important element of the high school experience and in many instances a key part of the culture in rural communities. Farm Bureau has a presence throughout the state and so it is very fitting that we support this initiative.”

Hafele is a two-sport standout at Sacred Heart Academy. A senior, she was named Kentucky’s “Miss Soccer” and a National Soccer Coaches Association All-American after leading Sacred Heart to its third consecutive state championship. She had 11 goals and nine assists in leading the Valkyries to a 19-1-2 record. She has signed to play soccer at Butler University.

Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney presents the 2010 Kentucky Farm Bureau Female High School Athlete of the Year award to Sacred Heart Academy’s Jackie Hafele.

Hafele also was a basketball star for the 7th Region power but suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opening game of this season. She had been rated as one of the top senior players for the 2009-10 season.

Watts is a three-sport standout. In football, the 6-foot-2, 170-pound senior was named first team All-State as a defensive back. On offense he ran for 1,101 yards and had 530 yards passing. He had 16 touchdowns rushing and passed for four TDs.

He was named to The Courier-Journal’s All-State basketball team after averaging 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists. He led the 12th Region school in scoring the past two seasons and was named the region’s top player this year.

Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney presents the 2010 Kentucky Farm Bureau Male High School Athlete of the Year award to McCreary Central High School’s Aaron Watts.


Watts also is an outstanding baseball player. He plays center field and pitches for the Raiders. He wants to play college basketball but hasn’t selected a school.

The two high school stars were honored along with eight individuals inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. Those inductees were football greats Jeff Brohm (Trinity High School, University of Louisville and professionally); Wilbur Hackett (Manual High School, the University of Kentucky and a long-time Southeastern Conference official) and Dan Neal (Atherton High School, UK and professionally); basketball standouts Mike Pratt (UK and professionally), Lillie Mason Stockton (Olmstead High School and Western Kentucky University) and Donna Wise (Campbellsville University coach); golfer Buddy Demling of Louisville; and NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip of Owensboro.

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Recalling our 2009 event:


Mathies, Whiting, Named 2009

KFB High School Athletes of the Year

 Louisville, KY. (April 30, 2009) Iroquois High School’s Adia Mathies and Trinity High School’s Jordan Whiting were honored as the 2009 Kentucky Farm Bureau High School Athletes of the Year during yesterday’s Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame 2009 Induction Banquet in Louisville.                                                             

The awards were voted on by sportswriters and sportscasters from across the state and were sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Cos.

“For the past 20 years, Kentucky Farm Bureau has been proud to support and be affiliated with the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame which recognizes superior athletic achievement, all the while lending support to Kosair Charities,” said Kentucky Farm Bureau second vice president Eddie Melton. “We congratulate both Adia and Jordan on their outstanding accomplishments and recognize the bright future they have ahead of them as they move forward in their careers.”

The Kentucky Farm Bureau Female High School Athlete of the Year, Mathies, has been one of the top girls’ basketball players in the state for a number of years, playing at the varsity level since she was in sixth grade. She has signed to play for the University of Kentucky. The Louisville senior averaged close to 17 points and 12 rebounds this season, leading the Lady Raiders to a 33-1 record and the state title, while holding a 3.5 grade point average. Mathies, a Full Court Press High School All-American, was ranked by ESPN as the 13th best shooting guard in the country and 65th overall player. She was recently named Kentucky’s Miss Basketball.



The Kentucky Farm Bureau Male High School Athlete of the Year, Whiting, was a linebacker on the Trinity football team. The Louisville senior became the first person in school history to be part of four state championship football teams and has signed to play for Ohio State University. Whiting was named first-team All-State as a junior and senior, named to three first-team All-American teams as a senior, was a finalist for Mr. Football, and was a nominee to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

He was a finalist in the National Alliance of African American Athletes’ Watkins Award, which promotes academic excellence among African American athletes. Whiting also helped Trinity win state titles in wrestling, power lifting, and track and field while holding a 3.8 grade-point average.

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Read the March 2009 announcement of the

Kentucky Farm Bureau
2009 High School Athletes of the Year

Click here.


From our 2008 event:

Lexington, Frankfort Students Named

2008 High School Athletes of the Year

Tennis Champ, Three-Sport Star Were Honored April 30, 2008


Lexington Henry Clay High School’s Emily Carbone and Frankfort High School’s E.J. Fields have been named the Kentucky Farm Bureau High School Athletes of the Year. They were honored alongside the 2008 Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame inductees at our April 30, 2008, ceremony at the Galt House in Louisville.

 “We congratulate these athletes on all of their outstanding accomplishments both on the field and off,” says Steve McCormick, director of administrative services for Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Cos.  “These students have bright futures in college and wherever their sports take them.”


Emily Carbone

The Kentucky Farm Bureau Female High School Athlete of the Year, Emily Carbone, is a senior at Henry Clay High School in Lexington. Previously a student at Lexington Christian Academy, Carbone helped her school win the state team title during both her freshman and sophomore years, and she won the state singles title as a junior last year. While she will not compete at this year’s state championships because of a school transfer, Carbone remains the No. 1 ranked player in Kentucky and No. 27 in the country, as rated by TennisRecruiting.net. She has signed with the University of Arkansas.


E. J. Fields

The Kentucky Farm Bureau Male High School Athlete of the year, E.J. Fields, is a senior at Frankfort High School and a three-sport star in basketball, track and football.  On the gridiron, he was a first-team All-State defensive back/quarterback and led his team to the state semifinals as a senior.  In track, he captured two state titles in the 400 meter, in both his sophomore and junior years. Fields recently signed a letter of intent with the University of Kentucky.

 Carbone and Fields were honored at the annual Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony, on Wednesday evening (April 30) of Derby week at the Galt House in Louisville.

 All proceeds benefit Kosair Charities, which has provided more than $124 million since the 1980s to support the medical care of thousands of children from across Kentucky and Southern Indiana.




Looking back:

Our 2007 High School Honorees


Scott County High School senior Rebecca Gray and Male High senior Douglas Beaumont have won numerous awards during their high school careers.

Gray has been one of the state’s top girls’ basketball players her entire career with the Lady Cardinals, while Beaumont was a football standout as well as basketball star for the Bulldogs.


Now, the two share a new distinction as the duo have been named Kentucky Farm Bureau High School Athletes of the Year. They are the first to be selected for this special recognition, which was new this year. They were each honored during the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Wednesday evening, May 2, at The Galt House Hotel & Suites in Louisville.



Rebecca Gray
The 5-foot-ll Gray finished her illustrious career ranked as the 25th all-time scorer in state history with 2,907 career points. She also had 706 rebounds, 493 assists and 380 steals for the Lady Cardinals.

Heading into her senior season, Gray — nicknamed “Bee” — was ranked nationally as the No. 47 player by Scout.com. She is a two-time, first-team All-State selection and was named as the 11th Region Player of the Year this season.

“Since Rebecca Gray walked into our gym in the sixth grade, she has made an impact on our program,” coach Steve Helton says. “She has definitely left her mark on Scott County basketball. Rebecca is a tremendous young lady with great work ethic and a great attitude. She has great things ahead of her.”

Gray helped Scott County to one regional title, a pair of Louisville Invitational Tournament titles and a top-10 ranking each of the past five seasons.

As a senior, Gray averaged 25.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 4.1 steals and shot 88.9 percent from the free-throw line. She has signed to play basketball at the University of North Carolina.


Douglas Beaumont
The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Beaumont left a mark on the prestigious Male gridiron program and was named Kentucky’s Mr. Football.

“He’s is the most productive player we have had because he did so much,” Male coach Bob Redman says. “He was on the field all the time. He was the best linebacker, the best running back, the best receiver, the best return guy and the best hitter. Guys like that are rare. Honestly, I never saw him rest.”

Beaumont also won the Gatorade Player of the Year award as the state’s top player, along with the Paul Hornung and Roy Kidd awards.

As a senior, Beaumont carried 137 times for 1,169 yards (8.5 yards a carry) and 24 touchdowns, while catching 39 passes for 550 yards and eight IDs.

During his four-year career, Beaumont finished with 365 carries for 3,153 yards (8.6 yards a carry) and 69 TDs, while catching 189 passes for 2,801 yards (14.8 yards a carry) and 22 TDs. He finished with 5,954 career yards, 574 total points and 11 interceptions during his stellar career.

The career point total is 12th all-time in state history and Beaumont trails only former Moore star Monquantae Gibson (696 points) as the all-time leader in Jefferson County. He’s tied for 11th in the state record books for career TDs with 91 and 10th all ­time in career receiving yards.

In basketball, Beaumont is a likely first-team All-State selection this season. He’s one of the top players from Louisville and averaged 18 points a game.

Beaumont has signed to play football at the University of Louisville.

 The two high school stars were honored during the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Wednesday evening, May 2, 2007, at The Galt House Hotel & Suites on Louisville’s riverfront.

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Presenting the award to Nacarius Fant
was Dr. R. John Ellis, Jr., of the
Dr. Rudy J. Ellis Sports Medicine Center.