2009 High School Athletes
 Induction was Wednesday, April 29, 2009



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Students Named KFB High School Athletes of the Year


Louisville, KY. (March 11, 2009) – Iroquois High School’s Adia Mathies and Trinity High School’s Jordan Whiting have been named the 2009 Kentucky Farm Bureau High School Athletes of the Year. They will be honored at the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame 2009 Induction Banquet on April 29.

 “We congratulate these athletes on all of their outstanding accomplishments both on and off the field,” said Steve McCormick, director of administrative services at Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Cos., sponsor of the awards. “Mathies and Whiting both have bright futures ahead of them in college and wherever their sports and education may take them.”

 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 and has signed to play for the University of Kentucky. The Louisville senior has tallied almost 3,000 career points going into Iroquois’ appearance in the 2009 KHSAA Girls’ Sweet Sixteen basketball tournament. 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.

 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 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. Jordan helped Trinity win another state title in Power Lifting for class 6A. Jordan bench pressed 390 lbs. in the 250 lb. weight class and is to go to Oklahoma City to compete in the National High School Power Lifting Championship.

 Mathies and Whiting will be honored at a ceremony on April 29, along with the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame inductees. The 2009 inductees are:

 Mike Casey, Kentucky’s 1966 Mr. Basketball who went on to star at the University of Kentucky; Kentucky State University standout and former NBA pro Travis Grant; Patty Jo Hedges-Ward, who played on the only UK women’s basketball team to win the SEC championship in the early 1980s; the late Elmore Just, founder of Persimmon Ridge Golf Course and Louisville Golf Club Co.; former Clay County High School basketball coach Bobby Keith; Marty O’Toole, St. Xavier High School’s swimming coach and four-time All-American swimmer; Dan Ulmer, a Louisville Bats owner and chairman of the board of Minor League Baseball; and retired Herald-Leader racing writer Mary Jean Wall.

 The public is invited to the Hall of Fame ceremonies at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville. Tickets cost $75 per seat or $600 for a table and must be purchased by April 17. The night will start at 6 o’clock with a silent auction and the ceremony will begin at 7:30. For more information on tickets, call Jo Barrett at (502) 637-7696. 

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