The Kentucky High School Athletic Association today announced final counts for its "Triple Threat Award" and "Academic All-State" recognition programs for the 2018-19 academic year.
In its second year of existence, the Triple Threat Award was presented to a total of 1,878 student-athletes for 2018-19, while 151 KHSAA member schools recognized a total of 10,046 students as First Team Academic All-State and 5,772 students as Academic All-State Honorable Mention.
"We are very pleased with the participation level of our membership with the Triple Threat and Academic All-State programs," said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. "Both of those processes have been automated to help our membership and make the recognition more readily available to our great student-athletes."
Created by the Commissioner's office in May of 2018 as a way to continue the national emphasis and the KHSAA's own efforts to de-emphasize sports specialization in the athletic culture, the Triple Threat Award recognizes those students who participate in high school athletics (sport or sport-activity) at the varsity level year round (fall/winter/spring).
"In these days where some people erroneously believe that a student needs to participate in only one activity year round to succeed, the Triple Threat Award allows us to counter that myth with nearly 1,900 great examples of kids that represent their school all year long as multi-sport student-athletes," added Tackett. "Every study published continues to prove that much more damage is done by sport specialization than benefit is gained, and we will continue to emphasize that point."
A closer look at the breakdown of honorees for the 2018-19 academic year revealed that:
• 269 of the 280 member schools have at least one honoree, up from 266 in the program's first year;
• Eleven schools feature at least 16 honorees;
• Villa Madonna has the most of the member school honorees with 23, followed by Prestonsburg with 22, Belfry, Johnson Central and Metcalfe County with 18 each, Pikeville and Scott High with 17, and Frankfort, Kentucky Country Day, Phelps and St. Patrick with 16 apiece;
• By class, 509 seniors, 482 juniors, 453 sophomores, 363 freshmen, 53 eighth-graders and 18 seventh-graders were honored;
• By gender, 843 females and 1,035 males qualified for the award;
• By sport, basketball had 1,132 honorees (647 boys and 485 girls), track and field had 1,077 (594 boys and 483 girls), cross country has 527 (258 boys and 269 girls), football had 522 and soccer 452 (189 boys and 263 girls).
Local recipients included Alonzo Daniel (football, basketball, track, baseball), Connor Guthrie (football, basketball, baseball), Samantha Hurt (volleyball, basketball, track, softball), Colby Kennemore (football, basketball, baseball), Husten Lancaster (golf, basketball, tennis), Kent Trey Matthews (football, basketball, baseball), Kade Neely (football, basketball, track), Tony Parrott (football, basketball, track), Elly Rhodes (soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis), Brady Smith (football, basketball, tennis) and Desiree Thomas (volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball) from Mayfield.
For Graves County, those included Noah Jones (cross country, football, basketball, track), Audrey Lamb (cross country, cheer, tennis), Clair Lamb (cross country, cheer, track), Race Richards (football, basketball, track), Macy Rodgers (golf, cheer, track) and Gabe Vinson (football, basketball, track).