We’re almost as close to the start of next season as we were to the end of last, but it was better late than never for three homegrown football players who added to their all-state credentials on Friday when the Associated Press reported. his 2021 Kentucky record. national school football team.
Great Crossing all-rounder Kalib Perry was the Warhawks’ inaugural first-team selection to the team, while Scott County offensive lineman Jon Thompson and defensive back Jeremy Hamilton were named honorable mention.
Perry and Thompson were previous first-team selections to the Louisville Courier-Journal All-State Team in December. Hamilton was a second team pick.
Additionally, Perry was named to the Lexington Herald-Leader Class of the Commonwealth Team, celebrating the state’s top seniors.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Perry, signed with the University of Tennessee and projected as a linebacker in the SEC, wrote most of Great Crossing’s record books early in the program. His senior campaign included a team-high 85 tackles, including 9½ for loss.
On offense, Perry had 405 all-purpose yards with three touchdowns. He also had a special teams score.
GC went from 1-10 in Perry’s sophomore season to 8-3 and their third straight playoff finish last season.
Hamilton was a four-year-old defensive starter who served as running back, receiver and return specialist for the Cardinals. He had 48 tackles as a senior. On offense, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior was responsible for 875 total yards and 12 touchdowns. Hamilton is signed with the University of Louisville.
Thompson’s block helped SC to over 300 yards per game on total offense. The 5-foot-10, 260-pound eldest has college offers from Center, Lindsey Wilson and Maryville.
Scott County went undefeated against Great Crossing in the local rivalry with a pair of narrow wins including a playoff win.
Belfry’s Isaac Dixon was chosen as the AP’s Mr. Football, emblematic of the state’s best player. Louisville Saint Xavier’s Kevin Wallace was named coach of the year.
Lady Cards cruise during the winter warm-up
With the temperature plummeting and the first flakes of a late-winter snowstorm descending on Lois Holmes Field, Scott County softball picked a good night to put on the batting boots, use the rule of the mercy and come out of the cold.
Jenna McMillan hit a grand slam and Delaney Vaughn ripped a three-run homer on an 11-run second-inning bottom Friday, giving the Lady Cardinals a 15-0 rout of Bourbon County that only required 2½ sleeves.
McMillan finished the night with six RBIs to back up a hit by freshman left-hander Ada Little, who struck out four and walked just one.
Vaughn had four points and Karsyn Preston three while adding to the SC onslaught. Preston, McMillan and Kenley Ison each had two of the Cardinals’ eight hits. Belle Banner added a hit and a walk and scored a run.
SC opens the regular season at home Thursday against Madison Central.
SC United boys’ lacrosse falls in final seconds
Scott County United led early and equalized late on Wednesday but gave up a goal with 20 seconds left in a 12-11 men’s lacrosse loss at Lafayette.
Robbie Gift scored three of the Birds’ four goals in the first period, when they exploded twice with a two-goal advantage. The Generals scored three straight goals to grab their first advantage of the night at 5-4.
Lafayette extended that margin to 10-7 midway through the third period before Gift’s fourth strike of the night and a pair from Josh Quackenbush leveled United (1-2). Dakota Felton tied the scoreboard one last time with 1:21 remaining before Lafayette applied the punctuation.
Quackenbush tied Gift with four goals on the night. Nick Sparks and Isaac Krebs added goals with Felton providing five assists.
Cameron Sulski made 10 saves in the United net. Andrew Bolt recorded eight ground runs and forced three turnovers to lead the Birds defense. Krebs (six), Gift (five) and Felton (four) added to the ground ball grip.
Juan Rodriguez and Daniel Bisotti combined for eight game wins on the night to drive SC’s attack forward.
United, competing as a combined team of Scott County and Great Crossing athletes again this spring, hosts three games this week at Birds’ Nest Stadium against Lexington Catholic (Monday), St. Henry (Wednesday) and Lexington Christian (Friday).