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10 LCHS student/athletes earn KHSAA Triple Threat Award

LEXINGTON — Ten Lincoln County High School student/athletes have been named recipients of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) Triple Threat Award.

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,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian 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.”

Lincoln’s roll of athletes earning the Triple Threat Award is made up of four seniors, three juniors and three freshmen.

The honored Lincoln student/athletes and their sports are:

Lee Amon (Junior) – Football, Basketball, Tennis.

Kade Bandura (Junior) – Football, Swimming, Tennis.

Maddy Boyle (Senior) – Soccer, Basketball, Softball.

Sawyer Carrier (Senior) – Football, Basketball, Baseball.

Colin Green (Freshman) – Golf, Basketball, Tennis.

Mayci Godbey (Freshman) – Cross Country, Swimming, Track & Field.

Anna Lane (Senior) – Soccer, Basketball, Softball.

Darius Napier (Senior) – Football, Basketball, Track & Field.

Dalton Patterson (Junior) – Cross Country, Swimming, Track & Field.

Daniel Pence (Junior) – Cross Country, Swimming, Track & Field.

In its second year of existence, the Triple Threat Award was presented to a total of 1,878 student-athletes for 2018-19, with Villa Madonna the member school with the most honorees, 23. Of the 280 member schools, 269 had at least one honoree. Eleven schools had 16 or more honorees. Those schools, including Villa Madonna, were: Prestonsburg, 19; Belfry, 18; Johnson Central, 18; Metcalfe County, 18; Pikeville, 17; Scott 17; Frankfort, 16; Kentucky Country Day, 16; Phelps, 16; and St. Patrick, 16.

A further breakdown of the Triple Threat Award recipients follows:

• 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).