Farmer, Foree named HCHS Athletes of the Year

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By Tommie Kendall

Sports editor

During last Thursday’s Henry County High School Awards Night, seniors Larry Farmer and Kaitlyn Foree were named the top athletes during the 2007-08 school year. Farmer won the Ross Wallace Outstanding Male Athlete for the second consecutive year, while Foree won the Bev Parrish Outstanding Female Athlete for the first time.

Athletes were nominated by Athletics Director Todd Gilley and varsity coaches, then selected by a committee composed of Gilley, Principal Graham Weid, head coaches and counselors.

Farmer — who was named Outstanding Male Athlete as a junior and senior — earned the rare back-to-back award based on his achievements during cross country in the fall and track in the spring. He’s qualified for the Kentucky State Cross Country Championships all three years he ran cross, has qualified for the Kentucky State Track and Field Championships six times (and counting), and holds the school record in the 1,600-meter run, 3,200-meter run and in cross country over 5,000 meters. He recently signed with Brescia University, where he will run cross country next fall.

Meanwhile, Foree was a standout on the volleyball court and softball diamond. She was a key player on the volleyball team, which won the district tournament for the first time in the fall. In softball, she’s been the starting pitcher the previous three seasons. She helped lead the Ladycats to three straight North Central Kentucky Conference championships and to two straight 31st District titles. She recently signed to play softball for Transylvania University.

Both Farmer and Foree are currently finishing out their high school careers. Farmer competed in the regional track championships on his home track Tuesday and, if qualifies, will compete in the state meet at the University of Louisville May 30-31.

Foree’s softball team, on the other hand, was scheduled to open the district softball tournament Tuesday. The Ladycats are trying to make it a third straight district title and advance during the 8th Region tournament the following week.

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