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Former Henry players, teams recognized with banners

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By Tommie Kendall

To help remember former players and motivate future ones, Henry County High School revealed several softball banners on Saturday before the Ladycats beat Harrison County 8-7.

The new banners, which recognize past players and teams, will be placed around the softball field with the possibility of more banners being added as the program continues its quest to be a regional power.

Former Henry County head coaches Jon Kasten and Suzanne Cates helped turn the team into what it is today, and Matt Wright, who took over the program for the 2010 season, is hoping to take it to the next level.

“Before the season myself and the coaching staff were talking about what this team has been able to accomplish in the last seven to eight years, and how this program has just taken off and been so successful,” said Wright, whose team beat Carroll County and Harrison last week for a 2-0 start. “We decided to put these banners up because we want the girls to see that if they accomplish something then they will get recognized for it. Also, we want those younger players to use it as motivation. We are now a team with tradition. It’s a pride thing.”

The banners that went up included one for the 31st District titles from 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; for the North Central Kentucky Conference from 2006, 2007 and 2008; for the 8th Region All “A” Classic champions from 2009; for the players who were selected and played in the East-West All-Star Game — Samantha Barmore, Brittni Crowe and Karie Powell; for the player who played in the Kentucky-Tennessee All-Star Game — Crowe; for the players who were named All-State Second Team — Barmore and Ally Vaughn; and another for Barmore, who played all four seasons at Georgetown College.