Hawks News · 2018 News Enterprise Select Preps Nominees

The 2018 News Enterprise Select Preps Banquet will be held tonight.  Below are the nominees for this year’s event.  Congratulations to all these outstanding student-athletes!



Ty Morris

Everything Ty does defines what a coach looks for in a team first player.  He is in his 6th year in our program and from day 1 he has gone about his business on the field and in the classroom in a first class manner.  Ty has accumulated a 3.95 GPA and ranks among the top 20 in his class.  He has done this while taking all honors and dual credit classes.  This dedication in the classroom has led to Ty being awarded an academic scholarship and acceptance into the Western Kentucky University Honors College.  On the baseball field Ty has put his team first mentality on display numerous times throughout his career by doing whatever is asked of him without complaint or hesitation.  He has always been willing to change positions to fill a need for his team.  And his hard work and athleticism have provided the skills to play multiple positions.  Ty is a natural leader by example who can always be counted on to do the right thing and has been an honor and a pleasure to coach.


Shane King

Shane has been solid contributor to the LaRue County Boys Basketball program now for 6 years.  I have watched him develop from a skinny little seventh grader to a blossomed high-level athlete at LCHS. His success on the court and football field is a testimony to his dedication to his teammates, coaches, and school.  Shane has a quiet demeanor, which sometimes people misinterpret, but I can tell you that Shane loves to play and compete and he never missed a day of practice.  His maturity has grown dramatically. For me, he has been a joy to coach and watch develop into a fine young man.  I have grown accustomed to having Shane in our program and it will be hard to see him go.  He has a bright future in athletics and I wish him the very best!


Sophie Akin


Being a Hawk holds a level of pride and prestige unmatched at other schools.  There is a great amount of history and ownership from our community and the supporters in our Hawk Nation and we all hold our athletes to a higher standard in regards to academics, community involvement and athletic performance.  With all of that in mind, it is my honor to nominate Sophie Akin as the representative for our basketball program for the Select Preps award.

Academically, Sophie has taken the challenge of completing successfully several Honors level courses.  Considering the rigor of the academic program at LaRue County High School, she is to be commended for her performance.  Currently, she ranks in the top 10% of the graduating class of 2018.

Outside the classroom, Sophie is active in several organizations.  She was a member of the LCHS Kentucky Youth Assembly delegation where she was recognized as the most outstanding speaker.  Her other organizations include Beta Club, Prom Committee, Class Committee, National Honor Society and Community Volunteer Service.  Sophie was chosen as a Governor’s Scholar for the summer of 2017.  This is a highly prestigious honor and one that earned through diligence and hard work in the classroom and her community.

One would think all of these duties would allow her very little time for extracurricular activities.  However, she has earned multiple letters in Basketball, Volleyball and Tennis.  She has served as a leader on this year’s basketball team, where she currently averages 10 points and 11 rebounds per game despite playing nightly against players who are bigger and stronger than she is.


With all of this in mind, it is my honor to nominate Sophie Akin for this honor.  She is a role model for our young student athletes and she is the epitome of what it means to be a LaRue County Hawk.


Ashlen Grubbs

The 2018 Select Prep nominee for LCHS Varsity Cheerleading squad is Ashlen Marie Grubbs.  Ashlen is a senior at LCHS and is a four-year varsity cheerleader for the LaRue County High School Hawks.  Ashlen has proven to be a major leader on and off the mat.  Her dedication to the sport and her studies have worked together to form Ashlen into a caring and responsible individual.  Ashlen has devoted several hours of community services including, assisting special needs children at her high school on many field trips. These are just a few examples of her devotion to service, her community and family. Ashlen has faced many hardships in cheerleading, ranging from mental blocks (which after 6 years she overcame and threw her backhand spring), to the death of a teammate, to major injuries and shortcomings, although she has proven time and time again to bounce back. We feel that all of this has given her a larger meaning in life and community, placing her in the position where she is more than deserving to receive the 2018 News Enterprise Select Prep award in cheerleading


Bryson Cobb

“He is one of the most humble, unselfish hardworking players I’ve ever coached; that just so happens to be one of the most electrifying talents I’ve ever coached. That’s uncommon- often time’s players of his caliber don’t possess all of characteristics.  This young man has been a catalyst on our team since his freshmen year. He has led with discipline and maturity that are beyond his years, and he’s acted as such without seeking credit for just doing what is right & being a good person. Bryson was one of our four co-captains that were voted on by both coaches and players.


In a world where specialization seems to be a common theme amongst young people these days; Bryson has been a 3-sport standout all through his prep years in basketball and baseball to add to his excellence on the gridiron.  He’s a young man that excels in the classroom and in life. All that know him both love and respect him with the highest praise.


Taylor Eastridge

The News Enterprise Select Prep boy’s golf nominee from LaRue County High School is senior Taylor Eastridge. Taylor has been a part of the Hawks golf program for five years, and showed a great love of the game early in his tenure. In his first season, Taylor went from being a newcomer in the sport to a region tournament participant as an eighth grader. He also has two top 10 finishes in the high school region golf tournament, helping his team achieve the school’s first team representation at the state tournament in 20 years. Throughout his time at LaRue County High School, he has maintained a high-class ranking and has drawn the love and affection of everyone that meets him. His attitude is second to none, and his teammates all respect him as a calming influence during stressful situations. Simply put, folks just want to be around Taylor. In the classroom, he settles for nothing less than his best effort as he strives to prepare himself for a future career in engineering. I will miss his outstanding character and his influence on the rest of the team. However, most of all, I will personally just miss his presence on a day-to-day basis.


Ethan Harry

Ethan Harry is a senior soccer player at LaRue County High School. Though this is Ethan’s first year playing soccer, he is a true leader on and off the field. He has been a presence in LaRue athletics, playing football three years, tennis 3 years and now adding soccer to his list.


Ethan is the definition of a well-rounded student athlete. He has maintained a 4.0 while taking Honors, AP and dual credit classes in English, Algebra, Anatomy, Foreign Language, Geometry, World Civics, Pre-Cal, and Biology. All of this while being heavily active in his community.


Ethan is active in Habitat for Humanity, Chrysalis and Mission Etown. He is also very active in his church. Ethan attends Severns Valley where he is on the Youth Leadership Tram.


At LaRue County, he is also on the Senior Class Committee. Ethan is a member of the National Honor Society and the Beta Club. Aside from him academics, athletics, community and church involvement, Ethan is an awarded musician. He received the Most Musical Award and a member of the Fourth District Chorus.


Ethan is self-driven, hardworking team player who is willing to push himself to higher levels to better himself and his team. The attitude and work ethic that he has, no matter what he is doing, is an inspiration to those around him. It is for these reasons and so much more that I nominate Ethan Harry from LaRue County Soccer for the News-Enterprise Select Preps.


Madison Eads

The 2017 nominee for Select Prep for the Lady Hawks Soccer team is Madison Eads.  Madison is a senior at LCHS and has proven to be a major leader on and off the field. She has been a Lady Hawk for 6 years.    Her understanding of the sport as a whole plays out at practice and on the soccer pitch.  She shows great leadership within the community and with school activities.  She is highly involved in her church community.  She is involved in BETA, Class committee, KYA, Pep club, choir, Hawkapella, Distinguished Young Women, First Baptist youth, Athletico Flames, Kentucky player’s academy and National Honors Society.

Presley Brown

Presley has played a big part in the success we have had here with the Lady Hawk Softball program. She has a student of the game mentality and is   quick to ask questions about the many situations and obstacles this evolving game throws at us. She will point out things to   teammates just as a coach would. A strong ability to make plays on defense that can drop jaws, being very athletic, quick feet, good hands, and length for days puts her in a position to make plays nobody else on the field can possibly   make.  At the plate she has been a very tough out, her first 3 seasons of varsity action has a batting average of 0.401,  75 RBI, 2 HR, 103 Runs, Struck out only 11 times, and stole 27 bases. Improving each season, we feel the best is yet to come.


Having coached Presley 5 seasons has been a true blessing, having coached her on the freshmen team as a middle school player up to now. Making multiple district teams, all region selections, and the all-region coaches team 2 years running, a top student in the classroom, a wonderful young person in general. Saying I’m proud would be an understatement, she is an outstanding athlete, is as outstanding away from sports. We’re looking forward to her Sr season, she will finish strong, and that’s who she is.


Clay Cecil

I really think his maturity and understanding of competition is more refined than his peers.  He understands better who to compete and pushes through small setbacks during a match much better than his teammates and most of his opponents.

Clay certainly has a pleasant as well as quiet demeanor.  He often picks up on small things that other more boisterous demeanors may miss.  However, opponents must be careful not to mistake this quiet demeanor for weakness because Clay is certainly one of the most driven players on our team.  He has a knack for understanding how to compete.  He is a thinker out on the court as well as a superb athlete.


Karrington Donahue

If you want to see true servant leadership in action then you need to look no further than Karrington Donahue.  Karrington is now serving as our team captain for the second year in a row while she competes at our top singles spot for the third year in a row.  Her work ethic and willingness to improve has made her a competitor in our region and will make her a competitor in life.


William Pearman

William Pearman is the example. In all sense of the word and understanding of what a student-athlete, a select preps nominee, or even an outstanding citizen should be. In his Senior track season William has been a key member of the team current success. While continuing to run the long distance relays he has also joined the 4×400 Sprint relay team that currently holds the top spot in the region. William is a team leader that leads by example. His positive attitude, work ethic, sacrifice and dedication are things that his peers and younger teammates can count on each and every day. For every positive attribute William has on the track, his off the track exploits are even more impressive. In November of 2017, William was awarded “Most Outstanding Speaker Award” at the Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA). In December of 2017, he was profiled in The News Enterprise for their “Tuesday’s Teen”. In January of 2018, at the National Beta Club Convention, Pearman received 1st place in the State Watercolor Art Competition.  In February of 2018, William Pearman accepted an appointment from US Congressman Brett Guthrie to The United States Naval Academy. In March 2018, William shaved his head after raising enough money for Saint Baldrick’s 2018 A foundation that is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer. All this was done while also carrying a 4.0 GPA and competing in track and field.


Jessi O’Bryan

Jessi is an outstanding leader for the LCHS girls track team.  This year she is one of 2 seniors on the team.  She is in her 2nd year as team captain, and sometimes not an easy spot to be.   Her overall personality reflects a solid upbringing and that in turn, is evident in and out of the classroom.   While she may not be the fastest or the strongest on our team, she is definitely one that is very coachable, which is refreshing.  She works hard each and every day at practice and at school in the classroom.  She can be found many days working out after we have finished with our practice, trying to get a jump on the competition and ensure she maintains her spot on each of the four relay teams she competes.  She takes track and field seriously, and works to guide those new to the sport and to sports in general.  It is very hard to balance athletics and school, many of our younger girls seek her out for advice and help when they are struggling.  Over the several years that I have been her coach, she has amazed and CHALLENGED me.  She has amazed me, in the fact that there is not one event that she won’t try at least once, even if it is just at practice.  She has challenged me to be a better coach, one that can take the most awkward runner and help them achieve to their fullest potential.  I have enjoyed having her on my team, and I will most definitely be sad when she graduates the season.

Breea Kirkpatrick

Breea Kirkpatrick is a perfect example of what a student athlete should be.  Breea excels on the volleyball court, in the classroom, and in the community of LaRue County and consistently dedicates herself to leaving a positive mark everywhere she goes.  Breea has been a part of the LaRue County volleyball program for the past 7 years.  As she walks in the gym, most opposing coaches, teams, and fans do not even notice her because of her small stature.  However, after seeing her display her heart, work ethic, and skills on the court, everyone in the gym never forgets her.  She leaves her mark!  Breea is the school record holder for digs in a match (35) and digs in a season (291) and is well on her way to setting a new season standard this year.  Breea serves as the team captain and makes it a point each day to motivate and inspire the next generation of Lady Hawk volleyball players.  In the classroom, Breea maintains a 4.0 GPA, a 99.2 % average, and is ranked 11th in her senior class of 200.  She is a member of the Pep Club, Friends of Rachel, Senior Class Committee, Senior Class Executive Council, Kentucky Youth Assembly, Community Volunteer Club, Future Business Leaders of America, and Varsity Club.  Just as she leaves her mark on the volleyball court, Breea leaves her mark in everything she does.  LaRue County High School will always remember Breea Kirkpatrick.  In the LaRue County community, Breea babysits for two different families, volunteers at athletic events by taking admissions, volunteers at cancer fundraisers, and helps raise money for Kosair Children’s Hospital.  Breea touches the hearts of those around LaRue County as much as possible.  Breea plans to attend Western Kentucky University in the future and eventually become a physician’s assistant.  Breea will excel in this career and continue to leave her mark on all of those she touches.  It is with extreme honor and pleasure that I nominate Breea Kirkpatrick as the 2018 Select Preps Volleyball Athlete of the Year.


Dalton Bell

Dalton has been involved with the wrestling program for past 12 years. He is an accomplished wrestler and student. Being a 6x state qualifier, Region 2 Champion, and State Medalist (6th place.) I remember Dalton coming to the varsity team as a middle-schooler; wide-eyed and eager to learn more about the sport. From the very first practice, several unique qualities jumped out.


Dalton’ natural athleticism was very evident, but his instincts and his ability to learn and absorb a lot of information in a short amount of time were what was most impressive to me. He quickly became one of the top wrestlers on the team, and just as impressively became a leader on the team. Dalton’s instincts and ability to be one-step ahead of his teammates and opposition were incredible to me. These skills and Dalton’s personality made Dalton a natural team leader. Some kids (and adults) try to be leaders, and to others, like Dalton’s, it just comes naturally. The other boys on the team quickly realized that Dalton was a teammate in the most real sense of the word. Dalton leads by example and is fiercely competitive on the mat, which breeds respect and admiration among his peers. It is very unusual to be able to have an intense desire to win and succeed on the mat, and can put the match behind you when the match is over, and move on to tackle the next task.


When someone can combine outstanding leadership traits, and being a superb athlete, that is when you know you have something special. Dalton is genuinely unique in so many ways. I’ve spoken mostly about Dalton athletic prowess and leadership skills, but Dalton good nature and innate kindness are what draws people, kids as well as adults, to his, he has a quick smile, a sharp wit, and an upbeat personality that makes people want to be around him. Whether it is on the wrestling mat, or just around school or town, it always brings a smile to my face when I see Dalton. It is evident that Dalton’s personality is contagious, and his teammates feed off that.


I am consistently impressed and amazed how Dalton can juggle so much and excel at most everything that he takes part in. Whether it is school, wrestling, choir, drama, or socially, Dalton throws himself into these activities and gives 100%, and strives to succeed, and because of his work ethic and natural gifts, he almost always does. I’ve been coaching wrestling for five years and can count on one hand the boys who have the qualities, both on and off the mat, which Dalton possesses. It indeed has been an honor for me to be able to coach an athlete and person like Dalton Bell.


William Pearman

William Pearman is a great representative for LaRue County.  He is a well-rounded individual with many interests and talents.  William is well respected among his peers and teachers at LaRue County High School.  His attitude and work ethic make him stand out as a true ambassador for LaRue County. He embodies the character traits that every coach and teacher wishes for in athletes and students. William has achieved a 4.0 GPA throughout his high school career.  He is and has been a participant in many of the Honors and AP classes at LCHS.  William has many interests outside of school.  He is an artist, blacksmith, athlete, and musician.   On the cross-country course, William carries on with his focused desire for success.  He is a true leader for our team.  He is dependable, trust worthy, and one that as a coach, I can count on to give me his best effort at each practice and competition. It has been a great honor to coach William and watch him develop into the student, the athlete, but most of all the young man he is today.


Clair Keller


Clair Keller is one of the most gifted runners we have on our team. She has been blessed with a God given ability to run.  Her form is almost textbook and her determination and hard headedness helps her in her competitions and in the classroom. Clair strives for academic excellence as well as being vocal on her beliefs and opinions in and out of the classroom.  Clair has been involved in feeding the needy in our county for several years, as well as being active in her church youth choir and activities. She is a joy to be around and has a quick wit and humor.  Her insight to situations regarding life struggles is incomparable.  She is an all-around good student and athlete, and a worthy candidate for the News Enterprise Select Preps.


BASS FISHING    Wyatt Pearman   

Wyatt Pearman is only a sophomore, but has shown a great deal of focus and maturity in getting the LaRue County Bass Team off to a great start.  He was instrumental in garnering interest for the program and is willing to assist me with any tasks I need as the coach.  He took it upon himself to find multiple sponsors for the program and functions as the unofficial leader of the team.  Wyatt maintains regular contact with me and is always coming up with new ideas to benefit our program.  His academic performance is good and he is very involved with his sophomore class.  I look for great things to come in the next 2 years.