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Thorobreds baseball nationally ranked

The 2010 edition of the Harrison County Thorobreds baseball team is ranked 34th in the nation in a pre-season poll. The National High School Baseball Coaches Association’s top 50 pre-season poll ranks Bellaire, Texas, as the top team in the country while Harrison County is the only Kentucky team in the poll. The poll, which appeared in the Lexington paper last week from the state coaches, has the Breds eighth in Kentucky. Three Harrison County players, Logan Dailey, Jared Martin and Malcolm Thomas are listed among the top prospects in Kentucky.

Indoor track season ends at

Mason Dixon Games

On Saturday, the Harrison County tracksters traveled to Louisville to compete in the prestigious Mason Dixon Games. This is the state meet for indoor competition and Harrison County fared well. 

The Fillies placed 20th in the girls’ standings. Danni Kemplin was fifth in the 55M high hurdles in a personal best 8.97 seconds. Natosha Ingram was eighth in the shot put with a throw of 27 feet, and Catherine Darnell was a double scorer finishing seventh in the high jump at 4-foot-2 and eighth in the triple jump 28’4.25”.

The Breds squad had five finishes in the point totals. Austin Lucas was runner-up in the shot with a throw of 43’4.75”. Cory Nichols, fresh from the basketball team, finished third in the high jump with a 5-foot-10 leap and Caleb Reeder finished fourth in the 55M hurdles with a time of 8.53”. Jacob Marsh scored twice with an eighth place finish in both the 800M and the 1500M. His times were 2.16.3 and 4.46.40 in these distance contests.

According to Coach Danny Simpson, this was a great but unusual experience for the team.

“This track is only 200 feet, made of wood and is banked like a NASCAR track, which makes it an oddity for most runners. We are looking forward to the outdoor season and competing with some outstanding teams on our new track.”

Graham new coach at Henry County

Former Harrison County High School football coach Ray Graham is the new head coach at Henry County.  Chris Engstrand, last year’s coach, left for family reasons and is now an assistant at North Hardin High School.

Graham has been the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Lexington Christian since leaving Harrison County before the 2008 season. Before that, he was head coach at Harrison County for 25 years, and for three seasons at Rowan County compiling an overall 192-122 record. Henry County was 10-3 last year.

HCHS Cheerleaders compete in Orlando in NHSCC

On Valentine weekend, the Harrison County Varsity Cheerleaders were in Orlando, Fla., competing in the National High School Cheerleading Competition. The HCHS squad was in the Medium Varsity Division II category. Divisions are based on school enrollment. There were 28 squads in this category, which would have five teams advance direct to the finals and 10 others to the semifinals.

The Harrison County squad was not able to make the finals or semis finishing one squad out of the group. It was a difficult day as the HCHS squad and the other competitors in their division had to warm up and compete outdoors at The Indiana Jones amphitheater in Hollywood Studios. The temperature at 7 a.m. when the cheerleaders arrived was 30 degrees, which made it difficult to prepare for the competition. These were very extreme conditions to compete in which led to a disappointing finish for the cheerleaders as they came up short by only one group.

Recreation sign up ends this Saturday

From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday is the last time for youth league sign ups for the summer leagues. Little League, T-Ball, Coach Pitch, Pig Tail Softball and Instructional Softball players must sign up before the season begins. The sign ups will again be at Sports Unlimited Saturday. Any questions call Recreation Director Rick Chasteen at 234-7555.