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Students compete at Gladiator Week

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Sponsored by Farmily Resource and Youth Service Center

By Lanny Vincent

Gladiator Sports Week is a smorgasbord of sporting events for LaRue County youth. The summer camp is sponsored by the Family Resource and Youth Service Center.

Wiffle ball, dodge ball and mat ball were just some of the sporting events held Monday. About 14 youths in grades 6-9 participated. 

Tennis coach and physical education teacher Chris Estes, in his ninth year of teaching at LaRue County, was pleased with the turnout. 

“… It seems like the turnout for these games gets better each year. Participation will pick up as the week continues due to word of mouth, kids passing information along to their friends, telling them how much fun they’ve had,” he said.”

Two of the participants at Monday’s event were middle-schoolers Dylan Hedgespeth, 13, and Sierra Mullins, 12.

“Wiffle ball and dodge ball are my favorites that we played today,” Hedgespeth said. “We’re all friends here and most of us attended tennis camp together last week.” 

Hedgespeth said his favorite sport is baseball.

Mullins, a cheerleader and softball player, said Gladiator Week will “help me keep in shape for next spring’s softball season,”

“I pitch and play second base, but my favorite position is pitcher,” she said.

Hedgespeth and Mullins are starters in their favorite sports and they’re both honor roll students. 

Mullins plans to attend University of Louisville and become a pediatrician; Hedgespeth hopes to attend the University of Kentucky and major in sports science. 

Gladiator Week continues through Friday.

For more information, call 358-9745.