Forty miles a week, going on 60. A mid-17-minute 5K time. Consistently beating out older and stronger runners in statewide races. You could say Adam Sandidge isn’t the typical 16-year-old.
Heading into his junior year at LaRue County High School, Sandidge has been running since he came across the high school cross-country tryouts when he was in the fifth grade. By seventh grade, he had run his first 10-mile race.
Figures the two teams who met in the 5th Region Baseball Tournament championship would dominate the all-region team this season.
Central Hardin and LaRue County each placed a total of four players on the team. No other team had more than two selections. Central Hardin knocked off LaRue County, 4-2 to win its third consecutive region championship.
LaRue County had senior Slade Owens named to the first team, while seniors Jesse Johnson and Kyle Sheeran and junior Cole Hughes were selected to the second team.
Kayla Skaggs, a junior at LaRue County High School, was named to first-team Academic All-State by the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association. She played first base and pitcher for the Lady Hawks. In order to be considered, players must appear in at least 50 percent of their teams' varsity games. Only juniors and seniors are eligible. Based on a 4.0 grade-point average, the breakdown is 3.75 to 4.0 for the first team, 3.50 to 3.74 for the second team and 3.25 to 3.49 for honorable mentions.
Megan Smith, a recent graduate of LaRue County High School, was named to first-team Academic All-State by the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association for the second year. Smith played second base and shortstop for the Lady Hawks. In order to be considered, players must appear in at least 50 percent of their teams' varsity games. Only juniors and seniors are eligible. Based on a 4.0 grade-point average, the breakdown is 3.75 to 4.0 for the first team, 3.50 to 3.74 for the second team and 3.25 to 3.49 for honorable mentions.
Members of the Hawks Track and Field Team are front from left, Dalton Lawson, Raymundo Perez, Justin Davis, Austin Parrish; back, Coach Drew Simpson, Trevor Wallace, Jackson Venegas, Larry Mullins, Cody Thompson, Adam Sandidge and Randy Young.
The LaRue County Hawks ended their season as region runners-up after losing 4-2 Saturday to the Central Hardin Bruins.
Senior Derek Westerfield launched a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to lift the Bruins to victory over the Hawks in the 5th Region Baseball Tournament championship at Elizabethtown’s Ron Myers Field.
The LaRue County Hawks lost the championship round of the 5th Region Baseball Tournament 4-2 to the Central Hardin Bruins.
Central's Derek Westerfield hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to take the lead.
The game, postponed twice due to inclement weather, was played Saturday in Elizabethtown.
The 5th Region Baseball Tournament, plagued by weather issues this week, now will have its championship game at 4 p.m. Saturday at Ron Myers Field at Elizabethtown High School.
Defending region champion Central Hardin (30-9) is facing LaRue County (29-9) in the final. The game started Thursday night and was scoreless with one out in the top of the second inning when lightning and rain hit. The game will be picked up Saturday where it left off.
Play was postponed Tuesday as well. The tournament originally was scheduled to end Wednesday night.
Mother Nature has intervened once again in the 5th Region Baseball Tournament.
After rains forced the semifinals to be postponed a day Tuesday, heavy storms Thursday forced the championship game between Central Hardin and LaRue County to be called in the second inning. The game will be picked up where it left off at 6:30 p.m. today at Elizabethtown’s Ron Myers Field.