George Rogers Clark senior Dominic VanCleve was honored for his ability to overcome adversity this week.
VanCleve, a starting guard on the Cardinals’ 10th¿Region championship squad and a cornerback on the football team, was named to the Tom Leach “All-Resilient Team” this week. The award, sponsored by Kentucky National Guard, honors “high school male and female athletes who overcome adversity on their path to success.”
A big thumbs up to VanCleve for being an overcomer and helping the Cards achieve success on the field and the court.
Graham to be recognized
Maxine Graham will be among 12 inductees into the Dawahares/KHSAA¿Hall of Fame at 6:30 p.m. today at the Bluegrass Ballroom in the Lexington Convention Center.
Graham, who resides in Winchester, is part of the 25th class of inductees, which includes Libby Burr, the late Tim Cahill, Randy Embry, Graham, Joe Hood, Kim LaBelle, Jim McDaniels, Marvin Moore, Jim Perrin, Alvin Ratliff, James Tucker and Randy Wyatt.
Graham, who ran track and field at Fleming County High School, holds the state record in the long jump. Graham’s leap of 20 feet and 4 inches was set during the state meet in Bowling Green in 1975.
Graham is the sister of George Rogers Clark High School assistant boys basketball coach Robbie Graham. Her children, Prisha, Jewel, Robbelle and Charlie Rogers all played basketball at George¿Rogers Clark. Charlie currently is a senior and will graduate next month.
A total of 403 former participants, coaches, officials, administrators, media and contributors have been recognized since 1987.
Bennett honored by MSC
Former George¿Rogers Clark standout and University of the Cumberlands third baseman Evan Bennett was named to the Mid-South Conference first team this week.
During the regular season, Bennett batted .378, connected on 59 hits, including 15 doubles, a triple and a pair of home runs. Bennett scored 36 runs, drove in 28 runs and stole 13 bases. He also has a slugging percentage of .526.
The Patriots lost to Georgetown College 5-0 Thursday in the opening round of the conference tournament
Elite Eighth books still available
The “Elite Eighth,” a commentative book celebrating the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team’s eighth national championship, produced by Advocate Communications, features articles written by myself and Danville Advocate-Messenger sports editor Larry Vaught. A limited number of copies are still available here at the office on 20 Wall St.
The book features insights on the team’s 38-2 season from a local perspective. along with colorful photographs by Danville Advocate-Messenger photographer Clay Jackson and freelance photographer Victoria Graff.
Come by the office, purchase a copy of the book and I will be glad to sign one for you as an added treat.
Have an item for “people and things” for consideration? send it to Winchester Sun sports editor Keith Taylor by e-mail at email@example.com by Wednesday of each week.