Family Care Associates offering free high school athletic physicals

lmouth, will once again partner with Pendleton County High School to offer free sports physicals for ath- letes playing in 2016-17 for a PCHS HS team. You must have an appointment and a KHSAA high school physical form completed except for the doctor’s part. The dates are: afternoon on June 22, morning on June 24, June 29 and July 1, and all day on July 13. These physicals are not school physicals or for playing middle school sports. If a middle school athlete will be playing both high school sports (soccer for example) and middle school sports (MS basketball), then both KHSAA attached physi- cals have to be completed and you are eligible to attend these free physicals. PC District Athletic Director Keith Smith offered his thanks on behalf of the PCHS athletes. “Family Care Associates provides this cost saving opportunity to our athletes and we are very grate- ful for the partnership they have offered for several years.” KHSAA Physical Forms can be accessed at Forms.aspx?form=ath and at either PCHS or Sharp Middle School. Forms must be brought with the student/athlete and will not be available at Family Care Associates.

Youth football getting better and safer

No matter the level of football from NFL to youth league, the constant conversation is about the safety of the players. Pendleton County Recreation Youth Football is no different. Over the past few years, the PC Recreation Commission have reconditioned helmets, adopted the KHSAA Heat Index policy, and other safety focused issues for youth football and other recreation sports. This year, the Pendleton County Youth Football league will incorporate a flag football portion to the program for the fall of 2016. Kindergarten through 2nd grade will play flag football with a practice during the week and games on Saturday mornings at the Pendleton Athletic Park. Mighty Pro team will consist of 3rd and 4th graders with the Power- house team made up of 5th and 6th graders. Both teams will practice on multiple days each week with games on Sunday afternoons. Both Mighty Pro and Powerhouse will compete in the Greater North Central Ky. Youth Football League comprised of teams from Bracken County, Grant County, Owen County, Gallatin County and Switzerland, Indiana. Both the flag football and tackle football will be associated with USA Football which is affiliated with the NFL and its’ efforts to keep participation in football while making it safer. “The NFL has been a driving force recently in making football safer and Pendleton County Recreation has decided to use their efforts through USA Football to guide our youth football program,” Pendleton County Recreation and Athletic Director Keith Smith commented. The Pendleton County Recreation Flag Football program will be follow the guidelines of and start in August. “Flag football gives all young athletes the opportunity to develop essential football fundamentals that matter. The game is intense and the skills learned transfer directly to full-contact football,” said Wildcat Varsity coach Brian Burgemeir. Last fall, research began focused on finding out what the successful football programs around our aread do at Youth/MS/HS level. Programs like Highlands, Russell, Mason County, Harrison County, Fleming County, Bath County, and others were contacted. Surprisingly, many of those programs either presently have flag football for their youngest divisions or are looking to make that switch. There are flag football programs with the Boone County Pee Wee Football League and the Northern KY Youth Football League. “Flag Football for our youngest division allows the coaches to phase in the complexity of football. There will be quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers with the coordinating defensive positions,” Keith Smith pointed out. “The focus for the first few years of a football player’s development will be on the skills positions and fundamentals of those position. Everyone will be play- ing one of those three positions in flag football.” When a player moves into the third grade, tackling and blocking will be introduced using the USA Football’s Heads Up program. Specific information about Heads Up Football can be found at Coaches will have training on Heads Up Football and impart the proper and safer tackling techniques through practices. “USA Football has done a tremendous job of standardizing teaching techniques to help with player safety and competition,” Wildcat Varsity Coach Brian Burgemeir said about the program. “Their Heads Up football program gives us coaches a valuable resource to teach the safest, most effective blocking and tackling techniques in the game today.” The GNCKYFL has also moved to adopting the key aspects of Heads Up Football including requiring each team to have a USA Football Safety Director. “Once we have finalized the league director at the June PC Recreation Commission meeting, we will be finalizing that position as our safety director and look for training from USA Football for all of our coaches,” Recreation Director Keith Smith said about the raised level of commitment to football safety. He continued, “Football is a great sport that teaches young men great lessons that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives and long after any shine of trophies have worn off. We want to make sure we can continue to play football in Pendleton County in the safest manner that is possible.” Registration forms for both flag and tackle football can be downloaded at www. and click on Recreation/Sports then football. Mighty Pro and Powerhouse will also have sign-ups from 5-8 p.m. on June 10, 17, 24 and July 1 at the PC Youth Football building at the Athletic Park behind McDonald’s. Parents will also be able to pickup, sign-up or turn in Flag Football registration forms.

Ladycats host District Tournament

Pendleton County Ladycats will host the 38th District tournament on Sunday, May 22, at the Pendleton County Athletic Park. First round games are scheduled for 2 p.m., with the championship game to follow, weather permitting. While there is one game left to play to finalize the seeds for the 38th District Fast Pitch tournament, Pendleton County is firmly established as the number 3 seed and will probably face Nicholas County in the first round. Pendleton played Nicholas County twice at home and dropped both. A tough 7-3 game had the Ladycats battling hard but Nicholas won an 11-0 second game of the doubleheader. Harrison County and Nicholas County was scheduled to face each other on Monday, May 16, but results were not available at press time. Harrison Coun- ty has a shortened game 11-0 victory over Nicholas County. At 17-10 record, they are 10-0 in region play and 5-0 in district play. “With the low number of snow days this past winter, the senior activities of schools and district tournaments in fast pitch and baseball have come in conflict with each other.” Pendleton County Athletic Director Keith Smith commented on the Sunday first round play. Three of the four schools have senior activity on Monday, May 23, including Pendleton County’s com- mencement. One school has activities on Tuesday and Wednesday with two schools having activities on Thursday, Friday and Satur- day

Track hosting region track meet

For the second time in four years, the Pendleton County Track Team family will be able to cheer their favorites on at the regional meet on Friday, May 20. The schedule of events are listed below. A region track meet has a lot of varied events going on at the same time. The field events of pole vault, discus, long jump, high jump, shot put and triple jump will be occurring throughout the entire meet. Running events are scheduled throughout the evening and staggered between girls and boys events. Pendleton County is in Class 2A, Region 4 with Bourbon County, Franklin County, Harrison County, Highlands, Holmes, Lex- ington Catholic, Scott, and Western Hills. Coach Becky Ammer- man will be taking her Wildcat and Ladycat teams into her first region meet and looking to continue the long tradition of a Pendleton County track athlete competing in the KHSAA State Track Meet. Field events are sched- uled at 6 p.m. and include: girls’ and boys’ pole vault, discus, long jump, high jump, shot put, triple jump. Running events scheduled are 6 p.m., girls’ 4 X 800 meter relay, 6:15 p.m., boys’ 4 X 800 meter relay, 6:30 p.m., girls’ 100 meter high hurdles, 6:40 p.m., boys’ 110 meter high hurdles, 6:50 p.m., girls’ 100 meter dash, 7 p.m., boys’ 100 meter dash, 7:10 p.m., girls’ 4 X 200 meter relay, 7:15 p.m., boys’ 4 X 200 meter relay, 7:25 p.m., girls’ 1600 meter run, 7:35 p.m., boys’ 1600 meter run, 7:45 p.m., girls’ 4 X 100 meter relay, 7:55 p.m., boys’ 4 X 100 meter relay, 8:05 p.m., girls’ 400 meter dash, 8:15 p.m., boys’ 400 meter dash, 8:25 p.m., girls’ 300 meter hurdles, 8:35 p.m., boys’ 300 meter hurdles, 8:45 p.m., girls’ 800 meter dash, 8:50 p.m., boys’ 800 meter dash, 8:55 p.m., girls’ 200 meter dash, 9 p.m., boys’ 200 meter dash, 9:05 p.m., girls’ 3200 meter run, 9:20 p.m., boys’ 3200 meter run, 9:35 p.m., girls’ 4 X 400 meter relay, 9:45 p.m., boys’ 4 X 400 meter relay

Whitaker takes archery career to next level

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men’s Archery team has continued to build its excellent program into a national powerhouse. With numerous all-Americans as well as national champions already in the program, Head Coach Kris Strebeck continues to bring in top ranked talent to make his program stand out even further. UC is pleased to announce the signing of Noah Whitaker for the upcoming season. When asked about joining the archery program at UC, Noah commented, “I am looking forward to coming to the University of the Cumberlands because they will help me better myself and push me to be the best I can be, not only with my education, but in life. At Cumberlands, they don’t treat you as just a student but rather a member of a family.” Whitaker is the son of Tommy and Amy Whitaker and hails from Falmouth, Ky. where he will graduate from Pendleton County High School later this spring. Thus far, Whitaker has been named a Region 6 All-Tournament team member in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) and was a key member of leading the Pendleton County Archery team to a state appearance in the KHSAA..See story @

Chris Scott takes the helm of Wildcat Baseball

With the resignation of Joe Dean, Chris Scott has assumed the interim Wildcat Baseball Varsity Coach position. “I’m thankful to be given the opportunity to work with the boys as interim coach and look forward to seeing what the remainder of the season holds,” Coach Scott commented on his assuming the role of varsity baseball coach. The Wildcats stand at 3-11 for the season but won Coach Scott’s first game as head coach in an 18-3 romp over Robertson County. After losing to Harrison County 16-3 earlier in the season, Coach Scott’s Wildcats played Harrison County tough in the rematch before following 7-2. The Wildcats have a key district seeding matchup versus Nicholas County on Wednesday, May 4, that will determine the home team in 38th District Tournament. Nicholas County will host the 38th District Tournament with first round being played on May 22. Pendleton and Nicholas will play each other in the first round with Harrison County playing Robertson County. Coach Dean was in his second season as Wildcat Baseball Varsity Coach after leading the Wildcats to the 10th Region Tournament in his first season. He finished with a 14-21 career record as Wildcat Baseball Coach.