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Caverna's McKeeya Faulkner, left, Metcalfe County's Braelyn Davis, right, and Caverna's Stacia Burnett, top center, were all recently recognized by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association for playing at least three sports.

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association recently named 1,878 student-athletes from around the state who received the Triple Threat Award.

According to a KHSAA press release, the Triple Threat Award was created by the Commissioner’s office in May of 2018 “as a way to continue the national emphasis and the KHSAA’s own efforts to de-emphasize sports specialization in the athletic culture,” and it “recognizes those students who participate in high school athletics (sport or sport-activity) at the varsity level year round (fall/winter/spring).”

KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett stated in the press release that people “erroneously believe that a student needs to participate in only one activity year round to succeed.”

“The Triple Threat Award allows us to counter that myth with nearly 1,900 great examples of kids that represent their school all year long as multi-sport student-athletes,” Tackett said. “Every study published continues to prove that much more damage is done by sport specialization than benefit is gained, and we will continue to emphasize that point.”

The following athletes from area schools were recognized by KHSAA for playing at least three prep sports:

Barren County: Bryanna Brown — cross country, dance and track; Tyler Bush — football, basketball and track; William Garrison — soccer, bowling and track; Cody Lane — golf, basketball and track; Corbin Murphy — football, basketball and baseball; Aden Nyekan — football, basketball and track; Skylar Owen — cross country, cheerleading and track; and Zack Owen — cross country, bowling and track.

Glasgow: Mia Cassady — cross country, basketball and softball; Jaden Franklin — football, basketball and baseball; Khloe Hale — cross country, basketball and track; Lenna Harlow — golf, cheerleading and tennis; Lily Moseley — soccer, swimming and track; Caroline Murphy — cross country, basketball and track; and John Myers — football, basketball and baseball.

Caverna: Betty Barlow — cross country, basketball, track and softball; Alaysha Burnett — volleyball, basketball and softball; Stacia Burnett — volleyball, basketball and softball; Weston Dennison — golf, basketball and baseball; Jaxton Dunagan — football, basketball and track; McKeeya Faulkner — volleyball, basketball and softball; Terry Moore — football, basketball and track; Amayah Nolley — volleyball, basketball and softball; Drew Rhodes — football, basketball and baseball; Kaliana Richardson — cross country, basketball, track and softball; Kailyn Scott — golf, basketball and softball; Spencer Shirley — football, basketball and baseball; Tony Spears — football, basketball, track and baseball; Kenyan Wood — cross country, basketball and track; and Zyier Yates — football, basketball and track.

Metcalfe County: Jax Allen — cross country, basketball and baseball; Kaylee Bennett — volleyball, cheerleading and tennis; Anna Blythe — cross country, basketball, softball and track; Wyatt Blythe — football, basketball and baseball; Gracie Capshaw — cross country, dance, track and archery; Braelyn Davis — cross country, basketball and softball; Braxton Davis — cross country, basketball and baseball; Peyton Dial — football, basketball and baseball; Sawyer Edmunds — football, basketball and baseball; Shawna Edwards — cross country, basketball and track; Marisa Fields — cross country, basketball and softball; Kaylee Harbison — cross country, basketball and softball; Jaycie Harper — cross country, basketball and softball; Carlie Howard — cross country, cheerleading and softball; Kassady London — cross country, basketball and softball; Tyler London — golf, basketball and tennis; Maggie Oleary — cross country, basketball and track; Cole Shive — football, basketball and baseball.

Monroe County: Jholdi Brooks — football, basketball and track; Riley Burroughs — volleyball, swimming and tennis; Alayna Collins — soccer, cheerleading and track; Kale Hagan — football, basketball and baseball; Caulyn Holbrook — soccer, swimming and baseball; Peyton Knudson — football, basketball and baseball; Jameson Pruitt — football, basketball and track; Madison Roderick — soccer, cheerleading and tennis; Wade Thompson — football, basketball and baseball; and Grace Turner — volleyball, basketball and track.

Allen County-Scottsville: Jax Cooper — football, basketball and track; Tyler Ford — golf, basketball and baseball; Trace McIntrye — football, basketball and track; Brett Rippy — golf, basketball and baseball; Cayden Ross — football, basketball and baseball; Owen Stamper — golf, basketball and baseball; Tad Taylor — cross country, swimming and track; and Chase Ward — football, basketball and track.