Soon, the Lexington Herald-Leader will publish the results of its annual Kentucky Sportsman of the Year poll, as voted upon by media members from across
Any athlete, coach or sports administrator from
For me personally, this year’s selection was difficult. There were so many big moments involving
I also had to take into consideration the definition of sportsman, when making my decision.
Among the obvious choices, where:
Patrick Patterson. He had a sensational freshman season for the Wildcats, averaging over 17 points his first year. For his efforts, Patterson was named co-Freshman of the Year in the conference and was second-team All-SEC.
Rich Brooks. Brooks became only the second coach ever to lead the football Wildcats to three-straight bowl appearances.
Dean Hood. The rookie head coach saw his EKU Colonels get out of the gate slowly, losing three of their first four games. But then his team reeled off seven straight and won their second OVC title in as many years.
Joe Blanton. The former Wildcat pitcher was traded from
J.B. Holmes and Kenny Perry. The Bluegrass Boys led the American charge at the Ryder Cup, played for the first time at Valhalla in
In the end, I cast my vote for
Adam lost a leg shortly after his first birthday, but still manages to play sports – he’s a catcher in baseball and competes in football, soccer and wrestling.
During the summer, images of Adam playing baseball began making the rounds and suddenly he was one of the most sought-after kids in the country. The Houston Astros, Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds asked Adam to throw out the first pitch at selected games. He also attended a
There are several athletes deserving of the title, but Adam Bender is my choice for Kentucky Sportsman of the Year. We’ll know in a week or two what the other voters had to say.
Those are the highlights… Stay tune.