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News - Students Named KFB Student Athletes of the Year


  • May 01, 2009

Iroquois High School’s Adia Mathies and Trinity High School’s Jordan Whiting were honored as the 2009 Kentucky Farm Bureau High School Athletes of the Year during the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame 2009 Induction Banquet in Louisville, Tuesday, April 29, 2009. The awards were voted on by sportswriters and sportscasters from across the state and were sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Cos.

Adia Mathias

Kentucky Farm Bureau Second Vice President Eddie Melton presents the 2009 Kentucky Farm Bureau Female High School Athlete of the Year award to Iroquois High School’s Adia Mathies.

“For the past 20 years, Kentucky Farm Bureau has been proud to support and be affiliated with the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame which recognizes superior athletic achievement, all the while lending support to Kosair Charities,” said Kentucky Farm Bureau second vice president Eddie Melton. “We congratulate both Adia and Jordan on their outstanding accomplishments and recognize the bright future they have ahead of them as they move forward in their careers.”

The Kentucky Farm Bureau Female High School Athlete of the Year, Mathies, has been one of the top girls’ basketball players in the state for a number of years, playing at the varsity level since she was in sixth grade. She has signed to play for the University of Kentucky. The Louisville senior averaged close to 17 points and 12 rebounds this season, leading the Lady Raiders to a 33-1 record and the state title, while holding a 3.5 grade point average. Mathies, a Full Court Press High School All-American, was ranked by ESPN as the 13th best shooting guard in the country and 65th overall player. She was recently named Kentucky’s Miss Basketball.

The Kentucky Farm Bureau Male High School Athlete of the Year, Whiting, was a linebacker on the Trinity football team. The Louisville senior became the first person in school history to be part of four state championship football teams and has signed to play for Ohio

State University. Whiting was named first-team All-State as a junior and senior, named to three first-team All-American teams as a senior, was a finalist for Mr. Football, and was a nominee to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

 He was a finalist in the National Alliance of African American Athletes’ Watkins Award, which promotes academic excellence among African American athletes. Whiting also helped Trinity win state titles in wrestling, power lifting, and track and field while holding a 3.8 grade-point average.

Jerome Whiting

Kentucky Farm Bureau Second Vice President Eddie Melton presents the 2009 Kentucky Farm Bureau Male High School Athlete of the Year award to Trinity High School’s Jerome Whiting.

 Nine former Kentucky athletes were also inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame during the ceremonies. Those inductees include:

The late Mike Casey, Kentucky’s 1966 Mr. Basketball who went on to star at the University of Kentucky; Kentucky State University standout and former NBA pro Travis Grant; Patty Jo Hedges-Ward, who played on the only UK women’s basketball team to win the SEC championship in the early 1980s; the late Elmore Just, founder of Persimmon Ridge Golf Course and Louisville Golf Club Co.; former Clay County High School basketball coach Bobby Keith; Marty O’Toole, St. Xavier High School’s swimming coach and four-time All-American swimmer; Dan Ulmer, a Louisville Bats owner and chairman of the board of Minor League Baseball; and retired Herald-Leader racing writer Maryjean Wall.

 

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