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News - 2010 KFB High School Athletes of the Year Honored


  • May 05, 2010

Jackie Hafele of Sacred Heart Academy and Aaron Watts of McCreary Central High School were recognized as the Kentucky Farm Bureau High School Athletes of the Year during the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame 2010 Induction ceremony held on April 28.

Sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Companies, the high school honors came following a vote by sportswriters and sportscasters throughout the state.

Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney said the sponsorship underscores the organization’s commitment to young people.

“We’re pleased to provide the recognition for outstanding high school athletes,” Haney said. “Athletics are an important element of the high school experience and in many instances a key part of the culture in rural communities. Farm Bureau has a presence throughout the state and so it is very fitting that we support this initiative.”

Hafele is a two-sport standout at Sacred Heart Academy. A senior, she was named Kentucky’s “Miss Soccer” and a National Soccer Coaches Association All-American after leading Sacred Heart to its third consecutive state championship. She had 11 goals and nine assists in leading the Valkyries to a 19-1-2 record. She has signed to play soccer at Butler University.

Hafele also was a basketball star for the 7th Region power but suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opening game of this season. She had been rated as one of the top senior players for the 2009-10 season.

Watts is a three-sport standout. In football, the 6-foot-2, 170-pound senior was named first team All-State as a defensive back. On offense he ran for 1,101 yards and had 530 yards passing. He had 16 touchdowns rushing and passed for four TDs.

He was named to The Courier-Journal’s All-State basketball team after averaging 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists. He led the 12th Region school in scoring the past two seasons and was named the region’s top player this year.

Watts also is an outstanding baseball player. He plays center field and pitches for the Raiders.

Watts wants to play college basketball but hasn’t selected a school.

The two high school stars were honored along with eight individuals inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. Those inductees were football greats Jeff Brohm (Trinity High School, University of Louisville and professionally); Wilbur Hackett (Manual High School, the University of Kentucky and a long-time Southeastern Conference official) and Dan Neal (Atherton High School, UK and professionally); basketball standouts Mike Pratt (UK and professionally), Lillie Mason Stockton (Olmstead High School and Western Kentucky University) and Donna Wise (Campbellsville University coach); golfer Buddy Demling of Louisville; and NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip of Owensboro.
 

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