KHSAA 2013 Competitive Cheer State Championships


For the second year, competitive cheer in the state of Kentucky is the under the banner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Assoication (KHSAA).  This past Saturday (December 14th), the 2013 Competitive Cheer State Championships were held at the Alltech Arena. located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

There are five divisions that make up the competitive cheer championships.  Those are the All Girl Small, Medium, Large and Super Large Divisions, as well as a Co-Ed Division.

There were local cheer squads from the Tri-County/25E Area that we follow on the show that won their regional competition and participated in the state competition.  Here are their results and a list of the state champions in each division.

 All Girl Small Division


South Laurel’s squad finished 8th in this division, the highest finish out of any of the local squads in the competition.  The State Champion in this Division was Madison Central.

All Girl Medium Division


Corbin’s squad finished 9th in this division.  The State Champion in this Division was Mercy.

All Girl Large Division


Knox Central’s squad finished 13th in this division.  The State Champion in this Division was Paul Laurence Dunbar.

All Girl Super Large Division


Bell County’s squad finished 11th in this division.  The State Champion in this Division was George Rogers Clark.

Co-Ed Division

There are no area schools who have a Co-Ed squad.  The State Champion in this Division was Bullitt Central.

Besides the team championships, there are two individual honors handed out at the competitive cheer championships.

The National Guard Best and Brightest Award

This year’s award winner was Barbara Wright of Shelby Valley High School

Forcht Bank Uncommon Excellence Award

This year’s award was Carteen Kibbey of Greenup County High School

Congrats to all of our area cheer squads who made it to the state competition this year on their hard work.  Job well done.

Monday Morning Quarterback for December 9th

The 2013 KHSAA High School Football Championships are in the books.  Here are the results.


Class A Final


Mayfield wins its second championship in a row with an impressive win over Williamsburg 42-0.  It was 35-0 Mayfield after one quarter and the Cardinals coasted from there for the victory.  This ended the magical ride for the Yellow Jackets of Williamsburg.  We would like to congratulate Coach Jerry Herron and the Jackets on a great season of their own.

Class 2A Final


In a mild surprise, Louisville DeSales prevents Newport Central Catholic from repeating as State Champs with a 34-26 victory.

Class 3A Final


In an defensive struggle, a third quarter field goal was all that Belfry needed to take the championship over Wayne County 3-0.  It was the first loss for Wayne County in their best season in school history.

Class 4A Final


In the best finish of any of the championship games, Collins wins their 1st state title with a touchdown pass with 7 seconds remaining to prevent Highlands from a 23rd state title 37-24.

Class 5A Final


Down 14-0 after one quarter, Bowling Green scores 49 unanswered points to claim their 3rd state title in a row by defeating Pulaski County 49-14.  The win gives the Purples their 44th straight victory.  That ranks in the top 8 current winning streaks in the Nation.  This ended Pulaski County’s bid for a perfect season of their own.

Class 6A Final

scott county

In a tough contest, Scott County outlasts Meade County 21-14 for Scott County’s first state title since 1975.

DeSales and Collins claim their 1st state title for their football programs.

Congrats to each of the 6 KHSAA Class Football Champions.  Well deserved!!

Well that concludes another great football season for Kentucky state football.  We cannot wait to see what 2014 has to offer.

Have a great week!!

Monday Morning Quarterback for December 2nd

Welcome to this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback.

More History in Williamsburg.

russellevent jerry herron williamsburg Williamsburg

After capturing the school’s first football regional championship, Williamsburg High School continued it’s historic run with a dominating 34-7 victory over Raceland to claim a spot in the Russell Athletic Gridiron Bowl Championship Game in Bowling Green.  The Yellow Jackets will attempt to cap off their title run as they take one defending Champion Mayfield.  The game will take place this Friday (Dec. 6th).  Game time is 12 Noon Eastern.  A Big Steve Black Show “Shout Out” and “Best of Luck” to Coach Jerry Herron and the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets!!  Coach Jerry Herron and Athletic Director Gary Peters will both be on this week’s Steve Black Show LIVE (Thursday at 7pm EST).

More History in Williamsburg II.

cumberlands brass lantern

Speaking of a historic season, The University of the Cumberlands continued their march to Rome, Georiga with a 28-14 NAIA Second Round win over Saint Francis University.  The Patriots are now 12-0 on the season.  Another Big Steve Black Show “Shout Out” to Coach John Bland and the University of the Cumberlands Patriots as they are one more victory away from a spot in the NAIA National Championship Game.  The Patriots will play host in the NAIA Semi-Final Round game this Saturday (Dec. 7).  They will take on Carroll (Mont.).  Game time is at 12 noon. #HomeTilRome!!

Could Williamsburg, Kentucky, become the next “Title Town”?  Only time will tell.

So there you have it. Another history filled weekend!!

Here’s to more history for this week!!!!!

KHSAA Class 1A Playoffs-The Final Four

And then there were “FOUR”.


Four teams left to fight for the 2013 KHSAA Class 1A State Championship. Here are the pairings for each of the semi-final games.

All games will be played on Friday, November 29nd at 7:30pm local time. Note: The home teams represent the odd numbered Districts (1, 3, 5, 7) for 2013.

Semi Final 1 (Regions 1 and 2)

Frankfort              Mayfield

Frankfort (11-2) at Mayfield (12-1)

Semi Final 2 (Regions 3 and 4)

Raceland                  Williamsburg

Raceland (11-2) at Williamsburg (10-2)

The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are the team we follow on the show (in our local Tri-County area). Williamsburg made history in beating Hazard 21-7 last Friday night.  They continue their historic run by hosting Raceland this Friday night.

The latest Steve Black Show

Here is the latest Steve Black Show from this past Thursday.  We previewed the upcoming local high school playoffs with LIVE interviews from local coaches Bart Elam of Pineville, Jerry Herron of Williamsburg, Wayne Mills of Bell County and Chris Larkey of North Laurel.  Check it out!!!

Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) 2013 Football Playoffs-First Round

It is time for the 2013 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl Playoffs.  Here are the first round pairings involving local schools (Bell, Clay, Harlan, Knox, Laurel and Whitley Counties).


Here are the first round match ups.  Area teams are in RED.

Class 1A (District 5 and 6)-All games to be played Friday, November 8th.  All games are scheduled for 7:30pm local time.

Jenkins at Williamsburg

Berea at Pineville

Harlan at Campbellsville

Lynn Camp at Hazard


Class 2A (District 7 and 8)-All games to be played Friday, November 8th.

Leslie Co. at Middlesboro

Somerset at Betsey Lane

Shelby Valley at Danville

Lexington Christian at Prestonsburg


Class 3A (District 3 and 4)-All games to be played Friday, November 8th.

Casey Co. at Louisville Central

Elizabethtown at Bell Co.

Corbin at Henry Co.

LaRue Co. at Wayne Co.


Class 4A (District 5 and 6)-All games to be played Friday, November 8th.

Clay Co. at Boyle Co.

Mercer Co. at Knox Central

Rockcastle Co. at Lexington Catholic

Marion Co. at Russell Co.


Class 5A (District 3 and 4)-All games to be played Friday, November 8th.

Whitley Co. at Pulaski Co.

North Laurel at Perry County Central

Letcher County Central at Madison Southern

Lincoln Co. at Harlan Co.

 **Note:  No local teams are classified as 6A**

Best of luck to all of our area teams as they begin their journey to Bowling Green KY, and the 2013 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Gridiron Bowl Championships.


Be sure to catch the Steve Black Show’s High School football playoff review on Thursday, November 7th LIVE at 7pm EST on  Guests include Williamsburg Head Coach Jerry Herron, North Laurel Head Coach Chris Larkey, Pineville Head Coach Bart Elam, and Bell County Head Coach Wayne Mills as they reflect on their regular seasons and look forward to the playoffs.

KHSAA 2013 Football Final District Standings

Here are the Final 2013 KHSAA (Kentucky High School Athletic Association) District Standing for schools in our local area (Bell, Clay, Harlan, Laurel, Knox and Whitley Counties). Local teams are in BOLD.




Class 1A, District 5


Williamsburg          3-0     Champion

Campbellsville         2-1

Berea                      1-2

Lynn Camp            0-3


Class 1A, District 6


Hazard                     3-0     Champion

Pineville                 2-1

Harlan Ind.             1-2

Jenkins                    0-3


Class 2A; District 7

Danville    Middlesboro     Somerset

Danville                         2-1     Co-Champion

Middlesboro               2-1     Co-Champion

Somerest                      2-1     Co-Champion

Lexington Christian      0-3


Class 3A; District 4

Wayne Co.

Wayne County            4-0     Champion

Bell County                3-1

Corbin                        2-2

Caesy County             1-3

McCreary Cental         0-4


Class 4A; District 6

Russell Co.

Russell County              3-0     Champion

Knox Central                2-1

Rockcastle County        1-2

Clay County                  0-3


Class 5A; District 7

Pulaski Co.

Pulaski County                  5-0     Champion

Madison Southeren           4-1

North Laurel                    3-2

Lincoln County                  2-3

Pulaski SW                        1-4

South Laurel                    0-5


Class 5A; District 8

Harlan co.

Harlan County                   3-0     Champion

Perry County Central         1-2

Letcher County Central      1-2

Whitley County                1-2


Congradulations to all of the District winners for 2013.

Monday Morning Quarterback for October 14th

Welcome to this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback.


You may have heard about what happened with governing body of high school sports in the state of Kentucky (KHSAA) this past week with its directive on post game handshakes.  The KHSAA backed off on the wording of their communication to say that they (KHSAA) would not be responsible for any incidents that happen during the post game handshake.  If you are not familiar with the issue, check out the following article from

We discussed this topic with guest Jeff Canady, Athletic Director of Knox County Schools on our October 10th show.  Listen to what he had to say.

Why have such a directive?  The reasoning was that there have a few incidents during postgame handshakes over the last few years in which fights have occurred.    If you look at the number of fights that break out after games and compare it to the number of games that have been played across the county, that percentage is going to be very small.  Of course, we don’t remember the times that sportsmanship was practiced after a game.  We will remember the one time something bad happens.


The KHSAA states that if teams decide to have a post game handshake and if an incident occurs, that the responsibility goes to the schools, not the game officials.  I agree to where the responsibility lies, but I think it goes deeper than that.  Not only do the schools need to be responsible, but EVERYONE associated with the schools need to share in that responsibility.  This includes the people who support the teams and most of all, the PARENTS!!!

If you go to a ball game, what do you see?  You will see fans (most of them parents) act like children when comes to the play on the field.  Who normally gets the brunt of their distain?  Game Officials.  When kids see some parents act like they do at games, especially with game officials, why should we be surprised when some kids act the way they do after games.

I could go on forever on this topic, but what do you say about the topic?  Leave your comments here.

Have a great week!!!!!!

Monday Morning Quarterback for September 2 2013

Here’s to those who get to enjoy a 3 day weekend.  I hope it went well.  And now for this week’s version of the Steve Black Show’s Monday Morning Quarterback.

Mercy Rules!!!!

football pic

I was checking out the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper at my hotel this weekend and found a story from Mike Field’s high school notebook concerning the adjustment to the mercy rule in high school football in the state of Kentucky this year.  Here is his entire article.

Since 2001 in the state of Kentucky, the KHSAA put in a mercy rule for football where if a team has a 45 point lead in the second half, then the game would continue with a running game clock.  Starting this season, that rule has been adjusted to start a running clock when a team gets a 36 point lead in the second half.

Other states have mercy rules in football that vary from a margin of 35 points, 30 points and so on..

Some high school coaches think the rule is needed to reduce the chance of injury during lopsided games.  Other coaches embrace the rule as a chance to get others players into the game that may not get to play otherwise.

What do you think about the mercy rule for Kentucky high school football?  Is the margin too high, too low, just right, or should we not have one at all.  We at the Steve Black Show would be interested in reading your comments on the matter.  You can leave those comments here on the website.  We may even share those comments on a future show.

That is it for this week.  Sorry that it is short (I am a little under the weather as I write this).  Listen in to the Steve Black Show this Thursday at 7pm.  We will recap local high school football from this past weekend, recap the Battle for the Brass Lantern, preview upcoming games and we will have a special interview with former University of Kentucky head football coach Hal Mumme.

Have a super sports week!!!

State Champions

A Special Steve Black Show Congratulations goes out to the State Champions who represented their schools in our Tri-County area for the 2012-2013 School Year.

North Laurel Cheer

In February, the Cheerleading Squad from North Laurel High School won the first KHSAA State Competitive Cheerleading Championship in the All-Girl Medium Division of Class 2A over teams like Bullitt East, Dixie Heights and Bowling Green.  North finished with a score of 280.4.  This capped off a big month for the team as they won took first place honors at the UCA National Competition in Orlando, Florida, beating out 38 other teams.  Check out The team’s state winning preference courtesy of Sierra Taylor’s video from YouTube.


Knox Central’s Cassidy “Cassi” Shippy was victorious in the 100 meter dash in Class 2A at the 2013 Kentucky State Track and Field Championships in Louisville, on Friday (5-17-13).  Cassi finished with a time of 12.58 beating the best in the state including last year’s winner Alisa Adair of Western Hills, who placed 4th in this year’s event.  Both Cassi and Alisha will run Track at the University of Kentucky next year.

There are still a few sports left to complete their seasons, so it is possible we could see more teams and/or individuals on this list.

Once again, Congrats to Cassi and the North Laurel Cheerleading Squad on their achievements this year!!!