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2012: YEAR IN REVIEW

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2012 Sports Year in Review

January
• In the second matchup between Grant County and Williamstown, the Braves boys’ basketball team hands the Demons a 33-point loss, sweeping the season series. GCHS won the first game by two points.
• WHS senior Jake McKinley hit a last-second layup on Homecoming Night to help the Demons defeat Trimble County 70-69 in overtime.
• Lady Braves defeat Williamstown Lady Demons 48-36 in the second of two Coaches vs. Cancer matches in the girls’ basketball. GCHS also won the first match-up 61-30.
• GCHS cheerleaders finish second at 8th region KAPOS competition.
• The Braves defeat Cooper High School in first-ever home wrestling match.

February
• The Grant County Jaguars cheerleading squad placed second in a regional competition in Lexington to qualify for the state Special Olympics tournament in March.
• GCHS wrestler Cody Miskell qualifies for the state tournament with a third-place finish in the Region 6 wrestling tournament.

March
• Grant County Braves advance to the 8th Region boys basketball tournament after defeating Walton-Verona in the district semi-finals. GCHS lost to Simon Kenton in the district finals.
• Former Grant County High School baseball player Aaron Goe wins his first collegiate game as pitcher for Morehead State University.
• GCHS Braves lose 65-33 in the first round of the 8th Region tournament at Oldham County, ending the team’s season.
• Braves beat Demons 11-1 in rivalry baseball match-up.
• GCHS senior Tyler Edmondson signs a national letter of intent to run cross country at Spalding University in Louisville.
• Williamstown Middle School begins its first-ever soccer program.
• GCHS senior Danny Hess signs a national letter of intent to run cross country at Campbellsville University.

April
• The University of Kentucky Wildcats mens basketball team wins their eighth national championship after downing Kansas in New Orleans.
• The Grant County Lady Braves softball team defeats the Lady Demons 4-1.
• Lady Braves sweep the season softball series with Williamstown after defeating the Lady Demons 15-2.
• GCHS senior Trevor Hunt signs a national letter of intent with Kentucky Christian University to play basketball.
• The Grant County High School baseball team sweeps Williamstown with a 13-8 victory.
• Williamstown Lady Demons tennis team sweeps all singles matches against Grant County.

May
• Former University of Kentucky basketball player Roger Harden named coach of the Williamstown High School boys basketball team.
• GCHS senior Brian Chapman signs a national letter of intent with Union College to play soccer.
• Former GCHS golfer Zack Wright named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Freshman of the Year for Northern Kentucky University.
• The Girls on the Run Program for girls ages 8 to 13 culminates its season with a 3.1-mile run at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
• Five local athletes, including Quade Simpson, Sean Moreland, Alex Prokopchak and Blake Edmondson of Williamstown High School and Taylor Cummins of Grant County, qualify for the state track and field meet in Louisville.
• GCHS senior Erica Stitch signs a national letter of intent with Thomas More College to play softball.
• GCHS senior Morgan McClure signs a national letter of intent with Berea College to play softball.
• GCHS Lady Braves end their softball season with an 8-7 loss to Simon Kenton in the 32nd District tournament. The Lady Braves were leading 7-1 before giving up seven unanswered runs.
• Braves, Demons end baseball seasons with losses in the 32nd District Tournament to Walton-Verona and Simon Kenton, respectively.

June
• Grant County Little League holds benefit to raise funds to rebuild field house that was burnt down by alleged arson.

July
• Brad Keselowski wins Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

August
• Former NBA hall of famed and Williamstown High graduate Arnie Risen dies at age 87.
• Twelve-year-old Jacob Vickers, who has been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor of the muscles attached to the bone, scores the first touchdown of the Grant County Youth Football League Blue/Gold Game.
• Grant County Special Olympics’s Fireballs host the inaugural Rumble on the Ridge softball tournament at Grant County High School.
• Grant County Lady Braves golf team earn first tournament win of the season at the Montgomery County Invitational Tournament.
• GCHS Lady Braves volleyball team earn the runner-up plaque in the Bracken County Tournament.
• Williamstown High School adds archery and bass fishing to athletic offerings.
• GCHS Braves football team kick off season with Kevin Siple as new coach.
• Steve Thompson named athletic director of Grant County High School.
• Williamstown Lady Demons golfer Sarah Hicks qualifies for state All “A” Classic.

September
• Lady Demons sweep Lady Braves in three sets in volleyball match-up.
• GCHS hosts Dry Ridge Toyota Classic soccer tournament. Lady Braves win tourney title.
• Grant County hosts Cross Country Invitational at Sherman Elementary.
• Lady Braves golfer Sarah Kellam leads team to title at the Grant County Classic at Eagle Creek Country Club while the GCHS boys team finishes fourth.
• Lady Demons sweep Lady Braves for the season after winning second volleyball match against rival.
• GCHS Lady Braves golf team swept the Central Kentucky Conference championship at Kincaid Lake State Park with Sarah Kellam and Macy Wright qualifying for the state tournament.

October
• Young Williamstown Lady Demons golf team finishes season with a record of 8-1 in NCKC matches.
• GCHS golfer Cody Kellam qualifies for state golf tournament in Bowling Green.
• WHS hosts cross-country invitational.
• A Grant County Youth Football team and its coach have been suspended for the remainder of the season after a controversial incident involving allegations of players urinating on an opponent’s jersey during practice.
• Two GCHS soccer players, Mollie Pelfrey and Forrest Schmitt, break school scoring records.
• WHS, GCHS girls volleyball teams ended their seasons after being knocked out of the district tournament by Walton-Verona and Simon Kenton, respectively.
• GCHS Lady Braves lose to Simon Kenton in the 32nd District soccer championship, moves on to regional tournament.

November
• Three Grant County High School runners, Hayley Leach, Summer Dearing and Jordan Rose, qualify for the KHSAA State Cross Country Championship at the Kentucky Horsepark.

December
• WHS hosts first-ever archery tournament.
• GCHS senior Sarah Kellam signs a national letter of intent at Northern Kentucky University to play golf.
• The Grant County High School Dance Crew take second place behind the Williamstown Dance Team in the Hip Hop Division during the GCHS Jingle Bell Classic while the Grant County Combination Dance Team won first place for their jazz routine.
• GCHS Braves basketball team take the first match-up against rival Williamstown 88-47.
• Lady Braves squeak by Lady Demons 53-47 in rivalry basketball game.