Saylor wins 8th region KHSAA sportsmanship award

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By Matt Birkholtz

It was surprising news for Rebecca Saylor, when she received word from Grant County High School athletic director Scott Shipp, that she had won the 8th Region KHSAA Sportsmanship Award.

“I said are you kidding me,” she said to Shipp. “I was super excited.”

The sportsmanship award criteria includes grade point average, letters of recommendation, leadership roles or honors, along with a response to a case study essay and verification of no game disqualifications. Each winner receives a $200 book scholarship and a mantle clock, courtesy of KHSAA officials.

Saylor said she feels that she won the award due to her hard work and effort and is honored to be recognized.

“I have been involved in multiple sports at GCHS,” she said. “I have done track, cheerleading and soccer. I worked hard in all of the sports and went out to have fun and not get worked up like some of the other players and parents do.”

Out of the three sports that Saylor participated in during her four years at GCHS, soccer was her favorite sport.

“It’s like a whole family,” she said. “Soccer was the longest season for me and it seemed like I spent more time with the team than I did at home.”

Saylor played defense during her three years, but for the only time in her career, Saylor scored her first career goal.

“When I went up top, I wanted to score a basket,” she said. “I have only been playing soccer for three years. I made the mistake of saying score a basket and everyone laughed, so I was determined to score once.”

Saylor will be heading to the University of Kentucky to study equine science and management.

“I love horses,” she said. “They are so strong. I have always been in love with horses. I use to be a horse rider, but now I help train horses.”

Saylor plans on riding on the equestrian team, but still plans on looking into intramural soccer at UK.

Saylor thanks her coaches in all three sports, especially soccer coach Melinda White.

“She became my soccer coach my junior year and at first I didn’t like her,” Saylor said. “I respected her because she was my coach. I decided I wanted to play senior year and she pushed us hard to be successful.”

Saylor said White wasn’t just focused on the sport, but also all of the girls on the team. That motivated Saylor to be a leader in her senior season.

“I was pretty lazy in practice, but I gave my all in the games and I think that frustrated White,” she said. “I decided I was going to be a leader my senior year and gave my all in practice and the games.”