Earlier in the week I asked my Twitter followers what they believed was the biggest Kentucky high school sports story of the year, and the response was terrific.
The meteoric rise of Jake Ohmer during the boys’ Sweet Sixteen was the most frequent suggestion. Folks love a good underdog tale, especially on the state’s most vaunted stage, and it’s hard to top Ohmer’s: The 5-foot-10 point guard hit an improbable game-winner at the buzzer to help Scott High School upset Campbell County in the 10th Region finals before going on one of the biggest scoring binges in state tournament history. The Eagles fell a shot short of the state finals, but Ohmer didn’t need another game to impress Western Kentucky head coach Rick Stansbury, who was in attendance and offered Ohmer — who had committed to the University of the Cumberlands — his only Division I scholarship.
The icing on the cake? Ohmer’s big contributions — 30 points, seven rebounds and seven steals — helped the Kentucky All-Stars end a 17-game losing streak to the Indiana All-Stars in the final basketball game played in the Frankfort Convention Center. (If you’d like a script, Hollywood, I’m easy to get hold of.)
Here were some other oft-mentioned stories:
▪ Taveion Hollingsworth becoming the all-time leading boys’ scorer in Lexington history en route to Mr. Basketball honors and a jersey retirement at Paul Laurence Dunbar. It’s going to be a joy to follow his career at WKU.
▪ The relocation of the football finals to Kroger Field beginning this December. (As a selfish sportswriter, this was probably my favorite bit of breaking news from the last year.)
▪ Bowling Green becoming the first public high school to win a state title in basketball and football in the same school year.
▪ The cancellation of the final two events at the KHSAA Class 3A State Track and Field Championships.