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Felicia Pace, the long-time Shelby County volleyball coach, has resigned to become an assistant coach at Georgetown College.
Pace’s daughter, Kyndle, a recent SCHS graduate, signed to play for the Tigers in the spring.
“It has been a long-time goal for myself to coach on a collegiate level when the right opportunity presented itself,” Pace said. “I want to use this experience at GC as an assistant coach to see if pursuing a head position is something I want to embark upon.”
Pace coached the Rockets since 2002. She guided Shelby County to the 8th Region Tournament final in 2003 and to 30th District Tournament titles the past two seasons.
“Departing from SC is a sad feeling for me as I have had the opportunity to be a part of a successful program, support a great community and create some wonderful relationships,” Pace said. “Throughout my career with the Rockets we earned a regional runner-up title and seven district titles, I have watched several athletes play collegiately and have coached through the growth of a crosstown rival. Being a Rocket has been a fantastic experience for me, and I am very thankful for the opportunity and support. I look forward to continually watching and supporting the program... once a Rocket, always a Rocket!”
Thomas qualifies for U.S. Girls’ Junior
Shelby County rising senior Madison Thomas earned medalist honors in a USGA’s U.S. Girls’ Junior Sectional Qualifier last Wednesday.
Thomas carded a 73, with a birdie on the final hole to win, at Champion Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville. She’ll play in the U.S. Girls’ Junior, which will take place July 21-26 at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.
“That was a big thing for me,” Thomas said. “It was a big step for me, it shows me I’m good enough to play with these girls even though I’m from Shelbyville, Kentucky.”
While in Arizona, Thomas said she hopes to hit a biodegradable golf ball into the Grand Canyon.
The week before that, though, she’s hoping to play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, which will take place on The Home Course in Dupont, Wash. July 14-19.
Thomas is currently an alternate for the tourney after tying for the third-lowest score (75) in a qualifier – the top two advanced - June 2 at Hickory Stick Golf Club in Greenwood, Ind. Kristen Schelling (72) of Mesa, Ariz., who recently completed her collegiate career at Indiana University was first and Lydia Gumm (74), of Radcliff, a rising sophomore at Florida State University, took second.
“I really want to go be a part of that,” Thomas said.
Last week she finished fourth in the Kentucky Junior Golf Foundation’s Trusted Choice Big I State Tournament, which was played at the University Club of Kentucky on Thursday and Friday in Lexington. She carded a 10-over-par 152 (76-76), just three shots off the winner.
Also in that event Simpsonville’s Sarah Son, a rising senior at Christian Academy of Louisville, finished 12th with a 169 (85-84). Meanwhile on the boys’ side, Shelbyville’s Brandon Sanner tied for 20th with a 154 (79-75). Georgetown’s Billy Tom Sargent won with a 3-under 139 (68-71).
Borders riding across America
Recent Collins graduate Chase Borders is on his fourth cross-country bicycle ride.
Borders is riding with deCycles Indiana, a non-profit ecumenical youth leadership program that offers summer bike trips for teenagers and young adults, on its Southeast America 2014 ride. The trip began in Key West, Fla. on June 21 and will conclude July 13 in Bloomington, Ind. as it passes through seven states – Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana – and covers 1,600 miles.
The group of 50-plus riders will travel through Shelby County from Lexington to Louisville next Saturday, likely in the early afternoon, on U.S. 60.
Hunter makes a big catch
John Hunter, a 2010 Shelby County graduate, and his Georgetown College teammate Mike Huff finished in ninth place in last weekend’s Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Wild Card on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. to qualify for the 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, which will be held on the Chatuge Reservoir in Young Harris, Ga. July 31-Aug. 2.
The top 17 teams, in a field of more than 100, in the Wild Card earned spots in the national championship event. Hunter and Huff had a two-day total of 10 fish weighing 36.4 pounds.
Hunter went to Georgetown College to play baseball, but ended up giving up that to join the school’s bass-fishing team.