An inspiring collection of 15 young men and women from across the commonwealth of Kentucky make up the 2021 edition of the tomleachky.com All-Resilient Team. They are saluted for their ability to handle adversity in their quest to excel or even just compete in their sports
“First, we should note that every student-athlete gets honorable mention status on this team for their resiliency in facing the most unusual set of circumstances for the past year. But these nominees faced additional obstacles and as is always the case, their stories are so inspiring,” said Tom Leach, voice of the Kentucky Wildcats, who oversees this annual project along with Mackenzie Hanes of Midway University.
Nominations are sought from high school athletic directors and the team is honored at the annual KHSADA awards banquet each spring. With the pandemic, that banquet was not staged last year and will be a virtual event this year but the All-Resilient Team members still received their commemorative posters plus other awards in 2020 and will do so again in 2021.
The student-athletes are also recognized via ‘salutes’ on ‘The Leach Report’ radio show’s statewide network. The awards and the radio spots are made possible by longtime sponsors Keeneland, Bumblebee Team Sports, Welch Printing and Star Manufacturing.
2021 tomleachky.com ALL-RESILIENT TEAM
Ethan Chenoweth, Hart County
Ronnie Darnell, Bracken County
Jacob Danneman, Covington Catholic
Caleb Hager, Floyd Central
Jacob Heist, Boyle County
Jeremiah Hicks, Holy Cross
Luke Justice, Cooper
Brayden Morris, Muhlenberg County
Isabella Newman, St. Henry
John Curtis Petett, Monroe County
Emma Picklesimer, Raceland
Drake Pyle, North Oldham
Evan Schumacher, Mason County
Abbie Slaughter, Edmonson County
Makala Stambaugh, Jenkins
Reginald Whyte, Jr., Louisville Central