15 high school student-athletes make up Tom Leach’s All-Resilient Team

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


One response to “15 high school student-athletes make up Tom Leach’s All-Resilient Team”

  1. Tom Preston says:

    Tom Leach has been a creative icon in his industry since day one.
    This latest among his recognitions is a valuable addition to Tom’s
    ingenious methods of finding goodness — positiveness — among
    particularly deserving individuals. A salute to Mr. Leach!

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