2022 Kentucky High School Football Preview
The 2022 high school football season begins Friday, August 19. High school athletic hit writer Jared Peck writes numerous stories in the Herald-Leader and on Kentucky.com to preview the city, region, and state seasons and highlight top players, games, and rankings. Click below to read all of his stories if you missed any, and keep an eye out for more ahead of the season.
A Friday night high school sporting event on Kentucky radio for the last two decades will not return this season.
The “Kentucky High School Scoreboard Show” will not air in 2022 as its “powerful force” and host Rick Shaw fully completes his retirement from the industry.
“It’s been a great run,” Shaw told the Herald leader Thursday. “I had no idea it was going to last this long or get this big. I did it and started 21 years ago with 12 stations.”
At its peak, “High School Scoreboard” was aired by more than 50 radio stations and streamed online, Shaw said.
But the logistics of producing a weekly 10-12pm live show without Shaw has been a tough sell in today’s internet age, when the whole world is connected online and finding sheet music from Pikeville to Paducah is a little easier than it was in 2001.
“Rick was the driving force behind the Kentucky High School Scoreboard, doing everything from recruiting the partners and sponsors to scheduling the coaches to hosting the weekly radio show,” said Michael Jordan, senior vice president of programming for 630 WLAP-AM, part of iHeart Media Inc. “We wish Rick a happy retirement, we are happy for him, Sharon and the family and we thank him for his outstanding commitment to the Kentucky High School Scoreboard Show and athletics the High School.”
Shaw retired from his main job in radio (sales rep for Clear Channel in Lexington) in 2012, but his love of high school sports kept him on the air with the Scoreboard show for another nine years. He shared hosting duties with WLAP’s Billy Rutledge last season when he began to retire.
Shaw originally came up with the idea for the show after hearing a similar show being produced in Indiana by Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence who later became Vice President of the United States. In its early days, Shaw’s show also faced hurdles.
“Clear Channel went as far as Pittsburgh and they said, ‘Well, nobody cares about high school sports,’ and we said, ‘Well, in Kentucky, they do,'” Shaw said.
But as with all things, there comes a time to move on.
“It’s been an unforgettable thrill to work with Cawood Ledford and Ralph Hacker for 20 years on the UK Radio Network and then for 21 years on this show,” said Shaw. “I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have been on this show and to have produced it.”
Sayre Football gets radio deal
An agreement between the Sayre School and LM Communications will keep high school football on the air in Lexington.
Sayre Spartans home and away games are broadcast every Friday on WZNN-FM 96.1 The Zone with play-by-play announcer Angelo Carriero.
Sayre, coached by former Marshall and New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington, plays in Class A, the junior division of Kentucky high school football. It hosts Eminence on Fridays with a 7:30pm kickoff. The show starts at 7:15 p.m
For the past several years, Carriero has hosted “Varsity Game Night” with a series of live Lexington Public School football and basketball games on WZNN or WLXG-AM 1300.
PrepSpin’s Fayette lockout ends
William Warfield, owner of high school sports streamer PrepSpin.com, has reached an agreement with Fayette County Public Schools and the NFHS Network to return to Fayette County Public School campuses starting this fall.
PrepSpin, a pioneer of high school sports streaming in Central Kentucky for more than a decade, last streamed a Fayette Public Schools college game in 2020, before the NFHS network’s automated cameras fully deployed at Bryan Station, Frederick Douglass, Henry Clay, Lafayette and Paul Laurence were installed at Dunbar and Tates Creek. With these cameras, NFHS Network and KHSAA.tv have exclusive rights deals to stream soccer and basketball games, excluding PrepSpin.
With the agreement, PrepSpin will stream select Fayette games simultaneously across its own feeds and the NFHS network. The deal came too late to adjust the PrepSpin football schedule for this fall, but Warfield said he’ll look at ways to squeeze games in. PrepSpin will have Henry Clay’s game at Lexington Catholic on August 26th as part of its streaming deal with LexCath.
PrepSpin marked the end of the lockout last week with a preseason preview show in the Lexington area, attended by head coaches from all nine Lexington high school football teams.