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TOPIC: Students excelling
OUR VIEW: Success comes in bunches
Whether it was on a field of play in a band competition or on a gymnasium floor, this area has had plenty to stand up and cheer about in the last few weeks from high school students.
It is a slim percentage of high school students who can claim they are state champions, but the LaRue County High School marching band is in that rare company.
The Hawks captured the Class 2A state title last weekend in Bowling Green to cap off its competition season with the biggest prize.
Director Jaime Smith and his students, support system, parents and fans deserve plenty of pats on the back when one misstep can be the difference between advancing out of region competition and contending for a state title.
The John Hardin High School band also fared well, placing third in the state in its classification.
10-0 AGAIN. It is becoming a habit for the John Hardin High School football team to complete a perfect regular season. The Bulldogs posted 10-0 regular seasons four times in the last five years, including this year.
The Bulldogs are ranked second in Class 5-A heading into tonight’s state playoff opener against Shelby County.
Since a 3-7 record in their first season, the Bulldogs have rolled off 10 straight winning seasons for a 100 wins overall — the longest active streak of any area football program.
FINAL EIGHT IS GREAT. The Central Hardin High School volleyball team capped another big season by finishing among the top eight teams in the state by advancing to last week’s state quarterfinals.
The Lady Bruins underwent a head coaching change on the eve of the season and never missed a beat in rolling to district and region titles for the second straight year.
Using a team-first approach, the Lady Bruins won 33 of 40 matches and senior Cheyenne Mills described the season and the experience best when she said, “My amazing team. It’s such an exciting group and is just a big family. They will always be my sisters.”
THE FINAL CHAPTER. Central Hardin also enjoyed a big season on the soccer field with the Lady Bruins advancing to the state tournament and earning a No. 3 statewide ranking.
The season came to an end in Louisville with a 1-0 defeat to Louisville Sacred Heart.
Along the way, the Lady Bruins spent much of the year among Kentucky’s best teams. The loss capped a 21-3 season for Central Hardin and a second straight berth in the state tournament.
The No. 3 ranking also was the highest ranking the program ever has achieved.
This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.