Hunter Rigsby of Rockcastle County announced his commitment to the University of Kentucky baseball team today. Rigsby is a pitcher and 1st baseman from the class of 2018 that plays for the Rockcastle County Rockets and the Cincinnati Flames. He is a well-known...read more
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ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
This week’s male athlete of the week is Javan Hasty of Rockcastle County. Javan is a prospect out of the class of 2019 who plays baseball for the Rockcastle Rockets and the Elite Baseball Club (Travel Ball). Javan primarily is a picher and outfielder. He is always willing to do whatever is needed to help put his team in the best position to win. Javan had a terrific school ball regular season resulting in him being named to the 12th Region All-Tournament Team, the 47th District All-Tournament Team, recorded many wins on the mound for the team, and was part of a team who finished as the 12th Region Runner up. Javan continues to work hard daily to make sure he is the best possible player he can be. Some of Javans different pitches and stats from this past season included the following: 82 MPH Fastball, 72 MPH Slider, a 68 MPH Change Up, a 7.7 second 60 yard dash, an exit velocity of 88 MPH, and a position velocity of 77 MPH.
Not only is Javan a great player on the field, but he also is producing positive results in the classroom. Javan currently has a 3.8 GPA, enjoys taking math courses at school, is involved in Honors Club at RCHS, and has an ACT score of 20. After high school Javan has an ultimate goal of continuing his education and playing collegiate baseball while starting his studies in either criminal justice or sports management because the love he has for being around sports. Javan ultimately prides himself on always brining a winning attitude to the team as well as being a hard worker, he believes there is no excuse for others to outwork you. He has always been a great teammate and is very confident in his abilities on the baseball field. One of the reasons Javan has been so successful is because of his mother who is his hero. If it wasn’t for her hard work, time, effort, and support, he believes he wouldn’t be the player and person he is today. It is obvious that Javan has all the traits necessary and a positive attitude to be successful in the future in whatever path he chooses for himself.
This week’s female athlete of the week is Gracie Clements who is a softball player from Winchester, Kentucky and is part of the 2022 class. Gracie currently plays for Robert D. Campbell Junior High and the Legacy Fast Pitch (Travel Ball) where she is a utility player. To this point Gracie has had a great start to her travel ball season, she has a batting average of .333, an on base percentage of .467, and a slugging percentage of .333. Gracie’s coach describes her as a hardworking player who is committed to improving every aspect of her game. She is always very coachable and an extremely team oriented player that is very intelligent on and off the field.
Not only is Gracie a great athlete, but she is a terrific student and ambassador for her school as well. Gracie currently has a 3.8 GPA, enjoys taking Language Arts and Social Studies courses, is involved in Honors Orchestra at school, was the First Chair Violin this past year, and was a Duke Tip Academy Qualifier. Gracie ultimately has aspirations of going to college one day and studying to become a veterinarian because of her love for animals. Others view Gracie as a very goal oriented individual that has a strong work ethic on the field and in the classroom. There is no doubt that Gracie has a bright future ahead of her. She plans to continue to work hard on the playing field and in the classroom. With a strong work ethic and dedication her high school coach believes she will be able to develop into a strong skilled utility player with the ability to hit to all parts of the field for average and power in the future.