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October 2019
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Coach Grupe Gets 700 Wins!

Dale Grupe started his career in Dayton Ohio while stationed there as a member of the Air Force.  It was here that he met his late wife Kathy.  Dale was a member of the All-Air Force team for 5 years and would later serve in a coaching capacity.  He became the head coach at Woodford County High School in 1994 and led them to four Regional Titles.  He then found his home at Henry Clay High School.  He has led the Blue Devils to 14 District titles, 10 Regional titles, four 3rd place finishes in the state tournament, along with leading the Blue Devils to the highest point ever achieved by a public school, with a 2016 KHSAA State Runner-up.  Coach Grupe has been a major part of growing the game of volleyball in Lexington.  Congratulations Coach Grupe on your 700 career wins!

Henry Clay Legend Al Prewitt Passes

1933 – 2019
Albert Arch Prewitt, Sr. (Coach), of Lexington, KY, passed away at his home on Tuesday, October 8th. Al was born in Lexington to Allen and Averil Prewitt on November 27, 1933. He was 85.  After becoming head coach of the Blue Devil’s in 1962, Prewitt would go on to amass 8 regional titles, and 621 of his 654 lifetime wins as a basketball coach. His crowning achievement came in 1983 when he led his Blue Devil’s to a 35-33 victory in triple overtime against Carlisle County to capture the KHSAA State title.  During his 29 year tenure at Henry Clay, Prewitt also served as an assistant football coach for 13 years, and Athletic Director for 21 years. He finished out his coaching career as assistant under Don Lane at his other alma mater, Transylvania University. His accomplishments earned him several Kentucky High School Coach of the Year awards, induction into the Henry Clay Hall of Fame, KHSAA Hall of Fame, the KHSB Hall of Fame, and Transylvania’s Pioneer Hall of Fame.

Boys Soccer Wins Region 11 Title!

Back-2-Back 11th Region Champs

The Henry Clay Boy’s Soccer team (21-1-3) defeated Great Crossing 6-0 in Frankfort to win consecutive 11th Region Finals.  Senior Sota Ippongi recorded a hat trick in the victory.  The #2 ranked Devils also defeated Calvary Christian in the round of 16 and are moving onto face Highlands HS on Saturday.

Athlete of the Month – Sota Ippongi – Soccer – Senior
-1st Team All-State Player 2018
-1st Team All-City 2018
-Offensive MVP 2018
-Team Captain 2018-19
-2019 Stats – 24 goals, 8 assists
-Career 46 goals, 26 assists
Athlete of the Month – Katelin Ralenkotter – Cross Country – Sophomore
-2nd-year varsity runner
-Finished 7th at the 2019 FCPS Championship
-15th at the 2019 CKC Championship held in Versailles
-6th at the 2019 Double S Stampede in Georgetown
-23rd at the 2019 Bluegrass Invitational out of 151
-Career best of 21:36.
-Finished 4th at the 2019 Henry Clay/Tanner Duke Invitational
-2019 Team co-captain
-2018 Qualified for state as an individual
-2018 Team Female MVP Award
-2018 Academic All-State
Coach of the Month – Tiara Shelby – Head Cheer 
-1st year head coaching at HC
-4th year coaching
-HC Cheer Alumna 2010
Alumni of the Month – Lindsay Elsen – Soccer – High Point University – Class of 2014
After graduating high school as a standout Lindsay went on to play at High Point University.  Lindsay was able to compete at NCAA Division I level, playing some of the top teams in the country. During her freshman year, the team won the Big South conference and went to the NCAA tournament to take on Virginia, ranked #1 at the time. The team went on to win 3 out of 4 regular season titles. During her senior year the team went out with a bang, winning the conference title and going on to play North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Lindsay was fortunate enough to make the all tournament team her junior and senior seasons, and her class became the winning-est class in High Point University history.

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Upcoming Events

10/23/2019 Volleyball V @District Tournament – BSHS 7:00 PM
10/25/2019 Football V @TCHS 6:30:00 PM
10/26/2019 Soccer – Boys V @Semi-State Tournament – @9th Region TBD
10/26/2019 Cross Country V @Region Meet – Bourbon Co. 4:00, 4:45pm
10/28/2019 Football JV, F Lexington Catholic TBA
10/28/2019 Volleyball V Regional Tournament – Hosted by Henry Clay 6:00:00 PM
10/29/2019 Volleyball V @Regional Tournament – Tates Creek 6:00:00 PM
10/30/2019 Volleyball V @Regional Tournament – Tates Creek 6:00 PM
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