TriCounty Community Guide 50 Greatest Sports Figures in the Tri-County 50 Greatest Sports Figures in the Tri-County - Page 20

Skylar Griffi th Griffith Griffi th became Williamsburg’s fi rst-ever recipient of the KHSAA Male Athlete of the Year award. The three-sport star helped lead the Yellow Jacket football team to two consecutive Class A State Football Championship appearances along with the school’s fi rst Sweet 16 Basketball appearance since 1946. Griffi th turned in a memorable senior season for the Yellow Jacket football team. He was the team’s main target at the wide out position during his fi rst three years at the varsity level, but was moved to the quarterback position and excelled. He threw for 2,604 yards and 43 touchdowns while running for 834 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground, earning him Class of the Commonwealth honors. He fi nished his football career with 2,674 passing yards and 43 touchdowns, 1,060 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns and 178 receptions, 3,676 receiving yards and 40 receiving touchdowns. Griffi th also earned All-State Honorable Mention honors four consecutive years in football. Billy Hicks Hicks Hicks spent eight years as the Corbin Redhound basketball coach and revived the basketball program to one of the best in the state. He admitted his tenure as coach of Corbin was a special time for everyone involved. “Boy, that was a special time,” he said. “Winning those state championships (at Scott County) were huge, but getting to come here (Rupp Arena) with Corbin was something special — nothing compares. It was a great time. The community got behind us, and boy, was it a special time.” While at Corbin, Hicks compiled a 219-52 record while ending Clay County’s stranglehold on the 13th Region by beating the Tigers in the 1991 13th Region Tournament semifi nals while eventually winning the school’s fi rst 13th Region championship the next day for the fi rst time since 1952 by beating Bell County. His Redhound team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen’s quarterfi nal round before losing to eventual state champion Louisville Fairdale. Hicks, who has more than 900 wins and the state’s all-time winningest coach, left Corbin in 1994 for Scott County, where he has guided the Cardinals to two state championships (1998 and 2007) and three state runner-ups (1999, 2012 and 2014). Hicks is also a member of the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of fame. 20 | 50 GREATEST SPORTS FIGURES