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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Ken Honchell Keeps Highlands Football Historic Notes Together

Honchell, Thompson Have Put Together Stories, Facts Spanning Three Books

Submitted Photo. Highlands graduates Dick Thompson (left) and Ken Honchell, Sr. (right) have saved articles and put together numerous facts on the Highlands football team over the years. The collection has three books.
If one wants to know something regarding the tradition-rich Highlands Bluebirds football program, Ken Honchell, Sr. is the person to contact.

The 1961 Highlands graduate took over a project in 1985 that 1946 Highlands graduate Dick Thompson started in the early 1970s. Thompson started the process in the early 1970s when 1945 graduate and former coach Bob Luecke approached him about keeping track of what would become a historic program. Luecke would have copies Thompson gave him.

"I went through the school's books for years to get the games for a season," Thompson said. "They were usually right that way and I did that for a long time."

The current collection spans three books. The books are comprised of scores from each season, articles from the seasons and stories on the school among other things.

"It's fun doing all these reports, keeping track of them and making sure they're correct," Honchell said. "(With) the statistics, I wanted to agree with the KHSAA (Kentucky High School Athletic Association) so if anyone wanted to use these stats, they're going to be correct. It's been gratifying to see it come this far."

Copies can be found at the school library. Honchell said he happened to be up there one day when someone came looking for some historic information regarding the team.

"I don't know how much they use it," Honchell said. "I just enjoy putting it together. I'm not a writer. I'm not a journalist. I just find articles people have written and people give me articles to put in the book."

The name of the stadium where the Bluebirds play home games is David Cecil Memorial Stadium. One story explains who Cecil was. Cecil dies of head injuries on Nov. 12, 1951 following a game three days prior to that against Campbell County. Cecil was a junior on the 1951 team and would have graduated in 1953.

Honschell updates the books after the season ends. In recent years, he discovered Highlands is second in the country with the most wins in program history. The first season in school history came in 1915.

"Every winter, Mr. Honchell gets in contact with me and he comes to my classroom because he gave me the binders and they're like three, four inches thick," said Brian Weinrich, Highlands Head Coach. "He has everything in there. Many times, I've sat down and looked through it. I'm as big of a Highlands fan as there is out there. I've been coming to Highlands games since before I was a year old. I've only missed a couple games since I've been alive. It's just fun to go through it with Mr. Honchell. He shows up in the winter and he's got his few pages he needs to update where he's had to make some additions and he's had to make some changes. He knows exactly where to go and he wants to do it because it means so much to him."

Joseph Williams, a 1995 Highlands graduate, formed the web site, It is currently under construction. But Williams hopes to have it back up and running soon.

"They had compiled a binder of Highlands football stats and historical information several years ago - a copy of which was given me when I was forking on setting up my HHS football website," Williams said. "The historical information was detailed and very helpful."

Honchell still attends Highlands sporting events with his kids and grandchildren. His grandson Austin King is a senior wide receiver on the current team. King's older brother Trey graduated in 2017 and was an offensive lineman.

1 comment:

  1. Mr. Williams' website is outstanding, looking forward to it being updated.