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Friday, June 7, 2019

Four Highlands Athletes Selected for Triple Threat Award

Griffith Wins Award for Second Straight Year

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior Grady Cramer pitches in the 36th District championship game recently. Cramer was one of four Highlands athletes selected for the KHSAA's second annual Triple Threat award.
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association recently recognized its second annual Triple Threat winners recognizing student-athletes that participate in high school athletics year-round.

Highlands had four this time around in senior Grady Cramer, junior Jacob Brass, sophomore Will Griffith and freshman Sam Jones.  Cramer and Brass played football in the fall and basketball in the winter. Cramer played baseball in the spring and Brass ran track in the spring. Griffith and Jones participated in cross country in the fall, swimming and diving in the winter and track and field in the spring. Griffith also won the award last year.

Additionally Sam Hopper, an eighth grader, played cross country, swimming and track.
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The Highlands football team went 10-3 in the fall losing to Covington Catholic in the region championship game. Cramer completed 166-of-291 passes at quarterback for 2,024 yards, 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Brass intercepted three passes and recovered one fumble at defensive back. Cramer and Brass then helped the Highlands boys basketball team to a 20-12 record and its first appearance in the 9th Region Tournament in five years.

In the fall, Cramer helped the Highlands baseball team to a 29-10 record, eighth straight 36th District championship and sixth straight appearance in the 9th Region championship game. Cramer finished 8-2 with a 2.67 earned-run average with 59 strikeouts, 30 walks and 43 hits. Cramer also batted .373 (22-for-59) with 16 runs batted in, three doubles, three triples and three home runs. Brass also helped the Highlands boys track team to a Class 2A, Region 4 championship for the first time in three years.

Griffith and Jones helped the Highlands boys swimming and diving team finish third in the state meet and capture a second straight third-place finish in the state meet and second straight Region 7 championship. The duo also helped the Highlands boys cross country team finish second in Class 2A, Region 4 and sixth in the state.

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