June 3rd, 2013

Former Valkyrie and Shamrock in KHSAA HOF class

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer

Former Valkyrie and Shamrock in KHSAA HOF class
photo courtesy of Caroline Burckle

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association announced its 2014 Hall of Fame class Sunday at the KHSAA office. The 11 athletes will be honored in a formal ceremony April 27, 2014. 

Caroline Burckle (Sacred Heart Academy, 2004)

Burckle is one of the most decorated swimmers in Kentucky history. She won 15 championships during her time as a Valkyrie and her state record in the 500 freestyle still stands.

Eight of Burckle’s 15 state titles came in individual events. She won the 200 freestyle and 500 free all four years. As a senior, she set a record in 200 free, clocking a 1:49:38.

Burckle went on to numerous accolades when she swam for the University of Florida, including two national championships in the 200 and 500 freestyle. She also won five individual Southeastern Conference championships. In 2008, Burckle was named NCAA Female Swimmer of the Year. Burckle racked up 23 All-America awards as a Gator.

After her collegiate career, Burckle won a gold medal at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro and swam on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, where she helped the U.S. win a bronze medal in the 4x200 freestyle relay in Beijing.

Jeff Brohm (Trinity, 1989)

The former Shamrock played football, baseball, and basketball. Although known for his football abilities, he was a first-team all-district and all-region selection in baseball and an all-district tournament honoree in basketball, and the  team’s Most Valuable Player as a senior.

On the football field, Brohm led the Shamrocks to an undefeated season and won the Class 4-A state championship his senior year. As a senior, he threw for 1,707 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 602 yards and 12 TDs and was named Kentucky Mr. Football.

Brohm took his talents to the University of Louisville, where he is ranked in the top 10 for career passing yards, touchdown passes, completions, total offense and completion percentage.

After college, Brohm was selected in the fourth round of the MLB draft by the Cleveland Indians. After a two year pro-baseball stint, Brohm played in the National Football League from 1994-2001. Trinity and UofL  have retired his No. 11 jersey.

Other nominees:

Fred Bishop (Pineville, 1973)

Sonny Collins (Madisonville, 1984)

Mike Fields (Lexington Herald Leader contributor)

Ukari Figgs (Scott County, 1985)

Don Frye (Monticello, 1960)

Derek Homer Jr. (Fort Knox, 1997)

Barbara Ann Issac (Official)

Brooke Marnitz (Paul Dunbar, 2003)

Russell Miracle (Bell County, 1961)


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