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Bleecker wins top coach honors

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By JOSH CLAYWELL

After the season the Eagles had, there should have been no doubt who would take home area coach of the Year honors.

Fort Knox High School head track coach James Bleecker was one first-place vote shy of being a unanimous winner, racking up 30 points.

“That’s crazy,” Bleecker said. “I don’t even know what to say. We had a great year, I can say that. It feels good and it’s validating for all the hard work.”

Jelks finished second with 12 points and one first-place vote, while Meade County’s Larry Garner was third with 11 points.

North Hardin’s James Webb, who won the award every year since 2010, was fourth with eight points, and Central Hardin’s Tim Pennington received the other first-place vote.

It’s been more than a month since the season ended and Bleecker is still in awe of everything the Eagles accomplished.

“It makes me feel like all that hard work was worth it,” he said. “I had a great group of boys and I was fortunate, being a military school, to keep a large group of them.

“I feel one part lucky and one part really good about all the stuff we did for the kids and for the school. I hope we put Fort Knox on the map, at least for track.” n