Every year this area is blessed with numerous talented high school athletes, including many who earn the opportunity to continue their sports careers in college.
While it's easy to keep track of those who go on to play a major Division I sport, sometimes we tend not to know about the success stories of many other former area athletes.
Former Boyle County standouts Taryn Jacobus and Renita Pennington both recently completed successful college seasons once again.
Jacobus, a junior golfer at Union College, was named a Daktronics-NAIA Women's Golf All-America Scholar-Athlete, one of only 36 players to receive the honor. She became only the third Union golfer to earn the honor, which requires that an athlete maintain at least a 3.5 grade-point average after three years of collegiate play.
Jacobus, a sports management major, finished the season by tying for 53rd in the NAIA Golf National Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla. She set a school record for the lowest four-round total with a 335 despite shooting an 84 in the final round. She was 20 strokes better than anyone on her team, which finished 22nd.