Eight to join Boyle athletic hall of fame

Published 4:52 pm Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Eight athletes, coaches and contributors will be inducted into the Boyle County High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday.

The 2024 class includes athletes who excelled in 10 sports, a state championship coach and two of the athletic program’s strongest supporters.

The induction ceremony will be held Friday at halftime of Boyle’s girls-boys basketball doubleheader with Garrard County.

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A look at each inductee:

John Anderson

Class of 2008

Anderson was an 18-time letterman who competed in track and field, cross country and swimming, participating in a combined 15 state championship events.

As a fifth-grader, he was part of the school’s first regional championship team in cross country. He was an eight-time state qualifier in cross country, finishing third in the Class 2A boys race as a senior.

In track and field, he was a member of a regional championship team in the boys 3,200-meter relay.

In swimming, he was a four-time regional finalist and state qualifier in the 100 breaststroke.

Anderson ran at Lindsey Wilson College, then later returned to Boyle as cross country coach, leading teams to four regional championships and two regional runner-up finishes.

Brenda Farmer

Farmer was instrumental in the formation of the Boyle County Quarterback Club and its long-running bingo fundraiser.

In the early years of coach Chuck Smith’s tenure, Farmer was influential in the construction of the current football locker room, coaches’ offices and weight room.

She and other members of the Quarterback Club raised nearly $50,000 to jump-start the building process by helping to purchase equipment and weights. The club also collected and distributed scholarship money to many senior football players.

Farmer is known as “Mama Brenda” by hundreds of former players and fans.

Ben Kendrick

Class of 2014

Kendrick starred on the golf course and the tennis court.

He owns multiple school records and invitational title with the boys golf team, including two titles at the Pleasure Ridge Park Invitational in his junior and senior years.

He played varsity tennis for eight years, qualifying for the state tournament in each of his last three years.

Kendrick went on to play golf at the University of the Cumberlands, where he was a three-time Mid-South Conference player of the year and MSC tournament champion and a two-time NAIA All-American. He finished second in the NAIA men’s national championship in 2017 and tied for third in 2018.

Natalie Settle Perry

Class of 2012

Perry participated in basketball, soccer and track and field.

She was part of girls soccer teams that reached the state quarterfinals in 2009 and ‘’11, as well as another regional championship team in 2010.

She was named the Advocate’s Area Girls Basketball Player of the Year in 2012.

In track and field, Perry was part of a team that set a school record in the girls 800-meter relay in 2012.

Elysse Petrie

Class of 2013

Petrie was a star pitcher for the softball team from 2012-13.

She was 25-6 as a starting pitcher, helping Boyle win district and regional championships in her junior and senior seasons and finish fourth in the state in her senior year.

She recorded 216 strikeouts over those two seasons.

Petrie played at Centre College and is in her first season as pitching coach at Kent State University after two seasons on the staff at Saint Francis University.

Kyle Settle

Class of 2015

Settle was a dominant player on the boys soccer team.

During his high school career, Settle racked up 99 goals and 31 assists for teams that went 55-29 and won district championships in 2013 and ’14 and won a regional championship in ’14.

He was named to all-district teams in his final three seasons and to all-region and all-state teams as a senior.

He was an assistant coach on the 2022 Boyle team that reached the state quarterfinals.

Todd Tiller

Tiller has supported sports programs at Boyle in a number of ways.

He co-founded the Boyle County Youth Football League in 2012 and continues to serve as president. He was president of the Boyle County Quarterback Club for four years and vice president for two years and was instrumental in adding the Rebel Walk and the tailgate tent hospitality area.

He coached the junior varsity football team from 2015-21 and coached youth football from 2001-14 and middle school baseball from 2012-14.

He has been a major donor to the football, baseball and bass fishing teams, a sponsor of several other teams and a major sponsor of the Boyle County Sports Network streaming service and of student athletic passes.

Brent Wagner

Class of 1998

Wagner enjoyed tremendous success in nine seasons as track and field coach, leading Boyle’s teams to five state championships.

Under Wagner, the Boyle girls won Class 2A championships in 2016, ’17 and ’18 and the Boyle boys won 2A titles in 2018 and ’19. Boyle athletes also won a number of individual state championships during his tenure.

His teams won at least one regional team championship in each of his nine seasons, amassing a total of seven girls titles and five boys titles and sweeping the regional titles in 2013, ’14 and ’18.