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									                          LEXINGTON CATHOLIC FOOTBALL
                                                      Knights Football – July/August 2009
                                                   email: football@lexingtoncatholic.com

                                                “Tradition Never Graduates”
         Semi-State Champions                                                                              Regional Champions
                   2007, 2005                                                                                     2007, 2005
             District Champions                       STATE CHAMPIONS                                       Regional Finalists
             2007, 2006, 2005, 2004,                                                                        2008, 2006, 2002, 2001,
             2003, 2002, 2001, 1998                       2007, 2005                                        2000, 1999, 1998, 1997
      Undefeated Regular Season                                                                            LCHS Overall Record
                   2001, 1998                                                                               171 Wins – 48 Losses

             The 2009 (1st Annual)
                                                                             Make Plans to See a Game!
                Golf Scramble
             Was held on August 3                                            The 2009 SEASON Schedule!
                                                                   14-Aug        at Pulaski Southwestern            Scrimmage
                                                                   21-Aug        Whitley County
                                                                   29-Aug        Covington Catholic                 Bluegrass Bowl
                                                                     4-Sep       Louisville St. Xavier
                                                                    11-Sep       at Lone Oak
                                                                    18-Sep       at Madison Central
   A Big Thanks to all those that Participated!
                                                                    25-Sep       at Lexington Christian
And a Special Thank you to Bluegrass Oxygen and                      9-Oct       at Boyle County                    District
Karen DeRaimo for their support and dedication with                 16-Oct       East Jessamine                     District
                   this event!                                      23-Oct       at West Jessamine                  District
         And Congrats to the following:                             30-Oct       Louisville Trinity
1st Place:       Brian Fister        Greg Martin
                                                                     6-Nov       TBA                                First Rd Playoffs
                 Bill Hostetler      Darryl Ratliff
2nd Place:       Larry McGinnis Frank Cornett                       13-Nov       TBA                                Second Rd Playoffs
                 Jon Cornett         Kieran Lawler                  20-Nov       TBA                                Regional Final
3rd Place:       Dan Tynan          Chuck Maricle                   27-Nov       TBA                                State Semifinal
                 Paul Becker        Jason Bebout                   4/5-Dec       TBA at WKU/Bowling Green           State Championship
Closest to the Pin:            Larry McGinnis
Longest Drive - Women:        Sara Lawler
Longest Drive - Men:           Brian Fister

To All Former Players:                                                                 Congratulations to the following
Invitation VIP Hospitality Tent
Republic Bank Bluegrass Bowl ////                                                                  Named
Lexington Catholic v. Covington Catholic                                                     Kentucky All-Stars
The 2009 Republic Bank Bluegrass Bowl features a classic                        Will Letton, Daniel Vogelsang & Lane Pumphrey
match-up against long time rival Covington Catholic. Game time
is 8:35PM on Saturday, August 29th. Game 1 features
Western Hills v Woodford County and will start at 5:30. The team
would love your support. As a small token of thanks for your
help in building the Lexington Catholic Football Program to
become the very best in the Commonwealth, we would like to
invite you to the VIP Hospitality tent where you can enjoy cold
drinks, hors d'oeuvres, air conditioning and plenty of
stories/tales of yesteryear. If you think you can make it,
please send an email to patton6@insightbb.com to help with our
planning. From the coaching staff and the current players, we
would appreciate your support. Go Knights.

                                                       Alumni Profile

                                                  Bryan Casey
1. What have you been doing since your LCHS days ended?

Still working my first job since graduating from college. I am the Sales & Marketing Director for Club Pro
Products, a manufacturer & distributor of golf car accessories. Being in the business still doesn’t allow a lot of
time to play golf, but I do manage to get my rounds in. Also love going to Keeneland & Churchill Downs.

2. Where are you living?

I live in Shelbyville, KY, not too far a drive to Lexington or Louisville.

3. Are you married? Do you have any Children?

Married with our first child due in October. Very exciting. Our 2 dogs are turning 14 and 12 this year too!

4. Accomplishments/Awards since your LCHS days ended?

Graduated from Murray State and successfully building a business.

5. Do you or have you had the opportunity to attend a game since you graduated?

I went to the 2 Championship games and also the St. X games. I’m looking forward to seeing us step up and beat those
Louisville teams this year!!!

6. What does Lexington Catholic Football mean to you?
Pride. We started the program. I think we had 17 Seniors the 2 year of the program. The first year, just 4 seniors; so
the juniors that year made up the bulk of our first football team at Lexington Catholic. We worked out in the cafeteria (over
at the Karate place prior to getting our 3-4 weight machines), picked up rocks on the practice field after every practice
(heaven forbid we tear up the soccer field!), and our locker room was a musty old annex building without air conditioning.
Coach Sphire was some motivator! Most of the seniors that 2 year had never really played a down of football until
Coach Sphire arrived. But we all had pride; pride in our school, pride in our coaches, pride in our teammates and pride in
ourselves, and started the program with great success going 9-1 in a season that put Lexington Catholic football on the
right path to State Championships. GO KNIGHTS!!!!!!!!!!!!

7. What is your best/worst memory about your playing days at LCHS?

Best: Coach Sphire and really just playing football. It’s the ultimate team sport. One of the best bus trips
was when we finally got our first win at Iron St. Joe-OH. We lost the 4 prior games of our 5 game season and
the bus trips home were long and quiet. After that first win we could finally celebrate and the 4 hour+ trip
home was full of singin’, dancin’, hollerin’, something, just having a good time.
Worst: Not being eligible for the playoffs our 9-1 season and Joel Thompson (Campbellsville).

8. Would you be interested in joining a football alumni club and attend special football alumni events?

9. Years and dates that you played football for LCHS?

1991 and 1992, the first 2 years of the program. Team Captain both years.

10. What position did you play and what number did you wear?

#33, Half-back/Full-back and Cornerback.

No guarantees
Once a sure-fire prospect,U of L's Burke battles for spot
By C.L. Brown
Icbrown@courier-journal.comIThe Courier-Journal

University of Louisville quarterback Justin Burke finally feels settled even though his spot hasn't been secured.

The former Lexington Catholic High School standout seemed to be a sure thing after he was named the 2005 Kentucky
Gatorade Player of the Year. It hasn't worked out that way.

Burke sat out last season — the second time in three seasons he's watched from the sidelines — after transferring from
North Carolina State.

"It's been something different every year," Burke said. "It's been quite the journey. I'm pretty happy with where I'm at."

Burke's path again winds into familiar territory. Come fall camp in August, he'll be locked in a battle for the starting position
with junior-college transfer Adam Froman.

Knowing the position is wide open has helped keep both players sharp during their summer conditioning and 7-on-7
passing drills. Burke said the quarterbacks — also including redshirt freshmen Zack Stoudt and Will Stein — have pushed
each other.

"I think more along the lines of what we have to fulfill here as a team and what the quarterback needs to be for this team
to succeed," Burke said. "That's more what I think about than personally what I have to prove."

Burke still has lots to prove to himself. The last time he competed for a starting spot, he wasn't prepared for the challenge,
he said.

As a redshirt freshman at N.C. State, Burke appeared in only three games and attempted just three passes.

"I gave it a run, and personally I just wasn't ready; I wasn't where I needed to be," Burke said. "I kind of got lost in the fold
a little bit after that. You've got to come every day with your 'A' game, and I just didn't."

He had the added pressure of trying to impress a new coaching staff that did not recruit him. The coach who signed him at
N.C. State, Chuck Amato, got fired after Burke's first year on campus.

He chose N.C. State based on its hiring of offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, who worked with Steve Young, Bernie
Kosar and Rich Gannon during 17 years as an NFL offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Burke got buried on the depth chart of new Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien. When he didn't emerge as one of the top three
quarterbacks during August 2007, he decided to transfer to UofL.

"You take a huge shot to the pride when you do something like a transfer," Burke said. "Yeah, it's a tough transition to go
through, but it's a necessary evil to get where you're supposed to be, where you belong."

Burke entered N.C. State as a highly touted prospect in 2006. The 6-foot-3, 229-pounder was rated the No.6 quarterback
nationally by Scout.com as he led Lexington Catholic to its first state title. He threw a state-record 62 touchdown passes in
his senior season. He had a streak of 37 games with a touchdown pass, prompting some opposing coaches to make Tim
Couch comparisons.

Burke still believes he has the potential to live up to those expectations, and he said it was fine that his high school
accolades are long forgotten by many observers.

"Hopefully people have forgotten about Louisville, too, so we can get up and surprise some people in the regular season,"
Burke said.

His experience at N.C. State taught him to take nothing for granted. It made Burke more meticulous with his film study and
obsessive over his mechanics.

UofL senior wide receiver Scott Long described Burke as a detail-oriented professional.

"Justin is a very intelligent quarterback; he brings a lot of intangibles," Long said. "He's not a very outspoken guy, but
when he says stuff it has substance and guys listen to him."

Sitting out last season under NCAA transfer rules allowed Burke a chance to get to know his teammates. He said his
transition was easy because many of the Cards reached out to him early.

He's now taken those same steps with the newcomers, including his main competition at quarterback.

"We're good buddies off the field; we go play golf on the weekend and stuff," Froman said. "But when we step out on the
field, it's a competition. We're both fighting for the same thing. We both know what is at stake, and we're battling for it."

This time around, Burke has a better idea of what to bring to the battle

Parents, former players and fans, join us for the Lexington Catholic vs. Lone Oak rematch of the 2007 4A
state title game. This is an away game in Paducah on Friday, September 11th, and despite the distance, our
players need you there cheering them on. Let someone else drive by joining us on the fan tour buses to and
from the game. The departure time will be around 3:00 in the afternoon (8:00pm game), and the cost is only
$20 per person.
Reserve your seat(s) by sending an email to plawler@focustg.com and the corresponding check (payable to
Lexington Catholic Football) to Phil and Sara Lawler, LC Football Boosters, 395 Biddle Pike, Georgetown, KY
40324. Respond quickly. We only have 46 seats left. Contact Phil or Sara Lawler with any questions.
Phil and Sara Lawler
LC Football Booster Presidents
P: (859) 421-1566
S: (859) 312-3126

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