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April 22, 2014

Like father like son WCHS basketball coach and son are recognized by Herald-Leader

4-23-2014 —     Wayne County Schools were well represented in the Herald-Leader All-State Teams annual recognition announcement, published in the Sunday, April 13 edition.

    After a remarkable winning basketball season, the Wayne County 

Cardinals Boys Basketball team has yet another pair of accolades to 

add to their list of accomplishments.  Coach Rodney Woods was named 

"Coach of the Year" out of 274 public and private schools whose 

basketball teams participate in the Kentucky High School Athletic 

Association.

    This is the second time the local coach has received this honor, 

having been voted on by his peers for the same honor back in 2002 

when his team won the region and made the trip to Rupp Arena for the prestigious state tournament.

    Coach Woods just finished his 29th season at Wayne County and has led the Cards to 593 victories, 16 District Championships and 9 

Regional Championships (most of any coach in 12th Region history).

    Coach Woods, who is considered the Dean of Coaches, not only at Wayne County but also in the 12th Region, attributed the honor to his ball team. "It's more of a team award. We probably received it 

because we were ranked so high and were undefeated for so long during 

the recent season."

    The Herald-Leader sends all the coaches a form to vote for their 

favorite All-State players, Mr. Basketball and Coach of the Year. 

None of the coaches can vote for themselves or their own players, so 

the awards they received came from votes across the state.

    Woods' 18-year-old son Peyton Woods also was recognized by being 

listed on the All-State Second Team.

    "This is the first time a junior has gotten this award," said Coach 

Woods.

    Wayne County has had a handful of players who have been named to the 

Second Team over the years, however they were all seniors at the 

time. Past basketball standout Steven Sexton made the All-State First 

Team when he played for the Cardinals and then went on to a 

successful basketball career at Coastal Carolina.

    Peyton was named to the All-District and All-Region Teams, after 

averaging impressive records of 24.9 points per game and 5.4 rebounds 

per game. He captured the attention of the sports media this season. 

For instance, he was named Athlete of the Week by Channel 27 TV for 

his athleticism on the court.

    Not only has he been courted by the media, but he is currently being 

looked at by several colleges. UT Chattanooga, Central Florida, and 

Miami of Ohio have already come and watched him play.

    Coach Woods said he has never called anybody to come and watch his 

son play ball. He believes that the best approach in college 

recruitment is to go to the school that wants you the most because 

the athlete will have a better chance of playing time.

    Most recently, Peyton has been recruited to play on the Tennessee 

Bobcats Team in AAU tournaments. He is playing through the summer 

with the Jefferson City, Tennessee team, located about 20 miles from 

Knoxville. The team practices at Carson Newman, where alum David 

Phillips played college basketball. Peyton is getting the chance to 

improve his game and travel to Atlanta, Myrtle Beach, Indianapolis, 

and Memphis—just to name a few of the tournaments where as many as 40 

teams gather for a tournament. It will also afford him the 

opportunity to be seen by many college coaches.

    During a recent on April 15,  which was his 18th birthday, Peyton 

said he was surprised to make the All-State Second Team. But, he 

needs to get used to pleasant basketball news coming his way because he has worked for years and years to reach this level of play. He spends many hours in the gym perfecting his craft in addition to regular practices, on his own, usually by himself.

    When asked what motivates such over the top dedication to his sport, he said, "I want to do it because my dad did it. It's fun to play. I always enjoy basketball, whoever I'm getting to play for," whether it 

is on his school's home court or at an AAU Tournament.

    Peyton's dream is to play Division 1 college level basketball and 

after next year it seems likely his dream will come true. But, his 

dream has come at a price—with a lot of hard work both on and off the court. His GPA ranges from 3.8 to 4.0 and his favorite subject is 

Math. He is currently enrolled in Advanced Placement Calculus, 

College Biology, and College U.S. History besides his regular class 

schedule.

    Next year, he will tackle College Math while still attending Wayne 

County High School where he has taken advantage of both great 

academic and athletic programs that have helped shape him into such an outstanding student achiever.

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