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Lexington Herald Leader: UK, high school sports photos

As we say goodbye to 2021, we take a look back at how Herald-Leader staff photographers have captured sporting events around the Bluegrass over the past year.

Along with images from local high schools, University of Kentucky games, and other sporting events below, other sporting photographs are included in the year photo slideshow above.

Be sure to follow @kentuckycom on Instagram to see the latest from our visual reporters as they document life in Kentucky and click here to see our top news and presentation images from last year.

If you would like to purchase a reprint of an image, email Brian Simms at [email protected]

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Kentucky Wildcats punter Colin Goodfellow (94) takes a look at the crowd in the fourth quarter during a game against the LSU Tigers at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky. On Saturday, October 9, 2021. Kentucky has beaten LSU 42-21. Alex slitz [email protected]

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Wyatt Stewart of Madison Central sets a state record by eliminating 16-1 in the pole vault at the KHSAA Class 3A State Track and Field Championships at the University of Kentucky Track Complex in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday June 12, 2021. Ryan C Hermens [email protected]

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Kentucky Wildcat football fans take the pitch by storm after the UK defeated Florida 20-13 on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Kroger Field. It was the first time since 1986 that the Wildcats had beaten the Gators at Lexington. Brian simms [email protected]

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Students rush to the field to celebrate after the Kentucky Wildcats defeat the Florida Gators after beating the Florida Gators in the game at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky. On Saturday, October 2, 2021. Silas Walker [email protected]

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Lexington Christian’s Johnny Drake (11) is overcome with emotion at the end of the fourth quarter during the 2021 UK Orthopedics Class 2A State Football Final against Beechwood at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky. , Friday December 3, 2021. Beechwood defeated Lexington Christian 23-21. Alex slitz [email protected]

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Alex Kratzer of Hancock County covers himself with an umbrella between his events during the KHSAA Class 1A State Track Championship meet at the University of Kentucky Track Complex in Lexington, Ky. On Thursday, June 10 2021. Silas Walker [email protected]

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Sacre-Coeur head coach Donna Moir celebrates with her players after Sacre-Coeur defeated Anderson County in a semi-final match at KHSAA Girls’ Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena in Lexington , Ky., Saturday April 10, 2021. Ryan C. Hermens [email protected]

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Referee Jordan St. Clair watches Laderemey Fielder block Woodrow Friend during a Beach Volleyball League game on Friday July 9, 2021 at Marikka’s Restaurant & Bier Stube in Lexington. Brian simms [email protected]

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Kentucky Wildcats infielder Zeke Lewis (4) steals second base avoiding a tag from Eastern Kentucky Col. Daniel Harris (1) at Kentucky Proud Park in Lexington Ky. On Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Silas Walker Lexington Herald-Leader

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Justin Gal (18) of Lexington Catholic passes the ball past Paul Redmon (4) of Great Crossing and Reagan Disney (3) of Great Crossing in the area 11 semi-final at Lexington Christian in Lexington, Ky., On Wednesday October 13, 2021. Lexington Catholic beat Great Crossing 7-0. Alex slitz [email protected]

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Medina Spirit (8) with John R. Velazquez in the lead, leads down the home stretch of the 147th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. On Saturday May 1, 2021. Medina Spirit and Velazquez went on to win the race. Alex slitz [email protected]

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Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Will Levis (7) jumps for a touchdown on Tennessee Volunteers linebacker Aaron Beasley (24) during a game at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky. On Saturday, November 6, 2021. Alex Slitz [email protected]

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Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Will Levis (7) leaps into the end zone for a second-quarter score during a game between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Tennessee Volunteers at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky. On Saturday November 6, 2021 Brian Simms [email protected]

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Alexa Mullins (5) of Henderson County and Kyra Dixon (25) of Henderson County celebrate the KHSAA Girls’ Sweet 16 quarter-finals against Russell at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. On Friday April 9, 2021. The County de Henderson defeated Russell 64-53. Alex slitz [email protected]

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Paducah Tilghman’s Malachi Rider (7) scores a touchdown during the 2021 UK Orthopedics State Football Final Class 3A Championship match against Belfry at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky. On Saturday 4th December 2021. Ryan C. Hermens [email protected]

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The moon rises over Paul Laurence Dunbar’s JT Seltsam (7) during a game against County Breathitt at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, Ky. On Friday August 20, 2021. Paul Laurence Dunbar defeated County Breathitt 69-28. Alex slitz [email protected]

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Louisville Trinity celebrates after winning the KHSAA State Baseball Tournament Championship against McCracken County at the Lexington Legends Ballpark on Saturday night. The Shamrocks won 10-0 in five innings. Ryan C. hermens [email protected]

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Fireworks go off from the rooftop of the end zone as Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Will Levis (7) collides in the end zone for a second-half touchdown in a football between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Missouri Tigers on Saturday September 11, 2021 at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky. Brian Simms [email protected]

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Frederick Douglass Broncos Leon Cooper (58) suffered a 38-26 loss to the South Warren Spartans in the 5A State Soccer Championship at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky. On Saturday, December 5, 2021. Silas Walker [email protected]

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Lafayette Generals head coach Chris Langston is sprayed with water from a cooler after his team defeated Madison Central 8-1 in the KHSAA region final at Lexington Catholic High School in Lexington, Ky., On Monday, June 7, 2021. Silas Walker [email protected]