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Ryle Speech Coach, Basketball Team Receive Honors

The City of Union will honor the Ryle High School girls basketball team after it won the state championship last week, and the school's speech and debate coach was recently inducted into the Kentucky High School Speech League Hall of Fame.

Rachel Page was inducted on March 16. She has coached at Ryle for eighteen years, producing multiple state champions and national qualifiers, and won the state team title in 2013.

Though the speech and debate teams have won numerous awards over the years, Page said that's not the only objective.

“The greatest accolade you can receive in this activity is having someone listen to your story and your truth,” Page said.

This year's speech and debate team placed sixth at state in debate and eleventh in speech, producing two state champions in freshman Kelly Helton (in novice Lincoln-Douglas debate) and senior Evan Bales in broadcasting.

Meanwhile, the Union city commission will honor the state champion girls basketball team at its April 1 meeting. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at the city building.

Head Coach Katie Haitz and the team will be honored with a proclamation declaring April 2 as Lady Raiders Basketball Day in Union.

The city commission asks residents and businesses to wear orange and black, or Raider attire to recognize the team.

Ryle won the title, only the second for a Northern Kentucky school, with a 63-48 victory over Pulaski Southwest at Rupp Arena in Lexington, finishing with a 33-5 record.

-Staff report

Photo: Rachel Page (provided)