The Mason County Royals qualified for the Leachman Buick GMC Cadillac/KHSAA State Golf Tournament with a runner-up finish in the Region 8 tournament today at Eagle Creek in Dry Ridge. Bourbon County won the region with a total of 304. Mason County had a team score of 313, three shots ahead of Grant County. The top two teams in each region go to state. Highlands senior Parker Harris was the individual region champion with a one-under 69. Mason County junior Tyler Lippert was the individual runner-up with a 70.
The Mason County Lady Royals were the runners-up in the Region 8 golf tournament Monday at Maysville Country Club and qualified for the Leachman Buick GMC Cadillac/KHSAA State Golf Tournament. Mason County sophomore Sarah Fite was the individual region champion with a two-over 76. Mason County junior Christian Arn was 7th with an 87. Scott County won the team title with a total of 334. Freshman Mallory Lovell led the Lady Cardinals with a 78. Mason County's total was 348.
The USA beat Canada 40-17 in the Gold Medal Game of the International Federation of American Football U19 World Championship in Kuwait City. Former Mason County Royal and current University of Pikeville Bear Trae Lofton was a standout linebacker for the USA. Lofton had seven solo tackles, seven assisted tackles and two interceptions during the tournament. He broke up a pass in the Gold Medal Game.
Chris Lofton was inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball of Fame in Elizabethtown Saturday night. Lofton led Mason County to the 2003 state championship and a state runner-up finish in 2004. He was the 2004 Kentucky Mr. Basketball. Lofton is Mason County's all-time leading scorer. He was a star at the University of Tennessee and has played professionally in Spain, Turkey and the NBA Development League. Lofton also was a standout football player at Mason County.