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20 athletes to watch this fall

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By Josh Cook

COLLINS

Gabby Karas (Collins girls’ cross country) – This freshman is the two-time defending state champion in Class AA and is the heavy favorite to capture her third in a row.

Lindsey Ketcham (Collins girls’ soccer) – This senior midfielder should score plenty of goals this season for the Titans.

Dre Farris (Collins football) – This senior running back/wide receiver/kick returner/defensive back, and Western Kentucky University recruit, will be all over the field this season for the Titans after accounting for more than 2,000 yards of total offense and 30 touchdowns last season.

Jack Oakey (Collins boys’ soccer) – This senior midfielder/forward begins his third year as a starter for the Titans, who are coming off a 17-2-2 season.

Lawson Page (Collins football) – This senior quarterback passed for almost 3,000 yards (2,931 to be exact) and 36 touchdowns, guiding an offense that ranked ninth in scoring and sixth in passing in Class 4A during the regular season last year.

Brandon Sanner (Collins boys’ golf) – This senior, who had a solid summer on the junior circuit, should be in contention for medalist honors in most of the Titans’ dual matches this season.

Alex Sells (Collins boys’ cross country) – This senior finished 11that the Class 2A, Region 3 meet and 67th at the state and Titans Coach Stephen Drawbaugh thinks he could finish in the Top 15 at the latter this season.

Chris Shuck (Collins boys’ soccer) – This senior defender, and University of Evansville recruit, is the Titans’ top returning scorer (8 goals, 4 assists) and will anchor a D that allowed 0.7 goals per match last season.

Jay Solinger (Collins boys’ cross country) – This junior finished fifth at region and 14th at state last year and Drawbaugh believes he could make a run for first, in both, this fall.

Masai Whyte (Collins football) – This senior rock-solid running back/linebacker and WKU recruit bulldozed his way to 332 rushing yards and 10 TDs last season on offense and racked up 182 tackles on defense.

 

SHELBY COUNTY

Dakota Baatz (Shelby County boys’ golf) – This junior has set the pace early this season for the Rockets, posting Shelby County’s low score in dual match victories over Spencer County and Kentucky Country Day.

Kayce Byrnside (Shelby County girls’ cross country) – This junior, who was the team’s No. 2 runner as a freshman, is ready to bounce back from an injury-plagued sophomore season according to Rockets Coach Andrew Danner.

Alex Dunn (Shelby County boys’ cross country) – This senior was the Rockets’ lone runner at state last season after finishing 27that the 2A, Region 3 meet. He’ll be one of the leaders for Shelby County again this season.

Dasia Jones (Shelby County volleyball) – This senior outside hitter will take over for her cousin (Ariana Jones, who graduated) as the Rockets’ go-to attacker this season.

Malik Manica (Shelby County football) – This sophomore running back/linebacker was a big contributor last season as a freshman for the Rockets. He’s the team’s top returning rusher and top returning tackler.

Doug Martin (Shelby County boys’ soccer) – This senior fullback will help anchor a defense (along with sophomore Luke Brown) that allowed opposing teams only 1.7 goals per match last season.

Kyndle Pace (Shelby County volleyball) – This senior middle blocker will be one of the leaders for the Rockets as they try to defend their district title.

Madison Thomas (Shelby County girls’ golf) – This junior, who tied for 10th in the state on her way to garnering all-state honors last season, had a strong summer.

Dalton Thompson (Shelby County football) – This senior takes over at quarterback (replacing standout Zach Shipley) for the Rockets as they try to build off the momentum of last year’s 9-3 campaign.

Jordan Webb (Shelby County girls’ golf) – This senior and University of Cincinnati recruit who has made all-state each of the last two years, is off to a fast start this season – finishing second at Shelby County’s Lady Rockets Classic and third at Henry County’s Ladycat Invitational.