Barry shines in all-star game

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Karas named state’s Ms. Cross Country

By Josh Cook

Shelby County senior Michael Barry earned most valuable player honors for his team in last Sunday’s Greater Louisville Football Coaches Association’s East/West All-Star football game at Fairdale.

Barry caught a touchdown pass and also picked up a fumble, on a kickoff, and returned it for another TD to help the East to a 28-14 victory.

Shelby County senior lineman Zach Lingle also played for the East team.

Collins seniors Blake Ellis, a lineman, and Logan Bailey, a running back/linebacker, were selected to play in the game but were unable to play because of the Titans’ participation in the Class AAAA state championship game.

In other football news:

§ Shelby County senior quarterback/defensive back Zach Shipley will play in Sunday’s Best of the Bluegrass All-Star game at St. Xavier. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m.

§ Last Saturday Shipley and his father, Rockets Coach Todd Shipley, were at Western Kentucky University’s L.T. Smith Stadium to receive their Class 5A, District 4 player and coach of the year awards presented by the Kentucky Football Coaches Association. They received their awards during halftime of Bowling Green’s 34-20 victory over Cooper at Feix Field.


Karas is Ms. Cross Country

Collins eighth-grader Gabby Karas was recently named Ms. Cross Country by the Kentucky Track & Cross Country Coaches Association.

Last month Karas captured her second consecutive Class AA state title. She covered the 5,000-meter course at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington in a record time of 17 minutes, 44.18 seconds – besting the record set by her older sister, Caterina, in 2010.

Karas was also the Class AA girls’ Runner of the Year as well as the state’s female Middle School Runner of the Year.

Meanwhile, on the boys’ side, Collins senior Devon Fielding was named to the All-State first team, and sophomore Jay Solinger made the second team.

Fielding finished seventh – his second consecutive top-10 finish – and Solinger came in 14th at State.  


Collins boys, SCHS girls earn golf honors

Several members of the Collins boys’ and Shelby County girls’ golf teams recently received honors from the Kentucky Golf Coaches Association.

Collins senior Turner Mayton and juniors Michael Atkins and Michael Troutman were named to the All-Region 6 team, and Titans Coach Mike Griffin earned co-coach of the year honors.

Meanwhile Shelby County junior Jordan Webb and sophomore Madison Thomas were selected to the girls’ All-Region 5 team.


Smith honored

Long-time West Middle School girls’ basketball coach Dana Smith was honored Tuesday night in between East-West basketball games. Smith, who has 20 years of service to the basketball program, was celebrated with a dedication and unveiling of a banner in the gym.

On Monday night, the East boys beat West in the eighth-grade game after West won the sixth- and seventh-grade games.


Casey Classic on Saturday

The second Mike Casey Classic, named for the former Rockets great, will be Saturday at Shelby County.

The four-game basketball extravaganza tips off at 1 p.m. at Mike Casey Gymnasium with Shelby County hosting Carroll County in a junior varsity girls’ game. A varsity contest between the Rockets and Panthers will follow at 2:30 p.m.

At 4:30 the Collins boys’ team takes on Southern before the Shelby County boys host Atherton around 6:30 in the final game of the night.

Casey, the 1966 Mr. Basketball, led the Rockets to their first state title that year. He went on to a standout career at the University of Kentucky.


Looking ahead

§ The Collins and Shelby County swim teams host their annual Holiday Classic beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Family Activity Center at Clear Creek Park.

§ In addition to its participation in the Mike Casey Classic, the Collins boys’ basketball team hosts South Oldham at 7:30 tonight in a match-up of two of the preseason favorites in the 8th Region. The Titans beat the Dragons in the first round of the regional tournament last season. Then Tuesday, Collins hosts highly-regarded Madison Central at 7:30 p.m. Three days after that the Titans host Shelby County in the first cross-county showdown of the season.

§ Meanwhile the Shelby County boys play at Mercer County at 7:30 tonight. Those two teams split a pair of games last season. The Rockets open district play at Anderson County at 7:30 Tuesday night before they play at Collins.

§ The Collins girls’ basketball team, which hosted Spencer County on Thursday night in its first district game of the season, hosts Central Hardin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday before hosting Shelby County at 6 p.m. next Friday.

§ In addition to its Casey Classic game against Carroll County, the Shelby County girls’ basketball team hosts Campbellsville at 7:30 tonight. Senior forward Kirstin Dugle, who sat out all of last season with a knee injury, is expected to make her season debut. The Rockets also play at Tates Creek at 8 p.m. Tuesday before traveling to Collins next Friday.


Clear Creek toy drive

The Clear Creek Golf Center is having a “Drive Fore The Kids” toy drive. The center is offering a free small range bucket of balls for each donation. It is trying to collect 100 toys by Dec. 22. The drive will benefit Operation Care, Mercy Medical and Omega House Shelter.



§ In Wednesday’s paper I mentioned that Collins football coach Jerry Lucas was looking for a 10th game for his schedule next season. He found it. The Titans will host Simon Kenton in Week 10 next season.