Collins boys’ soccer team loses 1st match of season

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By Josh Cook

No. 22 Bethlehem handed the seventh-ranked Collins boys’ soccer team its first loss of the season Tuesday night in Male’s Bulldog Cup.
Senior forward Zack Miller scored the Titans’ lone goal in the 2-1 loss.
Collins (9-1-1), which played Christian Academy of Louisville on Thursday evening in its second match of the event, is slated to play Scott at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in its third match at Male.


BOYS’ SOCCER: SCHS falls to No. 19 S. Oldham
The No. 19 Dragons won, 3-0, Tuesday night at the Shelby County Athletic Complex. The Dragons tallied two goals in the first half and another in the second.
“As a coach I am never happy with a loss,” Rockets Coach Tony Wood said. “With that said, [Tuesday] night’s match provided me with a great coaching moment for our team.
“I’ve seen South Oldham play this year and [Tuesday] night they brought their ‘A’ game. Usually you don’t want a team’s ‘A’ game, but I was eager to see how my guys would react to playing against a team who was performing at such a high level. While we came out flat in the first thirty minutes of the game, and gave up two quick goals, we were able to regain our shape on the field and played South toe-to-toe the final fifty minutes. What impressed me the most about our team was that they never strayed from our game plan. Even when we came out flat and were struggling to make good passes [and] runs, we were still attempting to play our game. This tells me that our team is becoming fundamentally sound in the mental aspect of the game, which is something that a lot of teams struggle with. In the end, I believe we were able to take a lot from this game.”
The Rockets (5-8, 0-2 in the 30th District), who hosted Spencer County in a district match Thursday evening, host Henry County at 7 p.m. Monday then play at North Bullitt at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

VOLLEYBALL: SCHS’ winning streak ends
The Rockets had won eight in a row before losing, 25-23, 25-21, to Scott County on Tuesday night at Mike Casey Gymnasium.
“The start of our match began slow with the girls having to come from behind to stay in the game,” Shelby County Coach Felicia Pace said. “The second game began better but the girls never really gained control. Scott had some tough offensive attacks that kept us moving around the court consistently. With a few passing breakdown moments we were not able to seal the deal during our leads.”
Senior Shelby Tooke led the Rockets on offense with five kills. She also had five digs, as did Kyndle Pace and Dasia Jones.
Shelby County, which hosted Anderson County in a district match Thursday night, hosts cross-town rival Collins at 6:30 p.m. Monday and then Beth Haven the next night.

VOLLEYBALL: Collins wins match, Cure competition
The Titans beat visiting Henry County, 3-1, on Wednesday night and also defeated the Wildcats in fundraising in their Volley for the Cure match benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Collins, which won, 23-25, 25-10, 25-23, 25-13, received some solid serving in the second (nine aces) and fourth (eight aces) sets. Senior middle blocker Aaliyah Wells led the team with 13 kills and also accounted for six digs and three blocks. Senior Adrienne Holtzworth recorded seven of the team’s 26 aces, sophomore MiChaela Stoudemire added 11 kills, four aces, 18 digs, and three blocks and sophomore setter Keri Perdue had 23 assists.
Off the court, Collins raised $1,517.96 to Henry County’s $1,251.50 (which meant the Wildcats’ coaching staff had to wear Titans shirts during the last three sets). Additionally all the proceeds from the night – including the referees’ pay (which Titans assistant coach Nick Buchert also matched) – went to the Komen Foundation.
“The most important part of the night was recognizing and remembering those who have been affected by breast cancer and cancer in general,” Buchert said. “We look forward to making this event bigger and bigger each year. Ultimately we’d like to try and reach a goal of ten thousand dollars for one game, and so far we have gotten off to a good start towards that goal.”
Collins (7-11) hosts the first Titan Volleyball Challenge on Saturday. The Titans’ first match in the eight-team event is at 9 a.m. The other participating squads include Pleasure Ridge Park, Henry County, Atherton, Valley, Fort Knox, Ballard and Whitesville Trinity.

GOLF: Long wins low gross
Shelbyville’s Dennis Long posted the first-place low-gross score Tuesday in the 1st Flight of the Kentucky Senior Golf Association Fall Special at Lake Forest Country Club. Long carded a 69 on the par-72 course. Meanwhile, Shelbyville’s Ralph Mitchell won the low gross in the 3rd Flight with his score of 74.