Collins cheerleaders in state meet

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By Josh Cook

The Collins cheerleading squad will compete in the inaugural Kentucky High School Athletic Association Competitive Cheer Championships on Saturday at Western Kentucky University’s E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.

The Titans won the 8th Region title in Class AA’s Small Division last Saturday at Shelby County. Their competition is set to start at 2 p.m.


MY 8TH Region rankings

The No. 1 teams remain unchanged in my 8th Region basketball rankings this week, but there have been some changes behind them.



1.    Anderson County (12-2) –The Bearcats walloped Western Hills (94-59) last Friday, then rolled over Spencer County 88-72 on Tuesday night. They have a big game tonight against South Oldham.

2.    Collins (12-7) –The Titans, who improved to 6-1 in the 8th Region with their 69-48 victory over Spencer County on Wednesday night, have a big weekend against out-of-region competition ahead. They play at Bullitt East, which is No. 1 in the BluegreassPreps.com Top 20 and No. 3 in The Associated Press Top 10, tonight then play Henderson County at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Tom Creamer Classic at Shelby County. 

3.    Owen County (16-3) –The Rebels had won 10 of their last 11 heading into Thursday’s game against Middlesboro in the All “A” Classic. Owen will play at Simon Kenton on Tuesday.

4.    South Oldham (14-5) –The Dragons have won 10 of their last 12 games heading into tonight’s game at Anderson.

5.    Grant County (16-4) –The Braves have won six of their last seven games, including 48-43 over Simon Kenton last Friday.


1.    Anderson County (20-1) –The Bearcats had won 12 straight heading into Thursday night’s game at Collins. Anderson could have a tough game at Montgomery County on Tuesday night.

2.    Gallatin County (18-2) –The Wildcats have won 12 in a row heading into this morning’s All “A” Classic quarterfinal game against Louisville Holy Cross. Gallatin is 12-1 in the region so far this season. Its lone loss was a 60-50 setback on Dec. 11 to Owen County.

3.    Simon Kenton (18-3) –The Pioneers had won 13 in a row before Tuesday night’s 55-42 loss at Boone County.

4.    Owen County (14-5) –The Rebels, who play at Collins on Monday night, have won four of their last five heading into tonight’s game at Carroll County.

5.    Walton-Verona (12-9) –The Bearcats, who have played a very difficult schedule so far, lost 62-53 to Simon Kenton last Saturday.


Looking ahead

  • The Collins boys’ basketball team plays at Bullitt East (18-4), which is led by University of Kentucky recruit Derek Willis (considering the Wildcats play a home game Saturday don’t be shocked if UK Coach John Calipari makes an appearance) at 7:30 tonight. Then the Titans play Henderson County (17-2) at 2 p.m. Saturday in the second game of the Tom Creamer Classic at Shelby County. Next week Collins plays at Coach Chris Gaither’s alma mater, Grayson County, on Tuesday night and at Oldham County next Friday night before hosting Louisville Eastern next Saturday.
  • The Shelby County boys’ basketball team, which hosted Kentucky Country Day on Thursday night in the first of three home games in three days, hosts Oldham County (14-7) at 7:30 tonight in the Rockets’ Homecoming before hosting Beechwood (5-11) at 8 p.m. Saturday night in the final game of the Tom Creamer Classic. Shelby County plays at Frankfort on Tuesday before hosting Pendleton County next Friday.
  • The Collins girls’ basketball team, which hosted Anderson County on Thursday night, plays Mercer County (14-6) at noon Saturday in the first game of the Tom Creamer Classic at Shelby County before hosting Owen County and Bullitt Central on Monday and Tuesday. The Titans then have a 30th District game next Friday night at Spencer County. 
  • The Shelby County girls’ basketball team hosts Oldham County (8-10) at 6 tonight and Beechwood (7-11) at 6 p.m. Saturday night (as part of the Tom Creamer Classic) before playing at Lexington Christian on Tuesday, at Anderson County next Friday and at Western Hills next Saturday.
  • The Collins and Shelby County swim teams host their Winter Classic at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, then they turn around and have their Senior Nights on Wednesday, when they host Scott County, Nelson County and Thomas Nelson at the Family Activity Center at Clear Creek Park.


Titans at Wildcat Classic

Collins sent a contingent of track & field athletes to last Saturday’s Wildcat Classic at the University of Kentucky’s Nutter Fieldhouse, and several had solid performances.

On the boys’ side, juniors Kris Jones and Mark Bradford placed 11th and 22nd, respectively, in the shot put; junior Justin Downs finished 15th and junior Alex Sells 20th, respectively, in the 800-meter run; and the Titans’ 3,200 relay team placed seventh.

On the girls’ side, sophomore Sarah Erhard placed 22nd in the 60-meter dash; junior Brittany Smith placed 19th in the 200 and 25th in the 60; sophomore Lee Johnson finished 30th in the 60 and 33rd in the 200; and sophomore Sinead Maharrey placed 31st in the 800 and 36th in the 1-mile.


Sharks do well in Indy

The Shelby Sharks swim team had a solid showing at the Carmel (Ind.) Swim Club’s 2013 Dollar/Thrifty Winter Invitational last weekend at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. 

On the boys’ side for the Sharks, Paul Cozzens won the 13-14-year-old 200-yard breaststroke in a personal-best time of 2 minutes, 23.11 seconds. That was one of six top eight finishes for Cozzens, who was also third in the 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 200 individual medley. Meanwhile, Christian Taylor finished fourth in the open 100 backstroke with a personal-best time (53:85). He was also 14th in the open 200 backstroke.

On the girls’ side, Sydney Sell finished third in the open 200 backstroke and fourth in the open 100 backstroke. Meanwhile Connor Foster finished sixth in the 11-12 100 breaststroke and 12th in the 100 butterfly and Alex Taylor placed 11th in the 13-14 200 breaststroke, shaving 8-plus seconds off her original seed time. 

Three other Sharks qualified and competed in the meet. They were Mackenzie Weiland, Lydia Jackson, and Andi Weidman.



  • The draw show for the 2013 KHSAA Boys’ and Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls’ State basketball tournaments will be at 1 p.m. today. It can be seen online at www.khsaa.tv. The boys’ tourney will be March 6-10 at Rupp Arena in Lexington with the girls’ tournament March 13-16 at Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.