Collins girls move to 4-1 after easy, soggy victories

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By Josh Cook

The Collins girls’ soccer team improved to 4-1 Monday night with a 1-0, waterlogged victory over visiting North Hardin. That followed up the Titans’ 12-0 flogging of host Fort Knox Thursday night in a match that ended at halftime via the mercy rule. 


In that game, Lindsey Ketcham, Shelby Vogel and Jenna Miracle tallied two goals apiece, and Brooke Singleton, Brittany Whitehead, Marysa Maier, Summer Shannon, Leslie Hobbs and goalie Emily Hinkle had one each.

Whitehead and Vogel each added two assists, and Hinkle, Lee Johnson, Miranda Maier and Ashley Preher tallied one apiece for the Titans, who host Owen County at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Louisville Holy Cross at 6 p.m. Thursday.

SCHS WINS 2:The Rockets beat visiting Fern Creek, 5-2, last Thursday, then topped host Thomas Nelson, 5-3, Monday night in Bardstown, thanks in large part to eight goals by senior midfielder Callie Greiner.

Against the Tigers, the teams traded four first-half goals ­– both of Shelby’s were by Greiner – before the Rockets broke it open in the second half.

“We started the game very slowly,” Shelby County Coach Joe Turner said. “In the second half it was much different. We were the aggressor the whole half.” 

Senior Sandra Cleary’s rebound goal gave the Rockets the lead for good early in the second half, and Cali Mills’ goal extended the lead. Greiner capped off her hat trick with the final goal of the match.

“[I was] a little disappointed in the way we came out and played very flat but much happier with the second half," Turner said.

Against the first-year Generals, Greiner scored all five of Shelby County’s goals. She had a hat trick in the first half to stake the Rockets to a 3-1 lead.

“We didn't play a bad game, just not a really solid game,” Turner said. “We made a bunch of mistakes throughout our midfield that hurt us defensively. Because the defense pushed up to the midfield line we were able to exploit them with Callie Greiner's speed and ballhandling. Callie tallied all five of our goals by simply taking the ball at their defensive back line and dribbling to the goal and scoring.

“Defensively, our back line of Arielle Greiner, Anna Collins, Morgan Seppinfield, Sam Orange and keeper Catie Wibbels were able to cover most of our mistakes and keep them out of the net more than they were.”

Shelby County (3-2-1) plays at Franklin County at 7 tonight.


Cross country: SCHS opens at Tiger Run

Shelby County’s boys' team finished 35th and the girls used only three runners in their opening event Saturday in St. Xavier’s Tiger Run at Louisville Champions Park. “As a whole I was happy,” Shelby County Coach Andrew Danner said. “We had four boys faster than our top runner at this meet last year. We had some big PR's as well. I think we are going to see some big drops in times later in the season.”

Sophomore Alex Dunn led the Rockets, finishing in 237th place with a time under 20 minutes (19:57.78). Dunn was closely followed by a trio of teammates – sophomore Tristan King was 241st, junior Brandon Drane 244th and senior Logan Hull 247th.

“The girls’ varsity [runners] are also ahead of where they were at this time last year,” Danner said. Sophomore Kayce Brynside finished 99th (22:38.09), and her classmate Alexis Shepard finished in 110th and senior Jordan Webb in 145th.

“I'm expecting big things from our top three,” Danner said. “We also had a couple of new girls step up to where they are looking like potential varsity runners for us.”

Shelby County will host its invitational Saturday.


Girls’ golf: SCHS takes 3rd

Junior Jordan Webb was the medalist and sophomore Madison Thomas took third as Shelby County finished third – behind two Sacred Heart Academy teams – in the Bluegrass Invitational on Saturday. Webb fired 2-under-par 70 at Glenmary Country Club, and Thomas carded a 74.

“Jordan looks to be back on track, which is huge!” Shelby County Coach Anna Simpson said. “[And] Madison continued to play well.”

Eighth-grader Lilly Young also added an 81 and Jamie Bradley a 103 for the Rockets, who played without freshman Tiffany Grasch (muscle pull).

“Lilly played well also,” Simpson said. “She had one bad hole. She's so close to consistently being in the seventies. We just have to figure out how to get the one or two bad holes out of each round. 

“Jamie really stepped up with Tiffany's absence. She took corrections well and left her driver in the bag. I've got a month to get her in the nineties before region. If she works hard and does that, then we should be in good shape for region and hopefully state.”

SCHS 159, OLDHAM 246:The Rockets won Thursday at Oldham County Country Club. Webb led Shelby County with 37, and Thomas and Young each added 39s.

The Rockets, who play in a quad match against Anderson County, Franklin County and Western Hills today at Juniper Hills, return to that course Saturday for the Gene Hilen Invitational.


Boys’ golf: Collins takes 7th, Shelby 8th at CKC tourney

Collins shot 347 to finish seventh, and SCHS posted 357 for eighth at the Central Kentucky Conference Tournament on Saturday. Sayre won the team title with a score of 311 at Canewood Golf Course in Georgetown.

“We played pretty bad and had our worst scores of the year,” Collins Coach Mike Griffin said. “I’m not sure why, but it was kind of disappointing after going through the season undefeated and winning the Western Division and being named overall team champions with a five and oh record.”

Senior Turner Mayton led the Titans with 85, and junior Chandler White carded 86.  Mayton and junior Michael Troutman earned second-team all-conference honors.

Meanwhile sophomore Dakota Baatz paced Shelby at the CKC with an 84 and junior Isaac Martin added an 86.

“There are several positive things that I noticed in our play at the CKC tournament,” Shelby County Coach Matt Redmon said. “We shot essentially the same score in this tournament as we did in our first tournament of the year at Weissinger. In my opinion, Canewood is a harder course than Weissinger. It's much tighter in the fairways, and the greens are smaller targets. This shows me that we have made a significant improvement as a team. Isaac Martin had a good day and was able to get back-to-back birdies, something he has never done before. Tanner [Brandenburg] had some excellent shots, including a chip in and an excellent recovery shot out of long grass.

“We also improved in our mental game. In the past, we have had trouble mentally recovering from bad shots. I would say that the mental aspect of our game is our largest stumbling block at this point, however, we have a very young team - two juniors and three sophomores played in the CKC – and this will improve with maturity and experience.”

COLLINS 159, WESTERN HILLS: 173: Collins prepped for the CKC at Shelbyville Country Club last Thursday, with Mayton and Troutman tying for the low round with 37.

Mayton was awarded medalist honors thanks to his par on the ninth hole.


Boys’ soccer: Collins beats Manual; SCHS falls

Collins defeated 20th-ranked DuPont Manual, 4-1, this past Thursday night behind goals from Zack Miller, Ryan Metcalf, Jack Oakey and Chris Shuck. Collins (4-0-1), which hosted DeSales on Tuesday night, hosts Mercer County at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

SCHS FALLS TO SAYRE:The Rockets fell, 4-1, to host Sayre this past Thursday night. “When playing Sayre last year, we found out that they were really fast,” Shelby County Coach Tony Wood said. “They returned twelve seniors from last year's team, and we knew we'd have to slow the game down to have a chance against them. Our game plan was effective and at the half it was one-oh Sayre.

“Then in the second half we came out flat, and Sayre scored a quick goal on us. We regrouped and narrowed their lead off a goal by Ethan Patterson. Then with about twenty minutes left in the game, we became fatigued and lost our mental grasp on the game.”

The Rockets (2-3), who hosted Franklin County on Tuesday night, host Anderson County in a 30th District match at 7 Thursday night.


Volleyball: Collins, SCHS fall

Collins team was swept, 3-0, by North Bullitt on Monday night in Shepherdsville, 25-21, 25-6, 25-19. Senior Aaliyah Wells paced Collins with nine kills, and sophomore setter Keri Perdue had nine assists.

The Titans (5-5), who hosted Franklin County on Tuesday night, play at Pleasure Ridge Park at 6:30 tonight.

FRANKLIN CO. def. SCHS, 3-2:The host Flyers outlasted the Rockets in five sets – 21-25, 25-22, 25-23, 21-25, 15-11 – Monday night in Frankfort.  Shelby County (4-4) next plays at Western Hills on Sept. 4.