Girls' lax tourney Saturday

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Kessinger, Hershey, Young, Metcalf sign

By Josh Cook

The Collins girls’ lacrosse team will host the 2014 Titan Challenge Invitational on Saturday.


The six-team event will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude with the 4 p.m. finals.

The host Titans take on Atherton’s Rebelhawks at 9 a.m. before playing Elizabethtown at 11:30 a.m. Each match will feature a 22-minute running clock with a 5-minute halftime.

The three other participating teams are North Oldham, Male and Bryan Station.

After round-robin play there will be the Titan Challenge Round. It will feature: 1. A random draw; 2. Three rounds with no time limit; 3. Five points for a win, 0 for a loss. The first to 10 points wins the round. Points will be added to totals from previous games to determine who plays in the finals; 4. Format is 4-on-4 (three field players plus a goalie); 5. During the Challenge round there are no substitutions unless a player is injured. Substitutions are allowed between rounds; 6. Yellow or red cards will cause immediate loss of that round.

The groups and complete schedule are listed below:

A: 1. North Oldham; 2. Male; 3. Bryan Station. B: 1. Collins; 2. Atherton; 3. Elizabethtown.

9 a.m. – North Oldham vs. Male (stadium); Collins vs. Atherton (JV field).

10 a.m. – Eastern vs. Manual makeup match.

11:30 a.m. – Collins vs. E-town (stadium); North Oldham vs. Bryan Station (JV field).

12:30 p.m. – Another makeup game.

2 p.m. – Male vs. Bryan Station (stadium); Atherton vs. E-town (JV field).

3 p.m. – Titan Challenge Round.

4 p.m. – Final.


Kessinger inks with Army

Shelby County graduate Collin Kessinger, who has spent this school year at Mercersburg (Penn.) Academy, recently signed to swim at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Kessinger was a standout for the Rockets, finishing fifth in the state in the 200-yard individual medley and sixth in the 100 breaststroke as a senior after finishing fifth and ninth in those events as a junior and ninth and seventh, in those events as a sophomore.

This past season Kessinger was a co-captain for Mercersburg, whose alums have made 24 appearances in the Olympic Games. She set a school-record in the 200 IM (2 minutes, 5.33 seconds) and was named the team’s most outstanding female swimmer. She won the Mid-Atlantic Prep League title in the 200 IM and placed sixth in the event at the prestigious Eastern Interscholastic Swimming & Diving Championships.


Hershey signs with Hanover

Collins senior Zack Hershey signed to play football for Hanover (Ind.) College last Friday in the high school’s library. Hershey, an offensive lineman, helped the Titans to the Class AAAA state championship this past season.

Hershey was injured early in the season, but he returned late and was a key cog in Collins’ postseason run.


Young, Metcalf sign with Asbury

Collins seniors Matt Young and Ryan Metcalf signed to play men’s soccer at Asbury University on Wednesday afternoon in the high school’s library.

Both were starters and vital members of the Titans team that went 15-4-2 last fall and captured its second consecutive 30th District title.

Both tallied two goals while Metcalf recorded four assists, and Young three, for Collins, which was unbeaten in its first 10 matches, including a victory over then-No. 1 St. Xavier.

“I don’t know if I’ve had two kids who were better leaders than these two,” Collins Coach Scott Cress said at their signing.