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Collins freshman Gabby Karas, a three-time cross-country state champion, will try for a national championship Saturday.
Karas will compete in the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships at 12:15 p.m. EST at Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif. She finished fourth in Foot Locker’s South Regional on Nov. 30 in Charlotte, N.C., covering the 5,000-meter course in 17 minutes and 7 seconds – the fastest time ever run by a Kentucky girl.
Karas captured her third consecutive Class AA state title Nov. 9, when she ran a course-record 17:39.04 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
Saturday’s race will be Webcast live at www.footlockercc.com.
Collins’ celebration today
The Collins fall sports state title celebration, which is open to the community, is slated to start at 2:30 p.m. today in the high school’s gymnasium. The school will recognize individual cross-country state champions Karas and Jay Solinger as well as the football team, which captured its first title last Saturday with a 37-34 victory over Fort Thomas Highlands in the Class AAAA final.
Former governor and school namesake Martha Layne Collins is scheduled to attend, along with several local dignitaries.
Holiday Classic rescheduled for Jan. 11
The Collins and Shelby County annual Holiday Classic swim meet, scheduled for last Saturday, was postponed. It has been rescheduled for Jan. 11 at the Family Activity Center in Clear Creek Park.
The Titans and Rockets will be back in action Saturday, when they participate in the Woodford County Invitational. The meet is slated to begin at 10 a.m. in Versailles.
SCHS cheerleading competes at state
The Shelby County cheerleading squad will compete in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Competitive Cheer Championships at 11:05 a.m. Saturday at Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
The Rockets won the 8th Region’s “medium” division on Nov. 23 at Mike Casey Gymnasium.
Mike Casey Classic on Saturday
Shelby County will host the second Mike Casey Classic on Saturday. The Rockets’ girls’ and boys’ basketball teams will play the final two games in the 3-game event.
The classic begins at Casey Gymnasium with a boys’ game between South Warren and North Hardin at 4 p.m.. Then Shelby’s girls will play Gallatin County at 5:30 p.m., with the Rockets’ boys’ squad facing off against Bullitt East at 7.
All-star football games
Collins seniors Dre Farris and Masai Whyte are slated to play in the Best of the Bluegrass Senior All-Star football game at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Xavier High School in Louisville.
Farris, an all-purpose back, and Whyte, a linebacker, helped lead the Titans to their first state championship last Saturday at Western Kentucky University, where both have committed to play collegiately.
Another player with local ties also is playing in the game: St. X senior wide receiver Dekota Jones, the son of Connie Jones, a former Shelby County resident, and the grandson of Bill and Mary Jones of Finchville.
In other all-star game action, Shelby County seniors Dalton Thompson and Nick Waurio were scheduled to compete in the Greater Louisville Football Coaches Association’s East-West All-Star football game, Thursday night at Western High School in Louisville. The game had been scheduled for Sunday before being rescheduled for Monday night, then rescheduled again for Thursday night.