Karas sets mark to win Tates Creek Invitational

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By Josh Cook

Collins freshman Gabby Karas had a record-setting performance in Saturday’s Tates Creek Invitational cross-country meet.

Karas covered the 5,000-meter course at Lexington’s Masterson Station Park in a race record 18 minutes, 14.80 seconds.

“Gabby had a great race considering the two girls she beat, earlier in the season, ran close to eighteen minutes at Masterson Station on a different course,” Collins Coach Stephen Drawbaugh said. “To be able to beat them by over a minute is great heading into region and state.”

Led by Karas the Titans took third place with 84 points in the 8-team meet. Madison Central won with 49 points, and Lexington Catholic was second with 59.

“The girls’ team ran really well,” Drawbaugh said. “They beat Tates Creek that beat them earlier in the season at [the] Shelby County Invitational, so they are improving and moving in the right direction heading toward regional.”

In addition to Karas’ victory, sophomore Janette Hynes finished seventh in a personal-best 22:04.62 for the Titans. Junior Sinead Maharrey finished 23rd (23:49.06), freshman Hannah Stumbo placed 25th (23:49.30) and senior Katie Vogel in 31st (24:00.44), junior Elizabeth McGuire in 32nd (24:01.84) and junior Brandi Pratt in 45th (24:56.33).

SCHS 30TH IN GREATER LOUISVILLE:The Rockets posted 767 points Saturday in the 36-team event at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville. Nerinx Hall (Mo.) won with 54 points.

Junior Kayce Byrnside led the way for Shelby County, finishing 94th in 21:57.79, followed by freshman Suzanne Gayle in 137th (22:52.75), senior Kate Schaefer in 165th (23:25.99), freshman Jillian Gayle in 190th (24:09.38) and seventh-grader Carson Aldridge in 233rd (26:39.52).

“Kayce is continuing to improve and I’m excited for how her season has gone,” Rockets Coach Andrew Danner said. “Suzanne Gayle had a huge race, running a big PR, and Kate and Jill both ran well.”


BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY: Solinger 3rd at Tates Creek

Collins junior Jay Solinger finished in 16:45.76 Saturday in the boys’ race of the Tates Creek Invitational, less than 36 seconds behind Tates Creek junior Ben Young, who won in 16:09.54.

Led by Solinger the Titans finished seventh (with 180 points) out of 12 teams. Madison Central won with 62.

Also for Collins, sophomore Jacob Hershberger finished 27th (18:31.78), senior Stevie Smith 45th (19:28.88), freshman Matthew Hershberger 54th (20:00.41), junior Steven Cheppo 61st (20:21.10) and senior Cody Thompson 68th (21:04.34).

“The boys did not race as well as they have been over the past few weeks,” Drawbaugh said. “They still have some work to do in order to qualify for the state meet. Jay ran pretty well but got out a little fast, [5:01-02] for the first mile, and that hurt him for the rest of the race. [But] being in this type of race will help him going into region.”

SCHS 19TH AT GREATER LOUISVILLE:The Rockets scored 562 points Saturday at Tom Sawyer Park. Cabell Midland (W.V.) won with 124.

Freshman David Jacobs led Shelby County, finishing 77th in 17:56.83.

“I was excited for David,” Danner said. “We haven’t had anyone break eighteen since the split, so that was a big milestone for the team.”

Also for the Rockets, freshman Tyler Bates finished 100th (18:15.93), eighth-grader Kory Eades 142nd (18:47.63, a personal-best), eighth-grader David Armistead 151st (18:57.77, a personal-best), junior Alex Goodwin 154th (19:00.11), junior Mason Daugherty 183rd (19:25.96) and junior Tristan King 186th (19:28.27).


BOYS’ SOCCER: CHS wins 2, SCHS falls

The third-ranked Collins boys’ soccer team won a pair of matches late last week, topping Franklin County, 3-0, Thursday at Titans Stadium and beating Western Hills, 2-1, Saturday in Frankfort.

Against the Flyers, seniors Jeff Cook and Jack Oakey and junior Malik Shalash had goals, and seniors Austin Lanham and Caleb Vogel recorded the assists.

Against the Wolverines, Oakey and Lanham scored the goals, and Cook and Matt Vogel had assists.

Collins closes out its regular season at Kentucky Country Day at 6 p.m. Thursday.

SOUTH OLDHAM 9, SHELBY COUNTY 0:The Dragons handed the Rockets (5-11-1) their most lopsided loss of the season Thursday night in Crestwood.

Shelby County, which played at Bullitt East on Tuesday night, closes out its regular season against Fairdale at 7 p.m. Thursday night at the Shelby County Athletic Complex.


GIRLS’ SOCCER: SCHS goes 1-1; CHS wins

Shelby County lost its “Pink Out” match, 7-0, to visiting Thomas Nelson on Saturday but bounced back Monday to pound Pleasure Ridge Park, 6-1, at the Shelby County Athletic Complex.

Against the Panthers (6-5-2), sophomore Makayla Marr had a hat track, Logan Hall tallied two goals and Cali Mills notched one. Mills also had a pair of assists and Hall had one.

“We played really well; best all-around game of the season,” Shelby County Coach Joe Turner said.   

The Rockets (7-11-2) close out their regular season with their Senior Night (defender Taylor Claspill is the team’s lone senior) against Sayre at 6 tonight.

COLLINS 3, NORTH BULLITT 0:Lindsey Ketcham’s hat trick lifted the Titans (7-7) over the Eagles (10-5-4) on Monday night for their third victory in their past four matches. Seniors Haley Catlett and Brittany Whitehead assisted two of Ketcham’s goals.

Collins hosts John Hardin at 6 tonight on its Senior Night.


VOLLEYBALL: SCHS falls twice; CHS loses

SCHS fell, 3-2 (25-20, 22-25, 29-27, 20-25, 15-10), to visiting Anderson County in a 30th District match – and the Rockets’ “Senior Night” – Thursday at Mike Casey Gymnasium, then lost, 2-1 (9-25, 25-22, 25-15), at Seneca on Monday night.

Senior Dasia Jones recorded five kills, seven digs and two aces against the Bearcats, and senior Nikki Simmons tallied a team-high 10 digs and five kills. Junior Rachel Timperman led Shelby County with eight kills, and sophomore Abby Wills added seven.

Timperman tallied four kills, nine aces and five digs in the loss to the Redhawks.

Shelby County, which played at Spencer County on Tuesday night, hosts Oldham County at 6:30 Thursday night.

SCOTT COUNTY 3, COLLINS 1:The host Cardinals ended the Titans’ 6-match winning streak with a 25-16, 14-25, 25-12, 25-22 triumph Monday night.

Junior Macayla Martin and sophomore Lindsey Fow led Collins’ offensive attack with five kills apiece. Senior Tori Ladwig and junior MiChaela Stoudemire added four each. Junior setter Keri Perdue dished out 16 assists. Junior Koti Weaver led the Titans on defense with 16 digs. Martin also added two solo blocks.

Collins, which hosted Anderson County on Tuesday night, plays at Oldham County at 7:30 tonight and hosts Spencer County in a 30th District match at 7:30 Thursday night.