Lots of summer camps, awards

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By Josh Cook

Now that the high school spring sports are officially over, a summer full of camps, workouts, all-star games, etc. is under way.

Here is a quick look at some of the upcoming and/or recent activities involving teams, or athletes, from Shelby County:

  • A girls’ basketball summer team camp, which began Wednesday, concludes today at Collins High School. In one of the final two games, the Titans’ varsity is scheduled to take on the Shelby County varsity at 7 p.m. tonight. The Rockets will host their own team camp next week.
  • Meanwhile a boys’ basketball summer team camp, which began Thursday and includes Collins and Shelby County, concludes today at Shelby County High School.
  • Collins will also participate in this weekend’s Derek Smith Shootout. This 17th annual event, one of the top boys’ high school summer tourneys in the state, will be held today through Sunday at the gyms of Valley and Doss high schools. The Titans are playing in Pool I, which also includes Trinity II, Louisville Holy Cross and Rock Creek (Ind.). Pool play begins at 9 a.m. this morning while tournament play starts at 3:15 p.m. Saturday. The finals will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Valley.
  • Three girls from Collins will be participating in the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association’s 2013 East/West All-Star series Saturday and Sunday at Ballard High School. Recent graduate Bailey Rankin will play for the West Senior all-stars, and seniors-to-be Sydney Cloyd and Lindsey Ketcham will play for the West Junior all-stars. Collins Coach Suzanne Cates is one of four coaches for the West Junior all-stars. At 11 a.m. Saturday, Rankin’s West Senior all-stars will take on Cloyd, Ketcham and the rest of the West Junior all-stars. Then later in the day the West Seniors play the East Juniors at 1:30 p.m. before the West Juniors take on the East Seniors at 3:30 p.m. On Sunday, the West Junior all-stars play the East Junior all-stars at 11 a.m. before the West Seniors play the East Seniors at 1:30 p.m.
  • Collins senior-to-be football standout Dre Farris will attend at skills camp at the University of Louisville on Saturday. Last Saturday night Farris ran a 4.44-second 40-yard dash at the University of Kentucky’s Prime Time Camp. Then earlier this week he worked out at Western Kentucky University, which is one of two schools (along with the University of Toledo) to offer Farris a scholarship so far.


Other news & notes:

  • Earlier this week Rankin, Cloyd, Ketcham, as well as recent Collins grads Alex Baker and Lauren Shepherd, were announced as members of the KSCA’s Academic All-State first team. To make the first team players must have between a 3.75 and 4.0 grade-point average. Recent Shelby County grad Keaton Jesse also earned first-team recognition. 
  • Recent Collins graduate Buddy Johnson was named to the all-tournament team of last week’s 2013 KHSAA Baseball State Tournament, and fellow Collins grad Logan Bailey was one of four Forcht Bank Scholarship winners. 
  • Speaking of Bailey, his older brother, Trey, joined the UK baseball team this week. Bailey, a left-handed pitcher and a 2010 graduate of Shelby County, previously played at Georgetown College and Rend Lake (Ill.) College before joining the Wildcats. He’ll be joined at UK next season by 2011 Collins graduate Tyler Tipton and 2013 Collins graduate Austin Perry.


Other upcoming events: 

  • The River City Rovers, the Premier Development League men’s soccer team that is playing its home matches in Shelbyville, this summer, returns to action tonight. The Rovers (3-3-1), who are in third place in the PDL’s Great Lakes Division, host the Chicago Fire at 7 p.m. tonight at the Shelby County Athletic Complex. 
  • The Kentucky Storm, a local semi-pro football team that is playing its home games at Daniel Field, plays Saturday night. The Storm (2-0), which beat the Kentucky Wolverines by forfeit last week, play at the Derby City Thunder (1-0) at 5:30 p.m. at Flaget Field in Louisville. Admission is $5. 
  • Shelby Country Time Trial No. 3, the third of five bicycle time trials in the county this spring and summer, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at East Middle School. This time trial, as well as the next one July 17, will be 20 kilometers.