Rankin headed south to Southern

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Collins senior Bailey Rankin has committed to play softball at Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge, La.

“I really like the coach and the school,” Rankin said. “[Plus] it’s always warm there, and I love warm weather.”

Rankin is a two-year starter, so far, in the outfield for the Titans. She helped the team to an 8th Region runner-up finish in 2011 as a sophomore then last season, after moving to center field from left, helped Collins to an 18-16 record.

She said the coaches at Southern are projecting her to play behind the plate.

“They need a catcher,” said Rankin, who plays that position for her club team during the summer. “There’s an opportunity for me as far as playing wise.”

The Jaguars, who play in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, went 6-30 last season and will lose six seniors after next season.

“It’s a rebuilding program,” Rankin said.

She also visited Saginaw (Mich.) Valley State and the University of the Cumberlands.

“I wanted to figure out where I was going by Christmas,” Rankin said. “I didn’t want to have to worry about it and stress about it.”


20 footballers named all-district

Twenty football players from the county have been named first-team all-district by the Greater Louisville Football Coaches Association.

Eleven players from Collins made the Class AAAA, District 3 first team and nine from Shelby County made the Class 5A, District 4 first team.

Dre Farris led the Collins contingent. The junior made all-district at three positions – running back, defensive back and kick returner – to earn Player of the Year honors.

Farris was joined on the first team by 10 other Titans. They were senior Blake Ellis (offensive tackle), junior Lawson Page (quarterback), junior Jordan Parker (wide receiver), junior Nathan Sames (wide receiver), junior Kris Jones (offensive guard), junior Mark Bradford (defensive guard), junior Zach “Buck” Wilson (defensive end), junior Landon Forrest (outside linebacker), junior Masai Whyte (inside linebacker) and sophomore Blanton Creque (kicker).

Meanwhile Zach Shipley led the Shelby County contingent. The senior made all-district at three positions – quarterback, defensive back and punter – to earn Player of the Year honors. Shipley’s classmate Michael Barry earned all-district honors at two positions – wide receiver and kick returner.

Those two were joined on the team by seven other Rockets. They were senior Chase Manica (fullback), senior Hoyt Everson (offensive tackle), senior Zach Lingle (offensive guard), senior Devin Ashton (defensive end), senior Deric Hyman (inside linebacker), sophomore Garrett Perry (defensive guard) and freshman Malik Manica (outside linebacker).

Shelby County Coach Todd Shipley also earned Coach of the Year honors.

The complete teams are listed below.



QB - Lawson Page (Collins); RB - Dre Farris (Collins); FB - Quentin Shea (North Oldham), Will Eldridge (Spencer County); TE - Chris Dunbar (Spencer County); WR - Jordan Parker (Collins), Nathan Sames (Collins); T - Blake Ellis (Collins), William Currie (Spencer County); G - Simeon Coyler (Atherton), Kris Jones (Collins); C - Tyler Eldridge (Spencer County).


G - Mark Bradford (Collins), Chauncey Sellers (Waggener); T/E - Zach “Buck” Wilson (Collins), Chris Dunbar (Spencer County); OLB - Landon Forrest (Collins), Josh Smith (North Oldham), Cody Chesser (Spencer County); ILB - Masai Whyte (Collins), Dalton Goodlett (Spencer County); DB - Dre Farris (Collins), Arien Beasley (North Oldham), Michael Choe (North Oldham), Trent Holbrook (Spencer County).

Special teams

P - Chandler Stanke (Atherton); K - Blanton Creque (Collins); KR - Dre Farris (Collins), Arien Beasley (North Oldham).




QB - Zach Shipley (Shelby County); RB - Trevor Carnell (Bullitt Central); FB - Jesse Porter (Bullitt East), Chase Manica (Shelby County); TE - Tyler Bray (Bullitt Central); WR - Trent Meredith (Bullitt East), Michael Barry (Shelby County); T - Andrew Okruch (Bullitt East), Jeremy Flener (Bullitt Central), Hoyt Everson (Shelby County); G - Jake Rush (Bullitt East), Jacob Basil (Bullitt Central), Zach Lingle (Shelby County); C - Alex Gossett (Bullitt Central).


G - Trey Hurley (Bullitt East), Zach Smith (Bullitt Central), Garrett Perry (Shelby County); T/E - Jeremy Flener (Bullitt Central), Devin Ashton (Shelby County); OLB - Evan Kerr (Bullitt East), Zach Patton (Bullitt Central), Malik Manica (Shelby County); ILB - Travis Downing (North Bullitt), Deric Hyman (Shelby County); DB - Jesse Porter (Bullitt East), Mitchell Allen (North Bullitt), Zach Shipley (Shelby County).

Special teams

P - Zach Shipley (Shelby County); K - Devyn Noe (Bullitt East), Michael Barry (Shelby County); KR - Trevor Carnell (Bullitt Central).


Looking ahead

  • In addition to tonight’s game against Shelby County, the Collins boys’ basketball team hosts Christian Academy of Louisville (6-1 through Wednesday) at 7:30 p.m. Monday before beginning play in the prestigious King of the Bluegrass tournament. The Titans take on Hopkinsville (3-1) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in their first game at Fairdale. If they win they’ll play the winner between Ballard and Butler on Friday. If they lose they’ll take on the loser of that game.
  • Meanwhile, the Shelby County boys’ basketball team plays at Model at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night, then at Franklin County at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.
  • After tonight’s county-clash against Shelby County, the Collins girls’ basketball team will play in South Oldham’s Lady Dragon Hoop Fest next week. The Titans will take on Madison Central at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in their first game in the tournament.
  • Meanwhile, the Shelby County girls’ basketball team plays at Bullitt Central at 5:45 p.m. Saturday in the Bullitt County Challenge. The Rockets host district-rival Spencer County at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
  • The Collins and Shelby County swim teams, which compete in the Woodford County Invitational on Saturday, host five others (Frankfort, Franklin County, Western Hills, Nelson County and Thomas Nelson) in a meet at 6 p.m. next Wednesday at the Family Activity Center.


Clear Creek toy drive

The Clear Creek Golf Center is having a “Drive Fore The Kids” toy drive. The center is offering a free small range bucket of balls for each donation. It is trying to collect 100 toys by Dec. 22. The drive will benefit Operation Care, Mercy Medical and Omega House Shelter.




  • The Collins football team has filled its schedule for next season. The Titans will take on Simon Kenton in their first game of 2013.
  • Collins High School is having its Title IX audit and will have a public comment session from 3-3:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the school’s library.