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Shelby County senior Zach Shipley led the way for the Shelby County boys’ track & field team at the Eastern Relays, which took place Friday and Saturday at the University of Louisville.
Shipley captured the 300-meter hurdles with one of the fastest times in the state this season – 39.33 seconds. That wasn’t far off the 39.19 run by North Hardin’s Dante Johnson against Shipley in the Heart of the Bluegrass meet on April 20.
Led by Shipley the Rockets finished in 16th-place, scoring 18 points. Christian Brothers (Mo.) won the meet, which featured some talented teams from in and out of the state, with 66 points.
Shelby County’s other points came from senior Michael Barry, who finished fourth in the 110 hurdles, and from its sixth-place-finishing 1,600 sprint medley relay team of Shipley, Barry, senior Stuart Orange and sophomore Jacob Gowin.
The Collins contingent was led by junior Justin Downs, who finished 19th in the 800.
On the girls’ side, Mason (Ohio) captured the team title with 83 points. Shelby County tied for 39th with 3 points.
The Rockets’ points came from their sixth-place 800 sprint medley relay team of sophomore Olivia Matlin, senior Gina Stanula, freshman Madison Todd and senior Abby Siegel.
“Overall it was a good meet,” Shelby County Coach Nick Edwards said. “Saturday didn’t go quite as well as we had hoped, but I think running on Friday night had a big impact on Saturday. Our medley relays performed really well.”
Eighth-grader Gabby Karas led the Collins contingent, finishing ninth in the 1-mile.
Collins and Shelby County will both compete in Oldham County’s Sundown Invitational on Thursday.
SOFTBALL: CHS falls; SCHS blanked
Visiting Bullitt Central scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to beat Collins, 6-4, on Thursday. The teams had been tied at 2 at the end of the first inning, 3 at the end of the fourth and 4 at the end of the fifth before the Cougars (9-3) won the game in the seventh.
Junior Lindsey Ketcham led the Titans (11-14) at the plate, going 2-for-3. Also for Collins, senior Bailey Rankin scored two runs, and sophomore Shelbi Poehlein hit a 2-run homer.
The Titans play at Bullitt East at 6 p.m. today.
SHELBY COUNTY SHUTOUT TWICE:A pair of ranked teams blanked the Rockets: visiting Oldham County, which is seventh in the state coaches poll, 9-0, on Thursday and No. 11 Bullitt East, 3-0, on Friday.
The Colonels (21-3) scored six runs in the seventh inning to break open a close game. Shelby County had four more errors than hits (seven to three).
The Chargers (23-3) plated one run in the fifth and two more in the seventh to put away the Rockets (8-16), who managed just one hit and were the victim of 11 strikeouts.
Shelby County plays at Jeffersontown at 6 p.m. today.
GIRLS’ TENNIS: SCHS, CHS win
Shelby County outlasted Carroll County, 3-2, Thursday at Carrolton then beat Bullitt East, 4-1, Monday at Clear Creek Park.
Against the Panthers, the Rockets’ victories came at No. 3 singles, in which Abby Betts won by default, in No. 1 doubles, when Rachel Dove and Jordan Rood triumphed, 6-2, 7-5, and in No. 2 doubles, when Abbey Gowin and Melanie Roley won, 6-0, 6-0.
Against the Chargers, the Rockets swept the singles matches and also won at No. 1 doubles. In singles junior Mana Shimizu won, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 1; junior Hailey Coffey, 6-0, 6-0, in No. 2; and sophomore Emalee Turley, 6-3, 6-4, in No. 3. In No. 1 doubles, Dove and Rood won, 7-6 (7-5), 0-6, 1-0 (10-6).
Shelby County, which played at Gallatin County on Tuesday, closes out its regular season against Frankfort today.
COLLINS 3, WESTERN HILLS 2:The Titans (6-8) capped off their regular season in Frankfort on Thursday by winning all three singles matches.
In No. 1 singles junior Paige Kregor triumphed, 6-1, 6-1; in No. 2 sophomore Ashley Quinn won, 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6); and in No. 3 seventh-grader Tatum Watson was victorious, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).
The Titans will be in action next Monday in the 8th Region Tournament at Western Hills.
BOYS’ TENNIS: SCHS wins twice; CHS falls
Shelby County blanked North Bullitt, 5-0, Friday and beat Bullitt East, 3-2, Monday at Clear Creek Park.
Against the Eagles, the Rockets won four matches in two sets. The only match they had to work overtime was in No. 1 singles, when junior Ethan Russell triumphed, 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (15-13), in a super tiebreaker. Also in singles, freshman Jeron Russell won in No. 2, 6-0, 6-2, and junior Doug Martin in No. 3, 6-1, 6-1. In doubles, sophomores Jimmy Welman and Luke Dove won, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), at No. 1 and freshman Josh Barry and senior Matt Wall triumphed, 6-2, 7-5, in No. 2.
Against the Chargers, the Rockets’ victories came in Nos. 1 and 3 singles and at No. 2 doubles. Ethan Russell triumphed, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, in No. 1, and senior Zach Brown won, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, in No. 3. In No. 2 doubles Dove and Stuart Orange were victorious, 6-1, 7-5.
Shelby County wraps up its regular season today at Collegiate.
WESTERN HILLS 3, COLLINS 2:The Wolverines defeated the Titans in their regular-season finale in Frankfort.
Collins’ victories came in No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles. Freshman Tucker Judy triumphed, 6-3, 6-1, in singles and senior Wil Johnson and junior Luke Noel teamed to win, 6-3, 7-6 in doubles.
The Titans will be in action next Monday in the 8th Region Tournament at Franklin County.