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SPORTS DIGEST: Karas 2nd in girls’ Dream Mile

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By Josh Cook

Collins freshman Gabby Karas finished second in the girls’ Dream Mile on Friday night at St. Xavier High School in Louisville.
Karas, a three-time cross country state champion and a three-time state champ on the track, covered the mile in 5 minutes, 4.43 seconds.
Sacred Heart Academy’s Maggie Allen won the race in 4:59.99.
COLLINS, SCHS COMPETE IN SUNDOWN INVITATIONAL: The Titans and Rockets both had solid showings in Oldham County’s Sundown Invitational last Thursday in Buckner.
Collins finished 15th and Shelby County 17th in the boys’ meet, while the Titans tied for 17th and the Rockets tied for 14th in the girls’ meet.
Floyd Central (Ind.) won the boys’ meet and Male won the girls’ meet.
Junior Jay Solinger led Collins boys’ team. He tallied all 14 of the Titans’ points, finishing second in the 1-mile run and third in the 3,200-meter run.
Meanwhile Shelby County scored nine points thanks to sophomore Michael Perry’s fifth-place finish in the high jump and a seventh-place finish from its 1,600 relay team of Trey Biram, Luke Brown, Tyus Ford and Devon Mantilla.
On the girls’ side, Shelby County scored 14 points. For the Rockets, Olivia Matlin finished third in the triple jump and Makayla Marr and Kate Schaefer came in seventh and eighth, respectively in the pole vault. Shelby County’s 1,600 relay team of Matlin, Marr, Lahryn Bailey and Sarah Hollingsworth also finished eighth.
The Titans, who scored six points, were led by their 400 and 800 relay teams of Evonie Daugherty, Sarah Erhard, Lee Johnson and Zantasha King. That quartet finished fourth, and eighth, respectively in those races.
SCHS BOYS 2ND, GIRLS 3RD AT CLASH OF CLASSES: The Rockets’ boys finished second and their girls third at the Clash of Classes on Monday at Walden in Louisville.
On the boys’ side, Shelby County scored 121 points, thanks in part to seven second-place finishes in the 16 events. Trinity won with 129 points. The Rockets’ runner-ups were freshman David Jacobs in the 1,600, freshman David Armistead in the 800, Breamon Harris in the triple jump, Mantilla in the high jump, Tanner Bryant in the discus and their 400 and 1,600 relay teams. The 400 relay squad was comprised of Biram, Ke’Shawn Catlett, Ford and Drew Mack. The 1,600 relay team was made up of Biram, Brown (who was also third in the 400), Catlett and Ford.
On the girls’ side, Shelby County scored 83 points and Sacred Heart Academy won with 143. The Rockets received first-places in four events. Matlin won the triple jump (34-feet) and tied for first in the long jump (14-feet, 6-inches), sophomore Madison Todd took the 200 (28.10 seconds) and their 400 relay team of Bailey, Matlin, Cali Mills and Morgan Rood was also victorious (in 52.84).

SOFTBALL: CHS wins 2; SCHS goes 1-2

The Collins softball team won its third and fourth consecutive games last Thursday and Monday. The Titans topped Butler 10-6 Thursday before rallying to top North Oldham 6-5 Monday.
Against the Bearettes, a six-run second and a three-run sixth helped Collins Coach Suzanne Cates defeat her alma mater.
Senior Sydney Cloyd’s second-inning grand slam helped the Titans open up a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Sophomore Janette Hynes had a team-high two hits and she, Cloyd and Shelbi Poehlein scored two runs apiece.
Seventh-grader Carson Murray picked up the victory and freshman Hannah Renfro notched the save for Collins.
Against the Mustangs, Sam Veal’s two-out, two-RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the host Titans the win.
The Hynes twins, Janelle and Janette, had two hits apiece to lead Collins at the plate while Cloyd matched Veal’s two RBIs with two of her own.
In the bottom of the seventh, Cloyd reached on a one-out error before a pitch hit Danaria Lewis. Then, after Murray grounded out, senior Lindsey Ketcham walked to load the bases to set up Veal.
Renfro picked up the victory thanks to two-thirds of an inning of relief. Murray started the game. She gave up five runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits while walking one and striking out five.
Collins (13-18), which hosted Shelby County n Tuesday, plays at Bullitt Central at 6 p.m. Thursday and at Gallatin County at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
SCHS GOES 1-2: The Rockets lost a pair of games at the end of last week, but bounced back with a big victory Monday.
Franklin County slipped by host Shelby County 4-2 Thursday before Henry County topped the visiting Rockets 3-1 Friday in New Castle. Shelby County rebounded, though, with a 9-6 victory at reigning 8th Region champ Oldham County on Monday.
In the loss to the Flyers (22-5), the winningest team in the 11th Region, losing pitcher Savannah Smeaton went 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Rockets, who finished with six hits. The sophomore gave up three earned runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out three in defeat.
In the loss to the Wildcats (9-12), Henry County scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth thanks to three Shelby County errors and a double to take down the Rockets.
Shelby County, which mustered only four hits, scored its lone run in the third inning when sophomore Sydney Wright tripled with one out, then scored on a Henry County error.
Smeaton gave up only four hits while striking out one.
Against the Colonels (15-10-1), Kara Wiley’s home run sparked the Rockets to victory.
Shelby County, which played at Collins on Tuesday, hosts South Oldham at 6 p.m. Thursday before playing at Owen County at 6 p.m. Friday.

BOYS’ TENNIS: SCHS beats Eastern

The Shelby County boys’ tennis team closed out its regular season with a 3-2 victory over Eastern at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park on Thursday in Louisville.
The Rockets’ victories came at No. 1 singles and in both doubles matches.
Senior Ethan Russell won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 singles while his brother, sophomore Jeron Russell, and senior Doug Martin were victorious 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles. Meanwhile junior Luke Dove and sophomore Josh Barry triumphed 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles.

BOYS’ LAX: CHS wins third, but loses finale

The Collins boys’ lacrosse team won its third match of the season Thursday, but lost its season finale Monday.
The Titans topped host Greenwood 11-5 late last week before Lexington Christian slipped past Collins 7-6 in double-overtime Monday night in Lexington.
Against the Gators, the Titans rallied from a 5-3 deficit after the first quarter for the victory.
The Titans’ goals came courtesy of seniors Michael Atkins and Jordan Parker, junior DeAndre DuPont and Shelby County freshmen Connor Dean and Matt Martin. Additionally, eighth-grader C.J. Murphy scored his first varsity goal for Collins. Senior midfielder Phillip Burkhardt also had another good game for the Titans, according to assistant coach Kennon Cull.
“He has recently made the switch to LSM, long stick middie, which is essentially a defensive specialist, and he has played exceptionally,” Cull said. “His thinking ability and leadership on defense are great; it has been a great help to us this season.”
Against the Eagles, LCA avenged a last-minute loss to the Titans by returning the favor.
“The game was essentially a mirror image of when the teams met recently at MLC,” Cull said. “The game was very well played by both teams, extremely exciting for all involved, [and] just like the previous matchup, the visiting team walked off the field disappointed.”
For the Titans, DuPont tallied four goals while Dean and Atkins added one apiece. Dustin Harper had 12 saves in goal for Collins.

GIRLS’ LAX: CHS falls

Atherton’s Rebelhawks topped the Collins girls’ lacrosse team 14-7 Monday night.
Sophomore Baylee Suddoth had a hat trick, while senior Katie Herick tallied two goals and senior Shelby Logsdon one for the Titans. Seniors Maggie Garratt and Delaney Boone, as well as sophomore Alex Wood, registered assists. Junior Lillian Gutierrez had 13 saves in goal for Collins, which celebrated its Senior Night on Tuesday with matches against Henry Clay and Mercy.