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The swimming postseason begins today and continues Saturday for the Collins and Shelby County teams.
The Titans and Rockets will compete in the Region 3 meet at Russell County’s Auditorium/Natatorium Complex. Preliminaries begin at noon today, and the finals start at noon tomorrow.
The Collins boys’ and girls’ teams finished third and fifth while the Shelby County boys' and girls’ squads placed 15th and sixth, respectively, last year.
Rockets senior Collin Kessinger is the defending region champ in the 200-yard individual medley.
The KHSAA State Swimming & Diving Championships will be Feb. 22-23 at the University of Louisville’s Ralph Wright Natatorium.
National signing day
National Signing Day was relatively quiet in the county.
Collins senior boys’ soccer player Walker Andriot inked his letter of intent with Xavier University. A formal signing ceremony will take place Monday afternoon at Collins.
Meanwhile, Shelby County senior football player Devin Ashton signed to play at Campbellsville University.
My Top 5 region rankings
Anderson County still has the top teams in both of my polls until someone knocks off either Bearcats squad.
1. Anderson County (17-2) – The Bearcats beat Gallatin County (77-72) and Rockcastle County (71-69) on the road last week before handling Henry County, 70-54, Tuesday night. They had a big game Thursday night at Owen County.
2. Collins (15-7) – The Titans had won four in a row heading into Thursday night’s game at Woodford County.
3. Grant County (20-4) – The Braves had won seven in a row going into Thursday’s game against Bellevue.
4. Oldham County (18-7) – Don’t look now, but the two-time defending region champs had won six consecutive games heading into Thursday night’s game against Frankfort.
5. South Oldham (15-6) – The Dragons dropped a close game to Jeffersontown (71-69) on Monday night.
1. Anderson County (23-1) – The Bearcats had won 15 in a row heading into Thursday night’s game against China Dow, one of the state’s top scorers, and Christian Academy of Louisville. They have a big game Monday night at Owen County.
2. Simon Kenton (22-4) – The Pioneers had won 17 of 19 going into Thursday night’s game at Cooper.
3. Walton-Verona (15-7) – The Bearcats, who have won three in a row and five of their past six, have a big weekend ahead. They host Lexington Catholic tonight and play at Highlands on Saturday before hosting Gallatin County on Monday night.
4. Gallatin County (21-4) – The Wildcats had won 15 of their last 17 games heading into Thursday night’s contest at Collins.
5. Owen County (16-7) – The Rebels have won six of nine heading into tonight’s game at Trimble County. They host Anderson County on Monday night.
Here are a few notes from the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control meeting last month: