Swim teams hit postseason water

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By Josh Cook

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.


Looking ahead

  • The Shelby County girls’ basketball team, which played at North Oldham on Thursday night, hosts Atherton (6-12) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Scott County (17-9) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on its “Senior Night.”
  • The Collins girls’ basketball team, which hosted Gallatin County on Thursday night, hosts Bethlehem (6-12) at 1 p.m. Saturday. Next week the Titans play at 30th District rival Spencer County (10-14, 0-5) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in a makeup game and Nelson County (20-5) at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.
  • The Collins boys’ basketball team, which played at Woodford County on Thursday night, hosts Harrison County (16-9) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in its Homecoming. Next week the Titans play at Walton-Verona (8-17) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, then host DeSales (14-11) at 7:30 p.m. next Friday on their “Senior Night.”
  • The Shelby County boys’ basketball team closes out its regular season by playing at DeSales (14-11) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and then hosting Gallatin County (14-7) at 7:30 p.m. next Friday on its “Senior Night.”



  • Reigning NGA Pro Golf Tour Player of the Year and Shelbyville resident Brandon Brown is scheduled to play in the tour’s season-opening 2013 Killearn Country Club Classic, which will take place Feb. 18-24 at Killearn Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla.
  • The Collins’ Titans were chosen as the 8th Region’s best mascot in an online poll conducted by Kentucky High School Hoops and Bluegrass Basketball in a quest to find the best mascot in the state. The mascot “Sweet 16” will then take place one week before the boys’ Sweet Sixteen March 6-9. You can see the winners so far at http://kyhsh.blogspot.com/2013/01/mascot-sweet-16-contest.html?m=1.


KHSAA notes

Here are a few notes from the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control meeting last month:

  • The tennis postseason tournament tiebreak protocol will go from a full third-set tiebreaker to a “super tiebreaker.” In that format the first player or doubles team to 10 points and ahead by two wins the match.
  • Beginning next school year the format for freshman volleyball matches will play the best two out of three sets to 21, with rally scoring, mirroring junior varsity contests.
  • Beginning next school year there will only be a one-class format system in competitive cheering. Squad division will continue as follows in the all-girls category: small (6-12 members); medium (13-16); large (17-20); and super large (21-24). The coed division will be offered with a minimum of six (two boys and four girls or four boys and two girls) and a maximum of 24, of which at least two shall be boys.