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Titans slam Spencer, clinch top seeding for soccer district

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By Josh Cook

The newly-sixth-ranked Collins boys’ soccer team slammed host Spencer County, 7-1, Tuesday night in Taylorsville to clinch the regular-season district title and the top seed in next month’s 30th District Tournament.
The Titans (7-0-1, 3-0) tallied five times in the first 17 minutes on their way to an easy victory. Their first goal came in the fifth minute, when Chris Shuck headed home Mark Lanham’s corner kick.
Five minutes later Ryan Metcalf tapped in a rebound of a Lanham shot. Less than two minutes after that Jeff Cook chipped in a pass from Walker Andriot. Those two hooked up again four minutes later. Then, a little more than a minute after that, Caleb Vogel headed in Austin Lanham’s corner kick.
With a little more than five minutes left in the half, Shuck went horizontal to head home a cross from Mark Lanham for the Titans’ final goal of the half.
Collins’ lone goal in the second half came when James Thompson knocked in a rebound off Tyler Neison’s shot.
The Titans, who played at No. 22 Oldham County on Thursday night, play at 11th-ranked South Oldham (4-4-1) at 7 p.m. Monday night.

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BOYS SOCCER: SCHS nipped

The visiting Rockets (2-6) nearly came all the way back from an early, 3-0 deficit but fell just short against the 22nd-ranked Colonels (4-4-1). After Oldham built that lead advantage in the first half, the Rockets gained their composure and got goals from Juan Mancilla and Jeron Russell to trim the Colonels’ lead to one by halftime.
“We then held possession for most of the second half but failed to get the equalizer,” Shelby County Coach Tony Wood said. “Overall, I’m extremely proud of my guys for not giving up when getting down early and for keeping their heads in a very physical game. In the end, we were able to spend eighty minutes practicing [and] improving upon our style of play and progressed as a team.
“We are starting to prove to other schools that SCHS shouldn’t be taken lightly.”
The Rockets, who played Russell on Thursday night in the Stonerside Cup at Bourbon County, play the host Colonels at 7:30 tonight. Shelby begins a stretch of five home matches in a row at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Bullitt East.

VOLLEYBALL: Shelby County falls in 5

The Rockets fell in five sets to host Western Hills on Tuesday night in Frankfort, 27-29, 26-24, 25-23, 16-25, 15-13. Shelby County (4-5, 3-0 in the 30th District) hosts Spencer County in another district match at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday.

GIRLS’ SOCCER: Collins romps; SCHS postponed

The Titans easily handled host Henry County, 8-0, on Wednesday evening. The match was delayed by rain, so the halves were reduced to 30 minutes. That couldn’t prevent a downpour of Titans’ offense. Senior midfielder Shelby Vogel had three goals and one assist, and junior forward Lindsey Ketcham tallied two goals.
Haley Catlett, Lee Johnson and Brittany Whitehead also added goals for Collins, and Marysa Maier tallied two assists and Jenna Miracle and Ashley Preher one each.
The Titans (8-1) host Carroll County at 7:30 Monday night.
SHELBY-ANDERSON COUNTY POSTPONED: Wednesday night’s 30th District match between the Rockets and Bearcats in Lawrenceburg was postponed because of  unplayable field conditions after the heavy rains. It has been rescheduled to Sept. 22. SCHS (3-3-1) hosts another 30th District rival, Spencer County, at 7:30 Monday night.

LOOKING AHEAD

  • The Collins and Shelby County cross-country teams are scheduled to compete in the Rumble through the Jungle on Saturday morning at the Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen. The girls’ varsity race is slated to begin at 9:50 a.m., with the boys’ varsity race to follow at 10:30 a.m.
  • The Collins and Shelby County boys’ golf teams will both tee it up Saturday in the Pleasure Ridge Park Invitational. It’s scheduled to start around 1 p.m. at Sun Valley Golf Course in Louisville.
  • In probable preparation for the state finals the Shelby County girls’ golf team will play in the Bowling Green Invitational on Saturday at the Bowling Green Country Club – site of the KHSAA boys’ and girls’ state championships. Then on Monday afternoon, the Rockets are scheduled to play Collins at the Shelbyville Country Club.