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West Middle overpowers East in Battle for Saddle

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By Josh Cook

The West Middle football team topped East Middle, 48-8, Tuesday night in the Battle for the Saddle at Titans Stadium.

Na’Sean Roseberry accounted for three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving), J.R. Lucas threw two TD passes, and Zach Stucker also accounted for a pair of touchdowns to lead the Warriors to victory.

West’s Gage Arvin blocked a punt on the Missiles’ first possession, setting up Lucas’ first touchdown pass to Stucker. Those two also connected on the 2-point conversion to give the Warriors a quick, 8-0 lead.

A long TD run by Roseberry and Jay Becherer’s 2-point conversion, made it 16-0. Roseberry then hauled in a long touchdown pass from Lucas before running in the conversion, making it 24-0.

West Middle then got back-to-back scores from its defense. First Stucker stripped the ball from an East ballcarrier and returned it for a TD (Roseberry’s conversion made it 32-0), then Seth Staples returned an interception for a touchdown (followed by Stucker’s conversion run) to make it 40-0.

Later Rosenberry’s short TD run, followed by Lucas’ conversion run, boosted the Warriors’ lead to 48-0.

East Middle got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, when Kyion Stone connected with Jonah Cloninger for a TD. Rafael Ruiz’s conversion pass to Colin O’Hare made it 48-8.

Lucas received the MVP for West Middle, and Brenden Durr received that honor for East.

 

VOLLEYBALL: CHS wins 6th in a row

The Titans on Wednesday night extended their winning streak with a 2-0 triumph at Henry County. That came one night after the Titans rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Bullitt Central, 3-2 (23-25, 21-25, 25-13, 25-21, 15-13), in an 8th Region match in Shelbyville.

“After an interesting start to the evening, the Comeback Queens did it again,” Collins Coach Cary Clark said the match against the Cougars. “Never a dull moment around this crew. Great job of not giving up.”

Junior setter Keri Perdue led the Titans against Bullitt Central, with 24 assists, 8 aces and 4 kills. Classmate MiChaela Stoudemire added a team-high eight kills and five aces, and junior Christen Stewart contributed seven kills. Freshman Blair Nethery recorded a team-high 10 digs and 7 aces.

In Collins’ 25-12, 25-20 triumph over the Wildcats, Stoudemire finished with a team-high five kills, and sophomore Lindsey Fow added four. Other leaders were Perdue (12 assists), Nethery (four aces) and Koti Weaver (five digs).

“I am extremely proud of the team’s general attitude,” Clark said. “I think it was the most confident [and] focused, yet relaxed, we have looked in a few weeks.”

Collins (12-5) has four matches scheduled for next week, with road matches Monday (at Scott County) and Wednesday (at Oldham County) and visits by 30th District rivals Anderson County on Tuesday and Spencer County on Thursday.

SCHS 2, OWEN COUNTY:The visiting Rockets (6-6) downed the host Rebels (7-17), 25-16, 25-18, on Tuesday night to end a 4-match losing streak.

“The girls have continued to minimize their service errors and are working on placement of serves and attacks,” Shelby County Coach Felicia Pace said. “I was glad to see our young setter, Kendall Souder, begin to move the ball around and see the court.”

Senior Nikki Simmons led the Rockets with six kills, and junior Rachel Timperman tallied five.

The Rockets, who hosted 30th District rival Anderson County on Thursday night, play at Seneca at 7 p.m. Monday and at Spencer County at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

 

GIRLS’ SOCCER: SCHS, CHS win

Logan Hall’s hat trick helped Shelby County match its season-high in goals with a 7-1 victory at Fern Creek on Wednesday night in Louisville. Cali Mills and Makayla Marr tallied two goals apiece.

The Rockets (6-10-2), who are 4-1-2 in their last seven matches, close out their regular season with matches at the Shelby County Athletic Complex against Thomas Nelson (Saturday), Pleasure Ridge Park (Monday) and Sayre (Wednesday).

COLLINS 2, WESTERN HILLS 1:Lindsey Ketcham’s goals, on assists from Haley Catlett and Brittany Whitehead, lifted the Titans over the visiting Wolverines (5-7-1) on Wednesday evening. Collins (6-7) hosts North Bullitt at 6 p.m. Monday and John Hardin at 6 p.m. Wednesday to finish its regular season.

 

GIRLS’ GOLF: SCHS pep rally

Shelby County High School will hold a community-wide pep rally at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night Mike Casey Gymnasium for its girls’ golf team, which will play in next weekend’s KHSAA State Championships.

 

Upcoming events

Here are some highlights of the high school events of this coming weekend and of early next week:

  • Collins’ cross-country teams will compete in the Tates Creek Invitational on Saturday at Masterson Station Park in Lexington. The girls’ race will begin at 10:30 a.m., with the boys’ race to follow at 11:15 a.m.
  • Shelby County’s cross-country teams will compete in the Greater Louisville Invitational on Saturday afternoon at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park. The boys’ race goes off at noon, with the girls’ race to follow at 12:30 p.m.
  • Shelby County boys’ soccer team closes out its 30th District schedule at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against Spencer County at the Shelby County Athletic Complex.
  • Collins’ third-ranked boys’ soccer team plays at fourth-ranked Trinity at 7 p.m. Monday, then hosts 25th-ranked North Oldham on Tuesday.