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Today's Sports

  • Boys’ basketball: Subs spark...

    EW CASTLE – Collins boys’ basketball coach Chris Gaither was upset with his team’s defense and focus in its two first halves since beating Bullitt East.

    So Tuesday night he decided to send his team a message. Gaither started five substitutes to begin the second half against host Henry County.

    The message appeared to be well received. The Titans’ starters returned to the court early in the third quarter and sparked a 68-52 victory.

  • COOK: SCHS shooter enjoys Germany

    Shelby County High School senior shooter Connor Davis did well in his first international air rifle competition last week in Germany.
    “It was very fun and a good learning experience,” Davis said.
    He was in 11th place after the first day of competition with a score of 591 (out of 600) and was 27th the second day with a 585.
    In addition to the competition, Davis did some sightseeing, including a tour of a pair of gun factories.
    Davis will next complete in a match Feb. 25-28 at Camp Perry, Ohio, in the second leg of the U.S. Olympic Trials.

  • Barry, Rockets lay one on Model

    It was the Michael Barry layup line Monday night in Mike Casey Gymnasium.

    Barry, Shelby County’s junior forward, scored 27 points, mostly on lay-ins, to lead the Rockets to a 91-83 victory over visiting Richmond Model.

    “I didn’t shoot one jump shot,” Barry, who hit 11 of 12 from the field, admitted afterward. “I guess they thought they could press us up front, and it left me wide open every time.”

  • Rockets beat Oldham with Raizors...

    The Shelby County girls’ basketball team continued its remarkable turnaround Friday night with its second-biggest reversal so far this season.

    The Rockets rallied from a 9-point halftime deficit to defeat host Oldham County, 56-50, in Buckner.

    It was a 34-point about-face from last year, when the Colonels slammed Shelby, 55-27, at Mike Casey Gymnasium. This time around the Rockets (12-7) outscored Oldham, 36-21, in the second half and held off the Colonels at the end to quadruple their victory total from last season.

  • Collins’ boys 4th, girls 5th in...

    In their final tune-up for the postseason, the Collins and Shelby County swim teams had good showings at their Winter Classic on Saturday.

    The Titans boys’ team took fourth, while their girls’ squad finished fifth. Meanwhile the Rockets’ girls’ team finished eighth, and their boys’ squad took 12th at the Family Activity Center at Clear Creek Park.

  • Overlooked Titans overpower...

    Collins boys’ basketball coach Chris Gaither watched the pairings show for the PNC/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 last Friday morning.

    When the 8th Region was drawn to play the 4th Region in a first-round game at noon March 15 at Rupp Arena, the announcers discussed a handful of teams who could represent the former.

    To Gaither, though, there was one noticeable absence – Collins.

    So he mentioned that to his team before it took on Bullitt East later that night. 

  • Missed shots leave Titans ill...

    Thursday night’s game was enough to make Collins girls’ basketball coach Phillip Conder sick.

    Laken Grey’s banked-in, 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Danville a 55-54 victory over the Titans and Conder, who became so physically ill late in the game that he had to leave the floor for a few moments.

    Ironically Conder came down with a case of the flu during the fourth quarter, when his team lost a 16-point lead. The Admirals outscored Collins, 26-9, in the final 8 minutes after the Titans had led, 45-29, after three quarters.

  • 550 swimmers set to splash into...

    The pool will be packed Saturday at the Family Activity Center.

    That’s because more than 550 swimmers and nearly 20 teams will be in Clear Creek Park’s aquatic facility for Collins’ and Shelby County’s Winter Classic.

    “It’s a huge meet,” said Collins and Shelby County Coach J.P. LaVertu, who said he had so much interest in the meet that he had to turn away teams.

    “It’s top-level competition, and it’s right before regionals,” LaVertu said.

  • Color this one all Rockets

    Shelby County girls’ basketball coach Mike Sowers was blue Tuesday night.

    But the color didn’t describe his mood. Nope, the hue characterized the coach’s coif.

    Sowers colored his hair blue, and a little gold, in honor of his team’s winning 10 games this season.

    “I told them if they won 10 games before the beginning of the season I’d do it, and a bet’s a bet,” said Sowers, whose first Shelby team won three games last season. “Whatever it takes to motivate the kids.”

  • Rockets dump 13-game slump

    The last month has been rough for the Shelby County boys’ basketball, but Tuesday night those recent frustrations and frowns were replaced by smiles and high-fives.

    The Rockets ended their 13-game losing streak by beating Western Hills, 66-63 at Mike Casey Gymnasium.

    “It feels really good,” senior guard Eric Schreiner said. “It always feels good to win, but especially when you play as a team. Everybody had something to do with this win.”