Rockets could move to 4A in football

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By Josh Cook

The Shelby County football team could compete in Class AAAA beginning in 2015.

In a first draft of a new statewide football alignment, which was discussed at the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control meeting Tuesday, the Rockets, who have competed in 5A for the past three seasons, would be in 4A.

Schools, however, have the option of “playing up” in class if they so choose (as Shelby currently does). Classifications are based on enrollment.

The board will consider a draft alignment of teams again at its April 2014 meeting. After that meeting the draft will be submitted to the schools with the final alignment adoption scheduled for May.


Winter Classic

The Collins and Shelby County swim teams will host their annual Winter Classic at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Family Activity Center at Clear Creek Park. Sixteen teams and more than 500 swimmers are expected to compete.

“This meet, our Winter Invitational, features some of the best teams in the state,” Collins and Shelby County Coach J.P. LaVertu said. “It will be a tough test for us, but I feel that our team is coming together nicely. I still want to see better effort in our relays. The kids have to understand that relays are double points, and every point counts in a meet. Just like last [Wednesday] night, one of the teams came up just a few points short of winning. Had we had a swimmer or relay finish just one spot higher, or one or two swimmers not miss an event – which can never happen at this level – we win the meet. High school swimming is truly a ‘team’ sport. Our kids have to understand this, and I think they are starting to see it.”

This will be the final meet for the Titans and Rockets before the Region 3 meet, which will begin Feb. 14.


SCHS vs. Collins doubleheader

The Shelby County at Collins girl-boy basketball doubleheader, which was postponed Jan. 17 because inclement weather, will be made up Feb. 8. The girls’ game will tip off at 6 p.m. with the boys’ game to follow around 7:30. The schools split the first doubleheader on Dec. 13, with the Rockets’ girls’ team winning, 49-28, and the Titans’ boys’ team winning, 50-48.


Other upcoming basketball games

  • The Shelby County girls (12-3) play at Oldham County (7-7) at 6 tonight in a girl-boy doubleheader before playing at Madison Central (10-8) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The Rockets then have a busy next week, hosting Lexington Christian (6-10) on Tuesday, Anderson County (14-3, 3-0), in a 30th District makeup game, Wednesday and playing at Fairdale (6-5) Friday night.
  • The Collins girls (5-9) host Western Hills (11-7) at 6 p.m. Saturday before playing at Owen County (0-15) on Monday, at Bullitt Central (9-11) on Tuesday and hosting Spencer County (4-15, 0-4) on Friday.
  • The Collins boys (17-2) host Louisville Eastern (13-4) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday before hosting Grayson County (6-14) at 8 p.m. Tuesday, then playing at Trinity (16-3) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
  • The Shelby County boys (8-11) play at Oldham County (13-5) at 7:45 tonight in a girl-boy doubleheader in Buckner. The Rockets will then host Frankfort (5-15) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Franklin County (10-8) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.


8th Region basketball rankings

No change in the top two teams of the boys’ rankings, and the top four teams of the girls’ rankings, this week.


1.    Collins (17-2) – The Titans had an impressive victory at Bullitt East on Friday night, ending the Chargers’ 4-year-old home winning streak, then rallied to blow out Woodford County on Tuesday night. Collins has some tough games ahead, though, hosting Eastern on Saturday and Grayson County on Tuesday before playing at Trinity, the No. 3 team in this week’s Associated Press poll, Wednesday. Last week: 1.

2.    South Oldham (13-2) – The Dragons blasted Henry County, 81-54, last Friday in their first game in 11 days. They play at Anderson County tonight and at North Oldham on Tuesday. Last week: 2.

3.    Oldham County (13-5) – The Colonels won their third consecutive game, beating Spencer County, 67-55, last Friday. They hosted North Oldham Thursday night and will host Shelby County tonight and Gallatin County tomorrow before playing at Eastern on Tuesday. Last week: 3.

4.    Carroll County (11-8) – The Panthers won their fifth consecutive game, beating Owen County, 42-39, Monday in the All “A” Classic 8th Region final. They played Cordia Thursday night in the All “A” state tourney. Carroll is scheduled to play at Eminence on Saturday before hosting Trimble County on Tuesday. Last week: unranked.

5.    Gallatin County (10-5) – The Wildcats had their 7-game win streak snapped with a 57-50 loss to Carroll County in the region All “A” Classic last Friday but bounced back with a 61-53 victory at Henry County on Tuesday. Gallatin County hosts Walton-Verona tonight before playing at Oldham County on Saturday, Eminence on Monday and Anderson County on Wednesday. Last week: 3.


1.    Anderson County (14-3) – The Bearcats lost their third game of the season, 71-56, to Saint Joseph Central (W.V.), Friday at Mercy, before beating Bryan Station, 56-45, Tuesday. Anderson will play in the Louisville Invitational Tournament this weekend before playing at Shelby County on Wednesday. Last week: 1.

2.    Simon Kenton (18-3) – The Pioneers won their fifth straight game Monday night, beating Boone County, 64-38. Simon, which hosted Conner last night, hosts Gallatin County on Tuesday. Last week: 2.

3.    Shelby County (12-3) – The Rockets won their fourth and fifth consecutive games (beating Jeffersontown, 58-45, and Western Hills, 48-40) Monday and Tuesday. They play at Oldham County tonight in a girl-boy doubleheader before playing at Madison Central tomorrow. Shelby then hosts Lexington Christian on Tuesday and Anderson County on Wednesday. Last week: 3.

4.    Trimble County (13-5) – The Raiders outlasted Murray, 68-66, in double overtime Wednesday in the first round of the All “A” state tournament. They’ll play Newport Central Catholic (18-2) at 11:30 this morning in the quarterfinals. Trimble County is slated to host South Oldham on Monday night before playing at Henry County on Wednesday. Last week: 4.

5.    Walton-Verona (9-9) – The Bearcats, who lost to Trimble County, 57-49, in the region’s All “A” final Jan. 19, won 65-58 at Oldham County on Tuesday night. They play at Gallatin County tonight before hosting Henry County tomorrow and Grant County on Monday. Walton then plays at Newport Central Catholic on Wednesday. Last week: unranked.

Sweet 16 draw show Monday

The pairings for the 2014 KHSAA Boys’ and Girls’ Sweet Sixteen tournaments will be at 1 p.m. Monday. The draw show will be streamed live online at www.khsaa.org.