1. Tates Creek; 2. Lexington Catholic; 3. Henry Clay; 4. Paul Laurence Dunbar; 5. Lexington Christian; 6. Lafayette; 7. Sayre; 8. Bryan Station.
Coach: Dan Hacker (first season as girls' coach, 67-110-11 in 14th season overall)
Last season: 4-13-1 (lost in first round of district)
Top players: Erika Cusic (jr., midfielder); Korie Yates (jr., midfielder); Maggie Pool (so., defender); Emilie Yates (fr., forward); Brittany Graham (so., defender); Molly Marchaterre (fr., midfielder).
Outlook: "(We) will be extremely young this season," Hacker said. "Erika Cusic and Korie Yates will be relied upon to provide leadership to a team that will have several talented but inexperienced freshmen in the starting lineup. Pool and Graham will be expected to provide stability in the back, while freshman Emilie Yates will look to provide offense up top. Several pre-season injuries have slowed (our) progress slightly this summer, but hopes are that the squad will be at full strength come the start of the season."
Aug. 20—at Danville, 7:30; 22—at Bath Co., 6; 24—Boyd Co., 6:30; 26—at Tates Creek, 7:30; 27—Dunbar, 7:30; 29—Garrard Co., 7:30.
Sept. 5—Berea, 6; 7—at Ludlow, 4; 10—Lafayette, 7:30; 12—at Estill Co., 7:30; 16—at Western Hills, 7:30; 17—Owen Co., 7:30; 18—at Henry Clay, 7:30; 25—at Bourbon Co., 7:30; 26—Sayre, 7:30; 28—Fleming Co., 5.
Oct. 3—at Lexington Christian, 7:30; 8—at Scott Co., 7:30; 11—Frankfort, 5:30.
Coach: Mebit Aragaw (eighth season, 59-39-19)
Last season: 8-7-3 (lost in region semifinals)
Top players: Lindsay Elsen (sr., forward); Claire Bradley (sr., defender); Courtney Edwards (sr.,. forward); Emma Henkel (sr., midfielder).
Outlook: "We bring back a strong group of players from last season's squad," Aragaw said. "We have a well-balanced team. But there will be holes to fill. Lindsay, last year's top scorer and assist leader, will be the focus of our opponents. Last year's second-top scorer, Kristina (Ralenkotter), is out with injury, so we need players to step up and be consistent."
Blue Devils' schedule
Aug. 19—vs. Bethlehem at Tates Creek, 6:15; 21—at Tates Creek, 8; 24—vs. Madison Southern at Tates Creek, 8 a.m.; 28—Scott Co., 8.
Sept. 4—Lexington Christian, 8; 7—at Father Ryan (Tenn.), 6; 8—at Pope John Paul II (Tenn.), 2:30; 11—at Nelson Co., 7; 13—at Assumption, 7:30; 16—at Lafayette, 8; 18 —Bryan Station, 8; 23—Tates Creek, 8; 30—at Dunbar, 8.
Oct. 3—at Sayre, 5:30; 5—vs. Graves Co. at Tates Creek, 2; 7—Bowling Green, 7:30; 9—Lexington Catholic, 8.
Coach: Bryson Perry (third season, 18-15-6)
Last season: 9-10-2 (lost in first round of district)
Top players: Rachel Roberts (sr., midfielder); Maddie Farrer (jr., midfielder); Margaret Kelly (sr., forward); Marie Armbruster (sr., defender); Kayla Songstad (sr., midfielder); Kate Heinonen (jr., goalkeeper); Mandy Daniel (jr., midfielder).
Outlook: "We hope to build on the progress made the last two years," Perry said. "Lafayette is no longer a young team hoping to win; we are an experienced team that expects to win. (We) will lean on senior captains Marie Armbruster, Margaret Kelly and Rachel Roberts to lead the team, in order to compete in one of the toughest districts in the state. (We) will continue to count on sophomore forwards Alex Robinson and Saydie Matthews to develop into experienced goal-scorers on a veteran team."
Aug. 20—vs. Boyle Co. at Tates Creek, 6:15; 22—vs. Dunbar at Tates Creek, 6:15; 24—vs. South Oldham at Tates Creek, 2; 26—Lexington Catholic, 8.
Sept. 4—Dunbar, 8; 6-7—at Hoosier Cup in Bloomington, Ind., TBA; 10—at Bryan Station, 7:30; 12—at Lexington Christian, 8; 16—Henry Clay, 8; 19—South Laurel, 8:30; 21—Ryle, noon; 23—at Madison Central, 7:30; 25—at Tates Creek, 8; 28—Bowling Green, 1:30; 30—Lincoln Co., 8.
Oct. 1—at Sayre, 5:30; 5—vs. Lawrence Co. at Tates Creek, noon, and Murray, 8; 9—Madison Southern, 7.
Coach: Terry Quigley (22nd season, 361-170-21)
Last season: 16-8-2 (lost in region finals)
Top players: Sarah Gorham (sr., midfielder); Sarah Youkilis, (sr., goalkeeper); Lauren Johnson (sr., midfielder); Katie Thompson (sr. forward/midfielder); Lindsay Mair (sr., midfielder/defender).
Outlook: "We lost three all-state players, so we will be finding our way in the beginning," Quigley said. "We open with Sacred Heart, Assumption and Notre Dame, so we will know very soon what we have to do to improve. We hope to be competitive in October."
Aug. 19—at Sacred Heart, 7; 21—at Assumption, 7; 24—Notre Dame, 7; 26—at Lafayette, 8.
Sept. 3—at Madison Southern, 7:30; 5—Mercy, 7; 7—at Zionsville (Ind.) tourney, TBA, 11:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.; 9—St. Henry, 7:30; 12—at Tates Creek, 8; 16—Lady Knights Challenge Cup (17—vs. Elizabethtown, 8); 23—at Lexington Christian, 7:30; 25—at Dunbar, 8; 28—Scott Co., 2:30; 30—Madison Central, 7:30.
Oct. 2—at West Jessamine, 7:30; 7—at Woodford Co., 7:30; 9—at Henry Clay, 8; 10—Highlands, 7:30.
Coach: Steve Fugmann (fifth season, 55-26-6)
Last season: 12-7-2 (lost in district semifinals)
Top players: Katelyn Bundy (sr., goalkeeper); Alex Stanback (sr., defender); Elise McKinney (sr., midfielder); Haley Casper (sr., forward); Caroline Boone (jr., midfielder); Kennedy Caneer (jr., forward); Maddie Sjogren (jr., forward).
Outlook: "We have a very solid team this year with great leadership and a very experienced junior class," Fugmann said. "With that, we have some very hard-working and eager sophomores and freshmen. Top to bottom, this can be a strong team. However, being a small school, we aren't very deep so we can't afford any significant injuries. The program is the strongest it's ever been with 41 total players including JV, so we continue to grow."
Aug. 19-24—All "A" Region tourney; 26—at Woodford Co., 7:30; 29—West Jessamine, 7:30.
Sept. 4—at Henry Clay, 8; 7—Russell, 1; 10—Tates Creek, 7:30; 12—Lafayette, 7:30; 17—Dunbar, 7:30; 23—Lexington Catholic, 7:30; 26—at South Laurel, 7:30; 28-29—All "A" at Elizabethtown.
Oct. 1—at Boyle Co., 7:30; 3—Bryan Station, 7:30; 9—Scott Co., 7:30.
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Coach: Tom Morgan (first season)
Last season: 11-8-1 (lost in district semifinals)
Top players: Rachel Masterson (sr., midfielder); Morgan Tallio (jr., goalkeeper); Alyssa Montgomery (jr., midfielder); Reilly Teal (jr., midfielder); Katie Craft (jr., midfielder).
Outlook: "We are playing a tough schedule this year, which will challenge and prepare us for a very strong district," Morgan said. "I feel we have a well-balanced group of players, and they are a coachable group willing to learn and grow, which could bring us some success this season. We have excellent senior leadership combined with a talented young group and, if we continue to grow as a team and pull all the pieces together, we'll be a strong, competitive team in 2013."
Aug. 20—vs. South Oldham at Tates Creek, 8; 22—vs. Lafayette at Tates Creek, 8; 24—vs. Boyle Co. at Tates Creek, 10 a.m.; 27—at Bryan Station, 7.
Sept. 4—at Lafayette, 8; 7—vs. Penn at Zionsville, Ind., 9:45 a.m., and vs. Roncalli, 4:45 p.m.; 10—vs. Franklin Co. at Boyle Co., 6; 12, 14—vs. TBA at Boyle Co., TBA; 17—at Lexington Christian, 7; 18—Tates Creek, 8; 25—Lexington Catholic, 8; 28—Ryle, 6; 30—Henry Clay, 8.
Oct. 2—Madison Central, 8; 5—vs. Bowling Green at Tates Creek, 3; 7—West Jessamine, 8; 9—Oldham Co., 8.
Coach: Erik Johnson (fifth season, 23-43-4)
Last season: 4-10-1 (lost in first round of district)
Top players: Emma Johnson (sr., goalkeeper); Grace Rahman (sr., defender); Sydney Strup (fr., defender); Kate Johnson (so., midfielder); Hannah Brady (so., midfielder); Ellie Bernard (so., midfielder); Meg Croney-Clark (jr., striker); Shelby Harris (jr., defender).
Outlook: "We lose two key seniors from last year's squad and, with them, much of our scoring punch from last season," Johnson said. "Fortunately, we also gain quite a few young, solid players and will be more athletic and dynamic as a team both offensively and defensively. We will also have some much-needed depth in 2013, which will help compete more effectively late in games."
Aug. 19-23—All "A' Regional Tournament at Lexington Christian; 26—Scott Co., 6; 29—Bourbon Co., 6.
Sept. 4—at Western Hills, 6; 16—Estill Co., 5:30; 18—Marion Co., 6; 20—at Corbin, 6:15; 24—at Garrard Co., 6; 26—at Bryan Station, 6.
Oct. 1—Lafayette, 5:30; 3—Henry Clay, 5:30; 5—Calvary Christian, noon; 7—at Model, 5:30; 9—at Shelby Co., 6.
Coach: Bo Lankster (fifth season as girls' coach, 73-16-13; 225-100-33 in 16 seasons overall)
Last season: 23-1-4 (state champion)
Top players: Mallory Eubanks (sr., forward); Aaron Lankster (sr., midfielder); Ashley Whaley (sr., defender); Abby Van Bussum (sr., defender); Katie Workman (sr., defender); Mazie Fry (sr., defender); Alex Tussey (sr., midfielder).
Outlook: "Last year was an incredible year for our program," Bo Lankster said. "One of the most important things for us this season, though, will be remembering exactly how much hard work day in and day out it took to achieve those goals. We lost a very talented group of seniors and leaders last year who really helped establish our program. We will have to find a way to replace a lot of goal-scoring with Destinie Graves and Elaine Simpson graduating. This year's senior class is a very tight-knit group, though, and they are as dedicated to working hard and getting better every day as any group we've ever seen. If we can stay healthy and not lose sight of the small things it takes on a daily basis, we have a chance to have a successful season. We certainly don't want to live in the past — we want to start a new chapter this season."
Aug. 19—Madison Southern, 8; 21—Henry Clay, 8; 24—Bethlehem, noon; 26—Bryan Station, 8.
Sept. 4—at Sacred Heart, 7; 6—vs. Guerin Catholic (Ind.) at Zionsville, Ind., 6:45; 7—vs. Carmel (Ind.) at Zionsville, Ind.; 10—at Lexington Christian, 7:30; 12—Lexington Catholic, 8; 14—St. Henry, 2; 16—Scott Co., 8; 18—at Dunbar, 8; 20-21—at Science Hill (Tenn.) tourney; 23—at Henry Clay, 8; 25—Lafayette, 8; 30—Assumption, 8.
Oct. 5—South Oldham, 6; 9—West Jessamine, 8.
Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.