1 Paul Laurence Dunbar 2 Tates Creek 3 Henry Clay 4 Lafayette 5 Lexington Catholic 6 (tie) Bryan Station and Lexington Christian 8 Sayre
Coach: Manes Preptit (first season)
Last season: 7-6-3 (lost in first round of district)
Top players: Mamadou Thiaw (sr., forward); J'juan Sleet (sr., midfielder).
Outlook: "I look forward to our team constantly improving after every game this season and making it out of districts," said Preptit, who is preparing for his first season as coach of the Defenders.
Aug. 20—Tates Creek, 8; 22—Lafayette, 6:15; 24—Woodford Co., 12:30; 27—at Tates Creek, 8.
Sept. 3—Dunbar, 8; 10—at Estill Co., 6; 12—Lexington Christian, 8; 17— at Anderson Co., 8; 19—Henry Clay, 8; 21—at Model, 2:30; 24—at Sayre, 5:30; 26—at Scott Co., 7:30; 28—Pleasure Ridge Park, 1.
Oct. 2—at Berea, 6:30; 3—Bourbon Co., 8; 8—Lincoln Co., 8; 10—North Bullitt, 8.
Coach: Tim Bernardi (eighth season, 100-43-14)
Last season: 12-5-4 (lost in first round of region)
Top players: Thomas Ueland (jr., forward); Jude Kluemper (sr., defender); Jevic Bosele (jr., midfielder); Colin Rose (so., midfielder).
Outlook: "It is always hard to replace eight starters, and make an immediate impact," Bernardi said. "We hope to improve as the season wears on."
Blue Devils' schedule
Aug. 19—vs. Boone Co. at Bryan Station, 6:15; 27—Woodford Co., 8.
Sept. 9—Lafayette, 8; 12—at Scott Co., 7:30; 17—Lexington Catholic, 8; 19—at Bryan Station, 8.
Oct. 1—Dunbar, 8; 8—Madison Central, 8; 10—at South Oldham, 7:30.
Coach: Chris Grimm (sixth season, 45-35-23)
Last season: 10-8-4 (lost in district semifinals)
Top players: Brandon Schweder (sr., forward); Gethen Wood (sr., midfielder); Madison Feldman (sr., defender); William Wester (sr., goalkeeper/defender).
Outlook: "We have a lot of questions to answer this year, maybe more so than any year that I've been at Lafayette," Grimm said. "We graduated a lot of players that saw significant minutes last year, so we will have many new faces stepping into important roles, including some freshmen and sophomores. We may go through an adjustment period, but I really like the potential of this group. We have a very good core of offensive-minded players, so we should create our fair share of chances, but the key will be how we defend teams. ... Hopefully, we will focus on the process and point toward peaking for the post-season."
Aug. 20—vs. Woodford Co. at Bryan Station, 6:15; 22—at Bryan Station, 6:15; 24—vs. Ryle at Bryan Station, 2:30; 27—at Lexington Catholic, 7:30; 30—vs. Mercer Co. at Bowling Green, 9; 31—vs. South Warren at Bowling Green, noon; 31—vs. Marshall Co. at Bowling Green, 6 p.m.
Sept. 5—at Model, 5:30; 9—at Henry Clay, 8; 12—Dunbar, 8; 19—at Lexington Christian, 7:30; 24—Tates Creek, 8; 26—at Clark Co., 7.
Oct. 1—Western Hills, 8; 3—at West Jessamine, 7:30; 8—Southwestern, 7:30; 10—Madison Central, 8.
Coach: Jonathan Kincheloe (second season, 10-7-4)
Last season: 10-7-4 (lost in region semifinals)
Top players: Tyler Mattingly (sr., midfielder); Trey Kuhn (sr., defender); Thomas Hayes (jr., midfielder); Zach Yohon (jr., midfielder).
Outlook: "We do not return many starters or a lot of players with a signficant amount of playing time from last season, but this fresh start should be a great test for us," Kincheloe said. "We have an incrediby tough schedule and we may take some bumps and bruises early on, but it will prepare us to compete in what is arguably the toughest district around. We are excited about the 2013 season and look forward to kicking things off."
Aug. 15—20—St. Henry, 7:30; 21—at Oldham Co., 7:30; 22—at Trinity, 7:15; 26—at St. Xavier, 7; 27—Lafayette, 7:30; 29—at East Jessamine, 6; 31—at Cincinnati Moeller tourney.
Sept. 1—at Cincinnati Moeller tourney; 3—at Tates Creek, 8; 5—at Lexington Christian, 7:30; 7—Manual, 11 a.m.; 14—Covington Catholic, 5; 17—at Henry Clay, 8; 19—at Dunbar, 8; 21—vs. Memorial (Ind.) at Henderson Co. tourney, 9 a.m., and vs. Henderson Co., 7 p.m.; 22—at Greenwood, 4:30; 26—West Jessamine, 7:30.
Oct. 1—Mercer Co., 7:30; 3—Madison Central, 7:30; 8—Woodford Co., 8
Coach: Danny Harvey (third season, 12-23-2)
Last season: 3-13-1 (lost in first round of district)
Top players: Grafton Hamilton (sr., defender); Zach Braun (senior, midfielder); Hunter Mitchell (junior, midfielder); Jordan Tackett (junior, midfielder).
Outlook: "As a program, we are optimistic for the season," Harvey said. "Most of the players have been friends and teammates for a long time, and our strength will be the unity of the team. If we can be organized, I think we will provide a great challenge to any opponent."
Aug. 20—at Clark Co., 7; 22—at West Jessamine, 7:30; 24—Johnson Central, 7:30; 27—vs. Berea in All "A" Classic, 7:30; 29—All "A" region finals, 7:30.
Sept. 5—Lexington Catholic, 7:30; 7—Dixie Heights, 7:30; 10—at Dunbar, 8; 12—at Bryan Station, 8; 17—at Madison Central, 7:30; 19—Lafayette, 7:30; 24—St. Francis, 6; 26—Tates Creek, 8; 28-29—All "A" Tournament.
Oct. 1—at Lincoln Co., 7; 5—at Louisville Christian, 12:30; 8—Bourbon Co., 7:30; 10—Corbin, 7:30.
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Coach: Todd Bretz (24th season, 373-134-28)
Last season: 25-4 (state tournament runner-up)
Top players: Nathan Jones (sr., forward); Riley Calhoon (sr., midfielder); Caleb Clay (sr., defender); Alejandro Duque (sr., midfielder).
Outlook: "We graduated 12 significant seniors, primarily in the back and midfield, who will be very difficult to replace," Bretz said. "We hope some of our young players can develop and gain experience through the season, and be competitive at the end."
Aug. 19-24—Fayette Co. Soccer Spectacular at Bryan Station; 29—Anderson Co., 8.
Sept. 3—at Bryan Station, 8; 6-7—Kentucky vs. Indiana Classic at Evansville, Ind.; 10 —Lexington Christian, 8; 12—at Lafayette, 8; 17—Tates Creek, 8; 19—Lexington Catholic, 8; 24—at West Jessamine, 7:30; 26—Woodford Co., 8.
Oct. 1—at Henry Clay, 8; 4-5—Gateway Classic at St. Louis; 8—South Oldham, 8; 10—at St. Henry, 7:30.
Coach: Joe Porter (sixth season, 32-46-6)
Last season: 5-10 (lost in first round of district)
Top players: Harrison Dunn (sr., midfielder); Taylor Absher (sr., forward); Hisham Amr (sr., midfielder); Sebastian Soemarko (jr., defender); Will Newton (fr., forward); Robbie Goodman (fr., goalkeeper); Robert Dean (so., defender).
Outlook: "We lost a lot of seniors from last year's team and that is always tough," Porter said. "Offensively, we have some really skilled players but, defensively, it will take some time to figure things out after losing so many starters on the back line. Even though we are a very young team this year (only three seniors), this group is up for the challenge. This may be one of the hardest-working teams I have had while at Sayre. They will be fun to watch this year."
Aug. 20—at Lincoln Co., 6; 22—at Shelby Co., 5:45; 24—Clark Co., 1; 27—vs. Frankfort in All "A" Regional at Lexington Christian, 5:30; 30—All "A" Regional at Lexington Christian, 7:30.
Sept. 3—at St. Francis, 6; 5—at Henry Clay, 7; 17—Scott Co., 6; 19—Harrison Co., 6; 21—South Laurel, 3; 24—Bryan Station, 5:30; 26—Paris, 5:30; 28-29—at All "A" state tournament.
Oct. 1—at Bourbon Co., 6; 3—at Danville, 6:30; 8—at Montgomery Co., 6.
Coach: Brandon Turek (fifth season, 35-36-13)
Last season: 11-6-4 (lost in district semifinals)
Top players: Austin Magsig (sr., midfielder); Andrew Carter (sr., midfielder); Cesar Garcia (sr., midfielder); Pacific Mutayongwa (sr., midfielder); Reece Roubic (sr., defender); Thomas Doering (sr., defender); Valentino Mbaya (sr., midfielder).
Outlook: "Looking forward to a successful season," Turek said. "Returning a strong core group of players led by an experienced senior class. (We've been) plagued by the injury bug early this summer, but still anticipating a long season in a tough, competitive district and region."
Aug. 20—at Bryan Station, 8; 27—Bryan Station, 8.
Sept. 10—at Woodford Co., 8; 12—at West Jessamine, 7:30; 21—vs. Meade Co. at Owensboro, 5:30; 24—at Lafayette, 8; 26—at Lexington Christian, 8.
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