Every Monday in the fall sports season I'll recap notable events and performances that you might have missed from over the weekend. If there's something notable I missed, don't hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on Twitter @HLpreps.
Here are links to our Friday football coverage from the past week:
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If you're looking for some analysis involving the Central Kentucky playoff races, check out the beginning of last Monday's recap.
More stuff from last Friday:
Dakota Waldridge had 13 tackles for the Bears
Helton led the way with 159 yards and two TDs on 16 carries. Conwell led with 19 rushes for 115 yards and two scores.
West Carter perhaps its best season ever — the Comets are hosting a playoff game for the first time — with a 43-6 win at Magoffin County. Braden Brown had eight carries for 116 yards and a score while going 5-for-7 for 104 yards and three TDs, with two interceptions.
Peyton Brown also carried eight times for the Comets, going for 101 yards and a TD.
Henry Clay (boys) and Lexington Catholic (girls) each advanced in their respective state quarterfinal games on Saturday. You can ready about those here.
Boys' state tournament
The semifinals are scheduled for Wednesday at Paul Laurence Dunbar. Here are those matchups (with Maher Ranking listed):
Semifinal one: No. 5 Covington Catholic vs. No. 26 Fern Creek, 6 p.m.
Semifinal two: No. 1 Bowling Green vs. No. 3 Henry Clay, 8 p.m.
The winners advance to the state championship, to be played at Dunbar at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Girls' state tournament
The semifinals are scheduled for Thursday at Paul Laurence Dunbar. Here are those matchups (with Maher Ranking listed):
emifinal one: No. 1 Sacred Heart vs. No. 20 Bethlehem, 6 p.m.
Semifinal two: No. 2 Owensboro Catholic vs. No. 3 Lexington Catholic, 8 p.m.
The winners advance to the state championship, to be played at Dunbar at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Henry Clay punched its ticket to the state tournament with a come-from-behind 3-2 match win against Tates Creek on Thursday, a game which you can read about on Kentucky.com. We also have photos from the 11th Region championship finale.
The complete list of region winners (with coaches poll ranking where applicable):
1st Region: No. 18 McCracken County
2nd Region: Henderson County
3rd Region: No. 16 Owensboro Catholic
4th Region: No. 23 South Warren
5th Region: Elizabethtown
6th Region: No. 3 Mercy
7th Region: No. 1 Assumption
8th Region: No. 7 North Oldham
9th Region: No. 5 Notre Dame
10th Region: No. 13 Scott
11th Region: No. 4 Henry Clay
12th Region: Southwestern
13th Region: South Laurel
14th Region: Letcher County Central
15th Region: Allen Central
16th Region: Raceland
Here are the pairings for the state tournament. Play gets underway on Friday. The quarterfinals and semifinals are scheduled for Saturday with the championship match to go down on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Games are in bracket order:
Friday's first round
Letcher County Central vs. South Warren, 5 p.m.
Elizabethtown vs. Owensboro Catholic, 6:30 p.m.
Raceland vs. Henderson County, 8 p.m.
Southwestern vs. South Laurel, 9:30 a.m.
Henry Clay vs. Notre Dame, 12:30 p.m.
North Oldham vs. Scott, 11 a.m.
Mercy vs. Allen Central, 2 p.m.
McCracken County vs. Assumption, 3:30 p.m.
Quarterfinal one, 10 a.m.
Quarterfinal two, 11:30 a.m.
Quarterfinal three, 1 p.m.
Quarterfinal four, 2:30 p.m.
Semifinal one, 7 p.m.
Semifinal two, 8:30 p.m.
Championship, 2 p.m.
Tates Creek swept the boys' and girls' team and individual titles for the first time in the Region 6, Class 3A regional on Saturday. You can ready about those races here. Matt Goins also shot photos of the event, which can be viewed in this gallery.
The KHSAA State Championships take place Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park. The race times are scheduled as follows:
9:30 a.m.: Class A girls10:15 a.m.: Class A boys11:30 a.m.: Class 2A girls12:15 p.m.: Class 2A boys1:30 p.m.: Class 3A girls2:15 p.m. Class 3A boys
Looking for results from every regional? The KHSAA has them. Here are direct links to each, divided by class:
Sacred Heart defeated Manual 3-1 in the championship game of the state field hockey tournament. Caroline Brotzge, Savannah Elpers and Katie Esselman scored goals for the Valkyries, who finished 22-6-1 on the season. Complete stats from the KHSAA .
Stories Worth Sharing
This section includes snippets from online articles pertaining to high school/youth sports that are worth your time.
“When the coaches totaled things, we were sure that they had our fifth runner, Riley Pay, tallied wrong,” (Granville Coach Chrisi) Rogerson said. “When they watched the film, they told us we were right, and it turned out that our sixth runner displaced Liberty’s fifth runner, so that extra point made a huge difference. What a crazy day. We seem to like these nail-biters.”
"“A few of them are boyfriend-girlfriend or brother-sister. And we’re a small school, so it’s hard to avoid each other and I know our boys have wanted one. Everything is fair game now, they can all talk trash. There is no hiding anymore. For me, I feel like the luckiest coach in the world. It’s amazing.”
With the postseason in full swing for soccer and volleyball, and football playoffs within field-goal range, it's hard for me to be everywhere. Thankfully, we've got a stable full of Joshes ready to give high school sports in central Kentucky the attention they deserve!
Josh Huff, who interned with the Herald-Leader over the summer and has done a bang-up job freelancing for us this fall, will be helping out a lot more over the next few weeks. You should give him a follow on Twitter @The_JBHuff.
Josh Sullivan, a news assistant at the Herald-Leader who's been with the company for seven years, also will be chipping in on our high school sports coverage during the postseason. If you're a coach or stat keeper who calls our office frequently, chances are you've spoken with Sullivan at one point or another. He's been a big contributor to our Friday night football highlights package for the past two seasons. You can follow him on Twitter @sullyjosh.
Another name you should keep in mind is Jared Peck. He's worked for the Herald-Leader since 1999 and is currently a designer. He'll be aiding in our coverage of the state championships a few weeks from now. His Twitter handle is @ItSaysHere.
There will not be a Monday recap/look ahead next week because I will be out of town/on a mini vacation.