High School Sports

No. 13 Henry Clay needs some luck to return to state

Henry Clay is the highest- ranked team in the city, but the No. 13 Devils could have a tough road to travel to get back to the state tournament for a second straight year.

Their own district tournament this week has its share of potholes, including a Paul Dunbar team that has already beaten the Devils once this season.

In the first round of the 41st District on Tuesday, Henry Clay will face district tournament host Tates Creek. The Commodores have won 11 straight games and seem to be hitting their stride late.

Dunbar, which has won five of its last six games, will take on Lafayette in the other semifinal match.

Henry Clay has won seven straight, and its only district loss was to the Bulldogs early in the season. The Devils avenged the loss later with a 2-1 win at Dunbar.

At West Jessamine this week, No. 23 Lexington Catholic comes in as the only ranked team and is undefeated in the district.

The Knights' first-round opponent, West Jessamine, has an impressive 23-5 record, but the Colts fell to Catholic in two sets recently.

In the 42nd District at Berea this week, Bryan Station is favored in the four-team district. The Defenders are unbeaten in the district this season and are the only team with more wins than losses.