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High school sports: Weekend recap

Sayre's Will Newton shoots on goal for one of his two goals against Bryan Station at the Sayre Athletic Complex in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Photo by Matt Goins
Sayre's Will Newton shoots on goal for one of his two goals against Bryan Station at the Sayre Athletic Complex in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Photo by Matt Goins Herald-Leader

Every Monday in the fall 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 or hit me up on Twitter @HLpreps.


The latest Cantrall Ratings were released Sunday. Male, Simon Kenton and Scott County top the rankings.

Here’s a little analysis of the state as things currently stand:

  • Only two teams this season have allowed fewer than 30 points through six games: No. 1 Male (26) and No. 15 South Warren (28). The Bulldogs have three shutouts to the Spartans' two.
  • Bowling Green unseated Bryan Station for the final spot in the top five this week after dismantling No. 22 Central Hardin on the road, 42-6. One suspects the Defenders could reclaim the No. 5 position with a win over No. 16 Lafayette this week — if not climb higher.
  • Highlands lost 42-3 at Simon Kenton on Friday, falling to 1-5. The last Bluebirds team that started 1-5? The 1939 squad that finished the year 2-8.
  • The last Highlands team to lose five games in a season was the 2006 rendition, which finished 7-5 and lost in the second round of the playoffs.

    This year's Bluebirds are ranked eighth out of 38 teams in the Class 5A Cantrall Ratings.

    In case you missed it, here are links to our Friday football coverage from the past week:

  • Highlights

  • Top individual performances

  • Photos: Berea at Paris

  • Photos: Lafayette at Henry Clay

  • Scores

  • Line scores

  • Some more stats from Friday:

  • Xondre Willis rushed for 157 yards on 11 carries for Belfry in its 38-14 win over Knoxville Catholic (Tenn.) Belfry rushed for 468 yards as a team and improved to 5-0.
  • The win puts Pirates Coach Philip Haywood within six of 400 career wins. He leads the state with 394. Belfry travels to Cabell Midland, a perennial contender in Huntington, W.Va., next week.

  • St. Francis DeSales (Ohio) returned fumbles 31 and 47 yards for touchdowns inside the final three minutes of the first quarter at Covington Catholic on Saturday. The Stallions went on to win 28-7 over the Colonels (1-5).
  • Soccer

    The All "A" boys' and girls' championships were held Sunday at Capital View Park in Frankfort. Lexington schools reached the finals but neither was able to bring a small-school title back to the city.

    Kentucky Country Day beat Sayre 3-2 in the boys' championship game. Newport Central Catholic defeated the Lexington Christian girls 4-2.

    Sayre led KCD at halftime, 2-1, with goals from Chris Saad and Will Newton. The Bearcats (14-1), ranked 13th in the latest Maher Rankings, got goals from Jackson Alford, Jonathan Laise and Chris Roe in the victory. It was Sayre's first loss this season.

    Both teams went to penalty kicks in their respective semifinals. Sayre (8-1-4) advanced with a 1-0 win over Murray and KCD came away 2-1 against Bishop Brossart.

    Sayre Coach Joe Porter said his players gave tremendous effort the entire weekend and he was proud despite the runner-up finish.

    "Our performance against a top team in the state was exceptional," Porter said. "It's a disappointing result but it doesn't diminish what they've accomplished."

    Peyton Nagle gave LCA a lead over No. 8 Newport Central Catholic in the fourth minute of its title game, but the Thoroughbreds (17-0) struck back quickly with goals in the ninth, 11th and 13th minutes.

    Camille Downing had a second goal for the Eagles (7-7-1) before NewCath added a fourth score late to put a third All "A" title out of reach from LCA (it won in 2010 and 2012).

    LCA Coach Steve Fugmann said one of his team's goals entering the season was to win the All "A" title. He was proud of how close they came to reaching it against a team that'd given up just eight goals all season entering Sunday — two of which came against No. 2 Owensboro Catholic, whom NewCath ousted on penalty kicks in the semifinals.

    "We were in a great game down 3-2 and we took a chance trying to tie it," Fugmann said, "and gave up the last goal. Hats off to Newport Central Catholic on a well-deserved title."

    The Eagles, like Sayre on the boys' side, also offed Murray on penalty kicks in the semifinals. They advanced with a 2-1 win.

  • The Sayre boys go from one big game to another. They travel to Henry Clay on Tuesday. The winner of that game will be the outright No. 1 seed in the 42nd District tournament. The loser will be locked into the No. 2 spot. Bryan Station will be seeded third and Scott County fourth when the postseason begins.
  • The girls' 42nd District seedings are set: No. 1 Henry Clay, No. 2 Scott County, No. 3 Bryan Station and No. 4 Sayre.
  • The boys' 43rd District has little to sort out. Lexington Catholic will be the No. 1 seed by virtue of its win over Lafayette (3-1 in district) regardless of whether it beats Tates Creek on Tuesday. The Knights take a 3-0 record on the road but could take the seed outright.
  • Similarly, Tates Creek (currently 1-2 in district) is stuck as the No. 4 seed whether it wins or loses. It would lose a head-to-head tiebreaker to Paul Dunbar (2-2 in district) if it were to beat LexCath.

    That would mean the boys' 43rd would be: No. 1 Lexington Catholic, No. 2 Lafayette, No. 3 Paul Dunbar, No. 4 Tates Creek, No. 5 Lexington Christian.

  • On the girls' side of the 43rd, things are still up in the air. Tates Creek has two district games remaining: at Paul Dunbar on Wednesday and at home against Lexington Catholic in its annual showcase on Saturday. Tates Creek could finish as high as the No. 1 seed with wins over both.
  • Volleyball

    No. 5 Henry Clay won the Kentucky Challenge at Paul Laurence Dunbar on Saturday, finishing off No. 11 Tates Creek in a best-of-three match, 2-1, by scores of 25-14, 23-25 and 30-28.

    The two advanced to the championship match after two rounds of pool play. The Commodores won't have to wait long for revenge: they host the Blue Devils on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

    No. 6 Paul Dunbar finished fourth in the tournament, falling to No. 13 Scott.


    Another reminder that the 12 boys' and 10 girls' golf regionals occur Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

    The boys' 9th Region Tournament will be played at Kearney Hill Golf Links beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday. Region 9 includes each school in Lexington, Berea, Clark County, Frankfort, Franklin County, Madison Central, Madison Southern, Model, Scott County, Western Hills and Woodford County.

    Franklin County is ranked third in the state and features two of the top-ranked players in the state in junior CJ Jones and senior Jacob Cook, a University of Kentucky commit. Ben Turner, a Henry Clay senior, has been the top boys' golfer in the city this season.

    The girls' 7th Region Tournament will be held at Keene Run Golf Club in Nicholasville beginning at 8:30 a.m Tuesday. Region 7 includes every school in Lexington as well as Anderson County, Berea, Boyle County, Burgin, Danville, East Jessamine, Frankfort, Franklin County, Madison Central, Madison Southern, Mercer County, Model, West Jessamine, Western Hills and Woodford County.

    The region has three teams in the top five: No. 2 Madison Central, No. 3 Paul Dunbar and No. 5 Scott County. Indians senior Tristyn Nowlin is second in all-state points behind Elizabethtown's Lauren Hartlage, while Henry Clay's Leslie Ginter is tied for fourth. Dunbar has three girls in the top 20: Shelby Campbell, Rachel Fine and Rebecca Fine.

    City schedules for the week

    (All times local to site and p.m. unless noted)


    Boys' soccer: Paris at Bryan Station, 6; Dixie Heights at Henry Clay, 8

    Girls' soccer: Clark County at Sayre, 6; East Jessamine at Lexington Christian, 7:30; Henry Clay at Lafayette, 7:30; Scott County at Lexington Catholic, 7:30

    Volleyball: Sayre at Burgin, 7


    Boys' soccer: Lexington Catholic at Tates Creek, 7:45; Madison Central at Lafayette, 8; Sayre at Henry Clay, 8; Scott County at Paul Dunbar, 8

    Volleyball: Henry Clay at Tates Creek, 5:30; Bryan Station at Western Hills, 7:30; Lexington Christian at Lexington Catholic, 7:30; Paul Dunbar at Scott County, 7:30


    Boys' soccer:

    Girls' soccer: Sayre at Western Hills, 6; Frankfort at Bryan Station, 6:15; Lexington Christian at Boyle County, 7:30; Madison Southern at Lafayette, 7:30; Tates Creek at Paul Dunbar, 7:30; Woodford County at Henry Clay, 7:30

    Volleyball: Sayre at St. Patrick, 6; Eastern at Paul Dunbar, 7:30


    Boys' soccer: Paris at Sayre, 5:30; Lafayette at East Jessamine, 7:30; Louisville Christian at Lexington Christian, 7:30; Bourbon County at Tates Creek, 8

    Volleyball: Bryan Station at Pulaski County, 6:30; Kentucky School f/t Deaf at Sayre, 7; Lexington Catholic at Woodford County, 7:30; Lexington Christian at Madison Central, 7:30


    Football: Henry Clay at Pulaski County, 7:30; Lafayette at Bryan Station, 7:30 (all other Lexington schools off this week)

    Boys' soccer: Paul Dunbar vs. TBD in a St. Louis Tournament, 7

    Girls' soccer: Sayre at Montgomery County, 5:30

    Volleyball: Lexington Catholic vs. TBD in the Jefferson County Invitational at Ohio Valley Volleyball Center, 5; Henry Clay in the Mother McCaulley Asics Tournament at Chicago, Ill., times TBD; Paul Dunbar in the Serve for a Cure Invitational at Blessed Trinity, Ga., times TBD


    Boys' soccer: Manual at Lexington Catholic, 11 am.; Danville at Sayre, 3; Paul Dunbar vs. TBD in a St. Louis Tournament, TBD; Paul Dunbar vs. TBD in a St. Louis Tournament, TBD

    Girls' soccer: Lafayette vs. Thomas Nelson in the Tates Creek Showcase, noon; Henry Clay vs. West Jessamine in the Tates Creek Showcase, 2; Paul Dunbar vs. Clark County in the Tates Creek Showcase, 4; Tates Creek vs. Lexington Catholic in the Tates Creek Showcase, 6

    Volleyball: Lexington Catholic vs. TBD in the Jefferson County Invitational at Ohio Valley Volleyball Center, 8 a.m.; Henry Clay in the Mother McCaulley Asics Tournament at Chicago, Ill., times TBD; Paul Dunbar in the Serve for a Cure Invitational at Blessed Trinity, Ga., times TBD