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High school sports: Weekend recap and look ahead

Scott County's Keeshon Brent (1) and Jeremiah Happy (90) celebrated a stop on fourth down in the second quarter of the Bryan Station at Scott County football game at Toyota Stadium in Georgetown, Ky., on Oct. 16, 2015. Scott County led 30-8 at halftime. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff
Scott County's Keeshon Brent (1) and Jeremiah Happy (90) celebrated a stop on fourth down in the second quarter of the Bryan Station at Scott County football game at Toyota Stadium in Georgetown, Ky., on Oct. 16, 2015. Scott County led 30-8 at halftime. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff Lexington 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.

Coverage Announcement

With the postseason in full swing for soccer and volleyball about to ramp up, it's hard for me to be in multiple places covering multiple events. Luckily, there will still be Joshes around to do the job!

Josh Huff, who interned with the Herald-Leader over the summer and has done a bang-up job freelancing for us on a few occasions this fall, will be helping out a lot more over the next few weeks. You should give him a follow on Twitter @The_JBHuff.

Here are some recent stories Josh Huff did for us:

  • Defense makes lone goal stand up for UK men’s soccer
  • Soccer: UK women win fifth straight against U of L
  • Western Kentucky: After filling up stat sheet last year, Brandon Doughty focusing on championship
  • 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. Below are sample's of Peck's work.

  • UK volleyball shakes off slow start to top Louisville
  • Clemente’s golden goal began with interception
  • Friday’s Battle of the Bluegrass a ‘special game’ Kentucky embraces as rival Louisville comes to town
  • And now, back to your regularly-scheduled programming.


    Here are links to our Friday football coverage from the past week:

  • Highlights from across Kentucky

  • Top individual performances

  • Story: Scott County runs past Bryan Station

  • Photos: Bryan Station at Scott County

  • Scores

  • Line scores

  • Your new Cantrall top five: No. 1 Male, No. 2 Scott County, No. 3 Trinity, No. 4 Simon Kenton, No. 5 St. Xavier.

    Some more stuff from last week:

  • Letcher County Central football star Jaylyn Williams underwent surgery last week after his fibula and tibula separated in his ankle. Williams said it wasn't a "real serious injury" and that the surgery only took about 10 minutes. He expects to be back to 100-percent in a couple of months and will return in time to compete for LCC's track and field team.
  • Dustin Baker rushed for 131 yards and two TDs on 11 carries in Mercer County's 42-12 win over Taylor County. The Titans are on a four-game winning streak after starting the year 0-5. They've locked up the No. 1 seed in Class 4A, District 5. Mercer is off this week and will look to even its record against Clark County at home on Oct. 30.
  • Jamale Carothers rushed 13 times for 105 yards and four TDs in Bowling Green's 48-7 win versus Barren County. It was fifth straight win for the Purples (7-1)
  • Stephen Ray had 87 yards and two TDs on only five carries for Danville in its 56-0 rout of Middlesboro. It was the Admirals' third shutout in five games. Zack Dampier threw four TDs on 9-for-12 passing.
  • Danville (7-1) travels to Lexington Christian (6-2) this week.

  • Brody Johnson rushed for 204 yards and two TDs as East Ridge stopped a two-game skid with a 50-28 win at Betsy Layne. Trey Little added 105 yards and two TDs on the ground for the Warriors (3-5).
  • Louisville Holy Cross posted its first shutout of the season, a 31-0 win over Frankfort, on Friday. Evan Perry rushed 29 times for 198 yards and three TDs to guide the Cougars (4-4) to their third straight win.
  • Grant Murray and Jared Pulsfort rushed for TDs in Highlands' 14-10 win over its biggest rival, Covington Catholic.
  • The Colonels (2-6) led 10-0 after a first-quarter field goal by Matthew Kloska and a 4-yard TD run by Anthony Best with 7:35 to play in the second quarter.

    On Highlands' next possession after the Best run, Pulsfort reached pay dirt from 5 yards out. Murray went 13 yards to put the Bluebirds (3-5) ahead early in the third quarter.

  • J.J. Ogbogu had 229 yards and three TDs in Lexington Catholic's 31-24 upset of No. 1 Boyle County. Here's video of the winning TD courtesy of PrepSpin:
  • Soccer

    The postseason starts this week with the district tournaments. Here are the pairings for the 11th Region boys' and girls' teams.

    Boys' 11th Region Tournament

    These games will be played at Capitol View Park in Frankfort. Games in bracket order.

    Monday: Madison Central vs. Franklin County, 6 p.m.; Henry Clay vs. Lexington Catholic, 8 p.m.

    Tuesday: Paul Laurence Dunbar vs. Madison Southern, 6 p.m.; Woodford County vs. Sayre, 8 p.m.

    Thursday: Semifinals, 6 and 8 p.m.

    Saturday: Championship, 4 p.m.

    Should things go according to the newest Maher Rankings, Henry Clay will come out on top in the 11th Region.

    The Blue Devils are ranked third in the state behind Bowling Green and Trinity.

    Girls' 11th Region Tournament

    The first-round games will be played on the football (turf) and soccer (grass) fields on the campus of Madison Southern. The semifinals and championship will be played on the soccer field. Games in bracket order.

    Monday: Lexington Catholic vs. Madison Southern, 6 p.m. (turf); Woodford County vs. Bryan Station, 8 p.m. (turf); Henry Clay vs. Franklin County, 6 p.m. (grass); Madison Central vs. Paul Laurence Dunbar, 8 p.m. (grass)

    Tuesday: Semifinals, 6 and 8 p.m. (grass)

    Thursday: Championship, 7 p.m. (grass)

  • Lexington Catholic's girls won the 43rd District title, 4-0 over Paul Dunbar on Friday. If the tournament plays out according to the latest Maher Rankings, the Knights would represent the 11th Region in the state tournament. They're ranked atop the 11th Region and third in the state behind Sacred Heart and Owensboro Catholic.
  • The rest of the top ten? Assumption, Boyle County, West Jessamine, Notre Dame, Manual, Newport Central Catholic and Bowling Green. That means by week's end at least four of the state's top-performing girls' teams will be left out of the state tournament. (Sacred Heart, Assumption and Manual all compete in the 7th Region; Notre Dame and Newport Central Catholic share the 9th Region field; West Jessamine and Boyle County both play in the 12th Region.)

  • Here are some eye-popping finals from the boys' district championship round:
  • 6th District: Henderson Co. 10, Union County 0

    8th District: Hopkinsville 9, Fort Campbell 0

    53rd District: Perry County Central 10, Letcher County Central 0

  • And some more from the girls' district championship round:
  • 6th District: Henderson Co. 10, Union County 0

    25th District: Manual 10, Presentation 0

    27th District: Sacred Heart 8, Atherton 0

    45th District: Boyle County 8, Danville 0

    50th District: Middlesboro 10, Knox Central 0

    54th District: Estill County 7, Powell County 0

    58th District: Lawrence County 10, Belfry 0

    62nd District: East Carter 10, West Carter 0

  • Complete boys' region tournament schedules for next week.
  • Complete girls' region tournament schedules for next week.
  • Miss any of our ample district tournament coverage last week? Here it is all in one place!

  • Boys’ 43rd District semifinals: Paul Dunbar vs. Lafayette and Lexington Catholic vs. Tates Creek
  • Photos: Boys’ 43rd District semifinals
  • Girls’ 43rd District semifinals: Lexington Catholic vs. Tates Creek and Paul Dunbar vs. Lexington Christian
  • Photos: Girls’ 43rd District semifinals
  • District finals: Henry Clay sweeps boys’ and girls’ titles; Dunbar boys win in PKs
  • Photos: 42nd District boys’ and girls’ finals
  • Volleyball

    The final week of the regular season tips off on Monday. Here are the district tournament schedules for the teams in Region 11:

    41st District at Franklin County

    Tuesday: Woodford County vs. Franklin County, 6 p.m.

    Wednesday (Finals): Western Hills vs. TBD, 6 p.m.

    42nd District at Bryan Station

    Tuesday: Henry Clay vs. Sayre, 6 p.m.; Scott County vs. Bryan Station, 7:30 p.m.

    Wednesday (Finals): Semifinals winners, 7 p.m.

    43rd District at Paul Laurence Dunbar

    Monday: Lexington Catholic vs. Lafayette, 6 p.m.

    Tuesday: Paul Dunbar vs. Lexington Christian, 6; Monday's winner vs. Tates Creek, 7:30

    Wednesday (Finals): Semifinals winners, 6:30

    44th District at Berea

    Monday: Madison Southern vs. Berea, 6 p.m.

    Tuesday (Finals): Madison Central vs. TBD, 6 p.m.

  • No. 4 Henry Clay went 3-0 against No. 10 Ryle, No. 15 Apollo and No. 16 McCracken County at Ryle on Saturday. The only set it lost out of nine was to Apollo.
  • No. 12 Tates Creek also went 3-0 against ranked opponents last week. It defeated No. 9 North Oldham 3-0 on Tuesday before sweeping No. 14 Cooper and No. 19 Oldham County, each 3-0 at home on Saturday.
  • No. 8 Paul Dunbar lost 3-1 at No. 17 St. Henry on Thursday.
  • Lexington Christian enters the postseason having won four of their last five matches, the loss coming against Tates Creek on Wednesday.
  • Complete volleyball district tournament schedules for next week.
  • Links I Liked

    This section includes snippets from stories pertaining to high school/youth sports that might pique your interest.

  • Mark Hyman, a professor of sports management at George Washington University, said the following in Washington Post writer Michael S. Rosenwald's "Are parents ruining youth sports? Fewer kids play amid pressure."
  • "The adults have won. If we wiped the slate clean and reinvented youth sports from scratch by putting the physical and emotional needs of kids first, how different would it look? Nothing would be recognizable.”

    The article notes that participation in traditional team sports is in decline but more niche sports are seeing increased interest.

  • Tom Brady doesn't appear to have much love for travel teams. From "Tom Brady opens up on youth sports today" by Doug Most of the Boston Globe. Said Brady:
  • “Youth sports, and what I remember from being in youth sports, everything was really localized. There were no travel teams well, there was a couple, but you really had to be the top, top kids to go on those teams. ...

    "“It’s just different now, and I’m experiencing it with my own kids with all the organized activities that you put them in. I’ve made a comment for a while now: ‘I hope my kids are late bloomers in whatever they do.’ Because they are going to be exposed to so much at such an early time that yeah, you do worry about what their motivation may be. As they get older or if they feel like they’ve been in something for so long and it’s been hyper-intense and hyper-focused for so long, I think that can wear out a young individual, a young teenager."