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 firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on Twitter @HLpreps.
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:
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.
And now, back to your regularly-scheduled programming.
Here are links to our Friday football coverage from the past week:
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:
Danville (7-1) travels to Lexington Christian (6-2) this week.
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.
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)
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.)
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
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
Miss any of our ample district tournament coverage last week? Here it is all in one place!
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.
Links I Liked
This section includes snippets from stories pertaining to high school/youth sports that might pique your interest.
"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.
“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."