Dan Weber’s ‘Just Sayin’: Time to play some catch-up

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We’re playing a bit of catch-up ball here. Do we pull the goalie, put in a full-court press, blitz every down, take a bunch of pitches? Or all the above?

Let’s go with all of those. Lots to talk about to get up to speed in the early summer. So here we go.

*** NO REAL SURPRISE THAT HOLY CROSS SENIOR-TO-BE JACOB MEYER has decommitted from Western Kentucky and has gotten a new offer from former Xavier coach Travis Steele, now at Miami (Ohio) where Covington Catholic’s Mitchell Rylee will be a freshman in the fall. Jacob will get plenty more offers, we’re thinking. The 6-foot-2 Meyer, who led all scorers in the state with a 38.2 average, and possibly the nation last season although there’s no official source there, tweeted this Thursday: “After talking with my family and coaches about what is best for my future, I have decided to reopen my recruiting process. Thank you, WKU, and Coach Martin for everything.”

*** FOUR NORTHERN KENTUCKY HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS players, three of them from Covington Catholic, were named to the All-State Tennis Teams selected by the Kentucky High School Tennis Coaches Association. Named to the Boys All-State team were Brady Hussey, Jackson Poulos, and Alexander Yeager. Named to the Girls All-State team was Covington Latin’s Sakurako Watanabe.

*** BEECHWOOD HIGH SCHOOL WILL HOST A BIG DEAL FOOTBALL CAMP Saturday, July 23, right before things get serious for the fall and will feature 14 University of Kentucky football players including Heisman candidate quarterback Will Levis. The camp will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to all, first-graders through 12th. The cost is $129. Register by email at [email protected] The non-contact Football Skills Camp is in the name of UK linebacker Chris Oats, a Cincinnatian, with part of the proceeds going to the Chris Oats Foundation. Oats will be one of five UK linebackers in attendance with JJ Weaver, DeAndre Square, Jacuez Jones, and Keaton Wade. From the offense in addition to Levis will be quarterback Destin Wade, running back Kavoseay Smoke, wide receivers Jakobi Albert, Tavion Robinson, Chris Lewis, and Chauncey Magwood; and guards Kenneth Horsey and Tashawn Manning. All positions will be worked with except for kickers.

*** PLANNING TO TRANSFER in high school and play sports this year? Better do so by June 30 if you’re not going to move into your new district or be ready to sit out the year according to a new Kentucky law as interpreted by the KHSAA that comes into play July 1. More on this later.

*** BASEBALL BYE-BYE: Not a great result for seniors here with Kentucky’s Prep Baseball Report singling out 11 players statewide for nomination for Player of the Year honors and not a single Northern Kentuckian. Pretty typical of the way this area gets overlooked by people just not paying attention. No way you cannot include Conner shortstop Gage Testerman if you’re billing your organization as an expert on the Kentucky high school baseball scene. All Gage did was finish No. 7 in the state in both batting average (.542) and hits (58 in 107 at-bats), No. 1 in doubles (23) and No. 10 in slugging percentage (.953). C’mon, PBR, pay attention here.

*** ALL-STATE SOFTBALLERS NAMED: Bishop Brossart’s Brooke Shewmaker (.565 batting average with three home runs, 42 runs scored and 30 stolen bases) was named All-State Class A second team by the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association while Highlands’s Anna Greenwell made the Class 2A second team. Honorable mention selection in Class 2A was Highlands’s Kennedy Baioni while in Class 3A, Cooper’s Dylan Scott and Dixie Heights’s Bri Patsel made the coaches’ all-state teams.

*** TOUGH YEAR FOR SOFTBALL TEAMS HERE: According to MaxPreps’s computerized rankings, Northern Kentucky softball didn’t have a great season. Only one team, Cooper at No. 24, made the state’s Top 25. But even worse, only one other team – Simon Kenton at No. 60, made the Top 60. Here are the rest of the final rankings: 66-Highlands, 67-Ryle, 72-Campbell County, 94-Conner, 95-Notre Dame, 107-Boone County, 139-Scott, 156-Holy Cross, 160-NewCath, 161-Bishop Brossart, 168-Villa Madonna, 170-Beechwood, 189-Bellevue, 200-Calvary Christian, 210-St. Henry, 212-Dayton, 228-Holmes, 239-Ludlow, 240-Lloyd Memorial.

*** COVCATH COACH SCOTT RUTHSATZ KNEW he didn’t have the talent to compete with Indiana in the annual June All-Star Basketball Series between the states but the Kentucky All-Stars coach did have one thing – the lone Northern Kentucky player on the roster in his own Mitchell Rylee, who did not disappoint against an Indiana team with players headed to Indiana University and Purdue. All the 6-foot-8 Rylee did was lead Kentucky in scoring with 24 points in a 104-77 loss in Game 1 in Owensboro Friday a week ago and then he followed with a double-double – 13 points and 12 rebounds – in Kentucky’s 101-81 loss in Indianapolis the next day. It was the third straight sweep for Indiana and 11th in the last 13 years as the Hoosiers now own a 103-44 all-time edge with wins in 44 of the last 52 games.

The Kentucky Girls All-Stars, after a tough 67-66 loss in Game 1, came back for a 101-76 romp in Game 2 in Indianapolis with three Northern Kentucky players – Notre Dame’s Macie Feldman, Ludlow’s Jenna Lillard, and NewCath’s Rylee Turner – combining for 18 minutes and six points in the win.

*** NOT DEAD YET, Y’ALLS STARTING TO BALL: With six wins in their last seven and a 4-1 road trip with their first series sweep, the Florence Y’alls come home for a six-game homestand as they fight to get out of the basement in the Frontier League’s West Division with a 13-18 record. After a day off Monday, the Y’alls host the division-leading Evansville Otters (21-11) Tuesday through Thursday for a three-game series and the Gateway Grizzlies Friday through Sunday. Looking at the division, the Y’alls are just two games or less behind the four teams right ahead of them in the division.

*** LOOKING AROUND THE STATE, HOW GOOD A YEAR did Louisville St. Xavier have? Well, Nate Bryan (@NateInSports) reminds us that not only did the Tigers win seven KHSAA state championships this past school year, they won all four spring sports titles in baseball, lacrosse, tennis, and track & field.

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