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The Ryle boys archery team won the Region 6 title on Wednesday at Beechwood. Photo provided | Ryle Archery

All season long, the Ryle High School archery team has been posting impressive results.

The Raiders did so again last week, winning the KHSAA Region 6 boys title at Beechwood High School.

The Raiders pulled through by posting a team score of 2,006 and defeating the 12-team field by 64, Simon Kenton finished second with a 1,942. Cooper was third, also with a 1,942, Beechwood fourth with a 1,935 and Conner fifth with a 1,926.

Ryle had six archers place in the top 15 led by seventh grader Jack Albertson with a 295 and hitting 26 bullseye’s.

Jacob Klette placed seventh with a 288, Trenton Dietz ninth posting a 286 and Nathan Santimaw 10th, also with a 286. Kennan Caudill and Jared Evans rounded out the top 15 with 284’s, placing 14th and 15th, respectively.

It’s the fourth year in a row Ryle qualified for state.

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Ryle is coming off a NASP state tournament over the weekend in which they placed eighth, the first top 10 NASP state tournament finish for the program. After the state tournament, they’ll head to the NASP national tournament on May 11 in Louisville. If they can duplicate their 2,000-plus score at the state tournament, they’ll be feeling pretty good about themselves, only five school’s in the state tournament history able to eclipse the 2,000-plus score plateau.


Simon Kenton’s girls won the Region 6 archery tournament at Beechwood on Thursday. Photo provided | Simon Kenton archery

Simon Kenton won the Region 6 archery tournament last week at Beechwood and have earned their way to the state tournament in Bowling Green in April.

The Pioneers put up 1,955 points, edging out Ryle by 16 in the 12-team field. Scott finished third with 1,922, Conner fourth with a 1,920 and Cooper fifth with a 1,907.

Simon Kenton had four finish in the top 15 led by Lauren Westermeyer in third with a 287. Kilee Spegal finished sixth with a 285, Emma Vicars 10th with a 281 and Macie Smith in 12th, also with a 281.


Newport Central Catholic’s baseball team didn’t allow a run last week in wins over Dayton and Simon Kenton. Photo provided

The Thoroughbreds didn’t allow a single run last week in victories over Dayton (15-0) and Simon Kenton (2-0), improving to 2-1 on the young season.

Ryan Barth pitched three shutout innings in the run-rule victory over Dayton, not allowing a hit as he struck out five and walked one. Ian Mann had the lone multi-hit game of the contest with two singles and three RBI. George Simons and James Doepker also collected two RBI.

In the victory over Simon Kenton, it was Connor Sieter going the distance on the hill, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out four on 88 pitches. Brady Reckers collected the lone RBI, Matthew Landrum and Simons scoring the runs and also stealing a base.

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NewCath starts their Ninth Region All “A” tournament journey Wednesday night against Holy Cross.


Cooper’s Kendall Blau delivers to home plate during the Jaguars contest with Pendleton County last week. Photo provided | Peter Wiggington

Cooper had a big week on the softball diamond, going 3-0 which included a win over state ranked Pendleton County. The Jaguars defeated Pendleton (8-7), Grant County (18-5) and Holy Cross (15-0) as they improved to 3-1 on the season.

In the win over Pendleton, Ava Scott collected two hits and two RBI with a homerun and stolen base. Grace Cline and Sadie James also drove in two runs in the victory while Kendall Blau pitched a complete game with six strikeouts and allowed four earned runs.

In the win over Grant County, the Jaguars clubbed 14 hits, Emily Schmeltz and Ainsley Scroggie tallied three hits apiece. Cline and Kailey Milburn had two hits each, Milburn with two RBI and two walks. Blau got the win in the circle, pitching three innings and striking out four.

In the victory over Holy Cross, Maddie Childress and Schmeltz had big days with the bat, Childress with three hits and three RBI, Schmeltz with two homeruns and four RBI. Lily Spraker allowed one hit over three innings in getting the win.

Cooper is off to a 4-1 start to the season and has a busy week with six games this week, getting off to a solid start with a 18-3 victory over Lloyd Memorial on Monday.

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