Monday NKY sports round-up: Highlands, St. Henry boys golf claim region championships

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For one among the Highlands Bluebirds boys golf team, it marked the third straight region championship and fourth in the last five seasons. For another in the St. Henry Crusaders team, it is the second crown in three seasons.

The Bluebirds claimed the 8th Region title shooting a 328 at Houston Oaks Golf Course in Paris. Campbell County took runner-up honors shooting 339 to qualify for the first round of the state tournament.

“We played in 16 or 17 tournaments that were practice to get us ready for 18 holes for the regional tournament,” said Bert Richey, Highlands head coach. “The kids did a good job of staying focused. (Houston Oaks) is a really tough course. You have to play well. There are a lot of penalty areas that you have to keep your ball out of.”

Highlands senior Joel Craft has been in five straight region tournaments starting as an eighth grader in 2018. Craft finished fourth overall shooting 78.

“I probably wouldn’t have believed it,” Craft said on winning the region crowns. “The year we didn’t win (2019), I lost in a playoff to go to state. I was the young guy on the first two then the experienced guy on the next two. To see how we grew as a team and have the success we did when I was younger is pretty cool.”

Sophomore Hank Shick earned medalist honors shooting 72 for even par. He cracked the post-season line-up two years ago for the Bluebirds.

“I was hitting the ball really well,” Shick said. “I had a lot of birdie (one under par) opportunities. I hit the fairways. We get up to Highland Park (Country Club) chipping and putting doing something every day.”

Richey said the other three Highlands golfers did well to give the Bluebirds a nice score. Sophomore Nate Surrey and junior Ryan Toole shot 87 and 91 to round out the Highlands scoring. Sophomore Oliver Golden shot 96.

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Freshman Talen Bean led Campbell County shooting an 80. Seniors Jake Gross, EJ Farmer and Trevor Williams rounded out the scoring shooting 85, 86 and 88 respectively. Senior Evan Clark shot 95.

St. Henry won the 7th Region title shooting 315 at Boone Links Golf Course. Covington Catholic took runner-up honors shooting 320. The region champion and runners-up qualified for the first round of state unlike the last couple years where only the region champion did.

“I have never been more proud of a golf team than I was (Monday),” said Jerod Cahill, St. Henry head coach. “We were resilient. We were very prepared. What happened is exactly what we taught these kids to do. They stayed patient. I was very happy to see them in their demeanor and they handled the moment well. If you told me at the beginning of the season we were going to be region champions, I would have believed you. But I also would have smiled.”

Senior Kevin Tobergte earned medalist honors shooting 71 for the Crusaders on the way to the win. Sophomore Will Carter shot 75 to tie Covington Catholic junior Mitchell Gastright for runner-up honors.

“(Monday) was perfect for us. We all had a slow start except for Kevin,” Carter said. “But then we started we started to grind it out and finished really strong coming in.”

The rest of the St. Henry participants were sophomores in Will Hammond, Ben Carter and Charlie Bihl shooting 84, 85 and 88. The other Covington Catholic participants were seniors Nick Thapar, Nathan Resing and juniors Vince DiTommaso and Luke Pieper shooting 79, 83, 83 and 85 respectively.

The state tournament first round site for the four area qualifying teams plus individuals is Heritage Hill Golf Course in Shepherdsville against teams from the fifth and sixth regions on Monday. Tee time is 8 a.m. The top three teams from each semi-state plus 15 individuals from the other squads advance to the final state round at the Bowling Green Country Club.

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Other State First Round Qualifiers from Region 7: Ryle – Junior Tanner Lorms (99), Freshman Paxton McKelvey (82), Junior Palmer McKelvey (83), Senior Matthew Marlette (87). Cooper – Senior Yuji Maruishi (76). Villa Madonna – Junior Adam Brandstetter (81), Sophomore Tyler Brandstetter (86). Boone County – Sophomore Peyton Elmore (84). Dixie Heights – Freshman Kyle Flynn (86). ConnerLayne Masters (86).

Other State First Round Qualifiers from Region 8: Newport Central Catholic – Junior Caleb Eaglin (77). Bellevue – Sophomore TJ Sorrell (79).

Girls Soccer

Holy Cross 1, Cooper 0

The Indians (10-5-2) stunned the Jaguars (10-4-1) in Union in 9th Region play.

“I’m sure my girls are on cloud nine. We’re pretty happy with the win,” said Brittany Black, Holy Cross head coach. “We were waiting for something to happen on either end.”

Junior midfielder Addison Saalfeld scored the game’s only goal in the second half on a nice assist from senior Sydney Quercioli on a corner kick. That marked Saalfeld’s second goal and Quercioli’s 10th assist of the season.

“I figured I would step toward the goalie and let (Holy Cross junior) Ivy (Hoffman) run out of the back so she could finish with a header,” Saalfeld said. “Then Sydney crossed it at the perfect angle to where I could slip the ball right in front of their goalie and right between their post defender. After I scored, it was exhilarating.”

Senior goalkeeper Mia Wilson had a solid game with nine saves for Holy Cross.

Holy Cross travels to Bishop Brossart (7-5-1) on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. game. Cooper travels to Ryle (3-8-2) on Thursday for a 7:45 p.m. game.

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St. Henry 2, Dixie Heights 1 (overtime)

The Crusaders (8-3-2) knocked off the Colonels (6-7-3) in overtime on the road.

“It was a big win. We played great,” said Brian Bamberger, St. Henry Head Coach. “We came off a couple hard losses where we had to kind of reassess what we wanted to do this year. We played really, really gritty soccer. It was a great team effort.”

Senior midfielder Mandy Schlueter and sophomore forward Chloe Shea had the goals for the Crusaders. That marked the 23rd goal for Schlueter this year and fourth for Shea.

Dixie Heights plays host to Lexington Catholic (15-1) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. St. Henry travels to Scott (2-6-2) on Monday at 11:45 a.m.

Notre Dame 1, Campbell County 1

The Pandas (11-3-2) and Camels (8-3-6) tied in the non-region battle in Alexandria.

Notre Dame had six shots on target to four for Campbell County. Camels senior goalkeeper Morgan Rawe had five saves.

Senior forward Ruby Dunlevy scored on a cross from sophomore forward Jozie Holmes with 18:50 left in the first half for her team-high 15th goal of the season. Holmes has a team-high six assists.

Senior Ellie Greenwell scored her team-high ninth goal of the season for Notre Dame. She also has a team-high 15 assists.

Notre Dame travels to Simon Kenton (10-3-4) on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. game. Campbell County travels to Beechwood (9-4-3) for a 7:30 p.m. game.

Other Girls Soccer Scores

Walton-Verona 3, Grant County 1

Conner 2, Newport Central Catholic 1

Highlands 11, Bellevue 0

Covington Latin 4, Holmes 1

Beechwood 5, Scott 0

Simon Kenton 5, Boone County 0

Bishop Brossart 10, Villa Madonna 1

Volleyball Score

Beechwood 2 (25-11, 25-14), Newport 0

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