Thursday NKY HS round-up: Ryle boys soccer downs Conner in 33rd District battle

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The Ryle Raiders kept their winning streak alive with a 5-2 win on the road over the Conner Cougars in a key 33rd District game, ending Conner’s seven-game winning streak in the process.

Ryle led 2-0 at halftime. But after Conner scored on a penalty kick, the Raiders (11-2) responded with three in the next eight minutes to go up 5-1.

“We don’t necessarily always worry about what the other team is doing,” said Stephen Collins, Ryle head coach. “For us, it’s about what we do well and that’s possess the ball, move the ball well, use the space and play strong defense. We start everything with trying to shut the team down. We try to make them adapt to us versus us adapting to them.”

Ryle outshot Conner, 15-7. Raider goalkeepers Landon Barth and Jack Nieman had four and one save. respectively.

Josh Line led the Raiders with three goals. Anes Smajlovic had one goal and one assist. Brice Denigan had the other goal and Chris Maraduaga added an assist.

“We came out in the second half and had a hand ball call against us,” Line said. “There was a free kick where they put it in and a (Conner player) tackled me. I got a (penalty kick) and sinked it. We just went from there and everything went as cool as can be.”

Brayden Thornton scored both goals for the Cougars (7-4-1) and Jeremy Alig had an assist. Goalkeepers Owen King and Trey Wagner had five and three saves, respectively.

Ryle plays at Cooper (5-3-4) on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Conner plays host to Elder (Ohio) on Saturday at Noon.

Boys Soccer

Covington Catholic 2, Dixie Heights 1

CovCath won the battle of the Colonels on the road in 9th Region play.

CovCath (7-5-3) saw Andrew Roland and Chris Wessels score the goals with Cole Hubert and Aiden Leach tallying assists. Goalkeeper Auggie Eilerman had five saves.

CovCath plays at Lexington Catholic (5-6) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Dixie Heights (6-6-1) plays host to Newport Central Catholic (10-3) on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Cooper 2, Boone County 1

The Jaguars earned the 33rd District win on the road.

Landon Hughes had one goal and one assist for Cooper (5-3-4). Liam Haswell had the other goal and Jackson McDonald added an assist.

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Mayemba Mayala scored the goal for the Rebels (5-8) and goalkeeper David Courtney had four saves.

Cooper plays host to Ryle (11-2) on Tuesday at 8 p.m. in a key 33rd District game. Boone County plays host to Scott (5-7-1) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Beechwood 1, Scott 1

The Tigers and Eagles tied in non-region action in Taylor Mill.

Gavin Warren scored the goal for Beechwood (4-7-1) and Andric Aguilar had the assist. Goalkeeper Warner Platt added two saves.

Scott (5-7-1) saw Mario Carpio score its goal and Brayden Profitt had the assist. Goalkeeper Aiden Taylor made six saves.

Beechwood plays host to Carroll County (6-6) on Saturday at Noon. Scott plays at Walton-Verona (6-8) on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Grant County 3, Walton-Verona 2 (OT)

The Bearcats lost the tight 32nd District home seed game.

Trace Padgett had one goal and one assist for the Bearcats (6-8) and Logan Pronk scored the other goal. Goalkeeper Sam Kunkle had 15 saves.

Walton-Verona plays host to Scott (5-7-1) on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Other Boys Soccer Scores

Sayre 8, Covington Latin 1

Bishop Brossart 3, Highlands 1

Holmes 10, St. Patrick 1

Calvary Christian 2, Mason County 1

Girls Soccer

Highlands 4, Notre Dame 1

The Bluebirds bested the Pandas in the Lexington Catholic Cup in a battle of two of the top teams in the 9th Region.

Highlands (10-2-1), playing in place of Paul Laurence Dunbar, outshot Notre Dame 12-9. Goalkeeper Natalie Hinegardner had eight saves.

“The new coaches poll game out earlier in the week and seven of the top eight teams were playing in the LexCath Tournament,” said Chris Norris, Highlands head coach. “So the fact that we got that late invite was fantastic. It didn’t really matter who we were going to play. It was going to be the best talent in the state. I think we came down and put up a great exhibition for everyone in the state to see.”

Reese Wilkens set the tone scoring for Highlands in the game’s first five minutes, finishing with two in the game. Yvie Gorrigan and Claire Cavacini had the other goals and Laney Smith tallied three assists.

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Hannah Holocher scored the goal for the Pandas (11-3-1) and Jane Schuh had the assist. Goalkeeper Adilynn Melton had three saves.

Highlands plays host to West Jessamine (4-4-2) on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Notre Dame plays Dixie Heights (9-5) at 1 p.m. Saturday back at Lexington Catholic.

Other Girls Soccer Scores

Holmes 7, St. Patrick 0

St. Henry 10, Ludlow 0


Notre Dame 3, Conner 0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-7)

The Pandas hit the road and won the 9th Region battle.

Notre Dame (15-1) had 44 kills, seven blocks, 40 assists, 46 digs and eight aces in the win. Julia Grace had 14 digs and four aces with Lacey Hostetler digging up 10 balls. Lauren Ott had 23 assists with Lizzy Larkins dishing out 13 assists and serving two aces.

Grace Portwood had 11 kills and Ava Tilden had nine. Ella Goetz led Notre Dame with three blocks.

Conner (13-3) plays Beechwood (11-6) and Henry County (12-6) in Pool D action at Highlands Middle School at 6 and 8 p.m. in the Cake Classic on Friday. The Pandas play at Holy Cross (17-4) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Beechwood 3, Bishop Brossart 1 (25-12, 25-27, 26-24, 25-9)

Beechwood freshman Macy Armstrong (25) celebrates a point with Isabel O’Brien (22) in the win at Bishop Brossart on Thursday. Armstrong had 12 kills and two blocks in the win. Photo provided | Adam Lewandowski

The Tigers recorded a big road non-region win.

Beechwood (11-6) saw Macy Armstrong record 12 kills and two blocks. Rachel Lewandowski had nine kills and four blocks with Izzy Bakker landing nine kills, two aces and two blocks. Isabel O’Brien had 11 kills, two blocks and seven aces. Skylr Estep had 41 assists and five digs.

Bishop Brossart (14-5) had six aces, 30 kills, two solo blocks, six assisted blocks, 29 assists and 76 digs. Kate Neltner led the Mustangs with 10 kills, 16 digs and five aces. Maddie Kremer had 24 digs with Josie Reckner recording six kills and nine digs. Payton Parker added five assisted blocks and five kills. Callie Ritter had two solo blocks and assisted another.

Beechwood plays Conner (13-3) on Friday in the Cake Classic at Highlands Middle School at 6 p.m. then Henry County (12-6) at 7 p.m.

Brossart plays in the All “A” State Volleyball Tournament starting pool play on Friday at Eastern Kentucky University. The Mustangs face 9th Region champion St. Henry (15-7) at 6 p.m. at the Recreation Center and 16th Region champion Raceland (10-3) at 7:30 p.m. at the McBrayer Arena Auxiliary Court.

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Highlands 3, Newport Central Catholic 0 (25-19, 25-9, 25-21)

The host Bluebirds bested the Thoroughbreds for the 13th time in the last 14 meetings in a 36th District seed game.

Highlands (10-8) had 34 kills, 31 assists, 48 digs, nine aces and six blocks in the win. Rachel Ossege had 13 kills and Sydney Shomaker had 10 kills and two blocks. Ava Muzumdar had 18 assists, four aces and 10 digs with Hayden Gessner tallying three aces and 12 digs. Annie Ellison had 10 digs with Ella Cox recording 13 assists and Maggie Carnohan two blocks.

NewCath (7-13) had three aces, 21 kills, one assisted block, 53 digs and 15 assists. Kori Reckers had five kills, five assists, 12 digs and three aces to lead the Thoroughbreds. Reese McCloskey added five kills with Jordyn Reckers tallying 10 digs and Vivi Fassler five assists.

Highlands plays in its own Cake Classic starting Friday against Boone County (5-13) at 6 p.m. and Boyd County (15-2) at 8 p.m. at Russell Bridges Gymnasium. NewCath plays at Scott (11-8) on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

North Oldham 3, Simon Kenton 0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-19)

The Pioneers dropped a tough road 8th Region game.

Simon Kenton (17-4) had 25 kills, 38 digs, five aces and three blocks. Jenna Kitchens had 12 kills, seven digs and an ace for the Pioneers. Keira Hans had five kills, two blocks, five digs and an ace with Alisha Hawkins recording five kills, one block and one ace. Tori Chasteen had 10 digs, two kills and two aces.

Simon Kenton plays in the Cake Classic at Highlands on Friday against Holy Cross (17-4) at 6 p.m. then South Oldham (12-3) at 8 p.m.

Other Volleyball Scores

Villa Madonna 2, Grant County 0 (26-24, 25-12)

Bellevue 2, Heritage Academy 1 (25-21, 15-25, 25-21)

Lloyd Memorial 2, Williamstown 0 (25-22, 25-8)

Calvary Christian 3, Cincinnati (Ohio) Trailblazers Home School 0 (25-23, 25-11, 25-14)

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