Weekend NKY HS Sports Round-up: Walton-Verona girls soccer finishes All “A” State Runner-up

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The Walton-Verona Bearcats girls soccer team took a major step over the weekend making it to the final game of the All “A” State Tournament on Sunday in Louisville.

Walton-Verona (13-3-2) made its first appearance in the state championship game, losing to the 5th Region champion Bethlehem, 3-0 at Louisville Collegiate. Bethlehem (14-4-1) has won four straight All “A” State championships.

“We rode the lightning for as long as we could,” said Patrick Luken, Walton-Verona head coach. “They moved the ball very well. To be honest if we’re fresh, we probably give them a better game.”

Bethlehem outshot Walton-Verona, 25-4. Brynn Willis had nine saves for the Bearcats.

Walton-Verona knocked off Sayre, 4-3 to open the tournament Saturday morning at Collegiate. Cam Christy scored twice for the Bearcats and added an assist. Trinity Bauwens and Kassie Evans added goals with Emma Landrum and Ava Fuller adding assists. Willis made four saves.

The Bearcats then knocked off St. Henry, 1-0 in the semifinals at Assumption. Walton-Verona had four shots with Cam Christy scoring the goal on an Olivia Sams assist. Willis made six saves. Christy, Evans, Bauwens and Macey Sawyer made the all-tournament team for the Bearcats.

St. Henry bested Middlesboro, 10-0 to open the tournament at Assumption. Chloe Shea and Jayne Knollman made the all-tournament team for the Crusaders.

Walton-Verona plays at Owen County (1-13) on Monday at 6 p.m. St. Henry (9-9) plays host to Scott (8-6-3) at 7:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer

Notre Dame 4, Dixie Heights 1

Notre Dame’s Hannah Knapke (9) and Dixie Heights senior Hailey Kidd (left) go after the ball in the 9th Region match-up Saturday. Knapke had one goal and one assist in the 4-1 Pandas win. Photo provided | Bob Jackson

The Pandas won the 9th Region battle Saturday.

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Hannah Holocher and Hannah Knapke had one goal and one assist each for Notre Dame (14-3-1). Caroline Harper and Kate Lenihan scored the goals with Cameron Kirtley and Eva Dozier adding assists. Goalkeeper Hannah Renaker had five saves.

Karolyn Lighthall scored the lone goal for the Colonels (10-7). Lighthall has a team-high 14 on the season.

Notre Dame plays at Highlands (13-2-1) to conclude the regular season Monday at 8 p.m.

Other Girls Soccer Scores

Holy Cross 1, South Warren 1

Holy Cross 1, North Hardin 1

Cincinnati Country Day (Ohio) 7, Simon Kenton 3

Conner 1, Lafayette 1

Cooper 2, Ludlow 0

Boone County 2, Newport Central Catholic 0

Mason County 3, Villa Madonna 1

Boys Soccer

NewCath Falls in All “A” Quarterfinals

First Region champion Murray edged Newport Central Catholic, 2-1 in the All “A” state quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon at Louisville Collegiate.

Ryan Desmond scored the lone goal for the Thoroughbreds (13-4) and Brady Diedenhofer had the assist. Goalkeeper Mason McCloskey made eight saves.

NewCath plays at Covington Catholic (8-5-4) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Other Boys Soccer Scores

Conner 4, Elizabethtown 1

Conner 2, Ballard 2

Ryle 5, Central Hardin 0

Beechwood 9, Holy Cross 1

Boone County 1, Bishop Brossart 1

Cooper 1, Grant County 1

Paul Laurence Dunbar 6, Dixie Heights 2

Villa Madonna 2, Trinity Christian 1

Simon Kenton 0, Cincinnati Country Day (Ohio) 0

Archbishop McNicholas (Ohio) 3, St. Henry 1

Scott County 1, Walton-Verona 0

Volleyball

NewCath finishes runner-up at Halloween Smash

The Thoroughbreds played some good volleyball taking the runner-up finish in the tournament at Lafayette in Lexington.

“We really just made sure everyone understood how important it was to be engaged even if you’re on the sidelines,” said Angie Reckers, NewCath head coach. “We came in on Saturday and I just really feel like for the first time all season, we really played together as a team. We were focusing on fighting for the next ball, the next point no matter what the outcome was on the previous point. We had some hitters that maybe had been struggling, were able to step up and do some great things. Just the excitement we had, the players on the court really felt supported at the time. Then the players that weren’t on the court were ready to step in and do things when we needed them to.”

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NewCath (10-18) downed Bardstown, 2-0 (25-12, 25-22) in the quarterfinals. The Thoroughbreds had 17 kills, two assisted blocks, 15 assists, 29 digs and eight aces. Reese McCloskey led NewCath with five kills with Kori Reckers recording three kills, six assists and eight digs. Paytin Reckers had nine digs and three aces with Elise Fowler adding three aces and Katelyn Brannen adding three kills.

The Thoroughbreds then beat John Hardin, 2-0 (25-21, 25-20) in the semifinals. They had 16 kills, 16 assists, 40 digs, seven aces and six blocks. Paytin Reckers had another good game with nine digs and three aces.

“(I’ve gotten) support from my teammates,” Paytin Reckers said. “The adjustment (to varsity) has been hard. We try our best to touch every ball we can.”

Fowler led NewCath with 11 digs and Kori Reckers had eight assists, seven digs and two aces. McCloskey had four kills and two assisted blocks with Jaylee Brannen adding two blocks.

Lafayette (16-12) knocked off NewCath, 2-0 (25-15, 25-10) in the championship game. NewCath had 11 kills, five blocks, 11 assists and 32 digs in the loss. Kori Reckers had four kills, seven digs and three assisted blocks in the losing effort. Paytin Reckers had 10 digs.

NewCath plays host to Calvary Christian (14-7) at 7 p.m. Monday.

Other Volleyball Scores

Kentucky Challenge at Paul Laurence Dunbar

Cooper 2, Greenwood 1 (26-23, 22-25, 15-10)

Cooper 2, Tates Creek 1 (24-26, 27-25, 15-11)

Central Hardin 2, Cooper 0 (25-12, 25-6)

Conner 2, Marshall County 0 (25-11, 25-17)

Central Hardin 2, Conner 1 (25-20, 19-25, 15-9)

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Greenwood 2, Conner 0 (25-21, 25-23)

River City Classic at Dayton

Newport 2, Heritage Academy 1 (25-21, 22-25, 15-12)

Heritage Academy 2, Holmes 1 (25-10, 16-25, 15-5)

Newport 2, Heritage Academy 0 (27-25, 25-18)

Holmes 2, Heritage Academy 1 (25-18, 22-25, 17-15)

Ludlow 2, Bellevue 1 (26-24, 24-26, 15-11)

Mason County 2, Dayton 1 (21-25, 25-21, 15-7)

Ludlow 2, Newport 0 (25-14, 25-14)

Dayton 2, Holmes 0 (25-17, 25-9)

Mason County 2, Newport 0 (25-14, 25-7)

Bellevue 2, Dayton 0 (25-14, 25-14)

Dayton 2, Ludlow 1 (22-25, 26-24, 15-11)

Bellevue 2, Mason County 1 (25-20, 10-25, 25-19)

Dayton 2, Bellevue 0 (25-21, 25-18)

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