Wednesday NKY HS round-up: St. Henry-Beechwood set for All “A” final

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The St. Henry Crusaders and Beechwood Tigers will meet for the 9th Region All “A” title at 5 p.m. Saturday at Villa Madonna.

St. Henry (3-4) downed Holy Cross in one semifinal, 1-0 with Liv Schmitt scoring the game’s lone goal. Holy Cross (4-3) had won four of its last five entering the game.

Beechwoood (5-2) dominated Dayton, 11-1 in the other semifinal. Rylie Kidman scored four goals to lead the Tigers and Harper Birkemeier had two. Rose Smith, Grace Cottengim, Riley Atmore, Allison Goodwin and Maddy Brauch scored the other Beechwood goals.

Holy Cross plays host to Cooper (4-3-1) on Saturday at 10 a.m. Dayton (1-3-1) plays at Owen County (0-5) on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Notre Dame 2, Simon Kenton 0

Notre Dame junior Scarlet Cogswell (2) makes a play on the ball as Simon Kenton senior Cam Ruble (20) pursues. Photo provided | Marc Figgins

The Pandas won their fifth in a row with a road win in Independence.

Kimmie Woeste and Scarlet Cogswell scored the goals for Notre Dame (7-1). Jane Schuh and Cameron Kirtley added assists with Hannah Renaker and Adilynn Melton combining to make four saves in goalkeeper.

Notre Dame outshot Simon Kenton, 14-4. Goalkeeper Fayth Tomlin had 10 saves for the Pioneers (3-5).

Notre Dame plays host to Campbell County (3-3-1) on Saturday at 7 p.m. Simon Kenton also plays Saturday against at home against South Oldham (4-2) at 1:30 p.m.

Campbell County 4, Montgomery County 3

Campbell County junior Jozie Holmes (25) plays the ball in a recent game. Holmes had one goal and two assists in the 4-3 Camel win over Montgomery County on Wednesday. Photo provided | Ted Jackson

The Camels held on to defeat the visiting Indians in a 10th Region game.

Jozie Holmes and Valerie Stephens scored one goal each to remain tied for the team lead with four each for the Camels. Kennedy Crowley and Micah Dawson both scored their second goals of the season. Holmes added two assists and Stephens had one.

“It was big for us to see the young forwards start to put the ball in the net,” said Dave Morris, Campbell County head coach. “Hopefully, that carries forward. Prior to that, all of our scoring had come from the midfield.”

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Campbell County outshot Montgomery County, 16-7 building a 2-0 halftime lead. Camel goalkeepers Abi Medaugh and Morgan Roomes had two saves each.

Both teams are 3-3-1 on the season. This marked the first region game for the Camels and the Indians fell to 1-2 in region play.

The Camels play at Notre Dame (7-1) on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Other Girls Soccer Scores

Conner 9, Boone County 0

Newport Central Catholic 2, Villa Madonna 1

Cooper 2, Scott 0

George Rogers Clark 1, Bishop Brossart 1

Holmes 5, Covington Latin 0

Dixie Heights 2, Ryle 0

Boys Soccer

Boone County 1, St. Henry 0

The Rebels downed the visiting Crusaders for their third win in four games.

Junior Edwin Pajazetovic scored the lone goal of the game for the Rebels (3-4). Pajazetovic leads the Rebels with five goals on the season.

Junior David Courtney led the shutout on defense for Boone County. This marked the first shutout of the year for the Rebels.

Boone County plays host to Cincinnati (Ohio) Withrow on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. St. Henry (1-5) plays at Conner (2-3-1) at the same time.


Conner def. Scott, 3-0 (25-19, 25-7, 25-15)

Conner senior Peyton Walker (right) goes up for a block in a recent game while teammate Payton Gutzwiller (12) watches. Photo provided | Bob Jackson

The Conner Cougar volleyball team has yet to lose a game on the young season.

Conner (5-0) knocked off the visiting Scott Eagles to keep the train rolling Wednesday. While teams may be focused on containing Conner’s two power hitters in seniors Lilly Hamburg and Peyton Walker, head coach Douglas Rabe credited other hitters such as Carly Nehus, McKenzie Deatherage and Annika Berwanger for giving the Cougars balance.

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“(Scott) was definitely target blocking, hoping by slowing down Walker and Hamburg that they would at least be able to stay with us,” Rabe said. “But when we started pushing the ball outside, they’re freezing in the middle and Carly’s beating the crap out of the ball outside. She’s someone I don’t know if teams are overlooking her kind of being in the shadow of Walker and Hamburg. But Carly is a power hitter, goes up quick and puts the ball down quicker.”

Conner had 30 kills and 12 blocks in the win. Walker had 11 kills and three blocks with Hamburg tallying seven kills and five blocks, including four solo ones. Nehus added four kills and Berwanger tied Walker with three blocks.

“Our team is very deep. We have great connections with our setters as hitters,” Nehus said. “We are really solid in the back row and it just feels really good. That puts us in good condition to get a free ball, pass and kill. That’s how we’re so successful.”

Conner served 15 aces, dug up 41 balls and dished out 26 assists. Bailey Morris and Anna Hamilton recorded 12 and seven digs with Maddie Leiprecht serving seven aces. Jordan Ransdell and Aubrey Depenbrock had 11 and eight assists respectively and Morris added four aces.

Scott had three aces, 22 kills, 12 blocks, 24 assists and 31 digs. Brooklyn Helm and Milyn Minor led the Eagles with 10 and seven kills, respectively. Ryann Grigsby led the Eagles with 19 assists. Helm added 11 digs with Payton Grigsby digging up nine balls.

Scott travels to Highlands (1-2) on Thursday at 7 p.m. Conner plays in the Thoroughbred Smash at Lafayette in Lexington starting Friday against Lexington Catholic (3-1) at 6 p.m.

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Dixie Heights 3, Boone County 1 (25-22, 25-17, 24-26, 25-21)

The Colonels bounced back from the loss at Beechwood on Tuesday with a 9th Region road win.

Maggie Best led Dixie Heights with 25 kills, four aces and 11 digs. Christen Tarter had 23 digs and Madison Offner had four aces. Maddie Kelly had 35 assists and 10 digs with Anna Shumate recording two solo and two assisted blocks.

Dixie Heights (5-2) plays host to Ludlow (3-3) on Thursday at 6 p.m. Boone County (4-4) plays host to Ryle (2-1) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Newport Central Catholic 3, Newport 0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-11)

The Thoroughbreds hit the win column with a convincing win over the Wildcats to open 36th District action.

NewCath (1-4) had 12 aces, 29 kills, three blocks, 28 assists and 39 digs. Elena Henderson and Jaylee Brannen led the Thoroughbreds with six kills each and Emma Cleves served a team-high five aces. Kori Reckers had 16 assists, four digs and five kills. Paytin Reckers had nine digs with Jordyn Reckers and Elise Fowler recording seven each.

Newport (2-6) had 17 kills, two blocks, 17 assists, 71 digs and one ace. Rayona Lindsey had a team-high 20 digs with DeAyjah White recording 12 digs, nine kills and eight assists. Amariana Cook and Andora Riley had 15 and 12 digs respectively.

NewCath travels to Lafayette (1-1) in Lexington on Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. game. Newport travels to Carroll County (0-4) on Thursday for a 7 p.m. game.

Other Volleyball Scores

Highlands 3, Holmes 0 (25-4, 25-10, 25-6)

Dayton 2, St. Patrick 0 (25-12, 25-10)

Villa Madonna 2, Walton-Verona 0 (25-15, 25-21)

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