Thursday, August 21, 2014

Highlands prepares for second scrimmage

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands senior quarterback Beau Hoge (7) takes a snap while Griffin Urlage (20) makes a move in Friday's scrimmage against Louisville Trinity. The Bluebirds travel to Cincinnati St. Xavier for their second scrimmage on Friday.
By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

In previous years, the Highlands Bluebirds football team played just one scrimmage against Louisville Trinity.

But when University Christian (Florida) could not work things out to return to Fort Thomas, things opened up for another scrimmage. Highlands will take on another tough opponent in that scrimmage when it travels to Tom Ballaban Field on Friday to take on the Ohio Division I power Cincinnati St. Xavier Bombers of the Greater Catholic League South. Game time is 7 p.m. in Cincinnati.

Thoroughbreds prepare for Tomcats, Baker in season-opener



G. Michael Graham Photo. The Ashland Tomcats (white uniforms) and Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds (blue uniforms) face off in the season-opener on Friday again this year. NewCath won last year's meeting 37-26.

By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

It is a name that rings bells not only in eastern Kentucky, but for any opponent of the Ashland Blazer Tomcat football team.

Ashland standout running back Quentin Baker has been on the minds of the Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds for a few weeks as they prepare for their usually tough non-district grind against bigger schools. Eventual Class 2A runner-up NewCath beat Ashland, 37-26 at Newport Stadium to open last year. Baker rushed for 238 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns in that contest.

The Thoroughbreds travel southeast to face Baker and company on Friday. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the newly-renovated Putnam Stadium in Ashland. The trip may take a couple hours. But the Thoroughbreds are not concerned about it.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cooper, NC girls soccer cancelled

By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The Newport Central Catholic Lady Breds soccer team had a game scheduled at Cooper to open the season Wednesday. It was cancelled because of lightning storms.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Highlands ties Scott, 2-2

Mary Schmalzl Photo. Highlands junior Ben Seiter (19) battles Scott's Stephen Kiehborth (8) in Tuesday's game. The teams tied 2-2 to open the season.
By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

They fought back to tie the game twice.

Down the stretch, the Highlands Bluebirds soccer team had its chances to take the lead, but could not finish. The end result was a 2-2 against the Scott Eagles in the season-opener for both teams at Tower Park on Tuesday.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ladybirds nip Lady Crusaders, 3-2

G. Michael Graham Photo. Highlands goalkeeper Olivia McQuery (left) gets ready to boot the ball away from the goal while Peyton Bankemper (7) gets in position. McQuery made six saves in the win.
By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The Highlands Ladybirds soccer team showed how far it has come in terms of mental toughness Monday.

Highlands found itself down by a goal at various points on the first half. But the Ladybirds came back to post a 3-2 win over the visiting St. Henry Lady Crusaders in the season opener for both teams at Tower Park.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Highlands, NC find areas for improvement in scrimmages

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands senior defensive back Grayson Heck (32) records an interception in Friday's scrimmage against Louisville Trinity. Trinity won the three-quarter scrimmages, 31-6.
Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands junior Taylor Perez (35) goes up for a catch in Friday's scrimmage against Louisville Trinity. 
By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The two teams tend to expose opposing weaknesses like crazy.

That’s why the Highlands Bluebirds and Louisville Trinity Shamrocks own Kentucky-record 22 state championships each and are aiming to bring gold trophies back to their respective campuses this year. Trinity lost to Louisville Male in the Class 6A regional finals last year and Highlands fell to Collins in the 4A title game.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

NC fall teams reload for title runs

Allen Ramsey Photo. Newport Central Catholic sophomore Rachel McDonald (11) sets up for a spike in last year's 36th District championship game. NC lost to Ryle in the 9th Region semifinals last year.
By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The Newport Central Catholic fall sports teams are going through transitions like many teams do.