Wednesday, July 23, 2014

100th Season Celebration: Bluebirds hit uncharted territory in Mueller's first 11 years

Contributed Photo. Highlands graduate Derek Smith (right) makes a play for the Bluebirds in the late 1990s. Smith started for three years at Tight End and Defensive End for Highlands helping the Bluebirds to the state championships in 1996 and 1998.
By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

Editor’s Note: This is a series of stories about past teams leading up and into the 100th season of Highlands football.

It was the offseason after the 1993 campaign. Highlands lost 29-26 in overtime to Conner in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs in Tom Duffy’s final season. Duffy took the job at Henderson County.

Friday, July 18, 2014

KHSAA does many things well, can improve on other things

G. Michael Graham
Over the years, I’ve dealt with several athletic associations.

Out of all of them, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association does a fantastic job. Commissioner Julian Tackett and his staff in Lexington have always done a great job making things media-friendly and getting information in a timely manner.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Schaefer sees immediate playing time at Xavier

Contributed Photo. Xavier's Leah Schaefer (23) makes a move in a game against Georgetown last season. The 2013 Highlands alum averaged 28.9 minutes, 5.3 points and six rebounds per contest her freshman year.
By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

Many players have to wait a couple years to see the court as much as they did in high school.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Past season had many great results for Highlands, NC

Jennifer Jones Photo. Highlands pitcher Joey Cochran helped the Highlands baseball team to a 22-18 record and appearance in the 9th Region title game this past year.
By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

As usual, the Highlands and Newport Central Catholic sports teams had plenty of great moments during the 2013-14 school year.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Highlands football adjusts to more offseason changes

G. Michael Graham Photo. A new weight room facility and parking lot are among the things being built in Death Valley at Highlands High School.
By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

Off to the south of David Cecil Memorial Stadium is a place known as Death Valley.

It once housed the field of the Highlands softball team and served as a practice field for the football team. It is currently covered in construction.

Wiefering wants to lead Ladybirds back to top

Fort Thomas Matters File Photo. Brian Wiefering hopes to lead the Highlands girls soccer team back to the top. Rising sophomore Kiersten Clukey (right) is one of the returning players Wiefering has to work with.
By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The new head coach of the Highlands Ladybirds soccer program is not afraid of high expectations.

There was a time when the Blue and White sat near the top of the state of Kentucky and Brian Wiefering wants to see those days return quickly. Wiefering held his first team meeting Monday after being named the new head coach last week.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Highlands learns valuable lessons in state tournament

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands first baseman Brennah Dutcher catches a bunt attempt and throws to first for a double-play in Friday's state softball tournament game against Owensboro Apollo. Highlands finished the historic year 27-14.
Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands senior Ashley Grosser attempts a bunt against Owensboro Apollo. Grosser and Kendall Turner are the lone two seniors on the team.
By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

OWENSBORO – The good news is the Highlands Ladybirds softball team can say it’s seen the best teams in Kentucky.

They hope to learn from their first-ever experience that ended Saturday in the double-elimination tournament. Highlands (27-14) fell to 3rd Region champion Owensboro Apollo, 12-2 in the morning then 16th Region champion Ashland, 12-0 in the afternoon.