By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter
The Highlands cross country teams are off to good starts as expected.
Both own the top rankings in the state on ky.milesplit.com. Covington Catholic is ranked second on the boys side and Lexington Catholic ranks second on the girls side.
The Highlands boys finished second in the Ryle Invitational and won the Grant County Invitational recently. Highlands sophomore Ethan Shuley has led the way in both meets and is currently the top-ranked runner in AA. Senior John Michael Griffith ranks fourth in the state followed by sophomore Geoff Mearns at 11th and sophomore Matt Gray at 12th.
The Highlands girls finished third to Cincinnati Ursuline and St. Henry at the Ryle Invitational and second to St. Henry at the Grant County Invitational. Sophomore Molly Mearns has led the way and is the fourth-ranked runner in AA. Following her are freshman Chloe Gastright at eighth, freshman Sydney Ossege at 11th, senior Page Dauer at 14th, senior Francis Tracy at 15th and sophomore Lauren Ossege at 17th.
NewCath 3, Scott 0:
The Thoroughbreds (7-7) recorded an impressive 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-12) win in Taylor Mill on Wednesday.
Alyssa Maier again led NewCath with 19 assists with Rachel McDonald landing six kills and Keyaira Lankheit notching five kills and three blocks. Teammates Abbie Lukens and Nikki Kiernan had four kills each and Kiernan had five aces with Madison Volk digging up 10 balls.
NewCath plays host to Lexington Tates Creek at 7:30 p.m. today.
All “A” Soccer updates:
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association originally had the Newport Central Catholic and Bishop Brossart girls soccer teams facing off in the All “A” Sectional today. But NewCath Head Coach Kevin Turnick confirmed the game will be either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week against either Bishop Brossart or Calvary Christian.
NewCath’s next game is Saturday in the RAT Tournament in Ashland. The Lady Breds take on Spencer County at 1 p.m. before facing host Ashland Blazer at 7 p.m.
On the boys side, NewCath will play Bishop Brossart at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Morscher Field. The Thoroughbreds play host to Covington Catholic at 6 p.m. today.v