Monday, May 28, 2018
Highlands 31, Opponents 1.
That amounted to an average run differential of 15 in two run-rulings as the Highlands Bluebirds (24-13 overall) smashed their way to a seventh straight 36th District championship. The 9th Region quarterfinal match-up against Dixie Heights (11-20) had the makings for a similar result and turned out that way. The Bluebirds run-ruled the Colonels, 11-0 in five innings at University of Cincinnati Medical Center Stadium to record their 13th straight region win and fifth straight region quarterfinal victory on a hot day. Highlands has outscored its three post-season opponents, 42-1 for an average run differential of between 13 and 14 per game.
Highlands (19-10) took a 1-0 lead into the top of the seventh inning, lost it, but found a way to scratch one across in the bottom of the 10th to pull off a 2-1 victory in the 9th Region quarterfinals at Veterans Memorial Park in Newport on Monday.
Sunday, May 27, 2018
But based on records, match-ups among other teams, teams hope to receive the best possibility of advancing past the region quarterfinals. On Saturday, the Highlands baseball team received a good draw and the softball team did not receive the best draw, but it may be a good thing. Both teams drew the latest start time Memorial Day.
Thursday, May 24, 2018
It turned into a matter of the heavily favored Highlands Bluebirds baseball and softball teams bringing home more 36th District gold trophies and earning the best possible seeds in the 9th Region Quarterfinals on Thursday. Both teams did it in two completely different fashions bringing the total to six district championships out of the the seven 36th District sports for the most in an academic calendar year since the soccer teams went to that format starting in 2012-13.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
|Convincing 36th Semifinal Wins for Highlands Baseball, Softball|
|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands junior Grady Cramer delivers to to the plate in the win over Newport on Wednesday at Highland Park in the 36th District semifinals.|
Both the Highlands Bluebirds baseball (22-13 overall) and softball (17-10) more than continued to show why they are the teams to beat in their respective 36th District semifinal games Wednesday. The baseball team took care of the Newport Wildcats, 18-0 at Highland Park and the softball team finished off the Bellevue Tigers, 15-0 in three innings after rain Tuesday forced the postponement for day.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
|Highlands Girls Finish Fourth in 2A State Meet|
|Instagram Photo. The Highlands girls track and field team placed fourth in the Class 2A state meet over the weekend at the University of Kentucky.|
The Highlands Bluebirds girls placed fourth with 53 points and the Highlands boys finished 12th with 18 points. Boyle County won both the boys and girls titles with 110 and 84 points respectively.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
|Hodory, Laskey Win First Singles Match Before Losing in Second Round|
|Twitter Photo. Highlands senior Brooke Hodory makes a move in the state singles tournament Thursday. Hodory won her first match before losing in the second round.|
|Bluebirds Softball Completes 4-0 Run in 36th District Seed Play|
|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands senior Maleah Abner takes a swing in a recent game.|
Highlands (16-10 overall) took care of the Dayton Lady Devils, 12-2 in five innings earning a convincing top seed in the 36th District at 4-0 in seed play. Highlands outscored the four district opponents, 49-5. The Bluebirds also finished 11-1 in 9th Region action.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
|Highlands Records Road Region Win|
|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. The Highlands seniors and their families pose before the game against Simon Kenton on Tuesday.|
But the Bluebirds (15-10 overall) claimed this one by a 9-6 score over the host Notre Dame Pandas (13-13). Highlands pulled away with five runs in the fourth inning. The Bluebirds scored three times in the first, but Notre Dame senior pitcher Lauren Durstock hit a three-rune home run in the bottom of the inning to tie it up.
Monday, May 14, 2018
|Bluebirds Beat Lady Cougars in Rematch|
|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands senior Alyssa Dixon records an out in a recent game.|
But the result did not change much as the Highlands Bluebirds softball team (14-10 overall) handled the host Conner Lady Cougars, 12-5 in Hebron on Monday. Highlands also beat Conner (2-14) by an 8-2 count in Fort Thomas on April 11. Highlands led 6-0 after two innings and cruised to the win.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
|Highlands Baseball, Softball Win One, Loses One|
|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands senior Grant Summers takes off in a recent game.|
But the Cooper Jaguars scored five times in the bottom of the first and held on for a 6-5 victory. The Bluebirds (20-11 overall) are 13-3 in 9th Region action. Highlands had the tying run on third with two out but could not push it across.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
The Colonels handed the Bluebirds their only two losses out of 13 games against region opponents. But the third time became the charm as Highlands score four times in the top of the seventh inning to beat CovCath (20-9), 5-2 in Park Hills. The Bluebirds had lost four in a row to the Colonels dating back to a 7-0 Highlands win in the 9th Region quarterfinals on May 30, 2016.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
|Bluebirds Softball Wins; Senior Festivities Announced for Baseball|
|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands senior Ella Greiwe fires to the plate in a recent game.|
Highlands (12-8 overall) may not have played as well. But the Bluebirds recorded another crucial 36th District win, 11-1 over Bellevue in five innings at Winkler Field. Highlands moved to 3-0 in district play.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
|Softball Celebrates Senior Day in Style|
|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands senior Baylie Ormes waits during a break in the action against Newport on Thursday. All nine Bluebird seniors started Senior Day in a 17-2 win over Newport.|
All nine started, played the entire game and had at least one hit in the 17-2 four-inning run-ruling of the Newport Ladycats in 36th District play. Highlands moved to 11-8 overall and 2-0 in district play with the victory.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
|Highlands Wins 17th in Domination of Dayton|
|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands junior Casey Greene leads off first in a recent game.|
The Bluebirds (17-10 overall) needed to beat the Dayton Greendevils (3-14) to do just that. Highlands took care of the visitors, 24-1 in five innings to do that Tuesday.
Monday, May 7, 2018
|Highlands Boys Tennis Finishes 10th Region Runner-Up|
|Contributed Photo. Highlands senior Brooke Hodory attempts to hit the ball back in 10th Region singles action over the weekend.|
Saturday, May 5, 2018
|Highlands Records 10th Straight Win over NewCath|
|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands senior Tyler Gulley blasts a home run Saturday against Newport Central Catholic. The Bluebirds recorded a 19-0 win for their 10th straight against the Thoroughbreds.|
The rain stayed light enough to get this important 36th District baseball rivalry game in.
While the players and coaches may not talk about it heavily, the Highlands Bluebirds took down the Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds for the 10th straight time. This game quickly turned into the most lopsided of them all as the Bluebirds (16-8 overall) took care of the Thoroughbreds, 19-0 in five innings Saturday morning at Morscher Field.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
|Bluebird Baseball, Softball Drop Games|
|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands junior Rachel Gabbard records an out in a recent game.|
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
|Highlands Girls Track and Field Wins Red Dog Meet|
|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands senior Mary Claire Redden strides forward in a relay event at the Red Dog Track and Field Meet at Tower Park on Tuesday. The Highlands girls won the six-team event.|