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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Thursday Highlands Results

Highlands Handles NewCath in 36th District Battle

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior Rylee Kirschenbaum (12) follows through on a serve in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds (11-2 overall) found themselves in a challenge to play their fast-paced brand of volleyball and not down to the level of the opponent, even in the rivalry game.

Highlands senior setter Audrey Graves said the team was fired up before the game. But once the game started, the seniors made sure everyone stayed on an even keel. That propelled the Bluebirds to a sound 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-15) 36th District victory. NewCath (2-5) has lost five straight.

"It's always going to be an exciting game. On the court, (it was) about looking to each and being like, 'Hey, take a deep breath. We're good. Get this pass' really grounded everybody so that they could do the jobs that we needed to do," Graves said. "We do that anyway. Whether it's hand hugs or anything like is really helpful to keep your mind right."

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Highlands Girls Move on in LexCath Tournament

The Highlands Bluebirds will be playing in the championship game of the Lexington Catholic Lady Knights Challenge Cup.

Highlands (7-0-4 overall) defeated the host Lady Knights (8-2-1), 7-6 on penalty kicks in the semifinals of the winner's bracket to advance to the title game for the first time since 2016. Highlands will play Saturday at 7 p.m. for the title against either Sacred Heart, Notre Dame or Lexington Tates Creek.

Tuesday Highlands Results

Highlands Soccer Wins Again; Volleyball Loses to Region Power

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands sophomore CC Shick (right) goes up for a kill in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls soccer team will end up playing three times in three days.

Highlands (6-0-4 overall) shut out the Beechwood Lady Tigers, 4-0 on Tuesday at Tower Park. The Bluebirds moved to 4-0-1 in 9th Region play.

"They've been trending upwards in terms of their skill," said Alex Dean, Highlands Head Coach. "They definitely have a good amount of skill and they definitely play with effort. (Beechwood Head Coach Josh Young) is in his first year, but he definitely did a good job making sure that his girls played hard."

Monday, September 9, 2019

Victories for Highlands Soccer Teams

Bluebirds Win Fourth Straight Against Colonels

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands Bluebirds trap the ball in a recent home game. Highlands edged Covington Catholic, 1-0 on Monday in Park Hills.
It may look as though the Covington Catholic Colonel boys soccer team is struggling based on the 3-6 record.

But the Highlands Bluebirds (7-2-2) did not fall for that deceptive record making a first-half goal stand in a 1-0 victory on the road. The Colonels have lost to the likes of Lexington Henry Clay, Cincinnati (Ohio) Country Day, Dayton (Ohio) Carroll, Columbus (Ohio) St. Francis de Sales and Cincinnati (Ohio) Archbishop McNicholas.

Highlands has won four straight in the series against the Colonels including a 2-1 win in the 9th Region championship in Park Hills last year. Highlands is 4-0-1 in region play.

"We've realized in these games we're going to grind it out," said Chad Niedert, Highlands Head Coach. "When we're the better team, it's a 50/50 game. When we're the lesser team, it's a 50/50 game. It really doesn't matter what kind of record you got."

Highlands had 16 shots to 10 for the Colonels with three on goal to six for CovCath. Highlands senior goalkeeper Nick Fischer had three saves.

The lone goal came 13 minutes into the game. Junior Max Farris dribbled into the box and fired off a shot. Senior Caymon Stevie put the deflection home for the score.

"When you have the team chemistry that Highland has, it takes a couple passes and maybe a couple dribbles though people," Farris said. "It just all worked out."

Highlands had to overcome some free kicks in the second half not far from the goal. But the Bluebirds cleared every one of them. Neither team had a red card. But the Colonels did receive two yellow cards.

"Our midfield plays a lot of defense and a lot of offense," said Porter Hedenberg, Highlands senior. "You have to do both jobs, which is nice. We all three work together really well and we have good chemistry with our six on defense and our six on offense."

Highlands plays host to Covington Holmes (1-5) on Thursday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Soccer, Girls:
Highlands 4, Louisville DuPont Manual 2:

Highlands (5-0-4 overall) overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit against the Lady Crimsons (4-3-1) to win the first game at the annual Lexington Catholic Lady Knights Challenge Cup. Highlands takes on the hosts in the next round Wednesday at 8 p.m.

"In the first half, we didn't start slow, but we didn't have the start that we wanted," said Alex Dean, Highlands Head Coach. "We were a little fatigued and we kind of told the girls you don't have to go out and play 80 minutes. Just go out and give us five or 10 minutes of good effort. We were down at halftime. We had a talk at halftime. We can play with any team in Kentucky, but we have to act like it. We just can't think that we can walk out there and get a win. That was a good thing being able to overcome a halftime deficit."

Sophomores Faith Broering and Jade Rehberger had one goal and one assist each in the game for three points. Senior Kelsey Mathis and sophomore Macy Hedenberg had one goal each with sophomore Chloe Bramble tallying two assists. Bramble has a team-high seven goals to go with five assists for a team-high 19 points.

"The upperclassmen definitely encourage us," Macy Hedenberg said. "If we do something wrong, they're all so positive and encouraging and we're all best friends."

Highlands takes on Beechwood on Tuesday at Tower Park. Game time is 7:30 p.m.


Sunday, September 8, 2019

Saturday Highlands Results

Highland Soccer Teams Tie Solid Opponents

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior goalkeeper Nick Fischer had four saves in the 1-1 tie against Lexington Henry Clay on Saturday.
The Highlands Bluebirds boys soccer team (6-2-2 overall) hoped to finish the week with three nice wins.

The Bluebirds earned a man advantage in the second half of the game against the Lexington Henry Clay Blue Devils, a state semifinalist last season, after the Blue Devils earned a red card. But Highlands could not capitalize and the teams settled for a 1-1 tie. Henry Clay came into the game ranked third in the state in the Maher rankings.

Highlands Boys Golf Wins Bourbon County

First Tournament Win of Season for Bluebirds

Twitter Photo. The Highlands Boys Golf team won the Bourbon County Invitational on Sunday.
The Highlands Bluebirds boys golf team won its first tournament of the season Sunday.

Highlands won the Bourbon County Invitational shooting a 321 team total on the Par-72 course. Junior Justin Gabbard led the way shooting a 74 and placing third individually. Gabbard won medalist honors at the Shelby County Invitational and the Beechwood Invitational earlier in the season.

Six Wins in Three Days for Highlands Volleyball

Bluebirds Fend off Lady Warriors for Tournament Title

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands volleyball team celebrates after winning the September Slam at Scott High on Saturday. The Bluebirds are 10-1 on the season.

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. From left, Highlands sophomores CC Shick, Lauren Buemi and junior Laura Winkler set up in the front row before senior Casey Dunn sets to serve. In the back row are setter Audrey Graves (left) and senior defensive specialist Rylee Kirschenbaum (red jersey).
It came down to one last burst playing as much volleyball as the Highlands Bluebirds (10-1 overall) did over a three-day period.

Highlands found itself back in the championship game of the September Slam hosted by Scott after capping off pool play with two wins Saturday morning. The last opponent of the three-day stretch proved to be solid.

The Southwestern Lady Warriors located about two and a half hours away just outside the Pulaski County county seat of Somerset near Lake Cumberland came into the game with a sparkling 10-2 record. Southwestern's only losses came to host Lexington Lafayette and Station Camp (from the Nashville, Tennessee suburb of Gallatin) in the Bluegrass Invitational a little more than a week ago.

Southwestern has won the 12th Region a number of times over the years including last year. The Lady Warriors beat Paintsville in the state tournament before losing to Campbell County in the state quarterfinals. But Highland had beaten the Lady Warriors in each of the past two September Slam Tournaments.

The Lady Warriors came out the aggressors in the first game building a 10-1 lead. But once sophomore CC Shick landed a hard kill, the vaunted, fast-paced Highlands attack took off. Highlands rallied to win the best-of-three set, 26-24 then 24-19 to win its first September Slam title since 2008 when current Highlands assistant coach Molly Wehage-Maxwell was a senior.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Highlands-Campbell County Sidebar

Younger Highlands Players See First Friday Night Lights Action

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands Student Section known as the OZone had a Country theme in the game against Campbell County.
With the game out of hand in the second half in the first shut-out for the Highlands Bluebirds football team in two seasons, some players saw their first Friday Night action.

Sophomore wide receiver Jacob Welch made the most impressive debut with three touchdowns on four touches for the Bluebirds. Welch had two rushes for 22 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 38 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore offensive lineman Nate Weidner took over at center in the fourth quarter.

"I was excited to get out there and play," Weidner said. "You just have to get out there, know your plays well and get after it."

The last shut-out for the Bluebirds came on Oct. 6, 2017 by a 47-0 score over Dixie Heights in Fort Thomas. The closest Highlands came to that last season was a 40-3 win at Ryle on Sept. 7. 

OZone Goes Country:

The Highlands student section known as the O-Zone has a theme for most of the football games. Against Campbell County, it was a Country theme and it was a white-out against Scott to open the season. One senior who took part in the country them was Caraline Walsh. Walsh is a member of the Chamber Choir and the National English Honors Society.

"There's nothing better," Walsh said. "Every year when we play Campbell County, this is the go-to theme. I feel like it represents our school. I'm glad to show our pride."

Honoring Lorenzen:

Highlands senior quarterback Collin Hollingsworth wore number 22 instead of the usual 10 in honor of the late Highlands and University of Kentucky great quarterback Jared Lorenzen. Highlands painted the 22-yard lines blue in Lorenzen's honor before the season.

Around Class 5A, District 5:

The Bluebirds watched part of the fourth quarter of the Covington Catholic-Lexington Catholic game on the big screen in the locker room.

Covington Catholic trailed 38-24 in the fourth quarter, but came back to beat the Knights, 39-38 and stay undefeated at 3-0. Junior quarterback Caleb Jacob snuck it in from a yard out and senior running back Daniel Felix ran over the right side for the two-point conversion to give the Colonels for the first time in the game.

CovCath held on with a fourth-down stop at its 46. On 4th-and-1, LexCath quarterback Beau Allen lined up under center with five wide receivers. He tried the quarterback sneak, but the Colonel defense snuffed it out with around 1:32 left in the game.

Allen, a University of Kentucky commit, competed 23-of-32 passes for 448 yards and five touchdowns. Jacob threw for 247 yards and a touchdown. Senior tight end Michael Mayer had six catches for 71 yards for the Colonels.

The Colonels play host to Dixie Heights on Friday at 7 p.m.

Conner moved to 2-1 with a 35-0 win at Dixie Heights. The Cougars play host to Lloyd Memorial (2-1) on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.

Cooper and Boone County both lost for the first time this season falling to 2-1. The Jaguars lost 20-16 in the battle of Union against Ryle at home on Friday and Lloyd Memorial beat Boone County, 22-14 in Erlanger.

Next Opponent for Highlands:

The Bluebirds travel to Independence to face the Simon Kenton Pioneers on Friday at 7 p.m. in a battle of 2-1 teams. The Pioneers opened the season with a 38-27 win over Lexington Henry Clay before facing two Ohio opponents.

Simon Kenton lost to Cincinnati Anderson, 44-16. But the Pioneers bounced back to beat the Cincinnati Oak Hills Highlanders.

Volleyball:
Highlands Wins Two at September Slam:

The Bluebirds moved to 7-1 on the season with two wins in the September Slam on Friday at Woodland Middle School. Highlands bested Covington Holy Cross, 2-0 (25-15, 25-16) before taking out South Laurel from the 13th Region, 2-0 (25-9, 25-17).

"Our focus has been not only to maintain our composure, but our level of play," said Katelyn Sallee, Highlands Head Coach. "We want to control the tempo of the match regardless of who we're facing. This weekend is going to be a really big test to have five matches back-to-back-to-back. You have to stay disciplined. You have to stay on it and they did that."

In the victory over Holy Cross, Highlands had six aces, 16 kills, one block, 15 assists and 52 digs. Senior outside hitter Casey Dunn led the way with two kills, three aces and 14 digs. Senior setter Audrey Graves had 15 assists, one ace and seven digs. Sophomore middle blocker CC Shick had seven kills and assisted on a block.

Highlands junior Laura Winkler and sophomore Lauren Buemi had three kills each. Buemi also had two assisted blocks. Senior Ava Hockney had the team's lone solo block to go with an ace.

The senior defensive specialists also came up big. Senior Rylee Kirschenbaum had 12 digs and an ace with Brooke Biltz adding nine digs.

Against South Laurel, Dunn had seven kills, one assisted block and 10 digs. Graves had 18 assists, three digs, three kills and two aces and Hockney had three kills and two assisted blocks. Shick recorded four kills, one solo and one assisted block.

Winkler played some setter and had six assists and two digs. She also had two kills. Kirschenbaum had a team-high 11 digs. Buemi, Hockney and sophomore Nicole Ossege added three kills each.

"In a game of three, I feel like, 'Let's just get this over. Let's do what we can do," Ossege said. "We have to play to our level and not down to anyone else's level. We always focus on team and then we're very fast with whatever we do so I always feel that we need to maintain that speed and just try to run more things when we have the opportunity with the less-advanced teams."

Highlands continues pool play Saturday morning at Scott. The Bluebirds take on Calvary Christian (6-6) at 9 a.m. on court one and Conner (2-6) on court two at 10 a.m.

Soccer, Girls:
Highlands 1, Evansville (Indiana) Reitz Memorial 1:

Highlands (4-0-3 overall) tied the Tigers in the annual Zionsville (Indiana) Invitational on Friday. Zionsville is located northwest of Indianapolis.

Reitz Memorial (4-0-1) came into the game as the 16th-ranked team in the country in the Top Drawer Soccer Fab 50 poll. Reitz owns four state championships in school history.

"I felt that we played one of the best teams that we'll see this regular season. Going into the game, we kind of looked at what they've done so far this year," said Alex Dean, Highlands Head Coach. "We knew it was going to be tough. We wanted to make sure that we played well. If we could get a win, great. A tie is great. A one-goal loss where we're playing hard is a win for us. We were fighting hard. We gave up a goal pretty early. We made sure we didn't give up another one. Then, we had an outside back step up and hit one from about 18 (feet) out to tie the game then we kind of made sure we didn't lose the game after that. After the game. we were pretty excited. The other team was kind of upset. That was a good feeling even though it was just a tie."

Highlands senior midfielder Kelsey Mathis tied the game in the second half. That marked her first goal of the season.

"I think this team is really strong all-around and I think everyone contributes what they can," Mathis said. "I'm glad I could help the team. I think we played well considering we left school early, had to ride up a few hours and shortly warm up."

Both teams had 18 shots. Reitz had 14 on goal and Highlands had nine. Highlands junior goalkeeper Jasmine Rehberger had 13 saves.

Highlands plays Carmel (Indiana) at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday to conclude the tournament.






Thursday, September 5, 2019

Thursday Highlands Results

 Highlands Volleyball Records Huge Win; Boys Soccer Defeats Holy Cross

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands Student Section known as the O-Zone is shown here at a soccer game. The O-Zone helped the Highlands volleyball team to a victory Thursday over Dixie Heights.
The Highlands Bluebirds volleyball team had this game marked on the schedule for a big reason.

The Dixie Heights Lady Colonels (4-2 overall) beat the Bluebirds (5-1) three out of four meetings last year including the 9th Region Quarterfinals, 3-0. But Highlands won the battle of top-five 9th Region teams, 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-17) in Fort Thomas to move to 2-0 in region play.

Highlands Girls Soccer Dominates NewCath

Bluebirds Have Won Seven Straight vs. NCC

Twitter Photo. The Highlands Bluebirds girls soccer team led by this score at halftime in the showdown with Newport Central Catholic on Wednesday.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls soccer team (4-0-2 overall) picked a great time to play its greatest game of the season.

Highlands ventured to Silver Grove and dominated the host 3-3 Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds, 8-0 in a 36th District showdown. Highlands has won the last seven meetings against NewCath.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Tuesday Highlands Results

Highlands Volleyball, Boys Soccer Teams Record Victories

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior Audrey Graves sets up on a serve in the game at Walton-Verona on Tuesday. Graves had 53 assists and an ace in the victory.
The Highlands Bluebirds volleyball team (4-1 overall) may have received the tough game needed before a huge game Thursday.

Highlands held off the Walton-Verona Bearcats (5-3) by a 3-2 count (25-18, 18-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-7) for a third straight win. But Highlands missed the opportunity to end it in four games and wants to do better finishing those opportunities.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Weekend Highlands Results/Football Sidebar

Huddleston Receives Post-Game Recognition

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior linebacker Brycen Huddleston earned the Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic Defensive MVP honors.
Highlands senior linebacker Brycen Huddleston earned the Defensive Most Valuable Player honors after the Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic loss to Knoxville Catholic, 31-28 on Saturday.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Thursday Highlands Results

Highlands, Conner Soccer Tie

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior Ford Orem gets in position in the tie against Conner.
The Highlands Bluebirds boys soccer team has hit a rough patch.

But the good news is Highlands (4-2-1 overall) did salvage a scoreless tie against the improved Conner Cougars on Thursday at Tower Park. Conner is 5-1-1.

Conner made waves in the 33rd District Tournament last year with a 2-1 win over the Ryle Raiders in the semifinals. The Cougars finished 13-7 losing 2-1 in double overtime to Dixie Heights in the 9th Region quarterfinals.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Tuesday Highlands Results

Highlands Volleyball Pushes Way to Win at Scott

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Laura Winkler (right) follows through on a hit in a recent game while sophomore Maria Little (34) gets in position.
The Highlands Bluebirds volleyball team (3-1 overall) headed to Taylor Mill taking on a Scott program looking to snap a three-game losing streak.

The Lady Eagles made the Bluebirds earn it. But Highlands came through with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-19) victory. Highlands has only lost at Kings (Ohio), which also beat Scott over the weekend.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Highlands Girls Soccer Wins Again

Third Straight for Bluebirds

PHOTO: Kevin Nieporte, Highlands Director of Athletics. From left, Highlands sophomore Chloe Bramble, senior Maria Broering and sophomore Macy Hedenberg had goals in the win over Ryle on Monday. Junior goalkeeper Jasmine Rehberger  (dark uniform) had five assists.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls soccer team (3-0-1 overall) won its third straight contest with a 3-0 win over the Ryle Lady Raiders (1-4) on a rainy Monday at Tower Park.

This marked the first shutout on the season for Highlands. The Bluebirds moved to 2-0-1 in 9th Region play.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Saturday Highlands Results

Girls Soccer Takes Down Defending Ohio State Champion

Twitter Photo. The Highlands Bluebirds soccer team knocked off Cincinnati (Ohio) Indian Hill on Saturday.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls soccer team (2-0-1 overall) knocked off an Ohio defending state champion Saturday at Tower Park.

The Cincinnati Indian Hill Braves had won the last two Division II state championships. But the Bluebirds beat the Braves, 3-1.

Anna Podojil led the Braves to those two state championships. The 5-foot-5-inch forward won the 2018-19 Gatorade Player of the Year award for Ohio last year and is now playing at the University of Arkansas. Her sister Ellie Podojil, a midfielder, is a senior and has also committed to Arkansas.

"(Ellie Podojil) is the real deal," said Alex Dean, Highlands Head Coach. "So we changed up our formation (Saturday). We had kind of an irregular formation. We took one of our outside wings and we turned it into a man-to-man (defense). We had two of our defenders switch off and we had one of our defenders stay with her the entire game. She did not get a lot of chances. That was one of the things we wanted to work on because in the future, we're going to face some teams that have that stellar player. Our defense did a good job of helping if the defender did get beat."

Sophomore Chloe Bramble scored the first goal for Highlands with around 35 minutes left in the first half. She also had an assist and leads the Bluebirds with two goals and two assists for six points on the season. The Bluebirds led 1-0 at halftime.

The second goal came from senior Maria Broering with 39 minutes left in the game. Sophomore sister Faith Broering scored with three minutes left in the game for the final score. Faith Broering and junior Greta Noble also had assists.

Highlands has yet to allow more than one goal in a game this year. Highlands had 14 shots with 11 on goal to eight shots for Indian Hill. Bluebirds junior goalkeeper Jasmine Rehberger had seven saves.

"I felt our defense held a very tight line and worked well together," said Parker Price, Highlands senior midfielder. "Our passing was extremely good. Our midfield held back a little to help the defense. Our offense was making fantastic runs and our balls were great over top."

Highlands plays host to Ryle (1-3) on Monday. Game time is 8 p.m.

Soccer, Boys:
Highlands 5, Trinity 3:

Highlands (4-1) lost for the first time this season.

Highlands had 15 shots with 11 on goal. Trinity had 10 shots with nine on goal. Highlands senior goalkeeper Nick Fischer saved four.

Senior Caymon Stevie, junior Max Farris and sophomore Cole Lorenzen had the goals for the Bluebirds. Junior Hank Cook had the assist. Farris has six goals and two assists on the season for a team-high 14 points.

Highlands takes on North Oldham on Tuesday. Game time is 7 p.m.

Golf, Boys:
Highlands plays in Mason County Invitational:

The Bluebirds tied for seventh with Pikeville with 322 in the event at Laurel Oaks Golf Course. Lexington Sayre won it with 310.

Junior Luke Muller led Highlands shooting a 74 with sophomore Justin Gabbard shooting a 75. Freshman Joel Craft shot a 79 with eighth grader Ryan Toole finishing out the scoring with a 94. Junior Mac Valentine also golfed shooting a 95.

Highlands plays Campbell County on Tuesday at Highland Country Club. Tee time is 3:30 p.m.



Saturday, August 24, 2019

Highlands-Scott Sidebar

Bluebirds Show Two Lefties at Quarterback

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands defenders converge on a Scott ball-carrier on Friday.
The Highlands Bluebirds saw two quarterbacks in action in the win at Scott on Friday.

Junior Jake Fahlbusch started the game and senior Collin Hollingsworth finished it. Fahlbusch completed 7-of-11 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown with Hollingsworth completing 12-of-22 for 137 yards, an interception and touchdown. Both are left-handed quarterbacks.

"I thought they both actually played pretty well," said Sam Umberg, Highlands Offensive Coordinator. "The big thing on film (Saturday) is each one is going to learn from the other. A lot of teams don't have the luxury of having two lefties. They can learn from each other as well as learn from their own reps."

Hollingsworth rushed for a touchdown in the third quarter on a quarterback sweep. That put Highlands up 35-13 with 1:47 left.

Highlands had not started a southpaw at quarterback since 2012 when Donovan McCoy started. McCoy gave the Bluebirds a dual threat running and passing the ball.

Series Against Scott:

Highlands moved to 31-0 all-time against Scott. This marked the first time the two teams met since 2010 when they were in the same Class 5A District 5.

Around District 5:

The district finished 4-0 on the first night of action. Covington Catholic won its 30th game in 31 tries with a convincing 37-0 win over Ryle at home.

Cooper and Boone County also posted victories to open the season. Cooper edged Dixie Heights, 7-0 and the Rebels beat Covington Holmes, 20-6.

Up Next:

Highlands plays Knoxville Catholic (1-0) in the Cumberland Falls Pigskin Classic on Saturday. Game time is 5:30 p.m. The Fighting Irish opened the season with a convincing 48-0 win over Chuckey-Doak out of Afton (Tennessee).

Cross Country:

The Highlands Cross Country teams ran in the Moeller Primetime Invitational at Christ's Church at Mason to open the season. Both teams ran in the varsity blue race.

The Highlands girls placed eighth out of 18 teams with 216 points. Highlands junior Maggie Schroeder led the way placing 13th with a time of 20 minutes, 20.5 seconds.

The Highlands boys placed 14th out of 17 teams. Junior Will Griffith led the Bluebirds finishing 45th in 17:53.3.

Highlands next runs in the Mason Invitational on Sept. 7 at 9 a.m. The race takes place at Corwin M. Nixon Pine Hills Lake Park in Mason (Ohio).


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Highlands Thursday Results

Bluebirds Volleyball, Boys Soccer Record Wins

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. From left, Highlands players Madison Clore, Brooke Biltz, Rylee Kirschenbaum and Casey Dunn get in position in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds volleyball team (2-1 overall) recorded a big rivalry win over a state semifinalist from last year.

Highlands ventured to Alexandria and took down the 0-2 Campbell County Lady Camels, 3-0. Highlands has won three straight in the series.

Highlands Wednesday Results

Bluebirds Girls Soccer Handles St. Henry

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior Lauren Deckert had an assist when the Bluebirds beat the St. Henry Lady Crusaders, 4-1 on Wednesday.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls soccer team (1-0-1) received the strong start and drove to its first victory with a 4-1 road 9th Region win over the St. Henry Lady Crusaders (1-1).

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Highlands Tuesday Results

Bluebirds Volleyball Takes Down Beechwood

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands volleyball team huddles before the game against Beechwood on Tuesday.
They came out in a rhythm and kept up the intensity the entire way to open the season at home.

The Highlands Bluebirds volleyball team returns 10 players with varsity experience from last year's 25-11 team and it showed in a big way in a 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-12) win over the Beechwood Lady Tigers. The Bluebirds made just 17 errors in the victory with 10 coming on hitting errors.

Highlands Monday Results

Bluebirds Tie Pandas

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands Girls Soccer Head Coach Alex Dean goes over strategy during halftime of the game against Notre Dame. The teams tied 1-1.
The lightning on the field came to full force as the arch-rivals met in the season-opener for the hosts at Tower Park.

But the lightning on the field forced the game to end early. That meant the Highlands Bluebirds girls soccer team and the Notre Dame Pandas (1-0-1) had to settle for a 1-1 tie.

"It's really hard playing your rival the very first game of the year, but I think it's kind of a good thing," said Alex Dean, Highlands Head Coach. "Leaving a big gap for if we do see them in the post-season, it's not, 'Oh, wait. We just saw them.' We have to adjust throughout the season. Things happen. We weren't worried about the score. Winning is always great. (But) it's making sure we're playing hard and we're out there trying to get a little more fit. We're a little slim on numbers. But we have faith in our girls. They all can play 80 minutes. Games like that will help us get to that."

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Highlands Weekend Results

Bluebirds Win Battle Against Bruins

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Members of the Highlands Boys Soccer Coaching staff watch at the end of a recent practice. Highlands is 2-0 on the season after beating Louisville Ballard, 1-0 on Saturday.
The Highlands Bluebirds boys soccer team (2-0 overall) knocked off the Louisville Ballard Bruins, 1-0 in a tight non-region game Saturday.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Highlands Boys Soccer Wins Opener

The Highlands Bluebirds boys soccer team posted a 4-0 shutout of the host Beechwood Tigers to open the season Wednesday in 9th Region play.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Highlands in Class 2A State Meet

Schroeder Finishes Second in Two-Mile Run

Twitter Photo. Highlands sophomore Maggie Schroeder congratulates Elizabethtown senior champion Sarah Been after finishing runner-up in the two-mile run at the Class 2A state track and field meet.
The Highlands track and field teams took to the University of Kentucky for the Class 2A state championships. They started Friday and ended Saturday because of the weather.

The Highlands girls finished 12th with 24 points and the Highlands boys tied for 31st with five. Mercer County won the girls 2A state championship and Boyle County won the boys side.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Highlands in State Tennis Tournament

Highlands sophomore Peter Laskey was the lone qualifier for the state tournament this year. He lost in the first round Thursday to Campbell County junior Anderson McDowell, 6-1, 6-1. Laskey made the state tournament by making the 9th Region semifinals.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

9th Region Pairings Set

The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (27-9 overall) drew the Boone County Rebels (12-18) in the 9th Region Quarterfinals starting Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at UC Health Stadium.

Highlands and Boone County had a game cancelled during the regular season. Highlands finished 14-3 in region play including 6-2 against teams in the region tournament.

The Bluebirds have won four straight region championships and went on to finish state runner-up in 2015 and 2018. The semifinals take place at UC Health Stadium on Monday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The championship game is Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Saturday Highlands Results

The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (26-9) soundly advanced to the 36th District championship game with a three-inning 18-0 win over the Newport Wildcats in the semifinals.

Highlands Softball Downs Dixie Heights

The Highlands Bluebirds softball team (13-8 overall) avenged an early-season loss to the Dixie Heights Lady Colonels with a 7-4 win in Crescent Spring on Friday.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Highlands Softball Edges Notre Dame

The Highlands Bluebirds softball team edged the Notre Dame Pandas, 5-4 on Thursday at Winkler Field in a 9th Region victory.

Highlands (12-8) scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Bluebirds moved to 7-3 in region play.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Highlands Baseball Records 25th Win

The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team recorded its 25th win of the season against just nine defeats in a 4-2 9th Region win over the visiting Ryle Raiders on Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Highlands Rallies Past Campbell County on Senior Day

Bluebirds Push Though in Final At-Bat

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands Bluebirds beat the Campbell County Camels, 6-5 on Senior Day.
The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (24-9 overall) rallied past the Campbell County Camels, 6-5 on Tuesday on Senior Day honoring the 11 seniors.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Highlands Monday Roundup

The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (23-9 overall) held a 5-3 lead going into the seventh inning at Highland Park on Monday.

But the Cooper Jaguars (23-7) scored seven runs in the top of the frame to record a 10-5 9th Region victory. The loss stopped the four-game Highlands winning streak and left the Bluebirds 11-3 in region play.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Highlands Softball Goes 1-2 in John Sosby Memorial Classic

One Week Left in Regular Season for Bluebirds

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands outfielders Caroline Class (left) and Piper Macke (right) get ready for a play in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds softball team salvaged a win in the John Sosby Classic at Bourbon County on Saturday.

Highlands is 11-8 on the season. The Bluebirds stopped a three-game losing streak with the win.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Highlands Rallies Past Simon Kenton

Bluebirds Have Won Four Straight

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands rallied past Simon Kenton for a 6-4 non-region victory on Friday.
The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (23-8 overall) rallied past the Simon Kenton Pioneers (15-10), 6-4 in Independence on Friday. Highlands has won four in a row.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Ryle Dominates Highlands

In a rematch of last year's 9th Region championship game, the Ryle Lady Raiders run-ruled the Highlands Bluebirds, 16-1 in three innings in Union on Thursday.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Bluebirds Smash Colonels

Highlands Puts 10 on Scoreboard in Win over Arch-Rivals

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands defeated Covington Catholic, 10-1 on Wednesday to move to 11-2 in 9th Region play.
The arch-rivals may be down some compared to usual.

But their uniforms still say Covington Catholic on them. Therefore, the Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (22-8 overall) did not let the guard down pulling away late for a 10-1 9th Region victory at Highland Park over the Colonels (16-14). Highlands has won three straight to move to 11-2 in region play.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Tuesday Highlands Briefs

The Highlands Bluebirds baseball and softball teams wrapped up undisputed top seeds in 36th District play.

Monday Highlands Sports Briefs

Bluebird Softball, Baseball Teams Record Region Wins at Cooper

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands baseball team beat Cooper, 5-0 to end a two-game losing streak on Monday.
The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (20-8 overall) ended its 9th Region two-game losing streak with a road 5-0 shutout of the Cooper Jaguars (19-5).

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Highlands Weekend Round-Up

Bluebirds Softball Moves to 3-0 in 36th District Play

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands run-ruled Dayton, 12-2 on Friday.
The Highlands Bluebirds softball team (8-5 overall) rebounded from its Monday loss with a five-inning 12-2 win over the Dayton Lady Devils (7-7). Highlands is 3-0 in 36th District play with the win.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Highlands Baseball Loses for First Time in Region Play

Bluebirds Edged on the Road

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands lost 2-1 at Dixie Heights on Wednesday.
The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (19-7 overall) came into the game Wednesday undefeated in 9th Region play at 7-0.

The Bluebirds had done well in recent games taking great approaches at the plate and manufacturing runs. But Dixie Heights sophomore pitcher Zachary Harris limited the Bluebirds to just four hits in 25 at-bats for a .160 batting average in a 2-1 Colonel win. Harris had 11 strikeout and no walks.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Highlands Baseball Records Road Shutout

Bluebirds Move One Win shy of 20th of Season

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands baseball team defeated Scott County, 6-0 in Georgetown on Tuesday to move to 19-6 on the season.
The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (19-6 overall) ventured to Georgetown on Tuesday and came home with a 6-0 non-region win over the Scott County Cardinals (14-9) from the 11th Region.

Simon Kenton Softball Run-Rules Highlands

The Highlands Bluebirds softball team (7-5 overall) saw its six-game winning streak snapped in a five-inning 10-0 loss to the Simon Kenton Lady Pioneers (11-11).

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Highlands Rebounds with Win over Upper Arlington

The Highlands Bluebirds had to win a shoot-out to conclude the Reid Rizzo Classic at Highland Park on Sunday.

Highlands (18-6) beat the Upper Arlington Golden Bears, 21-16. The Bluebirds took third place in the classic originally hosted by Cincinnati La Salle. Saturday rains forced the postponement of the game for a day. Highlands is 2-3 against Ohio opponents.

Highlands Loses on Road

Bluebirds Lose in Bottom of Seventh

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands lost on the road Saturday at Cincinnati La Salle.
For the second time in three days, the Highlands Bluebirds lost a tight one against a Greater Catholic League South squad Saturday.

The Bluebirds (17-6 overall) rallied to tie the game, 4-4 in the top of the sixth. But La Salle (9-7) won the game in the bottom of the seventh in the Reid Rizzo Classic, 5-4.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Highlands Softball Wins Again

Bluebirds Run-Rule Bellevue

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands beat Bellevue for its sixth straight win Friday.
The Highlands Bluebirds softball team (7-4 overall) recorded its second shutout of the season and fourth run-ruling with a convincing 11-0 win over the Bellevue Tigers in five innings on Friday.

Highlands has won six straight and moved to 2-0 in 36th District play. The Bluebirds are 3-2 in 9th Region play.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Moeller Shuts Out Highlands

The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (16-5 overall) saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end in a 2-0 loss to the Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller Crusaders at UC Medical Center Stadium in Florence on Thursday.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Wednesday Highlands Results

Highlands Baseball, Softball Teams Victorious

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team defeated Bishop Brossart, 20-4 in four innings.
It may look like a pure run-ruling in favor of the Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (16-4 overall).

But after two innings, Highlands led just 8-4 before pulling away to beat the host Bishop Brossart Mustangs (12-10), 20-4 in four innings.

"Bishop Brossart kept fighting. (The Mustangs) put together some good at-bats," said Jeremy Baioni, Highlands Head Coach. "We left a couple balls up. We had a big inning in the third and really settled down on the mound. We made some really good defensive plays later in the game. They put pressure on us early on."

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Highlands Softball Rises Above .500

Bluebirds Put up 10 Hits Against Tigers

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands softball team beat Loveland (Ohio), 6-0 on Tuesday.
For the first time this season, the Highlands Bluebirds softball team (5-4 overall) moved above .500 on the season with a 6-0 win over the Loveland (Ohio) Tigers (3-14) from the East Cincinnati Conference.

Highlands has won four in a row with the first shutout of the season Tuesday. The Bluebirds moved to 2-1 against Ohio opponents.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Highlands Monday Round-Up

Bluebirds Run Winning Streak over NewCath to 12 Games 

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands sophomore Jacob Gulley fires to the plate in the 7-1 win over Newport Central Catholic on Monday.
The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (15-4 overall) has dominated the 9th Region Tournament so much in recent years that the stat has flown under the radar.

"I didn't even know we were 12-0 in the series to be honest," said Ethan Kavanagh, Highlands junior shortstop. "We just come out and play hard every single day. (Newport Central Catholic) is just another opponent that we have to beat. It's a big game in the season. We come come out playing the game like we always do."

Highlands ran its winning streak to that many wins in a row over the Thoroughbreds (8-10) with a 7-1 win at Highland Park. The Bluebirds moved to 3-0 in 36th District play with their 39th straight win over district opponents and 7-0 in region play. NewCath was the last district team to beat Highlands, 3-1 in the region championship on May 31, 2012.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Softball, Baseball Games Cancelled

The Highlands Bluebirds softball team (3-4 overall) had a home game scheduled against Middletown (Ohio). The Middies were 7-10 entering the game.

Highlands takes on Pendleton County on Monday. Game time is 5:30 p.m. at Winkler Field.

The Highlands baseball team (14-4) had a game against Louisville St. Xavier at Highland Park cancelled on Saturday. Highlands plays NewCath on Monday at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Wednesday Highlands Results

Bluebirds Win 36th District Battles

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Piper Macke (6) looks to square up a pitch against Newport Central Catholic on Wednesday. Highlands won 13-3 in five innings.
For the second straight day, the balls erupted off the bats of the Highlands Bluebirds softball team.

Highlands (3-4 overall) batted .476 (10-for-21) scoring eight runs in the first inning and run-ruling the 6-9 Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds, 13-3 at Winkler Field. It marked the first 36th District game for the Bluebirds this year.

"It's big for us. As I've mentioned, we're just starting to come around with the bats," said Rob Coffey, Highlands Head Coach. "To keep that rolling and keep that consistent is our message. The girls have really bought into putting the ball in play. They're reaping the benefits now. It makes the game fun, too."

Tuesday Highlands Results

Highlands Baseball, Softball Teams Record Non-Region Wins

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior Rachel Gabbard (55) lays off the pitch in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds softball team (2-4 overall) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 19-7 win over the Cincinnati (Ohio) McNicholas Rockets (10-4) on the road Tuesday in six innings.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Highlands Baseball Run-Rules Holmes in Five

Juett No-Hits Bulldogs

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Brennan Haigis sets up prior to a pitch against Holmes on Monday.
The big inning came in the bottom of the first for the hosts.

When it ended, the scoreboard blinked 1 then 1 signaling 11 runs scored in that inning. That's all the Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (12-4 overall) needed to knock off the 5-10 Covington Holmes Bulldogs, 11-1 in a 9th Region game Monday at Highland Park in five innings. The Bluebirds moved to 5-0 in region play with the victory.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Highlands Baseball Quickly Takes Care of Ballard

The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (11-4 overall) took care of the Louisville Ballard Bruins, 15-0 in three innings in the final game of the Doc Morris Invitational at Campbell County on Saturday.

Highlands Wins State Quarterfinal Rematch

In a rematch of last year's state quarterfinals, the Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (10-4 overall) defeated the Paintsville Tigers (10-6) by a 7-2 score at Campbell County on Friday in the Doc Morris Invitational.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Thursday Highlands Results

Highlands Softball Falls in Extra Innings
PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior right fielder Abby Rust takes her spot in the outfield against Boone County on Thursday.
The Highlands Bluebirds softball team (1-4 overall) held the 3-2 advantage going into the seventh inning after neither team scored in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

But the Boone County Lady Rebels (8-1) scored four in the seventh inning to take a 6-3 lead. Highlands scored three times in the bottom of the frame to send it to extra innings.

Both teams had their chances to win. But Boone County scored three times in the top of the 11th and held on for a 12-10 9th Region victory. Highlands is 0-2 in region play.

Wednesday Highlands Results

The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (9-3 overall) earned a 36th District win via forfeit from the Dayton Greendevils. Highlands has not lost to a district opponent since 2012.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Highlands Softball Falls to Ohio Opponent

The Highlands Bluebirds softball team (1-3 overall) lost its first game back from Spring Break on Tuesday.

The Ursuline Academy Lions from the Girls Greater Catholic League held on for an 8-7 victory at Winkler Field. Ursuline moved to 6-3 on the season.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Highlands Baseball plays Three in Louisville

The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team faced three out-of-state teams in the Super PREP event in Louisville on Friday and Saturday.

Highlands (8-3 overall) lost 10-3 to Jeffersonville (Indiana) on Friday. But the Bluebirds came back to beat Lincoln-Way Central (New Lenox, Illinois), 8-1 and Glenbrook South (Glenview, Illinois) by a 10-5 score on Saturday. The Bluebirds are 3-2 against non-Kentucky opponents.

The Bluebirds play host to Dayton on Tuesday. Game time is 5 p.m.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Highlands Baseball Wins Again

The Highlands Bluebirds moved to 3-0 in 9th Region action with a 6-2 road win Wednesday over the St. Henry Crusaders. Both teams are 6-2 on the season.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Highlands Run-Rules Holy Cross

Bluebirds Move to 2-0 in Region Play

Twitter Photo. The Highlands baseball players run after competing the win Monday over Holy Cross.
The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (5-2 overall) moved to 2-0 in 9th Region play with an 11-1 run-ruling of the Covington Holy Cross Indians (2-8) on Monday at Highland Park.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Saturday Cancellations

The Highlands Bluebirds softball team (1-2 overall) had two games scheduled Saturday at Tates Creek against Rockcastle County and Bedford (Indiana) North Lawrence.

But excessive rain in Lexington forced the cancellation of the games. Highlands does not play again until Tuesday, April 9 against Cincinnati Ursuline. Game time is 5 p.m.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Thursday Highlands Roundup

Highlands Baseball, Softball Drop Games

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands softball team dropped its second straight Thursday.
The Highlands Bluebirds softball team (1-2 overall) dropped its first 9th Region contest by a 7-3 score despite outhitting the Dixie Heights Lady Colonels (3-2), 12-11.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Wednesday Highlands Round-Up

Highlands Baseball Takes Care of Ohio Visitors

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior Trent Johnson started the Highlands fourth with a single. The Bluebirds scored three runs in that inning on their way to a 4-1 win.
The Highlands Bluebirds welcomed in the Canal Winchester (Ohio) Indians located just southeast of Columbus to town Wednesday for non-region action.

Highlands saw junior Ethan Kavanagh lead off the game with a home run. The Bluebirds then scored three more in the bottom of the fourth on their way to a 4-1 victory to move to 4-1 on the season.

Sophomore Jake Gulley picked up the win for Highlands. He struck out five and allowed one hit.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Tuesday Highlands Round-Up

Highlands Softball Starts Season with Convincing Victory

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands softball Head Coach Rob Coffey gives instructions at a recent practice. The Bluebirds opened the season Tuesday with a win.
The Highlands Bluebirds softball team opened the season with a convincing four-inning 16-1 win over the Bishop Brossart Lady Mustangs (1-2) at Winkler Field.

"They came out a little nervous. We came out and made a couple errors on defense in the first inning," said Rob Coffey, Highlands Head Coach. "But once we settled down, defense was super solid. Pitching was good. We really, really attacked in the box hitting-wise. We were really focused. Our base hits were clean. We've been working on that all winter being super aggressive early in the count so we can hit good pitches."

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Monday Cancellations

Rainy weather forced the cancellations of several Highlands sporting events Monday. Highlands baseball (3-1) was to play host to Boone County and the softball team scheduled its season opener against Newport on the road.

The Highlands boys tennis team had a home match against Simon Kenton cancelled.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Highlands Baseball Goes 1-1 to Conclude Hot Rods Classic

Cramer Pitches Shutout Against Greenwood

Twitter Photo. The Highlands Bluebirds come into the dugout after retiring the side in the fifth inning against Greenwood.
Highlands finished 2-1 in the Hot Rods Classic at Bowling Green Park going 1-1 to move to 3-1 on the season.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Friday Highlands Briefs

The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team moved to 2-0 with a 2-1 win over the Ohio County Eagles (1-3) in the Hot Rods Classic in Bowling Green on Friday.

Ohio County finished 20-8 last year. The Eagles lost 1-0 to the Muhlenberg County Mustangs in the 3rd Region championship game last year.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Thursday Sports Brief

The Highlands girls tennis team (2-1 overall) saw its match at Dixie Heights cancelled Thursday because of rain.

The next scheduled match is against Covington Latin on Friday at Tower Park. Match time is 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Highlands Baseball Wins Season-Opener

Highlands Tennis Records Win

PHOTO: Kris Laskey. Highlands senior Jacob Schuh makes a move in the tennis match against Conner on Wednesday. Highlands won 5-0 to move to 2-0.
The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team held on for an 8-7 win over the Conner Cougars (1-2) in the season-opener Wednesday at Highland Park.

"It's always good to get a win. It's obviously early. We played like it's early," said Jeremy Baioni, Highlands Head Coach. "We need to clean some things up especially defensively and need to make sure we have each others' back. I thought we had pretty good approaches offensively."

Highlands senior Nolan Turner pitched the final three innings to pick up the win. The Bluebirds ended the game with a double play.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Highlands Basketball Teams Record Victories

Highlands Girls Win 25th of Season

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Maggie Hinegardner (13) slides over on defense against Simon Kenton's Maggie Jones (left). Highlands won its 25th game this season with a 48-38 non-region victory.
The game is normally hard-fought to the end.

That was the case in this one even though the Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (25-4 overall) led from the first basket just 14 seconds in until the very end in a 48-38 non-region victory over the Simon Kenton Lady Pioneers (17-10). Highlands reached 25 victories in a season for the first time since going 30-4 during the 2014-15 season.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Saturday Round-Up: Bluebirds Win Second Straight Swimming, Diving Region Crown

Highlands Girls Hoops Defeats Scott Again

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior guard Chloe Jansen starts a play in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team originally had a game scheduled Friday at Conner.

But Conner had to make up a 33rd District game against Ryle. But Highlands (24-4 overall) found a rematch against the Scott Lady Eagles instead winning it by a 70-51 score in Taylor Mill on Saturday for a 10th straight win equaling last year's win total.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Friday Round-Up: Bluebird Hoops win, State Bowling results

Highlands Earns Another 9th Region Win

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Jacob Brass (rights) get down in defensive position in a recent game.
Strong defensive efforts have been helping the Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team (17-10 overall) down the stretch.

Another one in Erlanger on Friday led to an impressive 55-34 9th Region win over the Lloyd Memorial Juggernauts (15-7). Highlands has won seven of its last eight games and is 11-2 in region play. Lloyd Memorial has lost three straight and is 8-4 in region play.

"You like for your seniors to step up and raise their level of practice and focus," said Kevin Listerman, Highlands Head Coach. "I felt like we had a couple good days of practice leading into (Friday). At this point of time, you are who you are as a team. You try to fine-tune things. The biggest thing is having guys understand their roles and excel in the things that you ask them to do. I felt especially defensively, we did that."

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Bluebirds Reach 16 Wins for First Time Since 2008-09 Season

Highlands Handles Mason County

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham. Highlands seniors Jack Hegge (3) and Alex Starkey (32) slide over on defense in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team (16-10 overall) made Senior Night special in a 74-58 non-region win over the Mason County Royals (10-13).