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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).

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Bluebirds Dominate Lady Bulldogs

Barth Moved into Second in School History for Career Points

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham. Highlands senior Zoie Barth (10) brings the ball up-court in a recent game. Barth is second in career scoring in program history with 2,287 points.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (23-4 overall) came charging out of the gates and cruised to a sound 72-49 victory Monday over the visiting Holmes Lady Bulldogs (6-14).

Highlands has won nine in a row and moved to 11-2 in 9th Region action. The Lady Bulldogs have been to four straight region championship games winning it in 2016 and 2017 before advancing to the state quarterfinals and semifinals respectively. But they are struggling this season under first-year head coach Danielle Wells.

Highlands senior guard Zoie Barth made another historic move with a double-double of 23 points and 12 assists to go with four steals. Barth moved into second-place in Highlands girls hoops history with 2,287 career points. Head Coach Jaime Walz-Richey leads that list with 4,948 points, which is second for both boys and girls in Kentucky history behind Jenkins 2016 graduate Whitney Creech's 5,527 career points.

"It was great to see. We moved the ball extremely well," Richey said. "That's one thing that we really emphasized after the Dixie (Heights) game. We had to do more than one pass before we shot the ball and for the most part, we did that."

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Home Wins for Highlands Basketball Squads

Highlands Boys Record 15th Win of Season

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham. Highlands senior post Ben Sisson (center) dribbles in a recent game. He had 17 points to help the Bluebirds to a 45-43 win over Oldham County.
The Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team (15-10 overall) trailed the Oldham County Colonels (16-9) in the rematch from earlier in the season.

But this time in Fort Thomas, Highlands found a way to win at the end, 45-43. Highlands sophomore point guard Sam Vinson took the ball on the left corner, drove the baseline and put the ball up between two Colonel defenders drawing a foul with six seconds left. The ball rolled around the rim before dropping in. Vinson then hit the ensuing free throw to make the final score.

"We drew up a play and once they swung it to me, I saw the gap and drove the gap to the hole," Vinson said. "I saw two people in front of me and I thought I could finish on top of them so I just tried to get (the ball) up there and (finish the shot)."

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Highlands Girls Hold off Dixie Heights

Highlands Boys Lose on Road

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham. Highlands senior Chloe Jansen (34) sets up to shoot a free throw in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team has had its way with the Dixie Heights Lady Colonels over the years.

But the last two have been very close. Highlands (21-4 overall) once again escaped 14-8 Dixie Heights, 52-51 with exactly one second left. The Bluebirds moved to 9-2 in 9th Region action with the win.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Bluebirds Win 14th of Season

Highlands Pulls Away from Anderson in Second Half

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham. Highlands senior Jack Hegge brings the ball up-court in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team (14-9 overall) had a chance to set a new mark for most wins in a season since Head Coach Kevin Listerman took over in 2013 on the road Tuesday.

They pulled away in the second half to do just that with a 72-42 victory over Cincinnati Anderson. Highlands finished 13-15 last year and last won 14 games in a season during the 2010-11 campaign going 14-16. Highlands led 31-28 at halftime.

"We really played phenomenal team defense in the second half," Listerman said. "We made an adjustment and switched all the screens in their motion and flex (sets) and really caused their three-point shooters problems. We really didn't give them any good looks until late in the second half."

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Highlands Completes District Seed Play with Convincing Win

Bluebirds Equal Last Year's Win Total

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham. Highlands post Ben Sisson goes up for a shot against Newport Central Catholic on Tuesday.
The win Tuesday was a nice win.

But the Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team (13-9 overall) quickly went back to work Wednesday preparing for an equally important 36th District game against the Bellevue Tigers (6-15) on Saturday. Highlands matched the most wins in a season since Kevin Listerman became head coach in 2013 with a sound 68-47 home win. The Bluebirds finished 13-15 last year.

"We talked about that immediately following the game. We got into our regular routine," Listerman said. "The hardest thing is to maintain that level of focus and execution for an extended period of time and we talked about how important it is to strive for that. I felt for the most part we did a pretty good job (Saturday), especially on the offensive end. I thought we did a good job of moving the basketball and finding the open guy."

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Highlands Finishes District Play with Convincing Win

Bluebirds Earn 20th Win of Season

PHOTO: Bob Jackson. Highlands senior Zoie Barth shoots a jumper in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (20-4 overall) will be the undisputed top seed in the 36th District Tournament once again.

Highlands has not lost a district seed game since the district went to that format before the 2013-14 season. The Bluebirds finished off seed play Friday with a convincing 67-25 win over the winless Newport Ladycats (0-19). Newport's first-year head coach is 2008 Highlands graduate Alex Adler.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Highlands One Win from 20th of Season

Bluebirds Hit Record 20 Three-Pointers in District Victory

PHOTO: Bob Jackson. Highlands junior Rylee Thomas (22) goes up for a shot in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (19-4 overall) once again overwhelmed a 36th District opponent extending the winning streak against district opponents to 27 straight.

Highlands led the Bellevue Tigers (11-9), 29-11 after one quarter and 56-22 at halftime on its way to a 94-41 victory. That is the season-high in points and the most lopsided win of the season. Bellevue's head coach is Tommy Sorrell.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Highlands Pulls Away from Another Rival

 Bluebirds Win Fourth Straight

PHOTO: Bob Jackson. Highlands junior Piper Macke fires a shot in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (18-4 overall) pulled away from the rival Notre Dame Pandas (12-7) in the second half for a 59-33 9th Region road victory Monday.

Highlands has won four in a row and Notre Dame has dropped four straight. The Bluebirds moved to 6-2 in region play and the Pandas fell to 4-4.

"In the second half, we started playing better defense and rebounded the ball on the defensive side," said Jaime Walz-Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "Notre Dame is a very scrappy team that goes after every loose ball and rebound."

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Friday Highlands Hoops Round-Up: Bluebirds End Another 9th Region Losing Skid

Highlands Girls Take Care of Campbell County
PHOTO: G. Michael Graham. The Highlands players prepare to take the floor in a recent game.
Not only did the Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team (11-9 overall) end another long losing streak against a 9th Region opponent, the Blue and White left no doubt in Fort Thomas.

Highlands led the 6-13 Dixie Heights Colonels, 42-24 at halftime and extended it to 63-32 entering the third quarter on its way to a 70-47 victory. Highlands snapped an eight-game losing streak against Dixie Heights dating back to Dec. 15, 2009 when the Bluebirds beat the Colonels, 48-39 in Fort Thomas.

"We know as a team, we have a lot of potential," said Jack Delagrange, Highlands junior. "It gives us the motivation to step up and change what's been happening these last 10 years."

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Bluebirds Handle Lady Jaguars

Highlands Pulls Away in Middle Two Quarters

PHOTO: Bob Jackson. Highlands freshman Anna Greenwell (left) drives to the bucket in a recent game. Greenwell scored nine points in the 79-47 win over Cooper on Thursday.
After one quarter, the heavily-favored host Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (16-4 overall) led just 20-17 over the young Cooper Lady Jaguars (2-14).

But the Bluebirds turned the intensity up in the next two quarters and pulled away for a 79-47 9th Region victory. Highlands moved to 5-2 against region opponents. The Bluebirds led 48-27 at halftime and 68-36 entering the fourth quarter.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Highlands Unable to Break Another Losing Streak

Bluebirds Fall to 10-9 with Region Road Loss

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham. Highlands senior Nate Roberts receives some last instructions before taking the in-bound play at Cooper on Monday. Roberts scored 10 points in the Highland loss.
The Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team (10-9 overall) broke one losing streak to a common 9th Region opponent Monday and hoped to break another one Tuesday.

It did not happen. The Cooper Jaguars (15-3) penetrated better against the Highlands defense and came away with a 52-41 win. Cooper is 7-1 against region opponents while the Bluebirds dropped to 7-2.

After breaking a 17-game losing streak at Covington Holmes on Monday, Highlands dropped its eighth straight against Cooper. The only win in school history for the Bluebirds against the Jaguars came on Dec. 11, 2008 in an 85-49 win in Union during the first year Cooper opened up.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Highlands Basketball Teams Record Victories

Bluebirds Snap 17-Game Losing Streak Against Holmes

PHOTO: Bob Jackson. Highlands freshman CC Shick (25) goes up for a shot against Walton-Verona's Paige Heuser (3) in Monday's game. Highlands won 77-49.
The Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team (10-8 overall) may have faced a struggling Covington Holmes Bulldogs team (4-14) on the road in 9th Region play Monday.

But it was still a huge 65-55 region win for the Bluebirds, who moved to 7-1 in region play. Highlands snapped a 17-game losing streak against the Bulldogs dating back nearly 16 years to a 76-63 win in Covington on Jan. 23, 2003. That included losses in the 9th Region quarterfinals in 2005 and 2014.

"(The Bulldogs) are a very dangerous team," said Kevin Listerman, Highlands Head Coach. "They've got some guys that can attack pretty hard off the bounce. They have some nice athletes and if they shoot the three well on a given night, they have a chance to beat you and we did a very good defensively all the way around."

Monday, January 14, 2019

Highlands Drops Second Game in Louisville

Bluebirds Lose Halftime Lead in Defeat

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham. Highlands senior Ashley Hayes (2) gets down on defense in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds basketball team (14-4 overall) lost its second game in two days on the road in Louisville, 47-39 against the host Butler Bearettes (11-5) on Saturday.

This marked the second meeting between the two teams this season. Highlands beat Butler, 43-30 in the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic on Dec. 22.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Highlands Escapes Assumption, 47-43

Bluebirds Move to 14-3 on Season

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham. Highlands junior Maggie Hinegardner (13) looks to make a pass as Rory O'Hara (35) runs up-court in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (14-3 overall) built a 28-10 halftime lead then held on for a 47-43 victory over the Assumption Rockets (9-8) on Friday in Louisville.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Lopsided Defeat in Alexandria for Bluebirds

The Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team (9-8 overall) suffered a huge 81-52 loss to the host Campbell County Camels (13-3) on Thursday.

The Camels have won five in a row in the series. They won the 37th District and 10th Region championships last year before losing 56-55 to Oldham County in the state quarterfinals last year. Highlands last beat Campbell County, 56-52 in Fort Thomas on Jan. 17, 2013.

Highlands travels to Covington Holmes (4-12) on Monday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Highlands Routs Bishop Brossart

Bluebirds Have Won Six Straight Against County Rivals

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham. Highlands junior Piper Macke (1) makes a pass in a recent game. Macke scored 14 points in the 62-26 win over Bishop Brossart on Wednesday.
This series has been lopsided lately in favor of the Blue and White.

The Highlands Bluebirds basketball team (13-3 overall) won its sixth straight over the county rival Bishop Brossart Lady Mustangs (12-5), 62-26 in Fort Thomas on Wednesday. Highlands has won the last five meetings by an average of 35.6 points.

Bluebirds Snap Four-Game Losing Streak

Highlands Holds on for Region Win

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham. Highlands junior Jacob Brass (5) and Jack Hegge (3) get in defensive position after a Ben Sisson score against Conner on Tuesday.
The contested shot hit the rim and bounced off.

That turned into a sigh of relief for the Highlands Bluebirds basketball team (9-7 overall) as the four-game losing streak came to an end in a 51-50 9th Region victory over the Conner Cougars (6-8). Highlands is 6-1 in region play with the win.

"We talked to our guys at halftime about making really good choices," said Kevin Listerman, Highlands Head Coach. "We did a much better job of taking care of the basketball. That kept us relaxed. I thought our defense, especially on the last possession, was unbelievable. They had to take a difficult shot. We guarded two different actions in their sets. Fortunately, the ball bounced our way. We talked to our guys about finishing games and it's good to finish one and put one in the win column."

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Weekend Round-Up: Bluebirds Run Away from NCC

Bluebird Boys Drop Two

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Alumni Highlands girls basketball players pose with current players on Friday.
Early in the game, Highlands Bluebirds senior guard Zoie Barth penetrated the paint and guided the ball off the square in the back of the glass soundly for the high-percentage lay-up.

Before you knew it, the Bluebirds (12-3 overall) quickly built a double-digit lead on the visiting Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds (8-5) in a crucial 36th District girls basketball game. Things continued to come together for the Bluebirds as the cruised to a 71-46 victory in Fort Thomas on Friday.

"We pressed some trying to get more opportunities on offense," said Jaime Walz-Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "We did some good things, but film shows us some things we have to work on. We'll watch film and see how we can get better."

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Bluebirds Drop Final Game in Florida

Highlands Falls to Knox Central

PHOTO: Dale Dawn. Highlands senior Grady Cramer puts up a shot in a recent game.
The last day of the Hilton Sandestin Beach Blowout at Freeport High (Florida) did not go well for the Highlands Bluebirds basketball team.

Highlands (8-5 overall) lost to the Knox Central Panthers (11-2) by a 66-53 score in the third place game. The Bluebirds made the semifinals of the winners bracket with wins over two Alabama squads before losing to Lexington (South Carolina) in the semifinals.