|Highlands Soccer Wins on Road|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Austin Frazier and the Bluebirds won the final game of the regular season, 1-0 on Saturday.|
Junior Brayden Gillman had the goal for Highlands. Gillman has five goals and five assists on the season for 15 points.
Highlands had two players suspended as the result of red cards from the 3-2 loss at Loveland (Ohio) on Tuesday. Neither team had any yellow or red cards in this game.
"Both teams were more focused on kind of the post-season," said Chad Niedert, Highlands Head Coach. "It was a last-minute opportunity to give some guys minutes and see what they can contribute. We were pushed to do that. We did everything we could to not give up a goal defensively. I was pretty proud of that."
The Bluebirds had 11 shots including five on goal to 10 shots including four on goal for Indian Hill. Highlands senior goalkeeper Nick Fischer had two saves for Highlands.
"We're playing pretty confident," said Ty Hopping, Highlands senior goalkeeper. "We're still taking games as they come. But we're really looking forward to the postseason. We're hoping to play our best every game."
Highlands takes on Newport Central Catholic (10-7-4) at Tower Park for the 36th District championship on Tuesday. Game time is 7 p.m.
Highlands finishes 2-2 in JCIV:
Playing the sixth and seventh games in five days, the Highlands Bluebirds volleyball team managed to win its 20th of the season, 2-0 (25-18, 26-24) against Louisville Eastern, but lost 2-1 to Elizabethtown (25-22, 20-25, 25-22).
Against Eastern, the Bluebirds had 28 kills, two solo blocks by senior middle blocker Ava Hockney, 28 assists, 65 digs and five aces. Hockney also had nine kills with senior setter Audrey Graves recording 27 assists. Sophomore middle blocker CC Shick had eight kills.
Highlands senior defensive specialists Rylee Kirschenbaum and Brooke Biltz had 20 and 12 digs respectively. Sophomore defensive specialist Madison Clore had six digs and three aces.
Against Elizabethtown, Highlands had 26 kills, two assisted blocks by Dunn and Hockney, 26 assists, 61 digs and five aces. Hockney and junior Laura Winkler had six kills each. Graves had 25 assists and 15 digs. Biltz and Kirschenbaum had 11 digs each. Dunn and Hockney also had two aces each.
Highlands ended up playing seven games in five days. The Bluebirds went 5-2 during that week.
"We had to make sure we had the right mindset and try to do our best," Clore said of playing best-of-three in the tournament. "We were able to adapt to a lot of teams so we gained a lot of experience from that."
Highlands travels to Notre Dame on Tuesday. Game time is 7 p.m.
Louisville Sacred Heart 2, Highlands 1:
The Bluebirds (12-3-5 overall) lost a tough one on the road to finish the regular season.
Sophomore Jade Rehberger scored the lone goal for the Bluebirds on a nice assist from sophomore Faith Broering. Senior goalkeeper Rylee Thomas had nine saves for Highlands.
The Bluebirds take on Dayton in the 36th District semifinals on Monday at Tower Park. Game time is 5:30 p.m.
Football, Junior Varsity:
Highlands 20, Conner 2:
The Bluebirds moved to 3-3 with the road win about half a day after the Conner varsity beat Highlands.
Highlands sophomore quarterback Isaac Surrey had a hand in all three Bluebirds touchdowns. He rushed for one and completed touchdown passes to sophomore wide receivers Aidan Halpin and Clayton Lloyd.
Highlands plays Boone County in a week at David Cecil Memorial Stadium. Game time is 10 a.m.