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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Highlands-Ryle Football Sidebar

Teams across Kentucky have dealt with changes as a result of Coronavirus 2019 guidelines.

The Highlands Bluebirds used three buses to come to the game and spread out. They put their pads on in a field right by Ryle's football field and promptly took them off after the game and walked straight to the bus. Locker rooms have been off limits this fall.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Thursday Highlands Sports Round-Up

Highlands Volleyball Bests Arch-Rival; Boys Soccer Loses

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands players including CC Shick (bottom left), Laura Winkler (running forward) and Madison Clore (red jersey) get in position to receive a serve in a recent match.

These are the type of games the Highlands Bluebirds volleyball team hopes to see a lot of on a yearly basis.

Highlands (4-2 overall) took care of Campbell County, 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-10) on Senior Night in a county rivalry game. The two seniors for the Bluebirds are setters Laura Winkler and Maria Little. Little had two aces, eight digs and 11 assists with Winkler tallying seven kills, an assisted block with junior Lauren Buemi, 12 assists and 16 digs.

The Lady Camels have struggled out of the gate. They are 1-7 with six straight losses.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Highlands Advances in LexCath Challenge Cup

Bluebirds Play in Title Game on Saturday

Highlands senior defender Greta Noble (2) boots the ball forward while junior defender Jade Rehberger watches in a recent game. The Bluebirds beat Notre Dame, 1-0 on Wednesday to advance to the title game of the Lexington Catholic Challenge Cup on Saturday at 7 p.m. against either Simon Kenton or Lexington Dunbar.

The Highlands Bluebirds girls soccer team (4-0-1 overall) has another chance at a Lexington Catholic Challenge Cup after taking down their big arch-rival for the second time in five day.

The Bluebirds downed the Notre Dame Pandas (3-2), 1-0 to advance to the championship game of the Lexington Catholic Lady Knights Challenge Cup on Wednesday. Highlands avenged a 3-2 loss to the Pandas in the LexCath Tournament title game last year.

"This season has been a big challenge for us playing Notre Dame for the third game of the season, playing Sacred Heart then playing Notre Dame for the fifth game of the season has been crazy," said Alex Dean, Highlands Head Coach. "It's definitely jump-started our season into mid-season form after game five. I think we understand the importance of competing in these games. It's not about wins and losses during the regular season. It's about getting the best effort and advancing your play each game and each week that we move through the season."

Tuesday Highlands Results: Bluebirds Boys Soccer Beats NCC

Highlands Starts Rivalry Week with Victory

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior forward Ben Fischer (5) runs up-field against Newport Central Catholic on Tuesday.

The big week for the Highlands Bluebirds boys soccer teams started strong.

The meeting against the Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds at Tower Park did not have its usual feel. The large crowds, especially the student sections, could not pack the stands although some stood outside the fences watching as a result of Coronavirus 2019 restrictions.

But one thing has not changed since 2015. The Bluebirds bested the Thoroughbreds, 4-0 for their ninth straight victory in the series. NewCath last beat Highlands, 2-1 on Oct. 13, 2015 in the 36th District championship game at Tower Park when the current seniors were in the seventh grade.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Monday Highlands Sports Roundup: Highlands Girls Soccer Bests Sacred Heart

Highlands Golf Holds Senior Day

Highlands junior goalkeeper Meg Gessner kicks the ball off in a recent game.

The Highlands Bluebirds girls soccer team (3-0-1) entered the prestigious Lexington Catholic Lady Knights Challenge Cup facing a familiar opponent in the Louisville Sacred Heart Valkyries.

The Bluebirds scored the game's lone goal in the first half and made it stand in a 1-0 victory. The play again Wednesday in the cup in a quick rematch against 9th Region rival Notre Dame at 8 p.m. back at LexCath.

"It's probably the best regular season cup that there is," said Alex Dean, Highlands Head Coach. "It gets us ready for the postseason. We treated (Monday) like a final four game like it was last year. It's a rivalry game. It was an ugly win, but a win is a win."

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Another Tournament Win for Highlands Boys Golf

Gabbard, Muller Shoot in 60s in Tournament Win

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands sophomore Joel Craft watches after ahot in a recent match. The Bluebirds won their eighth tournament Sunday taking the Bourbon County Invitational.

The Highlands Bluebirds boys golf team had not done any overnight trips this year as a result of Coronavirus 2019.

But they did one Saturday still maintaining protocols and it paid off Sunday when the Bluebirds won the Bourbon County Invitational shooting 292 out of 16 teams. That's the eighth tournament they've won this season and it bested the score of the 2018 8th Region championship team by one shot.

Saturday Highlands Round-up

Bluebirds Volleyball Goes 1-1 in September Slam

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior CC Shick (middle) goes up for spike attempt against Simon Kenton while Laura Winkler and Madison Clore (33) get in position. Highlands went 1-1 in the September Slam at Scott on Saturday.

The Highlands Bluebirds volleyball team may have suffered its first loss of the season Saturday.

But the Bluebirds rebounded to win the afternoon game against the hosts in the annual September Slam Tournament. Highlands lost 2-1 to the Simon Kenton Lady Pioneers (17-25, 25-19, 15-12) in the morning before defeating the host Scott Lady Eagles, 2-0 (25-22, 25-10). Highlands won this tournament last year.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Highlands-Simon Kenton Football Sidebar

Bluebirds Adjusting to Coronavirus 2019 Guidelines

PHOTO: Ed Harber. Highlands sophomore kicker Davis Burleigh practices field goals before the game Friday.

David Cecil Memorial could only allow 20 percent in attendance and fans had to wear face masks or they were asked to leave. The usual six-feet distance protocols were also encouraged.Things felt as different as one might expect with the threat of Coronavirus 2019 still looming.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Thursday Highlands Sports Roundup

Bluebird Soccer Records First Win of Season

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior Max Farris thinks before striking the ball on a free kick in a recent game.

The Highlands Bluebirds boys soccer team took care of business in one half Thursday in an 11-0 win over the Covington Holmes Bulldogs.

Highlands (1-0-1) had 23 shots with 16 on goal to just one shot for the Bulldogs (0-1). Sophomore Caden Schroeder had two goals to lead the Bluebirds.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Highlands Golf Teams Take Dual Wins

Bluebirds Faced Colonels in Dual For First Time Since 2007

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands sophomore Aly Welch moves on to the next hole during the dual match against Bishop Brossart on Monday.

The Highlands Bluebirds golf teams earned sound dual match wins over Northern Kentucky rivals on their home course Monday.

The Highlands boys defeated the Covington Catholic Colonels, 153-173 in their first dual match since 2007 at Highland Country Club before the Highlands girls took down Bishop Brossart Lady 'Stangs, 191-218. That marked the first dual match of the season for the Highlands boys.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Highlands Boys Golf in Mason County Invitational

Bluebirds Take Third

Highlands senior Justin Gabbard watches his shot in a recent tournament. Gabbard shot three-below par 69 in the Mason County Invitational on Saturday.

The Highlands Bluebirds boys golf team played in the Mason County Invitational at Laurel Oaks Golf Club in Maysville on Saturday and took third out of 10 teams.

The Bluebirds shot 299. Mason County and St. Henry tied for first at 297. But the Royals had the better fifth score to win the tournament. Clay County took fourth at 303.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Highlands Boys Golf Plays in Scott County Invitational

Bluebirds Earn Experience

Highlands senior Isaiah Lampkin follows through on a shot in a recent tournament.

Head Coach Bert Richey made sure certain players received some experience Saturday when the Highlands Bluebirds boys golf team ventured to the Scott County Invitational.

Highlands finished 14th out of 22 teams shooting a 375 in the tournament played at Cherry Blossom Golf Course in Georgetown. Louisville Trinity won the tournament shooting 314. The Bluebirds finished one stroke behind Greenup County's 374.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Highlands Girls Golf Wins Dual Match

Highlands Takes Down Bishop Brossart

Highlands eighth grader Jenna Richey watched during a recent tournament.


The Highlands Bluebirds girls golf team won its first dual match of the season, 204-210 at AJ Jolly Golf Course in Alexandria.

The teams golfed on the front nine holes for a par 35. Junior KJ Toole won medalist honors shooting a two-over 37.

Senior Ellie Rowland shot a 46. Eighth grader Jenna Richey and sophomore Aly Welch rounded out the scoring with 57 and 64 respectively.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Golf Round-Up: Highlands Boys Earn Biggest Win of Season

Gabbard Earns Medalist Honors Defeating Defending Individual State Champion

Highlands senior Luke Muller fires a shot in a recent tournament.

The Highlands Bluebirds boys golf team faced some of the best around the state Monday and came away with what Head Coach Bert Richey called the team's biggest win of the season.

Highlands won the Frederick Douglass Invitational at Greenbrier Country Club in Lexington shooting a 302 out of 18 teams. This marked the fifth win in eight tournaments this year.

The Bluebirds outdistanced runner-up Marshall County by seven at 309 overcoming a two-hour rain delay. McCracken County and Ryle tied for third with 310 and region rival Mason County took fifth with 311.

"We played well," Richey said. "It rained on us for the first six holes. Our guys kept their wits about themselves. They didn't make any big numbers."

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Bluebirds Play in Another Bullitt East Invitational

Highlands Places Fifth in Tournament
Twitter Photo. The Highlands Bluebirds boys golf team played in the Bullitt East Charger Open at Heritage Hill Country Club in Shepherdsville on Friday.

The Highlands Bluebirds played in the Bullitt East Charger Open on Friday and finished fifth out of 20 teams.

Highlands shot 315 at Heritage Hill Country Club in Shepherdville. Opponents included Louisville Trinity and South Warren. Senior Luke Muller led Highlands shooting an even-par 72 to finish fourth.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Highlands Golf Round-up: Another Tournament Win for Bluebirds

Bluebirds Take Beechwood Invitational Title
Highlands senior Justin Gabbard earned medalist honors in the Beechwood Invitational shooting a 67 on Thursday.

The Highlands Bluebirds boys golf team bounced back from a third-place finish Wednesday to take the Beechwood Invitational Tournament at Hickory Sticks Golf Club in California (Kentucky).

That marks the fourth tournament win in a week for the Bluebirds out of six tournaments. Highlands has not finished lower than fourth in any tournaments.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Highlands Invitational Round-Up

Toole Finishes Third for Highlands Girls

Highlands freshman Bailey Markus watches after a shot in a recent tournament.

The Highlands Bluebirds golf teams partook in their own OrthoCincy Highlands Invitational on Wednesday.

The Highlands boys finished third out of 16 teams. St. Henry won it shooting a 295 and Mason County shot a 299 to win the tournament.

Golf Round-up: Third Tournament Win for Highlands Boys

Bluebirds Take Cooper Invitational

Highlands senior Luke Muller watches his shot during the Cooper Invitational on Tuesday. Muller tied for second overall shooting a 73 to help the Bluebirds to their third tournament win of the season.

The key for the top four scorers of the Highlands Bluebirds boys golf team is putting 80 or fewer.

Highlands did that Tuesday in the Cooper Invitational and won it by 13 strokes at the Boone Links Golf Course in Florence. The Bluebirds shot a 305. Runner-up Mason County shot a 318. Ryle took third at 319 and Grant County fourth at 328 with Covington Catholic taking fifth at 328.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Highlands Boys Golf Wins Another Tournament

Muller, Gabbard Place in Top Five for Third Tournament

Highlands junior KJ Toole follows through on a shot in the Northern Kentucky Shootout on Monday.
The Highlands Bluebirds boys golf team won a second tournament on the young season by 11 strokes in the 18-team Model Invitational on Monday.

That marks the second tournament win in three tournaments. The tournament took place at the University Club at Arlington in Richmond. It is the home course of the Eastern Kentucky University golf teams.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Highlands Boys Take Fourth in Saturday Tournament

The Highlands Bluebirds boys golf team finished fourth in the Mason County/St. Patrick Invitational at the Maysville Country Club on Saturday in its second tournament of the season.

Senior Luke Muller shot a 74 to finish third to lead Highlands. Senior Justin Gabbard shot a 75 to finish fifth. Sophomore Joel Craft shot an 81 and junior Jack Schneider shot an 87 to round out the scoring. Junior Charlie Gorman shot a 98.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Bluebirds Win Bullitt East Invitational

Highlands Opens Season With Tournament Victory

Twitter Photo. Highlands sophomore Joel Craft (left) holds the Bullitt East Invitational Tournament team championship trophy while seniors Luke Muller (center) and Justin Gabbard (right) hold individual plaques after finishing second and third. Highlands shot a 294 to win the 18-team tournament.
The Highlands Bluebirds boys golf team won its first tournament of the season at the Tanglewood Golf Course in Taylorsville on Friday.

Highlands won the 18-team tournament shooting a 294. The Bluebirds defeated 8th Region rival Grant County and Cooper from Northern Kentucky in a field comprised of teams mostly from around central Kentucky. The Bluebirds also won the tournament two years ago.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Another Region Heartbreak for Highlands Girls Hoops

Conner Wins in Double Overtime

Highlands senior Meghan Walz (left) makes a move while Conner center Maddie Drummonds (right) defends. Highlands lost 48-44 to Conner in double overtime.
There were times that it seemed like the Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (21-11 overall) would find a way to move on to the 9th Region semifinals on Monday.

But in the end, the Conner Lady Cougars (21-11) escaped in double overtime for a 48-44 victory. This marked the latest defeat in either the first or second round of the region tournament at BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky University for Highlands. Highlands lost in the first round to the 33rd District runner-up for the third time in four seasons.

"It's a huge credit to the character of these seniors and the character of all the girls I have in this program," said Jaime Walz-Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "We ended up having a great season. This sucks. It absolutely sucks to come every year and lose first or second round. It's nothing we want to do. We push our girls as hard as we can."

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Highlands Advances in 36th District Semifinals

Bluebirds Ready for District Championship Thursday

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Emma Riccobene (left) goes up for a score in a recent game while Piper Macke (1) watches in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds needed to go 1-0 to start the postseason and hit a significant win total.

Highlands defeated the Bellevue Tigers, 83-39 to move to 20-10 on the season and move on to the 36th District championship game Thursday against the Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds (20-11) at Newport. The Bluebirds hit the 20-win mark in the season for the eighth straight season. Bellevue's season ended at 12-16.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Highlands Handles Beechwood

Bluebirds Finish Regular Season with Win

Highlands juniors Emma Riccobene (31) and Rory O'Hara (35) scored in double figures in the convincing win over Beechwood on Friday.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (19-10 overall) did not have any issue winning the last game of the regular season recording a sound 63-20 victory over the Beechwood Tigers (9-20).

"We treated it like another game," said Jaime Walz-Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "We wanted to execute. We wanted to fine-tune things and get ready for Tuesday. We really worked on ourselves. We wanted to make sure all five of us were on the same page."

Highlands saw eight players score. Senior guard Piper Macke led the way with 14 points. Juniors Emma Riccobene and Rory O'Hara added 12 and 10 points each.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Highlands Loses Another Battle against Top-10 Squad

Bluebirds Fall in Independence

Highlands senior Piper Macke (left) steps toward a shooter in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team has played the second through fourth-ranked teams in the latest Associated Press poll this season.

Highlands was not able to beat any of them falling 57-32 at second-ranked Simon Kenton (26-3) on Wednesday. In the last two weeks, the Bluebirds have also lost to third-ranked Louisville Butler and fourth-ranked Ryle. Louisville Sacred Heart is the top-ranked team in the state at 27-1 overall.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Highlands Earns Region Road Victory

Bluebirds Pull Away from Lady Bulldogs

Highlands junior forward Kelsey Listerman (20) makes a move in the paint in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (18-9 overall) came into this game as favorites and pulled away in the second quarter, 24-8 on its way to a 61-38 9th Region victory.

Highlands played its second of four straight road games to finish the regular season against the struggling Covington Holmes Lady Bulldogs (4-22). The Bluebirds moved to 10-2 in region play while the Lady Bulldogs dropped to 3-9 in region play with their ninth straight loss.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Highlands Unable to Defeat Defending State Champs

Bluebirds Head to Covington on Saturday

Highlands senior Maggie Hinegardner (13) boxes out in the game at Ryle on Thursday.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (17-9 overall) ventured to Union with the opportunity to take down the defending state champion Ryle Lady Raiders (15-11) on Thursday.

It did not happen. Ryle won 58-51.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Highlands Boys, Co-Ed Teams Continue Region 7 Domination

Bluebirds Headed Back to State

Twitter Photo. The Highlands Co-Ed and Boys Swimming and Diving teams won Region 7 crowns on Saturday.
The Highlands Bluebirds Co-Ed and Boys Swimming and Diving teams once again won the Region 7 championships at Silverlake Recreation Center and Scott High School on Saturday.

The Co-Ed teams won their ninth straight region championship with 808.5 points and the boys won it with 542.5 points for a third straight year. Covington Catholic finished second with 356.5 points.

The Highlands girls finished fourth with 266 points. Ryle won the girls with 412 points.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Bluebirds Fall Just Shy of Another Huge Win

Highlands Unable to Pull off Second Win Over Top-10 Team

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Emma Riccobene sets up for a free throw in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (17-8 overall) had another chance to take down a team ranked in the top 10 of the latest Associated Press poll on Friday in Fort Thomas.

But Highlands came up short of beating the fourth-ranked Louisville Butler Bearettes (20-4), 36-35. Junior Dynastee White hit a free throw with 16 seconds left to give Butler the victory. This marked the final home game of the season for Highlands.

Highlands had already beaten one top 10 opponent this year. The Bluebirds beat eighth-ranked Notre Dame, 44-43 at home on Jan. 20. The Pandas (18-4) have won four in a row since that game.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Highlands Bests Walton-Verona

Bluebirds Win on Senior Night

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands freshman guard Alyssa Harris brings the ball up the court in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (17-7 overall) knew this would be another tough one.

The Walton-Verona Bearcats (18-6) came to Fort Thomas a few weeks after finishing runner-up in the All "A" State Tournament at Eastern Kentucky University. But Highlands withstood the challenge in a 51-46 victory.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Highlands Pulls Away from Conner

Bluebirds Snap Four-Game Losing Skid to Lady Cougars

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Rory O'Hara dribbles near mid-court in the win over Conner on Tuesday.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (16-7 overall) found itself down eight midway through the third quarter on the 9th Region road Tuesday.

Everything seemed to be going against the Bluebirds at that point in a loosely-called game. But Highlands fought back to pick up a huge 64-54 victory over the Conner Lady Cougars (14-10). The loss snapped a four-game losing streak to Conner dating back to the last Bluebird win, 54-36 in Hebron on Dec. 13, 2016.

"It's a great win for us," said Jaime Walz-Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "We just stayed the course. They continued to believe in each other. They continued to play defense and rebound the ball better in the second half and also, take care of the ball better down the stretch."

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Highlands Completes Another Trifecta

Bluebirds Earn 15th Win of Season

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands freshman Alyssa Harris (right) takes a pass in a recent game.
For the second straight week, the Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (15-7 overall) played three straight games in three days.

But like last week, the Bluebirds won all three completing the week with a third straight win with a convincing 53-26 win over the host Boone County Lady Rebels (9-12) on Saturday. Highlands has won 11 of its last 12 games and moved to 8-1 in 9th Region action.

"It's just about taking care of our bodies," said Jaime Walz-Richey, Highland Head Coach. "These girls are willing to take ice baths to help their bodies recover. We've talked about eating right and drinking fluids. They're ready to play three games (in a row). I thought our energy was great."

Friday, January 31, 2020

Bluebirds Earn Another Region Road Win

Highlands Takes Down Dixie Heights

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Kelsey Listerman (20) looks to inbound the ball in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (14-7 overall) pulled away in the fourth quarter for a crucial 51-42 road 9th Region victory Friday over the host Dixie Heights Colonels (16-8).

Highlands moved to 7-1 in region play. The Bluebirds also avenged a 42-39 loss to Dixie Heights in the region semifinals last year.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Highlands Girls Hoops Rebounds to Beat Bishop Brossart

Bluebirds Win "Ugly" Non-Region Game

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior guard Piper Macke (1) dribbles in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (13-7 overall) would love to see this be the start of another winning streak.

Highlands beat the county rival Bishop Brossart Lady 'Stangs (18-4), 33-25 on Thursday in Alexandria. The Bluebirds saw their eight-game winning streak end 60-57 at Newport Central Catholic on Tuesday.

"A win is a win. It doesn't matter how pretty it is and this is definitely one of our ugly wins," said Jaime Walz-Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "We struggled a little bit offensively. That's uncharacteristic of us. We have to get back to what we do on offense and stick with it."

Region 5 Bowling Results

Gabbard, Cole Qualify for State Tournament

Twitter Photo. Highlands seniors Jordan Cole and Gunner Gabbard made the state tournament placing in the top four of the individual tournament on Monday.
The Highlands Bluebirds bowling teams competed in the Region 5 Tournament on Monday and Wednesday at SuperBowl Bellwood.

Only two individual bowlers on either team qualified for state this year. They were Highlands seniors Gunner Gabbard and Jordan Cole.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Highlands Grabs Three Wins in Three Days

Bluebird Winning Streak Reaches Eight

Highlands junior forward Rory O'Hara (35) scored 10 points and had three steals against Covington Holy Cross on Saturday. Highlands moved to 12-6 on the season with its eighth straight win.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (12-6 overall) won its third game in three days with a 51-37 victory on the 9th Region road Saturday.

Highlands played a make-up game against the Covington Holy Cross Indians and won 51-37. The Bluebirds have won eight in a row and moved to 6-0 in region play.

"It's just the mental aspect - being able to execute plays when you're legs are tired," said Jaime Walz-Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "That's one of the keys. We told them before the game we felt our bench was deeper. Sure enough, we had great play off the bench coming in and giving us points."

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Highlands Girls Hoops Declaws Ladycats

Bluebirds Move to 2-0 in District Play

Highlands freshman Alyssa Harris (right) gets in defensive position in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (11-6 overall) dressed just 10 players in the 36th District battle against the host Newport Ladycats (2-22) on Friday for different reasons.

That included the first varsity action for sophomore forward Megan Gessner. But all 10 players contributed in the 52-24 victory. Gessner made a three-pointer, grabbed four rebounds and had an assist. Highlands moved to 2-0 in district play with its sixth straight win.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Highlands Dominates Non-Region Game

Bluebirds Win 10th of Season

Highlands junior post Rory O'Hara (right) goes up for the tip in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (10-6 overall) started its first of three games in three days with a convincing 63-31 victory over the Grant County Lady Braves (11-10) at Russell Bridges Gym on Thursday.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Highlands Bowling Sweeps Dayton Singles Tournament

Five Bluebirds Make All-Tournament Team

Contributed Photo. The Highlands girls saw three bowlers make the all-tournament team at the Dayton Singles Tournament on Saturday.

Contributed Photo. The Highlands boys saw two members make the all-tournament team in the Dayton Bowling Singles Tournament on Saturday.
The Highlands Bluebirds bowlers swept the Dayton singles tournament on Saturday.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Highlands Holds off Campbell County

Bluebirds Win Fourth Straight

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Emma Mallery (23) shoots a free throw in the final seconds against Campbell County on Friday.
Holding on to a tight lead in the waning seconds, someone needed to make plays for the hosts.

Junior guard Emma Mallery stepped forward to do that with under three seconds left in the game for the Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (8-6 overall). She made 1-of-2 free throws then intercepted the inbound pass near mid-court to help the Bluebirds preserve a 37-34 victory over the Campbell County Camels (11-6) on Friday.

Bowling Teams Go 1-1

The Highlands Bluebirds boys bowling team lost 5-1 to Pendleton County at LaRu Lanes on Thursday. But both teams defeated Beechwood on Tuesday.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Highlands Girls Hoops Wins

Bluebirds Earn Third Straight Win

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands sophomore Anna Greenwell sets up a play in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team played just its second home game of the season Monday and defeated Indian Hill (Ohio), 57-44.

Highlands (7-6 overall) has won three in a row. The only other home game for the Bluebirds came on Dec. 6 in an 82-53 win over the St. Henry Lady Crusaders.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Highlands Boys Basketball Loses First of Season

Bowling Teams Win

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior Sam Vinson sets up a play against Newport on Tuesday.
The Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team ventured to Hebron to face the Conner Cougars and were upset 73-61 Thursday losing for the first time this season.

The Bluebirds (14-1 overall) fell to 4-1 in 9th Region action. The Cougars are 8-5 overall and 5-2 in region play.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Highlands Girls Basketball Handles Cooper

Bluebirds Win Second Straight

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Emma Riccobene (center) plays defense in a recent game.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team is back at .500 on the season at 6-6 with a 71-32 win on the road against the Cooper Lady Jaguars.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Highlands Girls Avenge Loss

Bluebirds Move to 5-6 on Season

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Members of the Highlands girls basketball team converse in a recent game.
The rematch for the Highlands Bluebirds girls basketball team (5-6 overall) against the Boyd County Lady Lions (8-6) was not close in favor of the Blue and White.

The Bluebirds led 34-28 at halftime in the Centria Metals/Penn Station Shootout at Franklin County on Saturday. But Highlands pulled away for a 71-53 victory in the second half.