Teams across Kentucky have dealt with changes as a result of Coronavirus 2019 guidelines.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
|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.|
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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.
|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.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
|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.
Sunday, September 13, 2020
|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.
The Highlands Bluebirds volleyball team may have suffered its first loss of the season Saturday.
Saturday, September 12, 2020
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
|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.|
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
|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 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 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 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
|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
|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 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
|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.
|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.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
|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.|
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
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
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
|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.|
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
|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.|
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
|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.|
"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 senior Piper Macke (left) steps toward a shooter in a recent game.|
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
|Bluebirds Pull Away from Lady Bulldogs|
|Highlands junior forward Kelsey Listerman (20) makes a move in the paint in a recent game.|
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
|Bluebirds Head to Covington on Saturday|
|Highlands senior Maggie Hinegardner (13) boxes out in the game at Ryle on Thursday.|
It did not happen. Ryle won 58-51.
Monday, February 10, 2020
Bluebirds Headed Back to State
|Twitter Photo. The Highlands Co-Ed and Boys Swimming and Diving teams won Region 7 crowns 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
|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.|
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
|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 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
|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.|
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
|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.|
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
|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.|
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
|Bluebirds Win "Ugly" Non-Region Game|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior guard Piper Macke (1) dribbles in a recent game.|
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."
|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.|
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
|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.|
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
|Bluebirds Move to 2-0 in District Play|
|Highlands freshman Alyssa Harris (right) gets in defensive position in a recent game.|
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 junior post Rory O'Hara (right) goes up for the tip in a recent game.|
Sunday, January 19, 2020
|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.|
Saturday, January 18, 2020
|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.|
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.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
|Bluebirds Earn Third Straight Win|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands sophomore Anna Greenwell sets up a play in a recent game.|
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
|Bowling Teams Win|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior Sam Vinson sets up a play against Newport on Tuesday.|
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
|Bluebirds Win Second Straight|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Emma Riccobene (center) plays defense in a recent game.|
Sunday, January 5, 2020
|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 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.