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Sunday, September 12, 2021

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Highlands Students Turning Out in Force at Games

PHOTO: Ed Harber. Highlands junior wide receiver Carson Class makes a move Friday.

The Highlands students are glad to be back at games this season home and away.

Senior Dance Team member Macy Kocher is one who has been seen at many fall sports events including volleyball and soccer. Senior golfer KJ Toole has led a lot of cheers this season in front of limited students and last year. The student section dressed in National Basketball Association uniforms in the Friday game at Cincinnati McNicholas.

"I think going to the games and seeing everyone be super dedicated to the themes and cheering everyone on as a group and as a school and representing Highlands has been probably been the best part," Kocher said. "It is so exciting to watch the football feed off our energy."

The dance team performed at halftime of the 42-7 win over Campbell County. Macy Kocher's twin brother Cole helped the Highlands boys basketball team to the first state championship in school history in April.

"It means everything to be able to continue to show our school spirit and support toward the football team and especially all the other sports that we've tried to get to," Macy Kocher said. "When we're doing pre-game then when we go to halftime, we're still trying make every performance our best performance and show that we want to keep the energy alive for the second half of the football game as well."

No Contract:

McNicholas Head Coach Mike Orlando admitted he's glad the Rockets do not play the Bluebirds next year because the Bluebirds will only improve going forward. He said this meeting is a one-time deal. Normally teams do two-year contacts unless they play in bowl games. 

The 27-21 McNicholas win is the first time in school history these two teams have played each other. Highlands has not played any other current team in the Greater Catholic League Co-Eds.

Class 5A, District 5 Results:

Covington Catholic improved to 2-2 with a 24-8 win over Dixie Heights. Boone County also moved to 2-2 with a 26-6 win over Lloyd Memorial.

All four Highlands district opponents won over the weekend. Cooper downed Campbell County, 33-0 to move to 3-1 and Conner beat Scott, 28-3 to improve to 2-2.

Scouting Ryle:

The Raiders come into Fort Thomas on Friday more balanced than usual. They'd relied on the run for success in recent years.

They've won three straight since losing 24-21 at home to 4-0 Lexington Catholic. The Raiders defeated Louisville DeSales on Friday. The Colts have had success in recent years. But they are struggling at 0-4 this season including a Coronvirus 2019 forfeit result only scoring 13 points on the season.

Game time is 7 p.m. Friday at David Cecil Memorial Stadium.

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