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Friday, October 5, 2018

Thursday Sports Round-Up

Highlands Boys Soccer Goes on Road and Wins

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands junior wide receiver Ethan Houze makes a move against Dixie Heights on Thursday.
PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands students came to the football game against Dixie Heights dressed up in 80s Theme Night.
Cross off another win over a team that defeated the Blue and White last year.

The Highlands Bluebirds boys soccer team (15-1-3 overall) wrote down the names of eight opponents that beat the Bluebirds last year and wanted to avenge those losses. They took care of a sixth one Thursday venturing to Cincinnati (Ohio) Madeira and winning 3-1. Madeira edged the Bluebirds, 2-1 at Tower Park last year.

"Our energy level was good," said Chad Niedert, Highlands Head Coach. "I thought we were able to keep legs fresh. I think we were just the better athletic team. I think our depth, quickness and athleticism kind of overwhelmed them."

Highlands recorded 20 shots including five on goal. Madeira had three shots on goal and Highlands senior goalkeeper Will Burnham had three saves.

Senior Carter Holmes put Highlands up 1-0 in the first five minutes. That marked the seventh goal of the year for Holmes.

Holmes then recorded his fifth assist of the year to junior Porter Hedenberg to put Highlands up 2-0 at halftime. Holmes has 19 points on the season good for third on the team. Hedenberg has eight goals this year.

After the Mustangs trimmed the lead to 2-1, sophomore Max Farris scored to make the final score. Farris leads Highlands with 11 goals and six assists for 27 points.

Highlands concludes the regular season Saturday against South Oldham (5-8-3). Game time is 6:30 p.m.

Cooper 3, Highlands 1:

Highlands (23-10 overall) could not earn that elusive victory over the Lady Jaguars (26-5). Cooper has won 11 straight in the series dating back to a 2-1 (25-17, 17-25, 15-13) Highlands win on Sept. 19, 2009.

Senior outside hitter Margot Seidel had another solid all-around game with 17 kills, one solo block, one assisted block and 11 digs. Senior libero Olivia Gessner had 10 digs and junior Brooke Biltz dug up 11 balls.

Junior setter Audrey Graves had 47 assists. Junior middle blocker Ava Hockney and freshman middle blocker CC Shick recorded 11 kills each. Hockney also had three solo and one assisted block. Highlands had 48 kills, 47 digs, three aces and six blocks.

Highlands plays in the 36th District Tournament on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. The top-seeded Bluebirds take on either Newport or Bellevue.

Football Notes:
80s Theme Night for OZone:

The Highlands students came to the football game against Dixie Heights wearing 80s theme outfits. Sophomore Erin Brown is a member of Math Honors Society.

"I like going to all the games, dressing up for all the themes and cheering for all my friends that play," Brown said. "It makes me really proud to go to Highlands. We're all one big family."

Rare Thursday:

Highlands and Dixie Heights wound up playing Thursday because of Fall Break. Highlands had it Thursday and Friday while Kenton County schools are off Friday.

Highlands did play on a Thursday last year. The game at Scott County moved to a Thursday because of the huge possibility of rain the Friday of the originally scheduled game.

Teams in Class A, District 4 were the only other ones in Northern Kentucky to play Thursday. Defending Class A champion Beechwood handled Bellevue, 63-0 and Dayton forfeited to Ludlow, 1-0 because of a number of injuries.

Freshman Team Update:

The Bluebirds (5-2) dropped their second in a row in a 22-20 home loss to Conner on Wednesday.

Running back Griffin Richter had three touchdowns for Highlands. Highlands Head Freshman Team Coach Brady Dowling also said Jake Welch and Foster Schuett had big games.

Highlands plays at Boone County on Wednesday. Game time is 6 p.m.

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