|Bluebirds Lose Lead in Second Half|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior defender Jade Rehberger takes and makes a penalty shot earlier in the week.|
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Highlands Girls Soccer Ties Simon Kenton
Highlands Volleyball Bests Simon Kenton in Thriller
|Bluebirds Earn 22nd Win of Season|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior Lauren Buemi (middle) waits for a signal in a recent game.|
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Highlands Monday Results
|Highlands Soccer Teams Record Wins|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior midfielder Lucy New (22) gets in position in the 6-3 Highlands win over St. Henry on Monday.|
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Highlands Saturday Results
|Volleyball Wins Cake Classic for First Time Since 2017|
|Contributed Photo. The Highlands Bluebirds volleyball team won its annual Cake Classic for the first time since 2017.|
Head Coach Katelyn Sallee mentioned the possibility of facing the Holy Cross Indians for a second time in three days in the annual Cake Classic on Saturday.
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Highlands Friday Notebook
|Highlands Volleyball Wins Twice in Cake Classic|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands Head Coach Katelyn Sallee (left) watches while senior setter Madison Opitz (center) gets in position in a recent game.|
The Highlands Bluebirds volleyball team (19-6 overall) won its two pool play games Friday to open its own Cake Classic quickly bouncing back from the tough loss at Covington Holy Cross on Thursday.
Friday, September 24, 2021
Thursday Highlands Results
|Boys Soccer Finishes Undefeated in 9th Region Action in Regular Season|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands volleyball team came up short at Holy Cross on Thursday.|
The Highlands Boys soccer team (14-3-1 overall) needed one more win on Senior Night to conclude the regular season undefeated in 9th Region action.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Highlands Downs Dixie Heights in Rain
|Bluebirds Overcome Colonels, Elements|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands girls soccer team beat Dixie Heights, 4-3 in 9th Region play Wednesday.|
The Highlands Bluebirds girls soccer team (9-3 overall) needed a late goal and to overcome a formidable rain storm to record a road 9th Region win Wednesday.
"In the second half, we had a pretty strong head wind that was pushing their punts and goalkeeper clearances pretty far," said Chris Norris, Highlands Head Coach. "The whole goal was to keep it from bouncing. It was slippery. It was a cold, nasty night. But I thought we had enough soccer knowledge and abilities to fight our way through it."
But the Bluebirds overcame the challenge in the rematch of last year's region championship game at the Dixie Heights Colonels (9-6-2) by a 4-3 score. Senior defender Jade Rehberger had three assists in the win and senior goalkeeper Hailey Parks had three saves. Rehberger has a team-high nine assists on the season.
Senior midfielder Faith Broering scored her sixth goal of the season to put Highlands up 1-0. Senior forward Macy Hedenberg scored her first goal of the season with three minutes left in the half to put Highlands up 2-1 at halftime.
Sophomore forward Claire Cavacini scored her ninth goal of the season to put Highlands up 3-1 early in the second half. But after Dixie Heights tied the game, senior midfielder Julia Heck scored the game-winning goal with 15 minutes left in the game. It marked the first of the season for Heck.
"I think that when we scored our first goal, we didn't think they were going to come back so fast," said Lindsay Stein, Highlands sophomore forward. "That gave us momentum to push forward and continue trying to score more. We've been working more on our communication and talking on our free kicks. I think it's working well."
Highlands Girls Win NKAC Division II Crown
|Highlands Boys Finish Second|
|Highlands senior KJ Toole shot a 78 to help the Highlands girls golf team win the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference Division II crown Monday.|
Highlands Tuesday Results
|Bluebird Soccer Rolls Past Holmes|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Carly Cramer (middle) and senior CC Shick (20) get in position in a recent game.|
The Highlands Bluebirds boys soccer team (13-3-1 overall) ventured to Covington on a misty evening.
The Bluebirds took care of business downing the Holmes Bulldogs (5-9), 11-0 ending the game at halftime. Highlands has won five straight.
"We just wanted to make sure we started the game well," said Chad Niedert, Highlands Head Coach. "We wanted to respect the opponent. By respect, we mean like another team, we want to put our best foot forward. We got guys some extra minutes and in different positions."
They outshot the hosts, 25-0 including 18-0 on goal. Sophomore Jack Wilson played the whole game at goalkeeper for the Bluebirds.
Highlands saw 11 different players score. Six in seniors Jordan Frisk, Nick Robinson and juniors Caden Schroeder, Dash Macke, Ashton Foley and Max Shepherd had one goal and one assist each. Frisk has a team-high eight assists.
Seniors Wyatt Thompson, Thomas Gray-Torsell, Cole Lorenzen and juniors Peyton Helminiak and Colin Pieper had the other goals. Senior Joel Kendall and junior Casey Stiles had one assist each.
"We got a lot of guys in," Stiles said. "We wanted to continue to stay focused no matter the opponent. We had to go out and earn (the win)."
Highlands concludes 9th Region action against Dixie Heights (10-2-1) on Thursday. Game time is 8 p.m.
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Highlands Weekend Notes
|Highlands Freshman Girls Hoops Player Receives First College Offer|
Standing at 6-feet-2-inches, Highlands Bluebirds freshman girls basketball player Marissa Green caught the eyes of the Morehead State University coaching staff at a camp this summer.
That turned into a scholarship offer from the Ohio Valley Conference school. The Head Coach is Cayla Petree. But Highlands Head Coach Jaime Walz-Richey said the hope is that is the first of many more offers.
Green saw action in 15 games last year. She scored 34 points and nabbed 24 rebounds.
Sphire, Local Connections at College, Pro Levels:
Cincinnati Bengals Tight End C.J. Uzomah played for Highlands Head Coach Bob Sphire during his time at North Gwinnett. Sphire coached there from 2006 until 2016 after leading Lexington Catholic to the Class AAA state championship in 2005.
Uzomah is in his seventh season for the Bengals after playing college football at Auburn University. He had two catches for 35 yards including a 32-yard reception helping the Bengals to a 27-24 win over Minnesota to open the season.
"Other than injuries which are part of the game, he's done a great job in the NFL," Sphire said. "He did a great job at Auburn and he obviously did a great job for us. That's always exciting to see your guys have success and be solid people in the community, which I know he is."
Sphire served as the head coach at Camden County in southeast Georgia between 2016 and 2020. University of Cincinnati Bearcats defensive lineman Myjai Sanders played for Sphire during that time.
Sanders has one solo and four assisted tackles for the 3-0 Bearcats this season and four quarterback hurries. The nationally-ranked Bearcats defeated Indiana University, 38-24 in Bloomington on Saturday.
Class 5A, District 5 Results:
The district finished 2-2 on Friday. Undefeated 5-0 and defending Class 2A state champion Beechwood knocked off Covington Catholic (2-3), 27-7 in Fort Mitchell.
Conner took down Campbell County, 38-7 on Friday. The Camels are 0-3 against the district. Cooper had its bye week and Boone County (3-2) downed Walton-Verona, 21-13 on the road.
Highlands Saturday Sports Round-Up
|Bluebirds Down Generals|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior Jordan Frisk makes a move in a recent game.|
Friday, September 17, 2021
Thursday Highlands Results
|Bluebirds Shut Out Camels|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior forward/midfielder Ashton Foley (22) pursues the ball in the 5-0 win over Campbell County on Thursday.|
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Highlands Girls Soccer Victorious Again in LexCath Cup
|Bluebirds Back in Tournament Title Game|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior defender Jade Rehberger prepares to take a corner kick in a recent game.|
Tuesday Highlands Round-Up
|Highlands Soccer, Volleyball Win District Games|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior goalkeeper Connor Mathis gets in position in a recent game.|
Monday, September 13, 2021
Highlands Girls Soccer Downs Lexington Catholic
|Bluebirds Open LexCath Tournament with Biggest Win of Season|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands sophomore Claire Cavacini (5) and Lindsey Stein (13) go after the ball in a recent game.|
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Sunday, September 12, 2021
Highlands Saturday Results
|Bluebirds Soccer Teams Knock Off Ohio Opponents|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior Macy Hendenberg moves into position in a recent game.|
|Highlands Students Turning Out in Force at Games|
|PHOTO: Ed Harber. Highlands junior wide receiver Carson Class makes a move Friday.|
Friday, September 10, 2021
Highlands Thursday Results
|Highlands Volleyball Handles NewCath|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior Jade Rehberger (19) and sophomore Lindsay Stein (13) get in position in a recent game.|