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2011 - Year in Review - Fall
January 20, 2012By Betty Coffman of VYPE MAGAZINE - Greater Louisville
Class 1A: Louisville Holy Cross posted an 11-2 season before losing to Mayfield in the State Tournament Quarter Finals.
Class 2A: Rivals DeSales and Christian Academy both posted winning seasons with CAL advancing on to Round 3 of the playoffs with a win over the Colts.
Class 3A: Ty Scroggins' Central Yellowjackets lost just three games (all to 6A schools by a total of 6 points). Playing such a schedule prepared Central for a strong run through the playoffs and a 15-14 win over Belfry in the Class 3A KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl championship game. All State running back Anthony Wales was hurt early in the title game, but Tajh Milliken’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Cornelius Bolden with just two minutes left gave the Yellowjackets their fourth championship since 2007. Wales finished the season as the state’s third highest all time leader in rushing yardage, despite the injury.
Class 4A: In just the second season of the program, Collins finished 11-3 and advanced to the tournaments semifinals with a 13-12 win over Western.
Class 5A: John Hardin rolled through the competition, undefeated in the season before falling in the tournament semifinals to eventual state champion Bowling Green. Jeffersontown posted a 10-3 record and enjoyed a fine season behind quarterback DeMichael Jackson that ended only with a loss to John Hardin in the quarterfinals of the Gridiron Bowl.
Class 6A: Pre-season hype for the Trinity Shamrocks was at an all time high as returning talent and a tough schedule featuring teams from Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana put Trinity on the short list of teams who might lay claim to a mythical national title. The Shamrocks responded with an undefeated season, capturing their 21st state title with a 62-21 win over Scott County. Several national polls have ranked Trinity as the best high school team in the nation. Coach Bob Beatty was named Coach of the Year by USA Today and junior wide receiver James Quick was named to the ESPN First Team, the only junior to receive the honor.
The annual game for the old barrel went to Manual as they defeated Male 23-14.
Butler posted their best season in some time finishing 11-3 before a playoff loss to Trinity. Eastern won a district title and finished 10-3. Pleasure Ridge Park and Manual both finished fine seasons with 9-3 records.
In state tournament action, the girls of Providence gained the school’s first state championship in an IHSAA sanctioned team sport. Pioneers finished the season with a record of 21-0-2, and recorded 12 consecutive shutouts, winning the Class A Indiana state championship over Mishawaka Marian with goals by Kasey Wallace, Kelsey Rogers and school-record scorer Casey Marlin.
St. Xavier reclaimed the state crown in a 26th straight win over Ryle by 3-0 in the KHSAA State Soccer Championship in November in Lexington. Mitchell Meyer, Neil Henley and Danny Belza each found the net, and goalkeeper Nathan James was named MVP.
After defeating Assumption in the Seventh Region championship, Sacred Heart defeated Central Hardin, Male and Bowling Green to advance to the state championship game, where the Valkyries fell to Notre Dame 2-0.
In club soccer, twelve teams from the metro Louisville area competed in the US Youth Soccer Region II Championship tournament in June. The Mockingbird ’93 Premier girls advanced to the championship title game, there falling 1-3 to FC Milwaukee. Javanon ’94 and ’92 boys and Javanon ’97 Black girls all qualified for semi-final bracket play.
All-State Boys (West)
Neil Henley, St. Xavier
Jacob Scearce, Ballard
Richard Ballard, duPont Manual
Napo Matsoso, St. Francis
Jasper Edwards, Collegiate
Chris Moore, Ballard
Walker Andriot, Collins
Jason Pitts, South Oldham
Danny Belza, St. Xavier
Jared Kemper, Oldham Co.
Trevor Black, Christian Academy of Lou.
Cameron Vine, Ballard
Jack Lindner, Collegiate
Mitchell Metzger, St. Xavier
Dallas Moore, Oldham Co.
Ian Johnson, duPont Manual
Fabrice Shema, Collegiate
J.D. Hawkins, Christian Academy of Lou.
Matt Dombrosky, North Oldham
Cameron Bryant, Oldham Co.
Travis Richardson, Elizabethtown
Todd Lucas, Elizabethtown
Noah Wiersema, Central Hardin
Mohammed Musa, St. Francis
Elijah Kane-Bartlett, Atherton
Caleb Cabezas, Ballard
Matthew Murphey, Collins
James Benson, South Oldham
Jackson Cantrell, South Oldham
All-State Girls (West)
Katie Barker, Male
Shelby Cohen, Oldham County
Lexy Hazle, Elizabethtown
Sara Herbert, Sacred Heart
Lauren Norton, Central Hardin
Morgan Riggs, Assumption
Mary Kate Schmidt, Sacred Heart
Marissa Williams, South Oldham
Erin Ottman, North Oldham
Sloane Costelle, North Oldham
Eleanor Gabriel, Sacred Heart
Katie Johnson, Male
Jordan Major, North Oldham
Christen McAllister, Assumption
Halle Pinkham, Elizabethtown
Taylor Smith, CAL
Sam Donahue, Central Hardin
Mallory Dunn, Male
Haley Helsey, North Bullitt
Logan Higgins, Assumption
Hannah Hollenbach, Sacred Heart
Kate Joss, CAL
Haley Kemper, Oldham County
Elle Marsh, duPont Manual
Camille Ogden, Assumption
Kayla Richardson, Mercy
Emily Richardson, Elizabethtown
Stephanie Rowland, South Oldham
Mia Wiersema, Central Hardin
Caroline Wistrom, Sacred Heart
Savannah Haberman, Central Hardin
Nikki King, Male
A new name emerged at the top of the state field hockey hierarchy in 2011. The duPont Manual Crimsons under coach Brittany Tolan defeated defending state champion Sacred Heart 2-1 to win the title in October. Manual advanced in the semi finals with a 2-1 win over Mercy and SHA knocked out Assumption by the same 2-1 score.
In August, Sacred Heart won the Red Apple division of their 39th Annual Apple Invitational Tournament, and Male won the Green Apple Division, outscoring opponents 40-0. In other early season action, Kentucky Country Day hosted the finals of the inaugural Stick it to Cancer Tournament. In the eight-team tournament, Collegiate captured the title with a 3-0 win over Presentation, and the tournament raised more than $8,000 for cancer research.
The 2011 All Tournament Field Hockey Team included:
The Assumption Rockets repeated as the state volleyball champion and completed a 43-1 season. It was the 16th state volleyball championship for the school, all under head coach Ron Kordes. The team’s senior setter and outside hitter, Katie George, was named Miss Kentucky Volleyball and was selected as an Under Armour second team All-American, ESPN and MaxPreps first team All American, and Gatorade Kentucky Volleyball Player of the Year.
Eighth Region champion North Oldham, led by senior Jenna Coleman, made a strong run in the state tournament, falling in the semifinals to state runner-up Greenwood. The Mustangs finished the season with a 31-9 record.
All-State selections named by the Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association included
Katie George – Assumption, Maya McClendon - DuPont Manual
Taylor Paulson and Dallas Zimmerman – Assumption, Jordan Wiese - Oldham County
Chelsea Bowles and Alexa Filley – Assumption, Alexa Just - DuPont Manual
Courtney Crable and Amanda Crask - Mercy
Lauren Schneidtmiller – Mercy, Chelsea Smith - Butler
Jenna Coleman - North Oldham, Paige Stewart – Mercy
Lynsey Hazelwood - Louisville Holy Cross
Jenna Conway and Monica Loftus - Louisville Holy Cross
Stephen Stallings was the surprise individual winner of the KHSAA Boys’ State Golf Tournament in October in Bowling Green. After firing an even par 72 on the first day of play, the St. Xavier junior shot a 74 in the second round, giving him a two-shot victory over Fred Allen Meyer of West Jessamine. The Tiger team finished in third place. Christian Academy of Louisville finished eighth.
In the KHSAA Girls’ Tournament, Sacred Heart’s team of Emily Tofaute, Katie Page, Rachel Gathof, Maddie Hamilton and Katie Gathof came away with the championship. Senior Tofaute led scoring with a two-round total of 157. Lydia Gumm of North Hardin finished second behind individual champion Emma Talley of Caldwell County. Meghan Theiss of Oldham County finished fourth. The Shelby County team placed fourth and Central Hardin, ninth.
Cross Country Boys
In the Class 1A Boys' KHSAA State Cross Country State Championship, Jacob Thomson of Holy Cross cruised to an individual win with a time of 15:55.83 — the only time under 16 minutes in all three classes for the day. Jonathan Taylor of Portland Christian took third place. The Collegiate team placed second with top runs by Lucas Boatwright (18), Tucker Kirven (19) and Matt Bode (20).
After the season, Thomson ran in the Foot Locker South Regionals, followed by the Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego, placing 19th.
In Class 2A, Taylor Sanders (1), Tyler Thompson (4), Luke Tarvestad (7) and Nolan Ruhs (16) led North Oldham to team victory. The Collins team was second, with top runs by Devon Fielding (8) and Justin Downs (23).
Connor Sheryak and Sam Lewis finished 1-2 for St. Xavier, leading the Tigers to the Class 3A team title. Eastern's Kyle Covert, Butler's Patrick Gregory and Oldham County's Luke Weishaar completed the top five finishers. The Trinity and Eastern teams were second and third, Butler finshed sixth, Oldham County eighth and duPont Manual tenth.
Cross Country Girls
All seven of the Assumption runners placed in the top 20 and easily placed the team first in the Class 3A KHSAA State Cross Country Championship in November at the Kentucky Horse Park. Assumption’s runners were Bailey Davis (2), Katherine Receveur (4), Emily Bean (7), Caroline McCaslin (8), Kenzley Defler (13), Kate Crawford (14), and Amanda Vokoun (17). DuPont Manual’s Cassidy Hale was the individual winner, with twin sister and Kristen Hale in fifth place as the Manual team finished fifth. The Sacred Heart team was second.
The Assumption runners went on to compete nationally with the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon.
In Class 1A state competition, Sarah Bode of Collegiate ran fourth and the Amazons team placed fourth. Karly Gawarecki of Holy Cross ran sixth.
Gabriella and Caterina Karas' 1-2 finish led the Collins team to 3rd place in the Class 2A race. Gabriella had the fastest girls’ time for the day at 18:30.31. South Oldham won the team title with top runs by Grace Whitworth (6), Keightly Dudgeon (13) and Alex Gilliland (15). North Oldham was second with Marissa Lowe leading at 19th.
In AAU competition, Caterina Karas won the Girls’ 17-19 5K race at the AAU Cross Country National Championship in December, and Gabriella won the 4K Youth race.