School allegiances took a backseat last Sunday as Louisville’s top high school football players teamed up to take on the rest of Kentucky in the second annual Best of the Bluegrass All-Star game at St. Xavier.
Trailing 27-17 after three quarters, the Greater Louisville All-Stars looked to quarterback Alex Mattingly of St. X to carry the day.
The 5-foot-11, 194-pound senior delivered.
On consecutive possessions, Mattingly connected with South Oldham’s Jacob Lamb for touchdown strikes of 23 and 10 yards then ran for a 35-yard score to give the hosts a 38-27 win over their Kentucky counterparts.
In total, Mattingly completed 10 of 15 pass attempts for 189 yards and four TDs. He also covered 69 yards on 12 carries with one rushing touchdown.
For his efforts he was named Offensive MVP of the Greater Louisville squad. Linebacker Treyvon Neely of Doss copped Defensive MVP honors for the victors.
Trinity coach Bob Beatty has been named a finalist for the Russell Athletic National Coach of the Year award.
Beatty’s Rocks are atop five national rankings after compiling a 14-0 record and clinching a second-straight Class 6-A state title. In 12 seasons at Trinity, Beatty has notched nine titles and boasts a .880 winning percentage.
The other four finalists tabbed by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee are Greg Toal, Don Bosco Prep (N.J.); Jess Simpson, Buford (Ga.); Damon Cogdell, Miramar (Fla.) and Bob Milly, Our Lady of Good Counsel (Md.).
A winner will be announced during the U.S. Army All-American Awards dinner in San Antonio on Jan. 6.
After nearly four decades on the sidelines, Holy Cross’ Mike Fletcher is calling it quits.
Fletcher, 63, enjoyed successful head coaching stints at Fairdale (1984-‘91) and Valley (1993-’00) before arriving at Holy Cross in 2009.
The Cougars won district titles in each of his three seasons and compiled a 28-10 record.
“I’ve coached 38 years out of the last 42, it’s time to retire,” Fletcher said. “I’ve been very blessed to work with some great individuals, administrators, assistant coaches and some great young men played for me. I couldn’t ask for a better career.”
Todd Crumbacker, a 2009 Eastern Kentucky University graduate, will take over as head coach after serving as an assistant the past three seasons.
Crumbacker, 26, is a 2004 Holy Cross graduate and played four years for the Cougars.
“Todd’s a great young man,” said Fletcher. “You want a good young talent who cares about the school and Todd sure does.”
The 31st annual Canfield Development/King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic gets underway Dec. 16 featuring six of state’s top-10 teams according to The Lexington Herald-Leader’s pre-season coaches’ poll.
The loaded field includes No. 2 Ballard, No. 4 Rowan Co., No. 5 Bullitt East, No. 6 Dixie Heights, No. 7 Moore and No. 8 PRP.
- Dec. 16 – No. 11 Eastern vs. No. 15 Butler, 4:30; Fairdale vs. No. 24 North Hardin, 6; Bullitt East vs. No. 22 Central, 7:30; Moore vs No. 23 Bardstown, 9.
- Dec. 17 – PRP vs. Christ Presbyterian (Tenn.), 4:30; Ballard vs. Thomasville (Ga.), 6; Dixie Heights vs. White Station (Tenn.), 7:30; Rowan Co. vs. Orange Lutheran (Calif.).
- Dec. 19 – Quarterfinals and consolation games.
- Dec. 20 – Semifinals and consolation games.
- Dec. 21 – Seventh-place game, 3; fifth-place game, 4:30; third-place game, 6, championship game, 7:30.
Southern High School placed seven wrestlers in the finals and cruised to its second title in three years at the King of the Bluegrass wrestling tournament hosted by Fairdale on Dec. 10.
The Trojans finished second to LaRue County last year, but were peerless this time around, tallying 246 points and claiming a pair of individual titles as well.
Central Hardin took second with 182½ points. Ohio County and Moore followed with 152 and 145½ points, respectively.
Quincy Jacobs (152 pounds) and Lazaro Berenguer (132 pounds) were Southern’s individual champs.
While Jacobs pinned Kyle Bunch of Ohio County in just 3 minutes, 11 seconds to win his final, it took Berenguer a bit longer.
“I knew right from the beginning that it was going to be a tough match,” said Berenguer, who had to come from behind to claim a 9-6 win after trailing by four points. “My mind was constantly saying don’t give up, don’t give up…and that’s how I won today.”
DeSales freshman Nathan Thompson (13-1) put in one of the meet’s standout performances, going 4-0 and pinning Travis Baggerly of Ohio County to claim the 113-pound class title.
“I’m always nervous before matches and I don’t really warm up like other guys,” said Thompson, who has been wrestling since second grade. “I just like to go out there and win.”
Fairdale senior Jake Maupin was named Most Outstanding Wrestler after pinning his four opponents in the 170-pound class to win his second consecutive King of the Bluegrass title.
Holy Cross’s Jacob Thomson finished 19th in a field of 40 runners at the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships at Balboa Park in San Diego on Dec. 10. The reigning Class-A state champion completed the 5K course in 15 minutes, 42 seconds.
Thomson, who placed 6th among juniors, found himself in the company of other runners for a change.
“I’m used to being at the front of the pack,” he said. “I need to work on running in packs and staying calm with that many people around me.”
Junior Edward Cheserek from St. Benedict’s Prep (N.J.) broke the tape in 14:52, less than one second ahead of senior Futsum Zeinasellassie of North Central High (Ind.). Both runners were undefeated heading into the race.
Assumption’s volleyball team finished third in the final prepvolleyball.com Century Club National rankings. This season the Rockets (43-1) won the Durango Invitational (Nev.) and Asics Challenge (Ill.) en route to their second-straight state title.
Assumption’s only loss came against Chattahoochee (Ga.) in the final of the Louisville Invitational Sept. 10.
Lake Travis (Texas) took the top spot after posting a perfect 50-0 record and winning the Texas 4-A title. No. 2 Papillion-La Vista South (Neb.) finished 41-0.
“I don’t think it’s a disappointment in any way to me or the team,” said Assumption coach Ron Kordes. “I think they all feel good about the season.
“If Lake Travis and Papillion start ahead of us and run the table, you’re not going to get ahead of them … even if we could’ve gone undefeated.”
Other Kentucky teams in the top-100 were Notre Dame (No. 72) and Sacred Heart Academy (No. 89).
Gabrielle D’Aniello, a senior at Christian Academy, inked a national letter-of-intent to play tennis at Indiana Wesleyan. D’Aniello will join a Wildcats program that has won 20 consecutive Mid-Central College Conference titles and finished last season ranked 17th in NAIA.
Western’s Jalen Boyd has verbally committed to play football at Air Force. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive back led the Warriors to a 7-6 record last season and racked up 63 tackles and 7 interceptions.
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