Fall sports underway on Hilltop

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By Lee Kendall

The Harrison County High School Thorobreds football coaching staff was encouraged following Tuesday nights practice, especially coming on the heels of a few less-than-stellar workouts.

I wasnt happy at all at how we had been practicing over the last week or so, said first-year Breds coach Aaron Stepp on Tuesday night. None of our older kids had really established themselves as good leaders for us, and I felt like we werent making much progress in a lot of areas. But Tuesday night, things started coming together a little better.

Stepp believes a couple of factors have led to the slow start for the Breds leading up to the 2008 grid campaign.

First, some of these kids are probably feeling me out a little bit and arent convinced that I mean what I say. Either they will do things my way or they can do something else, its as simple as that. They need to play the way I want them to play. Second, and probably most importantly, we are ready to go against somebody else. Weve been beating on each other since practice began on July 15 and that gets old. With school starting today, and with our first scrimmage on Friday night, I think they can see some light at the end of the tunnel and are starting to get a little more excited about things.

Two weeks ago, the Breds went to Williamsburg for a four-day camp that included 13 practices.

I wasnt very happy with the way the camp itself was run by the people at the University of the Cumberlands, but we got a lot out of the camp as far as football was concerned. I can promise you the kids were not nearly as full of excitement on the bus ride home as they were on the bus ride down there. We worked hard down there and it was a good chance for all of us to get to know each other a little better.

Harrison County takes the brief bus ride to Carlisle tomorrow night for a scrimmage against Nicholas County, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. They will wrap up their pre-season with a second scrimmage against East Jessamine a week later at Dunbar High School in Lexington.

The Breds open the regular season against Fleming County in the Recreation Bowl at Mt. Sterling on Aug. 30 at 5:30 p.m. The second game that night will feature host Montgomery County taking on the Breds second-week opponent Clark County.

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The Harrison County volleyball team got its regular season under way on Tuesday night in winning fashion against border foe Nicholas County. Their debut was a winning one, as the Fillies wasted little time in dominating the host Lady Jackets in two straight games, 25-6, 25-6.

In preliminary action, Harrison County notched wins over Nicholas County in both freshman and junior varsity play, both in two straight games as well.

Last Thursday, all three Harrison County teams defeated Bourbon County in scrimmage games. The Fillies varsity won by scores of 25-8 and 25-6.

The Fillies have their home opener tonight as East Jessamine comes to the Hilltop. The triple header will begin with a freshman contest slated to go off at 6 p.m., followed by a JV contest and then the varsity match-up between the two teams.

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The HCHS boys golf team continued its early season struggles with a pair of losses on Monday and Tuesday.

On Monday, the Breds went to Stoner Creek Country Club in Paris and were defeated by Bourbon County, 177-159. Freshman Anthony Shirley shot the low round for the Breds with a 43.

On Tuesday, Harrison County entertained Mason County at the Cynthiana Country Club and was defeated, 172-164. Eric Sanders was the medalist in the dual match carding an even par round of 36.

We just need to find a way to get all of our golfers to play well at the same time, said Breds coach Jason Crisp. We do have some ability, but most of our golfers are pretty young and dont have much match experience. If they stick with it and continue to improve, they have a chance to be pretty decent down the road.

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The Harrison County Thorobreds soccer team will have its second and final pre-season scrimmage tomorrow night as they host Bluegrass United beginning with a JV contest at 5:30 p.m. The varsity match will kick-off at 7.

The Breds lost their annual pre-season match against the Harrison County soccer alumnus last week, 6-3.

HCHS coach Nick Hill was not disappointed with his teams performance, though.

Our alumni are always pretty good, said Hill. I cant remember the last time the high school team beat them. We have a young team this year and will improve throughout the course of the season. I like the way they are practicing right now and think we have a chance to have a pretty good team.

Harrison County opens regular season play on the road on Aug. 18 against district rival Pendleton County. The varsity contest is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.

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The Fillies soccer team lost its second pre-season scrimmage on Monday to Scott County, 3-0.

Coach Kim Jenkins used the scrimmage to experiment with some different combinations on the field and said she wasnt concerned with the final score.

Last Saturday, the Fillies won over St. Patrick in the Fillies Soccerama, 3-2.

Harrison County opens its regular season slate on Aug. 18 with a road match against Lexington Christian Academy. The varsity game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.