Fall sports update at HCHS

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By Lee Kendall

The Harrison County High School volleyball team got back to its winning ways on Tuesday night hosting Madison Southern and coming away with an easy win 25-14 and 25-15.

The freshman Fillies and JV Fillies also bested the Lady Eagles in their two preliminary contests.

We played much better and are showing signs of improvement, said HCHS coach Bill Faulkner. We have a young team this year and will have our ups and downs, but are gaining valuable experience.

Some of those downs have come in the last week. Last Thursday, Harrison County hosted regional foe Montgomery County and was defeated in two straight games, 25-14 and 25-15. Over the weekend, the Fillies traveled to Somerset and participated in the Pulaski County Invitational and wound up 1-4.

Our best game of that tournament was a loss to South Laurel, Faulkner explained. They are ranked 12th in the state and we played about as well as we can at this time against them. We lost the first game 25-20 and the second 25-15, but played really well. The score was much closer than it looks, but a couple of mistakes down the stretch in that second game makes it look a little worse than it was. I am not discouraged at all with the girls. They are competing and getting a little better every day.

Harrison County returns to the court tonight with a triple header at Fleming County. They return to the Hilltop on Tuesday when they host St. Patrick and continue their brief homestand next Thursday with a match against Brossart.

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The HCHS boys and girls soccer teams are both in search of their first wins of the season. Both teams are 0-2 in the young season, but both have played well in their two losses.

The Fillies dropped a tough 1-0 decision to Shelby County in the first-round of the Lady Bearcat Invitational at Anderson County on Tuesday night in Lawrenceburg. The Lady Rockets scored the games lone goal with about 20 minutes to play in the second half.

We played better than we did against LCA last week (a 4-0 loss) and missed a couple of good chances to score, but the girls are really competing well and are improving, said Fillies soccer coach Kim Jenkins. Shelby County is a good quality opponent they are the type of team that will only make us better down the road.

The Fillies return to Anderson County tonight when they will take on another formidable foe in North Hardin.

Our early-season schedule is definitely not easy, maybe somebody else should make out our schedule next year, Jenkins laughed.

The Thorobreds lost their home opener on Tuesday night as Grant County tallied a 3-1 win over the Breds.

Thorobreds coach Nick Hill is in a similar situation to Jenkins and the Fillies.

We have a relatively young team playing against experienced teams right now, said the second-year head coach on Tuesday after the game. We are competing hard and getting better. We just need to get a win under our belts right now to gain some confidence that we can win. There are several young kids with a lot of ability and talent who will make us a really strong team down the road.

The Breds return to action tonight as they travel to Winchester to take on the always tough Clark County Cardinals. The Breds next home match is on Sept. 16 when Frankfort comes to town.

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Harrison County Fillies golfer Polly Whalen played another steady tournament on Saturday, shooting an 83 to finish 10th overall in the Montgomery County Invitational at the Mt. Sterling Country Club.

Whalen finished strong going one-under par over her last five holes. It was the par-four 13th that proved to be her undoing however.

A dog-leg right with an elevated green that slopes severely from back to front, the 14th claimed several victims on Saturday, including Whalen who finished the hole with a nine.

That hole is just impossible to play, said Fillies golf coach Kelly Kendall. Its impossible to keep the ball on the green. Polly had two pitch shots nearly reach the cup and roll all the way back down the hill to her. There were girls that scored 13, 14, 15 on that hole there was even an 18. If you throw her score on that hole out, she has a great score.

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The Thorobreds golf team nearly notched its first win of the season on Tuesday night as they came within two strokes of knocking off visiting Pendleton County, 164-166.

Eric Sanders led Harrison County with a three-over par round of 39. Charlie Ammerman finished with 40, Tyler McNabb had 43 and Phillip Sexton and Shalyn Barnes both carded 44.

Pendleton Countys Tim Cooper was medalist with an even-par 36. Lane Weaver shot 39, Phoenix Ramsey had 42 and Nick Jones had 47 for the Wildcats.

We just need to have all of our guys shave a few strokes off their score and start playing more consistently, said first-year coach Jason Crisp. Nothing major needs to happen, just play a little smarter and execute the shots that they should execute.