KSLL Semifinal Recap: Trinity and St. Xavier Advance to Championship

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As expected Trinity and St. Xavier dominated the semifinals and will be advancing to the KSLL championship game on Friday night at 6PM at Trinity. 

This will be the second time these two have met this season. In the regular season meeting between these hated rivals, St. Xavier won 10-9 in a tight battle where Will Hubbs scored the game-winner for the Tigers late in the game.

Friday’s championship game is expected to be another tight and hard fought battle to add to the list of “classics” that this rivalry has produced over the years. 

Trinity 18, North Oldham 1

The Shamrocks dominated the Mustangs in every aspect of the game. Dalton Hubbs and Gavin Noland led the way with 5 goals each for the Shamrocks. North Oldham’s single goal came with 1:55 in the second as Chase Hill ripped one from the wing. Trinity never let North Oldham get any good looks from there on out, dominating through the final whistle.

St. Xavier 18, South Oldham 2

Will Hubbs and Hillis Burns led the way for the Tigers with 4 goals each. St. Xavier zipped past South Oldham, dominating in every aspect of the game. South Oldham was able to find the back of the net twice in the second half with Cole Cercone scoring late in the third and Noah Stallard putting in a rebound on the crease in the fourth. Besides those two goals the Tigers allowed South Oldham vey few opportunities at all. 

 

 

CLL Quarterfinal Recap: Fredrick Douglass and South Warren Advance in Second Season

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The CLL semifinals have been set after the quarterfinals were played on Tuesday night, and unless you like blowouts it wasn’t pretty. Ever single game was won by double digits and in blowout fashion for the most part. 

After tonight’s quarterfinals Henry Clay, Fredrick Douglass, South Warren, and Lexington Catholic all advance to the semifinals on Thursday night. It will be a first for Fredrick Douglass and South Warren as they advance to the semifinals in both programs second seasons. 

Henry Clay 18, Scott County 8

After a slow start that put Scott County up 3-2 at the end of the first, Henry Clay woke up in the second. The Blue Devils got going and absolutely annihilated the Cardinals in every aspect of the game. While Scott County did show flashes they just couldn’t compete with the Blue Devils depth of talent on both ends of the field.

Henry Clay will face Fredrick Douglass in the semifinals on Thursday. 

Fredrick Douglass 10, Tates Creek 3

The Broncos are heading to their first semifinals appearance in just their second year as a program. Fredrick Douglass came out strong and remained strong as they took down the Commodores in blowout fashion. 

Fredrick Douglass will face Henry Clay in the semifinals on Thursday. 

South Warren 13, Dunbar 5

The Spartans are also making their first trip to the semifinals in just their second year as a program as well. The Spartans came out strong, used a big second quarter to gain an even bigger lead, and rode that wave to victory. 

South Warren will face Lexington Catholic in the semifinals on Thursday.

Lexington Catholic 14, Bowling Green 6

It was another blowout as the Knights flexed their muscle, taking down the Purples by a big margin. The Knights head back to the semifinals looking to defend their title from last season. 

Lexington Catholic will play South Warren in the semifinals on Thursday. 


Bracket

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KSLL Quarterfinal Recap: It’s Getting A Little Chalky

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The KSLL state tournament got underway on Monday night with the quarterfinals. It was pretty chalky as three our of the four host teams won and advanced to the semifinals. The four winners from tonight move onto the semifinals on Wednesday at Trinity. 

Trinity 15, Collegiate 2

It was a very physical game from the beginning as the ground ball battles were ferocious all game long. After a defensive heavy first quarter where Trinity led just 2-1, the Shamrocks started picking up the pace near the end of the half. With Trinity holding a 6-2 lead at the half, the Shamrock pulled away like usual in the second half as they secured the win in blowout fashion. 

St. Xavier 28, Christian Academy 3

This was never a game and never was going to be. The Tigers got out to a 22-1 halftime lead and then proceeded to pile on in the second half as well. St. Xavier was the much better team from the start and earned the blowout win as expected. 

South Oldham 8, Manual 4

After getting out to a 4-2 halftime lead the Dragons were able to continue on the right track, taking down the Crimson to move on and secure a spot in the semifinals for the fourth year in a row. 

North Oldham 11, Eastern 9

It was a tight one as the Mustangs were able to secure the win against the Eagles and move on to the semifinals for the first time in program history. 


The Bracket

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KSLL State Tournament Preview

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Districts tournaments have been played and the draw has been had. That means it’s time for the state tournament in the Kentucky Scholastic Lacrosse League (KSLL). This year the  semifinals and championship will all be held at Trinity while the quarterfinals will be hosted by the higher seeded team. 

This first round is going to be very chalky in the games that feature the top two teams in the state, obviously. Outside of those two games there are a two matchups that are very intriguing and should make for very good games. 

South Oldham vs Manual is one of the best matchups of this tournament. In the regular season South Oldham won a tight battle 9-6. Both of these teams are pretty evenly matched on both sides of the ball, but South Oldham is a little more deeper.

Eastern vs North Oldham is another game that should be very good. North Oldham beat Eastern 7-5 in the regular season, but with Eastern coming off an upset win over Christian Academy in their district championship and North Oldham trying to rebound from a beating against South Oldham the mindset in this game is shifted a bit. Neither team has been very consistent this year and are very evenly matched because of that. 

The other two quarterfinal games include Trinity vs Collegiate and St. Xavier vs Christian Academy. While Collegiate’s offense could give Trinity a run for their money early on the Rocks should be able to beat them just due to sheer talent and depth of talent at every position. The same could be said for Christian Academy against St. Xavier.


Bracket

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CLL First Round Recap: First Timers and Upsets Headline The Weekend

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The first round of the Commonwealth Lacrosse League (CLL) playoffs are in the books and that means eight teams are moving on to the quarterfinal round. The quarterfinals will be played on Tuesday, May 14th. 

Of all the storylines coming out of the first round the biggest was the amount of first time playoff wins we saw. Bowling Green and South Warren both earned their first playoff win, putting Warren County lacrosse on the map. Scott County also secured their first every playoff win as well.

South Warren 20, Lexington Christian 5

This one was a complete blowout and never close at all. The Spartans got out early and pushed the gas en route to their first ever playoff win in just their second season as a program. The Eagles were greatly overmatched as they couldn’t get anything going to counter the Spartans attack. South Warren moves on and will play Dunbar in the quarterfinals. 

Tates Creek 14, Covington Catholic 13

In upset fashion the 4 seed Tates Creek Commodores upset the 1 seed Covington Catholic Colonels. This was an overtime finish as these two were taking shots back-and-forth at each other all game. Tates Creek came up victorious in overtime to keep their season alive. Tates Creek will play Fredrick Douglass in the quarterfinals. 

Dunbar 7, Elizabethtown 5

The Bulldogs edged out a close over the Panthers on Friday night. With things tied at 5 all heading into the fourth quarter Dunbar was able to prevail and secure the win to move on to the quarterfinals. Dunbar will face South Warren in the quarterfinals. 

Lexington Catholic 18, Central Hardin 2

As expected, the Knights took down the Bruins in a blowout win. Lexington Catholic was the much better team and they showed all game as they annihilated the Bruins in every aspect of the game. Lexington Catholic will face Bowling Green in the quarterfinals. 

Bowling Green 7, Woodford County 2

The Bowling Green Purples won their first ever playoff game in program history as they took down Woodford County by a pretty wide margin. While the Purples held the Yellow Jackets scoreless until the fourth, it was a big second half that really put things out of reach. Bowling Green will face Lexington Catholic in the quarterfinals. 

Scott County 12, Madison County 6

In a rematch of a very good regular season contest the Cardinals came up victorious over the Mustangs, securing their first ever playoff win in program history. While Scott County led just 8-5 at the end of the third, they exploded in the fourth to blow past Madison County and grab the win. Scott County will play Henry Clay in the quarterfinals. 

Fredrick Douglass 14, Dixie Heights 6

The Broncos took down the Colonels to secure the win and move on to the quarterfinals. It was a big start that helped Fredrick Douglass get out to a 9-0 halftime lead and pull out the win as Dixie Heights just couldn’t comeback, even with a good second half showing. Fredrick Douglass will face Tates Creek in the quarterfinals. 

Henry Clay 14, Bryan Station 6

The lone Saturday game was a blowout as Henry Clay dominated Bryan Station from the opening whistle. The Defenders just could not hang with the Blue Devils as they got pounced. Henry Clay will face Scott County in the quarterfinals. 

 

 

 

CLL First Round Matchups Set in Stone

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The first round of the Commonwealth Lacrosse League (CLL) has been set as the play-in games took place on Wednesday night. Each winner moves on to play one of the top two seeds in their section of the bracket. 

Tates Creek 14, Bluegrass Bulldogs 9

The Bluegrass Bulldogs inaugural season comes to an end as Tates Creek secured the 14-9 win. Tates Creek was able to get to a 5-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and then took a 8-4 lead at the half. While the Bluegrass Bulldogs did comeback strong in the second half, it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback as Tates Creek moves on. The Commodores will face Covington Catholic in the first round on Friday at 6:30pm. 

Bryan Station 11, Sayre 9

It was a close on as the Bryan Station Defenders came back from down 0-2 at the end of the first and secured the 11-9 over the Sayre Spartans. After things were tied 4-4 at the half, Bryan Station used a big third quarter to take a 7-5 lead heading into the final period of play. Bryan Station was able to hold on in the fourth and secure the win. The Defenders will play Henry Clay in the first round on Friday. 

Dixie Heights 16, Lafayette 0

This one was never in question as Dixie Height annihilated Lafayette in a 16-0 victory. The Colonels will take on Fredrick Douglass in the first round of the tournament on Friday night. 

Central Hardin 14, Collins 10

Just like the regular season meeting, it was a pretty close on as the Bruins took down the Titans 14-10 to move on to the first round. Central Hardin will take on the defending champions Lexington Catholic in the first round on Friday night. 

Lexington Christian 19, North Hardin 4

In a blowout victory for Lexington Christian they downed North Hardin 19-4 to move on to the first round. The Eagles will face South Warren in the first round of the tournament on Friday. 

 

KSLL District Tournaments “Almost” Complete

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The district tournaments for the Kentucky Scholastic Lacrosse League (KSLL) have almost completely wrapped up with the second district title still left to be played as it was moved to Friday due to weather forecast. 

A draw will be conducted on Saturday morning to determine the KSLL state tournament. The way the draw works is that the four district winners and are drawn out of a hat for number 1, 2, 3, and 4 spots. Each district runner-up will be placed on the opposite side of the bracket as the winner from their respective district. The 1 and 2 or 3 and 4 teams could possibly meet in the semifinals. 

Just like usual, the KSLL district semifinals were very chalky with some blowouts as well as a few close games that took place also. Overall, there were simply no surprises. 

In district one Collegiate defeated Male 15-6 after leading 5-4 at the half. The Titans went on a rampage in the second half, taking down the Bulldogs and setting up a meeting with powerhouse St. Xavier who defeated Atherton 28-1 in their semifinal game. 

The second district saw Manual defeated Ballard 16-6 to move the Crimson into the district title and set up a matchup against powerhouse Trinity. 

In the third district Eastern defeated KCD by a score of 14-3 to set up a championship game matchup with Christian Academy, a team they lost to by six in the regular season. 

North Oldham defeated Oldham County 9-4 in the district four semifinals on Tuesday. The Mustangs winning set up a matchup against rival North Oldham in the district championship game. 

While the district semifinals were pretty chalky and the “favorites” pretty much dominated, it wasn’t like that so much in all of the district finals as we did see a pretty significant upset. 

As expected St. Xavier put a beating on Collegiate in the district one championship game, winning by a score of 13-4. The win give St. Xavier their sixth straight district title as they haven’t lost a single one since the KSLL was formed. 

The second district championship game between Trinity and Manual will be played on Friday night at 6pm at Ballard

In an upset victory Eastern defeated Christian Academy 14-9 to capture the district three championship and avenge their 12-6 loss against the Centurions in the regular season. 

The fourth district championship game saw South Oldham take down rival North Oldham 16-4 in a blowout win. The Dragons have now won six straight district titles, every single one since the KSLL was started. 

 

2019 KY High School Playoff Preview

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It’s tournament time as the brackets have been set and released for the both the Commonwealth League (KLA) and the KSLL. In the KSLL the district tournaments start this week and the state draw will be on Friday morning while the KLA state tournament will start this week as well. 

In both tournaments the top seeded team get a bye in the first round. In the KSLL St. Xavier, Trinity, Christian Academy, and South Oldham all get a bye as the top seed in their respective district tournament. Henry Clay, Covington Catholic, Fredrick Douglass, South Warren, and Lexington Catholic each get a bye in the KLA state tournament as the top seed coming out of each district.  

KSLL

The way that the KSLL works is that the top two teams in each district move on to the state tournament. The draw for the KSLL state tournament will be on Friday morning. 

Looking at some intriguing matchups, the district two semifinal game between Manual and Ballard may just the be the best game of the week. Manual won 16-9 in the regular season meeting, but with the adrenalin of the playoffs kicking in this could be a very good matchup.

Also, the whole district three tournament should be exciting as Eastern and KCD play in the first round and Christian Academy awaits the winner in the championship. These teams all beat up on each other in the regular season so who know’s what will happen in the playoffs. 

KLA

In the Commonwealth League the bracket is broken up into North and South with the top teams in each district receiving a top one or two seed. There are also five play-in games and the winner will play one of those tops seeds in each district. 

Looking at the play-in games, Bryan Station vs Sayre might just be the most interesting matchup there as Bryan Station took the regular season meeting in overtime. The most interesting game of the first round looks to be Scott County vs Madison County LC as the Cardinals took the regular season matchup in a very close 13-10 win. 

Some of the teams to keep an eye on in this tournament are obviously Henry Clay and Lexington Catholic. but outside of the perennial top two Fredrick Douglass looks stronger in just their second year as does South Warren. The field seems more wide open this year than it ever has, so things could get real interesting real quick. 

Brackets

KSLL District Bracket

Semifinals on Tuesday and finals on Thursday

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KLA Bracket

Play-in games on Wednesday and first round on Friday

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John Nostrant Set to Take Over at Gilman (Md.)

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After 28 years as the head coach at Haveford (Pa.) John Nostrant will be leaving the program to take over as the head coach at Gilman (Md.). Nostrant is expected to be announced as the next Gilman coach later this week. He will finish the season with Haveford as they are currently ranked 11th in the country by Inside Lacrosse.

It was announced earlier this year that this season would be Nostrant’s last at Haveford, and former Haveford College coach Brendan Dawson would be his successor. 

Nostrant has put the Haveford program on the map while becoming one of the most decorated high school lacrosse coaches in the country over the past 28 years. Nostrant has led the Fords to 489 wins, 14 Inter-Ac titles. He also led the Fords to two undefeated seasons in 2011 and 2015. He has also coached and developed numerous Under Armour All-Americans. 

At Gilman, Nostrant will take over for Brooks Matthews who announced back in the fall that this would be his last season at Gilman after 15 seasons. Matthews led Gilman to MIAA ‘A’ Conference titles in 2009 and 2011 as a head coach and was an assistant when Gilman won titles in 1998 and 2000. 

Nostrant will be walking into a program that has no shortage of talent with juniors such as defenseman Jack Stuzin who is currently ranked as the number three junior in the country and committed to Yale. Denver commit Sam King and Syracuse commit Jack Witherspoon are just two of plenty high level players that Nostrant will be able to work with at Gilman.

KY High School Rankings: Week 9

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We are heading into the final week of the regular season and there has not been much change in the rankings at all from last week. Much has stayed stagnant while there have been a few movements. 

At the top we have the usual suspects with St. Xavier and Trinity sitting at number one and number two. Henry Clay, Collegiate, and Fredrick Douglas follow to round out the top five. South Oldham has moved up to six while Lexington Catholic and Christian Academy Lou. have each dropped one spot after last week.

1. St. Xavier

2. Trinity

3. Henry Clay

4. Collegiate

5. Fredrick Douglass

6. South Oldham

7. Lexington Catholic

8. Christian Academy Lou.

9. Manual

10. Scott County

11. Tates Creek

12. Ballard

13. North Oldham

14. South Warren

15. Male