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Monday, October 21, 2019

Department of Justice awards Campbell County Board of Education grant money to address school violence

Department of Justice awards more than $85.3 million nationwide

Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, Campbell County Board of Education, Rowan County Schools, Corbin Independent Schools, and Letcher County Sheriff’s Department awarded over $1.7 million

Today, the Department of Justice announced it has awarded more than $85.3 million to bolster school security—including funding to educate and train students and faculty—and support first responders who arrive on the scene of a school shooting or other violent incident.

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“Preventing school violence is critically important. We are appreciative that the Department of Justice provided the additional resources to schools in the Eastern District of Kentucky,” said Robert M. Duncan Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “These resources will help ensure a safe and secure learning environment for students and ultimately make schools and communities safer.”  

The grants award more than $1.7 million in funding to prevent violence in schools in the Eastern District of Kentucky. The STOP School Violence Act became law in March 2018, authorizing grants that are designed to improve threat assessments, train students and faculty to provide tips and leads, and prepare law enforcement officers and emergency professionals to respond to school shootings and other violent incidents. The grant programs are managed by OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance, within the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services manage the programs and administer the grants, which include funds to:

Newport Receives $330,000 from Transportation Cabinet for Major Road Repair

The city of Newport will receive $330,000 from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for major repairs and restoration of two roads damaged by heavy rains. A transportation official made the announcement that the cabinet will provide $275,000 from discretionary funds for repairs due to slippage on Grandview Avenue and another $55,000 for Overlook Drive, a road that connects to Route 9.

According to Newport Vice Mayor Tom Guidugli, Jr., while there has been patching and minor repairs, Overlook has not been fully repaved for generations. The work will stablize and restore two important roads in the community.

Last season’s rains took a heavy toll in the area and created a major issue for the city’s budget and resources.

"With the city struggling with budget challenges, this is extremely helpful for our community and will be vital to strengthening our hillside roads," said Guidugli.

Dougherty, Bunning Lead Lindsey Wilson to Huge Win at Thomas More

Blue Raiders Undefeated on Season

Contributed Photo. Highlands graduates Jared Dougherty (10) and Lou Bunning (50) helped Lindsey Wilson to a 55-21 win over Thomas More on Saturday.
Two Highlands graduates helped the Lindsey Wilson College Blue Raiders to a convincing 55-21 Mid-South Conference win at Thomas More on Saturday.

Lou Bunning and Jared Dougherty played key roles in the victory.

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Lindsey Wilson moved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in MSC play with the win. The Blue Raiders lead the MSC Bluegrass Division by half a game. The University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg (Kentucky) is also undefeated in MSC play at 3-0.

In the victory, Dougherty made 7-of-8 extra-point attempts. Dougherty also had nine kickoffs for 559 yards and two touchbacks averaging just more than 62 yards per kick. He also had four punts for 154 yards including a long of 49 yards for an average of between 38 and 39 yards per punt.

Bunning plays on the offensive line for Lindsey Wilson. He helped open up holes for 526 yards of total offense for the Blue Raiders in the victory.

Meet Fort Thomas' new firefighter (for a day)

In an effort to ignite interest in community service and a passion for helping those in need, the City of Fort Thomas held their first ever "Firefighter for a Day" contest.

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Grace Mumper, a fifth grader at St. Thomas School was selected by a panel of judges to be the city's first ever firefighter for a day winner.

Grace was chosen by the content of her essay.

The theme of the essay was how you make your community a better place to live.

"Grace’s essay stood out among stiff competition for the honor due to her passion for helping those around her and her interest in the fire service," said Lt. Eric Scherpenberg, of Fort Thomas Fire.

"Grace’s grandfather was a firefighter for 33 years and the chief of Norwood until two years before his recent passing. It was obvious the tremendous respect and connection Grace has to the fire service and the Fort Thomas Fire Department is honored to help keep that connection alive."

Today, Grace will be picked up from school by a fire department vehicle and begin her duties as a firefighter with the City of Fort Thomas. Grace will be outfitted with a department uniform and will supervised by Captain Tammy Webster. Grace will conduct training with the on-duty shift, conduct fire inspections, tour the local emergency department, and eat meals with the department.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Another Region Crown for Highlands Boys Soccer

Bluebirds Travel to Danville for Semi-State

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Members of the Highlands boys soccer team celebrate with the OZone following the hard-fought 3-2 win over Covington Catholic in the 9th Region title game at Dixie Heights on Saturday.

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands Head Coach Chad Niedert (left) watches during the game. The Bluebirds have been to the 9th Region title game in all three years Niedert has been the head coach.
Nick Fischer admitted he did not know if it was over at first.

But when the senior goalkeeper of the Highlands Bluebirds boys soccer team saw his teammates run over to celebrate with the Highlands student section known as the OZone at the southeast side of Rice Mountjoy Stadium at Dixie Heights, he excitedly joined everyone. The Bluebirds (16-5-4 overall) had just survived penalty kicks, 2-1 to beat the arch-rival Covington Catholic Colonels, 3-2 to win a second straight 9th Region championship late Saturday night.

"These guys have played each other at all sorts of levels tons of times," said Chad Niedert, Highlands Head Coach. "There's bitterness, friendship and everything in between when these guys match up. CovCath is not going to shy away from anything. I think we answered when we needed to answer. I'm so proud of the guys. Right now, it's result-oriented. We're not going to be perfect. We just need to get the win and earn another game."

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Back-to-Back Region Crowns for Highlands Girls Soccer

Bluebirds Make First-Half Lead Stand

Highlands sophomore Jade Rehberger (6) clears the ball on a corner kick while senior goalkeeper Rylee Thomas (pink) get in position and Tatum Price (5) and Greta Noble (2) watch.
The Highlands girls soccer team celebrated a second straight region championship with a 2-1 win over Notre Dame on Saturday. The Bluebirds travel to West Jessamine on Tuesday for the Semi-State 5 game at 7 p.m.
The Highlands Bluebirds girls soccer team took the lead over the arch-rivals for good with just 13:12 left in the first half.

From that point, it became a matter of making it to halftime. Then the seconds in the second half took what seemed like an eternity at times on the grass at St. Henry.

2000.....1,500.....500.....until the final one ticked off and the Bluebirds (17-3-4 overall) could celebrate a second straight 9th Region title with a 2-1 win over the Notre Dame Pandas (17-4-4). The teams had met in the region title game twice the past three years with the teams splitting 1-0 wins.

"We kind of did what we did last year, but we did it a little bit earlier," said Alex Dean, Highlands Head Coach. "It probably wasn't the smartest move. I know our coaches probably didn't want me to do it. But I listened to them and adjusted a little bit. I knew it was going to be just kind of sitting back and surviving. Our girls have been doing it all year. If we clog the middle, (opponents) are not going to get a great chance. They might score off a half-chance. But we're not going to give them much of a chance if we're defensive and we make sure we cover everything."

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Bluebirds Drop Fifth Straight to Colonels

PHOTO: Ed Harber. Highlands senior wide receiver Hunter Ahlfeld (14) looks to make a move up-field against Covington Catholic on Friday. 
The story against top-ranked teams played out again Friday for the Highlands Bluebirds football team.

The defense keeps the Bluebirds within striking defense. But the offense can do little resulting in another shutout. The Covington Catholic Colonels came to David Cecil Memorial Stadium and left with a 13-0 victory.

"I'm really proud of the guys," said Brian Weinrich, Highlands Head Coach. "Every guy on the team fought the whole night. They're (ranked number one in Class 5A in the latest Associated Press poll) because they're a good football team. We put ourselves in position to win the football game. We just have to figure out a way to a couple more plays. They made more plays than we did. That's the bottom line."

Friday, October 18, 2019

Jolly Plumbing to host "Trucks and Treats: Sweet Treats for Sweet Cheeks"

As the Trunk and Treat season begins to make its rounds, Jolly Plumbing in Wilder is putting their own unique spin on it by partnering with Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank. Trucks and Treats is an interactive family event where kids ages 4-10 can explore all of Jolly’s excavation equipment, play games, and receive plenty of candy in between.

This will be the second year for the event and Jolly Plumbing’s CEO, Brady Jolly says they were pleasantly surprised by the turnout last year.  “We had to make a Kroger run mid-way through so we could keep up the candy supply, we’ll make sure to be stocked up this year as we’re anticipated close to 300 families.”

Along with plenty of candy, this year the event looks to give back in a bigger way in their partnership with Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank. The public is encouraged to bring and donate diapers to benefit Sweet Cheeks. In addition, Jolly Plumbing will contribute $15 to Sweet Cheeks for each child dressed up as a plumber or poop emoji. “The internationally renowned plumbers Mario and Luigi absolutely count!” Jolly explained. Even if your unable to attend the event in-person, the public can tag Jolly Plumbing on Facebook or Instagram with a photo of your child dressed up accordingly and they will donate.

Jolly also partners with their neighbors, the Next Chapter Church for the event. Rob Roy, pastor at the Next Chapter Church likes the idea because it allows them to show their children’s ministry area. “We have done a lot of revamping with our children's area so it will be a great place for a monster room and a mad scientist lab, it should be a really good time.”

Trucks and Treats starts at 4:30 PM on October 23rd and will go until 6:30 PM in Wilder. Kids (and parents) are encouraged to dress up. To find out more about the event and get an exact address head to Jolly Plumbing’s Facebook page.

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Blue Marble Books Upcoming Events

Reading with the Waggers
Tuesday October 29, 2019 3:00-4:00
Pepper and Troi (our therapy dogs) will be here (in costume) to listen to friends read to them. Call the store (859-781-06020 and schedule your 15 minuter reading spot. Wear your costume. We will have treats for readers.

Halloween Hoedown with Connie Bergstein Dow
Tuesday October 29, 2019 4:00-5:00
Connie will be in the store to share her new book, From A to Z with Energy, on Saturday October 29, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. sharp. Wear your costume and win a prize. She will be reading the book and teaching the movements that accompany the story. You don't want to miss this one if you have little ones. Please call the store (859-781-0602) to RSVP as will will have limited space for the movement activity.

NKY Chamber is Seeking to Boost Voter Turnout

Seeking to boost voter turnout and increasing the region’s clout in Frankfort and Washington, a region-wide public engagement effort has been launched to drive more Northern Kentuckians to the polls on Nov. 5.

Led by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) and regional businesses, organizations and individuals, the non-partisan Get Out The Vote (GOTV) campaign is using traditional media, social media, events, and direct voter interaction to increase turnout and erase the region’s statewide reputation as a place where voters aren’t engaged with the election process. The hub of the effort is a newly launched website,

Using the theme, “I vote because my vote counts for Northern Kentucky,” the campaign’s primary goal is to improve the voter turnout, which historically has lagged behind the rest of Kentucky -- particularly the state’s other metropolitan areas -- and has even dipped into single digits in some statewide elections and races.

“On Nov. 5, voters will return to the polls to elect our constitutional officers, including our Governor and Lieutenant Governor,” said Kristin Baldwin, Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications at the NKY Chamber.

“Our region’s economy is critical to the overall success of the Commonwealth, and all too often, our citizens complain we are forgotten by Frankfort,” Baldwin said. “Candidly, I can't blame lawmakers for forgetting us. Based on our dismal turnout, it appears the citizens of Northern Kentucky simply don’t care enough to come out and cast a ballot.”

“We have a large population, but if another area has more participating voters, statewide candidates and political parties will devote the attention there rather than here, which has been proven in recent elections,” Baldwin said.

Northern Kentucky voter turnout numbers for the region are jarring for how low they truly are:
In the past primary in May, statewide turnout was 20 percent. In Northern Kentucky, turnout in Boone County was 13.6 percent, 13.5 percent in Campbell County and just 12 percent in Kenton County.

In the 2015 primary, only nine percent of Northern Kentucky voters cast ballots, ranking Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties 101st, 102nd and 106th out of 120 counties. In the 2018 mid-term elections, Campbell County showed the largest improvement by placing 81st while Boone County ranked 107th and Kenton County came in at 108th.

Efforts to improve voter turnout have already started. The NKY Chamber engaged its members to encourage employees to register to vote during Employee Voter Registration Week in late September. Other businesses and even high schools in Northern Kentucky held voter registration drives and events.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare conducted voter registration drives during breakfast, lunch, and dinner hours at the cafeterias at its hospitals in Edgewood, Florence, and Fort Thomas during late September and early October.

Cooper High School in Boone County is among several Northern Kentucky high schools that held voter registration drives this year and it is now urging students who are old enough to vote to make sure they get to the polls on Election Day. High school students can register to vote when they turn 17 even though they aren’t eligible to vote until they are 18 years old.

At Cooper, the effort is being led by seniors Alison Beyer and J.D. Meyer, who launched a voter registration drive as a class project.

“One of the requirements for AP Government class is for students to complete a civic engagement project to get them involved in some way,” said Steven Vockell, who teaches AP Government & Politics at Cooper. “After our class discussions about low voter turnout, J.D. and Alison decided a way to get our youth involved was a voter registration drive and letting students know they can register when they’re 17.”

“Learning how low voter turnout is in Boone County was disappointing,” Beyer said. “We decided we could help change that by organizing a voter registration drive to help students register and let them know they have a voice in all that’s going on in our government locally and nationally.”

The NKY Chamber is working to maintain the momentum of registering new voters by getting all voters to the polls on Election Day.

It has published an Voters Guide to provide voters with information about the candidates running on the statewide ballot on Nov. 5. Information about candidates in the election is also available on the 2019 candidate's page on the website.

The GOTV effort will continue in 2020, when the races for president, Congress, U.S. Senate, Kentucky statehouse, and local races will be decided.

“I challenge the citizens of Northern Kentucky to make it a priority to vote on Nov. 5,” said Bob Heil, CEO of KLH Engineers in Fort Thomas and a former NKY Chamber board chairman. “There’s no reason why we can’t go from worst to first and take our rightful place as the top region in Kentucky.”

St. Elizabeth Healthcare to Become a National Leader in Integrative Oncology through New Partnership with doTERRA

New cancer center will house the doTERRA center for integrative oncology

St. Elizabeth Healthcare announces a partnership with doTERRA International, an integrative health and wellness company and the world leader in the global aromatherapy and essential oils market.doTERRA will play a foundational role in the development and implementation of the forthcoming Center for Integrative Oncology within St. Elizabeth’s new Cancer Center in Edgewood opening in the fall of 2020.

“When the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center opens next fall, it will include nearly an entire floor of the building that is dedicated to the holistic, patient-centered approach to care known as integrative oncology,” shared Garren Colvin, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “We want patients (and their caregivers) to have as much support and access to resources as possible under one roof.”

The doTERRA Center for Integrative Oncology will be more than 8,400 square feet on the first floor of the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center. The Center will provide a calming space with holistic care options to complement St. Elizabeth’s comprehensive medical care, including the use of doTERRA essential oils and aromatherapy, yoga, meditation and a spa-like atmosphere for patients undergoing cancer treatment. Experts at St. Elizabeth will also conduct clinical trials related to complementary and alternative medicine, providing evidence-based options that may help patients better manage symptoms.

“Our priority at St. Elizabeth is to offer the highest quality care and comfort to our patients and their loved ones,” said Dr. Doug Flora, executive medical director of oncology services at St. Elizabeth. “Adding supplemental resources will help improve the quality of life for our patients and families as they are going through diagnosis, treatment and into survivorship.”

doTERRA first learned of the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center form one of its wellness advocates who was a former patient of Dr. Flora and is now a cancer survivor. Inspired by St. Elizabeth’s personal and integrative approach to medicine, which aligns with doTERRA’s philosophy and focus on wellness and addressing the needs of the whole person, doTERRA made a generous donation of $5 million to the St. Elizabeth Foundation Cancer Center Community Campaign—the largest donation ever received by the foundation. This donation symbolizes the start of a synergistic partnership between the two organizations.

Bring unused medication, glasses to city building, help make community a better place

The Fort Thomas Police Department is encouraging citizens to remove potentially dangerous medicines from their homes and dispose of them safely on Saturday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency, the FTPD will be accepting medicines as part of National Drug Take Back Day. Also, members of the Fort Thomas Lions Club will be there picking up old glasses, which they will collect, clean and redistribute at their cost to families in need across the region.

The Fort Thomas Lions Club, established in 1940, is a group dedicated to serving the community in many aspects, with an emphasis on work for the blind and visually impaired. The membership boasts more than 125 men from Fort Thomas.

Patrolman Sean Donelan, who is also President of the Fort Thomas Lions Club, and Detective Michael Rowland will be on N. Fort Thomas Avenue in a drive-thru area to make it convenient for residents to drop off medications in front of the city building. Lions Club volunteers will also be there accepting old glasses and frames. Parking is available on the side of the city building in the “Police Only” spaces for folks stopping by to pay property taxes.

“National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and health issue by providing a convenient way for citizens to help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths,” said Donelan.

“Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands,” he said. “That’s dangerous and often tragic. This event gives people the opportunity to turn in their prescription drugs safely and anonymously.”

Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. in front of the city building.

Leftover or expired drugs can be harmful in a variety of ways. Out-of-date medications can degrade and lose their effectiveness. They can pose environmental pollution to water supplies if disposed of improperly. They can be accidentally ingested by children, stolen, misused and abused.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

Last year, citizens across the U.S. safely disposed of 456 tons of unneeded medications during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Donelan said that the program is designed to be easy for citizens and offered the following tips for those interested in participating:

●Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box located at the drop off location.

●All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers will be accepted.  Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in original containers.  The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.

●Intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.

●Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.

Bluebirds Drive Back to Region Title Game

Highlands Wins Third Straight Region Semifinal Contest

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands Bluebirds boys soccer team celebrated another 9th Region semifinal win Thursday, 1-0 over Covington Holy Cross at Dixie Heights.
It doesn't matter if the wins come by the slimmest of margins.

For the Highlands Bluebirds boys soccer team (15-5-4 overall), the only thing that matters is finding ways to win. The 36th District champion Bluebirds took down the 35th District champion Covington Holy Cross Indians (12-9-3) by that slim 1-0 margin Thursday in the 9th Region semifinals at Dixie Heights.

"I think the best things for us is we've been here," said Chad Niedert, Highlands Head Coach. "We showed a little bit of maturity at the end of the game where I think in years past or in previous games, we would have tried to push two or three because we felt that should have been the case. But we kind of killed the game off and did what we needed to do to get the result."

Highlands will play in the 9th Region championship game for the third straight year Saturday back at Dixie Heights. The opponent will be the Covington Catholic Colonels (11-11-1) at 7:30 p.m. CovCath beat Newport Central Catholic, 2-0 in the other semifinal game to make it back to the region title game.

The winner of that game heads to Danville for the Sub-State 5 game. The Admirals won the 12th Region with a 2-1 victory over West Jessamine on Thursday.

Holy Cross beat CovCath, 2-1 on penalty kicks to win the district title. The Bluebirds beat the Indians, 4-1 at Tower Park on Sept. 5. Highlands is 9-0-1 against region opponents.

"The biggest thing for (the Indians) is they've had two really good results so their confidence is really high," Niedert said. "They believed in themselves. They have 11 guys that can play. They're a little bit more vulnerable when they go a little bit further into their bench, but they had some energy that might have made up for the difference in talent between the two teams. They gave everything they could. It's not that we played poorly. That had a pretty good game themselves."

Highlands put up 22 shots with 11 on goal. Holy Cross had just three shots with on on goal.

The lone goal of the game came five minutes into the second half on an assist from senior Nate Gesenhues. Highlands senior Alexander Foubert found the loose ball and scored from 20 yards out for his sixth goal of the year. That marked the first assist for Gesenhues this season.

"I was able to read a pass and step up to intercept it," Gesenhues said. "I dished off to Alex. He made a great move, got to the goal and put it in. After that. (Coach) Niedert made sure we stayed composed and didn't get ahead of ourselves. We stayed back when we needed to, took charge when we needed to. It helped us get the win."

The physical game saw just yellow card. It came against the Bluebirds.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Highlands Girls Survive Overtime to Reach Region Title Game

Broering Connection Extends Highlands Season

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands Bluebirds girls soccer team is headed to the 9th Region finals after a thrilling 1-0 win over Dixie Heights in overtime.
Some Broering magic kept the season alive for the Highlands Bluebirds girls soccer team Wednesday.

Highlands (16-3-5 overall) and Dixie Heights (13-10-1) had to go to overtime to decide the 9th Region semifinals in a scoreless affair. But with 1:14 left in the first five-minute extra frame, senior Maria Broering lobbed the corner kick to sophomore sister Faith Broering for the score to give Highlands a 1-0 victory at St. Henry.

The win puts Highlands in the 9th Region championship game back at St. Henry on Saturday at 1 p.m. The opponent is the familiar arch-rival Notre Dame Pandas (17-3-4).

The biggest rivalry game in northern Kentucky is Friday

Bluebirds Ready for Clash with Undefeated Arch-Rivals

PHOTO: Ed Harber. Highlands junior Joe Buten looks for running room against Boone County on Friday. Buten returned after missing four games against the Rebels. Buten has 14 carries for 68 yards and a touchdown on the season and could be a key when the Bluebirds face undefeated Covington Catholic at David Cecil Memorial Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m.
It came not as a prediction, but as testimony of faith in the Highlands Bluebirds football team's players and coaches.

The Bluebirds (5-3 overall, 1-1 Class 5A, District 5) and the Covington Catholic Colonels consistently have this game circled on their schedules considering the teams have combined for 30 state championships. Highlands is second in the state with 23 and CovCath is ninth with seven.

The two teams meet Friday at 7 p.m. with the Colonels coming into the game undefeated at 8-0 and 2-0 in district play with the top Associated Press ranking in Class 5A. CovCath has won 37 of its last 38 games including the Class 5A state championship in 2017. The lone loss dating back to the start of 2017 came 20-16 to South Warren in the 2018 Class 5A state championship game.

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"I'm ready to rock and roll Friday," said Sam Umberg, Highlands Offensive Coordinator. "It's going to be a huge game and it's going to be a great atmosphere. This is what high school football is all about. I can assure you this. We are going to show up and play well."

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Bluebirds Post Convincing Region Quarterfinal Victory

Highlands Takes on Holy Cross in Region Semifinals

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands Bluebirds boys soccer team shut out Ryle, 5-0 to move on to the region semifinals Thursday at Dixie Heights.
The Highlands Bluebirds boys soccer team (14-5-4 overall) made sure this one did not come down to the wire.

The Bluebirds put away the Ryle Raiders (11-8-3) with four goals in the second half for a 5-0 9th Region Quarterfinal win at Tower Park on Tuesday. The defending region champion Bluebirds moved on to the semifinals for the fourth straight season.

"We were up 1-0 at halftime," said Chad Niedert, Highlands Head Coach. "We knew at halftime that Ryle was still pretty much in the game. We played a good first 40 minutes before we picked up a great goal off a free kick. Alexander Foubert added a goal. Once Porter (Hedenberg) scored that third goal, the floodgates kind of opened up. Every bit of momentum was going our way. I think at that point, Ryle kind of tossed in the towel. We were still ready to play so we got another two."