Friday, December 28, 2012

2nd Annual Griswold Challenge Winner Is....


Avenel. With 36 likes on our Facebook page, 11 shares and 9 comments this house edged Chalfonte. I drove by the house this past weekend and as good as it looks in a picture, it looks even better in person.

Email me at marklcollier@yahoo.com and we'll collaborate on how to get your gift certificate to Shari's on the Avenue. 

Thanks to all who participated and keep checking back to the site and our Facebook and Twitter pages for the best Fort Thomas news coverage and the best audience involving contests and events. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Designs by Cristyn After Christmas Sale

364 days til Christmas 2013 and the countdown to Easter is on. No seriously, I saw some Reese's peanut butter eggs on my Facebook newsfeed this morning. More importantly, the day after Christmas is one of the biggest retail days out of the year. The reason: people bring back the crap they don't want or can't use.

While supplies last, Designs by Cristyn are offering these handmade scarves for $30. Available are local colleges and sports teams, created by a local Fort Thomas neighbor. So when you do bring back those socks and underwear that Auntie Grace got you, put your refunds to use on this unique and functional scarf, hat or gloves.

To check availability or to request a color scheme or specific school email her at DesignsbyCristyn@gmail.com






Saturday, December 22, 2012

Eviston accepts OC position at Georgetown College


By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The opportunity came for Eddie Eviston and he simply could not pass it up.

So after three impressive years as the head football coach of the Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds, Eviston is leaving his high school alma mater to coach at his college alma mater. The 33-year-old held a meeting with the players Friday and told them he’d accepted the position of offensive coordinator for the Georgetown College Tigers of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Mid-South Conference.

“Although I am leaving the place I call ‘home,’ I am returning to a place that occupies a very special place in my heart,” Eviston said. “My alma mater, Georgetown College, is the place where my love and deep appreciation for the game of football began. My experience there as a student-athlete was greater than I could have ever imagined and provided me vast opportunities for life. My family and I look forward to this new opportunity and challenge, and I sincerely hope the Lord blesses me with the tools I need to help provide a similar experience to the one I had to the young men of the Georgetown College football program.”

Eviston is taking over for former Boone County standout quarterback Craig Mullins. Mullins is taking over the same spot at Morehead State University after serving as Georgetown’s offensive coordinator the previous 16 years under current head coach Bill Cronin. Like NewCath, Georgetown also runs a spread offense with the quarterback mostly lining up under center.

The former Georgetown and Thoroughbred quarterback still owns a number of Tiger records. That includes 9,282 passing yards, 12,703 total offensive yards, 83 passing touchdowns and 132 touchdowns responsible for. Eviston completed 559-of-927 passes and just 40 interceptions in his career.

“We’d thought about bringing him back many times,” Cronin said. “The opportunity never developed. It is the right thing for Eddie. He understands our system and the type of athletes it takes for it to be successful.”

Eviston had been on the NewCath staff since 2006. The school promoted him to the tough role of filling in for the retiring legendary 44-year head coach Bob Schneider in 2010.

But Eviston added to the tradition going 35-8 in those three years adding three more district championships, three more appearances in the regional finals and two state championships in 2010 and this year. The Thoroughbreds own an overall record of 447-334-10 in school history with five state championships, six runner-up finishes, 20 district championships and 12 regional championships.

NewCath owns 13 straight winning seasons and 13 consecutive trips to the third round of the playoffs. The Thoroughbreds have posted double-digit victories in all but 2009 during that time. They’ve won a school-record 13 games in a season five times in that span including Eviston’s first year in 2010.

“It is with mixed emotions that I inform all that Eddie Eviston is not returning as our head football coach next year,” said Carl Foster, NewCath Principal. “A part of me knows we are losing a great coach and more importantly, an excellent role model for our young men. Another part of me knows he has accepted a great offer to be Offensive Coordinator for Georgetown College. I am happy Eddie can return to Georgetown, a school he successfully quarterbacked to two National Championships (in 2000 and 2001).”

Eviston graduated from NewCath in 1997. NewCath finished 34-16 in his four years of high schools winning an undefeated district championship his freshman year. The Thoroughbreds constantly battled Beechwood for district supremacy in those days and could not get past the Tigers in the playoffs in Eviston’s freshman and junior seasons.

Eviston still ranks among the all-time passing leaders in school history. He completed 111-of-230 attempts for 1,574 yards and 17 touchdowns in his career.

“He’s been with us a lot longer than I think a lot of people realize,” said Rob Detzel, NewCath Director of Athletics. “He’s part of the NewCath family. He walked into a tough role taking over for Coach Schneider and handled it beautifully. It was a seamless transition. We’re thankful for what he did not only as a coach but also a mentor to the young men we have.”

The players said they took the news with mixed emotions like Foster did. Graduating wide receiver Pete Collopy said they didn’t know what to expect at the meeting.

“We were somewhat shocked,” Collopy said. “But we want what’s best for Coach (Eviston). He had a heck of an opportunity in front of him. You can’t fault him for that. We hope to get another coach in here that can do what he’s been doing. That’s keep winning.”

The Thoroughbreds finished 13-2 in 2010 losing to just Ryle and Beechwood in double overtime in the regular season. They capped off the year with a 42-0 throttling of Owensboro Catholic in the state championship.

Despite graduating Chris Kelly and Jake Cain among others, NewCath came into 2011 hoping for a repeat like the 2006 squad did. But eventual champion and district rival Covington Holy Cross shocked the Thoroughbreds, 24-21 in the regional title game     . NewCath’s lone other loss in the 11-2 season came 29-20 to Beechwood to conclude the regular season.

This past season did not start off well. The Thoroughbreds love playing bigger schools and they started the year 2-4 losing close games to Cincinnati McNicholas (27-24), Simon Kenton (28-20) and Covington Holmes (12-7). But that tough schedule paid off as NewCath rolled through district action by a combined 219-24.

After beating Holy Cross to move to 5-4, Eviston and staff made a huge challenge to NewCath after a bad practice early the following week. The staff did not want the Thoroughbreds to settle for mediocrity after rolling through the district. NewCath responded with a 34-14 win over rival Beechwood for the first time since 2009.

“It shows he had the foresight to play these tough teams,” Detzel said. “It made our kids better forcing them to work harder. He wasn’t panicking. It honestly wasn’t one of our better teams. That’s a credit to Eddie and the staff for keeping those kids focused and coming back to win the state championship.”

The Thoroughbreds then rolled to another regional championship smashing Gallatin County, Holy Cross and Walton-Verona by a combined 150-27. NewCath ventured to a hostile environment for the state semifinals and came away with a 27-18 victory over a hungry Somerset squad.

NewCath then concluded the season with a thrilling 30-26 win over Caldwell County in the 2A title game at Western Kentucky University. Quarterback Josh Cain completed the game-winning 4-yard pass to Tyler Lyon with 26 second left to lift the Thoroughbreds to their fifth state championship.

“I want to thank the coaching staff and all the young men who I had the honor of coaching at Newport Central Catholic the past 3 years,” Eviston said. “Their efforts are a big reason I have been provided this opportunity, and I cannot be more grateful for the tremendous experiences and memories we share. I know no matter where I am and what I am doing, I will always be a Thoroughbred.”

Georgetown finished 10-1 winning another MSC title last year. The Tigers finished the regular season undefeated but lost 45-44 to MSC rival Bethel University in the first round of the NAIA playoffs.

NewCath will have some question marks for next season after graduating 15 seniors including Cain and leading rusher Dylan Hayes. Leading receiver Mac Franzen returns. The new head coach and staff will need to determine if Franzen will stay at wide receiver or move into the quarterback role.

“A fortunate problem we’ve had is we lose good players every year,” Detzel said. “We’ve been pretty much not had to rebuild, but reload. We have some good, young underclassmen. We’re hoping to step up and be in the mix for a state championship next year.”

The Thoroughbreds do return a number of key players from the state championship team. Aside from Franzen, junior linebacker Jack Sutkamp returns after leading the team in tackles. Freshman Jacob Smith is the leading candidate to step into the top running back role.

“We just have to continue to work hard no matter who the coaches are,” Smith said. “We hope to continue in the footsteps of the (past players) and do well.”

Detzel said he and Foster will have lunch next week to talk about the hiring process, but nothing will be done about the hiring process until Jan. 7 when NewCath returns from holiday break. Detzel also said plans have been made for current assistant coaches to oversee offseason weight lifting and conditioning programs that being that day.

NewCath Defensive Coordinator Dan Wagner is a leading candidate to take over the job. He’s held that role since 2000.


Griswold Challenge Leaders

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4 days left to choose the 2nd Annual FTM Griswold Christmas Decoration Challenge. Go to our Facebook Page, click "like," share your favorite on your Facebook page and "like" your favorite.

Here are the leaders so far:

Avenel

Chalfonte

Majestic

Miller

N. Fort Thomas 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Goodness in Northern Kentucky


Last week Connecticut experienced a gut wrenching tragedy that affected the entire world.  You know the details of what happened, I won’t go into it.  Well those events coupled with the recent shopping mall shooting, the fiscal crisis, impending doomsday, fighting overseas, and labor disputes in the Midwest left me searching for something GOOD to write about.  I wanted to turn the spotlight away from the dark reports that we hear about everyday, and bring a good story to the foreground.   

I reached out on Facebook and asked people to shed some light on individuals or organizations that have done a lot of positive, selfless acts over the holiday season. 

There were other people out there that were tired of the ugliness in the world as well, because the response was almost immediate.  From the suggestions I got on Facebook and email I compiled a simple list and links to some great organizations that are helping people and making each day a little bit better!

v  Operation Peanut Butter, Link – The Hosea House is participating in this cause which collects food for the less fortunate.  They acknowledged that some kids will not have adequate lunches over Christmas break with the schools being closed.  With this in mind they collected food to keep the kids well fed over the holidays.
v  Lifelineofnky.org, Link  – This is a volunteer organization that is dedicated to helping people in need.  They take donations of food, clothes, and furniture and distribute to people all across Northern Kentucky.
v  Fidelity Investments “Holiday Heroes” giving program – Fidelity employees partner with 20 non-profit organizations in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati on hundreds of projects.  These organizations include but are not limited to: Ronald McDonald House, Senior Services of Northern Kentucky, Women’s Crisis Center, Brighton Center, Project Connect, Faces Without Places, Freestore Foodbank, Redwood Rehabilitation Center, Covington Partners in Prevention, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, Hoxworth Blood Center and Dress for Success.
v  Brighton Center / Newport Optimist Club – These organizations partnered up and are doing amazing things.  For instance, they pair chaperones with young children and take them shopping at Target for Christmas items, and basic essentials that they desperately need. 

These are all fantastic organizations that deserve to be recognized for all of the great things they do.  As the news programs report another shooting, or another “plan” to avoid a fiscal demise, be reminded of the good that is going on in Northern Kentucky right now!  Buy a stranger’s coffee, pay for the car’s food behind you in the fast food line, volunteer for a cause, or drop come cents in the red pale at the grocery… remember, “kind words & actions may be short, but their echoes are forever endless”.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mama on a Budget- Weekend before Christmas


The sleigh is packed, the reindeer fed, your presents bought, waiting under your bed.  School is out, for winter break, and just now you’ve realized your big mistake.  Three straight weeks, of Christmas “cheer”, what will you do, with time so dear?  I’ve got you covered, so do not fret, below is a guide, so follow it.  I swear you’ll stay sane, and survive through New Year’s, and when they’re back at school, you may even miss your little dears.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Highlands All-Time Football Team (1981-Present)


Found this on an online forum. Granted, I only really started paying attention to Highlands Football when I got there in middle school in 1996, so some of these names I'm not too familiar with, but it's still fascinating to me nonetheless.

December 18, 2012: Blogger Day of Silence for Sandy Hook



I cannot even begin to imagine the horror that community was put through on Friday and I'm not sure that anything I say or do will begin to even come close to comforting anyone involved. With that, Fort Thomas Matters will join the community of bloggers in a day of silence tomorrow.


On Tuesday, December 18th, we will post the button (above) and that's it. The hyperlink to the button will link to a donation page to the Newtown Youth and Families who were tragically effected. If you feel inclined, click and donate. Or share the article on Facebook, Twitter or email your friends. 

"The Newtown Family Youth and Family Services. is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area.

ANY DONATIONS MADE TO NEWTOWN YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES WILL BE DONATED DIRECTLY TO THOSE EFFECTED BY THE SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING.

Please visit THIS PAGE to make your donation.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Highlands Middle School Seeks Volunteers



Ft. Thomas prides itself in providing an excellent education for local students. The Ft. Thomas Independent School system has been recognized on both state and national levels for their achievements in educating the town's youth. The schools boast an impressive array of faculty on staff, but that doesn't mean that they couldn't use a little help from their friends around town.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Family on the Bayou


The date was August 26, 1994.  A man who had a passion for cooking and his wife who had some experience with the restaurant world opened their own restaurant.  They had no idea that this eatery on the bayou would not only become part of their family, but it would actually create families.  All the way up through March 26, 2012, when it was re-established, the common theme at The Knotty Pine on the Bayou has been family.

Race for Seis or Race for Mediocrity?


Guest Post By: Will Chambers

http://www.staatalent.com/client/will-chambers/
Cincinnati Profile's feature sports columnist

A week and a half ago I was given the privilege to call the 2012 Kentucky State Football Championships in Bowling Green, KY.  It was the sixth year in which the Commonwealth crowned six state champions after decades of honoring only four. One of which I was proud to take part of as a wide receiver on the Highlands Bluebirds 1996 3A state championship team.

For years almost everyone that keeps a watchful eye on Kentucky high school athletics has at most levied a complaint and at the very least offered an opinion on the KHSAA and the handling of their terrain.  Before 2007 it was a public vs. private school debate, which arguably led to the six-class system the state adopted.  Now it’s the playoffs, a watered-down version of its predecessor that is the problem according to skeptics.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Griswold Challenge Update

The Griswold Challenge is in full swing; the homes in Fort Thomas are looking great and people are taking notice!  We are beginning to receive nominations for the best display of holiday decorations in the city.  With all of the great submissions coming in, Fort Thomas Matters wanted to make a special  announcement!


Race for Seis Video Lip Dub Premier

In order to commemorate the Highlands Football team's 6th consecutive state championship, Fort Thomas Matters and Mio's put together a lip dub video. We are hoping that this will be the first of a new tradition to get the community together during Highlands annual playoff run.


Race for Seis 
Complete.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Lights, Camera...Dance!



The Ft. Thomas Education Foundation has secured a date for their annual fundraiser dance. Go ahead and mark Saturday, March 2, 2013 on your calendars for a night of dancing at the Newport Syndicate.

FTEF's annual fundraiser dance is known for its themes and crazy costumes. This year, the theme is "Reel Fun" and attendees are once again encouraged to dress up for the theme. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the movie-inspired costumes attendees create this year. Also, The Rusty Griswolds will be providing tunes for you to dance the night away.

This dance is more than a night on the town with the Ft. Thomas community. It's also beneficial to the Ft. Thomas Independent School System. According to the FTEF website, "Money raised helps fund the teacher grants, endowment fund and educational needs that exceed the District's operating budget."

Make sure you dust off your dancing shoes, and are ready to bust a move on March 2, 2013. The dance takes place between 8:00pm and 12:00am. Presale tickets are $35 per person or you can pay $45 at the door. To purchase tickets, head over to the FTEF website or call 859-815-2004.




Friday, December 7, 2012

The REAL Jeff Ruby Part II


Jeff Ruby reading his @ mentions to me on Twitter. In our 2-hour meeting at his office, each time someone tweeted at him, he'd reach for his phone without exception to see what people were saying to him.

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Shout out to the best attorney that Lexington, Kentucky has to offer: Nick Nicholson. This article was obliterated from the internet due to technology being a fickle lady. Nick had it archived and sent it over to me this morning. 

The many monikers of Jeff Ruby

Depending on who he's conversing with, Jeff Ruby is addressed by many different names. Reds Second Basemen Brandon Phillips, who Ruby had to "unfollow" on Twitter because "he tweeted too much (BS)", calls Ruby "Bossman." Highlands students call him Uncle Jeff, Pops or Dad. Whatever they decide to call him, the Highlands students that "follow" Ruby on Twitter are part of a self-proclaimed "Tribe."

"I don't know why these kids follow me," Ruby said as he adroitly scrolled his thumb across his phone screen. "I guess they like my inspirational quotes,"which Ruby noted were all originals.

"It's very therapeutic to me and if they need a mentor, I can do that. I'm a better mentor than I am a husband."

A Twitter conversation between Ruby and Highlands student and Wide-Receiver, Brandon Hergott. Hergott goes on to explain to Ruby that being in his "tribe" is more exclusive than being at Augusta National.

Obviously the connection to Fort Thomas and Highlands started with his relationship with Cris Collinsworth, who Ruby went into business with with his restaurants. At Ruby's restaurants, a Steak Collinsworth was a steak accompanied with lump crab meat. Ruby played semi-pro football with Gino Guidugli's father, Dave, as well.

His son, Dillon, went to Highlands for a portion of his high school career. And if you've been to David A, Cecil Memorial Stadium since their (at the time) state-of-the-art field turf went down, it's impossible to watch a game without glancing up and seeing the biggest Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment advertisement you've ever seen posted on the the red-bricked backside of the school. Collinsworth was instrumental in collaborating with Ruby to ensure Highlands was one of the first schools in the area with the artificial playing surface.

The Highlands "Tribe" are sometimes treated to a corporate box at a Bengals game, or maybe a Bone-In Filet and Freddie salad by Ruby. But when I asked some of the Highlands "Tribesmen," about what they can tell me about the bond they've formed with Ruby over Twitter, every single one of them mentioned his leadership, his knack for saying exactly what he believes, and his caring nature over the ancillary benefits to being inside of the "Ruby Ring."

Junior Defensive Lineman, Seth Hope, of his relationship with Ruby said, "His story is so interesting. For me, it's just cool to hear about all the stuff he does, the people he gets to meet and the stuff he does to help people."

Junior Wide Receiver, Brandon Hergott, said, "It's awesome because Mr. Ruby is looked up to by so many people in the area for the success he's had and the fact that he takes time to interact with students at Highlands and get involved with the football team just displays what a great person he is."

I get it. As a high school kid, being able to hob-knob with Jeff Ruby is cool as hell. That end of the equation is easy to comprehend. But to me, the more interesting part of this relationship is what Ruby gets out of it. Why does he feel the need to go out of his way to help mentor these kids? One look at the way he grew up and you'd know exactly why.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mama on a Budget: Krohn Conservatory Holiday Show

Krohn Conservatory Holiday Show

One of my favorite family traditions is actually one I inherited from my husband and his family: Krohn Conservatory on Christmas Eve.  If you have not yet been to Krohn (in Eden Park), I highly recommend it and, now that we have children, it is a must-do.  During the year, Krohn is host to many species of plants, flowers, trees, and hosts numerous events such as the ever-popular Butterfly Show.   In fact, Krohn Conservatory houses over 3,500 plant species from all over the world.  Inside, you can find a replica of a rainforest, a desert, and a conservatory with a beautiful collection of orchids.  

Monday, December 3, 2012

The REAL Jeff Ruby (Part I)

Jeff Ruby "Tweeting" from his @TheRealJeffRuby Account in offices above Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse on 7th and Walnut. During our 2 hour meeting in his office, this was the most common scene during the interview. 

Hall of Fame Cincinnati Reds announcer, Marty Brennaman, said that Cincinnati icon and restaurateur Jeff Ruby was "spit out of the mouth of New Jersey."  

"I actually take that as a compliment and sign of respect," Ruby said as he jostled an unlit Jeff-Ruby-label cigar between his fingers which also boast a University of Kentucky National Championship ring and a diamond-laden "R" pinky ring.

@TheRealJeffRuby is Ruby's Twitter handle, which he uses almost as often as people turn out at his highly-rated Zagat steak restaurants in Cincinnati, Louisville and at Belterra Casino.

Odds are if you are trying to contact Ruby, the best way is through his Twitter account.

I had planned on interviewing Ruby over the phone and blocked off 15 minutes on a Wednesday. I was hoping I might be able to keep him on the phone for at least 30 minutes to get all the questions I had prepared for him.

I happened to tweet at Ruby, who has been on Twitter since April, that I was looking forward to our interview. Ruby, who is constantly interacting with his followers, tweeted back that he'd like to "talk eye to eye instead."


After talking with him for what ended up being 4 hours and learning more about him and his life, the fact that he took the time to engage a know-nothing, pseudo-journalist didn't surprise me in the slightest. In fact, looking back on it, if I were to interview him on the phone, I don't think I would have gotten much out of it.

You see, Ruby has a way of telling stories. A unique way of communicating which simply wouldn't have translated well over the phone. He may start a story and not get to its punchline for 10 minutes. All the while, you find yourself wondering how it all fits together. But it always does. And by the time the story is concluded, you learn a lot about how Ruby got to where he is and you understand why the anecdote, chock full of "Jerseyisms" took all the twists that it did. That's how Ruby's life was and still is today. A jumbled thought process that just seems to work.

Besides, if I interviewed him on the phone, I wouldn't have gotten to see his custom made, Cadillac Escalade desk.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Three French Hens Back in the Fort



Black Friday is over, but that doesn't mean it's time to let that credit card take a rest. Three French Hens is returning to Ft. Thomas with a pop-up shop for one weekend only. On December 7th and 8th, you can find Three French Hens in the lobby of the Hiland Theater Building at 18 N. Ft. Thomas Ave. You can shop for Christmas gifts or stock up on unique items to wear to all those holiday parties.

Owner Alison Head said, "We want to host this holiday show for the convenience of our long standing Ft. Thomas clients, also it will be fun for us to be back in the city and see some old friends." Currently located in Hyde Park, the boutique sells everything from clothing and accessories to home decor. Three French Hens will also have snacks and drinks to enjoy while shopping at their pop-up shop.

For the record, I'm a a fan of scarves and handbags from Three French Hens. (Friends and family - hint, hint.)

Hours: Friday, December 7th: 10am - 8pm & Saturday, December 8th: 10am - 7pm
Location: Hiland Theater Building at 18 N. Ft. Thomas Ave.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

NewCath earns tough 2A championship against Caldwell County


By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

BOWLING GREEN – Neither team deserved less than a gold trophy after this edge-of-your-seat Kentucky Class 2A football state championship game.

The Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds found themselves on the short end of all three games decided by eight points or fewer during the regular season. But they came through with a 30-26 victory over the Caldwell County Tigers on Saturday at Western Kentucky University’s Houchens/L.T. Smith Stadium.

The Thoroughbreds (11-4) scored the game-winning touchdown with 26 seconds left. Quarterback Josh Cain faked a dive to Dylan Hayes, dropped back a few steps and threw a 4-yard score to a wide-open Tyler Lyon in the middle of the end zone. Cain then tried to score the two-point conversion on a draw, but Caldwell County (11-4) stopped him.

“It’s not one person that wins the game. But if I drop that, what do we do right now,” Lyon said. “They have certain guys they’re keying on. If you get someone they’re not paying attention to, you can sneak by them.”

Bluebirds dedicate season to lost relatives of Co-Head Coaches

Photo by G. Michael Graham. The Highlands Bluebirds celebrated their 22nd state championship Friday at Western Kentucky University and sixth in a row. The Bluebirds moved to 87-3 during that run.



By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

BOWLING GREEN – This year’s Highlands Bluebirds football team saw Co-Head Coaches Dale Mueller and Brian Weinrich lose someone close to them.

The Bluebirds (14-1) dedicated the season to those relatives. Mueller’s mother-in-law passed away in Ithaca, N.Y. earlier in the week and Mueller did not coach in Highlands’ 47-0 Class 4A state championship win over the Collins Titans (11-4) on Friday.

“Even though he’s not here calling the plays, this is just a well-oiled machine of a coaching staff,” said Donovan McCoy, Highlands senior quarterback. “We could have our three top offensive coaches go down and we’d still have someone there that could just go in and call the plays like he would and we’d execute the game plan. That’s how Highlands works. (Mueller) wasn’t here physically. But he was here spiritually and emotionally.”

Bluebirds achieve Race for Seis for 22nd state championship


By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

BOWLING GREEN – Every championship comes with its own unique flavor, especially in Caketown.

This football state championship comes with a recipe for a state-record six consecutive titles and 30 consecutive playoff wins. Class 4A’s top-ranked Highlands Bluebirds (14-1) grabbed that record all to their lonesome Friday with a 47-0 thrashing of the Collins Titans (11-4) at Western Kentucky University’s Houchens/L.T. Smith Stadium. It marked Highlands' 22nd overall state championship.

Boyle County set the mark with five consecutive titles between 1999 and 2003. Highlands snapped Boyle County's 29-game playoff winning streak with a 22-6 win against the Rebels in 2004 Class 3A title game.