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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Highlands Wednesday Round-Up: Softball Thrashes Notre Dame, Tennis heads toward state

Highlands Boys Tennis Finishes Region Runner-Up

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior Bri Tharps (23) steps in to bat in a recent game.

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The Highlands Bluebirds softball team (24-6 overall) received two victories.

The Bluebirds ventured to Park Hills and knocked off the Notre Dame Pandas, 15-3 in five innings. Newport also forfeited to Highlands giving the Bluebirds another undisputed top seed in the 36th District Tournament. That score will be listed 7-0 in favor of Highlands.


Seventh grader Kaitlyn Dixon (3-0) pitched the first four innings to pick up the win for Highlands. She struck out one, walked two and allowed five hits and two earned runs.

Sophomore Carly Cramer pitched the fifth inning. She struck out one and allowed two walks and one hit.

The Bluebirds saw five different hitters record at least two hits against the Pandas (11-11) batting .441 (15-for-34). Cramer went 4-for-4 with two doubles, four runs batted in, one stolen base and three runs scored. Freshman Bailey Markus went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, one RBI and a stolen base.

Junior Anna Greenwell, senior Bri Tharps and freshman Michelle Barth all went 2-for-4 and scored twice. Greenwell drove in two. Tharps doubled and drove in two. Barth batted in one. Senior Caroline Class added a triple.

Highlands travels to Boone County on Thursday. Game time is 5 p.m.

Tennis:
Highlands Freshman Doubles Team Finished Region Runner-Up:

The Highlands top-seeded boys doubles team of freshmen Eli Back and Eli Hornsby had a chance to win the 9th Region championship at Covington Catholic. But the fourth-seeded Covington Catholic team of Ryan Bosch and Andrew Kennedy upset them, 7-6, 6-4.

CovCath won the region tournament team title for the 19th straight year with 15 points. Highlands finished runner-up with 11.

The Highlands girls had two individuals play in the region quarterfinals at Notre Dame. Junior Honor Valentine lost 6-1, 6-1 to the top seed in the tournament in Covington Latin junior Sara Wantanabe. Olivia Hoffmann lost 6-0, 6-0 to Cooper's Ellie Zureick.

The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to the state tournament. It takes place June 1-3 at the University of Kentucky.

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