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11/11/13 – KHSAA Wraps Up Successful Fall Championship Weekend

November 11, 2013 2013-2014 News Releases


KHSAA Wraps Up Successful Fall Championship Weekend


A total of nine team and six individual state champions were crowned on Saturday and Sunday as part of the KHSAA’s first-ever three-sport Fall Championship weekend. Big turnouts at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, the Kentucky Horse Park and Valley High School made the weekend an overwhelming success as fans showed up in droves to watch the soccer, volleyball and cross country state championships.

Saturday’s festivities began with the 2013 KHSAA Cross Country State Meet at the Kentucky Horse Park. Bishop Brossart opened the day by claiming the 1A Boys’ title, edging St. Henry District by 15 points (85 to 100). Louisville Collegiate junior Matthew Bode won the Boys’ 1A Race with a time of 16:15.46. On the 1A Girls’ side, St. Henry District won its third-straight team title with 51 total points. Danville’s Meagan Smith ran a time of 19:07.16 to repeat as Girls’ 1A state champion.

In the 2A Class, Collins swept the individual titles as Garbriella Karas and Jay Sollinger picked up victories on the boys’ and girls’ sides. Sollinger ran the 5K course in a time of 16:24.60 to lead the boys, while Karas broke her own state record with a time of 17:39.04 to win her third-straight state title. Highlands captured the 2A Girls’ team title with 76 total points, while North Oldham (53 pts.) held off Covington Catholic (69 pts.) to win the 2A Boys’ championship.

Assumption closed out the 2013 State Meet by winning its fourth-straight 3A Girls’ championship, placing three runners in the top 10 to finish with 44 points. St. Xavier, meanwhile, picked up its third-consecutive 3A Boys’ title with a team score of 53 points. Butler’s Patrick Gregory ran a time of 15:55.18 to win the 3A Boys’ individual title, while Whitney O’Bryan of Daviess County took home the 3A Girls’ state championship by posting a time of 18:09.00.

Saturday’s events continued with the 2013 Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer Championship games at Paul Laurence Dunbar. The host Bulldogs captured the program’s first boys’ soccer state title since 2005 in thrilling fashion, edging Trinity (Louisville) 2-1 in game that was decided by penalty kicks. Dunbar rallied from a 1-0 second-half deficit to tie the game in the 87th minute off a goal by Nelson Ng. After two scoreless overtime periods, Dunbar knocked off Trinity (Lou.) by outshooting the Shamrocks 4-3 in penalty kicks.

In the nightcap, Notre Dame played to a 2-0 victory over Sacred Heart to give the program its second KHSAA Girls’ Soccer State title in a three-year span. Ellen Combs put the Pandas on the board in the 3rd minute, and Mandy Arnzen added an insurance goal in the 56th. The final session of the 2013 KHSAA Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer Championship was played in front of a crowd of 3,464 fans.

The KHSAA wrapped up fall championship weekend on Sunday, Nov. 10 as Notre Dame and Assumption squared off at Valley HS. After knocking off Mercy Academy, 3-2, in front of a packed gym during Saturday night’s semifinals, the Rockets capped off their championship season with a 3-0 victory over Notre Dame (25-18, 25-13, 28-26). Assumption’s Alexa Filley was named the tournament’s most valuable player after averaging 10.29 assists per set over the Rockets’ four wins.

Replays of the 2013 KHSAA Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer (SF and Finals) and KHSAA Volleyball (QF, SF and Finals) are available for viewing through

A complete list of specialty award winners from the 2013 KHSAA Cross Country, Volleyball and Soccer Championships can be found below:

Forcht Bank Award for Uncommon Excellence
Cross Country Boys’ 1A – Nicholas Waltman, Sayre
Cross Country Girls’ 1A – Sam Hentz, St. Henry
Cross Country Boys’ 2A – Iszack Whitsell, Webster County
Cross Country Girls’ 2A – Aleja Grant, Paducah Tilghman
Cross Country Boys’ 3A – Patrick Gregory, Butler
Cross Country Girls’ 3A – Whitney O’Bryan, Daviess County
Boys’ Soccer – Nelson Ng, Paul Laurence Dunbar
Girls’ Soccer – Caroline Wistrom, Sacred Heart
Volleyball – Hannah Moore, Assumption 

Kentucky National Guard Best & Brightest Award
Cross Country Boys’ 1A – Michael Caldwell, Bishop Brossart
Cross Country Girls’ 1A – Meagan Smith, Danville
Cross Country Boys’ 2A – Brian Menke, Covington Catholic
Cross Country Girls’ 2A – Hannah Godfrey, Elizabethtown
Cross Country Boys’ 3A – Chris Striegel, St. Xavier
Cross Country Girls’ 3A – Emily Bean, Assumption
Boys’ Soccer – Jacob Gantt, Trinity (Lou.)
Girls’ Soccer – Mandy Arnzen, Notre Dame
Volleyball – Alexa Schulte, Notre Dame

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About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 277 member schools both public and private. The KHSAA sanctions 40 state championships in 12 sports and 4 sport activities, licenses and trains over 4,000 officials, provides catastrophic insurance for its more than 70,000 member school student-athletes, as well as overseeing coaching education and sports safety programs.


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