Kentucky wrestlers will try to qualify for the State Championships during this weekend’s eight regionals, three involving Louisville-area squads.
North Bullitt (Region Three) and Central (Region Four) will host meets Friday and Saturday. Western Hills will host the Region Five meet Saturday.
The top four finishers in each weight class qualify for the state meet Feb. 21-22 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
Here’s a look at the three regionals involving Louisville-area teams (rankings from KentuckyWrestling.com):
* When: 5:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.
* Where: North Bullitt.
* 2013 champion: Meade County (moved to Region Two).
* Top 25 teams: No. 14 Fern Creek, No. 24 Southern.
* Top 5 individuals: Fern Creek’s Jorge Vega (No. 4 at 113 pounds); Southern’s Chris Cash (No. 3 at 160); Bullitt Central’s Mark Saunders (No. 4 at 195).
* When: 4:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.
* Where: Central.
* 2013 champion: St. Xavier.
* Top 25 teams: No. 4 St. Xavier, No. 5 Trinity, No. 6 Moore.
* Top 5 individuals: Moore’s Toby Siddens (No. 4 at 106), Jason Hall (No. 3 at 113), Bobby Poynter (No. 2 at 120) and Mikey Smith (No. 1 at 182); St. Xavier’s A.J. Bindner (No. 5 at 113), Nathan Haddad (No. 4 at 138), Justin Lampe (No. 1 at 152) and Dominic Lampe (No. 1 at 160); Trinity’s Keegan Duncan (No. 5 at 126), Hudson Heidorf (No. 2 at 132), Ian Kahl (No. 3 at 145), Lucas Miozza (No. 2 at 170) and Tyler Frankrone (No. 2 at 182); Central’s Cristian Salas (No. 5 at 152).
* When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
* Where: Western Hills.
* 2013 champion: Oldham County.
* Top 25 teams: No. 3 Woodford County, No. 11 Oldham County, No. 19 North Oldham.
* Top 5 individuals: Woodford County’s Tucker Hurst (No. 1 at 106), Nathan Boston (No. 1 at 120), David Carr (No. 4 at 126) and Wyatt Courtney (No. 3 at 182); Oldham County’s Brady Emerson (No. 3 at 126) and Connor Wilkerson (No. at 138); North Oldham’s Mitch Rusch (No. 2 at 160); South Oldham’s Matt Davis (No. 5 at 285).
Trinity junior Sam Stockton, who helped lead the Shamrocks to the state final last season, has been named the Gatorade Kentucky Boys’ Soccer Player of the Year. He’s the third Trinity player to win the award in the past five years, joining Lepe Seetane (2010) and Chris Hubbard (2013).
Stockton, a midfielder, had 16 goals and 15 assists last season as the Shamrocks finished 21-3-1 and lost to Paul Dunbar in the state final. He was an All-Region Four selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and a first-team All-State pick.
The Gatorade award recognizes athletic skill, academic achievement and character demonstrated on and off the field. Stockton has maintained an A average in the classroom, has volunteered with the Kosair Children’s Hospital Foundation and is a member of the Trinity Ambassador program.
He now is eligible for the Gatorade National Player of the Year honor.
Waggener baseball plans Midnight Madness
The Waggener baseball team will hold a Midnight Madness event Friday to mark the beginning of practice. Coach Jake Fiorella said his players will attend the home basketball game against Eastern, “have a little time to rest, eat and get ready for the first official day of baseball season. … This is something I don’t feel like many teams have done in baseball, if ever, and I think it is a neat way for my kids to start their season.”
The KHSAA allows teams to begin practice Saturday.
* Anderson County’s Makenzie Cann was voted Eighth Region girls’ Player of the Year by the region’s coaches. The Cincinnati signee is one of seven finalists for Miss Basketball.
Trimble County’s Kerrie Stewart was named Coach of the Year.
Joining Cann on the All-Eighth Region team were Anderson County’s Eriel McKee; Simon Kenton’s Abby Owings and Rachel Cox; Gallatin County’s Brooke Dossett and Hannah Dossett; Oldham County’s Ashley McMurtrey; Trimble County’s Paige Black; Walton-Verona’s Hailey Ison and Allie Mills; Shelby County’s MacKenzie Raizor and Savannah Raizor; Spencer County’s MacKenzie Myers; Collins’ Michelle Roberts; and Grant County’s Macy Wright.
The boys’ All-Eighth Region team has not yet been released.
* Augusta senior Brent Bach leads the state in scoring at 30.3 points per game and recently became the school’s all-time leader with 2,379 points, surpassing the 2,222 scored by current Burgin coach Brian Kirk.
* Ballard’s Javonna Layfield, another finalist for Miss Basketball, scored her 1,000th career point in a 68-47 victory over Pleasure Ridge Park on Jan. 22.
DeLong, Miller win regional diving crowns
Sacred Heart’s Olivia DeLong and St. Xavier’s Michael Miller won diving titles Wednesday at the Region Two Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Louisville.
DeLong won the girls’ title with a score of 348.85. Teammate Abby Thompson was the runner-up with 286.85.
Miller won the boys’ crown (356), followed by St. X’s George McCracken (337.20).
The regional will continue Friday with swimming preliminaries. Finals will start at 2 p.m. Saturday.