Several of the state’s top boys’ golf teams will compete in the 51st annual Knights Travel Kentucky Invitational Tournament on Saturday, with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. at Nevel Meade Golf Course.
West Jessamine, which has won the past two state titles, headlines the field. The Colts lost four of last year’s top five golfers to graduation, with senior Connor Haas the only returnee.
Trinity, St. Xavier and Ryle are the other top teams in the field, tournament director Marty Donlon said.
St. X has two of its five golfers from last year’s state runner-up team in juniors Michael Sass and Bill Basham. Senior James Inman is Trinity’s top veteran.
Ballard, Christian Academy, Collegiate and Kentucky Country Day are the other teams from Louisville in the KIT field.
Apple Tournament starts Saturday
The 42nd annual Apple Tournament, the traditional start to the field hockey season, will begin Saturday at Sacred Heart with 16 teams competing in two divisions.
Sacred Heart, Ballard, Manual, Christian Academy, Assumption, Kentucky Country Day, Collegiate and Mercy are in Division A. Presentation, Eastern, Male, Atherton, Butler, Holy Cross, South Oldham and North Oldham are in Division B.
The finals are set for Aug. 22, with the Division B match at 6:45 p.m. and the Division A match at 8.
The Apple Tournament was limited to junior-varsity and freshman teams last year, partially because of the emergence of the Stick it to Cancer Tournament. This year the tournaments have merged, and a $5,000 donation from the proceeds will be given to the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.
This is the first season in which field hockey will be a KHSAA-sanctioned sport.
Here is the schedule:
• At Horton Field: Manual vs. Christian Academy, 9 a.m.; Butler vs. Holy Cross, 10:15; Collegiate vs. Mercy, 11:30; Male vs. Atherton, 12:45 p.m.; Sacred Heart vs. Ballard, 2; Assumption vs. Kentucky Country Day, 3:15; Presentation vs. Eastern, 4:30; South Oldham vs. North Oldham, 5:45
• At Horton Field: KCD vs. Collegiate, 4:30 p.m.; Ballard vs. Manual, 5:45; Assumption vs. Mercy, 7
• At Brescia “A” Field: Sacred Heart vs. Christian Academy, 4:30 p.m.; Presentation vs. Atherton, 5:45; Eastern vs. Male, 7
• At Brescia “B” Field: Butler vs. North Oldham, 5:45 p.m.; Holy Cross vs. South Oldham, 7
• At Horton Field: Manual vs. Sacred Heart, 4:30 p.m.; Male vs. Presentation, 5:45; Atherton vs. Eastern, 7
• At Brescia “A” Field: Mercy vs. KCD, 4:30 p.m.; Christian Academy vs. Ballard, 5:45
• At Brescia “B” Field: South Oldham vs. Butler, 4:30 p.m.; North Oldham vs. Holy Cross, 5:45
• At Horton Field: Collegiate vs. Assumption, 4 p.m.; Division B semifinals, 5 and 6:30
• At Horton Field: Division A semifinals, 5 and 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, AUG. 22
• At Horton Field: Division B final, 6:45 p.m.; Division A final, 8
Assumption volleyball No.1 in preseason poll
Assumption, winner of four straight state championships, is No. 1 in the Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association’s preseason Top 25. Mercy is No. 2 and Sacred Heart No. 3.
The season will begin Monday. Assumption will open Wednesday, hosting No. 24 Presentation at 7 p.m.
Here is the entire Top 25:
1. Assumption, 2. Mercy, 3. Sacred Heart, 4. Notre Dame, 5. Ryle, 6. Henry Clay, 7. Paul Dunbar, 8. Tates Creek, 9. McCracken County, 10. Oldham County, 11. Male, 12. St. Henry, 13. North Oldham, 14. Christian Academy, 15. Eastern, 16. Louisville Holy Cross, 17. Central Hardin, 18. Cooper, 19. Apollo, 20. Manual, 21. Lafayette, 22. Newport Central Catholic, 23. Simon Kenton, 24. Presentation, 25. Green County
• Male’s football team is No. 91 in the NationalHSFootball.com preseason Top 100. Male, the only Kentucky team in the ranking, has 16 starters back (eight offense/eight defense) from last year’s 12-2 squad.
St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is No. 1.
Male coach Chris Wolfe announced this week that the Bulldogs’ Aug. 22 opener has been moved to Floyd Central because Male’s new Bermuda grass field is not yet ready for play.
• North Hardin’s James Webb (boys) and Bryan Station’s Kathy Broadnax (girls) were named the Kentucky Track and Field Coaches of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. They led their teams to Class 3-A titles last season.
• The KHSAA announced a 2.4 percent rise in participation during the 2013-14 academic year, with nearly 50,000 athletes occupying 78,687 roster spots on KHSAA-sponsored squads.
Football led with 13,801 players (including 13 girls) on 221 teams. Basketball ranked second with 12,163, followed by track and field (11,706), soccer (11,460), baseball (7,359) and volleyball (6,131).
Basketball was the most-sponsored sport across Kentucky, with 275 of a possible 277 schools fielding teams last season. Softball ranked second with 262, followed by baseball (261), volleyball (259), track and field (254) and competitive cheer (251).