Eastern High School is in the process of hiring a new football coach after Shaun Davis stepped down last month.
Davis posted a 12-22 record over three seasons, including a 5-7 mark in 2016. The Eagles beat North Hardin 41-7 for their first playoff victory since 2012 before falling to Trinity 49-0 in the second round of the Class 6-A playoffs.
Eastern athletic director Matt Girardin said Davis plans to retire at the end of the current school year. Davis has been on the coaching staff at Eastern since 1989.
Girardin said Eastern will interview candidates after Christmas break and hopes to have a new coach in place by mid-January.
“We have a very solid group of candidates with a lot of past experience and pass success in building programs and successful cultures on the field and in the classroom,” Girardin said.
SHATZER OUT AFTER 3 YEARS
AS OLDHAM COUNTY COACH
Oldham County is looking for a new football coach after choosing not to renew the contract of Mike Shatzer.
The Colonels posted a 7-24 record in three seasons under Shatzer, including a 3-7 mark in 2016.
“Not enough W’s,” Shatzer said. “It was something I didn’t expect, honestly. I know we took a step back last year (1-9), but I felt like we righted the ship this year and we were competing for a playoff spot until the last district game.”
Oldham County athletic director David Letendre could not be reached for comment.
Shatzer ended his season a winner on Sunday when he coached the Metro Louisville team to a 21-7 victory over the Kentucky squad in the Best of the Bluegrass all-star game.
UNION COUNTY WRESTLERS
RANKED NO. 1 IN STATE
Defending state champion Union County is ranked No. 1 in the current KentuckyWrestling.com state rankings.
The Braves have three wrestlers ranked No. 1 in their respective weight classes – eighth-grader Zeke Escalera (106 pounds), junior Saul Ervin (132) and senior Bryce Sheffer (138).
Woodford County is ranked No. 2 in the state, followed by St. Xavier, Johnson Central and Walton-Verona.
North Oldham senior Landin Jones (285 pounds) is the only Louisville-area wrestler ranked No. 1 in the state in his weight class.
Here are the complete rankings:
* Team: 1. Union County, 2. Woodford County, 3. St. Xavier, 4. Johnson Central, 5. Walton-Verona, 6. John Hardin, 7. Campbell County, 8. Henry Clay, 9. Madison Central, 10. Oldham County, 11. Wayne County, 12. Christian County, 13. Meade County, 14. LaRue County, 15. Male, 16. Simon Kenton, 17. Trinity, 18. Dixie Heights, 19. Taylor County, 20. Calloway County, 21. North Oldham, 22. North Hardin, 23. Doss, 24. Fern Creek, 25. Scott.
* No. 1 individuals: 106 pounds – Zeke Escalera (Union County); 113 – Cagen Wallace (Wayne County); 120 – Brady Wells (Campbell County); 126 – Ryan Moore (Walton-Verona); 132 – Saul Ervin (Union County); 138 – Bryce Sheffer (Union County); 145 – Trent Johnson (John Hardin); 152 – Derrick Smallwood (John Hardin); 160 – Mason Smith (Walton-Verona); 170 – Casey Cornett (Simon Kenton); 182 – Max Andreoni (Woodford County); 195 – Ray Karl Irving (Henry Clay); 220 – Chance Orr (Paducah Tilghman); 285 – Landin Jones (North Oldham).
BULLITT EAST CHEERLEADERS
WIN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Bullitt East won the all-girls super division at the Competitive Cheer state championships held Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
Bullitt East finished with a score of 84.7. Madison Central was the runner-up at 83.1.
Also winning titles were Paul Dunbar (all-girls large), Corbin (all-girls medium), Pikeville (all-girls small), Barren County (co-ed A) and Graves County (co-ed B).
* The Sacred Heart volleyball team finished No. 4 in the nation in the final PrepVolleyball.com Century Club Rankings. The Valkyries won the Kentucky state title with a 40-4 record.
Chicago’s Mother McAuley (40-1) was No. 1 in the final rankings. Assumption was No. 31, Henry Clay No. 60 and Mercy No. 66.
* The Trinity boys and Bowling Green girls swim teams won titles at Saturday’s Warren County Invitational in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Trinity took the boys crown with 364.5 points, with Bowling Green finishing as the runner up with 310. Bowling Green won the girls title with 328 points, and Assumption was second with 283.
* Waggener senior Jacob Frankel signed to play baseball and Indiana University Southeast. Frankel has a career pitching mark of 19-9 with a 2.24 ERA and a career batting average of .391 over three seasons at Waggener.
Jason Frakes can be reached at (502) 582-4046 and firstname.lastname@example.org.