Friday, September 10, 1999

N.KY. HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS


Sparks, Camels top NewCath in volleyball

        ALEXANDRIA — Campbell County senior volleyball player Dawn Sparks had been looking forward all week to Thursday's match against Newport Central Catholic.

        The Camels defeated the Thoroughbreds 15-10, 15-5 for their third straight victory over NewCath dating to last year's regional tournament.

        But Sparks talked about last year's regular-season loss.

        “Losing to them last year, this makes up for it,” Sparks said.

        The Camels are 7-0 this season, are ranked fourth in the state behind Louisville Assumption, Notre Dame and Louisville Presentation, and are at least the early favorite in next month's Sixth Region tournament, thanks to Thursday's victory and a 15-1, 15-5 defeat of Simon Kenton on Tuesday.

        “Going into the regional tournament, it's going to make us a lot more confident,” Sparks said.

        Don't say that to coach Dena Ravenscraft.

        “Offensively, it's coming along,” she said. “Defensively, we need to work on the block. Middle hitters aren't closing to the outside. They know what to do; it's just a matter of getting it done.”

        Sparks and junior setter Leah Ballinger did plenty Thursday. Sparks finished with 10 kills, and Ballinger added 25 assists. Senior outside hitter Charmain Craig and her sister, sophomore outside hitter Lindsay Craig, added six kills apiece.

        NewCath fell to 7-2.

        BOYS SOCCER: Sophomore Josh Grimes scored 15 minutes before halftime on an unassisted goal to break a scoreless tie and lead Boone County to a 3-0 victory over Campbell County in the Boone County Rebel Classic.

        The Rebels scored less than four minutes into the second half on a Daniel Noble goal.

        • Nick Thompson scored on an unassisted goal five minutes into the second half to break a 1-1 tie as LaSalle beat Covington Catholic 3-1. Matt Vale scored with 10:18 remaining to seal the victory.

        GIRLS SOCCER: McKensy Gruelle scored on a header off a Susan Pompilio corner kick to lead Highlands over Holy Cross 1-0.

       



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