Fall Sports have officially come to an end at Henry County for the 2017-2018 school year. The Wildcats and LadyCats teams had a lot of success during their fall seasons. Here are some highlights of what our fall sports teams were able to accomplish this year.
Girls Golf- The LadyCats golf team had a great 2017 season. They won the NCKC conference championship with Madison Hensley being the overall conference Champion at Sugar Bay Golf Course. Nikki Perkinson, Carleigh Peyton, and Hannah Marrowelli, along with Hensley turned in an overall score of 351. At the Region golf tournament at Shelby County Country Club, The LadyCats took 3rd place overall with a 374, and Hensley once again won the overall Region Champion. Hensley went on to compete in her 6th straight State Championship, where she shot a 2-day total of 161. There were no seniors on this year’s team so the future looks good for the Ladycats.
Boys Golf- Just like the Ladycat golfers, the boys team had no seniors and had a fantastic season. Sophomores Alex Hadden and Issac Klempner anchored the team on the front end with Will Peyton, Wyatt Pittman, Tyler Massey, and Maddox Klempner playing key roles in helping the Wildcats to their 2nd straight NCKC championship with a 323 team score at Sugar Bay. Hadden and Klempner finished 1-2 overall. At the Region tournament at Summit Hills, The Wildcats shot a 331, sending Klempner to the state tournament, where he shot a 78 in the first round. With Klempner and Hadden having the experience of going to the state tournament, the team is in good shape for the future as well.
Girls Soccer- The LadyCats soccer team won 12 games this year enroute to the 31st district championship. This was the 2nd time in school history that the LadyCats soccer team has won the district (the first coming in 2013). The LadyCats were led by several seniors this year, but have quite a bit of youth as well that blended well with the experienced players to make this possibly the best soccer team that Henry County has ever had. The LadyCats lost to Anderson County in the Region tournament to end their season at 12-4.
Boys Soccer- The Wildcats soccer team may not have had as many wins as they would have liked, but made those wins matter in district play getting the 2 seed and winning the first round of districts in a shootout over Gallatin County. The Wildcats also had a good blend of experienced older players and young players with good talent that made for a good mix for our boys. They qualified for the region tournament for only the 2nd time in school history and ended their season with a loss to eventual 8th region champions, Oldham County. The Wildcats soccer team ended their season with a record of 5-9.
Volleyball- The LadyCat volleyball team had a terrific season, going 15-14 on the year with a tough schedule. The ladies went into district play as the 3 seed behind Owen County and Eminence. After defeating Eminence 3-2 in the semifinals, the Ladycats closed the door quickly on Owen County 3-0 in the district finals to bring home the 31st district tournament trophy for the first time since 2007. The Ladycats ended their season with a loss to Shelby County in the 8th region tournament. They will miss quite a few seniors next year, but also have a very talented Sophomore and Junior Class and should be a force to be reckoned with next year.
Football- The Wildcats made their return to the playoffs this year with a 4-6 record and the 3 seed in district 3 of class 3A. The Wildcats, who were very Senior heavy this year had great wins against Oldham Co., Grant Co, Spencer Co. and Bardstown on their way to earning the 3 seed. Led by Quarterback Tyler Raisor, who was the WAVE3 week 8 High School MVP, the Cats put up a very formidable rushing and passing attack. The Wildcats had to travel to Floyd Central for their first round playoff game, losing to the Jaguars 43-35, ending their season. The Cats will only return 1 starter on offense and 2 on defense next year, but we look forward to good things coming in the future for our Wildcat Football team.
Girls Cross Country- The Ladycat XC team had another fantastic season this year, but were again hit by the injury bug. Janie Thompson, who qualified for the state meet as a freshman, was sidelined as well as Gracie Golden, but the Ladycat runners still ended with an impressive year. The lone senior, Sydney Amyx, qualified for the state meet for the 2nd year in a row and took with her an 8th grader, Kayla Harger, who ended up 34th out of 215 at her first state meet. The future looks bright for our Ladycats.
Boys Cross Country- The Wildcat XC team was led by youth again this year, but had a tremendous season. Without a runner above the Sophomore grade, these guys qualified as a team for the State Cross Country meet where they finished in 30th place in the state in class 2A. Keegan Kurtz, a Freshman paced the Wildcats most of the year, but has a lot of help in the form of several other underclassmen and Middle School runners that make our Cross Country team one of the teams on the rise here at Henry County.
As you can see, this has been a very good athletic season for the CATS. We look forward to the basketball season which begins the last week of November. The Ladycats will be returning quite a few players from last years squad and look to comptete for at 31st district championship of their own. The Wildcats will be a new team after graduating 6 seniors last year, but will again challenge for that district championship as well.