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By The Staff

Scholarship News

DiGiuroFoundationhostingadayattheracesWhen: June 7.

Where: Churchill Downs.What: The Trent DiGiuro Foundation will host its 11th annual Day at the Races at Churchill Downs on June 7, the day of the Belmont Stakes.The event is on Millionaire’s Row. Tickets will be available in early May. All proceeds go to fund scholarships sponsored by the foundation for student-athletes at the three local high schools and the University of Kentucky.Lasseigne awarded ROTC scholarshipWhen: March 1.Where: South Oldham High School.What: South Oldham High School senior Cody Lasseigne has been awarded an Air Force ROTC Scholarship to attend Eastern Kentucky University.Lasseigne was an honorable mention all-state and all-region football player this fall as a center/nose guard for the Dragons and was a two-time regional wrestling champion at 171 pounds for SOHS.

Fencing

Moore wins two gold medals at festivalWhen: Feb. 24.Where: Columbus, Ohio.What: Lauren Moore, an East Oldham Middle School student from Centerfield, recently won two gold medals in fencing at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio.The event is sponsored by former world champion bodybuilder and actor and current governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.Moore, a nationally ranked fencer, won the gold medal in the Youth-12 and Youth-14 Sabre competition.The Arnold Fest, as it is popuarly known, offers competition in 12 Olympic sports and 37 total events including bodybuilding, fitness and cheerleading and attracted 17,000 competitors this year.

Recreation

Clover Leaf run taking registrationWhen: March 22.Where: Wendell Moore Park, Buckner.What: The Oldham County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the third annual Clover Leaf 10K run at 9 a.m. March 22.The run starts at the John Black Community Center. Early registration is $12. Late registration, including race day, is $15. Prizes are given in a variety of age groups and all participants receive a long-sleeve T-shirt. For information, call 225-0656.Youth tennis lessons offeredWhen: Registration starts April 1.Where: Wendell Moore Park, Briar Hill Park and Immaculate Conception.What: The Oldham County Parks and Recreation Department will offer beginning tennis lessons for kids ages 6-8 and 9-12 at the courts at Wendell Moore Park, Briar Hill Park and Immaculate Conception. Morning classes meet twice a week for four weeks for $48. Evening classes meet once a week for six weeks for $36. There is a maximum of eight students per class, minimum of four. Sessions start in early June. For information, call 225-0656.Softball leagues taking registrationWhen: This month.Where: Wendell Moore Park, Buckner.What: The Oldham County Parks and Recreation Department is taking registration for men’s, coed and women’s softball. The registration fee is $335 per team and includes a nine-game schedule plus a single-elimination tournament. Summer league play begins April 7. Fall league registration begins July 1 with play starting the second week in August. Fall leagues provide seven games plus a single-elimination tournament for $260. A variety of nights and levels are offered. League champs receive T-shirts and a sponsor’s trophy. Tournament champs receive T-shirts.For information, call 225-0656.

Regional Basketball

South Oldham vs. Simon KentonScore: 60-51 South Oldham.When: March 5.Where: Eighth Region tourney, Henry County High School.Key players: South Oldham’s Aaron Carrithers, Drew Kraemer, Drew Simpson and Matt Faller. Simon Kenton’s Brandon Maegley and Jeff Slavey.Game highlights: The Dragons built a second-half lead, almost lost it, then rode the free throw shooting of senior point guard Drew Simpson to give coach Steve Simpson his first win in the Eighth Region tournament.Drew Simpson, the coach’s son, hit nine of 10 free throws in the final 2:51 of the game to ice the win for the Dragons.“We’re very confident in his free throw shooting,” Steve Simpson said. “We feel pretty comfortable with him at the line in that situation. For him to walk up there and hit those shots was really big.”Simpson finished with 11 points in the game.After falling behind 7-0 to open the game, the Dragons were able to regroup and take a 30-25 lead into the half.The Dragons went up by 13 points with a 13-1 scoring run in the late stages of the third quarter and opening minutes of the fourth period.Leading 37-36, SOHS started the run with a pair of inside baskets from Aaron Carrithers and a jumper from the foul line from Matt Faller just as the buzzer ended the third period to lead 43-36.After a free throw from Simon Kenton’s Brandon Maegley, the Dragons kept it going with a free throw from Carrithers followed by a drive in the lane from Drew Kraemer.A shot in the lane from Faller off a nice pass from Casey Jackson forced a Simon Kenton timeout with SOHS up 48-37. Faller came off the bench to score 10 points.The Dragons closed the run with a pair of free throws from Kraemer to lead 50-37 before the Pioneers made a final run behind their perimeter game.Simon Kenton cut the lead to 50-46 on three straight three-pointers. The first two came from Jeff Slavey before David Dressman hit the final three off the right wing with 3:02 left in the game.That left the game in the hands of Drew Simpson who started his free throw clinic with 2:51 left to keep the Dragons ahead.“We held our composure very well when they hit those threes,” Steve Simpson said. “No one lost their cool.”SOHS - 15 15 13 17 60 - Aaron Carrithers 19, Drew Kraemer 15, Drew Simpson 11, Matt Faller 10, Casey Jackson 5, 60.SIMON KENTON - 11 16 9 15 51 - Brandon Maegley 15, Jeff Slavey 11, David Dressman 8, Casey Sorrell 9, Jacob Robinson 4, Zach Layne 2, Nate Ponzer 2, 51.North Oldham vs. Walton-VeronaScore: 70-61 North Oldham.When: Thursday.Where: Eighth Region tourney, Henry County High School.Key players: North Oldham’s Alex Foley and Nate Goodson. Walton-Verona’s Jordan Ponzer, Josh Jones and Mike Martin.Game highlights: At least the NOHS coaching staff had the right uniforms as the Mustangs were able to gain the upper hand in the second half by returning to their style of play to hold off a scrappy Walton-Verona club.The Mustangs could have been suffering a bit of an identity crisis in the first half when they trailed 25-24 wearing borrowed white uniforms from Henry County after forgetting to pack their own whites. With guards Alex Foley and Nate Goodson scoring 11 and nine points respectively in the second half, NOHS was able to pull away late against the pesky Bearcats.With its normally strong three-point attack and foul shooting off its normal high percentage, the Mustangs were able to use Foley and Goodson’s ability to find lanes to the basket to finally pull away in the final four minutes of the game.NOHS’ balance helped them to break the game open with a 10-0 scoring run.Leading 50-47 after Walton-Verona’s Josh Jones hit a running 12-footer from the right corner, Kevin Christian started the run with a drive in the lane.That was followed by two post-up shots in the lane from Clay Watson and Sam Haley for a 56-47 lead, forcing a Walton-Verona timeout.After forcing a Bearcats’ turnover, the Mustangs closed the run with breakaway layups from Foley and Goodson to lead 60-47.“After looking at the shot chart and seeing we were two for 14 from the three-point line in the first half, we told the guys to get to the rim and get better percentage shots and they did,” NOHS coach Danny Edelen said. “We have been pretty good at making adjustments all year long and that showed tonight. We were 17 of 33 from the line which is not very good at all. but that 33 free throws shows me were going to the basket.”NOHS - 17 7 22 24 70 - Alex Foley 16, Nate Goodson 13, Mike Rowan 9, Kevin Christian 8, Chris Menefee 5, Sam Haley 5, Ryan Gallas 4, Clay Watson 2, Dale Tingle 8, 70.WALTON-VERONA - 13 12 16 20 - Josh Jones 11, Jordan Ponzer 18, Mike Martin 12, Peyton Ponzer 11, Scott Kirk 2, Vance Sullivan 5, Josh Hopperton 2, 61.