Spring was good to local teams

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By Mickey Patterson

 State titles highlighted the close of the high school spring sports season.

With the South Oldham girls’ 4x800 relay team winning a second straight title with four underclassmen and SOHS freshman Grace Whitworth winning the 3,200 title, the track future in the county looks bright. The state titles cap a strong school sports year in the county which in turn leads to the publication of The Oldham Era’s Athletes of the Year section coming June 17. For the third year we have picked an overall male and female athlete of the year and male and female athletes from all the sanctioned high school sports. Each athlete is featured in a portrait with a sketch of their respective seasons and careers. The portraits were done by two very talented interns, Kaitlin Keane, an Oldham County High School graduate now attending Western Kentucky University and Grace Ann Profancik, who recently graduated from South Oldham High School. I think you’ll be impressed by the talent of these two young ladies that make the section a great read so be sure and check it out. Movin’ on up As is the case every year, local teams and individual athletes have positioned themselves to have big seasons next year. The biggest move may have come from the North Oldham High School girls’ softball team that won a school record 21 games against 12 losses and won their first district title. Led by junior pitcher and regional player of the year candidate Elizabeth Young, the Lady Mustangs could be on tap for a run at a regional crown next season. A strong set of freshmen and sophomores who played varsity this season will be back to support Young on the mound. Like NOHS, South Oldham’s young team made a trip to the regional tourney and are poised for an even stronger year next year behind pitcher Danielle Hempel, an eighth-grader. In baseball, NOHS also made some big strides winning a school record 23 games and pushing eventual regional champion Shelby County to the wall before falling in the regional semis. Oldham County returns solid pitching in Wade Mason and Taylor Riggs and some big bats like Ryan Lakin and Dylan Chisholm. SOHS also threw a bit of monkey wrench in the district seeding race this year beating both NOHS and OCHS and could become a factor with a young team. In tennis, it should be a battle royale for the regional boys’ crown again between SOHS and NOHS. The Dragons edged the Mustangs in a special playoff this year, but both teams return plenty of talent led by talented singles players Cyrus Moslemi of NOHS and Jordan Pitts of SOHS. And in track, in addition to the state winners from SOHS, NOHS’ Brianne Brown and Zach Evans are now firmly entrenched as state contenders in AA in the sprints and the hurdles and OCHS’ Madison Theiss will contend for titles in three field events. So the spring was a good one for the local schools. They can all take a breather, but not much of one. The fall sports seasons start practicing in just over a month on July 15.   The views expressed in this column are those of the writer.