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Family Rules: The sibling combinations

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By Sam Draut

It’s natural for siblings to compete against each other, but I wanted to highlight some of the best sibling combinations at the varsity level this year.

South Oldham

The Bensons

Mikayla Benson (softball) and JT Benson (football and baseball)

As the catcher and the Lady Dragons’ vocal leader, Mikayla was one of the best hitters in the state this season. She had the 10th highest average (.604) while hitting four home runs and driving in 23 runs, as well as scoring 26. Her on-base percentage of .703 was the seventh best and her slugging percentage of 1.056 ranked 16th in the state in her junior year.

In the fall, JT did plenty of different things for the Dragon football team, rushing for 339 yards and four touchdowns, hauling in 13 receptions for 180 yards and three scores along with 36 tackles and two interceptions as a sophomore. He also returned kick offs.

In the spring, JT played third base and left field and was the leadoff hitter late in the season as South Oldham baseball won the Eighth Region and reached the state tournament for the first time in program history. JT had six home runs, 35 runs scored and 26 RBIs with an on-base percentage over .400.

The Bowldens

Lexi Bowlden (basketball), Colton Bowlden (football) and Makalia Bowlden (basketball)

As a senior, Lexi provided the Lady Dragon basketball team with interior toughness as she averaged 5.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

Colton had an impressive year running the ball, rushing for 619 yards and six touchdowns, averaging nearly 16 yards per carry. He also had six receptions for 119 yards and tallied 18 tackles.

Makalia appeared in 18 games as a freshman, averaging 2.4 rebounds and 1 point in limited time.

The Johnsons

Ben Johnson (golf, basketball) and Seth Johnson (basketball)

The senior, Ben, and sophomore, Seth, did different things on the floor for South Oldham boys basketball. Ben had a role as the Dragons’ energy off the bench, rebounding and driving to the bas ket. Seth started throughout the season and handled some of the point guard responsibilities.

Ben averaged 7.9 points and 4 rebounds while shooting 61.4 percent from the field. Seth averaged 3.6 points and 1.6 rebounds.

The Lawses

Olivia Laws (soccer) and Spencer Laws (soccer and football)

Olivia started in goal during the season for South Oldham girls soccer as a senior. Spencer was a key piece for the Dragon boys soccer’s defensive side of the field and was also the placekicker for the football team.

The Sahatjians

Alex Sahatjian (cross country and track and field) and Skylar Sahatjian (basketball)

Alex placed 155th in the Class 3-A state cross country meet in the fall and finished ninth in the 1,600 run at the Class 3-A Region 4 track and field meet in May. Skylar averaged 9.1 points and made 42 3-pointers as the Lady Dragons’ starting point guard.

North Oldham

The Roses

Brandon Rose (football and basketball) and Justin Rose (basketball)

Brandon provided a deep-play threat for the Mustang football team last fall, bringing in 35 receptions for 460 yards and four touchdowns. The senior also had 14 tackles as a member of North Oldham’s secondary. Brandon appeared in 26 games for North Oldham boys basketball, primarily as a perimeter defender.

Justin was one of the top players in the Eighth Region in his senior year. He led the team with 20.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, showing the ability to score in a multitude of ways. He made 67 3-pointers on 41.6 percent shooting from behind the arc.

The Smiths

Dylan Smith (soccer) and Jordyn Smith (soccer, track and field)

Dylan had 17 goals and 15 assists, both team highs for the Mustang soccer team that reached the regional final for the second straight season. As a senior, Dylan was a scoring midfielder that led North Oldham's offensive attack, which averaged three goals a game.

Similar to her older brother, Jordyn led her team in goals and assists, finishing with five and seven, respectively. In the spring, Jordyn placed third in the 400 meter race in the Class 2-A state championship. She also ran on the 4 by 800, 4 by 400 meter and 4 by 200 meter relay teams that placed third in the state meet. 

The Kelloggs

Katelyn Kellogg (soccer) and Tristan Kellogg (baseball)

Katelyn graduated from North Oldham as the best goalkeeper in the girls soccer program’s history. She had 436 career saves, earning all-region honors and being named to the all-state team twice.

Tristan was a reliable starting pitcher for the Mustangs as a junior with a 3-2 record and 2.87 earned run average in 39 innings of work. He had a .419 on-base percentage with eight RBIs and 11 runs scored.

The Terrys

Hannah Terry (soccer) and Isaiah Terry (cross country and track and field)

Hannah returned for her senior year after missing an entire season recovering from an ACL injury. She scored four goals and had an assist as a midfielder for the Lady Mustangs.

In the fall after placing eighth in the regional meet, Isaiah finished 92nd in the Class 2-A cross country state meet. He placed 12th in the 300 meter hurdles in the 2-A track and field state championship meet and finished sixth in the pole vault.

The Beavins

Katie Beavin (tennis), Emma Beavin (tennis) and Grant Beavin (baseball)

After winning the tennis doubles state championship in 2017, Katie and Emma competed as individuals this spring. The identical twins met in the regional final, which Katie won.

In the state singles tournament, Katie reached the quarterfinals and was named to the all-state team while Emma won her first two matches before falling in the round of 16.

Grant scored 16 runs and stole three bases for North Oldham.

The Robertses

Gabby Roberts (volleyball), Olivia Roberts (volleyball) and Ariana Roberts (volleyball)

Gabby and Olivia were part of North Oldham’s imposing front line last fall as the Lady Mustang volleyball team won the Eighth Region for the fourth straight year. Gabby was named the Eighth Region Player of the Year in her senior year while Olivia was also an important middle blocker for North Oldham as a junior.

As a freshman, Ariana appeared in several matches late in the season.

The Franklins

Clay Franklin (track and field) and Raegan Franklin (track and field)

The brother and sister each brought back a state championship to North Oldham from the Class 2-A state track and field meet in May. As a freshman, Clay broke a state meet record on his way to winning the state championship in the pole vault. Raegan, a junior, wasn’t going to be outdone by her younger brother, winning the state title in the pole vault event by more than a foot over the runner-up.

The Hollemans

Grace Holleman (soccer) and Emma Holleman (soccer and track and field)

The two sisters were big parts of North Oldham girls soccer’s offensive attack last fall. Emma tied for a team-high five goals for North Oldham as a freshman while Grace scored four goals and had an assist in her junior year.

In the spring, Emma was a part of North Oldham’s 4 by 800 relay team, which finished third in the Class 2-A state meet.

Oldham County

The Heads

Sophia Head (basketball) and Alexis Head (basketball)

The twin sisters were at the forefront of the Lady Colonels most successful season in nearly 20 years as Oldham County won the District 29 title for the first time since 2014 and reached the semi-finals of the Eighth Region tournament with 22 wins.

Sophia Head averaged a team-high 12.8 points along with 3.6 rebounds. The junior made a team-high 39 3-pointers.

Alexis, who handled some of the point guard responsibilities, averaged 10.7 points and 3.4 rebounds. She shot 50.4 percent from the field on two-point attempts.

Sophia and Alexis both were their best in transition and seemed to play off each other on fast breaks when Oldham County would push the tempo.

The Deckards

Jackson Deckard (football and wrestling) and Carson Deckard (football and wrestling)

Jackson Deckard caught 14 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown as a junior while tallying 25 tackles for the Colonels. Carson had 10 tackles.

In the winter, Carson and Jackson each won their respective weight classes at the state dual championship, which Oldham County wrestling finished as the state runner-up.

Carson won the regional title in the 120 pound weight class to advance to the state tournament while Jackson claimed the regional title in the 182 pound weight class.

In the state tournament, Carson placed fourth after reaching the quarterfinals before winning two matches in the consolation rounds. Jackson won his first round match in the state tournament and one other in the consolation rounds.

The Constants

Anna Constant (cross country and track and field) and Evelyn Constant (cross country)

Anna Constant placed 18th at the Class 3-A state cross country meet and Evelyn finished 24th as Oldham County was the state runner-up. The week prior, Anna placed 10th and Evelyn was 19th in the regional run.

Anna was on the 4 by 800 relay team that placed third in the track and field regional meet, which Oldham County won for the first time since 1988. The relay team placed 16th in the Class 3-A state meet.

The Smekruds

Kacey Smekrud (soccer) and Megan Smekrud (soccer)

Kacey had 14 goals and four assists while Megan scored three goals in a season that ended in the regional final for Oldham County after winning the District 29 title.

The Calderons

Damien Calderon (football, wrestling) and Daniel Calderon (football)

Daniel’s strength and size paired well with Oldham County’s downhill rushing attack as the senior had 259 yards and three touchdowns.

Damien placed fourth in the 152 pound weight class in the regional tournament for Oldham County wrestling. At the state championship meet, Damien won two matches in the consolation rounds.