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NKY Women’s Football Preview: 8th/10th Regions

10th Region, 37th District:

Camels of Campbell County

The Camels won their first regional crown since 2014 last season, going 19-5-2, including an 11-0 mark against local opponents.

“Every team we lost to was top 10 in the state,” Campbell County head coach Dave Morris said. “So the thing that I have been emphasizing to the players as part of the performance review is that we beat everyone who is ranked below us. But we have to step up to compete with the better teams. They had more physical and mental strength than us last year.

Senior forward Ruby Dunlevy returns after scoring 30 goals and adding nine assists last year for 69 points. Senior Ambria Poynter also returns as a striker.

Senior Madison Gamble and sophomore Jozie Holmes could play either forward or in midfield. Holmes scored 16 goals and had 15 assists last year for 47 points.

Seniors Isabella Menetrey and Addie Schumacher return to midfield. The Camels also fire three defenders in senior Julia Busam, junior Ali Powell and sophomore Emma Westlund. Senior Morgan Rawe returns to the goaltending position after recording 104 saves last year.

“Most of the current senior class were on the varsity team as freshmen,” Morris said. “Even then, four or five of them started, so we’ve been working with this group for four years. They all know each other so it’s getting easier and easier to own the ball so we keep working on possession. But we’ve been doing it for years. Typically years ago we were a defensive team. Now we are more of an offensive team because of the personnel we have.

Campbell County plays in the Fayette County Spectacular starting August 10 against Lafayette. Game time is 6:15 p.m.

Bishop Brossart Lady’ Stangs

The Lady’ Stangs are coming off a 15-9-1 season and a third straight appearance in the regional title game.

Brossart returns four of its top five scorers from last year. Senior midfielder Jill Planeaux led the Lady’ Stangs with 18 goals and 15 assists for 51 points. Junior forward/midfielder Emma Sandfoss had 18 goals and five assists for 41 points.

Two other seniors, midfielder Ella Machenheimer and striker/midfielder Katelynn Kremer, scored nine goals each. Brossart fires several defenders hoping to make an impact, such as senior Brooke Shewmaker, junior Avery Schaefer and junior Kylie Kremer if she doesn’t play goalie.

Senior goaltender Lauren Gooderson is also back. She made 218 saves last year as the Lady’ Stangs shut out six opponents on the field.

“Our mantra will be the work ethic,” said Bishop Brossart third-year head coach Andy Smith. “We think if we can get the girls to work to their abilities, we think we can win the region. So far we love the camaraderie. You can tell there are a lot of friendships. You can tell they’re going to play for each other as a team, not just themselves.

Bishop Brossart opens the season August 8 at Ryle. Game time is 8 p.m.

8th Region, 32nd District:

Simon Kenton Lady Pioneers

The Lady Pioneers finished 9-10-3 last season.

New head coach Hillary Johnson welcomes a group of experienced players. Senior midfielders Sophie Decker, Margo Roberts and senior goalkeeper Olivia York made the second team in all regions. Decker is the leading return scorer with four goals and 12 assists for 20 points.

Three other returning players made honorable mentions across all regions: junior forward Campbell Ruble, junior defender Avery Spaulding and senior defender/midfielder Katey Gadzala.

“Their work ethic is fantastic,” Johnson said. “Their dedication from top to bottom is so great. It was really good to get into that situation. They were doing freelance workouts before a coach was hired. Hearing that was really a blessing.

Several others return with college experience: senior defenders Abigail Dempsey, Elyse Mulcahy, senior midfielder Anna Harrington and sophomore forward Jada Johnson.

Coach Johnson said three freshman forwards could make the difference: Ella Smith, Reese Johnson and Alexis Howard. Smith could also see time in midfield.

The Lady Pioneers travel to South Oldham on August 8 for a game at 7.30pm.

Walton-Verona Bearcats

The Bearcats finished last year with a 16-6-1 record and won the 8th “All A” region title for the ninth straight year.

Patrick Luken welcomes back nine returning starters who enter his seventh season at the helm of the program.

“It’s the best team we’ll have since the start of the program,” Luken said. “The chemistry is great. We just need to put a few pieces together.

The return of the two leading scorers for the Bearcats: junior Emma Landrum and second Campbell Christy. Christy had 20 goals and 11 assists for 51 points, and Landrum had 22 goals and three assists for 47 points.

Two midfield players Luken has named as essential are juniors Trinity Bauwens and Olivia Sams. Junior Emily Bowlin could also play a key role there. Junior Macy Sawyer could play midfield or defender. The starters returning to defenseman are juniors Regan Stahl and Kassidy Evans.

Senior goaltender Payton Kenny also returns. She made 152 saves last year as Walton-Verona shut out 12 teams.

Walton-Verona opens the season Aug. 8 at Henry County. The varsity game begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a junior varsity game.