Not without some stress, but Boyd County has a guaranteed shot to defend its 16th Region boys soccer championship.
The Lions won a roll of numbered dice with Russell at the 63rd District Tournament meeting on Wednesday for the district’s top seed. The Lions and Red Devils both went 3-1 in district seeding and split their two meetings, necessitating the tiebreaker.
That means Boyd County (9-3-1) automatically advances to the district tournament final at Ashland at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and to the region tournament. Russell (9-11) gets a win-or-go-home date with tournament host Ashland (4-11) in the district semifinal at 6 on Monday.
The Red Devils knocked off the Tomcats in a penalty-kick shootout on Sept. 17 and beat Ashland in overtime on Sept. 26.
Ashland (15-0-1) claimed the district’s girls top seed with no accompanying drama — just dominance. The LadyCats are one of three undefeated teams left in the state — Christian Academy of Louisville and Covington Latin are the other two.
Ashland, as the top seed in a three-team district, gained passage to the district final Wednesday at 8 p.m. and to the region tournament.
Russell (9-10) and Boyd County (5-8-1) meet in the district semifinal on Monday at 8. The Lady Devils beat the Lady Lions 2-0 on Sept. 12 and 3-1 12 days later.
The 64th District Volleyball Tournament is set for Oct. 21-24 at Fairview Elementary. Between now and then, both matchups that are already set will have one more go.
Holy Family (0-10) and Rose Hill Christian (3-11) meet in the first round on Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. Four days before that, they conclude the regular season against each other, hosted by the Lady Irish.
Fairview (16-11) and Ashland (8-18) face off in the tournament semifinals on Oct. 22 at 6. The Lady Eagles are scheduled to pay the Volleycats a visit on Tuesday.
Boyd County (24-6), the top seed, awaits the Lady Royals-Lady Irish winner on Oct. 21 at 7:30 at Robert W. Morrison Gymnasium.
The defending district tournament champion Lady Lions are 8-1 against district competition this season.
The title match is Oct. 24 at 6 p.m.
The Lady Eagles beat Ashland in their previous two meetings, 3-1 on Thursday in Westwood and 2-1 on Saturday in the Lady Lions Invitational hosted by Boyd County.
Rose Hill knocked off Holy Family, 3-0, on Thursday.
state paths form
Northeastern Kentucky teams learned who they’ll meet at State on the KHSAA draw show on Wednesday afternoon.
The 16th Region Tournament volleyball champion will take on the 13th Region titlist in the first round on Nov. 8 at a to-be-determined time at Valley High School in Louisville. The 15th Region champ opposes the Eighth Region winner on the same day.
The quarterfinals and semifinals are Nov. 9, and the final is the next day.
The 16th Region girls and boys soccer champions will each host the 13th Region champs in Semi-State 7, while the 15th Region’s winners travel to the 14th Region champs in Semi-State 8.
The Semi-State 7 champ then hosts the Semi-State 8 winner in the state’s round of eight.
The state semifinals will take place at a to-be-determined Lexington public high school, with the boys playing Oct. 30 and the girls on Oct. 31.
Both finals are Nov. 2 in Lexington.