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  1. Earlier this month, Villa Madonna senior Brooke Meier announced her commitment to play softball at Mount Saint Joseph University. She will be attending MSJ on academic scholarship, pursuing the field of forensic science as a Biology major. Brooke had been recruited by Urbana, in addition to discussions with NAIA and other Division III coaches for both softball and soccer. Villa Madonna and Brooke utilized social media outlets to spread word of her accomplishment and final decision. Her ceremonial signing date will be announced by the Villa Athletic Department. Congrats Brooke!
  2. With their 8-3 win over Dayton last night, the Blue Lightning advance to the 9th Region All "A" Finals against District rival St. Henry. Joslyn Thornberry (8th/RF) led the way offensively going 2 for 4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. Brooke Meier (11th/P) also went 2 for 4 with 2 SBs and 3 Runs Scored. Anna Bosley (12th/2B), Anna Wagner (11th/C), Casey Fulton (9th/SS), Camdyn Meier (8th/CF) and Reagan Kuehne (10th/3B) each added one hit to the offensive parade. In the circle, Brooke went the distance scattering 5 hits while recording 6 strikeouts with some great defensive plays behind her, none bigger than the inning ending double play made by Bosley and Corrina Borchers (10th/1B) to shut down the scoring threat in the 6th. Villa jumps to a 5-0 start for their season.
  3. The Blue Lightning continued their winning streak by beating Lloyd in the quarterfinals of the All "A" Classic with a score of 14-2. Camdyn Meier (8th/CF) went 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and 5 RBI. Corrina Borchers (10th/1B) chipped in a two run single totaling 3 RBI in the game. After Lloyd P Burrows cleared the fence for a 2 run homer, Villa P Brooke Meier (11th) settled-in to scatter 3 more hits over 5 innings while striking out 12 to record her 4th victory of the season. Villa plays Dayton in the semifinals on Wednesday night at NewCath's home field 7pm.
  4. The Blue Lightning won their third straight game to open the year 3-0 by beating Newport 11-0 in 5 innings in the First Round of the All "A" Classic. At the plate, Casey Fulton (9th/SS) and Corrina Borchers (10th/1B) were both 2-2 on the day. Camdyn Meier (8th/CF) had 2 hits and 2 RBI while Anna Wagner (11th/C) also scored 2 Runs and had 2 RBI. In the circle, Brooke Meier (11th/P) tossed a shutout and her 5th career no-hitter, striking out 6 --- and was just one walk from a perfect game. Meier's performance on the mound came immediately following an amazing afternoon at Villa's Field Meet - she is competing in dual sports this spring. Brooke won the javelin throwing a new school record, won the Long Jump, placed in shot, was the girls Quad-athlon champ, and meet MVP. She could be seen running across Villa's campus into the dugout to quickly change her uniform from Track to Softball and begin warmups. Quite the feat in one day. Villa played Lloyd in the next round of the All-A. See separate post for that game.
  5. Awesome coverage by James Weber of the Enquirer and Jeremy Rauch of Fox 19 highlighting the momentous shot for senior Madison Perry. After being sidelined with an ACL injury at the end of December, she needed 45 points to reach a career 1000. In late January, utilizing an extensive knee brace, Madison sporadically returned to the court to finish what she started as a 7th grader. The team implemented strategy specifically for the few minutes Madison entered a game to protect and allow a 3pt shot from her comfort zone. Madison finally reached 999 and was set before a home crowd to record that final point. She sinks a 3 on the first shot of the game versus Bellevue and the celebration erupts. It was a poignant moment for Madison's family, teammates, and coaches knowing what it took for her to get back on the court. See the video and article links for the incredible full story of one determined young lady! Watch: Basketball player doesn't let torn ACL keep her from hitting 1,
  6. Villa Madonna fast-pitch softball player selected for team going to indoor tournament in Europe | NKyTribune
  7. The Villa Madonna girls' soccer season reached the end on Monday night as they were eliminated from Districts in a 1-0 loss to St. Henry. Villa was in defensive mode for the majority of the game...a reflection of their overall season which consisted of several 1-0 losses or 0-0/1-1 ties. St. Henry was aggressive from the kickoff. An early goal was called back as the Villa keeper had possession on the ground when the ball was kicked out of her hands. Crusaders Grome, Kent (MacKenzie), Laudenslayer, Pope and Ives were smoking with their speed, footwork and power shots. They definitely made Villa goalie, Brooke Meier, earn her "keep", LOL. Meier had 17 saves in the first half, with the Villa defense following her lead by preventing St. Henry from converting several excellent passes and head shots. The second half brought even more pressure from St. Henry, who was determined to slip one in the net. With 26 minutes remaining, St. Henry's #24 MacKenzie Kent was able to split the Villa defenders to get the shot off and hit the bottom 90. It was a perfectly timed, well-placed shot as GK Meier was covering the angle at the front post, with Villa defenders Caitlin Riordan in position at the back post, and Alyssa Pickens in the center covering the cross-back. An excellent goal for the Crusaders that would prove to be a game decider! Congrats to Miss Kent for her outstanding contributions on the evening. Meier would accumulate another 15 saves in the second half, totalling 32 on the game. No other goal would be scored by either side. St. Henry goalie, Riegler, established her presence in the box early and again at the end of the game. She successfully deflected/saved a handful of shots that Villa was able to generate, causing momentary excitement in the stands for the Blue Lightning fans. However, for the most part, the Villa offense did not present themselves as much of a challenge for Riegler and her defenders. Congratulations to the Lady Crusaders (players and coaching staff) on their win and securing a spot in the District Finals Wed night. Their current record is 12-5-0 For the Blue Lightning of Villa, the game may not have ended as they hoped, but Kudos to the players and coaching staff for finishing 11-6-4, winning their 6th consecutive NKAC Division III Championship, and earning the ranking of 13th in the State in regular season team defense based on goals allowed per game. A heartfelt congrats and best wishes in future endeavors to the Senior players on the Villa squad who are graduating this coming May: Maddie Berberich, Maddie Malone, Maddie Schenthal and Sarah Surace. Best of luck to the St. Henry Crusaders, as they look to face Dixie in the District Finals Wed night.
  8. Villa Madonna walked away with the W last night when senior forward, Sarah Surace, put a late second half goal in to take the lead. Villa scored first on a goal by senior Maddie Schenthal. Assists credited to senior Maddie Malone and sophomore Caitlin Riordan. Walton followed in the second half a few minutes after Schenthal's goal with a strategically placed one-on-one shot by breaking away from the Villa defenders. Lots of action again in front of the Villa keeper, junior Brooke Meier. Both Walton keepers did an exceptional job communicating to accelerate their strong punts. Thankfully, the Villa defense and keeper were able to hold Walton to just 1 goal as their forwards were on the constant attack, and they were fast. Villa's record is now 11-4-3
  9. Brooke Meier - Junior, GK from Villa Madonna - has been nominated for Girls Soccer Player of the the Week. She had an outstanding showing against Dixie (see prior post) as well as 3 additional outings to conclude a great week of soccer for Villa. Brooke is the only NKY Girls Soccer Player nominated this week. Feel free to show your support for this young lady as she wages a voting war against several noteworthy OH high school players. Vote: Enquirer high school athlete of the week, Sept. 25
  10. While I have fallen behind in game updates, I wanted to post a summary from Monday. If you did not have an opportunity to attend this District rival match-up, let me try to summarize the evening of thrills from the stands. To be blunt, 95% of the game was spent in front of the Villa defense. Junior keeper, Brooke Meier, was credited with 51 stops. She had several unbelievable saves that stunned the offense, refs, and everyone in attendance. Defenders Alysa Pickens and Maria Rice (both juniors), Neema Adley, Caitlin Riordan, and Kelsey Thomas (all sophomores) worked as a fluid unit through constant communication with Meier, making the goal impenetrable. The stellar performance by this Villa defensive squad established them as a critical force on the field throughout regulation and 2 OT's. Now, the Dixie offense was outstanding and persevered to the end. Their corners, cross-passing, and receipt of the lead ball is quite impressive. They kept speed and pressure on the Villa defenders all night long! The Dixie defense did everything they were supposed to do, although they were not extremely challenged during the game since the Villa offense never got close enough to take an actual shot on goal. It was an unfortunate off night for the Blue Lightning strikers/forwards. After remaining tied through regulation and both OT's, in the end, it came down to PKs. Unfortunately, Villa did not prevail and came up short. But make no mistake, Dixie keeper Lily Paganetto was superb in reading the kicker and committing. Meier, who was also slotted to be Villa's 5th kicker, put forth an incredible effort defending Dixie's PK's, but several of their shots were perfectly placed in the top corner. For this spectator, with the unique level of talent and passion that were present on the field from both teams, it was such an enjoyable game to watch, albeit a nail biter till the last PK! Congrats to Dixie who finished first during regular season District play, after defeating both St. Henry and Villa in a PK shoot-out. Although plagued with injuries since the first week of games, Villa has shown tremendous resilience and tenacity. Their current record is 9-4-3 with 9 shutouts to date. Junior keeper Brooke Meier has a goals allowed avg of 0.7. With a win over Dayton on Wednesday, Villa clinched their 6th consecutive NKAC Division III Championship. Congrats to the Blue Lightning for their continued growth and success on the field. As we approach the heart of the season, best of luck to ALL teams, and wishes for continued health and safety!
  11. On Wednesday night, Villa Madonna played Conner at their stadium under the lights, ending in a 0 to 0 tie. Conner dominated offensive possession most of the game, with some incredible shots on goal. Villa played solid team defense, and keeper Brooke Meier was outstanding in goal with 19 saves. Villa returned to the field their entire defensive squad from last year, which set a school record for the most consecutive and overall shutouts in a season. Villa's record is 0-0-2.
  12. Wow. You can tell I am out of practice posting this season. Meant to reply to you with this section: Hey LB, I believe you all play away tonight? Bummer - I wondered if you wanted to catch the Villa at Dayton game when B. Meier and BFF Grace Workman face each other. Always fun to play your friends from other schools...is that not one element of what makes HS athletics so amazing and memorable! Best of luck to the NCC Breds tonight.
  13. Thanks LB13. I am honored to know that I was missed or at least my write-ups were. I was feeling extremely guilty for my neglect this season. You know I do my best to get Villa athletes some exposure. There were a few games that I wanted to submit but exhaustion got the better of me. For instance, both outings with Calvary this season came down to the final innings. Villa landed on top in the first game 5-3 and last night 3-2, but not without some amazing catches by the Calvary fielders, and pitcher Olivia Palasek who kept our offense guessing. Ultimately, it was the aggressive base running that I mentioned which put us in scoring position to seal the deal. Also worth noting, B. Meier in conjunction with Wagner has recorded several 1 and 2-hitters this season. They are both true students of the game, analyzing and discussing their opponent before each match-up. Anyone who knows these two athletes should not be surprised as that is how they approach basketball with access to Hudl and reviewing game films. Although we lost to Scott 1-10, it was C. Meiers first varsity outing during a very wet, rainy and soggy game. Obviously nervous, Wagner kept C. Meier calm and focused behind the plate, while B. Meier was seen at the mound between every inning providing encouragement, advice and instruction. C. Meier was controlled on the mound and showed her maturity. This was a positive for the Villa squad - eventually B. Meier will graduate and the Villa coaching staff has been working to groom C. Meier and Joslyn Thornberry (another 7th grader) to take over pitching duties in 3 years. Hey LB, I believe you all play away tonight? Bummer - I wondered if you wanted to catch the Villa at Dayton game when B. Meier and BFF Grace Workman face each other. Always fun to play your friends from other schools...is that not one element of what makes HS athletics so amazing and memorable! Best of luck to the NCC Breds tonight.
  14. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find time to post any game summaries for Villa Madonna softball this season. While I missed these opportunities to share individual scores and accomplishments, I wanted to provide some level of season highlights for those that have not yet caught our girls in action on the field. Given how small the fastpitch program is, there are always new challenges for the Villa coaching staff to work through at the beginning of every season, and this year was no different. However, none of these factors have prevented them from working to establish competitive teams. After graduating 9 veteran players during the past 2 seasons, only 4 experienced starters remain in the lineup for Coach Meier: *Seasoned pitcher/Sophomore Brooke Meier who is in her 5th year on the mound; *3rd year catcher/Sophomore Anna Wagner who is also a 5th year starter (first 2 years as OF); *Junior 2B Anna Bosley in her 2nd year as a starter; *7th grader Camdyn Meier in 2nd year starting OF, but also filling roles at 1B and pitcher as needed - been a member of the team since 4th grade, and was grandfathered in before KHSAA grade level restrictions. The lone senior on this squad, Carol Dosker, has developed as a utility player throughout her three years, and now rotates time at 3B and outfield, depending on the needs of the team. The remainder of the roster and starting positions are filled by mostly 8th and 9th graders, many of whom have never played softball before…definitely not at a varsity, high school level. For anyone that observed a Villa game so far this season, there is no question Wagner and B. Meier have embraced their roles as captains, as witnessed by their sharing of game knowledge, leadership, and motivation of the younger and less experienced players. It takes determination, maturity, and composure to rally teammates and remain optimistic when you are recording 14Ks from the mound yet still losing majorly on unearned runs and errors. Not only is this battery a dominating force on the field, controlling the flow of the game from the mound, but both players are offensive leaders in the Villa lineup, with batting averages at or above .500 and OBP above .600. The term “Courtesy Runner” is not in their vocabulary as they set the Villa precedent for aggressive base running – Meier serving as leadoff currently has 27 SB, 6 Doubles and 2 HR. Wagner adds impact with her own contributions of 21 RBI, 22 SB and 4 Doubles. Junior 2B Bosley provides energy and flair as the third and final captain. You will find her inspiring the Villa dugout during offense to keep everyone engaged, involved and cheering, while batting cleanup and contributing 19 RBI herself. B. Meier is currently 8-7 with 129K’s and 1.33 ERA on the season. In mid-April she surpassed 500K’s for her career mark. The youngest Meier, Camdyn, made her varsity debut on the mound this season when a game injury resulted in B. Meier transitioning to SS for 2.5 games. During this time frame, Wagner moved out to 1B, giving 8th grader Casey Fulton varsity game experience behind the plate. B. Meier and Wagner continued to serve as field generals, demonstrating ability to mentor plus instill confidence in the younger players. With the completion of each game, this young Villa squad is defining improvement through repetition. There are less errors, more confidence, and obvious abilities in each player when they take the field. With two more seasons of HS softball, it will be exciting to watch the duo of Wagner and B. Meier continue to develop and excel as they hope to lead their Villa teammates to a higher level. Best of luck to all in these remaining few weeks of season. It is enjoyable to read about individual player potential and team successes from surrounding schools.
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