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Athletics

For questions regarding our Athletic Department, please contact Dale Mueller, Athletic Director.

The Tradition Continues
Highlands High School Athletic Teams: Baseball, Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball, Boys and Girls Bowling, Cheerleading, Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country, Football, Boys’ and Girls’ Golf, Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer, Softball (fast pitch), Boys’ and Girls’ Swimming and Diving, Boys and Girls Tennis, Boys’ and Girls’ Track and Field, Volleyball

Athletic Accomplishments
- Dale Mueller was named in 2009 the Russell Athletic National High School Coach of the Year and the Marvin Lewis Coach of the Year.  Dale was also awarded in the same year the Paul Brown Coaching Excellence Award.  He has tied the state record for the most state championships won with 8.

- The HHS Football Team has 22 state championships, tied for the most in the state of Kentucky. Champion years are: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1992, 1989, 1982, 1981, 1977, 1975, 1970, 1968, 1964, 1961, and 1960.
 
- The Highlands Girls’ Soccer Team won back-to-back state championships in 2005 and 2006.

- Both the boys and girls soccer teams were state runners-up in 2008.

- Highlands Girls’ Cross Country Team won back-to-back-to-back state championships in 2002, 2003, and 2004 and won again in 2012.

- Highlands Girls’ Track Team won back-to-back-to-back state championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

- Highlands Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team has won the regional championship 12 different times. Champion years are: 2001, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1987, 1986, 1983, 1982 and 1979, 1934, 1924 and 1923.
 
- Ross Neltner, Kentucky's Mr. Basketball in 2003, played college basketball at both LSU and Vandy, having a very successful career in the SEC.

- Highlands Boys’ Golf Team won the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference in 2007 and in 2010. They were also the 9th region champions in these two years.  Sophomore Parker Harris won the 9th region championship in 2012.

- Highlands former girls’ Head Soccer Coach, Nina Kearns, was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2006 National Coach of the Year.

- The Highlands Football Team has finished the season ranked nationally in the USA Today Super 25 high school football rankings list five times (1982, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2009); no Kentucky high school has been ranked in this poll more times than Highlands.

- Highlands holds several current official Kentucky state high school football records, including undefeated seasons (12), touchdowns in a season (113, in 1998), points in a season (801, in 1998), and touchdown receptions by an individual player in a game (Brett Hamblen - 6 in 2000). HHS holds a tie for the state record for the longest touchdown pass (99 yards in both 1996 and 2009).

- Highlands Girls’ Head Basketball Coach, Jaime Walz Richey, played basketball at Highlands in the ‘90’s and was named the 1996 Gatorade National Player of the Year and Miss Kentucky Basketball.

- Jared Lorenzen, HHS Class of ’99 and Mr. Kentucky Football 1998, was the starting quarterback at the University of Kentucky and was the back-up quarterback for Eli Manning of the New York Giants. Rob Smith, Class of ’02, played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns.

- Tara Boothe, Class of ’02, was the Miss Kentucky Basketball Runner-Up in 2002. Tara went on to have a successful basketball career at Xavier University.

- The Girls’ Varsity Basketball team has won seven 9th Region Championships and has been to the state quarterfinals three times (1984,1996 and 2001). 

- Derek Smith, HHS Class of '99, was the National Grid Hoop Player of the Year and the Best Football/Basketball player in the entire nation.  He played college football for the University of Kentucky and played one year for the Cincinnati Bengals.  Derek was also selected as the KHSAA Male Athlete of the Year.

- Patrick Towles, HHS Class of 2012, was Mr. Kentucky Football, was named to the Parade magazine All-America Team, was Gatorade Player of the Year in Kentucky, won the Paul Hornung Award as the Kentucky Player of the Year.  He plays football for the University of Kentucky.  

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