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BluegrassPreps Pre-Season Football Rankings

By Ram - Class 1A Pikeville proved they were worthy of being the Class 1A Champions in 2018, but came up just short against Beechwood. Class 1A says farewell to the Tigers, and in their departure the Panthers now become the defacto King of the Jungle. Campbellsville may have one of Class 1A's top players back and begin their march against Casey County. Speaking of returning stars, Williamsburg (Dalton Ponder) and Raceland (Gunnur Lewis) each have standouts back and each open with local rivals. Class 1A newcomer Newport Central Catholic hopes to shake things up with their arrival, they draw a tough... Read More → 2019 Preseason Mr. Football Watchlist

By DevilMayCare - Following up on last year's inaugural BGP Mr. Football Watchlist, welcome to 2019's first installment. The second post won't occur until after the season's opening weekend. We'll be capping the list at 16 players each week to avoid the overcrowding that sometimes plagued the watchlist last year. As you'll see below, the players have been divided into three groups. Suggestions for additional names to track this season are welcome. If a player's name disappears from the list, that doesn't mean he can't return at a later date. Comings and goings from the watchlist will be dictated by that... Read More →

50 Greatest Kentucky Baseball Programs

By gchs_uk9 - A few years back I posted a thread ranking the top fifty football programs in Kentucky. I did something similar the next year for basketball. Rankings were based on district/regional titles, playoff wins, state championships, etc. While sitting with my son at the state tournament last week and discussing successful programs, it dawned on me that I could do the same thing for baseball. Baseball in Kentucky is unique in that, unlike basketball and football, it has went through several postseason formats. The methodology I composed for ranking baseball programs is somewhat complex so I'll... Read More →

Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Baseball & KHSAA Softball State Tournaments set for Lexington

By theguru - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2019 The 2019 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Baseball and 2019 KHSAA Softball State Tournaments will be held this week in Lexington, with the state baseball tournament returning to Whitaker Bank Ballpark while the state softball tournament heads to the University of Kentucky’s John Cropp Stadium for the first time. Tickets for each event are available for purchase online with links available on the homepage at Re-entry is not permitted at either event, however, as is customary with all KHSAA General Admission events, the stands will not be cleared... Read More →

Is Logan Castleman the runaway choice for Mr. Baseball?

By theguru - One of my friends, Brad Ratliff, posted this on Facebook. I’m going to try to keep this as short as possible, but there is a lot to say about this young man & just exactly what he has accomplished, not only this baseball season, but his entire decorated career at Beechwood....I’ve been apart of & following Beechwood & it’s athletic programs since I was born. Literally some of my first memories in life are of watching my uncles play on Friday nights from the old wooden bleachers. I grew up loving everything the place is about, I grew up idolizing all the great players from the 80’s, & then... Read More →

BOC approves Baseball/Softball semi-state sites, Adopts Spectator Conduct Policy

By theguru - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 8, 2019 The Board of Control conducted its final meeting of the 2018-19 academic year on Tuesday and Wednesday at the KHSAA Offices, approving sites for the upcoming baseball and softball semi-state games while also addressing a number of policy revisions. Acting on a prior directive from the Board of Control, KHSAA staff has worked throughout the year to secure neutral venues for the baseball and softball semi-state rounds – with a preference given to collegiate sites if possible. The semi-state games will take place Saturday, June 1st, with the Board... Read More →

Getting Smart but Acting Foolishly: There is a Solution

By theguru - OP-ED Column by Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Julian Tackett, Commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. We communicate on smartphones, drive smart cars, make purchases using smart cards and even drink smart water. But, really, how smart are we? Between college admission and internet privacy scandals, sexual misconduct investigations, stolen trade secrets and the growing concern about how we communicate and connect with each other, technology seems to be outpacing our capacity to understand the... Read More →

KHSAA Girls' Sweet 16® heads to Rupp for the 1st time - Broadcast Info - Free Program

By theguru - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2019 The KHSAA Girls’ Sweet 16® will make its debut at Rupp Arena this week (March 13-17), as the historic venue plays host to the girls’ basketball tournament for the first time. This year’s tournament will mark the first Girls’ Sweet 16® played in Lexington in the modern era, as the city held the event 11 times prior to the return of girls’ basketball as a KHSAA-sanctioned sport in 1975, with the games played at the Armory from 1922-26 and UK Alumni Gym from 1927-32. The 2019 Girls’ Sweet 16® gets underway Wednesday afternoon when Knott County Central... Read More →

Trinity 7th Region Champs / State Tournament Preview

By Smallhoops - Now in his 18th season, and with one state championship to his credit, Coach Mike Szabo has the Trinity Shamrocks back in the State Tournament for the second year in a row. Last year’s visit ended in the first round when Scott County beat Trinity 54-53. The Rocks hope, and expect, to be around Lexington longer this year. Trinity was the top-ranked team in the Seventh Region for the entire season and comes into the state tournament as one of the favorites. Led by University of Louisville signee David Johnson, Trinity won its first eight games this season before Johnson got hurt in a King... Read More →

Walton-Verona 8th Region Champs / State Preview

By ColonelMike - Better late than never... Walton Verona scored a couple of "firsts" by winning the 8th Region over defending champ Oldham County. One, they became the first school not in the 29th or 30th district to win the region since the region was re-districted in 2006. Two, they become the first "A" school to win the region since Carroll County in 1972. All of which made Coach Grant Brannen a very happy man. Read More →

Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys' Sweet 16® Broadcast Info, 105.5 FM to air games locally

By theguru - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2019 The 2019 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16® gets underway Wednesday afternoon at Rupp Arena when Knox Central takes on Walton-Verona at 12 p.m. (ET). Fans can follow all the action through live webcasts at or listen to the games online at The games will also be carried statewide across 53 stations through the Kentucky Utilities/KHSAA Sweet Sixteen® Radio Network, with the games airing locally in Lexington on iHeart Media’s Rewind 105.5 FM. All 15 games of the Boys’ Sweet 16® will be webcast live at for subscribers to the... Read More →

Scott County 11th Region Champions State Tournament Preview

By mooremiller31 - Throughout the season the Scott County Cardinals were labeled as the team to beat not only in the 11th Region but in the entire state of Kentucky. The Cardinals began the season on a tear blowing past any team in their way. The first big test came when Scott County traveled to Myrtle Beach to play in the prestigious Beach Ball Classic. While in South Carolina the Cardinals suffered their first loss of the season, a 1 point loss to Westchester, California out of Los Angeles, a top 10 team in the country at the time. Perhaps their biggest loss at the time was that of senior Mr. Basketball... Read More →

Owensboro 3rd Region Champions/State Preview

By ApolloFan98 - Owensboro Red Devils (23-7) Coach: Rod Drake Sweet 16 Appearances: 44 State Titles: 5 (Last in 2015) District: 9th It had been 4 years since the Owensboro basketball program advanced past the first round of district. There wasn’t a player one this roster that had seen a regional tournament game. They were coming off a season in which they were heavy favorites to advance to state and graduated a strong core from that team. Coming into the season, there was a lot of uncertainty of how this team would perform. Everyone on the roster would have larger roles than a year ago. How would... Read More →

6th Region Tournament Wrapup/Butler - State Tournament Preview

By SportsLife - After being the frontrunner for most of the 2018-19 season, Butler outlasted Bullitt East 52-48 to capture the 2019 6th Region boys' basketball title at Valley High School on Saturday, March 2. Butler's journey to the 6th Region championship started with a convincing victory over Jeffersontown in the opening round of the tournament. The Bears pulled away to defeat Jeffersontown 73-52 in the 6th Region Quarterfinals. In the other games played in the 6th Region Quarterfinals it was Bullitt East 58, Moore 46; Pleasure Ridge Park 75, DeSales 59 and Bullitt Central 65, Fairdale 55. The Bears... Read More →

10th Region Tournament Wrap-up and a Look at the Campbell County Camels

By mcpapa - Last week's 10th region tournament at the Mason County Fieldhouse didn't disappoint. Buzzer-beaters, buzzer-tiers, and the best two teams in the region battling it out in the finals. Here's a brief recap: Campbell County 74, Robertson County 55 (upper bracket quarterfinals). The Camels broke open a tight game with a big second quarter to dispatch the young (no seniors) Black Devils. Reid Jolly and Drew Wilson combined for 50 points in this one; and sixth man Andrew Helton chipped in with 8, including a pair of threes. Campbell County dominated the boards by ten, 29-19. The Devils... Read More →