1. Pendleton County (29-5) – The Wildcats finished 29-5 last season and made a trip to the state tournament for the first time since 1971. Pendleton County returns big man Patrick Elliott and a nice cast, which include Tyler Mains and Jon Elrod.
There is word out of Falmouth that Kane Belcher could be a major contributor to Pendleton County’s run at another region championship.
2. Bishop Brossart (18-6) – The Mustangs return a core of solid players with Brad Seiter, Kyle Lubers and nice presence in the middle with Nathan Mutsch and Troy Cooper both listed at 6-5.
The big factor for Coach Mike Code will be to try to replace Kevin Smith’s scoring and court awareness.
3. Clark County (14-14) – Scott Humphrey’s Cardinals finished a disappointing 14-14 last season and lost both games in the 40th district tournament by a combined total of three points.
The addition of Robelle Rogers and Tristian Jones were a huge asset for the football Cardinals and should pay dividends for the hoopsters also. Look for a much better result for Humphrey and Clark County in 2006
4. Mason County (22-9) – It will be a reversal of roles for the Royals who have depended on guard play the past several years.
Chris O’Hearn’s squad will have an inside game but questions will remain at the guard spots.
6-5 Darius Miller will be a go to player although he is only a sophomore. The biggest surprise for the Royals will be the improvement of Micah Turner, who could take the heat off of Miller inside.
Mason will have to find someone to get the ball to the inside though.
5. Bourbon County (18-12) – Daniel Brown makes a return to the 10th Region as the head coach of the Colonels.
Bourbon will look to big Russell Allen, who is listed at 6-8 275 pounds. Allen can be a dominant force in the middle for the Colonels but guard play will be a huge factor. Brown will instill his passion for the game into this team
6. Harrison County (15-14) – The Thoroughbreds ended their season in the semi-finals of the region tournament after downing Mason County in the opening game.
After a 15-14 season last year, look for Kendall’s team to be improved. But with district re-alignment will have Pendleton County as a district foe the post season could be difficult. Injuries could also be a problem with Cory Britt on the sidelines after a football injury.
7. Campbell County (8-20) – How could an 8-20 team from a year ago be in the top 10? Easy. Mike Reitz has most of his team back from last season and the Camels will be more experienced.
The veteran coach will have his team ready come tournament time. District realignment could also help with Pendleton County being moved to the 38th.
8. Montgomery County (25-8) – The Indians were region runner-up last season but lost a boatload of talent to graduation.
Head coach Bart Rison always seems to wave a magic wand though and make a so-so team into something special. Youth may be a problem early on but it will be interesting to see how this team does in an ultra loaded 40th district.
9. Scott (9-18) – The Eagles will be one of the two new kids on the block in the 10th.
Brad Carr’s first Scott team took a step backwards last season by finishing at just 9-18 after a 15-16 record the year prior. Scott will look to big man Kyle Howard to carry the load down low.
10. Bracken County (10-15) – The Polar Bears will have many spots to fill due to graduation but will return junior point guard Jesse Hall. Add to the mix big Tyler Hamilton and new face Colten Highlander and things could get interesting for Robert Hammond’s Brooksville bunch.
11. Paris (12-16) – After finishing 12-16 last year the Greyhounds will need players to step up big time. Cary Barr’s team will enter the 40th district this season and have to face Bourbon, Clark and Montgomery Counties in the post season.
12. Silver Grove (23-5) – New head coach Tony Bacigalupo takes over the helm of the Big Trains. Silver Grove has always had guards that can flat get it done. The big task will be to find an inside game for this team.
13. Deming (17-8) – Head Coach Aaron Massey saw his Devils make big strides last season as the finished 17-8.
Youth will be a problem for this Deming team, but don’t be surprised if they mature quickly. Effort will not and has never been a problem for this team.
14. Saint Patrick (7-19) – Coach Jason Hinson takes over a Saints team that struggled to a 7-19 finish a year ago. Saint Patrick will have to find an on the floor leader to improve on last seasons record.
15. Augusta (4-21) – Youth was dominant for the Panthers last season. Coach Robin Kelsch’s team finished just 4-21 last season. If Kelsch can find a scorer that will produce nightly then things may turn around and fast.
16. Nicholas County (3-22) – The Bluejackets were just 3-22 last year. Coach Greg Letcher will look to continue to rebuild this program. Only two starters returning will make this effort even more difficult.
17. Calvary Christian (2-23) – The Cougars will make their debut in the 10th region after finishing just 2-23 last season. Lack of size will be a problem, but on the plus side the Cougars only lost one player to graduation.
Top 15 Players in the Tenth Region
1. Tyler Mains (Pendleton County) A tough point guard that really makes things go for the Wildcats.
2. Patrick Elliott (Pendleton County) Prototypical big man that will rebound and mix it up in the middle.
3. Darius Miller (Mason County) At 6-4 Miller can play with his back to the basket or pull it out on the floor.
3. Russell Allen (Bourbon) Allen is another strong post player that will give teams fits on both ends of the floor.
4. Jon Elrod (Pendleton County) Elrod can flat fill it up from the outside.
5. Nathan Mutsch (Bishop Brossart) At 6-5 245 Mutsch can be a difference maker on both ends.
6. Preston Knowles (Clark County) Knowles is a super quick guard that is very athletic.
7. Brett White (Campbell County) White is a solid player that will make things happen for the camels
8. Jesse Hall (Bracken County) At point Hall will keep the Polar Bears going. Also quick enough to drive the lane.
9. Cory Britt (Harrison County) If Britt returns from a football injury then he will be an exciting player.
10. Brad Seiter (Bishop Brossart) Seiter will try to pick up the scoring void that will need to be filled.
11. Kyle Howard (Scott) At 6-6 Howard will be hard to handle in the middle.
12. Micah Turner (Mason County) Turner has worked extremely hard in the off season to bring his game around.
13. Travis Massey (Deming) Massey has nice range from the outside and works hard to get looks at the basket.
14. Tristian Jones (Clark County) Jones will be an inside force for the Cardinals.
15. Kyle McCord (Scott) McCord has nice range and can shoot the rock.