Sep 27, 17, 04:31 PM #1
39th District Hosting SolutionToday the athletic directors met for the 39th District Volleyball draw. They also voted on the following team host selections:
2018: Saint Patrick (Fieldhouse)
2020: Bracken County
2021: Mason County
Every year that team will be able to chose where they want to host district.
Last year there was a “vote” to have District at the Fieldhouse every year well that of course didn’t work. Chris O’Hearn being on the KHSAA Board of Directors was ‘oblivious’ to this rule apparently.Advertisement
Sep 27, 17, 06:08 PM #2
So, as many said back at the time of the last "vote," it will be at Mason County 3 out of every 4 years. Seems fair/about right.
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Sep 28, 17, 10:03 AM #3
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Sep 28, 17, 10:08 AM #4Bracken County's arrogance/ego has made this much more difficult than it has to be. Obviously they aren't going to host the district at Augusta or St. Pat, so therefore you have the Fieldhouse and the Igloo left. Augusta and St. Pat want the have it at the Fieldhouse then so be it. Bracken can host once every 4 years. I highly doubt any other district in the state has this issue.
Sep 28, 17, 10:29 AM #5Let me explain a little more for those who didn’t understand.
St Pat has the choice in 2018 and they elected the Fieldhouse, Augusta has choice in 2019, Bracken has choice in 2020, and Mason has choice in 2021.
Sep 28, 17, 10:34 AM #6
I am absolutely fine with having it every 4 years and it doesn’t bother me at all. But good luck to Augusta if they ever want to beat Mason County in District. Come on Augusta, would you rather play Mason at the Fieldhouse or at the Igloo? And you’re really gonna make your fan base drive 25 minutes rather than 10?
Augusta and St Pat are always welcome to play at the Igloo and their newly renovated floor and gym. But Bracken County will not play away at those places until volleyball, baseball, and softball are seeded.
Sep 28, 17, 10:42 AM #7
Bracken County can continue to protest the seeding all they want, but it's never going to happen and will only hurt them in the long run.
Sep 28, 17, 11:31 AM #8
Here is the thing people don't realize about Bracken County in this matter, they firmly believe that seeding the district in all athletic events is what's best Bracken County athletes and the school district. They also have the facility to host and they are going to do it. The "vote" that was illegal was a power play that didn't work out and everything is right back to where it started, and Bracken County deserves credit for standing firm and doing what they believe is best for their kids.
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Sep 28, 17, 12:29 PM #9
Sep 28, 17, 01:40 PM #10
The hosting confusion came about when Augusta changed their vote to host at the Fieldhouse instead of the Igloo, which is fine. I think the Fieldhouse is the best and most convenient venue for players and spectators of all schools, I’m not saying Bracken doesn’t have the gym to support it’s just inconvenient and not needed when you have the 3rd largest gym in the state 20 minutes down the AA.
Sep 28, 17, 02:33 PM #11
Since the 16-17 school year, every Bracken County team/sport has made it to the regional tournament, while every Augusta team has not made it passed the first round of district.
Bracken County was the only school in 16-17 to have every team make it region. So are they really hurting?
Sep 28, 17, 03:45 PM #12
Sep 28, 17, 05:02 PM #13
But if the Augusta/Bracken Rivalry ends so be it. The Bracken/Pendleton rivalry is on its way back and it’s a lot more fun because theses schools actually about more sports than boys basketball. A rivalry with Pendleton just makes kore sense. The sad thing is Augusta doesn’t have a strong rivalry other than Bracken so that’s their loss.
And obviously the draw hasn’t benefited Augusta in the 16-17 school year because they haven’t made it to the region at all. Seed or draw you still have to be able to beat your first round opponent in district which Augusta couldn’t manage to do.
I wish Robin Kelsch who I know loves that school more than anyone would realize that Bracken did this because they care more than just about boys basketball.
The original intent from Bracken was this. “We aren’t playing AT AUGUSTA until volleyball, baseball, and softball seeded”. Augusta chose not to play at Bracken, and declined an offer to have the regional tournament money split 4 ways each year. Basketball was left out and we don’t care if it’s seeded for right now. We just don’t want basketball holding the other sports (volleyball, baseball, softball) hostage because the bottom line is Bracken County puts time, effort, and money into and Augusta doesn’t.
All in all I support our AD and coaches 100% and think it is the best decision for Bracken County and the student-athletes.
Sep 28, 17, 06:52 PM #14We've been through all of this before.
Every school administration should do what they feel is in the best interest of their school. They have done so. Not just Bracken County, but the other schools as well.
The only place that Bracken County is hurting is in the court of public opinion. Because of the seeding/draw issue, they took their ball and went home. Which was perfectly within their rights.
Sep 29, 17, 04:37 PM #15If the outcome of a FORCED game has no impact, then that game .. should not be forced. Especially to be forced to go on the road in a meaningless game.
(Meaning teams in blind-draw districts shouldn't play each other in regular season.)