While the Seventh Region tournament has been dominated by Trinity and Ballard the past several years, things look to be different this year. Trinity and Ballard certainly are contenders once again, but teams like Waggener, which already has won more games than any other Waggener team in history, and Male, which beat both Trinity and Ballard in a 7-day span, are also serious contenders. Seneca, Central and St. X cannot be written off. It is going to be a good Seventh Region tournament.

But we have both another week of the regular season and district tournament week before we get there. Hereís hoping everyone finishes strong and suffers no injuries this week.

TEAM RANKINGS


1. Trinity Shamrocks (20-7)

Trinity played just once this week, a Friday night game against Lexington Lafayette. It was a back and forth game, and Lafayette led 37-34 heading into the fourth quarter. Seniors David Johnson and Stan Turnier took over at that point, each hitting big 3-pointers, and the Rocks won 53-47. Perhaps the most impressive stat from the game was Trinity committing only 4 turnovers. The win was the 20th of the season for the Shamrocks. Trinity finishes the regular season this week with games against Lexington Christian and Central.

2. Waggener Wildcats (23-3)

The best season in Waggener history continued this week, with the Wildcats going 2-0, extending their current win streak to 6, and setting a new school record for wins in a season. Thatís a pretty good week. All 15 players on the roster got in against Collegiate in a comfortable 81-31 Waggener win. Cobie Montgomery led the scoring with 10 points. On Friday, Waggener outdistanced Eastern 77-55. Waggener certainly is playing well as the post-season approaches. Waggener plays Doss, Shawnee, and Manual this week.

3. Male Bulldogs (19-8)

Within a 7-day period, Male beat both Trinity and Ballard, a feat I suspect no other team has accomplished for a very long time. After beating Trinity in triple overtime to end last week, Male started this past week with wins over Brown (94-55) and DeSales (82-59). Then, on Friday night, Male traveled to Ballard and beat the Bruins 62-59. It was a close game throughout, with the Bulldogs not taking the lead for good until Cameron Pope hit a 3-point shot with 1 minute left to give Male a 58-55 lead. Howard Fleming led the Bulldogs with 20 points. Male has won 7 in a row and will look to enter the post-season on an even longer win streak with games this week against Atherton and Seneca.

4. Ballard Bruins (17-10)

While the Bruins looked poised for the post season at the end of the prior week, their results this week raised questions as to whether that was the case. Ballard opened the week with a nice 75-68 win over Seneca (Walter Johnson and Lewis Richards each had 17 points), but the Bruins then dropped their other two games, falling to Male 62-59 and to Frankfort 66-49. Neither was a bad loss per se, but perhaps Ballard will be more vulnerable in the post-season than it typically has been the past several years. Ballard has three games on the schedule for this last week of the regular season, facing Manual, Jeffersonville (IN), and Central.

5. Seneca Redhawks (18-9)

Seneca went 1-1 during the past week. The Redhawks fell to Ballard 75-68 despite having three double figure scorers Ė Timothy Gordon (23), Richard Ninamou (16), and Carl Parker (13). In a good game Friday night that was overshadowed by the Male-Ballard game, the Redhawks got the best of the Central Yellowjackets 63-61. The Redhawks are playing well, but face the unfortunate reality of being in the same district as Trinity and Waggener. Seneca ends the regular season this upcoming week with games against Eastern and Male.

6. Central Yellowjackets (16-5)

Central won 2 of the 3 games it played this week. With Devin Perry scoring 12 and Eric Rice adding 11, the Yellowjackets beat Shawnee 48-38. Central followed up that win with a 75-53 victory over St. Francis. Centralís sole loss of the week came on Friday night when the Yellowjackets came up just short against the Seneca Redhawks, losing 63-61. Central has the toughest last week of the regular season in the Seventh Region, playing Trinity and Ballard on back-to-back nights.

7. St. Xavier Tigers (15-8)

St. X went 1-1 this week. The Tigers fell to Fern Creek 67-51 early in the week, with Sam Boarman scoring 15 and Kyle Hennis adding 11. The Tigers got back in the win column Friday with a 61-39 victory over Manual. St. X has 2 games this last week of the regular season, playing Holy Cross on Tuesday and playing at Floyd Central (IN) on Friday.

8. Christian Academy of Louisville Centurions (12-14)

CAL played just once this week, falling to Iroquois 67-64. Three Centurions scored in double figures Ė Tyler McDaniel (16), Jacob Dupps (15), and Jacob Sangalli (12). CAL ends the regular season Friday night with a game at Collins.

9. Eastern Eagles (11-14)

Eastern started the week with perhaps its best game of the year, beating Central Hardin 74-59. Five Eagles scored in double figures in the win. Eastern dropped its next game to Waggener 77-55, but rebounded to beat Atherton on Saturday 58-46. The Eagles have away games at Seneca and Shawnee to end the regular season.

10. DuPont Manual Crimsons (9-17)

Manual started the week with a 71-51 win over the St. Francis Wyverns. On Friday, the Crimsons fell to St. X 61-39. For the season, Eli Roberts leads the Crimsons in scoring at 13.2 ppg. Manual has a challenging last week of the regular season with games against Ballard and Waggener.

11. Louisville Collegiate Titans (12-12)

After finishing the prior week with a nice win over rival KCD, the Titans went 0-2 this week, falling to Waggener (81-31) and Spencer County (80-55). Whether Collegiate can finish the regular season with a winning record will turn on the result of its games this week against Carroll County and Beth Haven.

12. Shawnee Golden Eagles (11-14)

Shawnee did not have a good week, losing all 3 of the games it played. Shawnee stayed within 10 points of Central(48-38), but then lost by larger margins to Meade County (58-42) and Pleasure Ridge Park (74-37). The Golden Eagles wrap up the regular season with games against Waggener and Western.

13. Kentucky Country Day Bearcats (12-13)

After falling to North Hardin 81-70 (Jalen Mathis led the Bearcats with 18 points), the Bearcats notched 2 easy wins, beating Evangel Christian (77-49) and Frederick Fraize (82-43). The Bearcats will be busy the last week of the regular season, with games against Sayre, Portland Christian, and Fort Knox.

14. St. Francis Wyverns (11-13)

After falling to 25th district foes Manual (71-51) and Central (75-53), the Wyverns put themselves in position to perhaps have a winning record for the regular season for only the second time in school history with wins over Beth Haven (78-46) and Hancock County (42-41). St. Francis will work on getting to that winning record this week with games against Evangel Christian, Eminence, and Frederick Fraize.

15. Portland Christian Eagles (14-11)


Portland Christian won both of the games it played this week, beating Danville Christian (93-56) and Burgin (68-60). The Eagles finish the regular season with a game against the Kentucky Country Day Bearcats on Monday before participating in the KCAC tournament at Heritage Academy during the weekend.

16. Atherton Rebels (4-20)

The Rebels had their best week of the season this week, winning 2 out of 3 games and doubling their seasonís win total to 4. The two wins came against Lexington Sayre (52-45) and Whitefield Academy (46-38). The loss suffered by Atherton this week was to Eastern, 58-46. Athertonís 2 remaining regular season games are with Male and Brown.

17. Brown Bears (6-19)

Brown lost all 3 of the games it played this week, losing to Male (94-55), Moore (83-55), and Bethlehem (67-47). The Bears, who now have lost their last 5 games, will end the regular season with games this week against Evangel Christian, Atherton, and North Bullitt.

18. Walden Wolverines (17-10)


Walden continues to pile up the victories. After losing to Evangel Christian 79-69 early in the week, Walden bounced back to win three games, beating Beth Haven (55-49, in overtime), Covington Latin (66-39) and Jackson City (74-68, in overtime). Walden has a single game scheduled this week against Heritage Academy. It appears that Walden has chosen not to participate in the post-season again this year.