What a week for our teams in the 8th region as they picked up some impressive wins against non 8th region foes. Many people in the state took notice as our top teams have proven they are dangerous at Rupp, while our middle teams are capable of upsets on any night. January as I have said is a brutal month, you get kids sick, hurt and most of your parent complaints unfortunately and it doesn't matter if your team is successful to the January complainers. Weather has been pleasant but with that comes a lot of sickness. Big seeded district games and jockeying for position is taking place to see who will earn the right to play at the Roy in March.

1. Oldham County Colonels
What a week for the Colonels. Biggest win the 8th region has this year over Trinity. The Shamrocks were down a couple starters but a win is a win they way I see it and the Colonels got it done. They then went on the road and defeated a banged up Collins team that saw Turner injure himself, so down 3 starters again. The Colonels wrapped up the week by defeating Henry County and getting to play on the regional floor. They continue to be led by the 3 headed monster in Gibson, Jones and Henderson, BUT do not sleep on the Larimore kid very capable of putting 20 points up. Defense is the name of the game for the Colonels as it always has been the last 20 plus years it seems like. The Colonels have Central Hardin, Shelby County and KCD this week.

2. South Oldham Dragons
Neutral this week with no games. But you can bet Coach Simpson has put the Dragons through alot and will have them clicking on all cylinders upon returning to action. Getting legs ready for a stretch run and adding some twists on offense and defense is probably taking place in Crestwood. The Dragons hopefully are healed up and ready to roll. The Dragons have North Bullitt, Carroll County and Iroquis this week.

3. Collins Titans
What a roller coaster ride for the Titans right now. Players are getting hurt and other kids are stepping up. They will be deeper and have some faith in other kids when others return. Can they gel in time when they get Fort and Feltner back is the question, and can D. Turner stay healthy? The Titans lost to Eastern and Oldham this week, both handily, but got a hard fought win vs Simon Kenton in the Roy. Another thriller from these 2 teams. Cochran continues to pace the Titans in scoring.

4. Walton Verona Bearcats
This team has improved all year, and they are primed for being in my rankings for the next couple seasons. Deionte Miles the big sophomore is getting better each week. The Bearcats defeated Boone County their only game this week, and head to the All A vs. Somerset. That has the making to be a great tourney, and will do nothing but make the Bearcats better come tourney time in March. Their schedule has to get harder moving forward to test the players the next couple seasons.

5. Anderson County Bearcats
This team is giving up way to many points and it has to be a concern for Coach Drury. They got a win over Central Hardin at home, and gave up almost 90 points to North Oldham, where Cobe Penny had 36 in the losing cause. That would scare me with him being really good and you still lose. The Bearcats have (2) BIG games this week vs. Spencer and Collins, both in the BURG. It is a chance to be the #1 seed if they can win both games. Whoever ends up the 2/3 will be in a crazy first round game.

5B. Spencer County Bears
I could not decide who is #5 so I just with two teams. The Bears have chance to prove themselves as they go to the BURG this week. They got wins over Larue and Gallatin County this week, and saw that the Wildcats of Gallatin are not bad themselves. The Bears have a lot of kids that can hurt you and more are stepping up in games. This team will be dangerous come post season time.

6. North Oldham Mustangs
This team is capable of scoring a lot of points and feature to fabulous guards, and in my opinion you win post season games with good guards. The Mustangs are the winners of 5 straight, and got wins over Anderson, Shelby County and Iroquis this week. Henry and Wheeler with monster games, but the Mustangs also got help from Rose and McCellan scoring in double figures at Anderson. The Mustangs have North Bullitt and John Hardin this week.

7. Gallatin County Wildcats
Jon has him team getting better each week as they try to get back to winning the district and playing spoiler in the regional tourney. The Wildcats defeated Trimble and Owen this week and lost a close one to Spencer County. The Wildcats are led by Wilson who is having a great season. The Wildcats have Henry County, and Lloyd Memorial this week. I believe a win vs. Henry County and Gallatin is the #1 overall seed if they are not already.

8. Grant County Braves
I have done nothing but sing the praises of Coach Utter, who I think is the coach of the year in the 8th right now. He has the Braves improving and playing better. The Braves only had 1 game but what a WIN it was, beating the Simon boys at Simon. Tuggle, Adkins and McClure with monster game in the win. This District tourney will be an awesome game every night.

9. Williamstown Demons
The Demons got 3 wins this week over Calvary Christian, Trimble and of course Simon Kenton. The Demons are getting better and are hungry for a regional birth. The Demons had 4 in double digit scoring vs the Pioneers and were led by Stanley with 20 points. The Demons host the district tournament and the band will be pumped up!

9. Simon Kenton Pioneers
Tough week for the Pioneers. Lost 2 games to district foes, and a hard fought game to the Titans making it 5 straight The Pioneers are fighting still after seeing them Saturday and that says they believe in the process I think. They are dangerous if they can pull it together by end of the season. They have Dixie Heights, Harrison County and Boone this week. They are led by Hawkins and Kelch both around 13ppg.

10. Shelby County Rockets
The Rockets defeated Franklin County at home, and lost to North Oldham and St. Xavier this past week. They are playing at Western Hills this week and Oldham County on Friday for homecoming. Jordan Armstong and TJ Robinson seem to be the consistent players for the Rockets. This team still can be dangerous come tourney time.

11. Henry County Wildcats
The Wildcats got some revenge and defeated Eminence this past week in a district seed game. They split the next 2 games, a win over Trimble and a loss to Oldham County. They have Gallatin County and Williamstown this week. Hinkle keeps pacing the Wildcats, he had 26 against Eminence.

12. Eminence Warriors
The Warriors lost to Henry County and defeated Carroll on OT. They have Owen, Spencer and Carroll County again this week. They are led in scoring by Kemyrn Jenkins who is averaging 27.9 ppg one of the tops in the state.

13. Owen County Rebels
The Rebels defeated Carroll County this week and lost to both Gallatin and Woodford County. The Rebels are having a hard time getting consistent scoring. The Rebels have Grant County and Eminence this week starting tonight. They are led by Mcnally and Tackett in scoring 15-177ppg respectively.

14. Carroll County Panthers

This Panther team is hard to figure out for sure. They have lost 9 straight, and last week lost to Eminence and Owen County, district seed games. They have South Oldham, Ryle and Eminence again this week, The Panthers are led by McMahan in scoring at almost 19ppg.

15. Trimble County Raiders
Been a long year for the Raiders. They have lost 10 straight games. This week they lost to Gallatin, Henry, and Williamstown. The Raiders have Western Hills, Frederick Fraize and Brown this week and hope to pick up a win. We are pulling for the Raiders to get one!! Grieshaber continues to lead them in scoring at 10ppg.