Big Games:

--Newport vs. Newport Central Catholic (Feb. 5)

(NOTE: NewCath has beaten Newport 16 straight times, dating back to the 2009-10 season. The 'Breds haven't lost to the Wildcats since Aric Russell was the head coach at Newport.)

--Cooper vs. Newport Central Catholic (Feb. 7)

--Holy Cross vs. Beechwood (Feb.10)

Prediction 9th Region Tournament:

33rd District: Cooper (Winner), Boone County (Runner-Up)

34th District: Dixie Heights (Winner), St. Henry (Runner-Up)

35th District: Covington Catholic (Winner), Holy Cross (Runner-Up)

36th District: Newport Central Catholic (Winner), Newport (Runner-Up)

1.Covington Catholic (21-4) – Covington Catholic had a very successful week despite playing shorthanded due to illness. The Colonels have won nine straight games after defeating Highlands (71-25), Scott (70-51) and Beechwood (79-43). Leading the Colonels through 25 games is C.J. Fredrick (22.0 ppg), Aiden Ruthsatz (14.8 ppg) and Jake Walter (11.6 ppg). Games coming up: Roger Bacon (Feb. 6) and Dixie Heights (Feb. 9) Previous ranking: 1

2. Cooper (18-5) – Cooper has a four-game winning streak after beating both Newport (74-48) and Holmes (71-48). Leading Cooper through 21 games are Adam Kunkel (20.3 ppg. 6.9 rpg), Chris McNeil (10.0 ppg) and Braydon Runion (8.7 ppg). Games coming up: Newport Central Catholic (Feb. 7) and Redemption Christian Academy (Feb.10). Previous ranking: 2

3. Newport Central Catholic (13-9) – With a fully healthy roster, Newport Central Catholic had an impressive week by beating both Scott (72-71) and Bishop Brossart (72-56). NewCath is led by Brennan Hall (22.1 ppg), Brendan Luken (12.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and Branden Posey (9.4 ppg). Games coming up: Newport (Feb. 5), Cooper (Feb.7) and Bellevue (Feb.10)
Previous ranking: 7

4. Newport (18-6) – Posted a road victory at Breathitt County (84-75), but also lost at Cooper (74-48). Through 24 games Newport is led by MeKell Burries (21.6 ppg), Tahj Harding (14.7 ppg), Donnie Miller (10.3 ppg) and Makhi McGuire (9.7 ppg). Games coming up: Newport Central Catholic (Feb. 5) and Taft (Feb. 7).
Previous Ranking: 4

5. Boone County (13-10) – Split two games, beating Seneca (65-46) but losing to Ryle (59-58). Through 23 games Boone County is led by Raymond Rodgers (16.3 ppg), Ethan Haynes (18.2 ppg) and Ethan Robbins(13.0 ppg). Games coming up: Holmes (Feb. 6) and Grant County (Feb. 8).Previous Ranking: 3 

6. Beechwood (14-11) – The Tigers splits a pair of games, defeating Conner (57-52) but losing to Covington Catholic (79-43). Through 25 games Beechwood is led by Scotty Draud (20.8 ppg), C.J. Brannen (10.8 ppg) and Ben Toebbe (9.9 ppg). Games coming up: St. Henry (Feb. 6) and Holy Cross (Feb. 10) Previous Ranking: 5

7. Holy Cross (10-11) – The Indians’ recent struggles continued without guard Jordan Niehuas in the lineup. The losing streak is at four games as the Indians lost to Conner (72-66) and Lexington Christian (76-60). Through 21 games Holy Cross is led by Parker Zimerman (17.5 ppg), Nolan Schrand (15.2 ppg) and Jordan Niehaus (12.5 ppg). Games coming up: Dixie Heights (Feb.6), Ryle (Feb. 8) and Beechwood (Feb. 10). Previous Ranking: 6 

8. Dixie Heights (13-11) – The rollercoaster season continues for first-year coach Roger Stainforth II. Dixie beat Ludlow (73-50) but lost to Holmes (65-52). Through 24 games Dixie Heights is led by Tyler Schreck (13.7 ppg) and Jabari Karim (12.8 ppg). Games coming up: Holy Cross (Feb. 6) and Covington Catholic (Feb.9). Previous Ranking: 8 

9. Highlands- (11-12) — The rollercoaster season continues for the Bluebirds, who are gearing up for district play. Highlands defeated Anderson (48-38), but lost to Covington Catholic (71-25) and Campbell County (73-54). Through 23 games Highlands is led by Ben Sisson (9.5 ppg). Games coming Up: Lloyd Memorial (Feb. 10)Previous Ranking: 9 

10. Holmes (9-12) – After the Holmes administration announced the celebration of Mike Listerman’s last season as coach, the basketball team spilt two games. Holmes beat Dixie Heights (65-52) but Lost to Cooper (71-48). Through 21 games Holmes is led by Kerez Race (12.9 ppg), Jarrod Miller (9.1 ppg) and Donavin Saxon (8.4 ppg). Games coming up: Harrison County (Feb. 5), Boone County (Feb. 6) and St. Henry (Feb. 8) Previous Ranking: 10 

11. St. Henry (10-11) – St. Henry has a three-game winning streak as the Crusaders posted three victories last week. St. Henry beat Villa Madonna (59-44), Williamstown (66-27) and Lloyd Memorial (59-58). After 21 games Wyatt Vieth leads the team in scoring (9.3 ppg). Games coming up: Beechwood (Feb. 6), Holmes (Feb. 8) and Walton-Verona (Feb. 9). Previous Ranking: 12 

12. Lloyd (9-13) – Played in three games, losing to Gallatin County (72-44) and St. Henry (59-58), but beating Eminence (58-50). Through 22 games Lloyd is led by Jordan Fann (14.9 ppg) and Jamal Neal (14.6 ppg). Games coming up: Walton-Verona (Feb. 6) and Highlands (Feb. 10). Previous Ranking: 11 

13. Conner (7-17) – Lost to Beechwood (57-52) but beat Holy Cross (72-66). Through 24 games Conner is led by Tanner Craddock (10.1 ppg) and Jared Hicks (10.3 ppg). Games coming up: Scott (Feb. 9) and Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (Feb.10).Previous Ranking: 13 

14. Ryle (8-15) –Ryle won twice, snapping a 10-game losing streak. Ryle had wins against Owen County (70-36) and a big upset over Boone County (59-58). The Raiders also lost to Shelby County (79-70). No Stats available , Stats from Previous week. Through 23 games Ryle is led by Vince Rankin (17.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg) and Jacob Tarvin (7.6 ppg). Games coming up: Scott (Feb. 6), Holy Cross (Feb. 8) and St. Patrick (Feb.10). Previous Ranking: 14

15. Bellevue (10-13) – Played twice, beating Villa Madonna (55-49) and losing to Calvary Christian (59-47). Through 23 games Bellevue is led by Brett Maehren (16.0 ppg. 8.0 rpg) and Tommy Ratterman (12.8 ppg). Games coming up: Ludlow (Feb. 5), Dayton (Feb. 8) and Newport Central Catholic (Feb.10).
Previous Ranking:15 

16. Villa Madonna (12-12) – Played three times last week. Villa beat Heritage Academy (58-26), but lost to St. Henry (59-44) and Bellevue (55-49).Through 24 games played Villa is led by Sean McIntyre (13.0 ppg) and Ben Zalla (11.8 ppg). Previous Ranking: 16 

17. Ludlow (4-17) – Played once and lost to district opponent Dixie Heights (73-50). Through 21 games Ludlow is led by Trey Donahue (13.7 ppg and 7.2 rpg) and Ian Vallandingham (10.4 ppg). Games coming up: Bellevue (Feb. 5), Silver Grove (Feb. 7) and Heritage Academy (Feb. 8). Previous Ranking: 17 

18. Dayton (4-17) - Dayton lost twice last week, falling short to St. Patrick (87-69) and Calvary Christian (73-59). Games coming up this week: Heritage Academy (Feb. 5), Villa Madonna (Feb. 6) and Bellevue (Feb.8). * No Stats available , Stats from Previous week. Through 21 games Dayton is led by Michael Marksberry (8.6 ppg.) and Julian Jimenez (10.0 ppg). Previous Ranking: 18 

19. Heritage Academy (3-14) – Snapped an eight-game losing streak with wins against Silver Grove (69-42) and Covington Latin (63-46). Heritage also lost to Villa Maddona (58-26). Through 17 games Heritage is led by Jacob Chalk (12.9 ppg). Games coming up: Dayton (Feb. 5), Walden (Feb. 6), Ludlow (Feb.8) and June Buchanan (Feb.10)
Previous Ranking: 19