BluegrassPreps.com 6th Region Weekly Rankings (12/26)

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    by coachlee is offline Premium Member
    As we turn the page and enter the 2018 part of the 2017/2018 season, the 6th region has made a pretty convincing showing that this is the toughest region in the Commonwealth. It would take some convincing to dispute that any region can put up 6 teams as strong as the Top 6 teams in this week's rankings from the 6th. Case in point, the #1 ranked Tigers are the KOB champions who beat the #1 & #2 teams in the state rankings on their way to their 1st ever KOB title. The 6th ranked team this week is Doss who has only lost to Fern Creek, Christian County, and Lafayette who is doing very well themselves. Doss is a very good basketball team to be outside the top 5 within their own region and could very well be a state tournament team in any other region except a few. Rankings are:

    1. Fern Creek (10-1): After the Trinity loss, Fern Creek has went on a 7 game winning streak and if that is not impressive enough, examine who they beat in doing so. They beat 2 teams ranked at the time they played who were USA Top 25 ranked teams in Webster Grove, MO and Covington Catholic. They avenged their only loss beating #1 ranked Trinity. They won the prestigious KOB for the first time ever with Anthony Wales earning the Tourney MVP joined by Ahmad Price and Clint Wickliffe on the All-Tourney team. Tony Rogers who is very good in his own right dropped in 19 in one of those games at the KOB so the depth in scoring makes them tough to defend. They head to the Arby's Classic this week in Bristol, TN where Trinity won the championship last year. They will likely play NORTH MECKLENBURG, NC whose only loss on the season was to Huntington Prep, WV in a close game.

    2. Butler (10-0): The Bears continue to be a solid 2nd in the rankings right now as they took home 1st place in the Warren East Holiday Hoops event in Bowling Green. The only tough game was in the championship which was a very low scoring affair with North Hardin 36-29. North Hardin was 3-6 at the time so it was a bit of a surprise. Still Butler is winning and should be a very high seed for the LIT when teams are announced after the first of the year. Maurice Tolley continues to lead in scoring with 15, with both Pendergrass and Wales averaging 11. Center Michael Burns is closing in on double figures as well. Next up for the Bears is the Holiday tourney at South Oldham where they open with a tough opponent in St. X from the 7th region.

    3. Pleasure Ridge Park (8-2): The Panthers went 3-0 this past week as they won the Smokey Mountain Classic in Tennessee. There was not any team that jumped out to challenge the Panthers in this event, but that should change as they travel to the Northwest Florida Shootout before the New Year. Gerald Gray leads the team in scoring followed by BJ Robinson & Trey Hill.

    4. Fairdale (7-3): Fairdale Bulldogs are for real, they played a very tough 4 game stretch this past week in their very own KOB which they do a remarkable job hosting. After struggling in this ultra competitive event the past several seasons, they made plenty of noise going 2-2. They easily handled Bowling Green and played competitively against a very good 9th region team Cooper who came in 3rd. Fairdale then beat a solid Lexington Christian Academy team by 5 before falling short to Ballard despite scoring 93 points. No doubt Fairdale can score with the best as evidenced by Craig Ashe, Markelo Sullivan, and Glenn Queen all scoring 20+ points against Ballard. Fairdale is off until they play Doss on 1/5.

    5. Valley (6-3): The Vikings went 2-1 as they traveled to Paducah Tilghman and came in 2nd place behind the host school. They beat Hopkinsville easily and also pulled out a 5 point win against Mayfield. They fell 1 point short in the final, 67-68, as the top team in the 1st region won on their home court. Valley proves the point of the strength of the 6th region as they sit in the 5th spot but pushed the 1st region's top team to the brink playing on their home court. Valley plays at the Apollo Invitational this week.

    6. Doss (8-3): This past week, Doss only lost to a strong Lafayette (8-2) team in the Peoples Exchange Bank Holiday final. Their only other season losses were to top ranked teams in their respective regions (Fern Creek/6th & Christian County/2nd), so this team is very good to be sitting in the 6th spot this week. They play in the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic in Lexington this coming week and it would not surprise anyone if they come home as the tournament champion. Doss has very balanced scoring with Stephon Franklin averaging 12, Taye Calloway w/11, and LaQuay Kennerly w/10.

    7. Iroquois (7-3): The Raiders switch with Jeffersontown after going 3-0 with a victory over a battle tested Seneca team and then winning both games against Bardstown & Nelson County at the Hoops for Hope Classic. Keelan Kennedy is joining the reputation of the elite players in the region as he averages 24.5 PPG on the season. Iroquois travels to the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic this week.

    8. Jeffersontown (6-4): The Chargers were 2-2, but both losses were to solid teams. Spencer County is rising in the 8th region as the Chargers were defeated handily, but they came back and almost beat a Warren Central team, 56-57, who sits atop the 4th region standings. They rebounded with two wins over North Bullitt and Fort Walton Beach, FL. They travel to Edmonson County for this week's holiday event.

    9. Bullitt East (6-6): Bullitt East worked their way back to a .500 season record. That effort helped switched their rank with Holy Cross by going 3-1 as they traveled down to the 3rd region playing in the Owensboro Invitational tournament where they beat Owensboro Catholic, Monroe County, and Apollo. They only lost to Owensboro HS by a score of 60-68. They head to Panama City Beach this week.

    10. Holy Cross (6-4): While playing in Breckinridge County's Holiday event the Cougars were 2-1 with a win over Southern and Grayson County. They lost to the host school, Breckinridge County. Holy Cross travels to Daytona, FL this week to compete.

    11. DeSales (4-6): DeSales went 2-1 this past week at Oldham County's event. A key win was over Warren Central 58-51. This is more evidence of the strength of the 6th region when a team not ranked in their top 10 can beat what is arguably the top team in the 4th region in Warren Central. DeSales was however beaten soundly by John Hardin, 59-78. They play at South Laurel this coming week.

    12. Moore (2-5): Plays at South Oldham's event this week.

    13. Southern (4-4): Lost to Holy Cross this past week, 51-60. They are outside the Top 10 and will need to prove otherwise. They play in Carroll County this week.

    14. Bullitt Central (8-3): Bullitt Central went 2-1 without any signature win and plays in Henry County at their holiday event this week.

    15. North Bullitt (4-6): Went 1-2 last week and play in Daytona Beach, FL this week.

    16. Western (1-10): 0-3 last week. Head to Middletown Holiday Classic hosted at Eastern HS.

    17. Whitefield Academy (4-5): Went 2-1 at the Smoky Mountain Christmas Classic.

    18. Beth Haven (3-6): Went 1-1 last week.

    19. Evangel Christian (0-8): Still looking for their 1st win. They play Beth Haven again on January 4th who they played to a 6 point margin in early December.
    Last edited by coachlee; Dec 26, 17 at 03:26 PM.

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    Fairdale Bulldogs are playing in Sarasota, Florida this week, at the Sun Coast Classic. The tournament runs Dec. 28th-30th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldogs Supporter View Post
    Fairdale Bulldogs are playing in Sarasota, Florida this week, at the Sun Coast Classic. The tournament runs Dec. 28th-30th.
    Thanks for the update, the khsaa scoreboard was the source for everyone's schedule and it is missing from that. Do you know who are some of the better teams down there? It would not surprise me if the Dogs came home with a championship the way they are playing.

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    2017 Suncoast Classic Bracket.pdf

    Booker HS
    Lakewood HS

    Brandon HS
    Fairdale HS

    Riverview HS
    Fivay HS

    Gibbs HS
    Elder HS (Cincinnati)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldogs Supporter View Post
    2017 Suncoast Classic Bracket.pdf

    Booker HS
    Lakewood HS

    Brandon HS
    Fairdale HS

    Riverview HS
    Fivay HS

    Gibbs HS
    Elder HS (Cincinnati)
    If the Dogs end up playing Elder they will have a common opponent. Cooper blew out Elder by 30+ a few weeks ago. Based on the competitive game at the KOB with Cooper I would give the Dog a heavy favorite in that one. Hard to tell about the Florida programs, some are very good but others are so focused on football that the basketball program may not get that much attention from the better athletes.

    Good Luck to the Bulldogs, bring home the Championship.

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