Big District Games:

Holy Cross vs. Covington Catholic (Jan. 2)

St. Henry vs. Dixie Heights (Jan. 3)

Ryle vs. Boone County (Jan. 3)

Holy Cross vs. Holmes (Jan. 5)

Boone County vs. Cooper (Jan. 5)

Newport vs. Highlands (Jan. 5)

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), Holmes (Runner-Up)

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

1. Cooper (12-2) –
Enjoyed a successful weekend at the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic, winning the championship. Cooper posted wins against Paul Laurence Dunbar (53-48), Madison Central (52-42), Skills Factory (78-65) and Rocky River (57-47). Leading Cooper through 14 games are Adam Kunkel (22.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg), Chris McNeil (11.2 ppg) and Braydon Runion (9.3 ppg). Games coming up: Highlands (Jan. 2) and Boone County (Jan.5)

Previous ranking: 1

2. Covington Catholic (9-3) – After a disappointing showing at the King of the Bluegrass the previous week, the Colonels traveled to Florida to play in the Battle of The Villages. Covington Catholic had a very successful week, playing against extremely talented teams from different states and taking third place in the tournament. The Colonels defeated Florida Prep (61-60) and Pickerington Central (75-68), but lost to Leesburg (Fla.) (54-42). Leading the Colonels through 12 games is C.J. Fredrick (21.1 ppg), Aiden Ruthsatz (17.8 ppg) and Jake Walter (10.4 ppg). Games coming up: Holy Cross (Jan. 2), Conner (Jan. 5) and Oak Hill (Converse) at the Kentucky-Indiana Hall of Fame Classic (Jan. 6 at Central Hardin).

Previous ranking: 2

3. Boone County (8-5) – Played three times and posted wins against Henry County (81-33) and Western Hills (88-56). The Rebels also lost to West Jessamine (90-79). Through 13 games Boone County is led by Raymond Rodgers (17.3 ppg), Ethan Haynes (15.5 ppt) and Ethan Robbins (15.7 ppg). Games coming up: Ryle (Jan. 3), Cooper (Jan. 5) and Sayre (Jan. 6).

Previous Ranking: 4

4. Newport Central Catholic (8-5) –
Played three times and posted wins against Waggner (76-73) and McCracken County (73-65). NewCath also lost to Butler (79-76). NewCath is led by Brennan Hall (24.8 ppg), Brendan Luken (12.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg) and Branden Posey (9.1 ppg). Games coming up: Frederick Douglass (Jan. 6).

Previous ranking: 5

5. Newport (9-4) –
Suffered through a tough week, beating Apollo (81-78) but losing to both Collins (67-53) and Mayfield (79-67). Through 13 games Newport is led by MeKell Burries (23.2 ppg), Tahj Harding (16.1 ppg) and Makhi McGuire (11.4 ppg). Games coming up: Augusta (Jan. 3) and Highlands (Jan. 5).

Previous ranking: 4

6. Holy Cross (6-6) –
Played in three games, with a win against Dixie Heights (61-58) but two losses to Ashland Blazer (78-60) and Vestavia Hills (64-61). Through 12 games Holy Cross is led by Parker Zimerman (15.5 ppg), Nolan Schrand (15.7 ppg) and Jordan Niehuas (14.3 ppg). Games coming up: Covington Catholic (Jan. 2) and Holmes (Jan. 5).

Previous Ranking: 8

7. Holmes (4-6) –
Played in three games, with a win against Ohio County (62-43). Holmes also lost to Waren Central (67-53) and Marshall County (55-40). * No Stats available from last week: Through 10 games Holmes is led by Kerez Race (15.5 ppg), Jarrod Miller (11.7 ppg) and Donavin Saxon (13.0 ppg). Games coming up: Scott (Jan. 2), Holy Cross (Jan. 5) and Mason County (Jan. 6).

Previous Ranking: 6

8. Ryle (6-5) – Played once last week and lost to Meade County (67-45). Through 11 games Ryle is led by: Vince Rankin (20.7 ppg, 10.4 rpg) and Jacob Tarvin (8.7 ppg). Games coming up: Boone County (Jan.3), Dixie Heights (Jan.5) and Beechwood (Jan. 6).

Previous Ranking: 5

9. Highlands - (6-6) —
The Bluebirds had a successful week, beating Powell County (49-48) and Anderson County (62-59). Highlands also lost to Montgomery County (60-47). Through 12 games Highlands is led by Roddy Gabbard (9.1 ppg). Games coming Up: Cooper (Jan. 2) and Newport (Jan. 5).

Previous Ranking:12

10. Beechwood (6-7) –
Played in three games, with a win against Frederick Douglass (62-55), but two losses to Conner (76-60) and Madisonville North Hopkins (59-56). Through 13 games Beechwood is led by Scotty Draud (21.5 ppg) and C.J. Brannen (11.5 ppg).Games coming up: Norwood (Jan.5) and Ryle ( Jan.6).

Previous Ranking: 7

11. St. Henry (5-6) -
Played once and lost to Bishop Brossart (50-43). After 11 games Wyatt Vieth leads the team in scoring (10.6 ppg). Games coming up: Dixie Heights ( Jan. 3) and Lexington Catholic ( Jan.5).

Previous Ranking: 10

12. Lloyd (5-5) – Split two games, losing to Union County (60-46) and beating East Dayton Christian (54-39). * No Stats available. Lloyd is led by Jordan Fann (17.7 ppg), Jamal Neal (16.5 ppg) and Evan Molitor (10.7 ppg). Games coming up: Bishop Brossart (Jan. 2), Conner (Jan. 3) and Henry County (Jan. 6).

Previous Ranking: 11

13. Dixie Heights (5-9) – Had a busy week at the Ashland Invitational, Dixie Heights posted a win against Breathitt County (64-46). Dixie Heights also had losses to Owensboro Catholic (51-50) and Holy Cross (61-58). Games coming up: St. Henry ( Jan.3) and Ryle (Jan.5). *Stats not available

Previous Ranking:13

14. Conner (4-10) – Conner had a successful week, winning twice and losing once. Conner beat Beechwood (76-60) and Tates Creek (63-53). The Cougars also lost to Lexington Christian (83-56). Through 14 games Conner is led by Tanner Craddock (10.5 ppg) and Jared Hicks (10.2 ppg). Games coming up: Lloyd (Jan. 3) and Covington Catholic (Jan. 5).

Previous Ranking: 14

15. Bellevue (6-7) –
Had a busy week, playing in the JBR/Straightedge Holiday Tournament. The Tigers lost games to Harrison County (63-49) and Nicholas County (68-32), but defeated Bracken County (69-51). Through 13 games Bellevue is led by Brett Maehren (18.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and Tommy Ratterman (12.4 ppg). Games coming up: Seven Hills (Jan. 2) and Ludlow (Jan. 4).

Previous Ranking: 15

16. Villa Madonna (7-7) - Played once and lost to Bishop Brossart (58-31). Through 14 games played Villa is led by Sean McIntyre (13.9 ppg) and Ben Zalla (11.7 ppg). Games coming up: Dayton (Jan.5).

Previous Ranking: 16

17. Ludlow (2-11) –
Lost to North College Hill (72-35) in its only game. Through 13 games Ludlow is led by Trey Donahue (12.1 ppg and 6.5 rpg.) and Justin Blackburn ( 8.5 ppg. and 5.0 rpg). Games coming up: Bellevue (Jan. 4).

Previous Ranking: 17

18. Dayton (2-10) -
Lost to Whitefield Academy (65-37) and beat Beth Haven (64-60). Games coming up this week: Heritage Academy (Jan. 4) and Villa Madonna (Jan. 5). * Note: No Stats available

Previous Ranking: 18

19. Heritage Academy (1-5) –
Heritage’s game against Ohio Valley Christian game was canceled, its only scheduled contest of the week. Through six games Heritage Academy is led by Jacob Chalk (18.5 ppg). Games coming up: Dayton (Jan. 4) and Covington Latin (Jan. 6).

Previous Ranking: 19