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Another week, another shake up in the 9th region rankings. A quick look at each team's record after the top 3 shows you just how close the rest of the top 10 are. With a little over a month left in regular season play, here is where each team stands.

1. Covington Catholic (15-4)
After losing to South Laurel last week, the Colonels responded with blow out wins over Winton Woods, OH (74-36) and Newcath (69-41) and followed that up with a win over one of the better teams in Ohio, Dayton Dunbar (70-68). While Cole Vonhandorf is usually the one leading the Colonels, it was the junior duo of Aiden Ruthsatz and AJ Mayer that stood out most for Covcath this week. Ruthsatz had games of 11, 13, and 20 points, while Mayer started the week with 11 points but exploded for 26 and 30 points in the Colonels final 2 games. Mayer has been underrated for a while but really showed what he is capable of this past week.

Up Next: 1/18 v Cooper; 1/21 v Ryle

2. Cooper (14-3)
Despite being without two starters, the Jags extended their win streak to 10 games with wins over Simon Kenton (49-45) and Holmes (65-35) last week. Dante Hendrix (14 pts) and Adam Kunkel (13 pts) led the Jags in the come from behind double digit deficit win over Simon Kenton while Brayden Runion and Kunkel each scored 16 points in the win over Holmes.

Up Next: 1/18 at Covcath; 1/20 v Boone County

3. Dixie Heights (15-3)
The Colonels posted wins over Villa Madonna (84-47) and Scott (55-50) last week to improve to 15-3. Cam Thornberry led five Dixie double figures scorers in the win over Villa with 27 points, while Reed Bradfield and Hunter Meyer both scored 13 points each in the win over Scott.

Up Next: 1/18 at Conner; 1/20 at Highlands; 1/21 v West Jessamine at East Jessamine

4. Newport Central Catholic (7-7)
A convincing win over Beechwood (71-56) helped solidify my thought that Newcath is likely the 4th best team in the region even with a record of 7-7. The Breds were completely dominated by Covcath (69-41) but there are plenty of teams in this region that have already seen or will see the same results against the Colonels. Brennan Hall scored 24 points in the win over Beechwood, while Jalen McDaniel had a breakout game with 18 points, followed by Luke Moeves with 10. Hall was the only Newcath player to reach double figures against Covcath, scoring 16 points.

Up Next: 1/17 v Dayton ; 1/20-1/21 v TBA (9th Region All A Classic)

5. Highlands (9-9)
I don't think anyone predicted at the beginning of the season that midway through January we would be talking about Highlands as arguably the 5th best team in the region, but that's where the Bluebirds come in this week after picking up wins over Conner (69-58), Ryle (81-78), and Dayton (65-52). Kyle Finfrock averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds this past week to lead the Bluebirds. The Birds' showed nice balance last week as Jacob Noe (15 pts v Dayton), Braden Posey 19 pts v Ryle), and Carl Schoellman (15 pts v Ryle) all had games of 15 points or more, while Bryce Traylor had multiple games of being in double figures.

Up Next: 1/17 at Campbell County ; 1/20 v Dixie Heights

6. Conner (8-8)
The Cougars have lost 3 of their last 4 after falling to Highlands (69-58) and Campbell County (62-60) last week. Conner's lone win of the week came against Bellevue, 75-39. Travis Connelly led Conner with 16 points while Spencer Hemmerich scored 14 in the loss to Highlands. Connelly scored 20 in the win over Bellevue with Hemmerich scoring 17. Hemmerich closed out the week with 19 points against Campbell County, followed by Connelly with 13 points.

Up Next: 1/18 v Dixie Heights; 1/20 at Ryle

7. Lloyd (11-6)
The Juggs rebounded from a 2 game losing streak with two overtime wins over Newport (87-74 Double OT) and Beechwood (52-51). Derrick Cipollone (19 pts), Isaiah Voet (18 pts) , Evan Molitor (14 pts), Jordan Fann (12 pts), and Devin McClendon (10 pts) led a balanced attack in a win over Newport, without Sterling Hamilton. In the first round of the All A Classic, the Juggs watched Hamilton dominate with 28 pts, 8 rbs in his return to the Lloyd lineup.

Up Next: 1/18 v St Henry; 1/20-1/21 v TBD (9th Region All A Classic)

8. Ryle (9-9)
The Raiders started the week strong with a win over Holmes (49-46) but fell to Highlands in double overtime, 81-78, to close out the week. Braden Cheesman led the Raiders in the both games with 17 and 16 points, while Aaron O'Hara had 11 and 16 points. Sophomore Vince Rankin scored 17 in the loss to Highlands.

Up Next: 1/17 v Pendleton County; 1/20 v Conner; 1/21 at Covcath

9. Holmes (9-9)
The Bulldogs fell to both Ryle (49-46) and Cooper (65-35) last week but did pick up a win over St Henry (76-60) to keep them from falling below .500. Raavai Commodore and Jaiden Greene scored 12 and 10 points in the loss to Cooper, while Greene and LJ Miller both scored 18 points in the win over St Henry. Junior Raekwon Sterling scored a career high 16 points against St Henry.

Up Next: 1/18 v North College Hill, OH ; 1/20 v Bellevue

10. Newport (10-9)
All five Newport starters scored in double figures in a 87-74 double overtime loss to Lloyd. Tahj Hardin led the way with 17 points, followed by Donnie Miller (16 pts), Makhi McGuire (13 pts), Mekell Burries (12 pts), and Anthony Harmon (10 pts). Harding and Harmon also added 10 rebounds, each, in the loss. Harding and McGuire both scored 19 points to lead the Wildcats in a 65-58 win over Augusta.

Up Next: 1/17 v Holy Cross; 1/20-1/21 v TBD (9th Region All A Classic)

11. Beechwood (9-8)
The Tigers have now lost 5 of 6 after losing to Newcath (71-56) and Lloyd (52-51). The lone win came against St Patrick (81-48) as Scotty Draud (17 pts), Ben Toebbe (14 pts), Zach Deathrage (13 pts), and Owen Alcorn (12 pts) led a balanced effort. Owen Alcorn (22 pts, 10 rbs) and Ben Toebbe (15 pts, 11 rbs) both had double doubles in the loss to Newcath. Toebbe finished with 18 and 8 against Lloyd, while Alcorn had 13 and 9.

Up Next: 1/24 at Holmes

12. Boone County (5-13)
Ethan Robbins (25 pts), Justin Bowman (15 pts), and Ethan Nyman (10 pts) all scored in double figures but it wasn't enough as the Rebels fell to Scott, 75-67. Boone rebounded with a 70-63 win over St Henry, as Ethan Haynes scored 22 points, followed by Ethan Robbins (14 pts), Ethan Nyman (12 pts), and Justin Bowman (11 pts). In the Rebels final game of the week, Ethan Robbins had 25 pts, 10 rebounds in a 68-58 loss to Marion County.

Up Next: 1/18 v Walton Verona; 1/20 at Cooper

13. Holy Cross (3-13)
Indians ended a 4 game losing skid with a 58-53 win over Ludlow. Nolan Schrand scored 23 points in the win, while Derrick Barnes pulled down 10 rebounds.

Up Next: 1/17 v Newport; 1/20-1/21 V TBD (9th Region All A Classic)

14. St Henry (4-12)
The Cru have now lost 9 straight after losing to Holmes (76-60), Boone County (70-63), and Cincinnati McNicholas (58-31) last week. Stephen Maley averaged 17 ppg for the week with 20 against Holmes, 25 against Boone County, and 6 against McNicholas.

Up Next: 1/18 v Lloyd; 1/20-1/21 v TBD (9th Region All A Classic)

15. Villa Madonna (8-7)
Villa improved their DIII record to 7-0 with wins over Calvary Christian (65-46) and Heritage Academy (69-31), but are 1-2 in the 34th district after an 84-47 loss to Dixie. Thomas Schutzman had 24, 18, and 14 points to pace the Blue Lightning in the 3 games last week.

Up Next: 1/18 v Ludlow; 1/20-1/21 V TBD (9th Region All A Classic)

16. Ludlow (5-9)
The Panthers went 2-1 last week with wins over Heritage (70-23) and Bellevue (44-41) and a loss to Holy Cross (58-53). Jacob Bridges and TC Eads both scored 11 in the win over Heritage, while Justin Blackburn had 17 points in the loss to Holy Cross.

17. Dayton (5-13)
Dayton defeated rival Bellevue, 65-51, while also beating Heritage (76-22) for the season sweep. The Green Devils had a decent showing against Highlands, losing 65-52.

18. Bellevue (5-11)
The Tigers ended a 3 game losing streak with a win over Silver Grove (65-39), but lost to Dayton (65-51), Conner (75-39), and Ludlow (44-41) in their other three games since our last ranking.