Is it too early to declare the Seventh Region a two-team race? Probably. But Male and Ballard have both started the season without one of their top returnees (Howard Fleming for Male, Rashad Bishop for Ballard), and they still look to be a notch above the competition, even with Male losing to a Tennessee team in the Marshall County Hoopfest. We’ll see how things go as the season progresses, but Male and Ballard have started strong and will only get stronger when Fleming and Bishop return.

TEAM RANKINGS

1. Male Bulldogs (2-1)

The big news for Male this week was that it suffered its first loss of the season, falling 78-70 in overtime in the Marshall County Hoopfest to Briarcrest Christian, a strong team from Tennessee. Prior to that, freshman Kaleb Glenn had an impressive debut for the Bulldogs, scoring 25 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in Male’s 84-56 win over Waggener to start the season. Male followed that game up with a 79-70 win over Seneca. The going does not get any easier for the Bulldogs this week, as they face two of the top teams from the Sixth Region, the Fern Creek Tigers and the Butler Bears.

2. Ballard Bruins (2-0)

The Bruins opened with a good win over the Fern Creek Tigers from the Sixth Region, 76-70. Ballard followed that up with a 92-72 win over the Atherton Rebels. While not reflected on its KHSAA schedule, Coach Renner reported on Twitter that the Bruins will be playing the defending West Virginia state champion Blue Ridge School next Saturday at Mason County.

3. Trinity Shamrocks (2-1)

The defending state champions opened the season with a 53-52 loss to DeSales, which it followed with victories over Madison Southern (48-44, in overtime) and Centerville, Ohio (47-46). Winning two of the three close games they played this week is a good sign for an inexperienced team such as the Rocks. Trinity plays Seneca, Bardstown, and Fern Creek in the upcoming week.

4. Waggener Wildcats (0-2)

Waggener had the unfortunate task of opening the season against the top-ranked teams in the Seventh Region (Male) and the Seventh Region (Fern Creek). The Wildcats lost to both, falling to the Bulldogs 84-56 and to Fern Creek 70-68. Waggener has a trio of games this week, playing Atherton, Southern, and South Oldham.

5. St. Xavier Tigers (3-0)

The Tigers are off to a good start, going three for three this week. Led by Simon Smith’s 17 points and 12 rebounds, St. X bested Atherton 71-44 in its season opener. The Tigers beat Manual 66-53 behind Ben Varga’s 25 points, and then finished the week with a 83-67 win over Maribyrnong College, a team from Australia. St. X plays Central Tuesday night before playing a team from Kankakee, Illinois on Saturday as part of the South End Shootout at Iroquois.

6. Eastern Eagles (1-1)

Eastern dropped its opener to Jeffersontown from the Sixth Region 68-60 but bounced back with a nice 61-49 win over Central. Sophomore James Jewell had an impressive 25 points in the win over Central. Eastern plays CAL and Henry Clay this week before facing off against DeSales as part of the South End Shootout at Iroquois on Saturday.

7. Central Yellowjackets (0-1)

The Yellowjackets opened the season with a 61-49 loss to Eastern. The scoring was evenly distributed among the Yellowjackets, with 5 players scoring between 8 and 10 points. Central has two games on its schedule this week, an away game at St. X and a home game against Shawnee.

8. Dupont Manual Crimsons (2-1)

Manual opened the season with wins over Portland Christian (102-52) and Seneca (65-56) before falling to the St. X Tigers 66-53. Eli Roberts had 20 points against Portland Christian while Zach Recktenwald led the way with 17 points against St. X. The Crimsons play 25th district foe St. Francis before playing Fern Creek on Friday.

9. Seneca Redhawks (0-3)

The Redhawks always seem to play a tough early season schedule, and this season is no difference. Seneca’s 0-3 record this week was a result of that tough schedule, with the Redhawks falling to Manual (65-56), Butler (74-56), and Male (79-70). Junior Delshawn Simms averaged 24 points in the first two games. Seneca plays defending state champion Trinity on Tuesday before playing Iroquois and KCD on the weekend.

10. Christian Academy of Louisville Centurions (0-0)

The Centurions remained undefeated through the first week of the season, a result of not playing any games yet. But that is about to change, with games this week against Shelby County and Eastern along with a trip to the Peggy Moore Memorial Classic at Breathitt County.

11. Louisville Collegiate Titans (2-1)

Collegiate started its season with a loss to a very good South Oldham team 75-37 before notching wins over Whitefield Academy (80-63) and Fort Knox (72-49). Chez Moore, who did not play in the South Oldham game, had 29 points against Whitefield. The Titans will look to extend that win streak this week with games against St. Francis, Western, and Henry County.

12. Kentucky Country Day Bearcats (1-1)

The Bearcats had little trouble in their season opener against the Brown Bears, winning 81-32. They did not fare as well against Moore, falling to the Mustangs 83-68. KCD has three games on the schedule this week, facing Whitefield Academy, Western, and Seneca.

13. Shawnee Golden Eagles (2-0)

The Golden Eagles opened the season with a 51-40 win over the Louisville Tigers (a home school team) and then beat the Brown Bears 70-53. The upcoming week includes games against Portland Christian and Central.

14. Walden Wolverines (2-2)

The Wolverines got off to a good start and have moved up in the rankings based on their wins over St. Francis (65-54) and Evangel Christian (86-35). After those wins, Walden lost to Highlands Latin 66-62 and Jackson City 64-49. Up this week for the Wolverines are games with Burgin, Frankfort Christian, and Maysville St. Patrick.

15. St. Francis Wyverns (1-2)

Holy Cross bested St. Francis 75-35 on the season’s first night. The Wyverns then lost to Walden 65-54 before bouncing back from those losses with a 81-67 win against Portland Christian. Darian Wade had 25 points in the win over Portland Christian, with Connor Gorman adding 23 points. St. Francis plays Manual and Atherton this week.

16. Atherton Rebels (0-2)

The first week’s schedule was not kind to the Atherton Rebels, who fell to the St. X Tigers 71-44 and the Ballard Bruins 92-72. An early week game this week against Waggener will be challenging, with the Rebels then facing the St. Francis Wyverns over the weekend.

17. Portland Christian Eagles (0-2)


The Eagles dropped both of their games this week, losing to Manual 102-52 and St. Francis 81-67. Mason Skees had 20 points in the loss to Manual. Portland Christian has just one game this week, playing Shawnee on Tuesday.

18. Brown Bears (0-4)

With four games under their belt, the Brown Bears were one of the busier teams this week. Unfortunately, the Bears lost all four games, losing to KCD (81-32), Holy Cross (68-20), Southern (87-46), and Shawnee (70-53). The Bears have games against Collegiate and Whitefield Academy this week.