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2012-2013 Kentucky High School Basketball Preview - 11th Region Boys

By theguru - Scott County is the defending champion, having beaten Woodford County in the region finals last year. The Cardinals made it to the championship game in Rupp, until they ran into a juggernaut in Louisville Trinity. Going into this season, there are several teams that could make a claim for the region's top spot. In a poll of coaches, Madison Central was easily the most mentioned as the top team, followed by Henry Clay. Scott County and Paul Laurence Dunbar will be in the mix, boosted by transfers, while perennial power Lexington Catholic can never be counted out and Lafayette returns a tall,... Read More →

2012-2013 Kentucky High School Basketball Preview - 2nd Region Boys

By theguru - It’s been a long time since the Second Region saw such a large coaching turnover, with nearly half the teams featuring a new head coach on the sidelines. One team that won't have that problem is Hopkinsville. Head Coach Tim Haworth returns, and for good reason – he has several starters back from last year’s region championship team. After the Tigers, you could throw teams two through nine in a bag and shake them up to get the next five teams in the region. Both Henderson County and Christian County have new coaches, while Lyon County and Hopkins County Central return virtually everyone... Read More →

2012-2013 Kentucky High School Basketball Preview - 13th Region Boys

By theguru - The Harlan County Black Bears have been in this position before — picked as pre-season favorite, but in the past, coming up short in the 13th Region Tournament. After four straight first round losses, Harlan County looks to be the front-runner to capture the school’s first-ever 13th Region championship by returning its top five scorers from last season. But it’s not going to be easy. Defending 13th Region champion North Laurel returns four key players back from last season’s squad that shocked many en route to the program’s first regional title. Other teams to watch out for: Clay... Read More →

2012-2013 Kentucky High School Basketball Preview - 1st Region Boys

By theguru - 1st Region Preview 1. Marshall County (32-3) - The burning question about Marshall County is how much time star swingman Chase Clark will have to spend at point guard. For the Marshals: the less the better. Clark was one of the region's best and most underrated players a year ago – a capable scorer and rebounder, but he rarely had to handle the ball. That could change now that Noah Steele, the ninth man last year, is the only other guard on the roster with much varsity experience. Steele had some shoulder and knee issues in football season, so he could get off to a slow start, which... Read More →

2012-2013 Kentucky High School Basketball Preview - 12th Region Boys

By theguru - A majority of the 12th Region coaches are probably grateful that it's Lincoln County's year to host the 12th Region tournament instead of Pulaski County. The 2012-13 season brings plenty of representation from the Pulaski County area as Somerset, Pulaski County and Southwestern make up three of the top five teams in the 12th Region. The fact that all three teams are in two different districts means that the Pulaski County area could have all three of the area's high school teams make the region tournament. Wayne County and West Jessamine are also considered top-five teams, and both return... Read More →

2012-2013 Kentucky High School Basketball Preview - 10th Region Boys

By theguru - The previous seven seasons of 10th Region boys basketball have been dominated by perennial powers Mason County & George Rogers Clark. Entering last season the popular thought was that this trend would come to a screeching halt. But when the smoke cleared and only two teams were left vying for the top spot in the 10th, there stood, yet again, the Royals and the Cardinals. Scott Humphrey's squad won that battle in Mt. Sterling – earning their third trip to Rupp Arena in seven years. Not since Pendleton County's 2005 triumph has a team outside of Winchester or Maysville represented the 10th... Read More →

2012-2013 Kentucky High School Basketball Preview - 6th Region Boys

By theguru - Bullitt East has been the class of the 6th region for the past two years, beating PRP in two consecutive 6th Region Championship games. Last season they did it on a Trey Rakes buzzer beater that got a fair share of national publicity. The Chargers didn't survive their first game in the state tournament, though, as they ran into eventual state champion Trinity. No changing of the guard is expected this season, Bullitt East is again the favorite followed closely by PRP. Butler and Fairdale will both hope to play spoiler and crash the state tournament. Southern will be the favorite in the... Read More →

2012-2013 Kentucky High School Basketball Preview - 14th Region Boys

By theguru - The 14th Region in 2012-13 will be a 5 team race between Perry County Central, Breathitt County, Hazard, Knott County Central and Letcher County Central. There is no indication that Knott County Central will be unable to repeat as Region Champions because they most certainly can. The one major change that has happened in the 14th Region this off-season is that Perry County Central head coach Allan Hatcher stepped down to take a job in West Virginia and Sheldon Clark Head Coach Kevin Spurlock was named the new head coach at Perry County Central. Preseason 14th Region Rankings 1. Perry... Read More →

2012 Kentucky High School Football Class 4A Playoff Preview

By theguru - Region 1 Warren East was within a few minutes of going to the state championship game in 2007, giving up a touchdown and field goal in the final three minutes of a 38-35 loss to upstart Lone Oak. The Raiders are trying to follow in Lone Oak's footsteps this season, silencing the critics of a soft schedule with a long playoff run. No one questions that Warren East has played a less-than-challenging slate. Its most impressive win was way back on Aug. 31, when a pick-six provided the pivotal moment in a 26-18 win over a Monroe County team that's ranked in the top 10 in Class 3A. Many... Read More →

2012 Kentucky High School Football Class 3A Playoff Preview

By theguru - Region 1 One school of thought in western Kentucky is that no one has a bigger home-field advantage than Fort Campbell, and it's one that could serve the Falcons well during the postseason. Fort Campbell obliterated district rival Paducah Tilghman 43-14 during the regular season and would get to host a potential rematch with the Tornado in the regional final. That is assuming that Tilghman survives the tough playoff road it forged for itself, which would include a 200-mile second-round trip to Monroe County. The Falcons, who won three consecutive Class 2A titles from 2007-09 and... Read More →

2012 Kentucky High School Football Class 1A Playoff Preview

By theguru - Region 1 The loss to Hazard in last year's state championship still stings for Mayfield, which has taken out its frustration on nine out of 10 opponents and looks to have the stuff to win its second state title in the last three seasons. Led by Jonathan Jackson, the storied program's all-time leading rusher and tackler, the Cardinals haven't just beaten nine consecutive opponents since a 42-28 opening-night loss to Class 5A heavyweight Warren Central — they've battered them. The Cardinals haven't played a cakewalk schedule, either. Five of their nine wins have come against ranked... Read More →

2012 Kentucky High School Football Class 6A Playoff Preview

By theguru - Trinity. So much for the suspense. The Shamrocks enter the postseason as perhaps the biggest favorite to win a state title in history. Not exactly the parity the KHSAA was looking for when the opted for six class football several years ago. The one team that could come within three touchdowns of them, St. Xavier, will be gone after round three, making the path to Trinity’s 22nd state title and seventh in nine years that much easier. Trinity should roll through George Rogers Clark in the first round and Manual in the second round before a return engagement with St X in the... Read More →

2012 Kentucky High School Football Class 5A Playoff Preview

By theguru - Region 1 Bowling Green is simply the second best team in the state behind nationally-ranked 6A powerhouse, Trinity. No one in 5A can beat Bowling Green. You can go ahead and mail the State Championship trophy to: 1801 Rockingham Lane. Now the other 5A schools may not have gotten the memo, so we’ll pretend as if the title is still up for grabs. Bowling Green (10-0) has racked up 409 points; pretty impressive. But, what is more impressive – and has led to their stellar record -- is that they have only allowed 82 points, with five shutouts in ten games. Aside from the Purples’... Read More →

2012 Kentucky High School Football Class 2A Playoff Preview

By theguru - Is this the year Owensboro Catholic finally gets their title? The Aces have been bridesmaids four times – the last in 2010 – but never the bride. This year, they finished the regular season as the only unbeaten in Class 2A but not with as much fanfare as in years’ past. The Aces have been getting the job done on defense, only allowing Union County to score more than two touchdowns in a game. However, one criticism of the Aces has been their schedule – only one non-district team, 6-4 Owensboro, posted a winning record. In addition, the Aces would have to play at the Region 2... Read More →

Ashland-Belfry series benefits both teams

By LRCW - ASHLAND — Football coaches Leon Hart of Ashland and Philip Haywood of Belfry share a strong affinity for opponents that will make their teams better down the road. That’s why the state-ranked Tomcats and Pirates are meeting for the fourth consecutive year, a series that Hart says Ashland wants to extend after the contract expires this season. “I think for both of us it’s a great non-district game,” Hart said. “All of it is working to get you better for the playoffs, and tough teams in your district.” Haywood agreed. “We’ve had some real competitive games,” Haywood said. “They’ve... Read More →