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Class 4A Notebook (11/11): Expect the Totally Expected

By DragonFire - The 4A playoffs basically summed up in a single image. We're through two rounds of the 4A state playoffs. Two road teams have won in the sixteen games played, one in each round. One of those was #3 Ashland knocking off Harrison County, which while against seed, was 100% expected. The other was a 24-0 shutout by Hopkinsville over Warren East in the first round. The margin may have been unexpected, but those were two teams that were considered basically even. But that... Read More →

3A Notebook: Another Wild Night in Eastern Kentucky

By gchs_uk9 - Belfry Rides Isaac Dixon on Offense and Defense to Second Round Victory The most appetizing second round game in the Class 3A playoff bracket was Lexington Catholic and Belfry and it certainly did not disappoint. Fourth-ranked Belfry and fifth-ranked Lexington Catholic traded licks all evening before Brett Coleman scored from three yards out with just over a minute to go to give Belfry the 55-51 victory. It was a wild night from the get-go on Pond Creek. Belfry led 13-10 after one quarter of play, the highlight a 55-yard touchdown run from Isaac Dixon with four minutes to go in the... Read More →

Class 2A Notebook: Hooray for Murray, DeSales Wins the Horse Race

By ATLCat - Murray Stuns Owensboro Catholic, Take Aim at Mayfield Trailing 26-0 in the First Half, it appeared as if the heavy underdog Murray Tigers were more likely to have a running clock rather than a potential shocking First-Round win. Murray never faltered in the face of adversity and just executed key drive after key drive, coupled with a Defensive effort that held the high-powered Aces' Offense to only one score as the Tigers rallied to outscore them 41-6. Owensboro Catholic failed to score in the Second Half. Mark Thompson began the turn around with a pair of scores. Jaiden Jackson would... Read More →

Growing up in the Digital Age

By theguru - By Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Julian Tackett, Commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association From the Greatest Generation to Baby Boomers, Generation X to Millennials, teenagers in every era have had challenges growing up. In today’s digital world, high school students are being tested in unique and demanding ways. The Washington Post confirms that 73 percent of all American teenagers own their own smartphone and, on average, spend almost nine hours a day texting, chatting, gaming, blogging,... Read More → 9th Region Boys Basketball Preview

By PP1 - Preamble: In my ten years as a member of the BGP Family I have always thought that 9th Region fans were more active than any other place in the Commonwealth. The task of ranking this region before the first scrimmages begin is trying and gives one the desire to hide their head in the grass of the floodwall in Dayton. However, one of my favorite Bible stories is when Joshua loses a battle and falls on the dirt crying to God. God says “Get off the ground and act like a man (slight paraphrase).” So here it is..... discuss away. Regional Preview 1. Covington Catholic: The defending state... Read More → 5th Region Boys Basketball Preview

By Sportslover32 - 2018 was an exciting year in the 5th region. John Hardin represented the 5th Region as expected, by beating Larue County in the region finals in a great game. This year should be a great year in the 5th Region. There are some good teams and a lot of good individual talent this year. Larue got runner up last year, but seems to be the favorite coming into the year. The Region Tournament will be held at Hart County this year. Preseason 5th Region Rankings 1. Larue County (29-3)- The Hawks had a great year last year, ending in a heartbreaker as they were 20 seconds away from winning Region... Read More →

BluegrassPreps Lexington/Central Kentucky Area Playoff Power Rankings

By PurplePride92 - The playoffs are underway things are changing rapidly. The unknown will happen and uncertainty is in the air. What we thought we knew about teams is no longer true. Coaches and players are getting less sleep as the fight to continue the season is getting more intense with each play. In the Lexington/Central Kentucky Area that intensity is going to step up a notch this week. Top Ten: 1. Frederick Douglass(6A) Frederick Douglass defeated Pleasure Ridge Park 42-8. Next up: home vs Scott County 2. Boyle County(3A) Boyle County defeated Floyd Central 49-0. Next up: home vs Lawrence... Read More → Mr. Football Watchlist (11/7)

By DevilMayCare - Quarterbacks Beau Buchanan, Bowling Green (9-2, advanced to the Second Round) First Round: Aside from a long TD strike to Scotty Brown, Buchanan was in game manager mode versus Christian County. He finished with 169 yards and 2 touchdown passes. Season to date: 176 of 295 for 2,050 yards and 23 TDs with 6 ints. Stock: <> Read More → 16th Region Boys Basketball Preview

By Carson Palmer - 16th Region Boys Basketball Preview Boyd County ended an 18 year drought and claimed the region crown in 2018. The Lions defeated arch rival Ashland in the regional finals to return to Rupp Arena. This season appears to have a clear favorite in Elliott County followed closely by Morgan County and Ashland. A group of eight to ten squads will be closely bunched behind the top three teams. All are capable of pulling an upset in the postseason. Let's take a look at the 2018-19 16th Region teams: 1. ELLIOTT COUNTY Coach Greg Adkins certainly knows the way to Rupp Arena.... Read More → 3rd Region Boys Basketball Preview

By ApolloFan98 - Ranking the 3rd Region in the preseason is a tall task. Outside Breckenridge County, every team that had winning seasons last year, lost nearly all of its offensive production to graduation or transfer. Also, these rankings are dependent on the kids that have transferred within the region getting eligible. Odds are they will be able to play. All of the other uncertainty should make for an exciting regular season. It will be interesting to see which players take the next step in bigger roles for their teams this season. 1. Breckenridge County Tigers - Coach Patrick Critchelow Last Season... Read More →

Class 5A Notebook (11/6): Top seeds hold serve

By DevilMayCare - Not much to sweat about in the First Round Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, you expect one seeds to take care of business in the First Round. But the opening slate of games in 5A this year were especially lopsided, most of them decided by halftime. Six of the seven 1v4 games (Anderson County had a bye) reached mercy rule status. The only game that didn't was Harlan County over South Laurel, and that one was never really in doubt. All told, the 1's hammered the 4's by an aggregate score of 344-54 (an average of 49-8). In fact, five of the eight 2v3 games were decided by three scores or... Read More →

Louisville Power Rankings 11/6

By TheDeuce - With one week of playoff match ups in the books, we'll (hopefully) start seeing more competitive games going forward for the remainder of the playoffs. No big upsets across the state, as was expected, and the same was true right here in our region. Just in the Louisville Power Rankings, the teams won by an average margin of 48-3. This week, we'll have two games that pit teams in our rankings against each other, Saint Xavier versus Butler and Male versus North Hardin. Four teams will be on the road this week. 1. 6A Saint Xavier (8-3) - Last Week: Defeated 6A Ohio County 68-0. This Week:... Read More → 12th Region Boys Basketball Preview

By TDC - The 2017-18 season featured some high-powered offensive talent across the 12th Region, led by Mercer County’s Mr. Basketball, Trevon Faulkner. Mercer, Pulaski, Somerset, Boyle and West Jessamine all spent time in various state top 25 polls during the season, and all were capable of putting up a lot of points on any given night. It was Southwestern, however, who controlled pace in the Regional Tournament with a disciplined offense and a stifling defense, holding Region favorites Mercer and Pulaski to nearly 30 points below their season average in the semifinals and finals, to punch their... Read More →

Class 2A Notebook: Chalk It Up, Danville Only Lower Seed To Win in Round 1

By ATLCat - Home Sweet Home Of the sixteen First Round playoff games in Class 2A, all but one of them were eventually won by the higher seeded team hosting the game. Danville was the lone team to take their show on the road and pull an "upset" in terms of seeding, though you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who did not expect the Admirals to leave Round 1 victorious. Danville now earns the right to seek revenge against District Champion Somerset. The Briarjumpers won a hard fought game 21-10 against the Admirals earlier this season on Danville's homefield. If the Ads are up to the challenge or... Read More → 7th Region Boys Basketball Preview

By Smallhoops - Will this be the season someone other than Trinity or Ballard wins the Seventh Region? Perhaps. The Male Bulldogs return a heralded junior class and have an enthusiastic new coach in Tim Haworth. Seneca and Waggener return most of their rosters, have outstanding senior players, and are expected to have great seasons. But as the season approaches, Trinity and Ballard again top the Seventh Region pre-season rankings. Trinity boasts University of Louisville commit David Johnson plus outstanding shooter Stan Turnier, while Ballard will look to Alex Holley and newcomer Walter Johnson to... Read More →