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PBR Kentucky Top 25 (5/13)
• Grayson Davis pitched a gem for #1 Trinity (☘️), allowing one hit and three total base runners across six innings against #18 Madison Central. Six different Shamrocks drove in at least one run to convincingly handle the Indians.

• Boyd County (🦁) further bolstered its #2 ranking with consecutive wins over R9 contenders #10 Covington Catholic and Dixie Heights, plus R16 power Rowan County. Boyd's depth of quality arms was apparent, as the Lions allowed eight total hits and three earned runs combined over those three games.

• McCracken County (🐎) used four pitchers to silence Marshall County bats, edging the Marshals 2-0. The win runs #3 McCracken's win streak against R1 competition to 51 games. The Mustangs lead the state with a 1.24 team ERA. 

• Muhlenberg County (🇧🇼) is right behind them with a 1.31 ERA. Their pitching prowess was on display in a trio of shutout wins over Hancock County, Franklin-Simpson, and Hopkinsville. The Mustangs subsequently move up three spots to #17.

• Ryle (🏴‍☠️) returns to the Top 25 following a quartet of wins over Campbell County, #10 Frederick Douglass, #18 Madison Central, and Highlands. The Raiders are 19-3 since taking some early season Ls against a challenging schedule. 

• Brady Atwell clubbed a solo home run, but PRP's Asious Kavich countered with 3 RBIs to help the 5th ranked Panthers (🐾) come from behind to beat #15 Owensboro Catholic (♠️) in one of last week's marquee games. Despite the result, PRP falls one slot in the rankings, while the Aces climb four.

• Reigning state champ Whitley County (🇸🇾) makes an appearance for the first time since the March 18th poll. The Colonels have won 15 of 17, including recent wins over #20 Great Crossing and previously ranked Woodford County. Whitley is hitting at a .394 clip in the month of May.
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PBR Kentucky Top 25 (5/6)
• The week's biggest mover was Saint Xavier (🐯), who continues to yo-yo up and down the Top 25. The Tigers check in at #15, up eight spots following an impressive run of consecutive wins over #3 McCracken County, #5 Ballard, and #7 Apollo last week. That's about as good a run as we've seen from anyone this season and demonstrates just how good the X-Men can be. They allowed just two runs during that stretch against top competition. 

• Covington Catholic (🇲🇶) reaches a season high #10 on the heels of a nine game win streak that includes a nine run shellacking of #21 Pikeville at Boyd County's Derby Classic last Friday. Jackson Reardon went yard as part of a 4 for 5 day at the plate.

• One of the week's marquee games featured West Jessamine (🐎) hosting Frederick Douglass (🇮🇪) in a match-up of top ten teams. The rankings suggested a game that never materialized, as the Broncos ran away with a five inning mercy rule victory. Forde Cruse no-hit the Colts, while Jaylen Edmonds drove in four to power Douglass in a dominating effort. 

• Bowling Green (🟪🟨) outdueled visiting Taylor County in another contest between ranked teams. The Purples eked out a 5-4 win with Jackson Idlett providing two perfect, efficient innings in relief to close the show. The loss didn't ding the Cardinals at all, as they hold steady at #6 this week, but it did boost BG five spots to #12. 
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PBR Kentucky Top 25 (4/30)
• Trinity, Boyd County, and McCracken County have taken up residence in slots 1-3. They've occupied the top three in every poll this season.

• The Shamrocks (☘️) have lived up to their #1 billing, running off twelve straight wins, including a shutout victory over #10 Manual today.

• Boyd County (🦁) is doing its best to keep pace with T, winning 13 of its last 14. The Lions topped reigning R16 champion Raceland earlier this week in a matchup of EKY powers.

• PRP (🐾) took another step forward in the rankings, climbing four more spots to #4. The Panthers have won ten straight, outscoring the opposition 113-11. They rank #2 in the state for team batting average (.378) and runs per game (10.1)

• Apollo (🦅) has claimed victories over #2 McCracken County, #9 Frederick Douglass, and #18 Owensboro Catholic in the month of April. Noah Cook and Carter Kimmel have combined to allow 4 earned runs in 75 ⅔ innings of work.

• Speaking of O-Cath (♠️), they make their Top 25 debut on the strength of winning the All "A" championship. The Aces live up to their nickname, with four pitchers sporting sub 2.00 ERAs with 20+ innings pitched each.

• Continuing the theme of dominance from the mound, Muhlenberg County (🐎) pitchers haven't allowed an earned run in four games. The Mustangs own a staff ERA of 1.38 for the season.

• The week's biggest mover is heading in the wrong direction. Saint Xavier (🐯) plummeted thirteen spots to #23 after losing four straight to, admittedly, very strong competition.

• After a rugged schedule left them below .500 and unranked three weeks ago, Ryle (🏴‍☠️) has re-emerged after winning 12 of 13. AJ Curry is raking at a state leading clip of .671 for the Raiders.
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Boys State and Region Track & Field Rankings (4/26)
🥇 St. Xavier (3A), Covington Catholic (2A), and Louisville Collegiate (1A) are the statewide Class leaders with Regional meets just three weeks away. 

🧐 Several recent quality Invitationals have had a major impact on the rankings since the season's opening look; among them - Tyson and Trinity Gay in Lexington, Eastern Relays in Louisville, Arcadia (CA), and the Lake Cumberland Classic in Somerset. 

🏆 + 🏆 ?  St. X and CovCath are looking for follow-ups to their KHSAA Indoor Championships - the Tigers shared first place with Trinity in 3A; the Colonels won the 2A title outright. 1A Indoor champ Green County is ranked fifth this week.

Top 20 Rankings are based on a "Virtual State Meet" format from this season's best performances using link below* ~
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PBR Rankings 4/22/24
• Trinity (☘) tightened its grip on #1 with a 5-0 week that saw the Rocks bat nearly .400 and pitch three shutouts.

• After I touted their mastery from the mound last week, Taylor County (🇾🇪) got roughed up for a season worst nine runs in a loss to Powell County in the 2A Championship Tournament. The Cardinals subsequently fall a couple of spots to #6.

• PRP (🐾) moves from #8 to #4 after a 4-0 week that was capped off with a mercy rule beatdown of previous #4 Lexington Catholic. The Panthers held the Knights to two base hits.

• West Jessamine (🐎) continues its ascent up the rankings with another leap this week after moving five spots last week. The Colts one upped themselves by sliding up six positions to #9.

• Frederick Douglass (🇨🇮) got 4 RBIs from Jeremiah Lowe to run rule previously ranked Sayre. The win concluded a 3-0 week for the Broncos, who move up four places to #13. Douglass also rocked #14 Madison Central earlier in the week.

• The week's biggest mover was Woodford County (🐝), who shot eight spots to #17 after a pair of high quality wins on Saturday over #10 St. Xavier and Central Hardin.
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If you could change one thing about Kentucky High School Football what would it be?
I have some random thoughts:

1. Dump our current RPI for Calpreps.  Calpreps is clearly superior and comprehensive.

2. Reduce the number of classifications.  We are seeing more and more there are a few good teams at the top of each class and then teams that have no chance.

3. Reduce the amount of teams that get in the playoffs by 50%.  Way too many teams get in the playoffs.

4. Allow one transfer with no restrictions.

5. Move the State Championships back to Thanksgiving weekend. 

Would you choose any of those?  Something else?
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PBR Kentucky Top 25 (4/15)

• The Top 6 holds firm from a week ago. In fact, this has been the order at the top for three weeks running: 1. ☘️ | 2. 🦁 | 3. 🐴  | 4. 🇾🇪 | 5. 🛡 | 6. 🐻 

• Taylor County (#4) is 6-0 in one run games this season. The Cardinals have balance throughout the line-up and a pitching rotation sporting a 1.35 ERA.

• Perennial power PRP (🐾) sits at #8 with a line-up raking at a clip of .380 and a staff ERA of 2.11.

•  St. Xavier (🐯) climbs back into the Top 10 after enduring a challenging slate of games last week, including quality wins over #12 Eastern, DeSales, and St. Ignatius (OH), plus a pair of losses to top ranked Trinity and St. Edward's (OH).

• Bowling Green (🟪🟨) is off to its best start since the 2012 team ran off 18 straight wins to open their season. Drew Isenberg's 0.49 ERA leads a deep rotation of arms for the Purples.

• West Jessamine (🐎) is up five spots to #15 after outscoring its last five opponents 51-6, including wins over #16 Corbin and #21 Sayre.
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PBR Kentucky Top 25 (4/9)
PBR Kentucky/KHSBCA Power 25

• The Top 8 remains completely intact from last week: 1. ☘️ | 2. 🦁 | 3. 🐴  | 4. 🇾🇪 | 5. 🛡 | 6. 🐻 | 7. 🦅 | 8. ♈️

• Corbin (C) jumps six spots from #15 to #9. The Hounds are in the midst of an eleven game win streak. Frederick Douglass (🇮🇪) swaps places with Corbin, falling from 9 to 15.

• An 11-0 start to the season propels Covington Catholic (CC) into the Top 25 at #23. They suffered their first setback of the season in a one run loss to Conner last Saturday. The Blue Colonels have been stellar from the mound, allowing 41 hits in 81 innings pitched and sporting a team ERA of 1.03. 
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Lyon County vs. Harlan County Predictions/Updates (KHSAA Boys' Sweet 16® Championship)
Lyon County (35-3) lead by Mr. Basketball and University of Kentucky signee Travis Perry will be playing in their first ever Sweet 16 Championship game against the Black Bears of Harlan County (34-4) lead by South Carolina signee Trent Noah.

Lyon County made it to the finals with wins over Ashland, Adair Co., and Great Crossing. Harlan County defeated last season's champs Warren Central, Campbell Co. and Evangel Christian.

These two have a several very good quality opponents in Frederick Douglass, Ashland and Bowling Green. Lyon Co. defeated all 3 of these teams by scores of 86-66, 45-43, and 90-89. Harlan Co. were 1-2 vs. these 3 programs losing 70-60 to Douglass and 73-62 to Bowling Green and the Black Bears defeated Ashland 80-70.
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Oakland 80 Kentucky 76 (NCAA 1st Round)
Well said it all year. This team was a team that very easily could make a run, but also very easily could lose first game. Which unfortunately that is what happened. Our freshman played like freshman, while Oakland had a guy that shot unbelievable early. Then the rest of the team got confidence and started making shots at the end when it mattered too.

Now I know our usuals will blame Cal for this. However, no coaching could have helped this team miss the easy around the rim shots they missed today, and our two probably top 10 lottery picks playing horrible games. With that said though, sometimes it is just time for a change. Probably be a good thing for both UK and for Cal to go in different directions. Right now I think the program and Cal need a jump start and doesn’t look like it will happen together.
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Lexington Catholic vs. Great Crossing Predictions/Updates (11th Region Championship)
This should be a great game. These two have been the top 2 teams in the 11th all-season. They are also the #1 and #2 teams in the state currently. It is sad that one of the top teams in the state will not make it to Rupp. These two teams met about 6 weeks ago on a neutral court and the game was won by Great Crossing 58-50. Great Crossing goes into the game at 33-1 and Lexington Catholic enters the game at 32-2. Great Crossing has not lost to a KY team this season. Catholic's 2 losses came to Great Crossing and Lyon Co. I am looking forward to watching this one. It can be seen for free on Glicod Sports. It is Tuesday, March 12th at 7:00pm from Dunbar HS.
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Dropping out of district play
Hearing rumblings... multiple football programs are talking about dropping out of district play for the coming cycle.

When it is a good decision to drop out of district play?

What happens to a program when you have virtually no chance to be competitive?

Or, even if you have no chance to win the district, just working hard and finding satisfaction in a bunch of dudes coming together to work as hard as they can would be better. What are we teaching people by running from superior competition. Figure it out!!
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All NKY Teams including Player and Coach of the Year
A few things to know about these lists. Number 1: you have to have averaged 10 points per game to be considered. I know this rules out really important players like Miyah Wimzie, Maya Lawrie, and Maleah Alexander, but the rationale here is simple: high-motor, high-intangible, high-basketball IQ, "glue players" on teams that we all watch a lot get plenty of love (like the three I mentioned), but those same types of players from lower profile teams don't get seen as often by neutrals, so it is unfair to include those attributes from some but not others. No one loves those types of players more than I do, I've sung Maya Lawrie's praises for years, but those that were included in selecting these just don't see the bottom half of teams often enough to have a good feel for those important types of players from those teams.

Number 2: you have to have played 20 games to be included, so that excludes, among others, Riley Boyd at Beechwood. Lastly, only the stats that are tracked on KHSAA are considered, so assists, steals, blocks, etc aren't factored in. First of all, I think most schools that track those do just an okay job of it, but most don't track them at all, and in almost no instances is there access to them. So when one coach says he'd include XYZ player on a higher team because she averages 5 assists and 4 steals, it isn't factored in.
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Statewide Rankings - Week 12
Great Crossing remains a unanimous number 1. As they won their last regular season game earlier this week to finish 29-1 (and undefeated against Kentucky competition, suffering their only loss in the final of the prestigious Beach Ball Classic in double overtime), it's safe to say they'll remain so for any polls that might be released. Also, if they manage to run the table at state and finish with 38 wins, I believe that will be the most in the state since Marion County also posted 38 wins in 1993. Something to watch out for.

*We were back up to four consensus top 5 teams this week, with Great Crossing, Lexington Catholic, Newport, and Lyon County all rated in the top five of each. Covington Catholic, Bowling Green, and St. X were not only consensus top 10, they were also all consensus top 7, so the polls agree - those are your seven best teams. Up to five of that group could make it to the Sweet 16.

I waited in vain for the media poll. If they announced they weren't releasing it this week, I sure missed that news. Given the whole reason for that poll in the first place was because of the historic lack of reliability from the old AP poll, just failing to release one the last week of the regular season (and therefore the last one they'd likely release) seems to be a slightly dark omen. A shame, too, because it has been much better than its predecessor.

But for those who actually did release this week....
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2023/24 Massey Ratings - KY Girls Basketball
Massey's Top 25

1. Sacred Heart (2-0) W #25 S Kenton 69-46, W #4 Pikeville 68-50.
2. GR Clark (1-0) W PL Dunbar 69-22.
3. Cooper (1-0) W at New Cath 68-34.
4. Pikeville (1-1) W at Morgan Co 70-51, L at #1 Sacred Heart 50-68.
5. Ashland (2-1) L at #13 Russell 47-57, W WV #2 G Washington 53-34, W at Knott Cent 60-43.
6. Cov Holy Cross (2-0) W at Brossart 73-29, W #25 S Kenton 75-68.
7. O'boro Cath (2-0) W #31 Bowling Green 64-53, W Muhlenberg Co 88-44.
8. Anderson Co (2-0) W at Great Crossing 43-33, W Grant Co 65-28.
9. Ryle (1-1) W at #15 Notre Dame 51-36, L at #14 Franklin Co 46-66.
10. McCracken Co (2-1) W a Murray 52-23, W Marshall Co 65-34, L at #31 Bowling Green 50-53.
11. N Laurel (3-0) W #19 Pulaski Co 59-43, W at #26 SWestern 75-46, W at Mercer Co 62-44.
12. Franklin-Simpson (1-0) W Glasgow 58-32.
13. Russell (2-0) W #5 Ashland 57-47, W at OH #45 Portsmouth 52-48.
14. Franklin Co (2-0) W at #27 Montgomery Co 67-63, W #9 Ryle 66-46.
15. Notre Dame (0-1) L #9 Ryle.
16. Boyd Co (1-0) W Morgan Co 61-43.
17. Corbin (2-0) W at Whitley Co 70-27, W at Bell Co 84-50.
18. Butler (1-1) L at #22 Manual 56-75, W Oldham Co 79-48.
19. Central (2-0) W at Fern Creek, W at PRP 42-40.
20. Pulaski Co (1-1) L at #11 N Laurel 47-57, W #23 Meade Co 78-56.
21. F Douglass (2-0) W #45 Madison Cent 63-43, W at #33 CAL 65-55.
22. Manual (2-0) W #18 Butler, W Male 64-48.
23. Meade Co (0-2) L #28 Bethlehem 60-79, L at #19 Pulaski Co 56-78.
24. Henderson Co (2-0) W McLean Co 66-29, W at #37 Breckenridge Co 68-53.
25. S Kenton (0-2) L at #6 Cov Holy Cross 68-75, L at #1 Sacred Heart 46-69.
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Statewide Rankings - Week 11
*Another week of a unanimous number 1 in Great Crossing. Given the rest of their schedule, it would be shocking if they didn't maintain this status these last two weeks as well.

*35 teams were rated in at least one poll, same as a week ago.

*Campbell County (Nations Elite 22, KSR 25), University Heights (KYHSZ 24), Spencer County (Nations Elite 25), and Wayne County (KYHSZ 25) joined the rankings, while Butler County, North Hardin, South Laurel, and Walton-Verona all dropped out.

*Our unicorns this week (teams rated by only a single outlet) - Bell County (Martin Media 20), Elizabethtown (Nations Elite 20), Danville Christian (KYHSZ 21), Lloyd Memorial (KSR 23), and the aforementioned University Heights, Spencer County, and Wayne County. Danville Christian, Lloyd Memorial, and Elizabethtown were both unicorns last week, by the same outlets.

*The Sweet 16 draw came out this week, and using these rankings as a barometer, no one is sitting better than Lyon County. The Lyons have an average ranking of 4.66, and in their quadrant of the bracket are Regions 1, 5, and 16. Boyd County is the only team from any of those regions rated in even 5 of the 6 polls, and their average rank is 17.8 in those five polls. There are some juicy first round matchups if the ranks hold, with Region 11 (Great Crossing/Lexington Catholic) facing Region 8 (North Oldham) in a matchup that would produce two top ten teams by average, with Region 9 (Newport/Covington Catholic) vs. Region 10 (George Rogers Clark) and Region 13 (Harlan County) vs. Region 4 (Bowling Green) coming very close to matching that.
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Statewide Girls Basketball Poll (2/14/24)
1. Sacred Heart (16 First Place Votes)

2. Cooper

3. George Rogers Clark

4. Covington Holy Cross

5. Pikeville

6. Owensboro Catholic

7. McCracken County

8. Anderson County

9. Franklin-Simpson

10. Ashland

11. Butler 

12. Franklin County 

13. Notre Dame

14. Ryle 

15. North Laurel 
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2023/24 Massey Ratings - KY Boys Basketball
2️⃣5️⃣ A review of last week's Top 25 ~

Most matchups last week went to chalk, with some intra-District minor upsets in the 42nd accounted for.

🦁 🟣 Game of the week - Last night's 90-89 double overtime win by #6 Lyon County over #10 Bowling Green.

🐎 Frederick Douglass, missing leading scorer Armelo Boone, went 0-3 last week. Toughest of them was a 60-62 overtime loss at #63 Sayre in District play.

😺 Upset of the week - #23 Ashland's 48-59 loss to #83 Fleming County at Flemingsburg. The Tomcats have been on a slow slide down the Top 25 of late. Does their loss to "The Battlin' Biggs'" nudge them out of elite consideration?

⚔️ Farewell Trojans, we hardly knew ye. North Hardin made a surprising, first time appearance at #25. They promptly lost games to Taylor County and Franklin County.

1. Great Crossing (2-0) W #21 H Clay 69-60; W #9 GRC 73-53.

2. Lex Cath (2-0) W Madison Cent 48-36; W PL Dunbar* 78-43.

3. Cov Cath (1-0) W Cov Holy Cross* 78-55.

4. St. Xavier (2-0) W Collins 81-72; W #14 DeSales 81-72 (OT) - runner-up GOTW.

5. N Oldham (2-0) W at Owen Co 68-50 ; W WEB Du Bois 77-48.

6. Lyon Co. (2-0) W at Trigg Co.* 92-36; W #10 Bowling Green 90-89 (2OT) GOTW.

7. Trinity (2-0) W at #31 Ballard 63-59; W Waggener* 78-35.

8. Newport (2-0) W New Cath 73-51; W at Conner 71-50.

9. GRC (2-1) W #19 F Douglass 56-50; W #30 Madison South 72-54; L at #1 Great Crossing 53-73.

19. Bowling Green (2-1) W at Owensboro 73-59; W at #40 Warren Cent* 46-41; L at #6 Lyon Co. 89-90 (2 OT) GOTW.

11. Manual (3-0) W at Fern Creek 80-71; W F Parker* 96-41; W at Shawnee* 86-60.

12. Male (3-0) W at Central 78-71; W at Lou Collegiate* 78-37; W at #27 CAL 64-61.

13. Evangel Christ (2-0) W at #44 S Oldham 85-79; W Christian Co 87-46 at Lyon Co.

14. DeSales (1-1) W at #44 S Oldham 85-79; L at #4 St. Xavier 72-81 (OT) runner-up GOTW.

15. Harlan Co (1-0) W at Harlan* 83-52.

16. Bryan Stn (1-1) W Scott Co* 64-55; L #21 H Clay* 58-63.

17. Oldham Co (2-0) W Gallatin Co 101-74; W #26 Lloyd 63-61.

18. Cooper (1-0) W at New Cath 63-42.

19. F Douglass (0-3) L at #9 GRC; L at Sayre* 60-62; L #20 Woodford Co 57-68.

20. Woodford Co (3-0) W Lafayette 66-44; Wat #19 F Douglass 68-57; W Harrison Co 63-54.

21. H Clay (2-1) L #1 Great Crossing 60-69; W #16 Bryan Stn* 63-58; W Sayre* 67-64 (OT).

22. Henderson Co (2-0) W Webster Co* 41-35; W at Union Co* 71-44.

23. Ashland (2-1) W at Magoffin Co 66-52; L at Fleming Co 48-59 UOTW; W at Menifee Co 85-50.

24. Boyd Co (2-0) W at Russell 93-65; W Perry Cent 88-72.

25. N Hardin (0-2) L at Taylor Co 68-74; L Franklin Co 73-75.
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NKY Girls Basketball Top 10 (2/5/24)
We have reached the point where there are only 3 weeks remaining in the regular season before we get into Districts and Regional Play.  In my humblest of opinion this area has a Big One, then a tier with Two, Then a tier of Two, Then I'd put Highlands slightly above the "rest of The Top 10".  I'm sure, like me, everyone is bummed that #1 Cooper and #2 Holy Cross aren't playing this week, but honestly, if I'm Ted Arlinghaus and I have any shot of pulling the upset at Truist in the 9th (not a great shot, but a shot nonetheless), I'd rather Coach Holthaus and his veteran team not get a dress rehearsal a few weeks early.  Oh well, we'll have to wait for that one and hope it comes to fruition at NKU although a lot can happen along the way (like Ryle coming out of the half of the bracket at NKU that Cooper isn't on).

Last week saw the biggest upset in the NKY Girls Basketball sphere this year with Campbell County beating Notre Dame....shocking.  On the same court that Holy Cross had given Campbell County a 32 point loss 12 days earlier, Notre Dame dropped one.  However, Campbell County still can't jump into the Top 10 because they've lost 4 of their last 5 (with that NDA win the lone exception), including a home loss to Scott (which uses that to vault themselves into the Top 10).  I struggled with Dixie / Grant County again this week for 7th, but defaulted back to Dixie has been playing well and has an early season H2H win vs Grant County on their resume.  I'm not 100% sure that game would go that way again, but I'm also not 100% sure it wouldn't.

Lastly, before we unveil the Top 10, congrats to Simon Kenton on the HUGE win over KY Top 5 Anderson County -- that is super impressive for Coach Stowers and the Lady Neers.  They are in the midst of a brutal part of the schedule, so great to get a win and now get a little bit of a breather this week before back into the frying pan next week with Holy Cross (KY #6) and Sacred Heart, part deux (KY #1).  Here we go....
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Statewide Rankings - Week 9
*All of these comparisons will be to the polls released two weeks ago, since last week's were mostly a wash with fewer rankings and no new games.

*We're up to six polls this week! In addition to Martin Media returning after a week off and Nations Elite after two, I found Big Things Kentucky has released rankings, and so they join the group. Big Things Kentucky only rates the top 20 teams, and the Media Poll only had 20 as well this week, so expect a few more "unicorns".

*We have a consensus at the top! Great Crossing was unanimously #1 by every outlet, and was unanimous by the Media Poll voters (all 16).

*38 teams were rated in at least one poll, up two from two weeks ago, the last time we had as many as four rankings. Six teams were rated this week but not the previous one - Cooper (Media 18, Nations Elite 18, KSR 18, KYHSZ 18), Oldham County (Nations Elite 22, KYHSZ 23), Ashland (Nations Elite 21), South Laurel (Nations Elite 23), Lawrence County (KYHSZ 24), and Elizabethtown (Nations Elite 25). You may notice the overlap there in by and large which outlets added new teams to the mix. Breathitt County, Daviess County, Fleming County, Madison Southern, and Murray all dropped out. Breathitt County had ridden into the ranks following their 14th Region All "A" win, but have dropped four of five since then. Daviess County lost to Owensboro two weeks ago, their only loss since December 9th, but didn't have the body of work to hold on. Fleming County was rewarded with a rank after nocking off DeSales, but drops following a loss to Montgomery County. Madison Southern had been ranked for a while, but have now dropped four of five, and two nights ago lost to 7-11 Jeffersontown. Murray is the oddest one - apparently their loss to Evangel Christian in the All A was enough to knock them out.

*With the increase to six polls, and two of them having only 20 teams ranked, we had a jump to 12 unicorns (teams rated by a single outlet). Those were Corbin (Nations Elite 20), Hazard (Martin Media 20), Ashland (Nations Elite 21), North Hardin (Martin Media 21), Pikeville (KYHSZ 21), Adair County (Martin Media 23), Lloyd Memorial (KSR 23), South Laurel (Nations Elite 23), Bell County (Martin Media 24), Lawrence County (KYHSZ 24), Butler County (KYHSZ 25), and Elizabethtown (Nations Elite 25). Unsurprisingly, the 20 team polls had no unicorns. The Media Poll and Big Things Kentucky each had 16 of their 20 teams rated in every single other ranking.
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NKY Girls Basketball Top 10 (1/29/24)
Well first and foremost, Congrats to the Holy Cross Indians on defending their All A Classic State Championship; that is very impressive!  That is HC's 3rd All A State title in 10 years (2015, 2023, and 2024)...heckuva run.  They also allowed NKY to sweep the Boys and Girls titles for the 3rd time ever (2012, 2015, and 2024), so that is awesome as well (Congrats Newport Boys!!!).  Way to rep the 9th and the N-K-Y!!

Also, congrats to Cooper for a great tourney down at the LIT, suffering a narrow loss to Sacred Heart in the semis.   Cooper just keeps playing at an incredibly high level, and I believe they'll be the 2nd ranked team in Kentucky in the Statewide Media Poll when it comes out on Wednesday (or at least they should be...but I know GRC gets a lot of love from the media in the central part of the state).  Coach Holthaus and his ladies, assuming they get out of the 9th and don't draw into SHA's half of the bracket, have a great chance to play for a KHSAA Kentucky Sweet 16 State Championship.  They are that good.

A couple of quick notes for this week's Poll.  First, you'll see I flipped SK and Highlands in spite of SK not winning a game.  Playing SHA, in Louisville, closer than Highlands played Ryle at NKU was the key factor.  SK continues their brutal stretch of games, they will be hard-pressed to get a win in either game this week, but they play everyone tough and they compete...two things you have to love.  Also, St. Henry's win over Conner was both unexpected (congrats Coach Smart!) but also tossed the bottom-half of the poll into a bit of disarray.  The three 10th teams in the area have some gaudy records but they all lack for quality wins, and they each have taken some head-scratching losses along the way (either in opponent or margin of loss). 

There are some great games to get out and see this week:  Cooper vs Simon Kenton, Cooper at Notre Dame, Ryle vs Frederick Douglass, Simon Kenton vs Anderson County, Dixie hosting Sacred Heart (gulp), Grant County at Walton Verona, and the battle for 10th in the poll:  Bishop Brossart visiting St. Henry.  Get out and see some hoops this week!!!
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The good jobs?
Missing Friday nights so I thought I would bring this up to hear everyone else's opinion.  This is a tough question that usually only people close to a team or school can know. Which coaching jobs would everyone consider the really good jobs?  I know a few that I think probably are.  But a lot of those are just going by what I see written on here, success on the field, fan and community support, the word of some of the coaches I know.  Of course it's just my perception, only the coaches at these school really know if they are supported, helped and what not.  Not a real serious discussion, not looking to have any schools bashed or put down, just really wanting to know which jobs most people believe are really good places to be. I'm not looking for the jobs most consider bad jobs. Might be a few that many think "used to be" really good but now, not so much.  Just look for some off season discussions while many of these open jobs are being filled.  A program might not necessarily be a team that wins a lot to be on this list.  Don't think State Titles are a requirement to make it.  I know nobody coaches high school athletics for the money so money might not be much of a factor but it may not hurt.
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Statewide Rankings - Week 7
*36 teams were rated in at least one poll, one up from a week ago. Seven teams were rated this week but not the previous week - Butler (KSR 24th) and Danville Christian (KYHSSZ 24th) both returned after one week absences, while Breathitt County (Media 21st, KYHSSZ 22nd), Daviess County (KSR 25th), Fleming County (Media 24th), Lloyd Memorial (KYHSSZ 24th), and Murray (KYHSSZ 25th) all debuted. Ashland, Campbell County, Cooper, Elizabethtown, McCracken County, and South Laurel all dropped out. Ashland, McCracken County, and South Laurel were all unicorns last week, ranked only by the media poll. Cooper had broad support last week, ranked by three outlets, but a loss to Ryle eroded their support.
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NKY Girls Basketball Top 10 (1/15/24)
Good morning NKY Girls' Basketball fans!  We had a terrific week of basketball around NKY, and in a few cases, it was teams in defeat that showed an awful lot about what they could be capable of.  Holy Cross losing by 2 at GRC (KY #2) was very impressive, doubly so when you decipher some of the "oddities" of the game management.  Ryle played Cooper on Friday night right to the end, and doing so without the future Penguin, Sarah Baker, in the 2nd half.  Simon Kenton had Notre Dame on the ropes in Park Hills before a late Panda flurry turned the game in the last minute.  

I contemplated flipping NDA and HC this week, but as the schedule gods' would have it, they'll settle it on the court in Park Hills on Wednesday.  I've said all year I think NDA wins this game, but HC is undoubtedly playing better right now, plus you add in the rivalry layer, and the former coach leading the home team, well, you get the picture, it will be GREAT.  Pack the stands for the young ladies.   Alas, the only movement this week is replacing WV at #10 with red-hot Conner (winners of 6 of 7), who, coincidentally, also has a head-to-win over WV anyway.  Here is this week's top 10, and others, along with their opponents for this week!  Bundle up!!
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Statewide Rankings - Week 6
First the Media poll:

1. Great Crossing (10 FPV - up 1 from last week)
2. Lyon County (6 FPV - down 1 from last week)
3. Lexington Catholic
4. Trinity
5. Covington Catholic
6. Newport [Up 1]
7. Manual [Up 1]
8. Evangel Christian [Down 2]
9. St. X [Up 1]
10. Harland County  [Down 1]

11. Bowling Green
12. George Rogers Clark
13. DeSales  [Down 1]
14. Frederick Douglass
15. Woodford County

Others receiving votes: Henry Clay 36, Male 21, Ashland Blazer 5, Corbin 4, Bryan Station 3, Henderson County 3, North Oldham 3, McCracken County 2, South Laurel 2, Bell County 1, Cooper 1, Hazard 1.

No new teams in the top 15, and very little shuffling.
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