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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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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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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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Statewide Media Poll for Girls Basketball (1/4/24)
1.  Sacred Heart (14 FPV)
2.  GRC (2)
3.  Cooper (NKY)
4.  Pikeville
5.  Owensboro Catholic
6.  McCracken County
7.  Ryle (NKY)
8.  Pulaski County
9.  Notre Dame (NKY)
10. Anderson County
11. Corbin 
12. Franklin-Simpson
13. Meade County
14. Boyd County
15. Covington Holy Cross (NKY)
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Statewide Rankings - Week 5
* 15 teams are consensus rated by these five polls (listed according to average rank):
Lyon County, Great Crossing, Lexington Catholic, Evangel Christian, Trinity, Covington Catholic, Newport, Harlan County, Bowling Green, St. X, DeSales, Woodford County, Male, George Rogers Clark, North Oldham

*Notably absent from that list is Manual, who Martin Media chose not to rank - their average rank in the other four polls is 9th, so a glaring omission. Manual's only loss to this point is by 8 points to Great Crossing on the road. Their schedule includes a 10 point win over Madison Southern, who Mr. Martin ranked 16th. I'd say he might have forgotten about them, but he did choose to remark "Louisville, KY" when someone asked where Manual was, so doesn't seem accidental. Probably the biggest miss in these polls.

*Frederick Douglass is another notable name that is absent from Martin Media's poll, with an average ranking of 13th in the other four. Their only losses are to Great Crossing (his #2), DeSales (his #19), and Lyon County (his #1). They do not really have a win to really circle yet, just the quality losses. Is this lack of ranking justified?

*Not to pick on Mr. Martin, but a wild oulier in the other direction is Henry Clay. Martin Media has them 4th - no one else has them ranked in the top 14, and Nations Elite doesn't rank them at all. They are 13-0 - how far should an unbeaten record carry them up the ranks?

*Nations Elite and KSR are the only polls without a unicorn - that is a team that they rate that none of the other four do. The Media poll has two - McCracken County (23rd) and Hazard (T-24th). Martin Media has Adair County (18th) and Butler (21st). Finally, KYHSSPORTSZONE has Pikeville (19th). Are any of the other polls overlooking one of the teams listed here?

*Lyon County and Great Crossing are the only consensus top 5 teams, ranked 1st or 2nd in each poll. Lexington Catholic narrowly misses, coming in at 6th in the Nations Elite poll. Those three teams plus Trinity and Covington Catholic are consensus top 10 teams.

Any other observations jump out to anyone?
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Statewide Rankings - Week 3
-Great Crossing remains a consensus #1, as one would expect. They had a light week this past week, with their only game a shellacking of Western Hills by an 84-39 score. They attempt to capture the King of the Bluegrass title this week.

-This time Lyon County is the only other consensus top 5 team, as KSR nudges Frederick Douglass down to 6. Covington Catholic is also a consensus top 10 team, ranked 4th in both KSR and Martin's polls, and Newport is also a consensus top 10 team, ranked as high as 2nd in Martin Media's poll.

-Last week we noted Fairdale as an out of nowhere rank, with only Nations Elite having them ranked and having them 6th. This week they plummet to 24th, just barely hanging on, after falling by 18 to Bowling Green. Nations Elite has Bowling Green only one spot ahead of them. The other two continue to have the Bulldogs unranked.

-Speaking of Bowling Green, we have a repeat of the same pattern from a week ago. Martin Media has Bowling Green ranked 8th, the other two have them 21st and 23rd. A very large disconnect. Perhaps this week will bring clarity as the Purples are in the King of the Bluegrass tournament.

-Manual is probably the most curious team that isn't consensus ranked. Martin Media does not have them in the ranks while Nations Elite and KSR both have them in the top 16. Manual's only loss this year is by 8 to top ranked Great Crossing, and on the road at that. They walloped Ballard by 21 four days ago.

-I'm not sure what Mason County has done to be ranked 13th in Martin Media's poll. They're 5-1, but have a loss to Rowan County and close losses to the likes of Green County and Greenup County. Neither of the other two outlets have them ranked.

-KSR remains the one with the most teams shared by other outlets. Butler County is the only team they rate that neither of the other two do, and they're only 25th. We'll find out a lot about them when they face Trinity tomorrow.

-Washington County has a variance in rank from 7th in Nations Elite to 25th in Martin Media's poll. They take on Newport tomorrow, ranked in the top ten of all three polls.

Anything else jump off the page to anyone?
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11th region Week 3 rankings and review
Things in the 11th region are really heating up with lots of in region matchups this past week! Great Crossing, Lexington Catholic and Henry Clay all stayed undefeated while Bryan Station took their first loss. This week will start lots of big Holiday tournaments with Great Crossing and Frederick Douglass traveling to Fairdale for the King of the Bluegrass being the highlight. Will one of the 11th region schools take the crown and be the King I think the both have a very legit chance. Let's dive into the rankings.

1. Great Crossing (6-0)

Defeated western Hills 84-39

2. Lexington Catholic (7-0)

Defeated Paul Lawrence Dunbar 87-48

Defeated Saint Andrews FL. 85-49 

3. Frederick Douglass (4-1)

Defeated Montgomery County 86-45

4. Bryan Station (6-1)

Defeated Lafayette 79-39

Lost Woodford County 74-64

Defeated Moore 98-93
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NKY Girls Basketball Top 10 (12/18/23)
One thing is for sure, while there is no movement at the top of the Top 10 this week, the middle and bottom (and others) is a bit of a jumbled puzzle to try and put together and decipher.  NewCath had the Charles Dickens' week, the best of times (nice win over Dixie), and the worst of times (losing by 22 to Grant County). Grant County is looking more like the team we had in our Top 10 to start the season, and less like the team that struggled to find their way in the first couple of weeks.  Campbell Co had a great win over district rival Bishop Brossart, and the Camels are off to a great start.  

Additionally, this is a week where most of our top teams are going to be down in the state playing in either the Queen of the Commonwealth (amazing field!!) or the White, Green, Maggard Holiday Classic in Lexington.  The exception being Notre Dame (and Brossart) who are playing in an inter-state event at McNicholas H.S. in Cincinnati with Ursuline.  We will know a lot about our Top 5 teams as they will certainly be battle-tested this week, especially those 3 that earned the invite to the Queen of the Commonwealth (the girls' version of the King of the Bluegrass).  I hope everyone stays healthy, learns a great deal about themselves and their team, and their families stay safe traveling the highways of the Bluegrass.  Should be a fun week heading into Christmas!  Here we go....
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9th Region Week 2 Rankings & Review
Though there were a lot of good games featuring 9th region teams this week, there were only a few interesting contests between teams both from the 9th region. However, those games were good. None stood out more than Covington Catholic versus Newport, a matchup between the two hands-down best teams in the region (at least for now). 

I believe we can look at the region early on as distinctly segmented - 1 & 2 in a group of their own, 3 beside themselves at the moment, 4 through 7 as the other legitimate teams to make a run, 8 through 12, maybe 13, as the last group before you get to all the other schools competing in the 9th.

1. Covington Catholic - They came, they saw, they beat the Newport Wildcats on their home court. Their earlier game in the week was a blowout win over St. Henry. Brady Hussey, Caden Miller and Athens McGillis represent the three headed monster racking up the most offense for the Colonels and it was no different against Newport. Cash Harney, Luke Carroll and Nolan Ruthsatz round out the top contributors, at least this early in the season. They host St. Xavier of Ohio and NCC this week before facing La Lumiere of LaPorte, Indiana later in the week.

2. Newport - Sure, the Wildcats are no longer undefeated. But they have certainly opened the season impressively. Before falling to CovCath, Newport defeated Boone and Dixie. Taylen Kinney is up to 19 points per game and DeShaun Jackson is the other double digit scorer for the Wildcats at 13 points per game. They face Ryle and Huntington Expression Prep of West Virginia this week.
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