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1. The Russell Red Devils deserve credit for their championship run. Between the time of first of the year until last night, they were not the regions #1 team...but today they are still standing with great leadership, smart play and a bona fide go to player in Jonathan Vahoose.

 

2. Maybe some lingering thoughts relating to Russell, but the 16th region was in a downward spiral from the FT line this season. Fairview knocked them down early in the year..but why is it quality shooters can't make a 15 foot layup?

 

3. In what possibly was the best Morgan County basketball team in the past few seasons, including 2004...the Cougars fell victim of a big time upset by West Carter. Morgan Co. had never endured an upset of this magnitude perhaps in the school history at such a bad time. Despite Morgan County's fundamental, gritty, and in your gut style of play...and their unblemished team chemistry and attitude...1 bad night cost them trip #2 to Rupp IMO, and many other peopl's opinion as well. But it's sports....and how many other regional favorites have made it to Rupp this week? Whoever wins the BGP regional pick 'em contest has to be a bona fide psychic. However, it should be noted that the Cougars have accumulated 5 consecutive 20+ wins seasons, not many teams in Kentucky have done that in the past 5 years.

 

4. Is Jonathan Ferguson the best Freshman player since....???????

 

5. The all underrated team should begin with Rowan County's Matt Martin, continue with Thomas Tolliver, Scott Gill, Tyler Wolfenbarker, and Katlin Haney

 

6. In all the positive's I can think of...I have to mention somewhat of a negative. In addition to the FT woes of the region, ball handling was at a premium this year.

 

7. Rowan County's 6'7" Blake Pettit the next Blake McCowan???

 

8. Hey give me this "FRESHMAN team" with some 8th grader inclusions and play for boots against any other region...

--Dakotah Euton--Rose Hill (8th)

--Jonathan Ferguson--Elliott County

--Ethan Faulkner--Elliott County

--Evan Faulkner--Elliott County

--Chad Jackson--Rose Hill

--Blake Pettit--Rowan County

add Bonner (Ashland), Hall (Fairview, 8th), Dunn (Morgan), Fyffe (Morgan, 8th) and like the chances of winning.

 

9. Overall, the 16th region sportsmanship of the games I witnessed were excellent. Players respect each other a great deal.

 

10. 16th region officials...Professional and personable. Some other places make you scratch your head. Solid year for them overall.

 

11. Fans of the Year: Morgan County--Nobody traveled to games, showed up for games or were louder than the Morgan Co. faithful.

 

12. Band of the Year: Greenup County--large and loud, thought it was Ohio State playing. A close 2nd was Rowan County

 

13. Uniform of the Year: Greenup County's Away...the black was solid...not too much business and bright...

 

14. Warm up drill of the year: Russell H.S. save a loose ball drill....Instant Classic.

 

15. Player of the Year: Blake McCowan and Antonio Owens tie

 

16. Next year's top five: Russell, Elliott County, Ashland, Rowan County, and Rose Hill

 

17. Next year's top players list to begin with: Vanhoose, Fergson, Daniel, Faulkners, Haney, Euton, Jackson, McDavid, Thomas, Wolfenbarker

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1. The Russell Red Devils deserve credit for their championship run. Between the time of first of the year until last night, they were not the regions #1 team...but today they are still standing with great leadership, smart play and a bona fide go to player in Jonathan Vahoose.

 

2. Maybe some lingering thoughts relating to Russell, but the 16th region was in a downward spiral from the FT line this season. Fairview knocked them down early in the year..but why is it quality shooters can't make a 15 foot layup?

 

3. In what possibly was the best Morgan County basketball team in the past few seasons, including 2004...the Cougars fell victim of a big time upset by West Carter. Morgan Co. had never endured an upset of this magnitude perhaps in the school history at such a bad time. Despite Morgan County's fundamental, gritty, and in your gut style of play...and their unblemished team chemistry and attitude...1 bad night cost them trip #2 to Rupp IMO, and many other peopl's opinion as well. But it's sports....and how many other regional favorites have made it to Rupp this week? Whoever wins the BGP regional pick 'em contest has to be a bona fide psychic. However, it should be noted that the Cougars have accumulated 5 consecutive 20+ wins seasons, not many teams in Kentucky have done that in the past 5 years.

 

4. Is Jonathan Ferguson the best Freshman player since....???????

 

5. The all underrated team should begin with Rowan County's Matt Martin, continue with Thomas Tolliver, Scott Gill, Tyler Wolfenbarker, and Katlin Haney

 

6. In all the positive's I can think of...I have to mention somewhat of a negative. In addition to the FT woes of the region, ball handling was at a premium this year.

 

7. Rowan County's 6'7" Blake Pettit the next Blake McCowan???

 

8. Hey give me this "FRESHMAN team" with some 8th grader inclusions and play for boots against any other region...

--Dakotah Euton--Rose Hill (8th)

--Jonathan Ferguson--Elliott County

--Ethan Faulkner--Elliott County

--Evan Faulkner--Elliott County

--Chad Jackson--Rose Hill

--Blake Pettit--Rowan County

add Bonner (Ashland), Hall (Fairview, 8th), Dunn (Morgan), Fyffe (Morgan, 8th) and like the chances of winning.

 

9. Overall, the 16th region sportsmanship of the games I witnessed were excellent. Players respect each other a great deal.

 

10. 16th region officials...Professional and personable. Some other places make you scratch your head. Solid year for them overall.

 

11. Fans of the Year: Morgan County--Nobody traveled to games, showed up for games or were louder than the Morgan Co. faithful.

 

12. Band of the Year: Greenup County--large and loud, thought it was Ohio State playing. A close 2nd was Rowan County

 

13. Uniform of the Year: Greenup County's Away...the black was solid...not too much business and bright...

 

14. Warm up drill of the year: Russell H.S. save a loose ball drill....Instant Classic.

 

15. Player of the Year: Blake McCowan and Antonio Owens tie

 

16. Next year's top five: Russell, Elliott County, Ashland, Rowan County, and Rose Hill

 

17. Next year's top players list to begin with: Vanhoose, Fergson, Daniel, Faulkners, Haney, Euton, Jackson, McDavid, Thomas, Wolfenbarker

 

Nice post. But I gotta reorder #17 for ya

 

Vanhoose, McDavid, Ferguson, Faulkners, Thomas, Daniel, Jackson, Euton

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That is one heck of a good post.

 

1) Russell deserves all the credit - great season.

2) Free throw shooting should be a focus of all coaches for next season

3) Morgan County fell victim to the huge upset, but they have had a great run and they have great coaches

4) Ferguson is as good as I've seen as a freshman in a long time

5) Matt Martin might have been the best player on Rowan's team this year

6) Agreed

7) Pettit has a bright future

8) That is one heck of a freshman team!!!

9) There were a few dicy situations, but overall the sportsmanship was good this season

10) A few officiating teams were good, but overall the officiating was poor this season

11) I didn't get to see Morgan's fans this season - I will say that Elliott had a good following this year, as well

12) Those were two good bands

13) I liked Greenup's uniforms, I did not like Russel's uniforms

14) I loved Russell's pre-game and half-time routines; other coaches should pay attention and copy

15) I'll take Owens as POY in the 16th

16) I like that top-5 and I like Elliott and Rose Hill in upcoming years

17) Good looking list of top players

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