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Record: 29-5

School: Hazard

Nickname: Bulldogs

District: 54th

Region: 14th

Head Coach: Al Holland

State Tournament Appearances: 30 (To my Knowledge).

State Tournament Wins: 1 (KHSAA) (2008 They defeated South Laurel in the first round before falling to Shelby County in the second round)

 

Hazard Bulldogs once again start to region supreme on the 14th region. This is the first region tournament win since 2008/9 season. Hazard didn't have an easy way to go as they started out with a 59-47 win over Breathitt County to begin the tournament then rolling past Letcher County Central 65-38 before having to go into overtime to edge out Wolfe County 57-51 in the championship game.

 

The Bulldogs will open up the KHSAA Sweet 16 State Tournament with Fern Creek next Thursday (March 19th) at 12 PM. To my knowledge, these two teams haven't met yet, if they have it was before my time.

 

Hazard comes in 29-5 having won 7 straight and 12 of they're previous 13 games. Hazard is led by JR Wade Phelphrey who is averaging 16.1 points a game and SR Logan Hall who is averaging 13.7 points a game. Seniors Reece Fletcher and Logan Hall dominate the boards with nearly double digit rebounds a game. Hazard has three players shooting 35% from 3 point range and 2 at about 40% from long range. JR Wade Phelphrey (39%), SR Jacob Johnson (38.3%) and JR Jarrett Napier (35%).

 

Hazard has the pieces to make a run but it's not gonna be easy as they will open up with Fern Creek who is coming in 28-6 and have won 15 straight and the winner of this game will more than likely have to deal with Covington Catholic (if they get by West Jessamine) but that's why they play the game.

 

The 14th region as a whole hasn't made it past the first round since Perry County Central done it back in 2017. One thing for sure though, is their will be a new Sweet 16 Champion this season as defending champion, Louisville Trinity had an early exit in they're region tournament.

 

Can Hazard get past Fern Creek and make a run or will they get an early exit?

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Hazard has been the state champion twice...it has been a while though. And they have been in the semi’s 8 times. Your win total needs to be edited.

Thanks for the good info on the Bulldogs though and I hope they beat Fern Creek!

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Hazard has been the state champion twice...it has been a while though. And they have been in the semi’s 8 times. Your win total needs to be edited.

Thanks for the good info on the Bulldogs though and I hope they beat Fern Creek!

Yep, Hazard won the state championship in 1932 and 1955.

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This is the 100th year of Hazard Boys' Basketball. Hazard became a member of the 2,000 win club early this season and this is their 29th state tournament appearance with 28 state tournament wins.

 

Sources: Kentucky High School Basketball Encyclopedia and the Riherds scoreboard website for the years 2017-18 through the present.

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