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  1. 4 points
    I’m sorry but I guess I’m old school but I too find it weird that a “senior to be player” is on the hiring, recommendation, football coach......whatever you want to call the committee. But whatever. Losing its credibility imo.
  2. 2 points
    Region 10 will be competitive as always. While we have a (relatively) clear-cut favorite, a handful of teams can go deep in the postseason and represent the tenth at Rupp, and there are at least eight more that will beat up on each other all season long. There is a lot of parity in spots 6 or 7 through 14. Without further ado... Region 10 Team Rankings for 2021 1. Clark County. 28-7, 40th District and 10th Region champion, head coach Josh Cook, .62691 RPI. Key losses - Lincoln Bush, 14.1/13.6; KJ Rucker, 11.1ppg. The Cardinals have to feel like they have some unfinished business from last year; as they never got to play a game in Rupp Arena. Coach Cook's squad is primed for a repeat with projected all-region performers 6,3" off-guard Jerone Morton and 6'4" shooting forward Jared Wellman leading the way; and will likely enter the season as the region's only state-ranked team, falling somewhere between 10 and 20. Morton is the 8th leading returning scorer in the 10th; averaging 16.4 points along with 5 boards per game; while Wellman chipped in 15.5 and 5.6 from the small forward spot. Key returnees include junior wingmen Jeremiah Mundy-Lloyd and Trent Edwards. Look for Danville transfer Aden Slone to be the Cards' primary ball-handler; forming the region's top backcourt combo. Cook is expecting multiple players to fill the rebounding void left by Lincoln Bush, including contributions from the guard positions. GRC should enter the regional tournament battle-tested, with late-season matchups against Madison Central, Lexington Catholic, Henry Clay and Ashland. 2. Montgomery County. 22-13, 40th District runnerup, 10th Region tournament runnerup, head coach Steve Wright, .57802 RPI. Key losses - Zach Benton (8.6/4.3), Preston Adams, Trey Ishmael, Austin Eichenberger (8.6/3.6). The Indians peaked at the right time last year, upsetting regional favorite Bourbon County in the first round of the district tournament and taking Clark County to the limit before falling 53-50 in the regional championship game. The loss of big man Zach Benton will give Montgomery a slightly smaller lineup this season, but key returnees and top two scorers Hagan Harrison (a breakout season with 17.2 ppg and 48% from the field and Rickey Lovette (13.4 ppg and 60% from the field) with Brandon Dyer chipping in 8.5 for good measure will help ensure that continuity for the Indians won't be an issue. Coach Wright's team may have the best chance in the region to knock the Cardinals off the throne. The final seven games of the season will be outside the 10th, including a pair of games hosting Madison Central and Lexington Catholic. 3. Robertson County. 24-6, 38th District champion, lost in first round of regional tournament to Bishop Brossart, head coach Patrick Kelsch, .56494 RPI. Key losses - Ross Becker, 9.3 points and 6.6 boards per contest. Kelch's squad is poised to take the next step in 2021. Last season featured a pair of 10+ game win streaks, but Bishop Brossart was the Black Devils' poison with wins in the 10th Region All-A and the regional tourney. Coach Kelsch has been preaching 32 minutes of focused basketball during the preseason; pointing to a brief lapse against the Mustangs in the regional tourney as an object lesson. Returning are seven seniors as well as junior all-region performer Justin Becker, who leads all region returnees at 25.4 points and nine rebounds per game. Starters Sebastian Dixon, Brandon Dice (68.9% FG percentage) and Eli Dotson added 11.4, 10.1 and 9.3 points per contest, and big man Tanner Horn shot an eye-opening 79.1% from the floor in limited action. I've been touting this class for three years - one that doesn't come around all that often in a school this size; and the Devils' #3 ranking is not out of line. A January 18 date against last year's unbeaten Ashland Tomcats should be a great early measuring stick. 4. Campbell County. 18-15, 37th District champion, lost in regional semis to Montgomery County, head coach Aric Russell, .54008. Key losses - Jordan Gross; 15.5/7.1. The Camels turned some heads late last season, making a run all the way to the regional semis; which was a bit unexpected considering the graduation losses from the 2019 state final four squad. This year features four returning seniors and quite a bit more height and size than the 2020 squad. Garrett Beiting (9.3 ppg) will be the Camels' primary ball handler; with forwards Dane Hegyi and Aydan Hamilton adding 15.8 and 12.6 points per game. Coach Russell will ask the core group of seniors to step in and step up to fill the void left by Gross. All but one of the last ten games on the schedule are "Northern Kentucky" games; featuring the likes of a home-and-home with Beechwood and a March 4 trip to Highlands. 5. Bishop Brossart. 25-7, 37th District runnerup, lost in regional semis to Clark County, head coach Scott Code, .60150 RPI. Key losses - Ethan Eilerman, 19.9 points per game, Blake Kreymer, 4.7ppg. 10th Region veteran Scott Code takes over from brother Mike; who coached the Mustangs for the past 16 years. Gone is leading scorer Ethan Eilerman; but the 'stangs return a solid nucleus of starters. Senior guard Carson Schirmer averaged 14.5 per game last season, and running mate Stephen Verst; also a senior this year, was the sharpshooter of the squad, averaging a dozen points per contest, and shooting 42.5% from distance and nearly 90% from the line. Manning the post will be 6'5" David Govan; who will be asked to help offset the loss of Eilerman's inside presence; as Coach Code notes that the district is not only rich in guard talent but boasts excellent post players as well. A solid group of sophs and juniors who haven't had a lot of varsity experience will also contribute. The Mustangs play a typical NKY-heavy 37th District schedule; with Beechwood, Highlands, St. Henry, NewCath and others. 6. Scott. 6-22, eliminated in 37th District semis by Bishop Brossart, head coach Steve Fromeyer, .43036 RPI. Key losses - Andrew Sipple, 4.4 ppg. So how does a 6-win team from a year ago work their way into this year's top six? The Eagles took their lumps last season, posting an uncharacteristic 6-22 record while fielding a very young team; but improved greatly down the stretch and came within an eyelash of taking down Brossart (who had last year's third-highest RPI in the 10th) in the district semis; falling 59-56. Only two seniors depart this time around, and Scott returns a bunch of experience. The top three scorers (Grant Profitt, 19.9; Kyle Huelsman, 13.9 and Cameron Patterson, 11) were also the top three rebounders last season; with 5.8, 7.6 and 3.3 respectively. Coach Fromeyer isn't shy about detailing his team's strengths, weaknesses and expectations. Increased leadership at the PG position is high on his list. Fromeyer notes that this is probably the biggest Scott team he's had, and is happy that teaching the ABCs won't consume much of the preseason and early season as it did last year with such an inexperienced squad. Papa's bold prediction - look for Scott to double their win total from last year. As always, Scott plays most of their games outside the 10th; with only 10 of 28 games scheduled within the region. The next group of teams are pretty much interchangeable in terms of rankings; with little separation among them. Some were hit hard by graduation, while others were extraordinarily young last season. Don't be surprised to see numbers 7 through 14 bouncing all over the place as the season progresses. 7. Bourbon County. 24-6, eliminated in district semis by Montgomery County, head coach Lamont Campbell, .66006 RPI (highest in region). Key losses - almost everyone. The "Three Joyces" accounted for over 30 points per game, Bryan Collins pitched in 12.7/4.7; and Nathan Mack added 7.7/6.1. Along with Mason County, the Colonels lost as much to graduation as anyone in the 10th. Coach Campbell believes that the team has as much team speed as last even though many on the roster are not as "basketball-ready" as they were a year ago. Jack Huckabay is the lone returning starter at just under 7 points per game. Jeremiah Jones, a transfer from Mason County, will be asked to take over many of the duties at the point. Elijah Williams, a 6'5" transfer from Georgia will provide size up front, and look for sophomore Todd Dumphord to get quality minutes in the backcourt. The schedule is beefy, with Ashland, Scott County, Madison Central and 12th region favorite West Jessamine on tap in addition to the yearly 40th District gauntlet. 8. Mason County. 18-12, 39th District champion, lost to Montgomery County in opening Regional tournament round, head coach Brian Kirk, .54917 RPI. Key losses - see Bourbon County. Seven seniors and a transfer; including big men Alex Schalch (18 and 8.1) and Xylon Frey (11/5.6) and a host of guards. Last season was frustrating for the Royals. The were good enough to defeat Clark County and Campbell County, and get into overtime with 16th Region powers Ashland and Rowan County, but ultimately couldn't find a way to get by a talented Montgomery County team. By the thinnest of margins; I'm calling Mason County the preseason 39th District favorite, if for no other reason than the Royals’ historical ability to run a few more bodies out onto the floor than the smaller district teams. The cupboard isn't completely bare, with the return of Terrell Henry (7.3 ppg and 4 rpg), Mason Butler, AP Perry (who along with Evan Schumacher are the lone seniors this season) and Nate Mitchell. However, Henry is the only one of the quartet that saw extended varsity action last season. St. Patrick transfers Donivan Bandalon (7.8/2.2) and Lamar Connor (9.1/2.0) provide some additional experience. Kirk believes that the Royals can go from 10 to 12 deep if necessary, and will employ much more defensive (and offensive) pressure with this season's smaller lineup. Mason County will be staying closer to home this time around, with a Scott County home tilt highlighting the schedule along with the usual 10th Region suspects. 9. Augusta. 14-19, 39th District runnerup, lost to Clark County in opening round of the 10th Region tournament, head coach Jason Hinson, .46364 RPI. Key losses - Sam Appleman (8.0 ppg and 7.1 rpg), Preston Philpot (12.4/5.5), Cameron White (11.2/3.9). Returning are leading scorer and second-leading rebounder Kason Hinson (yes, they're related); who poured in 18.5 points per game as a soph as well as 4.2 assists. Younger brother 6'4" Kylan looks to get dramatically more minutes this season. St. Patrick transfer Riley Mastin (didn't play last season) has grown to 6'5"; and in a bit of 10th Region trivia, would have been the state's leading free-throw shooter with one more attempt as a 8th grader, going 79 for 83. Conner Snapp returns from a season shooting over 45% from the arc. Chase Archibald will likely fill out the starting lineup, looking to build on his 5.1 ppg 2019-20 year. Coach Hinson reports that this Augusta team is his tallest (6'5", 6'4", 6'2" and 6'2") during his tenure at the school. Papa's second bold prediction - no, Coach; you aren't at the bottom of a relatively weak 39th District. In fact, by season's end you may be at the top of a wildly competitive threesome with Bracken and Mason County. 10. Bracken County. 11-20, lost in District 39 semis to Mason County, head coach Adam Reed, .43533 RPI. Key losses - Jhace Cummins, 16.8ppg, Jared Zornes, 5.1ppg. The Polar Bears return most of last year's team that took Mason County to the limit in the first round of last season’s district tournament opener. Dynamic freshman Blake Reed has already scored 1,000 points in his career (22.5 ppg and 70 3-pointers made last season); and has a shot at eclipsing Austin Crawford's school record when all is said and done. 6'3" senior Nate Jefferson (7.1/4.5) mans the post, and will get defensive help inside from 6'3" senior forward Skylar Burlew.. Expect Mason County sophomore transfer JuShod Commodore and 6'3" guard Charlie Schultz to pick up significant minutes, along with 8th grader Cayden Reed. Coach Reed looks for improvement on the defensive end with emphasis on ball pressure, boxing out and rebounding (the Bears allowed 74 points per game last year, allowing 80 or more points eleven times and surrendering more points that any other 10th region team). He is very complimentary of his squad's basketball IQ, reporting that "they're ahead of where I thought they'd be". The schedule opens with a bang; the first four games are all at The Igloo with Augusta on opening night, Holmes, Paris and Tates Creek. 11. Pendleton County. 12-20, 38th District runnerup, lost to Campbell County in regional first round, head coach Sam Elsbernd, .45143 RPI. Key losses - Clay Monroe (9.7 ppg, 62 3-pt made, 84.7% FT). While the loss of point guard Clay Monroe will be an obstacle ("point guard by committee" in the early season, according to Coach Elsbernd), the Wildcats return 15 of 19 junior varsity and varsity players from a year ago; led by senior shooting guard Tredyn Thomas (19.5ppg, 56.8% FG%). Other key returnees include Noah Barnard, Ethan Caldwell and Mason Askren. Forward Braydon Kidwell returns from a knee injury that sidelined him last season. Elsbernd is emphasizing increased overall scoring this season (if you're going to play with Robertson County, you have to find more points). Early contests with Campbell County and Montgomery County should offer the opportunity to see how the Wildcats stack up with the top teams in the tenth. 12. Paris. 11-18, lost in 40th District opening round to Clark County, first year head coach George Baker, .46145 RPI. Key losses - six seniors including Caleb Johnson (10.8 points and a team-leading 7 boards .per game) and second-leading scorer Jamaun Clark's 13.9/4.7 per contest. New Coach George "The Human Highlight Maker" Baker is no stranger to hoops in the Commonwealth (Mr. Basketball runnerup at Dunbar, two years at Depaul and an All-NAIA selection at Georgetown College). Only one starter returns, but he's a good one - senior point guard and floor general Ricqi Washington poured in nearly 18 points per game last season. Expected to contribute quality minutes are Parker Atwood, Logan Reams and Isiaha Viller. Coach Baker looks to implement a full-court pressing game. The schedule starts the same way last season's ended - Clark County. 13. Harrison County. 5-25, lost to Pendleton County in first round of 38th District tournament, first year head coach Terence Brooks, .38958 RPI. Key losses - Casey Sledd, 11.6 ppg.; Gunner Cole, 5.1ppg. Terence Brooks moves from Paris to Cynthiana to take over a young Thorobreds squad that will rely heavily on a talented group of freshmen to complement seniors Clay Carpenter (10.1/3.2), Richard Harris (7.8/2.6) and Ian Boland; with J.D. Kendall and 6'9" Will Furnish rounding out the starting lineup. Brooks states that blending the upperclassmen with the new crop of players will be a big key to the 'breds' success, along with implementing his style of coaching and play in Cynthiana. Lexington Catholic and Frederick Douglass highlight this season's out-of-region schedule. 14. Nicholas County. 5-26, lost in first round of the 38th District tournament to Robertson County, head coach John-Michael Reitz, .33965 RPI. Key losses - top two scorers Morgan Planck and Noah Gritton (15.2 and 13.6 ppg respectively). 2020 was something of a tumultuous year for the Blue Jackets, with several departures early in the season. Continuity and player expectations of the coaching staff should be much improved this time around. Brady Switzer brings double-digit points and a 51% field goal percentage back to the table. Dalton Davenport scored ten a game last year, and Lincoln Morris shot 58% from the field. Coach Reitz points to a number of narrow defeats last season as a point of emphasis - closing out games with defensive stops. There aren't a lot of cupcakes on the schedule; and improving on last season's win total will be challenging but not impossible. 15 Calvary Christian. 15-15, lost in District 37 first round to Campbell County, head Coach Orlando Richardson, .47575 RPI Key losses - four seniors including Cross Dugan (19.5 ppg, 48.5% 3-pt), Noah Herald (averaged a double-double at 14.3/13.3) and Josh Moran (8.7 ppg). Coach Richardson (who Brossart coach Code says "does more with less than anybody does in the region") faces the tall task of replacing most of last year's 15-win squad. Carter Hudson (6.2/4.4) is the lone returning starter. Richardson is encouraged by the fact that increased interest in the program has allowed him to field freshman, JV and varsity teams - not always the case at CC. A hustling guard-oriented defense will be the squad's strength, along with team unity carrying over from a very successful soccer season. 16. St. Patrick. 5-26, lost in District 39 first round to Augusta, head coach Tony Moore, .32894 RPI. Key losses - Jaylan Rigdon (17.5 ppg, transfer), Donivan Bandalon (7.8ppg, transfer), Lamar Connor (9.1ppg, transfer), Riley Mastin (DNP last season, transfer). There's a pattern here. Long-time assistant and first-year head coach Tony Moore will struggle to match last season's 5-win total (which was an improvement on the 2019 team's one win) with the departure of three of last year's four leading scorers via transfer. Second-leading scorer and top rebounder Chase Walton (13.1/8.0, 57% FG) will anchor a very young and inexperienced squad (four players with varsity minutes) with six seventh and eighth graders on the roster. Returnees Allen Briseno, Garrett Tesmer and Braxton Swanger are expected to start. This next section is always my least favorite; as I will invariably short-change or completely miss on a deserving player or two. Nevertheless... Region 10 Top Players for 2021 1. Jared Wellman, F, Clark County, Senior 2. Justin Becker, G/F, Robertson County, Junior 3. Jerone Morton, G, Clark County, Junior 4. Grant Profitt, G, Scott, Senior 5. Rickey Lovette, F, Montgomery County, Senior 6. Tredyn Thomas, G, Pendleton County, Senior 7. Recqiece Washington, G, Paris, Senior 8. Dane Hegyi, F, Campbell County, Senior 9. Stephen Verst, G, Bishop Brossart, Senior 10. Hagan Harrison, G, Montgomery County, Junior On the doorstep, in no particular order - Kayson Hinson, Blake Reed, Sebastian Dixon, Aden Slone, Aydan Hamiltion, Carson Schirmer, Kyle Huelsman, Brandon Dice. Ten Tenth Region Questions 1. Will GRC repeat as regional champs? I have them as the favorite (as do many others). Who has the best chance to get them in the postseason? Montgomery just may have the horses (or the Indians). 2. Who will be the "biggest impact transfer"? I'm going with Aden Slone, the new GRC point guard. 3. Will this be the year that Bracken County finally topples Mason (regular or post-season)? It's been a while. 4. Speaking of Mason, who comes out on top in the 39th? No offense to St. Patrick, but I foresee a three-way dogfight between the Royals, Panthers and Polar Bears, and in one of the few districts that doesn’t seed, somebody’s gonna draw the green straw 5. Which is the toughest district - the 37th or 40th? For the last several years, it comes down to one or the other; and both District tournaments are gauntlets. 6. We have several first-year coaches. Scott Code at Brossart, Terence Brooks at Harrison, George Baker at Paris and Tony Moore at St. Patrick. Who (if any) faces the most difficult adjustment? The easiest? 7. Who have I missed as a potential breakout/top ten player? There's always someone. 8. Bourbon and Mason look to have had the most significant graduation losses. Can either challenge the top echelon of 10th Region teams? 9. They say that basketball is a guard's sport (well, I say it, anyway). I think Clark has the most explosive/talented backcourt. Can anyone else challenge? 10. Two young but prolific scorers grace the 39th District in Blake Reed and Kayson Hinson. Will they continue on their early trajectories? 11. (Okay, I lied. There are 11 questions. Sue me). How far can Coach Kelsch take this "generational team" from Mount Olivet? I'm looking forward to watching this bunch one more time. Source material for the vast majority of this preview - WFTM 10th Region Media Day (thanks Patrick, Travis, Evan, dr sports and everyone else who had a hand in making it happen under extenuating circumstances), Maysville Ledger-Independent Basketball Preview (thanks again Evan), Riherds Scoreboards.
  3. 2 points
    Let's keep things in perspective here. There is NO way hiring a new coach hinges on the opinion of a senior to be player. I'm sure he's there to observe and learn the process. This is not uncommon. There have been advance level students sit in on hiring teachers for English, Math and Science. I'm sure they'll hire the best candidate possible.
  4. 2 points
    This is becoming comical with players being that involved. I mean this is this new coaches livelihood right. And they are going to take a “recommendation” or a “I like him” from a high school kid. Cmon Man!!!
  5. 2 points
    Hence the reason why it should be a complete surprise for the kids when the school announces the hire. I would most probably go with “really likes”for a football coach. JMO
  6. 2 points
    Kentucky HS players that wind up at UK really appreciate putting on that jersey and playing for the Wildcats. It's not viewed as a stepping stone to "the league"......it's a culmination of a DREAM. Keep rolling Dontae!!
  7. 2 points
    I’ll ask again. Someone give me a realistic replacement for Cal and I’ll entertain the idea. I’ve not seen a realistic name thrown out yet. We ran Tubby out of town for an up and coming Billy G. That didn’t pan out. A good portion of our fans were screaming for Travis Ford to be the replacement. Is he still coaching ? There’s a reason most of us are average Joes posting on a sports forum and not athletic directors making millions a year...
  8. 2 points
    Hiring committee's are for appeasement and nothing more.
  9. 2 points
    I think it’s tough to do a preseason top 20 since so much unknown about teams. I know football is hard to rank 10 teams in one class so basketball much harder with no classes.
  10. 2 points
    Well... This wasn't expected but a great start to 2021. Hopefully a sign a few others are coming back with him with unfinished business.
  11. 2 points
    I know that usually the party line is "they see them in practice and that's why they're not playing", but this sure looked like an indictment of Cal in not playing Allen more previously. It happens sometimes but man, bad look. Meanwhile, credit to Allen for showing out when given the chance. That's what you want to see from a kid who wants to play.
  12. 2 points
    The last 5 seasons you said no chance in March without elite players. Yet in 2017 and 2019 they were one shot away from the final four. Then even last year they were built well to make a run. Some of you all act like they have been horrible the last five years and have had no chance, and not true at all. By the way you last sentence is simply not true either. Fox was the fifth pick of the draft in 2017. In fact Cal had two players go in the top 14 picks in 2017 in Fox and Bam. 2019 Cal had another two players go in the top 14 in Washington and Herro. Yet somehow some of you all act like he has been getting horrible players who can’t play now.
  13. 2 points
    BINGO for both of you on this!! The statement that if you’ve played better you get a longer leash is true with every coach BUT Clarke and Boston have not done that, the only reason Cal has given them a longer leash is the 5 star rating beside their name!!
  14. 2 points
    Would have been an opportunity for more unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on UK. You hate to cut it off at only 8.
  15. 1 point
    Final shew sure needed that one!
  16. 1 point
    Finally, it's that time of the year. Basketball in the Bluegrass. After a long delayed start to the season by Covid-19, the season will get started next week, with that said, let's take a look at the upcoming season for the 14th region. Hazard Bulldogs won the 14th region championship last season but can they repeat? Does Wolfe County have what it takes to finally get to glory? Can Breathitt County maintain their home court as they are region hosts? What does Knott County Central have to do to reclaim glory again? Should be a lot of excitement across the bluegrass, especially in the 14th region. 1) Wolfe County (21-10): The Wolves had a stellar season last year going 21-10, winning the 55th district title and made a deep run in the 14th region tournament, all the way to the region championship but came up short to Hazard 57-51. With their three leading scorers returning, this could be Wolfe County's season. 2) Knott County Central (18-11): The Patriots had a sluggish season last year including a late season meltdown. The Patriots entered February having won 11 of their previous 12 games but that fell apart big time as they went 2-7 in their final 9 games, 5 of those 9 losses were in a row. The Patriots were upset on their own home court in the 14th region tournament semi-finals to Wolfe County 74-64. The Patriots will be looking for revenge but it's not gonna be easy. 3) Perry County Central (13-18): The Commodores struggled last season going 13-18 and getting bounced in the first round of thr 14th regional tournament. The first time they've had a losing record in a long time. Commodores lose 3 from last year but one of them is a huge loss as DeAndre Reed was their leading scorer. Good news is they have a lot of key returning players that could propel them into a deep run come post season time. 4) Breathitt County (13-17): The Bobcats struggled last season winning just 13 games. Breathitt County only lost two from last year's team which should make for a good season in 2020/21. 5) Hazard (29-5): Hazard had a tremendous season last year, winning 29 games, 54th district champions and 14th region champions. Hazard will look to claim the region crown again this year but losing 6 from last year including one of their leading scorers in Logan Hall, it might make it a little tough for the Bulldogs to accomplish, but that's why we play the game. 6) Buckhorn (15-16): Buckhorn had spurts last season but came on strong towards the end, winning 7 of their final 11 games. Buckhorn lost a key player in Kobe Bowling (second leading scorer 17PPG) who transferred to Leslie County. Buckhorn does return leading scorer Christian Collins who averaged 20PPG. 7) Leslie County (12-17): Leslie County struggled last season, in fact they had 2 wins the whole year last year leading up to the new year (2020). Leslie County got a big transfer from Buckhorn (Kobe Bowling) that will help them tremendously, but, will it be enough to get out of that difficult district with Hazard, Perry County Central and Buckhorn? Only time will tell. 8 ) Letcher County Central (9-20): Letcher County Central struggled last season but a major win, would call last season a win. The Cougars defeated Knott County Central for the 53rd district championship. Can the Cougars carry that momentum over to the new year? 9 ) Estill County (22-11): Engineers had a pretty good season last year, winning the 56th district championship for a third time out of the last four years. Estill County has a long way to go in order to win 20+ games, district championship and making a deep run in region tournament after the loss of the best player in the region, Joe Benton who graduated. Estill County will have a new radio station (104.9 WSKVFM) along with several new teams on the schedule; Bath County, Bluegrass United Home School (Lexington), Elliott County and Nicholas County. 10) Cordia (11-17): The Lions struggled last season, in fact, they had a 3 game win streak at the beginning of the season and then it went to win loss, win loss. Cordia welcomes in new coach, David Ray Farler who replaces, Denny Fugate. 11) Owsley County (11-17): Owsley County was another team that struggled last season but made it to the regional tournament by upsetting Powell County 55-53 on the Pirates own home court for the first time in a very long time. Can the Owls do it again? 12) Powell County (6-21): The Pirates struggled last season, losing in the first round of the district tournament and not making the region tournament in a long time and this year might not be any better but the Pirates are hopeful that they have a much better season. Pirate faithful. 13) Lee County (6-24): The Bobcats showed improvement last year but still have a ways to go in order to make it back to the 56th district championship and a regional tournament appearance. 14) June Buchanan (3-19): The Crusaders won just 3 games last season. For a second straight year, the Crusaders will be under new leadership. Anthony Yontz comes in replacing Doug Clark. 15) Jackson City (15-14): Jackson City had a tremendous season last year winning 15 games. That included a 6 game wins streak at the end of the season before falling to Breathitt County in the opening round of the 55th district tournament. Can they have that kind of success this coming season? 16) Riverside Christian (0-0): The Rams didn't play at all last season and currently have a 10 game schedule this season.
  17. 1 point
    Two fold, everyone who thinks they should have a voice or to give the illusion that the decision is being made by a wide group of influences or areas. The decision will be made by 2-3 people. The Principal and the 1 or 2 other people he or she really trusts and have the opinions that he or she values. The committee might have one of those people on it and it might not. Sometimes that involves the Superintendent and sometimes it doesn't. I personally like the players requesting a spot on the committee. His input doesn't really matter but I like that they wanted to get involved in the process to a greater extent.
  18. 1 point
    They will be good for years to come, there is a lot it the pipeline for Coach Listerman and HHS!
  19. 1 point
    I hate when people basically try to say that players don’t truly care, and is only a stepping stone to them. Do players know UK, can help get them to the NBA? Absolutely. Doesn’t mean they don’t care, and give it everything they have while they are here. Even in these losses this year, and in this win you seen how much it means to these guys and how they were cheering on each other. Then even in previous years, you see one and done players crying their eyes out in the lockerroom, when they had fallen short in the NCAA tournament. Such as Jamal Murray, and then Fox and Bam in 2017 when one shot short of the final four. All one and done guys, and future NBA all stars, all crying cause they fell short of their goal to win a title, and wouldn’t be playing together anymore. Yes, players may not be here as long as people want. However, these players who have been here definitely truly cared, and truly wanted to win. This whole thing that people try to act like these one and done players don’t care, is just silly. Once they are here, they definitely do care and you can tell how much they want to win.
  20. 1 point
    I know he got an honorable mention, but like last year, I think we’re sleeping on Blake Reed here. He should have 3-4 1st team All-10ths on his resume before he leaves Brooksville.
  21. 1 point
    I think GRC picked up a good transfer from Danville. Cardinals will be very good. Indians can challenge them, though.
  22. 1 point
    Rankings look good! Here are mine. Feedback is appreciated. Etown Ballard Oldham Co Male Ashland Fern Creek Lex Cath Highlands Cov Cath Bowling Green St. Henry McCracken County Knox Central GRC Murray Eastern N Oldham Trinity Conner Marshall Co Frederick Douglass Seneca N Laurel Madison Central Montgomery County
  23. 1 point
    Spot on, let’s keep things in perspective. This is a 20 yr hire and the kids and for that matter the administration will either be graduated or have moved on in 1 to 5 yrs. The student participation thingy is setting an interesting precedence for years to come. Next kid that gets a bad grade in English will be looking to have that teacher replaced with a teacher that will give them an “A”. And for what it is worth, I don’t blame the kids, I blame the adults for allowing this to take place. Take a deep breath everyone, this is a monumental hire and I have a very good feeling that “the powers to be” will make a decision everyone will be just fine with.
  24. 1 point
    Yeah, not a great option. But have heard there is support for that option. I still think what they will do is start practice on Jan. 19 and games on Feb 1. Tough for all of those kids.
  25. 1 point
    I don't think it is all about money. The penny pincher take is old and tired. He pays his players. He is paying AJ Green $18 million this year. He just paid Joe Mixon. He paid Gino and Dunlap. He has given many big contracts to the players he has drafted. I think Mike is a loyal person and patient to a fault. He wants the people he hires to work it out and find success. That is more the issue with letting the head coach go than the money. That and poor judgment. Poor judgment on talent may be the biggest problem.
  26. 1 point
    I agree! There are so many unknowns to start the year. So many teams with lots of new faces - not just faces who saw limited time last year, but often new faces who were relegated to JV last year and saw no varsity time. Even though the tendency is to somewhat discount those players, we know every year that many will exceed everyone's wildest expectations....which ones will be the breakout players?? And the circumstances are very weird this year...veteran teams should weather this storm a little better. Theoretically. CM
  27. 1 point
    Of course you would; Ralphie says you look like a tick about to burst.
  28. 1 point
    Paschal and Square are back! UK might only lose a few guys to the draft.
  29. 1 point
    Agreed. Dontaie's overwhelming greatest asset is scoring, and specifically from the perimeter. On a team that has struggled SO MUCH with that very aspect of the game, and to have him just sitting there is ridiculous. Again, I hope Cal will use this game to get past his own stubbornness.
  30. 1 point
    That's kind of what I'm hearing.... 7th will be a real war this year - and there's several teams there also that are poised to pounce if the Big 2 slip up....Eastern and Seneca, in particular.
  31. 1 point
    It’s been a good day for BBN!!!
  32. 1 point
    Great news for high school football. I was just hoping the Purples would be back on either Trinity or St. X's schedule. And it sounds like they are going to play X from what I have heard.
  33. 1 point
  34. 1 point
    I’m glad Allen finally was allowed to play long enough to get into a rhythm. Cal has not left him in games very long, assuming he even got in a game, to prove what he is capable of doing.
  35. 1 point
    Jamie Reed from South Oldham has applied and interviewed. Wolfe walked the field and field house, did not interview but was offered the job. He is supposed to let them know this week if he wants the job. Lickert applied and interviewed as well. I've also heard 2 college coaches have applied and interviewed. Neither one was a head coach from what I've been told.
  36. 1 point
    He is at a storied franchise in the NBA, makes good money, and a team that can compete for a title. He is at a place where the only thing he has to worry about is basketball. Not recruiting, not grades, not boosters, nothing. As long as he is in good standing with the Celtics, he is not going to leave to come to UK. The only time you see NBA coaches come to college, is if they they are failing in the NBA.
  37. 1 point
    Same here. I thought Lance Ware was good tonight too. Very active on the boards and he can really push people around in the paint. Big struggle for Boston though. He's got to get better, but it was good seeing him cheering a bunch on the bench.
  38. 1 point
    Shameful that Dantae has rotted on the bench all year but Cal has always had some reason for not playing Ky boys. Cop out Cal got threw out as normally happens a couple times per year and his team always plays better without him.
  39. 1 point
    I understand it just being a committee, which I would assume will ultimately make a recommendation. Most schools from what I understand the Principal officially hires? Even with all that being said, I find it wild that a HS student would have input. Also find it odd that there are said to be 10-12 members. That’s a lot of minds to come to a consensus. I’ve typically heard of 3-5 on a hiring committee if this nature. Ultimately I’m sure they will find a great candidate, just an odd situation in my mind.
  40. 1 point
    Real shame that they didn't play Mississippi State!! WWF with a football lol.
  41. 1 point
    Final nice win for the Rebels over a very good Indiana team to win the Outback Bowl.
  42. 1 point
    Almost made me wish there was an overtime.
  43. 1 point
    What a great match up to start the season. Ashland returns a lot and picked up a couple of nice additions, but it may take some time for them to come together due to having a legitimate big man which will likely change their style of play a little. I feel like this one is a toss up this early in the season but ill take Ashland due to their scrappy defense and ability to hit clutch shots. It will be interesting to see how coach Mays integrates Marcum into the offense. He is enough of a threat in the post that the inside/out game could open up some good looks from long range for the Ashland guards. Side note: The Maroon/White scrimmage is tonight at 7pm on MyTownTV.
  44. 1 point
    This is awesome news! Coach Haddix always had a good relationship with BG, and I’m glad it carried over as mentioned above. This’ll be a great game and helpful for both teams. Can’t wait for 2021.
  45. 1 point
    I’m not convinced the Alabama offense is better than the OSU offense we saw tonight...
  46. 1 point
    They don’t. You’re right. Coaching jobs are considered “classified”, but with them more times than not being tied to the teaching job (which being certified has to go the 30)..most just usually go the 30 days.
  47. 1 point
    I’m not sure ND is a better pick over UC for the 4th seed.
  48. 1 point
    Neither Pitino or Calipari had even close to the amount of success that Stephens has had in the NBA. Maybe if Stephens is fired and can't get another NBA job he'd consider college again, but there is no reason to go backwards from the NBA to college for any NBA coach.
  49. 1 point
    Completely agree and I was a little thrown off by that quote initially but I think there is a ton of deeper context in that quote. In my mind, Coach Cal knew that draft night was massively important to the future of his program. He knew that night would lead to getting more high level recruits, final fours and title(s). Waiting on the (s). So I totally get what he meant but also know why it threw some people off.
  50. 1 point
    We all know a top line star would not have been released but Haskins should have been smart enough to know what he was risking.
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