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    6th Region after week 10 and District Preview! The regular season (that wasn't a regular season!) has come to an end and it's time for post-season play. Lets look at each district field in the 6th Region! (season averages in parenthesis) 21st District 1) PRP (11-3) 2) Holy Cross (14-8) 3) Beth Haven (18-5) 4) Fairdale (4-12) 5) Valley (3-8) PRP is the heavy favorite going into the 21st region tourney. They have handily won all their district games by double digits. Super Soph Zee McCown has put in a first-team all region season (19.6p 7a 3.2s) and game, and he gets help from sr. Nevin White (10.3p 6r) and jr big men Vic Lado (11.5p 5r) and Vonte Harris (9p 4r). The other semi-final match-up is an intriguing one. Either Holy Cross or Beth Haven will make their first Regional tournament in recent history. Both programs are on the rise and led by young forwards. Holy Cross' fr. F Jacob Hand (17p) made the all-LIT team and Beth Haven's jr. Luka Mateski (22.5p/10r) has been a tough match-up for all teams. 22nd District 1) DeSales (16-6) 2) Butler (7-3) 3) Doss (9-4) 4) Western (8-6) 5) Iroquois (2-10) While you can make the argument that the 21st district is one of the weaker districts in the area, you can make the same argument that the 22nd is one of the more difficult around! You have to make DeSales the slight favorite. While they are not the first seed, their body of work (LIT Champs) gives them the nod. Possible 6th region POY Devin Perry leads the Colts (20p 4r) but Akron signee Sekou Kalle (20p 12r) was LIT MVP and so. Keith Robinson (13p) gives them a 3-prong attack that is tough to stop. However, they draw a tough Doss squad, who only lost to DeSales by 2 in the regular-season match up. Sr. Tony Moss will be a first-team all region player, and leads the Dragons (17p 7r) but Inslee Carroll and Jeremiah Glover give Doss the outside shooting to hang with anyone. It will be a shame that one of these schools won't make the Regional. The other semi-final is top seed Butler, fresh off their upset of DeSales last week, most likely facing a super athletic Western team. On a given night, Western has the length and talent to beat anyone - led by so. G Trent Hinkle (14p) and sr. G Janhoi Lee (13p). However, Butler will be favored to advance, led by sr. Tae Dozier (16.1p), who has really stepped up the 2nd half of the season. The Bears also get great contributions from jr. Julion Beard (13p) and sr's Cole McMichael (9p) and Mershon Dickerson (10p) 23rd District 1) Southern (10-5) 2) Evangel (8-12) 3) Bullitt Central (10-14) 4) Moore (4-7) 5) North Bullitt (9-15) This district is pretty wide open. Southern is the top seed, was undefeated in reg season district play, and is led by one of the top guards in Jeff Co in sr. Cam Pfeister (17p). However, they will play in their semi either North Bullitt, who is playing at home OR Evangel, who has a sub .500 record but is now full strength with the additions of G Gage Mabry (16.8p) and C Cyr Malonga (11.5p 11r). In the other semi you have Bullitt Central, who have a solid 1-2 punch in jr. Hunter Coleman (18.7p) and sr. Gavin Hedges (17.4p) facing a Moore squad who had won 4 of their last 5 games before Covid shutdown. They are led by Sr. Darius Carver (15.7p) 24th District 1) Fern Creek (10-5) 2) Bullitt East (10-8) 3) J-Town (5-6) 4) Whitefield Academy (3-20) This district is all about Fern Creek. The Tigers are the heavy favorite and should position themselves well as a #1 seed for the Regional next week. They have the deepest roster possibly in Jeff Co, lead in scoring by Darian Lewis (13.5), who made the all-LIT team. Bigs Darrius Washington and CeArius Warren rule the paint, while guards Jaden Rogers and TJ Toney are tough match-ups for all. The semifinal between J-town and Bullitt East should be a great game. The Chargers won the regular season match-up and have a balanced attack, led by the Blanford's, jr. Tucker (17p), sr. Will (12.6p) and sr. Collin Powell (11.3p). Jeffersontown has had a bumpy road this season, but coach Richard Duncan will have them ready to play. Jr. Terrall Cleaves was made eligible right before the season ended, and will give the Chargers a boost going fwd. J-town also has a balanced attack, with 4 players averaging between 10-13 pts. a game. I will be back next week with results and a Regional preview
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    8th Region Week 10 Review / District Tournament Previews By: Colonelmike Random thoughts as Week 10 comes to a close…. CONGRATULATIONS to senior guard Kelly Niece of Simon Kenton, who just wrapped up a dream season. Niece was announced this past week as the KABC 8th Region Player of the Year. Along the way, the Pioneers’ star erased an old Simon Kenton single game scoring record when he racked up 47 points against Owen County in the final game of the season. Niece finished the regular season as the region’s top scorer, averaging 31 ppg; as of this writing, that also makes him the leading scorer in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. KUDOS also go out to Coach Jason Burns of Spencer County! Burns – who has led his team to a 17-6 record, won the KABC 8th Region Coach of the Year Award. GRANT COUNTY finished the season as if COVID didn’t exist…..the Braves managed to get in 30 games throughout the season. At the other end of the spectrum, CARROLL COUNTY and NORTH OLDHAM managed just 13 games – and Carroll played four of their 13 games just last week! Congratulations to DALLAS ROBERTS, sophomore guard for North Oldham, who eclipsed the 1,000 point threshold against Bowling Green on 3/5/21. Roberts, who is now in his third year as a starter at North, is now within a little over 800 points of North Oldham’s all-time scoring leader – his current HS coach, David Levitch. A 2,000 point career scoring mark isn’t out of reach, either. Kudos also to DYLAN HAMMONDS, Grant County sophomore, who has now recorded over 1,000 career points and over 500 career rebounds. A remarkable FOUR players in the region averaged a double-double for the season: Dylan Hammonds, sophomore, Grant County 22.5 ppg / 10.9 rebounds. Hammonds finished the year with four straight double-doubles. Trevor Hardin, senior, Henry County 22.4 ppg / 12.0 rebounds Teagan Moore, sophomore, Owen County 27.9 ppg / 10.4 rebounds Moore finished as the number two scorer in the 8th region. Keishaun Mumphrey, senior, Carroll County 24.5 ppg / 11.5 rebounds Mumphrey – the only player in the 8th region to finish last year’s season averaging a double-double – had a double-double in his last 11 games and in 12 of his 13 contests. Honorable mention goes to Hunter Penn of Woodford County (16.1 ppg / 9.6 rebounds), and Tate Ogburn of Trimble County (12.3 ppg / 9.0 rebouds). The 2021 8th Region All-Region team, per the KABC: Kelly Niece, Simon Kenton 199 points (Player of the Year) Trevor Hardin, Henry County 178 Sam Conley, Spencer County 162 Tyler Slone, Oldham County 123 Teagan Moore, Owen County 111 Brant Smithers, Walton-Verona 105 Deaton Oak, Oldham County 88 Hunter Penn, Woodford County 87 Dallas Roberts, North Oldham 81 Dylan Hammonds, Grant County 66 Jake Whitlock, Spencer County 60 Keishaun Mumphrey, Carroll County 37 Sam Campbell, Oldham County 19 Ben Michel, South Oldham 16 Timothy Fuller, Shelby County 12 Carson Wooldridge, Anderson County 12 Finally, heading into the post-season, the hottest team in the 8th Region is….Trimble County. The Raiders have won five straight games heading into District play and are playing their best ball of the season. More on the Raiders and their streak in the rankings, below. Not a lot of movement in this week’s rankings….but some interesting notes, and Trimble County does advance a bit thanks to their current winning streak. After Week Ten: (this Week’s District Tournament schedules follow the Ranking): 1 - Oldham County – (10-4) Last week: #1 Oldham County sat idle last week, and did not get any games in. The Colonels, however, have been firmly in control of the #1 ranking all year, and with good reason. The senior-dominated Colonels maintained their claim all season with more big-time wins than any other 8th Region team, including victories over Top-10 DeSales and Top-20 ranked Eastern, combined with wins over upper-tier competition such as Spencer County (17-6), Conner (13-6), and Seneca. It was unfortunate that COVID intervened; interesting matchups against Highlands and Elizabethtown never happened. Among the players to watch heading into the post-season: Senior forward Tyler Slone (14 ppg / 5.6 rebounds), Deaton Oak (11.2 ppg), Sam Campbell (9.5 ppg), and Xander Wagner-Rose (8.1 ppg / 6.0 rebounds). Oldham is one of the region’s top-shooting teams, hitting 48.1% from the floor overall, and a solid 36.7% beyond the arc. At the line, the Colonels hit a blistering 76% during the season, with Slone (36 of 38, 94.7%) leading the way. You have to like Oldham’s chances when things get tight; four of the Colonels’ starters – Slone, Oak, Campbell, and Wagner-Rose – are hitting 82% or better from the stripe. Oldham County is riding a three-game winning streak heading into the post-season, and has not lost to a region foe in five tries this year. The Top Challengers 2 – Simon Kenton (13-8) Last week: #2 Simon Kenton wrapped up the year on a three-game winning streak, and beat Newport (59-44) and Owen County (78-56) last week. 8th Region Player of the Year Kelly Niece wrapped up his senior campaign in style, with 22 points against Newport and a school-record 47 points against Owen County. Niece was 19 of 31 from the floor and 6 of 7 at the line in the Owen win. Niece set the SK record for most career points, most points in a game (47), won the KABC 8th Region Player of the Year award, and led the state in scoring at 31 ppg this year. He did it while shooting an incredible 59.5% from the floor, including 40.2% beyond the arc (41 of 102) 3 – Spencer County (17-6) Last week: #3 Spencer dropped a game last week, falling 52-46, to Bardstown, but the Bears bounced back to end their season on a high note with an 81-55 win over North Bullitt. Spencer’s win over NB was statistically one of the Bears’ best games of the season, as Spencer hit 51.8% from the floor – one of the few games Spencer shot over 50% this year – and hit a whopping 15 of 30 threes (50%). The Bears had made an average of just 4.7 threes per game over the previous nine contests. The fifteen makes were the most made threes by the Bears this season. Three Bears made it into double digits against the Eagles, with Lucas Hornback scoring 19, Jonathan Combs 17, and Jake Whitlock 16 (including 4 of 8 threes). John Howie (9 points) and Sam Conley (8) both just missed dougle figures. Jason Nichols grabbed 10 rebounds in the win, Conley, who finished third in the Player of the Year balloting, finished the season averaging 21.1 ppg / 7.4 rebounds. The Next Group: 4 – Collins (10-8) Last week: #4 Collins lost their only matchup last week, 55-49, to #12-ranked Trinity The Titans continue to struggle on the offensive end, and shot just 41.9% in the game, including just 2 of 13 from beyond the arc. Quinton Simmons led the Titans with 15 points. The Titans’ defense has kept them in ballgames; although Collins is averaging a mere 51.7 ppg, the Titans are giving up just 50.4 ppg. Nine of the Titans’ 18 opponents have scored less than 50 points. In fact, in the last 7 games, the Titans’ ballgames have resulted in little scoring by either team. Neither the Titans nor their opponents have scored over 56 points in any of the last 7 games. 5 – Walton-Verona (14-13) Last week: #5 Things have kind of taken a turn for the worst for the Bearcats, who limp into the district tournament on a six-game losing streak, the second-longest losing streak in the region. That said, the six-game stretch was arguably the toughest stretch of the W-V season, as the Cats faced Tenth Region power Mason County (2 point loss), 8th Region power Spencer County (8 point loss), and Ninth Region powerhouses Beechwood (lost by 4), Dixie Heights (lost by 26), and 11th-ranked Highlands (lost by 21). Only the loss to the Holmes Bulldogs (by 9) was a bit of a surprise. Last week, Walton dropped games to Holmes (85-76), Dixie Heights (72-46) and Highlands (80-59). The Bearcats got great games from Brant Smithers (28 points) and Carter Krohman (15) in the loss to Holmes, hitting 14 of 28 threes in the contest….Smithers led the way against Dixie as well, with 13 points, but W-V hit just 40.5% from the floor in that loss Against Highlands, W-V held its own on the glass against a much bigger Bluebird team, losing the rebounding battle just 34-31, but the Cats shot just 39.3% from the floor in the game Smithers and Cameron Christy led the way with 15 apiece. Walton had great balance all year; Smithers led the way with a 20.2 ppg average, while hitting 82 of 199 threes (41.2%). Three other Bearcats averaged in double figures, including Christy (10.4 ppg), Krohman (11.3), and Conner Davis (10.4 ppg). The Bearcats, who the 8th Region just 2 years ago, will have a rough road ahead. As the District 32 second seed, they will have to defeat the red-hot Grant County Braves in the district first-round elimination game, a team they defeated by just 2 points during the regular season. All Alone in the Mid-Pack 6 - Grant County (15-15) Last week: #6 Grant County, one of the youngest teams in the region, needed games to catch up with the “veteran” clubs that didn’t need so much help from the off-season play. The Braves got it – as the season comes to a close, Grant County has played more games than any other 8th Region team, getting in 30 games; every bit as many games as they normally would have gotten in. The Braves split two last week, falling to Madison Central, 90-70, before rebounding with a convincing 65-43 victory over Gallatin County Dylan Hammonds added two more double-doubles to his resume this year, recording a 29 point / 10 rebound game against Madison Central before wrapping up the season with a 26 points / 10 rebound effort against Gallatin. Hammonds, a sophomore, finished the year having reached over 1,000 career points and over 500 career rebounds. He made the All-8th Region team, averaging 22.5 ppg and 10.9 rebounds, one of just four Region 8 players to average a double-double. Hammonds shot 58.3% from the floor, and ended the year with four consecutive double-doubles. A sterling free throw shooter, Hammonds made 135 of 162 free throws (83.3%). Grant County and Walton-Verona square off in the first round of the 32nd District in what should be a “knock-down, drag-out” affair between two teams that settled the regular season matchup by just 2 points (a Walton win). Coming – and Going 7 – North Oldham (4-9) Last week: #7 - North lumbers into the post-season on a two game losing streak, but the Mustangs’ last two games have come against ranked opponents, as they lost to #8 Bowling Green on the road, 56-39, and to #17 St. X at home, 57-39. Poor shooting was costly in both games, as North shot just 33% against BG and 29.8% against St. X. North was actually in the ballgame against St. X through three quarters, but poor shooting and few free throw opportunities doomed the Mustangs. North shot just 18 total free throw attempts in the two losses. Inconsistency across the board has been North’s trademark this year, and it’s due to the limited number of games the Mustangs have been able to play. Limited by bad weather and COVID, North has played fewer games than any other 8th Region team except Carroll County (both North and Carroll played just 13 games). North is also limited to some degree by its youth; three starters are sophomores (Dallas Roberts, Ian Higdon, and Luke Anderson). All are talented – Roberts made the All-Region team – but all are still sophomores, and their physical abilities are somewhat limited by that. The defense took a while to start to “synch up” with this squad, which was hampered also by inconsistent shooting (42.9% shooting overall on the season, including 29.5% beyond the arc, and 66.4% from the line.) North holds pat at #7 here in the final ranking in large part because nobody below them has really made a strong case to catch / pass the Mustangs. North has won few games, but they have beaten one of the teams below them (South Oldham), and their 12-point win over Simon Kenton the road – the only 8th Region loss for SK so far this year – is a better region win than any region win owned by any of the teams below them. True, North scored just 39 points in each of their last two games – but both were against ranked opponents. North acquitted themselves very well against St. X, dogging the Tigers for three quarters before succumbing in the fourth. And Bowling Green has held many well-regarded teams to low point totals as well: Franklin-Simpson (12-3) scored just 39 points against BG, the same as North; South Warren (16-5) scored just 31 points against BG; Barren County (19-7) managed just 40 points, and Paducah Tilghman (17-4) scored only 47 points. Five of North’s nine losses have come against teams currently ranked or ranked at the time of the game – Oldham County, Eastern, Butler, Bowling Green, and St. Xavier. Their other four losses came against two Region 8 teams ranked ahead of the Mustangs (Collins, Grant County), an Indiana powerhouse (Jeffersonville), and a KY team that had just gotten all of its star players active (Evangel Christian). So – for the moment – North Oldham stays at #7. 8– Gallatin County (13-9) Last week: #8 Gallatin was unfortunate enough to be sidelined with a quarantine – but the Wildcats were fortunate enough to get back to action just before the end of the season, getting in three final games before launching into tournament action. The Cats looked like a team that’d been off for two weeks in their games last week, getting hammered by Trimble County, 65-45 and Grant County (65-43) before rebounding to end the regular season with a narrow win, 61-53, over Ludlow. The Cats shot like the ball like many teams have after long quarantine layoffs, hitting just 27.1% of their shots in the loss to Trimble and 31.9% against Grant. The Wildcats made just 7 of 36 threes combined in the two losses, and even struggled at the stripe, hitting a combined 19 of 34. Win, lose, or draw, though, the three games will be tremendously beneficial to Gallatin County as they head into the District tournament, facing Carroll County in one of the first round “play-in” games in the 31st District. The path to the region isn’t easy for Gallatin; despite their 1-12 record, Carroll is notorious for playing Gallatin County tough over the years, including a 58-52 decision this year (won by Gallatin). As the #3 seed, Gallatin would then have to beat #2 seed Owen County in order to advance to the District finals and secure a spot in the region 8 tournament. This hasn’t been the best shooting Gallatin squad, hitting just 42.3% from the floor. But veteran coach Jon Jones has a balanced attack, with three players – Logan Riddle, Ashton Gullion, and Drake Skidmore – all averaging about 10 ppg, and Hayden Dickerson right behind at 9.2 ppg. The “Impossible to Rank” Group - South beat Henry at Henry by 26….Henry beat Gallatin twice….Gallatin beat South Oldham by 10. Then there’s Owen County, who’s split with Henry County and Gallatin County. Shelby County is surging – including a win over Henry, but a loss to Owen. Meanwhile, Trimble has lost to Henry twice, but split with Owen… 9 – Shelby County (9-10) Last week: #9 – Shelby played no games last week, and that downtime may not be helpful as they get set to go into District 30 play – but on the other hand, the Rockets didn’t risk anything, including any exposure to another team that potentially had COVID. Shelby comes into the post-season having won 5 of their last 6 games, including a 4-0 mark against Region 8 foes (Anderson County, Grant County, Henry County, and Trimble County). The Rockets’ offensive arsenal is growing with the recent development of Kyre Bishop into an offensive alternative. Bishop – a sophomore who has only played in five games – is averaging 12.6 ppg, and actually led the Rockets in scoring in the last game, a 78-70 win over Henry County – with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Shelby has a tough opening round game in the District 30 tournament, facing longtime rival Anderson County, a team they beat just recently by just 4 points (44-40). 10 – Woodford County (8-11) Last week: #10 – The Yellowjackets did not play last week, either, but the Yellowjackets go into the post-season in a good position as they earned the #1 seed in the District 30 tournament. Woodford (3-1 in District 30 play) actually tied with Spencer County in district competition, but the Yellowjackets won the tiebreaker by virtue of their head-to-head victory, 60-47, over Spencer County back on January 15th, when Spencer was still without the services of star senior Sam Conley due to injury. As such, Woodford gets a first round bye and will face the winner of the Shelby County – Anderson County game in the semi-finals. For Woodford, it may all come down to the offense. The Yellowjackets are 8-3 when scoring 60 points or more, but Woodford County is winless (0-8) when they fail to reach 60 in a game. The Yellowjackets need to shake off their recent trend; Woodford has lost 7 of its last 9 games, and it will be interesting to see if the layoff helps to put those ghosts to bed, or if the time away from the court puts Woodford at a disadvantage due to “rust”. 11 – South Oldham (7-9) Last week: #11 – Difficult to know where to place the Dragons this week, but one thing is sure: South has been able to put together a little momentum heading into the post-season. South has now won three straight games, matching the team’s longest winning streak of the season and putting an end to a stretch where South had dropped 8 of 9 contests. Last week, South got a 65-57 win over Anderson County and followed it up with a 66-62 road win over Central Hardin. After shooting nearly 64% in a win over Iroquois the week before, the Dragons shot 54.5% against Anderson and 55.8% against Central Hardin. The three consecutive wins have largely been driven by two juniors, Ben Michel and Cole Davis. Oddly enough, the two have scored the same number of points in all three contests. Michel and Davis both had 18 against Iroquois; 19 against Anderson, and 12 against Central Hardin. Talk about weird. Senior Cayden Brown has been the only other Dragon in double figures in the last three games, with 10 against Iroquois, 15 against Anderson, and 18 against Central Hardin. Looking for momentum…. 12 – Henry County (15-9) Last week: #12 Henry County also did not play last week. Trevor Hardin finished his senior season with a 22.4 ppg / 12.0 rebounds average, a statline that helped earn him runner-up honors in the 8th Region Player of the Year balloting. Hardin has been supported on the inside by twin tower Sam Royalty, who’s averaging 8.8 ppg / 8.4 rebounds, giving Henry a terrific 1-2 punch on the inside. Guard Kevin Wix is Henry’s #2 scorer, averaging 14.6 ppg. Henry has been somewhat limited in its attack this year; as versatile and prolific as Hardin and Royalty are on the inside, the perimeter game has been suspect, as Wildcat shooters have hit just 97 of 326 threes on the season for a mere 29.8% The Wildcats finished as the #1 seed in the 31st District, and therefore have earned a spot against the winner of the game between Trimble County and Eminence in the district semi-finals. Henry beat Trimble by twenty – twice – and blasted Eminence twice, by 20 and by 25 points. The Wildcats go into the post-season as a heavy favorite to advance to the 8th Region tournament. 13 – Trimble County (10-12) Last week: #15 Trimble County is the only upward-moving team in the ranking this week, advancing two spots to #13. The Raiders have won a region-best 5 straight games, and have defeated Owen County recently. The Raiders are 9-6 over their last 15 games – the same record as Owen County during that span – but the Raiders have gotten some momentum with the current five game winning streak, have earned that win over Owen County, and – unlike Anderson County, the other team they have passed – have recorded some stirring victories over some decent teams, such as Gallatin County (by 20), Trimble beat Carroll County last week, 67-58, then followed with a dominant victory over Gallatin Coujnty, 65-45. The Raiders closed out the regular season with a 67-60 win over Bethlehem. Trimble hit over 50% in two of those games – 53.1% against Carroll and 55.1% against Owen – and got good contributions from throughout their roster. Tate Ogburn led the Raiders in scoring in one of the games – 25 points against Gallatin – and tallied double-doubles against all three. In fact, the junior registered four consecutive double-doubles to close out the season, including 16 points / 13 rebounds against Carroll, 25 points / 16 rebounds against Gallatin, and 16 points / 11 rebounds against Bethlehem. J. T. Wilcoxson, a sophomore, led the Raiders in scoring in two of the three games, with 20 points against Carroll and 19 against Bethlehem. About all that’s gone poorly over the last five games has been the Raider free throw shooting. Trimble shot less than 50% (8 of 18) against Carroll, rebounded to knock down 23 of 29, nearly 80%, in the win over Gallatin County, but then shot a meager 12 of 24 in the win over Bethlehem. 14 – Owen County (14-10) Last week: #13 Owen County had a busy final week of the regular season, winning three of four as they prepped for the District 31 tournament. Owen got three consecutive wins over teams they were expected to beat, topping Dayton, 76-45, Ludlow, 66-54, and Carroll County, 63-48, before dropping their final game of the season to the region’s #2 team, Simon Kenton, 78-56. Sophomore guard Teagan Moore – who finished as the #5 vote-getter in the 8th Region Player of the Year Balloting, with the highest vote tally for an underclassman this year – had a phenomenal week, cracking the 40 point market twice and the 30 point mark once (no stats were available for the SK game). Moore had 47 against Dayton, 41 points and 14 rebounds against Ludlow, and 32 points / 13 rebounds against Carroll County. Moore finished the regular season as the #2 scorer in the region at 27.9 ppg. Moore averaged a double-double, adding 10.4 rebounds / game to his resume. During the course of the three wins, Moore showed he had the knack for getting to the free throw line; he hit 30 of 36 free throw attempts over the three games. The Rebels’ 14 wins are more than their total number of wins over the last two years’ combined (12 wins), and their first season with double-digit victories since 2015-16, when Owen went 29-4. 15 – Anderson County (6-9) Last week: #14 – Anderson split two games last week, falling to South Oldham, 65-57, and defeating Frankfort Christian, 67-47. Anderson shot well against South (55% from the floor), but the Bearcats hardly got any chances at the line on a night when every point counted big. Anderson made it to the stripe just four times, making one free throw. Carson Wooldridge scored 19 points and grabbed 8 boards. It is worth noting that the Bearcats won just one game out of seven against 8th Region opponents this season; only Eminence and Carroll County have so few region wins. 16 – Williamstown (11-16) Last week: #16 Jacob Cheesman is working hard to change the culture in Williamstown, and to cultivate the idea that a small school can still win. In his first season last year, the Demons improved from a 9 win season the year before, winning fourteen games en route to a 14-17 record, a 4-8 mark against region competition, and a strong year-end finish, going 6-3 over the final nine games. It was the Demons’ best record in three seasons. Williamstown again finished strong, winning 4 of their final 6 regular season games. The Demons won their final two games last week, topping Villa Madonna, 64-49, paced by Joel McCain’s double-double (18 points / 10 rebounds) and then wrapped the regular season up with a 54-46 win over Dayton, with Gunner Feagan scoring 19 to lead the way. Williamstown, which has struggled to shoot straight this year, shot the ball well in both wins, hitting 51.9% against VM and 48.6% against Dayton. The “youth group” that will tell this squad’s future did well in both games. There were five players who reached double figures in one or both games, and four of those players were underclassmen, including Joel McCain (junior – 18 points and 10 points vs. Dayton), Gunner Feagan (sophomore 10 points and 19 points, respectively), Honore Yangoua (freshman, 12 points vs. VM), and Colton Feagan (freshman, 12 points vs. Dayton). Williamstown hosts the 32nd district tournament this week. 17 – Carroll County (1-12) Last week: #17 – Carroll County played four of their thirteen games last week. The Panthers fell to Trimble County, 67-58, Frankfort, 74-55, Owen County 63-48, and Great Crossing, 67-48. The four losses extended the region’s longest losing streak to ten games. The losses weren’t entirely unexpected; the Panthers had played just 9 games coming into last week, and they hadn’t played since February 23rd. They had had six straight games cancelled due to COVID. Keishaun Mumphrey wrapped up an incredible senior season in style, with double-doubles in all four games. The Panther senior had 23 points / 12 boards against Trimble, 31 points / 13 rebounds against Frankfort, 23 points / 10 boards against Owen, and finished the regular season with 23 points / 11 rebounds against Great Crossing. Mumphrey finished the regular season with an amazing eleven straight double-doubles, and had a double-double in 12 of the Panthers’ 13 regular season games. He finished year with averages of 24.8 ppg and 11.5 rebounds. 18 – Eminence (6-19) Last week: #18 – Eminence came into the final week of the season just 3-18, but the Warriors doubled their win total in the final week, taking 3 of 4 games to end the regular season on a high note. The Warriors edged Whitefield Academy to start the week, winning 49-45. The Warriors took their only loss of the week in game two, falling by four to Walden (59-55), before winning out with victories over Burgin (55-53) and Calvary Christian (54-46). Eminence saw different players taking the lead during the week; Bladin Malone tallied 17 points to lead the way in the win over Whitefield; Josh Ruzanka scored 18 in the loss to Walden. In the victory over Burgin, three Warriors tied for scoring honors, with Blaze Berry, Ruzanka, and Elijah League each scoring 13 points Ruzanka led the way against Calvary with 22 points. DISTRICT PREVIEWS: District 29 – Oldham County / South Oldham / North Oldham – Defending champion: Oldham County Favorite: Oldham County Defending Champ: Oldham County Oldham rides into this tournament as the favorite to defend their title, which would make it not just the Colonels’ second straight district title, but their 10th in the last 11 years. Although the benefit is somewhat negligible due to the COVID-limited crowds, the Colonels will also derive whatever benefit comes from hosting the tournament in Buckner The Colonels should be playing without any pressure; as the #1 seed in a 3-team district, Oldham County is automatically in the district championship game, meaning the Colonels are already guaranteed an 8th Region tournament berth. Why the Colonels will win: Oldham is long, and the Colonels use their length well, both on the glass, and very effectively on defense. Oldham is the best shooting team in the district, and the Colonels are brutally efficient at the free throw line. Finally, the Colonels have depth and tremendous balance; Tyler Slone – at 14 ppg – leads this team in scoring, but the Colonels have several players who can – and have – scored 18-20+ points on any given night. Though Oldham is an inside-first team, the Colonels have several strong outside shooters who are good enough to keep defenses honest. Why Oldham might not win: Oldham went 2-0 against North Oldham and South Oldham this year, and both of those games came in the first three games of this crazy season. But both wins were close contests, as Oldham beat South in the season opener by just 8 points and North two games later by only 9. A lot of water has gone under the bridge, and both South and North have improved. Have they closed the gap any? Maybe not – but the on-court gap wasn’t that big, based on those early scores. Unlike the other districts in the region, District 29 is entirely a “backyard” affair, with all the teams hailing from the same county. The players on these three teams have played with – and against – each other since they were 5-6 years old. There are few surprises. The other factor that may be working against Oldham is the time off; Oldham hasn’t played since March 4. The Colonels will have had two weeks idle when they play the title game, and we’ve seen what time off has done to teams this year. The contenders: South Oldham and North Oldham – South Oldham ended the season on a three game winning streak, and Steve Simpson now has a core group of players who have stepped up and made this team their own. The Dragons offense – unusually stagnant at times this year – has produced 65+ points in each of the three wins. Ben Michel – Cayden Brown – point guard Cole Davis seem to be developing a real chemistry. South has hit 54.5% or better in each of their past three games. The Dragons appear to be pretty healthy right now, which may be their trump card. Simpson has a deep bench with plenty of interchangeable parts he can plug-and-play as needed. A pair of underclassmen on that bench may be the Dragons’ “wild cards”; sophomore Kiya Ledford brings incredible energy off the bench at both ends of the court; he has to avoid foul trouble to be a factor for South. And Coach Simpson would love to see freshman Christian Veirs re-discover his shooting eye; the talented freshman was a dead-eye early in the season, but has been in a slump of late. North Oldham stumbles into the post-season with just 4 wins to its credit, and only 13 games played all year – tied with Carroll County for the fewest games played of any 8th Region team. The Mustangs are bursting with talent, but have yet to put it all together in a ballgame. Dallas Roberts is one of the most exciting players in the region, and will ultimately be one of the region’s all-time greatest scorers. Austin Carr-Cole is a strong scorer that helps keep the defense from focusing on Roberts, but Carr-Cole – who has been out of action – has hit just 4 of 20 shots since coming back to the lineup two games ago. Ian Higdon and Luke Anderson have both showed great potential on the inside, but both are sophomores and have lacked consistency. Consistency is the challenge for North; when the Mustangs are on, they are very good; when their shots aren’t falling – and they are hitting just 42.9% on the season – the Mustangs are very vulnerable, since their defense hasn’t proven to be strong enough to carry the team. North beat South Oldham in the regular season, 52-48. This game is likely a true toss-up. North probably wins if they are able to get the ball inside with any regularity; South probably wins if the Dragons can get the kind of ball movement they have shown at times this year. North can’t afford the defensive letdowns that have characterized the Mustangs’ season at times; South can ill-afford to leave points on the wayside by missing free throws. South last won the district in 2019; the Dragons have advanced out of District play for five straight seasons. North last won a district tournament game in 2015, when they beat South Oldham 68-61 and advanced to the Region tournament as the district runner-up. PREDICTION: Oldham over South in the finals Schedule: (All District 29 tournament games broadcast – free, live video on www.pegasussportsky.com) Tuesday, 3/16/21 – North Oldham vs. South Oldham 7 pm at Oldham Co HS Friday, 3/19/21 – Oldham County vs. North / South winner 7 pm at Oldham Co HS DISTRICT 30 – Woodford County, Spencer County, Collins, Anderson County, Shelby County Favorite: Spencer County Defending Champ: Collins Why Spencer will win: The Bears are the most veteran team in the 30th, with a starting unit that has largely remained intact for years. Sam Conley is the best player in the 30th district, and is probably the best player in the district at either end of the court. Jake Whitlock – though he made All-Region – is probably one of the most overlooked talents in the entire region, and gives Spencer a multi-dimensional guard who has tremendous penetration abilities as well as a solid outside shot. And although the Bears’ defense may play second fiddle in the district to Collins, the Bears are a tremendous defensive unit that plays blue-collar basketball and is good at staying in front of the offensive player with the ball. Why Spencer Might Not Win: Spencer doesn’t have a lot of quality depth on the bench, and the Bears can ill-afford to get into foul trouble. In addition, Spencer simply doesn’t shoot all that well, hitting just 41.9% of their shots overall, and only 30.9% of their threes. At the line, Spencer is near the bottom of the 8th Region with a very pedestrian 68.1%. Poor shooting led to Spencer’s most perplexing loss of the year, to Western – the Bears shot just 29.4% from the floor, 17.6% (3 of 17) from beyond the arc, and 53.8% at the line in that loss. The post-season is a one-and-done affair; there are no second chances for Spencer if they have a poor night shooting. The Contenders: Collins would appear to be the primary challenger to Spencer’s bid. The Titans played Spencer close in a 4-point game late this season. Collins has done a remarkable job all season of preventing teams for scoring, and they are allowing just 50.4 ppg. Nine teams have failed to reach 50 points against Collins. The problem for the Titans, is that they have to keep the score low because they are only scoring 51.7 ppg, and the Titans really have a very limited perimeter attack that they can use to open up the middle. Woodford County is the tournament #1 seed, but there probably hasn’t been a #1 seed getting this little respect in their district tournament in some time. The Jackets earned the #1 seed by going 3-1 in district play, tying Spencer, and the Yellowjackets got the tiebreaker nod by virtue of a 13-point win over Spencer early in the season, when Sam Conley was out with an injury. Despite the number one seed, all the attention still seems to be focused on Spencer and Collins. Still, Woodford will be in the mix here. The Jackets boast all-region center Hunter Penn (16.1 ppg / 9.6 rebounds), arguably the best big man in the District, and the Yellowjackets are the best shooting team in the district, hitting 51% of their shots, including 40.4% from beyond the arc. But Woodford goes as Penn goes, and if Penn has to sit for any length of time, it will be interesting to see who steps up for Woodford on offense, as Penn is the only player averaging in double figures. Shelby County is the hottest team coming into the district 30 tourney, having won 5 of their last 6, but – like Woodford County – Shelby didn’t play at all last week, and will deal with the negative aspects of a layoff. The Rockets could be a real spoiler; Shelby is playing its best ball of the year and features a lineup with several scorers who can lead the team. The emergence of sophomore Kyre Bishop – who has averaged 12.6 ppg since hitting the lineup 5 games ago – makes Shelby a bit of a mystery team. Anderson County looks to be “odd man out” this year, but keep in mind that Anderson County beat Collins this year, and lost to Shelby by just 4 and Woodford by 9. Only Spencer, who beat Anderson by 16, handled the Bearcats with any kind of ease. Anderson couldn’t play Spencer, though, until the finals, so don’t be shocked if the Bearcats – who have split their last eight games – show up in the championship game. The awkward thing about this tournament is that one of the top 4 ranked teams in the 8th Region will be eliminated on Wednesday night. Since Spencer and Collins finished as the #2 and #3 seeds, they will play in an elimination semi-final game in a rematch of the Bears’ 42-38 win over Collins on 2/26/21 (at Collins) PREDICTION: Spencer County over Shelby County Schedule: at Collins HS Monday, 3/15/21 8:15 pm Shelby County vs. Anderson County play-in Tuesday, 3/16/21 8:15 pm SF - Woodford County vs. Shelby / Anderson winner Wednesday, 3/17/21 8:15 pm SF - Collins vs. Spencer County Friday, 3/19/21 7 pm Semi-final winner 1 vs. Semi-final winner 2 (Finals) DISTRICT 31 – Henry County / Owen County / Gallatin County / Trimble County / Carroll County / Eminence Favorite: Henry County Wildcats Defending Champ: Gallatin County Why Henry County Will Win: The Wildcats finished the season on a three game losing streak, but Henry has been the steadiest team in the 31st district all year, and most notably, they have only lost once against District 31 competition, a 9-point early season loss to Owen County. The Wildcats returned the favor with a 13 point win over the Rebels late in the season, beat defending champ Gallatin County twice in two close games, and dominated the rest of the district en route to the #1 seed. Eighth Region Player of the Year runner-up Trevor Hardin is the most dominant big man in the region, and Sam Royalty helps him form Henry County’s version of the “Twin Towers”. Every missed shot tends to end up in one of their pairs of hands. Henry County will be playing at home, and despite the fact COVID is limiting fans in the stands, the New Castle gym presents a special challenge to visitors; the deep, deep emptiness beyond the east end goal is a dark blackness that shooters aren’t used to in most gyms. It gives the Cats a decided home court advantage. Why Henry County Might Not Win: The 31st district teams play each other at least twice a year, so opponents get plenty of opportunities to know each others’ soft spots. For Henry, that may well be their outside shooting. Brandon Graves has hit 54 threes at a reasonable 34% clip, but the rest of the team combined has added just 43 more made threes. Together, the Cats are hitting just 29.8% from beyond the arc If an opponent can bottle up the Wildcats’ powerful inside game – easier said than done – Henry may struggle to keep up with the jump shot. The Wildcats also struggle at the stripe, hitting just 61% as a team, one of the lowest percentages in the 8th Region. Kevin Wix is a solid 71% at the stripe, and he’s been there 115 times…but Hardin, who – not surprisingly - has taken the most free throw attempts (142), has made just 58.5% of his shots. And fellow center Sam Royalty, who has taken the third-most free throws (79), is shooting just 46.8% at the stripe. The Contenders: Defending champion Gallatin County and a very young Owen County look to be the primary challengers to the home team. Trimble County, one of the hottest teams in the district coming into the tourney, may be a dark horse. Carroll County and Eminence may pull off a surprise or two, but both will need a little bit of good fortune to come their way in order to win three games and the tournament. Gallatin was supposed to be rebuilding this year, but Jon Jones, the 8th Region “Dean of Coaches”, has worked his magic again, and the Wildcats have won 12 of their last 16 coming into the tournament. Gallatin has had its ups and downs against 31st district teams, though – three of those four losses came against Henry County (by 7), Trimble County (by 20), and Owen County (by 7 in OT). Overall, Gallatin is 6-5 against district foes, leaving the four-time defending champs as the #3 seed, and forced to win three games. Gallatin hasn’t been a typical Jon Jones team in the sense that the Wildcats haven’t been the best shooting team (42% from the field, 61.1% at the line), but Gallatin will present some defensive challenges because the Cats have a number of players who can have a big game on any given night. Logan Riddle, Zac Johnson, Hayden Dickerson, Drake Skidmore, and Ashton Gullion all can be the scoring leader for the Cats. And Gallatin rarely beats itself. Owen County is an extremely young team; Coach Devin Duvall has been cultivating this group for the last couple of seasons, leading to a team that is physically young – but mentally advanced. Sophomore Teagan Moore was one of the top vote-getters in the Player of the Year balloting, and is #2 in scoring in the region at 27.9 ppg. A matchup nightmare on the outside at about 6’5”, Moore is averaging a double-double, grabbing 10.4 boards a game. Of the top five scorers on the Rebels’ roster, only Jack Spurgeon is a senior. Isaac Wash, #2 in scoring at 11.4 ppg, is a freshman, 6’8” center Brax Ward is a freshman, and Lincoln Cobb is a junior guard. Perhaps because of the youth, Owen has been up-and-down at times, but the Rebels won 2 of 3 against Gallatin, split two with Henry, and split two with Trimble. The district mark was good enough to give Owen the #2 seed. Moore is one of the hottest players heading into tournament play, averaging 35.4 ppg over the last five games… Trimble County looks to be the wild card. The Raiders face Eminence in the first round game, and will be favored to advance to a semi-final matchup against Henry County. The matchup probably isn’t to head coach Marcus Mumphrey’s liking; Trimble lost twice to Henry County by 20 points; a matchup with Owen – who the Raiders split two games against – in the other SF might have been preferable. But Trimble – led by a balanced scoring attack similar to Gallatin’s – is definitely playing their best ball. The Raiders are hitting a solid 47% from the floor; watch for sophomore J.T. Wilcoxson, who’s averaging a team-high 14.1 ppg, and junior Tate Ogburn, who’s almost averaging a double-double at 12.3 ppg / 9 rebounds. Senior Dylan Jennings (13.9 ppg) provides leadership and is hitting nearly 55% of his shots. Carroll County has been a victim of horrible circumstances surrounding COVID, but don’t overlook the Panthers in the first round; Carroll has a long history of playing Gallatin County close, and – despite winning just one game this year – Carroll lost to the Wildcats twice, by just one point and by six points. Keishaun Mumphrey, who has recorded 12 double-doubles in the Panthers’ 13 games, will be a huge factor in that game. Eminence looks overmatched this year, but the Warriors are the youngest team in the region, with no seniors, one junior, seven sophomores, three freshmen, and two 8th graders on the roster. Sophomore Josh Ruzanka leads the team at 12.9 ppg. Prediction: Henry County over Gallatin County Schedule: (note that the first round games will be held at different sites) Monday 3/15/21 6 pm Gallatin County vs. Carroll County at Gallatin County HS Monday 3/15/21 6 pm Trimble County vs. Eminence at Trimble County HS Tuesday 3/16/21 6 pm Owen County vs. Gallatin / Carroll winner at Henry County HS Tuesday 3/16/21 8 pm Henry County vs. Trimble / Eminence winner at Henry County HS Friday 3/19/21 7 pm Championship DISTRICT 32 – Simon Kenton, Grant County, Walton-Verona, and Williamstown Favorite: Simon Kenton Defending Champ: Simon Kenton Why Simon Kenton will win: The Pioneers are the highest scoring team in the 8th Region at 72.8 ppg, are one of the best shooting teams in the region (51% from the floor, 36% beyond the arc, and 78% at the line), and they have been tested by one of the most aggressive schedules in the region. SK plays with the confidence of a veteran team, and finds the open man quickly on offense. SK boasts the 8th Region Player of the Year in senior Kelly Niece, who not only leads the region, but the state, in scoring at 31 ppg while hitting 59.5% of his shots. Four of the players who play the most are hitting 79% or better at the line. Simon Kenton beat all three of their district rivals by 12 points or more during the regular season. Finally, SK comes into the tourney having won 4 of their last 5 games, including a big win over Top 20 Ashland. Why Simon Kenton might not win it: Walton-Verona can put five tremendous shooters on the court at any given time, and might be able to simply “outscore” the Pioneers. Grant County, one of the youngest teams in the 8th Region, has really come on of late in what was originally thought to be a rebuilding year. Neither team will be dislodged easily by SK’s “shock and awe” offense. At the end of the day, however, SK should be the biggest favorite to win their district among the four districts in region 8. Walton-Verona and Grant – SK’s biggest threats – would need a bit of luck to go their way to pull off the upset. None of the three top teams in the district are big; if one could control the glass against SK, control the tempo – preventing the Pioneers from getting into transition, and pressure the SK shooters enough to bring that shooting percentage down, an upset could be possible. The Contenders: Walton-Verona would appear to be the Pioneers’ primary threat; former SK star guard Mike Hester has the Bearcats playing well. W-V is a great shooting team that can light it up from the outside, and they would be the best-suited team to try to keep up with the SK scoring machine. Size could be an issue for the Bearcats and they might be caught in the position of trying to outrace a Simon Kenton team that wants to run. The bottom-line, though, is if W-V gets the feel of the rims, things could get interesting in a hurry. Grant County was expected to be in a rebuilding mode this year, but coach Joe Utter has taken a young crew and molded them together quickly. Grant benefitted from getting in more games than any other 8th Region team, finishing 15-15. Sophomore Dylan Hammonds has been one of the best players on the court in the 8th Region this year, period. He’s almost become an automatic double-double each night out, and is averaging 22.5 ppg / 10.9 rebounds, and hitting 58.3% of his shots. Fouled a lot, Hammonds has become deadly at the stripe, hitting 135 of 162 free throws for 83.3%. The Braves wound up opening some eyes by going 11-5 against 8th Region competition, and knocked off traditional power South Oldham in late February. The unfortunate thing about the 32nd District tournament is that either Walton or Grant will exit the post-season early. The current Region 8 rankings have Walton-Verona at #5 and Grant County at #6, so – arguably – one of the Region’s top 6 teams will not visit New Castle. (we have a similar issue in the 30th as #4 Collins and #3 Spencer County square off in an elimination game). Williamstown appears to be the odd-man-out this year, but the Demons are playing at home in the tiny Williamstown gym, which will definitely provide a home court advantage. Prediction: Simon Kenton over Walton-Verona in the finals. Schedule: Monday 3/15/21 Simon Kenton vs. Williamstown 8 pm at Williamstown HS Tuesday 3/16/21 Grant County vs. Walton-Verona 8 pm at Williamstown HS Thursday 3/18/21 Championship 7 pm at Williamstown HS
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    Eagles limit our Mustangs to a single point in the third quarter, win the period 9-1, expand on what was a three-point, 21-18 chess game halftime lead, to 30-19, nurse the lead into the fourth and hit their free-throws down the stretch gaining a five point edge from the stripe, to prevail and advance by a 51-34 decision , ending the Mustangs' "makeshift" season at 13-11. The Eagles, now 15-8, were led by Scott Junior big-man, Cameron Patterson with 14, Deasni Lane dropped 13, and the KABC 10th Region Player of the Year, Grant Profitt added 12 Carson Schirmer was the only Brossart double-figure scorer with 12. Schirmer completes his career at Brossart as the 11th Place All-Time Scorer with 1,185 Points, and will hold four school records despite missing the first nine games of his senior season. Stephen Verst has established three additional school records. Scott advances to play Campbell County, who handled Calvary Christian in Claryville, Wednesday night in the 37th District finals at 7pm in Taylor Mill.
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    This was another amazing summary B-Ball-Fan, just like you've done all year. We're lucky to have this insight and one stop shopping for the week of hoops. I agree this week is bitter sweet as I love regular season hoops, there's nothing like post season. But never want it to end. Like our own kids growing up, you want it, can't wait for it, and hate when it happens!!! Let's have some fun the next few weeks!!! Tune in to 859SportsRadio.com all week for the 35th district tournaments boys (audio) and girls (audio and video)!
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    Congrats to Jim Hicks and his Black and Gold Tigers who made their season tonight by beating their rivals, the Dayton Greendevils. They can't be looking forward to the prize behind Door Number Two, but will celebrate this one tonight.
  7. 2 points
    This should’ve been played in the next round. The draw is horrible.
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    Dontae Allen's mom is saying that he is returning to Kentucky for his sophomore season and he plans on working harder than ever: https://www.falmouthoutlook.com/sports/allen-will-return-sophomore-season-uk Very pleased with this. I like Allen's upside. A full summer at UK, without injuries and COVID workout restrictions could be great for him.
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    Looks like they made arrangements for the livestream of the 35th District Tournament to be handled by the Colonel Athletic Network. $6 per livestream of each game, for purchase via the Colonel Athletic Network page on Cov Cath's website: https://www.covcath.org/athletics/can
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    106 1st Place Match - TJ Meyer (Walton-Verona) 16-0 won by decision over Jonny Nance (Ryle) 28-3 (Dec 5-1) 113 1st Place Match - Mason Orth (Campbell County) 35-4 won by decision over Rider Trumble (Ryle) 14-5 (Dec 9-3) 120 1st Place Match - Spencer Moore (Walton-Verona) 21-0 won by tech fall over Joseph Sander (Ryle) 24-8 (TF-1.5 4:24 (21-6)) 126 1st Place Match - Cole Thomas (Ryle) 32-0 won by fall over Jason Holden (Campbell County) 32-6 (Fall 4:57) 132 1st Place Match - Isaac Thornton (Walton-Verona) 11-0 won by decision over Jonah Bowers (Campbell County) 30-2 (Dec 8-5) 138 1st Place Match - Eric Johnson (Simon Kenton) 21-5 won by decision over Jameson Smith (Ryle) 15-4 (Dec 3-2) 145 1st Place Match - Samuel Grandstaff (Conner) 32-6 won by tech fall over Micah Bowers (Campbell County) 28-7 (TF-1.5 3:04 (15-0)) 152 1st Place Match - Carter Messerly (Ryle) 31-1 won by decision over Jacob Grandstaff (Conner) 32-4 (Dec 8-4) 160 1st Place Match - Thomas Ketchen-Carter (Campbell County) 38-0 won by fall over Donovan Taylor (Conner) 28-9 (Fall 0:59) 170 1st Place Match - Noah Duke (Ryle) 33-0 won by fall over Kyle Richmond (Campbell County) 20-9 (Fall 1:08) 182 1st Place Match - Willie Rodriguez (Covington Catholic) 21-3 won by fall over Ryley Woosley (Simon Kenton) 14-7 (Fall 3:59) 195 1st Place Match - Brandon Gibson (Walton-Verona) 18-2 won by major decision over Conner Jones (Simon Kenton) 9-3 (MD 15-3) 220 1st Place Match - Dakota Brooksbank (Simon Kenton) 20-3 won by decision over Cooper Elliston (Conner) 33-4 (Dec 8-4) 285 1st Place Match - Ian Hughes (Simon Kenton) 24-1 won by fall over Hunter Arthur (Campbell County) 24-3 (Fall 5:28)
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    SEC Network will be airing a documentary tonight about the 1978 National Championship, narrated by Goose Givens, at 9:00pm.
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    People on social media have also brought up Brad Stephens... My response to that is the same as it is when UK fans have brought it up; why would he leave Boston for IU?
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    I would still have conference tournament champions getting the 32 automatic bids. The computer formula would choose the 36 at-large bids and do the seeding.
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    I don't take Gonzaga anymore. 😂
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    1. Johnson Central (18-2): Perennial 15th Region title contender Johnson Central defeated Betsy Layne and Phelps during the final week of the 2020-21 boys' high school basketball regular season. Johnson Central senior Isaiah May has been named the 15th Region Player of the Year. In addition to May being honored, longtime Johnson Central head coach Tommy McKenzie has been named the 15th Region Coach of the Year. The Golden Eagles are set to face reigning 15th Region champion Martin County in the 57th District Boys' Basketball Tournament Semifinals at Magoffin County on Tuesday, March 16. 2. Paintsville (10-8): The Tigers pulled away to defeat defending 15th Region champion Martin County 73-57 in the final week of the regular season. Playing well, Paintsville has won five of its last six games. Junior Colby Fugate continues to lead the Tigers in scoring. Paintsville is poised to face tournament host Magoffin County in the 57th District Semifinals on Wednesday, March 17. 3. Shelby Valley (16-7): The Wildcats rolled past Floyd Central prior to suffering an upset loss to Pike County Central in its regular season finale. The duo of Kaden Robinson and Keian Worrix continues to lead the Wildcats. Shelby Valley is set to face rival Pikeville in the 59th District Boys' Basketball Tournament Semifinals on the Panthers' home floor on Tuesday, March 16. 4. East Ridge (13-8): The Warriors were idle in the final week of the regular season. Four players - Isaac Woods, Jonathon Mills, Eli Rose and Braxton Stanley - are averaging double figures in scoring for offensively balanced East Ridge. The Warriors are slated to meet Jenkins in the 59th District Boys' Basketball Tournament Semifinals on Monday, March 15. 5. Pikeville (12-11): The Panthers dropped a game to 14th Region title contender Wolfe County during the final week of the regular season. After Rylee Samons was sidelined with an injury, fellow juniors Nick Robinson and Laithan Hall rank as Pikeville's top two scorers. The Shelby Valley-Pikeville game is one of the top matchups in the opening round of the 2020-21 boys' high school basketball postseason. 6. Belfry (15-9): The Pirates posted back-to-back wins during the final week of the regular season. Belfry has won 10 of its last 12 games. Delivering big for the Pirates, junior center Bol Kuir scored 25 points and pulled down 42 rebounds in a double overtime win at Lawrence County on Thursday, March 11. Belfry will face the winner of a Pike County Central-Phelps matchup in the 60th District Boys' Basketball Tournament title game on Friday, March 19. 7. Betsy Layne (10-8): The Bobcats dropped a regular season finale to 15th Region frontrunner Johnson Central. However, Betsy Layne is the top seed heading into the 58th District Boys' Basketball Tournament. Set to host the tournament, Betsy Layne will face Floyd Central in the 58th District Semifinals on Monday, March 15. 8. Magoffin County (12-11): The Hornets notched back-to-back wins during the final week of the regular season, defeating Pike County Central and Prestonsburg. After dropping a pair of games to Paintsville in the regular season, Magoffin County is set to face the Tigers in the 57th District Boys' Basketball Tournament Semifinals. 9. Pike County Central (15-9): The Hawks dropped a game to Magoffin County prior to pulling off an upset win over Shelby Valley during the final week of the regular season. Tournament host Pike County Central is scheduled to face Phelps in the 60th District Semifinals on Tuesday, March 16. 10. Martin County (8-12): Reigning champion Martin County suffered a 57th District loss to Paintsville before bouncing back to beat Phelps in a regular season finale. Now, Martin County must face current 15th Region frontrunner Johnson Central in the 57th District Boys' Basketball Tournament Semifinals. 11. Lawrence County (10-9): Defending 58th District champion Lawrence County split a pair of games during the final week of the regular season, defeating Wayne (W.Va.) before falling to Belfry in double overtime. The Bulldogs are set to face Prestonsburg in the 58th District Boys' Basketball Tournament Semifinals at Betsy Layne on Monday, March 15. 12. Prestonsburg (9-13): The Blackcats dropped back-to-back games to Morgan County and Magoffin County during the final week of the regular season. Prestonsburg and Lawrence County are due to meet in the 58th District Boys' Basketball Tournament after splitting two games during the regular season. 13. Floyd Central (7-14): The Jaguars suffered losses to perennial title contenders Knott County Central (14th Region) and Shelby Valley during the final week of the regular season. Floyd Central is matched up against top seed Betsy Layne in the 58th District Boys' Basketball Tournament Semifinals on Monday, March 15. 14. Phelps (5-18): The Hornets topped Powell County before dropping games to Martin County, Belfry and Johnson Central in Week 10. Phelps has the challenge of facing Pike County Central in the 60th District Boys' Basketball Tournament Semifinals. 15. Jenkins (2-15): The Cavaliers suffered an eight-point loss to former 14th Region foe June Buchanan in a regular season finale. Jenkins has the tough task of facing East Ridge in the 59th District Boys' Basketball Tournament Semifinals.
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    1. Muhlenberg County Mustangs (15-1) SAME – The Mustangs have already punched their ticket to the regional tournament and will await the winner of Ohio County, Mclean County in the 10th district championship. They closed their season with an impressive road win at Warren Central. 2. Owensboro Red Devils (9-5) UP 1 – Owensboro is red hot entering district play. They knocked off Catholic in their only game this past week and will face Apollo in the 9th district tournament. 3. Owensboro Catholic Aces (15-8) DOWN 1 – The Aces suffered devastating injuries down the stretch and appear to be without the services of Brian Griffith the rest of the way. Griffith led the region in scoring in the regular season, but went down with a knee injury against Owensboro this past week. The teams 2nd leading scorer, Ji Webb also suffered a leg injury against Owensboro but he could return for the district game against Daviess County. Catholic had already lost Gray Weaver for the season with a hamstring injury. In a matter of a week, the Aces went from regional contender, to just trying to get out of the 9th district. 4. Mclean County Cougars (17-8) - SAME – Mclean enters 10th district tournament play on a bit of a skid, losing its last 2 games of the regular season to Paducah Tilghman and Crittenden County. They will face Ohio County Tuesday. 5. Grayson County Cougars (11-7) UP 1 – Grayson County lost their season finale against Barren County but had won 2 games in a row prior to the final week of the season. They will face Trinity in the 12th district tournament. 6. Ohio County Eagles (11-9) DOWN 1 – The Eagles appeared to be playing better as of late but have dropped 3 games in a row as they enter tournament play. They will face Mclean County in the 10th district tournament this week. 7. Meade County Greenwave (7-10) UP 3 – Meade enters district play on a 2 game winning streak. They defeated Owensboro Catholic to close the season. The Waves are the 1 seed in the 11th district and will be a heavy favorite against Cloverport. 8. Hancock County Hornets (7-10) DOWN 1 – The Hornets did not play this past week as they are gearing up for an 11th district showdown with Breckinridge County. 9. Daviess County Panthers (5-13) UP 2 – The Panthers have lost 4 in a row and 7 of their last 8 but will have an opportunity against Owensboro Catholic this week. The Aces are wounded and the Panthers can erase a disappointing regular season with a win on Tuesday. 10. Apollo Eagles (5-12) – DOWN 1 – Apollo enters district play having won 2 of 3. The Eagles are playing their best basketball of the season but will be heavy underdogs against Owensboro in the 9th district tournament. 11. Butler County Bears (4-8) SAME– The Bears did not play in the final week of the season. They will play Edmonson County in the 12th district tournament. 12. Breckinridge County Tigers (7-10) UP 1 – The Tigers did not play this past week. They will face Hancock County in the 11th district tournament. 13. Whitesville Trinity Raiders (5-12) – DOWN 1 – The Raiders have lost 10 of their last 11 heading into district play. They will face Grayson County in the 12th district tournament. 14. Edmonson County Wildcats (6-12) SAME – The Wildcats closed the season on 6 game losing streak. They are set to take on Butler County in the 12th district tournament. 15. Cloverport Aces (1-21) SAME – The Aces enter district play having lost their last 5. They will face Meade County in the 11 district tournament. DISTRICT PREVIEWS 9th District Preview – #1 Owensboro vs #4 Apollo, #2 Owensboro Catholic vs #3 Daviess County The unfortunate injuries to Owensboro Catholic have made the 9th district more interesting than it seemed a week ago. The Aces defeated Daviess County by 4 a few weeks ago in a hard fought battle. It appears they will now be without the services of the region’s leading scorer, Brian Griffith. If Ji Webb can’t go, the Aces are going to have an uphill battle. Owensboro will be heavily favored against Apollo, as they just beat the Eagles by 35 on March 2nd. DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP PREDICTION: OWENSBORO OVER OWENSBORO CATHOLIC 10th District Preview – Bye #1 Muhlenberg County, #2 Mclean County vs #3 Ohio County Mclean County defeated Ohio County by 15 back on January 19th but the Eagles are playing much better as of late. Q Jennings has came on strong down the stretch and Elijah Decker has also been cleared to return. Mclean is very well coached and will be a tough out. This matchup is the most interesting elimination game in the region. DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP PREDICTION: MUHLENBERG COUNTY OVER OHIO COUNTY 11th District Preview - #1 Meade County vs #4 Cloverport, #2 Breckinridge County vs #3 Hancock County The Waves will be the overwhelming favorite to defeat Cloverport. Meade had lost 9 straight games before closing the regular season strong with 2 wins. The 2 vs 3 matchup should be a good one, as Breck County looks to continue its streak of regional tournament appearances. They will have to overcome a Hancock County team playing its best basketball of the season. Breck won the regular season matchup by 2 back on February 5th. DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP PREDICTION: MEADE COUNTY OVER HANCOCK COUNTY 12TH District Preview - #1 Grayson County vs #4 Whitesville Trinity, #2 Edmonson County vs #3 Butler County Grayson County has been a streaky team all season long and have a dangerous opening round matchup against home standing Whitesville Trinity. The Raiders have competed well against good competition all year, but don’t have the wins to show for it. The Cougars held off the Raiders in Leitchfield back in January, winning by 4. If the Cougars can find a way to limit Landon Huff, they should be the favorite in this one. The 2vs 3 game is also a toss-up. The Bears enter district play having only played 12 games on the season, while Edmonson limps in, having lost their last 6. Chaz Wilson is the only player in the region averaging a double double and will be a factor in this one. Edmonson won the regular season matchup by 6 back in January. This entire district is wide open to any of the 4 teams. DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP PREDICTION: GRAYSON COUNTY OVER BUTLER COUNTY TOP PLAYERS OF THE REGULAR SEASON 1. Brian Griffith (22.6 ppg) – Owensboro Catholic 2. Kenyatta Carbon (19.2 ppg) - Owensboro 3. Amari Robinson Wales (18.6 ppg) - Owensboro 4. Nash Divine (17.9ppg) – Muhlenberg County 5.Chaz Wilson (17.4 ppg & 13.1 rpg) – Edmonson County 6.Landon Huff (16 ppg & 8 rpg) – Whitesville Trinity 7.Brady Dame (15 ppg & 9 rpg) – Mclean County 8.Keegan Sharp (14.6 ppg) – Grayson County 9.Devyn Powers (14.5 ppg) – Hancock County 10.Q Jennings (14.4 ppg) – Ohio County
  17. 2 points
    I'm always fascinated by the fact that we track wins and not total games coached. I wonder who has coached the most GAMES in northern Kentucky. You put no less work in for the losses than you do for the wins, right? Just a thought.
  18. 2 points
    Let me guess? He was able to correctly pick Baylor making it, Georgetown, Gonzaga, Morehead State, Kansas, etc. The biggest ruse ESPN has ever done is convinced people Joe Lunardi is some kind of savant. Outside of UK, I have maybe watched the equivalent of 10 games this college basketball season. I bet you I could have picked at least 64 of the 68 teams in the field.
  19. 2 points
    New Cath grad John Gross coached both when the 'Breds won three straight 9th Region titles. Coach Dawn played on the '73 and '74 teams, Coach Faust on the '75 champs.
  20. 2 points
    If I could do over with this review I’d mention Wyatt Vieth from St. Henry when I was talking about all of the talent this year in the 9th. I wasn’t planning to go into a bunch of names there, and belabor the point, but he definitely deserves mention in the same breath as Vinson, and Draud. I mean if I’m going to use 10 Million words for my review the least I could do is add two more: Wyatt Vieth
  21. 1 point
    Ohio U will upset Virginia. Wife called it West Virginia against Morehead St before the show started.
  22. 1 point
    Final good win for Sayre. Station had a shot to win at the end. Sayre will now take on the top seed Frederick Douglass tomorrow night in the semi-finals.
  23. 1 point
    Final from John C. Combs Arena on the campus of Perry County Central. Hazard advances to the 14th regional tournament as a winner. Perry as a runner up.
  24. 1 point
    Doesn’t sound like it was a titanic defensive struggle.
  25. 1 point
    Mitchell and Henry are quite the duo.
  26. 1 point
    I will have score updates in the 2nd Semi-Final of the 63rd district Tournament at the end of quarters.
  27. 1 point
  28. 1 point
    Boyle blitzed Garrard from the get-go. Garrard made a run in the third and cut it to ten but could get no closer. Boyle poured it on down the stretch. Best Boyle has looked in a couple weeks. District final (against either Lincoln or Danville) should be fun.
  29. 1 point
    KyKy has reportedly entered the transfer portal and is leaving Xavier.
  30. 1 point
    I'm not sure the flu is a good comparison. COVID is so much more contagious that it goes into a category by itself. Look at how effective wearing masks was the against the flu this year versus how effective they were against COVID. The flu basically did not exist this past year and we all saw how widespread COVID was even with mask wearing.
  31. 1 point
    Just for the record, the 13th place team in the ACC this year was Miami, who was 10-17 (4-15 in conference) and South Carolina was 12th in the SEC, who was 6-15 (4-12). Who do you want to kick out to see them?
  32. 1 point
    For the most part, every where I go people are wearing masks. I continue to wear one indoors and outdoors in large crowds. I have never and will never require people to wear one around me. However, many people at work, and in my side business, put one on when I have to work directly with them.
  33. 1 point
    I binged the whole thing yesterday. There definitely isn't as much drama, but it is still good. I agree about Coach Mosely, he's the "best" coach in the series so far. @brown4I felt the same way about Joe for most of the series, but he came around for me. Definitely agree on Deshaun.
  34. 1 point
  35. 1 point
    I'm a big fan of the Massey Composite Ratings. They take about 60 different ratings and basically average them together. To me that gives a really clear indication of who should be ranked where. It eliminates the ability to manipulate ratings like the RPI did and the now the NET does. Plus it takes away any personal bias. The only task would then be to place teams in the bracket according to seeding principles - something that could be done by a computer or by the head of the NCAA Tournament. Selection committee should have left years ago.
  36. 1 point
    Here's some capacity info regarding 35th & 36th district tourney's. But first before posting that, my understanding regarding the 9th Regional Tourney is that the 4 first round games will be played at the location of the 4 district champs, and the semi's and finals will be played at Holmes. There will be video coverage for a fee, and audio provided by https://www.859sportsradio.com/ As far as https://www.859sportsradio.com/ doing audio for first round regional tourney games is that they can only be at one place at a time. I suppose there will be video provided for the first round games also for a fee, but I'm not completely sure how the first round games will be handled. At this point I'm not exactly sure just who will be providing the video coverage, but I'm sure that the https://859insider.com/ will provide links to all of the broadcasts, both audio and video. Since in the 35th district games at Holmes they will be clearing the gym to clean between district semi games, I'd assume that they'd be doing the same for the regional tourney semi games as well. Information from Holmes: 35th District Tournament Holmes is allowing 25% of the gym's capacity = 750 fans The gym will be cleared and cleaned after each game. Tickets are $6.00/ea. Each school will get 300 tickets to sell. 100 tickets will be available at the door + any not sold at the schools. Individual school streams are allowed. Information from Dayton: 36th District Tournament 200 fans per game. 100 fans on each side of the gym Tickets are $5.00 each No schools have asked to stream their games.
  37. 1 point
    I don't fully disagree, but the scheduling "better opponents" is the toughest obstacle these teams face. These teams are given no margin of error where an SEC school, for example, is given a margin of error to stumble out of the blocks since they have a chance down the road to collect quality wins. P5 schools get credit for improving through a year, smaller schools aren't given that same luxury.
  38. 1 point
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  40. 1 point
    Injuries is a big reason why he was playing so many minutes all year. If Clarke didn’t get hurt, we probably see Askew end up regulated to the bench much like we saw Cal do with Whitney last year. However, Clarke getting hurt forced Cals had in having to continue to use Askew. As we seen even in limited minutes after not playing in three months. When Clarke was in the other day, he was running the point. If he doesn’t get hurt, Clark would have been the one who would have been running the point. I know people don’t want to admit it, because for some it is easier to just blame Cal. However, injuries did play a big role this year too. Brooks not being able to start the season off healthy, when he was the only one who had played for Cal before hurt. Because having him out there would have made UK at least have someone out there who knows how Cal wants things at the start of the year. Then we saw Cal already start transitioning Clarke to the pg role before he got hurt. Which coming in to college many scouts even mentioned Clarke’s ability to play the pg spot. His injury, and not getting be play the pg spot did hurt than some of you all like to admit in the construction of this roster.
  41. 1 point
    Fletcher has officially entered the portal. Not a shock to anyone I’m sure.
  42. 1 point
    It obviously would be great if all return. However, that is not going to happen. We already know Askew is returning. Hopefully at least these guys also return. Allen, Mitz, Toppin, Brooks. If those four including Askew stay, to go along with the transfer big man they got from WVU. That would be a very good core of returning guys to have to mix in with the new freshman class and possible other transfers in. If more stay that would be great, but if the guys I listed at least stay. Then that is a pretty good returning group still IMO.
  43. 1 point
    Beechwood should be very good the next couple of years, but Hergott was a once in a decade QB. They would not have gotten out of the Semi’s without his Russell Wilson-like miraculous play on 4th Down TD.
  44. 1 point
    Again, not surprising at all.
  45. 1 point
    So true, especially on QB's. As I was reading this I immediately thought of Beechwood QB Brayden Burch. Heading into the 2016 season I thought Beechwood might have a problem at QB. QB Kyle Fieger had been a starter since the playoffs of his freshman season and had now graduated. Burch as the JV QB did not really show anything to get excited about. But wow .... I have never seen any player improve as much in an "off season" as Burch did. He came in like he had been the starter for years and led Beechwood to back to back state titles. He turned himself into that great leader that every state champion team needs at QB. A lot can change in an off season of hard work.
  46. 1 point
    I heard Tom Leach mention on his show yesterday about the head coaches in Lexington during the 1970s and 1980s. Al Prewitt at Henry Clay, Bobby Barlow at Bryan Station, Nolan Barger at Tates Creek, Jock Sutherland at Lafayette, Starns at Lexington Catholic, and several others. Those are big time names and they all got big time results.
  47. 1 point
    The visiting locker rooms were very nice and have the scoreboard's clock in them, a little thing but a nice touch. There are two different officials locker rooms, presumably a male/female set up if you have a mixed crew? I also heard, but didn't see first hand, that the home locker rooms and coaches' offices have massive touch screen televisions that can be used to watch film and show things to the team. I'm told those are very, very nice and very, very costly. There is also a dual camera in a fixed position for filming the games. This is very nice. You don't have to find someone to film or worry about them doing it well. I've watched film from a setup similar to this and it is pretty great. There are two fixed cameras, one for each half court. Then the software follows the ball and uses that as the primary source on the video you watch. However, if something happens on the other screen you can switch to it. It's amazing for watching film. This isn't a huge amenity but I really like the main entrance. It felt like a much smaller version of the entrance to the Yum! Center. There are two family restrooms on the lower level which are super nice for families. There is corner seating, which is near non-existent in high school gyms. There are the risers for the student sections. There is the standing area on the second level of one end of the course. Many of these things are small but overall I think they are nice touches. They are things you seem to find at newer college arenas but not at the high school level, at least from my travels.
  48. 1 point
    To be fair, I did allude to his point in the original post, for those schools, congrats, hang the banner. I get that. He is regular old Deuce, isn't he?
  49. 1 point
  50. 1 point
    Why not Cov Cath? It is a great school and offers all that those 2 schools do...maybe it is actually closer to to your home than those other schools...maybe it is just the right fit for that child. Isn’t that what it is ultimately about? As parents don’t we just want our kids to be in a highschool that they can be happy, get a good education and grow...and if the basketball program is solid it’s an added bonus. I understand Ohio has different rules...take that up with Ohio Athletic Association. No one is breaking any rules by driving over a bridge into KY to attend a good, private highschool. Out of curiosity, do the people in Louisville have an issue with kids from Indiana attending their private schools?
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