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  1. The incoming Junior class has a chance to be pretty good and Im sure Coach Harden will get the best out of them. Congrats to Coach Harden and good luck to the Panthers!!
  2. Thats 6 region titles in 8 years for Coach Thacker and the Lady Flyers. Pretty impressive stat for a school outside of Fayette County in the 11th Region.
  3. Catholic is really good. Better then people think. This is more of a traditional Lexington Catholic team from the Coach Haney days. They don’t have a go to guy like they’ve had with the Johnson brothers the last decade. They have a good big, a solid point in Gohman who is a flat out winner and some good shooters on the perimeter. They are plying true team basketball. They are the early favorite in the 11th in my opinion.
  4. I think the original plan was for most of those kids to return but I do know that changed. A couple of them, the Sherrard brothers to be exact, are playing college football at Kentucky Wesleyan. The updated roster on KHSAA doesnt list any of those kids from last year being on the team this season. Who really knows though. Either way I dont think Ashland will struggle with them.
  5. I'm pretty sure Mason County has had some transfers in recent years. Either way these two should play every year regardless.
  6. This is a GREAT question. By the looks of GRC's schedule I dont see them "ducking" anyone. Its just hard to believe that Coach Kirk and Coach Cook couldnt make this happen!!!
  7. I have a DVD copy of this. Shoot me a DM and we can figure something out.
  8. I believe he is going into an administration position in the district. I fully expect Butch Jointer to get this job. O'Bryan did an outstanding job in his time at Frankfort.
  9. Coach Chalk RETIRED not resigned. It was reported he resigned by a local media member and that is incorrect. He retired from teaching 2 years ago but remained in coaching. He has now retired from coaching as well. No underhanded issues or any shady dealings. He will remain working with the KABC.
  10. Well if you look at the regular season results, Dunbar beat Douglass, Douglass beat Central, and Central beat Dunbar. So who really knows. Also, Franklin County didnt play any of the other 3 teams. I think an argument can be made that PLD is playing just a little better the last few weeks then the rest.
  11. We have finally made it to the best time of the year!! Its region tournament week in Kentucky. As always the 11th Region is STACKED with teams looking to compete for not only a region crown but the state championship as well. Lets check out the schedule and give some predictions for the week. 11th REGION TOURNAMENT BRACKET Frederick Douglass (17-1) vs. Madison Southern (11-11) Paul Laurence Dunbar (12-5) vs. Frankfort (16-7) Franklin County (14-9) vs. Henry Clay (12-7) Madison Central (18-9) vs. Lexington Catholic (20-2) Frederick Douglass (17-1) vs. Madison Southern (11-11) On paper this seems like no contest as Frederick Douglass should be heavily favored over Madison Southern. However, don't count the Eagles out. Madison Southern will be as prepared if not more then any team in the region Coach Newton does an outstanding job with the players he has regardless of matchups. Senior Trent DeVries has had an outstanding season for Madison Southern averaging 17.6 points per game along with sophomore Jay Rose who has chipped in 12.6 points per game. Madison Southern is a streaky shooting team but have shown they can get hot quickly in a hurry from deep. I think its going to take that to hold off Douglass. Frederick Douglass has had an outstanding season and for some reason not many have talked about this 17-1 team. The only loss was to Paul Laurence Dunbar in a game the Broncos led by 17 in the 3rd quarter. Its hard to list a 17-1 team as a "sleeper" but thats kind of the vibe you get anywhere outside of Lexington. FDHS has been led all year by senior All State guard DaShawn Jackson and his 21.9 points per game along with Tyson Barrett and a host of other athletes that come at you in waves. This team is good enough to play with and beat anyone in the state and it is going to take a lot to beat them this season. Paul Laurence Dunbar (12-5) vs. Frankfort (16-7) Frankfort did themselves no favors by losing in the finals of the 41st district tournament. When you come out of the 41st as a loser there is no "good draw" with the teams left. The Panthers happened to come across the hottest team in the region in Paul Laurence Dunbar. Frankfort has had an outstanding season with some impressive wins. Big man Jackson Twombly has put up solid numbers averaging 26 points and 9 rebounds per contest. Guards Blythe and Hack have put up solid shooting numbers and are going to need those to continue to have any shot against Dunbar. The Bulldogs are the only team in the state of Kentucky who can say they have beaten Lexington Catholic and Frederick Douglass. It seems that as time passed this season and the Bulldogs were able to practice and play on a consistent basis they showed their ability. Dunbar is led by Tim Hall and Nick Spalding but after the performance Max VanDyke put on in the district finals this team is primed and ready to take on anyone. At this point you have to mention PLD with Lexington Catholic and Frederick Douglass as a three team favorite to win this thing. Franklin County (14-9) vs. Henry Clay (12-7) This is quite possibly the most intriguing matchup of the first round of the 11th Region Tournament. The Flyers who have been fighting health issues all year, finally got to full strength and beat Frankfort Christian Academy and Great Crossing before absolutely blitzing Frankfort to win the 41st District. Phillip Pfiffer, Zac Cox, Fred Farrier, and Nick Broyles have finally started to hit on all cylinders. Franklin County has a group that is more athletic then you think and if they are hitting shots can cause a ton of problems. Henry Clay is not the Henry Clay of old but they have surprised a lot of people this year. The emergence of Kayne Henderson, Aziel Blackwell, and Darik Holman have helped lead the Blue Devils to a surprising good season this year. The Blue Devils had a late lead on Frederick Douglass and had a chance to beat them but just couldn't hold on and pull it off. I expect this game to be the tightest of the first round games. Madison Central (18-9) vs. Lexington Catholic (20-2) The Indians have won 25 of the last 26 44th District Tournaments, no that is not a typo. 25 of the last 26!!! If there is anyone that knows how to win in March its Coach Feldhaus and the Indians. Madison Central is led by Kole Brown, Braeden Ray, and Jaylen Davis. Earlier this season the Indians had a late 3rd quarter lead on the Knights after some hot shooting but Lexington Catholic was able to pull away at the end. Lexington Catholic, one of the top teams in the state, comes in as a runner up to the 11th Region tournament. This just goes to show just how deep and competitive not only this region is but the 43rd District in general can be. Ben Johnson continues to put up crazy numbers and I expect him to be names Mr. Basketball later this month. The Knights need to get some production from others if they want to make a run at the region title and avenge their only losses of the year to PLD. PREDCITIONS Frederick Douglass over Madison Southern Paul Laurence Dunbar over Frankfort Henry Clay over Franklin County Lexington Catholic over Madison Central Paul Laurence Dunbar over Frederick Douglass Lexington Catholic over Henry Clay Lexington Catholic over Paul Laurence Dunbar
  12. Instead of the usual team by team review of the week, I have decided to do a district by district breakdown this week. Many teams around the region chose not to play this week to avoid any chance of a last minute Covid-19 shutdown. Even though this has been a wild and crazy year in general the basketball season did happen and we got an opportunity to see some great basketball in the 11th region this season. 41st District 1. Great Crossing (11-11) - The Warhawks finished 4-0 in the 41st District this season and earned the overall 1 seed for the district tournament. Great Crossing will play the winner of Franklin County/Frankfort Christian Academy in the semi finals of the district tournament. Great Crossing pulled out 3 close victories this season in district seed games. An argument could be made they could be the 4 seed but I personally think the narrative is they win close games and find ways to win when it matters. Great Crossing is lead by Tye Schureman, Junius Burrell, and Carson Walls, a trio of guards who share the ball well and knock down perimeter shots on the regular. The key to GC advancing to the region tournament is the inside play of Perry, Dawson, and youngster Moreno. Last season the Warhawks finished as the 1 seed but were upset in the semi finals by Frankfort. Can GC get over the hump this season and advance to the district championship?? 2. Frankfort (15-6) - The Panthers finished tied with Western Hills and Franklin County for the 2 seed and won the blind draw. Frankfort was lead all year by big man Jackson Twombly who had a heck of a year scoring 25.6 points per game and pulling down 9.2 rebounds per game. Don't forget about guards Caleb Hack and Jordan Blythe who also had nice years and can fill it up from outside. Frankfort lost early in the season to Western Hills in the "seed" game but beat them more recently later in the season. Frankfort has the weapons to make a run at anyone in this region and have been playing really well lately. 3. Western Hills (9-12) - The Wolverines ended up with the 3 seed after the blind draw and will host this year's district tournament. Hills has been up and down all year, they have some quality wins of late over Grant County and Lafayette. Western Hills is lead by All Region selection Zach Semones and a couple good bigs in Walter Campbell and Eric Gabbard. Western Hills has been absent from the region tournament for a while now. This is as good of a chance as they've had to advance in a while, but Frankfort will be a tough matchup. 4. Franklin County (11-9) - The Flyers finished tied with Frankfort and Western Hills in seeding but drew the 4 seed. Franklin County has been up and down all year and a lot of that is due to injuries from main contributors. Starters Zac Cox, Phillip Pfiffer, and Jayden Mattison have all missed significant time this season. For the first time all year it looks like Franklin County will be at full strength. The Flyers will open up with Frankfort Christian Academy and then get the 1 seed Great Crossing. The Flyers and Warhawks had a close game this season which GC eventually won but that was in January. Can FC turn the tide and pick up their first win over Great Crossing ever? 5. Frankfort Christian Academy (5-16) - The Royals have had a rough year by looking just at the record but this is a young bunch that is made up of mostly Freshmen and Sophomores. The Royals time might be coming soon but its not in the cards this season. They open up with Franklin County in the 4/5 game. 42nd District 1. Frederick Douglass (15-1) - The Broncos are the defending 42nd District champion and look to repeat this season. Douglass never missed a step this season after new coach Jason Mosely took over. Lead by All State guard and EKU commit DaShawn Jackson, the Broncos have dominated all competition this season, other then a loss to PLD in which they had a big second half lead. FDHS will take on the winner of Bryan Station and Sayre and I don't see either team slowing them down. This Douglass team is a legit threat to win the region title. 2. Henry Clay (11-6) - The Blue Devils finished as the 2 seed in the always tough 42nd District. Henry Clay had a ton of stoppages this year and still managed to put together a great season. Unheard of seniors Aziel Blackwell and Darik Holman really made a name for themselves this season. Henry Clay opens up 42nd district play with Scott County at Bryan Station. Henry Clay has a real chance of challenging Frederick Douglass but they have to get by Scott County first! 3. Scott County (8-10) - The Cardinals are the defending 11th Region champion until someone takes it from them, and nobody has beaten Scott County in the regional tournament since 2016!! Scott County has had an up and down year but are always ready come tournament time. Look for the Scott County/Henry Clay game to be an absolute war as it always is. 4. Sayre (10-6) - The Spartans come in as the 4 seed and have had quite a successful season. Already holding a win over Bryan Station the Spartans have a great chance to advance to play Douglass. Congrats to Junior Zander Collett for being names to the 11th Region Coaches All Region team. 5. Bryan Station (8-8) - The Defenders had quite the interesting year. At one time Bryan Station was 4-0 before dropping 7 of 8, however they bounced back nicely at the end of the season to beat Great Crossing and Woodford County. The host of the district tournament they open up with Sayre and then would move on to Frederick Douglass. The Defenders could win this district but they also could lose to Sayre. 43rd District 1. Lexington Catholic (19-1) - The Knights finished a spectacular season and are the heavy favorite to win the region title this year. Anytime you finish as the #1 seed in the 43rd District you've definitely earned it. Shoutout to Senior Ben Johnson on being named KABC 11th Region Player of the Year, 11th Region Coaches Player of the Year and a finalist for Mr. Basketball. I would say Ben is the FAVORITE to take home Mr. Basketball. The Knights will start off with a bye and face the winner of LCA and Tates Creek. 2. Paul Laurence Dunbar (10-5) - The Bulldogs have arguably the best 2 wins in the region, over Frederick Douglass and Lexington Catholic. PLD has been lead all year by Tim Hall and lately Nick Spalding has come on and shown he is one of the best guards in the region. PLD will start the district tournament against host Lafayette, a team they beat twice this season both by single digits. 3. Lafayette (9-12) - The Generals started the season 3-11 and but got things rolling late and finished off winning 6 of their last 7 games against some solid competition. Lafayette was lead this season by Will Stanfield and Abe Nelson but they have a very balanced scoring attack. As the host team the Generals will have a small advantage but it will be a uphill battle to knock off PLD in the opening round. 4. Lexington Christian Academy (12-11) - The Eagles had an up and down season this year. Capturing the 11th Region ALL A title, LCA looked to be headed in the right direction with the return of Tanner Walton from injury. LCA never seemed to be able to hit a stride at any point this season but as always things can change in an instant in the postseason. 5. Tates Creek (5-17) - The Commodores are a young bunch and took a lot of lumps and growing pains this season. Coach Gay has done a tremendous job in his time there and after the huge losses to graduation last season there was no expectation of Tates Creek to be on the same level. Youngster Sam Parrish is a budding star and the Commodores will always play you tough. 44th District 1. Madison Central (17-9) - The Indians are a dark horse for the region title this year and Coach Feldhaus will always have his kids ready and be the toughest team on the floor every night. After the 44th District draw the Indians will face off with Model in the opening round. Look for Central to ease into the finals as they are just too much for Model. 2. Madison Southern (10-10) - The Eagles return from quarantine just in time to open up district tournament play with Berea. An up and down year for Madison Southern but when healthy this team can compete with anyone. Congrats to Senior Trent DeVries on being names to the 11th Region Coaches all Region Team. 3. Berea (8-7) - The Pirates have had quite a season with multiple covid quarantines and a coaching change mid season. Still credit to Berea for sticking with it and always being ready to play when the time came. Berea has a tough opening round matchup with Madison Southern but its not impossible although they will need some luck. 4. Model (8-15) - The Patriots are another team who had to deal with some covid issues late in the season. Unfortunately for the Patriots they drew Madison Central to start the postseason. A tall task indeed, but Coach Morgenson will always have his team prepared and playing hard. PREDECTIONS 41st - Frankfort over Great Crossing 42nd - Frederick Douglass over Henry Clay 43rd - Lexington Catholic over Paul Laurence Dunbar 44th - Madison Central over Madison Southern
  13. 1. Lexington Catholic (19-1) - The Knights finally fell from the ranks of the unbeaten this week but not in the way most expected. The much anticipated match up with North Laurel ended didn't go as planned as Lexington Catholic fell to PLD the night before but did recover nicely by destroying North Laurel. Ben Johnson solidified his case for Mr. Basketball with huge numbers all weekend. Catholic also picked up a win over Tates Creek early in the week. As the season comes to an end the Knights are scheduled to play Robertson County this week, a nice tune up going into the 43rd District Tournament. 2. Frederick Douglass (13-1) - The Broncos picked up 2 more wins this week running their winning streak to 11 as they took down Scott County and Henry Clay. Douglass has shown all season they deserve to be in the discussion as one of the top teams in the state of Kentucky led by a 1st team all state player in DaShawn Jackson, and a legitimate contender for the 11th Region title. This week as the regular season comes to an end the Broncos are scheduled to play Sayre and Henry Clay. 3. Paul Laurence Dunbar (10-5) - The Bulldogs got some revenge this week picking up a win over Lexington Catholic after falling to them in a close game the week before. They also picked up a win over Lexington Christian Academy earlier in the week. Dunbar fell to Ashland to end the weekend but had a huge effort from Nick Spalding all weekend. Dunbar is the only team to beat Lexington Catholic and Frederick Douglass this season and are another legitimate threat for a region title. The Bulldogs have completed their regular season schedule and like some other teams around the state decided to take the last week of the season off to avoid any potential Covid-19 quarantines before the postseason begins. 4. Madison Central (14-8) - The Indians picked up 2 wins this week over George Rogers Clark and Barren County and dropped a game to Pulaski County. Also, this week the 44th District had their annual district tournament draw and the Indians drew Model. This week the Indians finish the season with games against Evangel Christian, Bryan Station, and Covington Catholic. 5. Henry Clay (10-5) - The Blue Devils finsihed the week 2-1 with wins over Tates Creek and Sayre and dropped a close game to Frederick Douglass. The Blue Devils are locked in as the 2 seed in the 42nd District tournament. Henry Clay will finish the regular season with 3 straight 42nd district games playing Scott County, Bryan Station, and Frederick Douglass. 6. Lafayette (9-12) - The Generals hot streak continued this week winning 2 games over Great Crossing and Lexington Christian and dropping a close one on the road to Western Hills. Lafayette has won 6 of their last 7 games and have started playing well at the right time. The Generals are another team who have decided to shut down the regular season and will not return to action until the 43rd District Tournament. 7. Lexington Christian (11-10) - The Eagles had a rough week going 1-3 dropping games to Paul Laurence Dunbar, Lafayette, and St. Henry but did manage to pick up a win over Pikeville as part of the State All A Tournament. This week LCA will play one game as they travel to Great Crossing. 8. Madison Southern (10-10) - The Eagles had a an interesting week as they had to use there "covid backup unit" but finished the week 3-1 with wins over Central Kentucky Homeschool, Model, and Garrard County and a lose to Pike County Central. The best news of the week for the Eagles was the 44th District draw where they drew Berea and avoided Madison Central. This week the Eagles are scheduled to play Tates Creek to end the season. 9. Bryan Station (8-8) - The Defenders finished the week 3-1 with wins over Great Crossing, Scott County, and Woodford County and lost to a good GRC team on the road. Station has the potential to win the 42nd District a make a deep postseason run. This week Bryan Station is scheduled to play Madison Central, Henry Clay, and Paris. 10. Great Crossing (9-11) - The Warhawks finished the week 1-2 with a win over Paris and close losses to Lafayette and Bryan Station. 8th Grader Malachi Moreno, brother of former Scott County star Michael, set a school record with 33 points in a win over Paris. This week Great Crossing is scheduled to play LCA and Carroll County. 11. Frankfort (13-6) - The Panthers continue their winning ways this week with a win over Nelson County. Frankfort has now won 6 of the last 7 games they've played. The Panthers finished in a 3 way tie for the 2 seed in the 41st District and ended up as the 3 seed after the tiebreakers and will play Western Hills in the district tournament. This week the Panthers are scheduled to play Bourbon County and Carroll County. 12. Sayre (8-5) - The Spartans finished the week 1-2 with a win over Middlesboro and losses to Henry Clay and Estill County. This week Sayre is scheduled to play Frederick Douglass, Kentucky Country Day, and Whitfield Academy. 13. Scott County (8-9) - The Cardinals finished the week 1-2 with a win over Franklin County and losses to 42nd District rivals Bryan Station and Frederick Douglass. This week Scott County is scheduled to play Henry Clay and Bullitt East. 14. Franklin County (11-9) - The Flyers finished the week 2-1 with wins over Frankfort Christian Academy and Tates Creek and a loss to Scott County. This week Franklin County is scheduled to play Thomas Nelson and Anderson County. 15. Western Hills (9-12) - The Wolverines finished the week 2-1 with two nice wins over Lafayette and Grant County and a loss to Owen County. Western Hills has an argument to be higher in these rankings but havent beaten any of the teams directly ahead of them. Western Hills has no games scheduled this week. 16. Tates Creek (5-16) - The Commodores have now lost 6 in a row and 7 of their last 8. This past week they dropped games to Lexington Catholic, West Jessamine, Franklin County, and Henry Clay. Tates Creek has no games scheduled this week. 17. Model (8-12) - The Patriots played one game this week and lost to Madison Southern then entered covid-19 protocol quarantine. They also drew Madison Central in the upcoming 44th District tournament this weekend. Model is scheduled to play Estill County and Berea this week. 18. Berea (6-6) - The Pirates picked up 3 wins this week over Pineville, Nicholas County, and Bell County and dropped a game to Burgin. This week Berea is scheduled to play Model, Paris, Danville Christian, and Trinity Christian. 19. Frankfort Christian Academy (4-14) - The Royals finished the week 0-2 with losses to Casey County and Franklin County. This week FCA is scheduled to play Whitfield Academy and Model.
  14. Carroll County school record is 47 and is held by Marcus Mumphrey and Wyatt Supplee.
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