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  1. I guess i'm old fashioned but it's still crazy to see high schools bringing in kids. I'm not here to debate if its good or bad but its definitely different times then when I was growing up watching home grown teams compete for titles. Those days are over.
  2. Add Cincinnati to the list as of today. Expect them to keep coming
  3. Look for Apollo to announce the hiring of Mark Starns today or tomorrow. Starns has been well traveled. He has prior stints at Henderson County and Union County. Starns won regional titles at both Fleming County and Johnson Central.
  4. Apollo may not be on this list but they have to be pretty close. I believe they have 10 3rd Region titles since 1976 including the undefeated 1978 team, a Final 4 appearance in 1988 and a runner-up in 2006.
  5. In other 3rd Region news, Apollo is moving on from Eagle legend Steve Barker as Head Coach. 2 years removed from a 3rd Region title, the Eagles look to move on after 2 years with only 8 total wins. Tough to put all of the blame on Coach Barker, as Apollo has been a little down on talent after graduating 8 seniors from the 2018 3rd Region Championship team. I would have guessed Barker would be at Apollo for as long as he wanted and always seemed like a great ambassador for the program. There is little doubt he will land on his feet somewhere and someone will reap the benefits of adding him to their program.
  6. Championship set for Tuesday 3/10 at 7pm Owensboro vs Owensboro Catholic - These two have played 3 times this season, with the Devils winning the last 2 handily, including the 9th District Championship game. Expect Tim Riley to have some new wrinkles for the Devils in this one, and he will need them, as Owensboro is hitting on all cylinders right now. The Aces are playing pretty well themselves. Sophomores Brian Griffith and Jai Webb will need to be their usual 15 ppg selves and they will need a couple others to join them in that role to have a shot. If Catholic cannot knock down shots, the Devils tempo will be to tough for Catholic to deal with. Owensboro guard Amari Robinson Wales has scored 27 and 24 in his first two games of the tournament and has really elivated his game to the next level. Freshman Kenyatta Carbon will pickup defense on Griffith and that would be a fun match-up to watch. The Freshman had 17 in the district title win over the Aces. I expect the Aces to compete well in this one, but i just don't see them being able to control the temp enough to steal the win. PREDICITON: Owensboro
  7. Semi-Final Games are set for tomorrow night! 6pm - Owensboro Catholic vs Mclean County - Cougars pulled the upset over Breckenridge County to score their first regional win in 36 years!! Coach Lynam has done a tremendous job getting the most out of these guys as they also have a school record for wins. If you recall, Lynam is just a couple of years removed from Coaching Hancock County to a school record in wins as well. There will be bad blood in this one, as Catholic still remembers that football upset and how the Cougars celebrated on their own home field. It will be interesting to see how Drew Hartz responds on Saturday. Mclean plays very physical tough defense and will look to duplicate the defense they played on Kaveon Mitchell with Brian Griffith. If Catholic struggles to shoot from the outside, this could be a ball game. The Aces however, have been shooting very well the past couple of weeks. Look for Hartz, Riney and Weaver to come up big for Catholic and avenge their football playoff defeat to the Cougars! PREDICTION: Owensboro Catholic 7:45 - Owensboro vs Muhlenberg County - Owensboro is playing on a completely different level right now. Every player on the roster is playing their best basketball of the season at the right time. The Devils not only have a chance to win this region comfortably, but they have a chance to make some noise if they can get to Rupp. Freshman point guard Kenyatta Carbon is playing like a senior. He led the middle school team to a state title last year and is already making a huge contribution in varsity action. Guys like Gavin Wimsatt, Amari Robinson Wales and Jaiden Greathouse are all capable of leading the Devils on any given night. For Muhlenberg to pull the upset, they will need to be knocking down shots at a very high percentage and hope Owensboro just has an off night. Nash Divine is the guy to watch for the Mustangs. He is capable of scoring 20-30 points anytime he steps on the floor. Big man Hayden Perkins returning for Muhlenberg should help but he will have a difficult task against the size of Owensboro. PREDICITON: Owensboro
  8. Team Rankings... 1. Owensboro Red Devils (19-10) If Owensboro continues to play the way they have over the past few weeks, they will be going to Rupp Arena. Baring a night of a barriage of 3 pointers, it's hard to see a scenario where they loose in this tournament. Freshman PG Kenyatta Carbon has really turned the corner and has become a star late in the season. Mix him with junior big man Gavin Wimsatt and junior slasher, Amari Robinson Wales and the Devils look primed for a back to back title run. 6th man and spark plug Jaiden Greathouse leads the Devils in scoring and won the 9th district player of the year. 2. Muhlenberg County Mustangs (19-11) The Mustangs roll into the rn egional tourament as the hottest team in the 2nd half of the season. They have won 11 of 12 and have played a very difficult schedule to prepare them for this time of year. Junior guard Nash Divine has been fantastic, especially in the 2nd half of the season, averaging nearly 20 points per game during the Mustangs run. 3. Breckenridge County Tigers (20-9) Don't sleep on the Tigers. They have the best player in the region and still have a bad taste in their mouths after last years overtime loss to Owensboro in the regional title game. Kaveon Mitchell poured in 40 plus points in the district championship win over Meade and comes in averaging right at 25 points per game. 4. Owensboro Catholic Aces (18-14) The Aces closed the season with a bit of a losing streak but played very well in their district win over Apollo. They have 2 super sophomores in Brian Griffith and Jai Webb, but for the Aces to reach Rupp, they need their supporting cast to be more involved. Drew Hartz, Gray Weaver and Andrew Riney can all be difference makers for Coach Riley and will need to be if Catholic wants a shot at a Regional Title. 5. Mclean County Cougars (21-11) Mclean County makes their first regional appearance in 5 years this week, after they upset Ohio County this past week. The Eagles had spent more weeks at #1 this year than any other team, but fell short against the Cougars. Logan Patterson and Jacob Clark are one of the best 1-2 scoring punches in the region. 6. Butler County Bears (21-9) The Bears rolled thru the 12th District tournament last week but drew a tough regional draw to open play this week. Parker Rice is an all-region talent but its the supporting cast for the Bears that have been impressive this year. They roll into the Sportscenter with all of their starting 5 averaging over 7 points per game. 7. Meade County Greenwave (10-18) Meade County took down Hancock and pushed Breckenridge in the 11th district tourney last week. Mitchell Dozier is playing his best basketball of the season and has a nice supporting cast that is capable of big games any given night. Coach Tripure has a very solid record in 3rd Region Tournament games since taking over at Meade County but they will have a tough round 1 assignment. 8. Grayson County Cougars (10-21) The Cougars have won 5 of their last 7 games entering tournament play. Nolan Shartzer is a player that could help the Cougars pull a first round upset. He has put up 17 points and 6 boards per game this season. ALL REGION TEAM Logan Patterson - Mclean County - 18 points & 9 boards per game this season. Led Mclean to their first regional tournament in 5 years. Tripp Manning - Ohio County - put up 19 points per game and looked like the best player in the region for a majority of the season. He will be missed at the Sportscenter next week. Jaiden Greathouse - Owensboro - While Greathouse doesn't have player of the year numbers, no player in the region does more little things than he does in limited minutes. He carried the Devils thru the middle part of their season. Parker Rice - Butler County - Rice had a monster year for Butler County, putting up 20 points and 8 boards per game. He can really make his mark on the region with big games this week. Nash Divine - Muhlenberg County - The only junior on this team. Divine has improved all season long and will be a top candidate for player of the year in 2021. 3rd Region Player of the Year - Kaveon Mitchell - Breckenridge County - Mitchell upped his game this season and made a huge jump in production from his junior year to his senior year. As a role player last year he averaged 7 points per game but has stepped into Kobe Poole's spot and raised his numbers to nearly 25 points per game this season, ranking him 12th in the state in scoing TOURNAMENT PREVIEW Butler County vs Owensboro Catholic - Butler County gets rewarded for their district title by pulling the toughest district loser, in Owensboro Catholic. The Aces won their regular season game by 10 points back in mid January. The Bears will need to bring their best defensive effort of the season to have a shot at Tim Riley's Aces who have never lost a first round game at the Sportscenter. PREDICTION: Owensboro Catholic. Breckenridge County vs Mclean County - This is a solid first round match-up on paper. The Tigers defeated the Cougars by 7, back in early February. Mclean will need to find a way to slow down Kaveon Mitchell if they want to have any chance. Mclean will be challenged to match the athleticism of Mitchell. PREDICTION: Breckenridge County Owensboro vs Meade County - While Owensboro is an overwhelming favorite in this game, this could be a tricky match-up. Meade plays very physical and will test the Devils on that end. For Meade to have any shot though, they will need to be able to hit some 3 point shots. The Waves only shot 29.5% as a team from beyond the arc this season. They will have a difficult time containing PG Kenyatta Carbon. PREDICTION: Owensboro Muhlenberg County vs Grayson County - Muhlenberg may come into the regional as the biggest favorite in the first round. They beat Grayson by 28 in their regular season meeting and are playing even better right now. Unless Nolan Shartzer scores in the 40's, its going to be a tough one of the Cougars. PREDICTION: Muhlenberg County CHAMPIONSHIP PREDICTION: Owensboro over Breckenridge County
  9. 1. Owensboro Red Devils (17-10) The Devils finished the season strong winning 4 of their last 5 games, only losing to Bowling Green by 1 point. Owensboro defeated both Catholic and Henderson by 20 plus points to close the regular season. They are easily the team with the highest ceiling and best chance to make a run at Rupp. Senior Jaiden Greathouse leads OHS with 13 points per game, while junior Amari Robinson Wales and Sophomore Gavin Wimsatt both average in double figures. Keep your eye on freshman Kenyatta Carbon and Camen Powell. Both guys have really turned the corner as of late. 2. Muhlenberg County Mustangs (18-11) The Mustangs closed the season very strong, winning 10 of their last 11 games. Junior guard Nash Divine has been one of the best players in the region in the 2nd half of the season. He is sitting at 15 points per game on average. The team has lost the services of Hayden Perkins but has a core of solid guys in the paint to help make up for the loss. 3. Ohio County Eagles (22-7) Ohio County had a tough last week of the season, dropping games to very good competition in Madisonville and Logan County. With the way this team shoots the 3, they can beat anyone on any given night. They have attempted almost 700 3 point attempts this year, making 38%. Tripp Manning is the best point guard in the region and leads the Eagles into tournament play with 19 points per game. 4. Breckenridge County Fighting Tigers (18-9) Breckenridge has cooled off down the stretch, losing 4 of their last 6 games heading into the post season. The one thing that remains consistent for Breck, is leading scorer Kaveon Mitchell. Mitchell should be the front runner for region player of the year honors and leads the region in scoring at 24 points per game. If the supporting cast like Brock Lucas and Justin Shrewsberry can compliment Mitchell in the postseason, the Tigers could make another run to the 3rd Region Title game. 5. Owensboro Catholic Aces (17-13) The Aces limp into the post season losing their last 5 games and 7 of their past 9. They will need to find a way to play better team basketball if they are going to have a chance to make any noise. While sophomores Brian Griffith and Jai Webb lead the team, they need to find a way to get guys like Drew Hartz and Gray Weaver more involved. 6. Mclean County Cougars (20-10) The Cougars have thier first 20 win season in a long long time and did so by winning their last 6 games heading into the postseason. They reeled off impressive wins over Butler, Crittenden and Apollo to close the season. Mr Double Double, Logan Patterson leads the Cougars with 18 points and 9 boards heading into the postseason. 7. Butler County Bears (19-9) The Bears have lost 4 of their last 6 games, but have be fairly consistent all season long. They are led by big man Parker Rice with 20 points and 8 boards per game. Coach Dockery has a nice cast of supporting players who could help Butler County get hot and make their deepest tournament run in quite some time. 8. Edmonson County Wildcats (12-14) Dalton Decker will lead the Cats into the postseason, putting up almost 19 points per game this season. He scored his 1,000th point in a win over Grayson County last week. The Cats have lost 4 of their last 6 but will get a rematch over Grayson County in the district tourney. 9. Grayson County Cougars (9-20) Grayson ended their up and down 2020 season on an upswing, winning 4 of their last 5 games. Nolan Shartzer has been great for the Cougars all season long, putting up 17 points per game. They will host the 12th district tournament on their own home floor. 10. Daviess County Panthers (8-20) Daviess County heads into a tough matchup with Owensboro winning 2 of their last 3 games of the season. Logan Hillard has came on strong for the Panthers as of late to compliment leading scorer Ryan Thomson. They will need all hands on deck to have a shot at the Devils. 11. Meade County Greenwave (9-15) The Waves have been a 500 team over their last 8 games, finishing 4-4. Coach Tripure always finds a way to win at tournament time and will have leading scorer Mitchell Dozier playing his best basketball of the season as the Waves get set to host the 11th district tournament. 12. Hancock County Hornets (10-16) Hancock was playing their best basketball of the season a few weeks ago, climbing as high as 7th in this poll. Since then, they have dropped 4 of 5 games. They are led by freshman Kolton Keown at 14 points per game. 13. Whitesville Trinity Raiders (9-21) Trinity had a very impressive first half of the season, but an overtime heart breaking loss to Owensboro Catholic in the 3rd Region All-A Championship game sent their season in a different direction. They were 6-8 before the loss but only 3-13 since. They will need to regroup fast if they want a shot to beat Butler County in the district tournament. 14. Apollo Eagles (5-24) Apollo has been on the verge of some very nice wins this season but have simply not learned how to win. They have had a hard time putting together complete game performances but have shown flashes of ability to beat anyone. They are led by senior guard Malik Wilson, sitting at 13 points per game. 15. Cloverport Aces (3-23) While the Aces have struggled to post many wins this season, they do feature one of the leading scorers in the whole region. Noah Pate is sitting at 23 points per game this season. District Tournament Preview 9th District at The Sportscenter Owensboro vs Daviess County – Owensboro won by 20 plus points in both match-ups. Expect Daviess County to fight hard early and Owensboro to pull away in the 2nd half. Owensboro Catholic vs Apollo – Catholic dominated the first match-up but Apollo was able to close the gap to only a 2 point defeat in the 2nd meeting. While Tim Riley is the Coach everyone looks to in the postseason, keep your eye on Steve Barker who always has great game plans in elimination games. Expect Apollo to try to take away Griffith and Webb. Drew Hartz will be the X-factor. PREDICTION: Owensboro over Apollo for the 9th District Championship 10th District at Mclean Muhlenberg with the bye Mclean County vs Ohio County – Ohio won the first match-up by 30 but Mclean bounced back and got a road upset over the Eagles just after the holiday break. Logan Patterson can change any game for the Cougars but expect Ohio County to come out firing in this one. If they are not hitting from the outside, Shane Frady is good enough to help prevent an upset. Mclean is playing their best basketball of the season but an upset here will be a tall task. PREDICTION: Ohio over Muhlenberg for the 10th District Championship 11th District at Meade Breckenridge County v Cloverport - While Breck is the heavy favorite here, this game does feature the top to scorers in the region in Kaveon Miitchell and Noah Pate. Hancock County v Meade County – Hancock swept the season series, winning both games by an average margin of 4 points. Coach Tripure always seems to find a way at tournament time but this one is a toss up. What Meade does well, Hancock defends very well. If the Hornets can find some offense, they will have a chance to go 3-0 vs the Waves. Home court could be the deciding factor. PREDICITON: Meade County over Breckenridge County for the 11th District Championship 12th District at Grayson Butler County v Whitesville Trinity – Butler County won big in the first meeting but had to come from behind to beat the Raiders in the 2nd meeting. The Bears will be the favorite but if the Raiders are hitting from the outside, they'll have a chance. Look for a big game from Parker Rice. The Raiders don't have much of a defensive answer for him. Edmonson County v Grayson County – The two teams split season match-ups but Edmonson just drilled Grayson this past Thursday. That probably won't mean to much come Tuesday. The Wildcats bring a few guys who can lead them in scoring, while Grayson County will need a big performance from Nolan Shartzer to get the win. PREDICTION: Butler County over Edmonson County for the 12th District Championship.
  10. This weeks run down will be brief. I am out of town on business, I will keep it short and sweet. Next week however, I will provide an in depth district tournament preview along with my final 3rd Region Rankings and scoring leaders. 1. Ohio County Eagles (22-5) 7 wins in a row. 2-0 this week vs Whitesville Trinity by 26 and Edmonson County by 8. Close the season against Logan County and Madisonville. 2. Owensboro Red Devils (16-10) Loss to Bowling Green by 1. Win against Owensboro Catholic by 22. Close the season vs Henderson. 3. Muhlenberg County Mustangs (16-11) Defeated Breckenridge County in double overtime and lost to Hoptown. Close the season with Todd County Central and Owensboro Catholic. 4. Breckenridge County Tigers (17-8) Lost to Muhlenberg in double OT and defeated Hancock County by 15. Close the season with Central Hardin and Whitesville Trinity. 5. Owensboro Catholic Aces (17-10) Losses to Central Hardin and Owensboro. Won against Union County by 23. Close the season with UHA, Castle, IN and Muhlenberg. 6. Mclean County Cougars(17-10) 3-0 this week against Daviess County, Butler County and Dawson Springs. Close with Crittenden, Faith and Apollo. 7. Butler County Bears (18-8) Win against Franklin Simpson. Loss against Mclean County. Close with Cloverport and South Warren. 8. Edmonson County Wildcats (11-12) Wins against Caverna and Russellville. Loss against Ohio County. Close with Hart County, Grayson County and Greenwood. 9. Grayson County Cougars (7-19) 2-0 this week with wins over Whitesville Trinity and St Mary. Close with Daviess County, Edmonson County and Hancock County. 10. Daviess County Panthers (7-19) Lost to Mclean County. Won against Apollo. Close with Grayson and Union County. 11. Apollo Eagles (5-22) Won against Hancock. Lost to Henderson and Daviess County. Close with Madisonville and Mclean County. 12. Hancock County Hornets (9-14) 0-2 this week against Apollo and Breckenridge County. Close with Henderson, Cannelton and Grayson County. 13. Meade County Greenwave (8-14) 0-2 this week to North Hardin and North Oldham. Close with N Bullitt and Central Hardin. 14. Whitesville Trinity Raiders (9-19) 0-2 this week against Grayson County and Ohio County. Close with Webster County and Breckenridge County. 15. Cloverport Aces (3-21) Lost to Ky Country Day. Close with Ft Knox, Butler County and St Francis.
  11. Its official: John Edge will be named the new Head Football Coach at Apollo today at 5pm!
  12. 1. Ohio County Eagles (20-5) UP 1 Ohio County moves back to the top spot this week by going 3-0 in 3rd Region games this week, including a 23 point win in Breckenridge County on Friday. Hunter Pharis had one of his biggest games of the season, leading the Eagles with 23 points. Ohio also grinded out tough wins against Butler County and Apollo this past week with big games from Tripp Manning and Shane Frady. The Eagles play a pair of 12th district teams this week on the road at Trinity and Edmonson County. 2. Owensboro Red Devils (15-9) UP 1 The Devils opened the week with a back and forth home win over Breckenridge County. Owensboro got a total team effort in the win, getting 17 points from Jaiden Greathouse, Rhys Dickenson and Gavin Wimsatt. If Owensboro can hit outside shots, they will be very difficult to beat. On Friday, they outlasted Apollo and won by 10. Greathouse again led the way with 23 points. The Devils continue their difficult schedule this week with home games against Bowling Green and Owensboro Catholic. 3. Muhlenberg County Mustangs (15-10) UP 1 The Mustangs continue to climb in the poll, as they have reeled off 7 straight wins, all coming inside the 3rd Region. They got big wins this week over Hancock County, Daviess County and Mclean County on Friday night. The win over Mclean County gives the Mustangs a bye in the 10th district tournament and a spot in the 3rd Region Tournament. Nash Divine continues to impress, averaging 18 points per game thru the win streak. The Mustangs host Breckenridge on Tuesday before traveling to Hopkinsville Friday. 4. Breckenridge County Tigers (16-7) DOWN 3 For the first time this season, the Tigers suffered back to back losses. They dropped a back and forth game to Owensboro on Tuesday before getting blown out by Ohio County, at home on Friday. They will look to bounce back with tough road games at Muhlenberg County and Hancock County this week. 5. Owensboro Catholic Aces (16-8) SAME The Aces went 1-1 this past week, losing a tough road game to Madisonville on Tuesday before scoring a district win over Daviess County on Friday. Brian Griffith had 24 in the win over the Panthers. The Aces take to the road this week with road games against Central Hardin, Union County and Owensboro. The Aces can tie Owensboro for the #1 seed in the 9th district with a win. 6. Butler County Bears (17-7) SAME The Bears had a tough week, with two setbacks. They opened the week with a 15 point loss to Adair County and closed the week with a hard fought 6 point loss to Ohio County. They will return home this week with games against Franklin Simpson and Mclean County. 7. Mclean County Cougars (14-10) SAME The Cougars are sliding as of late, losing their last 4. This past week they dropped games to a good Logan County team and Muhlenberg County on Friday. The Muhlenberg County loss means the Cougars are the 3 seed in the 10th district tournament and will face Ohio County in the first round of district. They have road games this week against Daviess County, Butler County and Dawson Springs. 8. Edmonson County Wildcats (9-11) SAME The Cats were off this week, having games canceled due to the flu. They will get back in action this week with games against Caverna, Russellville and Ohio County. 9. Hancock County Hornets (9-12) SAME The Hornets picked up a 15 point win over Trigg County in their only game this week. Freshman Kaleb Keown continues to lead the Hornets in scoring (10.7 ppg) and rebounding (5.2 rpg). They are at Apollo tonight and host Breck in a district game on Tuesday. 10. Meade County Greenwaves (8-12) UP 1 The Waves have been playing much better as of late, winning 3 of their last 4 games. They scored wins over Grayson County and Cloverport this past week. Mitchell Dozier led the way with 15 points per game on average this week. Meade plays North Hardin and North Oldham this week. 11. Whitesville Trinity Raiders (8-17) UP 1 The Raiders finally ended their long losing streak last week and stayed on the winning side of things this week with a 16 point win over Hopkins Central. They have games against Cloverport, Ohio County and Grayson County this week. 12. Apollo Eagles (4-20) UP 2 Apollo is right on the cusp of becoming a solid team. They have been very competitive in close losses to every team in the top 5 of the region as of late. Saturday, they scored a 48 point home win over Union County. They have games this week against Hancock, Henderson and Daviess County. 13. Grayson County Cougars (5-18) SAME The Cougars have lost 12 of 13, including losses this week to Meade County and Henderson County. They will look to stop the bleeding this week with games against Bullitt East, Whitesville Trinity and St Mary. 14. Daviess County Panthers (6-18) DOWN 4 Daviess County has lost 13 of their last 14 games. They dropped games to Muhlenberg, Owensboro Catholic and North Bullitt this week. They return home for games against Mclean County and Apollo this week. 15. Cloverport Aces (3-17) SAME The Aces scored another win this week, defeating Brown by 6. Noah Pate had 28 in the win. Pate continues to lead the region in scoring at 23.9 points per game. The Aces will see Trinity and Kentucky Country Day this week.
  13. Apollo will name a new Head Coach at 5pm today in their commons area.
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