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  1. Thanks for putting together such informative posts! It is important to honor these memories.
  2. Indiana simply takes its high school basketball more seriously. High School basketball in Indiana is more of a priority. I would say it's second to none.
  3. The Colonels certainly are the team to represent the 9th Region at Rupp for 2020. No denying that. Congratulations to the Colonels. Highlands, Conner, St. Henry and Beechwood all have a lot coming back next year as well as Cooper improving at the end of the season (hats off to Sully). I believe we will have an even tighter race next year. Neil Green is the MVP. I agree, Vinson played a tremendous tournament...but i don't think they give MVP to a member of a team that loses? Nor should they, IMO.
  4. Coaching....Coaching.....Coaching.....As I posted after the first time they played....Beechwood only needs to watch the film of their losses to understand why they underachieve. Conner did not take a bad shot all night. Patience...passing...motion offense....discipline...no forced shots. Beechwood seems to think only certain players should shoot......In all my years of watching basketball....the teams that win allow and expect the OPEN man to shoot. There is no pre-conceived idea of who should shoot. No running 20 seconds off the clock with no set play....only to let one player force a shot with no passing attempts. It is just BAD basketball. Congratulations to Conner. They are the better team.
  5. Nice preview and nice predictions and good points by everyone (especially the reminder of the head to head records in the 9th. However, any of these teams can win...and I do think the game times and the week off will affect some teams more than others. My predictions are: St. Henry over Cooper by 10. Hat's off to Sully....he has Cooper playing their best basketball of the year, but the Crusaders are just too deep. Wyatt Vieth and Jude Bessler will shine. Cov Cath over Newport by 25. The Colonels are too disciplined and experienced to let down in this one. Disken and Green will come to play. Beechwood over Conner by 6. The Tigers will be seeking revenge over this earlier season loss. Riley, Downton and Draud with big games to win this one. Highlands over Dixie by 12. Vinson and team again are too deep and have played too well this year to take a game off. Overall a very close 9th region this year...with only Cov Cath the clear favorite. Should be a great tournament. Good luck to all the teams.
  6. Well Cov Cath should win....but upsets happen. Not sure if this would be the upset I would predict in the 9th Region....but I guess that's why they call it an upset? I feel the 9th Region is Cov Cath's to lose...all the other games are toss-ups with no clear favorite. IMO
  7. My understanding is Rylee is playing. The Tigers are at full strength. And as for the school in park hills....they are not unbeatable in the 9th Region until the 9th Region Tournament is played next week. No team....not any team....is given the trophy and the seed to play in the sweet sixteen in lexington without winning their region. Are they favored..absolutely. Can they be beaten...absolutely...but that is for another day.
  8. This is a game that shows Cov Cath is not invincible. They can be beat. Who is going to be the cinderella this year?
  9. Someone tell me this game isn't going to be close? The Bulldogs have been playing well despite their 3 game losing streak. This team played Simon Kenton, St. Henry and Connor this past week and lost by only 21 pts collectively. Holmes could cause havoc on the Tigers. If Tez is hot, look out. The Tigers need to play a solid game...and solid defense. Everyone of their players needs to contribute and minimize mistakes....turnovers. If I were coaching Holmes, I would have them press...press..press..the entire game...let the chips fall. If I were coaching Beechwood, I would have them press..press..press..the entire game. Mistakes will be the difference in this game.for either side. Whoever makes the less mistakes wins...(turnovers will be the difference).
  10. Highlands shot lights out! With a ver sound inside outside game. Beechwood does not know what good shot selection is or how to set an offense and run a play..It will continue to hurt them playing this way.
  11. This underscores my belief that Beechwood, Highlands and St. Henry, Conner all can beat each other any given day. Those teams are toss-ups. Cov Cath is the giant to slay. Who will be the team to step up?
  12. It's unfortunate this game comes at the end of he regular season, as teams will be cautious to be ready for district play the following week. Beechwood has been hit by injuries and sickness. Riley out with a ankle sprain and some kids out sick with flu. In spite of all that, the Tigers are playing the best basketball of their season as they head into district play with wins over St. Henry, Holy Cross and Lloyd this last week. Highlands is playing tough as well, but have tough games this week at St. Henry before Friday's matchup. Highlands Sam Vinson and Luke Muller are playing at a very high level. Beechwood will need top play from Draud, Downton, Decker, Roth, Busald to win this one. Home court should be an advantage. Beechwood's defense should keep the Birds in check. The Tigers will need to make their shots and stay out of foul trouble......prediction.....Beechwood Tigers by 3. Should be a rowdy crowd and a hell'uva game. Good luck to both teams.
  13. Beechwood seems to have found a way to play team ball. This is the third game in a row the Tigers look like a team.....Downton....Draud....Busald....Rolf....all hitting key shots.....Downton with the huge windmill dunk and two key threes. Draud with 30 pts...Downton with 12...Busald with 11. When Beechwood has three players hitting double digits they can beat most teams. Holy Cross's Brandon McClendon and Jerimiah Hicks and the freshman Jacob Meyer all had good games. When Beechwood plays this kind of basketball they can't beat alot of team. Looking forward to a strong showing in the district play.
  14. Big game at the Beechwood Den Saturday night at 7:30pm as the Tigers host their district opponent Holy Cross. This will be a tight one, only Holy Cross has played with similar inconsistencies as has Beechwood. However, with Beechwood's win Tuesday against St. Henry at the Cru's home, Beechwood looks like they might be over the hump. Look for big games fro Brandon McClendon and Jerimiah Hicks for Holy Cross and Draud, Downton and Riley for Beechwood. Beechwood by 9 pts.
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