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  1. Yup I easily believe Cov Cath should be higher ranked then St. Henry, but maybe St. Henry’s win against Highlands and battle in OT with Lex Cath was to much not to put them above Cov Cath. Although, Cov Cath does have quite the schedule themselves. But I don’t see it that way especially after Colonels beat the breaks off Highlands with their domination down low and St. Henry winning off an unlucky pass and score from Highlands! It is what it is though, these 3 teams will be so much fun to watch in the region tourney assuming they all get there!
  2. That’s awesome, kid is talented and probably works his tail off! Congrats to Will!
  3. 9th Region Rankings Week 3 1.Covington Catholic Head Coach: Scott Ruthsatz District 35 Current Record: 7-1 The Colonels had quite the week as they won all 3 of their games! To start off the week they took down Indian Hill from across the river pretty easily beating them by 19 points! Mitchell Rylee and Chandler Starks were the leading scorers in the contest at 17 and 13 for the colonels! The blue boys then traveled down to Louisville and took down powerhouse Trinity in a close game decided where they were able to hold on 51-50, sophomore point guard Evan Ipsaro lead the team with 14 points! Covington Catholic then played Highlands the very next night where they took home an impressive W where Starks and Rylee were just to dominate down low! The colonels schedule doesnt get any easier from last week as they take on St. Xaiver (Ohio) tomorrow night, Walton Verona the next night, and Conner Saturday night! The Colonels will probably be staying at my number 1 spot for a long time unless St. Henry is able to knock them off when they meet in late February! 2. St. Henry Head Coach: Dave Faust District 34 Current Record: 6-1 The St. Henry basketball team only played 1 game this week as the other 2 were cancelled due to COVID-19! They battled Bishop Brossart @ home and came out on top with a 69-56 win! The Crusaders had a balanced scoring attack with Vieth and Bessler leading the way with 15 points each! They look to get back into the action this week as they take on Lloyd Memorial High School this Friday at home @ 7:30 PM! 3. Highlands Head Coach: Kevin Listerman District 36 Last season: 3-3 The Birds met a tough part of their schedule this week as they played Oldham County tuesday down there and took care of business 73-63. After starting off slow, the Birds were able to ramp it up in the 2nd half lead by 22 points from Sam Vinson, Harris and Muller added 12 each as well! The Bluebirds are shooting a team high 37.5% from 3 point land this year, and if they want to contend for region they will have to bump that up as we saw that this Saturday against a great team in Covington Catholic. They ended up losing the game 81-65 as they were not able to stop Starks and Rylee down low, Vinson had a team high 22 points and a couple impressive dunks in the loss! Bluebirds will have to figure it out if they want to contend! Birds take on Scott, Bellevue, and district rival NCC this week! 4. Beechwood Head Coach: Erik Goetz District 35 Current Record: 6-1 The Beechwood tigers played twice this past week against Newport and CAL where they took care of business against both of them! In the Newport game they won 67-52 lead by Scotty Draud with 29 points and Downton with 17 points too! In the Christain-Academy Louisville game Draud was able to get 26 points off of 10/18 shooting! One thing that has impressed me with Mr. Draud this year is his high field goal percentage, people and colleges tend to knock him for not being an efficient scorer! His numbers from last year to this year has risen 10% and I believe he will be able to keep that up! Beechwood takes on a tough part of their schedule this week against Conner, Cooper, Aiken, and South Deaborn! 5. Dixie Heights Head Coach: Roger S. Stainforth, II District 34 Current Record: 5-2 Dixie played 2 games this week against Grant County and North Hardin where they took care of business against each team! In the Grant County game there were no stats besides the score where they beat them 69-29. There were no stats provided for the North Hardin game either besides the score at 64-57 in a close one. I have no idea on where North Hardin stands in their region, but they must be a tough team if they kept it to single digits with Dixie. Either way, its a solid road win for the red colonels! 6. Conner Head Coach: Matthew Otte District 33 Current Record: 6-1 In last weeks action, Conner redeemed themeselves enough to move past Holy Cross in my rankings! They handled a tough Cooper team 55-40 where point guard Riley Osterbur scored a team high 18 points! The Cougars also took care of Lawrenceburg (Indiana) 64-46 where one of the best shooters in the region Spencer Couzins got it going with 14 points! on 3/5 from behind the arch. The Conner Cougars take on an extremely tough part of their schedule this week as the face off against Beechwood and Covington Catholic! 7. Holy Cross Head Coach: Brandon Grammar District 35 Current Record: 3-3 Holy Cross did not play at all this week and they move back in my rankings one spot because of that, but I will say they had an impressive outing against St. Henry in the All "A" Classic from week 2! They plan to get back in the action against Newport this Thursday and head out to Walton Verona Saturday! 8. Holmes Head Coach: Bradford Carr District 35 Current Record: 3-4 The Bulldogs of Holmes took on 2 tough teams this week in NCC and St. Xaiver! They started off the week with a solid win against NCC 68-55 where Quantez Calloway dropped a 30 ball on 12/20 shooting! The Bulldogs then took on St. Xaiver (Louisville) @ home and lost in Overtime 72-67 in a hard fought battle! This Holmes team is gaining a lot of confidence and has impressed this year! I believe they will be a tough battle for either Beechwood, Holy Cross, or Covington Catholic in the district tournament! 9. Ryle Head Coach: Keaton Belcher District 33 Current Record: 4-2 Ryle moves back in my rankings because they were not able to play this week due to COVID-19! They had scheduled games against Cooper, Beechwood, Conner, and Boone County! It's a shame these games were not able to be played because these games would've told us a lot about Ryle and whether they could compete with some of the better schools in the region! They will be able to play Mason County February 2nd down in Mason County! 10. Cooper Head Coach: Tim Sullivan District 33 Last Season: 1-2 Cooper Jaguars were not able to play some of their games this week due to COVID-19 affecting their opponents including Ryle, but they were able to get in a game against Conner where they lost 55-40! They were lead by Jacob Deere with 14 points, Jaguars will have to step it up this year if they want to be a contender this year for getting into region! Cooper will look to get back on track against Beechwood, Grant County, and Holmes this week! 11. Newport Central Catholic Head Coach: Ron Dawn District 36 Current Record: 2-3 NCC started off the week with a loss to Holmes! It got worse when COVID-19 hit the team and they were not able to play their games against St. Henry or Walton Verona tomorrow! However, it looks like they will be able to play against Highlands this Saturday which should be a good game considering the rivalry and NCC always plays well against Highlands! 12. Newport Head Coach: Rod Snapp District 36 Current Record: 2-4 The Newport Wildcats went 1-1 this week battling Beechwood 67-52 lead by KeAndre Nelson with 23 points! They took on a stingy Boone County team and came out with a W 57-52 in a tight contest where Nelson and Alex Greene lead the team with 17 and 16 points! Wildcats take on Lloyd Memorial tomorrow in what should be a good one, then they take on Holy Cross and New Richmond (Ohio)! 13. Ludlow Head Coach: Dan Sullivan District 34 Current Record: 4-2 Ludlows opponets this week ran into COVID-19 this week and they were only able to play 2 games this week where they handled business against Calvary Christain in a close 74-72 where Liam Singer scored a team high 20 points, and teammate Ryan Gaiser scored 19 points! Thyey had another tight contest against Gallatin County 76-75 where Singer and Gaiser scored 23 and 22 for the panthers! This week, they take on Dayton and district opponent Dixie ! 14. Lloyd Memorial Head Coach: Michael Walker District 34 Current Record: 2-1 The Juggernauts have been hit by COVID-19 for about 2 weeks now and I am sure they are just itching to get back out on the court! They take on Newport and St. Henry this week! 15. Boone County Head Coach: Nathan Browning District 33 Current Record: 1-4 The Boone Country rebels were finally able to get back out on the court after a long battle with COVID-19, but were not able to come out on top against Newport as they lost 57-52. Leon Cleary lead the rebels with 17 points along with Senior forward Parker Fields with 12! 16. Dayton Head Coach: Ron Kinmon District 36 Current Record: 1-3 The Dayton Green Devils were also able to play this week after they had a long battle with COVID-19! They took on Williamstown in which they lost in a close one 70-66. There were no stats provided from Dayton, but it was a good one from the looks of the score! The Green Devils play Ludlow this week in what should be a fun game to watch, and then play Trimble County and Bracken County! 17. Villa Madonna Head Coach: Trevor Gould District 34 Current Record: 2-3 Villa Madonna was also hit with COVID-19, but after a long haul with it, they look to get back out on the court against Heritage Academy tomorrow night, and then battle Boone County and Heritage County in what should be solid games! 18. Bellevue Head Coach: Jim Hicks District 36 Current Record: 0-4 Bellevue was hit by COVID-19 and look to get back out on the court against Covington Latin tomorrow! They will also take on Highlands in a district battle this week along with Calvary Christian! 19. Heritage Academy Head Coach: Jerry Miles District 33 Current Record: 0-3 Heritage Academy took a tough loss to Calvary Christian this week 75-37 where Keegan Kennedy scored 11 points! They take on Villa Madonna this week in what should be a good one! 20. Covington Latin Head Coach: Joe Hornback District 35 Current Record: 0-4 The Trojans took on St. Patrick this week and took a hard loss 69-23 where Jackson Richardson scored 10 points! They take on Bellevue tomorrow and take a long week off after that!
  4. The Blue Colonels of Northern Kentucky head on over to Fort Thomas to take on Highlands Saturday at 6:00 PM. Usually this game would have an atmosphere like no other, but COVID-19 will limit fans like it has done to other great games this season! However, this will still be a very fun game to watch! I think Cov Cath wins in this one because Highlands is not there defensively yet. The Colonels will over power Highlands, and they will make enough outside shots to pull away in the game. I also think, they will contain Sam Vinson and have a good game plan against him! If the Birds are hitting their 3s it may be a tough night to win for the Colonels! I still like Cov Cath 68-56.
  5. 9th Region Rankings Week 2 1.Covington Catholic Head Coach: Scott Ruthsatz District 35 Current Record: 5-1 The Colonels stay at #1 after the 2nd week of action. Cov Cath did hit a bump in the road when they went down to North Laurel and ran into one of the best players in the state in Reed Sheppard. However, the colonels were able to get back on track against DeSales as they posted a 68-62 victory away from home! Colonels also took care of business against Indian Hill where they won 67-48! Covington Catholic have been big man orientated as they have gone down to Mitchell Rylee and Chandler Starks each leading the way in PPG (Rylee - 18.2) (Starks - 14.0). while both grabbing rebounds like machines (Rylee - 9.0) (Starks - 8.0). The guard play for the colonels has been great as well, lead by Ipsaro, Stocks, Horn, & McHale, these 4 can fill it up and knock down shots at any moment in the game! Covington Catholic has a tough scheudle to close out the week as they take on Trinity down in Louisville Friday and then travel to Fort Thomas to take on Highlands! 2. St. Henry Head Coach: Dave Faust District 34 Current Record: 5-1 The Crusaders stay at #2 in the rankings after having a tough week of close games to a variety of 9th region games. St. Henry started off the week playing against Newport Central Catholic in the annual 9th Region All "A" Classic where they handled business and posted a 54-42 win against a solid Breds team. Wyatt Vieth and company then traveled to Fort Mitchell to take on the Beechwood tigers in an exciting game where Jude Bessler scored 17 points to lead the way in a 59-52 victory against the Tigers. In the Championship St. Henry battled a tough Holy Cross Indians team and survived a 58-54 victory where Wyatt Vieth took over at 19 points. St. Henry takes on Bishop Brossart January 21st at 7:30 PM and play NCC the following day with back to back home games! 3. Highlands Head Coach: Kevin Listerman District 36 Last season: 3-2 The Birds battled off against Dixie last Thursday in a great game that went into double overtime. Sam Vinson lead the way 34 points and while grabbing 10 rebounds. Highlands had a tough game against Lexington Catholic where they weren't able to keep Ben Johnson in check as he exploded for 29 points. I've been saying it again and again, this Highlands team won't win the 9th Region if they can't come together on the defensive side of the ball! On the bright side, the Birds took care of business against a solid team in Oldham County yesterday and had a nice 4th quarter to pull away 73-63. Birds take on Covington Catholic this Saturday at home at 6:00 PM in the game of the week! 4. Beechwood Head Coach: Erik Goetz District 35 Current Record: 5-1 The Tigers stay at 4 after taking care of business against Villa Madonna 85-24. Shortly after though, the Tigers fell to St. Henry and lost 59-52. Scotty Draud lead the way with 17 points and 11 rebounds. They also posted a solid victory against a scrappy Newport team where they came out on top 67-52. Mr. Draud lead the way again at 29 points while Cameron Decker lead the way rebounding the ball at 9. Will Downton has been solid this year as he has averaged 14.8 PPG and has probably had a few nasty dunks along the way. This Beechwood team will be scary if things are clicking on all cylinders by tournament time! Next up the Tigers Lexington Christain Friday and then play Ryle at home at 7:30 PM. 5. Dixie Heights Head Coach: Roger S. Stainforth, II District 34 Current Record: 3-2 After playing Highlands so tough in Fort Thomas, I had to give the red colonels some love and moved them up to 5. To recap that night, Dixie fought like hell in a great battle between 2 good teams! Jason Summe was hot and was hitting from anywhere on the floor and had a team high of 22 points while teammate Billy Wogenstahl was an absolute presence down underneath recording 18 points for the night! Dixie hasn't played since then due to COVID-19, but play Friday against Grant County at Home at 7:30 PM then travel down to Central Hardin as they take on North Hardin at 2:30 PM. 6. Holy Cross Head Coach: Brandon Grammar District 35 Current Record: 3-3 Holy Cross stays at number 6 for this week! Some may disagree because Conner beat Holy Cross earlier in the season, but the Indians did not have one of their better players in Brandon McClendon who had chipped in 10 points in a loss to St. Henry in the Championship of the All "A" Classic 58-54. Holy Cross might've had an easy path to the championship in the tournament, but they certainly did not disappoint in the championship game! Leading the way for the Indians was Sophomore Jacob Meyer with 17 points. This week Holy Cross takes on Ludlow at home tomorrow at 7:30 PM! 7. Conner Head Coach: Matthew Otte District 33 Current Record: 4-1 Conner fans could make the same argument that I just made against them as 2 of their key players were out against Dixie in Cole Skiles and Aiden Saffell especially after beating Holy Cross 59-42. But I put Holy Cross above them just because they played St. Henry, one of the top teams in the state, and played them well with McClendon. At the end of the day, it's only one spot and it's not the end of the world. This Conner team will come back stronger with hopeful speedy recoveries from Saffell as Skiles has already returned to action as they posted wins against South Deaborn 58-55 and Grant County 71-60. I don't know much about South Deaborn as they are from Indiana, but I know Grant County lost to Beechwood earlier in the year 66-37 which helps my case again, as Beechwood lost to St. Henry by 7 and Holy Cross only lost by 4. However, like I said, once Saffell gets back I think this Conner team will be at full strength and will be another scary team in the 9th! They take on Cooper tonight in a good one and Lawrenceburg, Indiana. 8. Ryle Head Coach: Keaton Belcher District 33 Current Record: 4-2 Ryle jumps from 11 to 8 in the rankings this week. The Ryle Raiders took care of business against 2 County teams in Nicholas and Carroll as they beat both by an average of 20-30 Points. They took home a close one against Holmes 51-50. Donovan Robinson leads the Raiders with 19.3 PPG along with Tyler Bush at 17.5 PPG. Ryle takes on Cooper Friday @ home @ 7:30 PM and then they turn around and play Beechwood at the Den at 7:30 PM Saturday! These 2 games should tell us a little bit more about the Raiders! 9. Holmes Head Coach: Bradford Carr District 35 Current Record: 3-3 Holmes jumps from 12 to 9 in the rankings this week. Holmes had a pretty hard schedule last week as they had to travel to Ryle where they lost by only 1 then traveled down to Lexington Catholic where they lost 85-60 but battled! To end the week on a good note though, the Bulldogs beat NCC 68-55 which ultimately moved them up in the rankings! The Bulldogs take on a tough challenge this Saturday as they take on the St. Xavier Bombers at home at 6:30 PM. 10. Cooper Head Coach: Tim Sullivan District 33 Last Season: 1-2 Cooper moves back into the region at the 10 spot as they haven't played since January 9th! Tonight will tell us more about this Cooper Squad as they take on Conner tonight @ 7:30 PM. They also play Ryle Saturday at 7:30 Pm! I'm sure this Cooper squad is itching to get back on the court to play someone and prove me wrong for moving them down! 11. Newport Central Catholic Head Coach: Ron Dawn District 36 Current Record: 2-3 The Thouroughbreds lost 2 this week against solid teams in St. Henry and Holmes! Each loss was only by 12 and 13 points so this team battles none the less! Leading the way this season has been Junior Forward Joel Iles at 18 PPG and 6.2 RPG. Kaedon Butts has also been a big contributor to the team as he has been averaging 11.5 PPG and 6.0 RPG. NCC takes on St. Henry again this week in regular season play Saturday at St. Henry at 7:30 PM. 12. Newport Head Coach: Rod Snapp District 36 Current Record: 1-4 Newport moves up to #12 in the rankings after a tough week of games. They lost all 3 of their games to Holy Cross, Brossart, and Beechwood. However, they battled in all of their games. KeAndre Nelson is leading the wildcats at 18.2 PPG while also grabbing down 6.2 RPB. The Wildcats take on Boone Saturday as this will be a good one! 13. Ludlow Head Coach: Dan Sullivan District 34 Current Record: 1-2 I would have been considered a hypocrite in my eyes had I not moved up Ludlow above the teams who have been hit with COVID-19 as I moved Cooper down because of it. Ludlow had a themselves a week as they beat St. Patrick 74-42 where Ryan Gaiser lead the way with 18 points. After that the Panthers took on Calvary Christain at home and won in a close one 74-72 where they were lead by Liam Singer with 20 points! Ludlow takes on Holy Cross Thursday and Gallatin County Saturday. 14. Lloyd Memorial Head Coach: Michael Walker District 34 Current Record: 2-1 The Juggernauts were hit by COVID-19 and are looking forward to playing against Newport next week in a good matchup! 15. Boone County Head Coach: Nathan Browning District 33 Current Record: 1-3 The Boone Country rebels were hit by COVID-19, but right before they were able to get in a game against Simon Kenton where they lost 92-62. They look to play against Newport this Saturday in a good one! 16. Dayton Head Coach: Ron Kinmon District 36 Current Record: 1-2 The Dayton Green Devils were hit by COVID-19! They look to get back out there against Williamstown next week! 17. Villa Madonna Head Coach: Trevor Gould District 34 Current Record: 2-2 Villa Madonna was also hit by COVID-19 and has had to sit out a few games! They look to play against Heritage County next week! 18. Bellevue Head Coach: Jim Hicks District 36 Current Record: 0-4 Bellevue was hit by COVID-19 and look to get back out on the court against Covington Latin next week! 19. Heritage Academy Head Coach: Jerry Miles District 33 Current Record: 0-2 Heritage Academy took a tough loss to Holy Cross 87-26 where Keegan Kennedy was able to come up with 14 points! They look to play against Calvary Christian tomorrow at 7:30 PM! 20. Covington Latin Head Coach: Joe Hornback District 35 Current Record: 0-3 Covington Latin took a hard loss to Bluegrass United this week 77-18. Leading the way is Andrew Apollonio at 9 PPG. They take on Christian Educational Consortium Friday at 7:30 PM!
  6. I went back and watched. Didn’t think he pushed him intentionally. There was obviously contact, but to make a huge deal out of it, I don’t think so...
  7. Little run and momentum by the Birds 45-34 after down close to 20. Timeout Lex Cath. 2:44 left in 3rd.
  8. Lex Cath up 35-20 at half. Birds aren’t shooting well, and continue to look uninterested in defending.
  9. Highlands in a good one. Birds and Sam Vinson will have to step up their game defensively if they want to win this one. Ultimately though, I believe Sam and his shooters will be to much for Lex Cath to handle.
  10. Mitch Rylee is what they are missing, it’s a shame too.
  11. I believe Holy Cross and Dixie will both be dangerous, especially after seeing both playing Highlands and St. Henry extremely tough. However, I still believe HHS and St. Henry have the best chance at Cov Cath, including Beechwood, if they have a great shooting night!
  12. Dixie looked really good tonight. Played on both ends, and ran their offense well while getting open looks. Highlands was just to much to handle with Vinson. Birds are good, but have to improve on the defensive side of the ball if they want any chance at winning the region...
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