Monday, February 23, 2015

The District Tournaments Are Already Here

District play starts TONIGHT for boys' basketball teams across the state.  I swear that the basketball playoffs start earlier every year -- I can vividly remember attending district games in March back in the early 1980's.

Anyway, I know very little about what's been going on in the Commonwealth with respect to H.S. basketball, so I need the most recent AP poll for the KHSAA.  So far, the best I've been able to find so far is this poll from last week.  It looks like Hoptown could finally be in for a challenge in the Second Region, and there seem to be an unusual number of ranked teams that aren't in the 7th, 9th, or 11th regions:

1.  Lou. Ballard:  26-2
2.  Henderson Co:  25-3
3.  Taylor Co:  23-4
4.  Knott Co. Central:  25-2
5.  Lou. Trinity:  21-5
6.  Newport Central Catholic:  25-3
T7.  Owensboro:  23-3
T7.  Hopkinsville:  21-5
9.  Covington Catholic:  23-5
10.  Mason Co:  24-2

6 comments:

  1. The Breckinridge County Fighting Tigers--champs in 1965 and '95--beat Cloverport Fredrick Fraize, 84-59, in the 11th District last night.

    The Corbin Redhounds--champs in 1936--beat Whitley County, 56-45, in the 50th District.

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  2. Here are the former boys state champions who have moved on to the regional tournaments (and the statewide round of 128) ...

    Region 2: Hopkinsville, 23-5 and champs in 1985; Hopkinsville University Heights, 8-20 and champs in 1992

    Region 3: Breckinridge County, 18-9 and champs in 1965 and ’95; Edmonson County, 17-12 and champs in 1976; Owensboro, 24-4 and champs in 1917, ’49, ’72 and ’80;

    Region 4: Bowling Green Warren Central 21-7 (and playing in the 14th District championship) and champs in 2004; Logan County 19-8 and champs in 1984

    Region 5: Elizabethtown, 17-8 (and playing in 17th District championship tonight) and champs in 2000

    Region 6: Louisville Pleasure Ridge Park, 18-7 and champs in 1989

    Region 7: Louisville Ballard, 28-2 and champs in 1977, ’88 and ’99; Louisville Central, 17-8 and champs in 1969 and ’74; Louisville duPont Manual, 23-5 and champs in 1921, ’23, ’25 and ’31; Louisville Eastern, 17-9 and champs in 1997; Louisville Male, 15-13 and champs in 1945, ’70, ’71 and ’75; Louisville Saint Xavier, 19-9 and champs in 1926, ’35, ’58 and ’62; Louisville Trinity, 23-5 and champs in 2012

    Region 8: Independence Simon Kenton 15-13 and champs in 1981; Shelby County , 21-7 (and playing for the 30th District championship) and champs in 1966 and -78

    Region 9: Covington Catholic, 26-5 and champs in 2014; Covington Holmes, 21-8 and champs in 2009

    Region 10: Mason County, 27-2 and champs in 2003 and ’08

    Region 11: Lexington Catholic, 21-8 and champs in 2002; Lexington Henry Clay, 20-10 and champs in 1918, ’19, ’20, ’22 and ’24 and ’83; Lexington Lafayette, 20-11 and champs in 1942, ’50, ’53, ’57, ’79 and 2001; Richmond Madison Central, 18-11 and champs 2013

    Region 12: Pulaski County, 19-11 and champs in 1986

    Region 13: Clay County, 22-6 and champs in 1987; Corbin, 16-10 and champs in 1936;

    Region 15: Pikeville Shelby Valley, 18-12 and champs in 2010

    Region 16: Ashland Blazer, 5-26 and champs in 1928, ’33, ’34 and ’61

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  3. Of course, there are several former state champions that no longer exist, but several were part of consolidation into schools that have qualified for their regional tournaments. For example, Maysville, the 1947 champ, is part of Mason County. Others:

    — Cuba, the 1952 champ, was consolidated into Graves County, which is in the Region 1 tournament.

    — Corinth, the 1930 champ, was consolidated into Grant County, which is in the Region 8 tournament.

    — Midway, the 1937 champ, was consolidated into Woodford County, which is in the Region 11 tournament.

    — Carr Creek, the 1956 champ, and Hindman, the 1943 champ, were consolidated into Knott County Central, which is in the Region 14 tournament.

    — Inez, the 1941 and ’54 champ, was consolidated into Inez Sheldon Clark, which is in the Region 15 tournament.

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  4. Then there’s Louisville Flaget, the 1974 champ. That school closed in 1974. “By the 1970s, the school was a victim of changing times, as white flight had seen what was once an all-white neighborhood become integrated and most Catholic families left for the city's southern and eastern suburbs,” says Wikipedia. So, I suppose, you could sort of count Flaget as part of the Trinity/St. X success.

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  5. The boys regionals start Wednesday.

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  6. OK, and here are the girls state champions from previous year still playing this season …

    Region 1: Marshall County, 21-10 and champ in 1982 and ‘84

    Region 5: Elizabethtown, 28-2 and champ in 1998; Marion County, 13-14 and champ in 2013

    Region 6: Louisville Butler, 23-5 and champ in 1975, ’80, 2008 and ’14; Louisville Mercy, 23-7 and champ in 1992 and 2009

    Region 7: Louisville duPont Manual, 22-6 and state champ in 2012; Louisville Sacred Heart, 19-10 and champ in 1976, 2002, ’03 and ‘04

    Region 8: Oldham County, 13-16 and champ in 1986

    Region 11: Lexington Catholic, 16-11 and champ in 1991, 2001, ’05 and ’06; Lexington Henry Clay, 25-3 and champ in 1990; Scott County, 13-16 and champ in 1995

    Region 12: Pulaski County, 13-15 and champ in 1981

    Region 13: Clay County, 24-6 and state champ in 1989; Whitley County, 20-13 and state champ in 1985

    Region 16: Ashland Blazer, 23-6 and champ in 1921, ’22, ’24, ’28 and ’29; Olive Hill West Carter, 11-16 and champ in 2000

    Laurel County won five state girls basketball championships (1977, ’78, ’79 , ’87 and ’91). That high school split, and, one of them, London North Laurel is 18-10 and will be playing in the 13th Region tournament.

    The girls regionals start tomorrow, with the Fifth Region getting things off and running.

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