Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Kentucky High-school Boys' Basketball, 16 Teams Left

Here are Kentucky's 99 high-school boys' basketball champions so far:

1918 Lexington (Henry Clay)
1919 Lexington (Henry Clay)
1920 Lexington (Henry Clay)
1921 Louisville duPont Manual
1922 Lexington
1923 Louisville duPont Manual
1924 Lexington
1925 Louisville duPont Manual
1926 Louisville Saint Xavier
1927 Millersburg Military Institute
1928 Ashland (Blazer)
1929 West Paducah Heath!
1930 Corinth
1931 Louisville duPont Manual
1932 Hazard
1933 Ashland (Blazer)
1934 Ashland (Blazer)
1935 Louisville Saint Xavier
1936 Corbin
1937 Midway
1938 Sharpe
1939 Brooksville
1940 Hazel Green
1941 Inez
1942 Lexington Lafayette
1943 Hindman
1944 Harlan
1945 Louisville Male
1946 Breckinridge Training
1947 Maysville
1948 Brewers
1949 Owensboro
1950 Lexington Lafayette
1951 Clark County
1952 Cuba
1953 Lexington Lafayette
1954 Inez
1955 Hazard
1956 Carr Creek
1957 Lexington Lafayette
1958 Louisville Saint Xavier
1959 Calvert City North Marshall
1960 Louisville Flaget
1961 Ashland (Blazer)
1962 Louisville Saint Xavier
1963 Louisville Seneca
1964 Louisville Seneca
1965 Breckinridge County
1966 Shelby County
1967 Earlington
1968 Glasgow
1969 Louisville Central
1970 Louisville Male
1971 Louisville Male
1972 Owensboro
1973 Louisville Shawnee
1974 Louisville Central
1975 Louisville Male
1976 Edmonson County
1977 Louisville Ballard
1978 Shelby County
1979 Lexington Lafayette
1980 Owensboro
1981 Independence Simon Kenton
1982 Laurel County
1983 Lexington Henry Clay
1984 Logan County
1985 Hopkinsville
1986 Pulaski County
1987 Clay County
1988 Louisville Ballard
1989 Louisville Pleasure Ridge Park
1990 Louisville Fairdale
1991 Louisville Fairdale
1992 Hopkinsville University Heights
1993 Marion County
1994 Louisville Fairdale 59
1995 Breckinridge County
1996 Paintsville
1997 Middletown Eastern
1998 Scott County
1999 Louisville Ballard
2000 Elizabethtown
2001 Lexington Lafayette
2002 Lexington Catholic 83
2003 Mason County
2004 Bowling Green Warren Central
2005 London South Laurel
2006 Jeffersontown
2007 Scott County
2008 Mason County
2009 Covington Holmes
2010 Pikeville Shelby Valley
2011 Christian County
2012 Louisville Trinity
2013 Richmond Madison Central
2014 Covington Catholic
2015 Owensboro

2016 Lexington Paul L. Dunbar

Here are the 16 teams that begin competing today at Lexington's Rupp Arena for the 2017 title:

Noon Eastern, Bowling Green Purples (32-2) vs. Graves County Eagles (27-7)

1:30 p.m., Pikeville Panthers (23-8) vs. Hazard Perry County Central Commodores (27-7)

6:30 p.m., Taylor Mill Scott Eagles (21-12) vs. Harlan County Black Bears (31-3)

8 p.m., Scott County Cardinals (30-5) vs. Pulaski County Maroons (27-7)


  1. Mike Fields‏ @MikeFieldsKHSAA
    WKU Coach Rick Stansbury is in Rupp for the Sweet 16 opener. He's sitting across the aisle from WKU legend Clem Haskins. #MyReasonWhy
    11:31 AM - 15 Mar 2017

    Halftime: BG 31, Graves 29.

  2. Fifteen teams left: Bowling Green Purples 68, Graves County Eagles 51.

  3. I'm listening to the second game on Pikeville's WDHR 93.1, "Today's Best Country." Per Wikipedia, it's one of nine stations owned by East Kentucky Broadcasting:

    On December 23, 1948, articles of incorporation were drafted to create a new radio station in Pikeville, Kentucky. This radio station became WPKE-AM. July 31, 1949, the first broadcast from WPKE was transmitted at 250 watts.

    During the early 1950s, Jack Hatcher bought out stockholders O.T. Hinton, Mitchell Preston, Alvis P. Keene, Dr. O.W. Thompson, Clyde Childers and Edward Venters, becoming the sole owner of the radio station. Burton Robinson, the business manager of WPKE, hired 16-year-old Walter E. May as the first rock and roll disc jockey. After his death in 1960, his heirs sold all of the controlling stock to three men from Morehead, Kentucky.

    Two years after the death of Hatcher, May bought a third of the company, and was subsequently named General Manager of East Kentucky Broadcasting. May increased the transmittal power of WPKE from its original 250 watts to 1,000 watts. ...

    In 1966, Eastern Kentucky Broadcasting added another station, WPKE-FM, which later became WDHR. Between 1966 and 1980, EKB owned radio stations in Lexington, Hindman, Louisa, Nicholasville, Virgie, Prestonsburg, Coal Run, Jellico, Williamson, WV and Tennessee.[2]

    On July 16, 1969, Walter E. May provided live coverage of the Apollo 11 launch from Cape Canaveral.

    Since 1990, Walter E. May has served as the mayor of Pikeville and President of the Board of Directors at Pikeville Medical Center (throughout the years, EKB has raised over $50,000 for the hospital), in addition to his duties as Founder of East Kentucky Broadcasting. Currently, day-to-day operations of East Kentucky Broadcasting is the responsibility of Cindy May Johnson, the President and CEO.

  4. WDHR just read a greeting from a listener in Jacksonville, Florida. That's the farthest one away I heard.

  5. Through one quarter, it's Pikeville, 9-8, over PCC.

  6. WDHR has at least three voices on this game, and, occasionally, Dave Ramsey's syndicated show slips through. The WDHR guys call the home team, "Pikeville City."

    It's 12 apiece about midway through the second quarter.

  7. Fourteen teams left: Hazard Perry County Central Commodores 61, Pikeville Panthers 46.

  8. Twelve:

    -- Taylor Mill Scott Eagles 77, Harlan County Black Bears 65
    -- Scott County Cardinals 83, Pulaski County Maroons 54