Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fern Creek is No. 1 in New Bluegrass Preps Top 20 Rankings

Fresh off of winning the LIT and dismantling Jeffersontown, Fern Creek (19-2) is No. 1 in the BluegrassPreps.com Top 20 Rankings this week.

Here's a look at the new top 20:

BluegrassPreps.com Boys Top 20 Rankings (1-19-17)

1. Fern Creek
2. Bowling Green
3. Covington Catholic
4. Trinity
5. Scott County
6. Ballard
7. Cooper
8. Christian County
9. Dunbar
10. Lexington Catholic
11. Hopkinsville
12. Lexington Christian
13. Franklin-Simpson
14. Campbell County
15. Corbin
16. South Laurel
17. Apollo
18. Pulaski County
19. Dixie Heights
20. Valley

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Two Players Have Left the Western Kentucky Men's Basketball Program

Head coach Rick Stansbury says freshmen Marty Leahy and Mark Stajkovski have both left the Western Kentucky men's basketball program.



According to reports, Leahy is heading back to Australia to work on an engineering degree and Stajkovski plans to pursue a professional career in Germany.

Leahy averaged 1.9 points per game in 17 appearances this season.

Stajkovski, who plans to play professionally, did not score in 2 games.

The 60th District Basketball Tournament Has Been Moved to Lawrence County

The 60th District basketball tournament has apparently been moved to Lawrence County for this season:


The move will give Lawrence County and high-scoring guard Timmy Dalton a major advantage.

Teams in the 60th District:

Belfry 3-0 (8-7)
Lawrence County 2-1 (11-7)
Phelps 1-2 (7-9)
Pike County Central 0-3 (10-8)

John Calipari Interviews Rick Pitino and It is a Must Listen Podcast

John Calipari's interview with Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is out and it is a MUST listen podcast.

The two rival coaches discuss many topics that UK and Louisville fans will be interested in.

Give it a listen ASAP:

Monday, January 16, 2017

Murray State's Terrell Miller Named OVC Newcomer of the Week

Murray State's Terrell Miller was named OVC Newcomer of the Week on Monday.

NEWCOMER

Terrell Miller, F • 6-8, 250, Jr. • Jacksonville, Fla. • Murray State

In a pair of Murray State road victories Miller averaged 18.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals/game while hitting 59.1 percent (13-of-22) from the field and 66.7 percent (4-of-6) from 3-point range. He opened the week with 18 points and 14 rebounds at Eastern Illinois to mark his fourth-straight double-double. Against the Panthers the transfer from Southwest Mississippi Junior College, had two assists and was a perfect 3-of-3 from 3-point range. He concluded the week with 18 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in a win at SIUE as the Racers won for the fifth time in the past six games. Miller currently ranks third in the OVC in double-doubles (6), sixth in rebounding (8.0/game) and ninth in scoring (14.8 points/game).

Louisville Loses Starting Point Guard Quentin Snider for 2-3 Weeks

The Louisville Cardinals will be without starting point guard Quentin Snider for the next 2-3 weeks.

Snider suffered a strained hip flexor in the Duke game.

Here is a release from Louisville:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- University of Louisville junior guard Quentin Snider will be sidelined for 2-3 weeks with a strained hip flexor suffered in the second half of the Cardinals' victory over Duke last Saturday.

Snider suffered the injury on a layup with 18:48 remaining, but finished the game despite his discomfort. The injury should heal with rest and rehabilitation and does not require surgery.

Snider is the Cardinals' assist leader and second-leading scorer, averaging 12.1 points, 4.0 assists and 2.6 rebounds. He is third in the ACC and 32nd in the nation in assist-to-turnovers ratio (2.88). In the last three games, Snider has averaged 15.7 points and six assists. He has hit 12-of-24 three-pointers in UofL's five ACC games (.500), fourth best in the league.

Louisville (15-3, 3-2 ACC), ranked 11th in today's USA Today poll and 12th by the Associated Press, will return to action on Thursday in a home game against Clemson in the KFC Yum! Center.


If Snider misses the next three weeks, he will miss the following games:

1/19 vs. Clemson
1/21 at Florida State
1/24 at Pittsburgh
1/29 vs. NC State
2/4 at Boston College
2/6 at Virginia
2/11 vs. Miami (FL)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Rick Pitino Talks About Win Over Duke, Says Grayson Allen is a "terrific young man"

Rick Pitino was in good spirits after today's win over Duke.

Pitino joked with the media and praised Duke's embattled guard Grayson Allen.

Check out his comments:

Thursday, January 12, 2017

KHSAA Realigns 15th Region, Decides That Every Team Will Make Regional Tournament

The KHSAA has approved realignment of the 15th Region and also decided to implement a plan that will allow all 16 teams in the region to make the regional tournament beginning in 2017-18.

The new region alignment will have Lawrence Count moving to the 58th District and Jenkins moving form the 14th Region to the 59th District.

Under a new pilot program, all 16 teams will make the region tournament next season.

Here's a summary of the changes:

During the course of its regularly scheduled meeting at the KHSAA Offices on Thursday, the Board of Control addressed alignment issues and championship details in several sports, while also approving a requested new trial pilot program for the 15th Region Tournament.

Following the consolidation of South Floyd and Allen Central High Schools, changes were needed in the basketball alignment (and subsequently the alignments in baseball, soccer, softball and volleyball) for the 15th Region. KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett attended a meeting of the Superintendents in the impacted districts on January 9 to review options related to the region. Facing challenges like an imperfect geographically aligned region and a pattern of reduced sport offerings by some schools in the region, there were few obvious non-impactful options available. With that in mind, the Superintendents expressed an interest in a multi-year pilot program where their teams would play one less regular season game, and then play a modified regional tournament with an extra round. This would result in all teams advancing from the district tournament to the region tournament in those sports, but seeded by regular season play, rankings, voting or other methods to be worked out in future meetings with those schools.

“This pilot program could provide great data for other regions who may face a similar issue in the future with further school consolidations,” said Tackett. “This is something that could potentially be implemented by any region with sixteen-or-fewer teams, and we are eager to monitor its results going forward. With consolidations, declining populations and job losses in many areas we have to be open to new ideas and I am grateful this group of superintendents stepped forward with their request. This also has the added benefit of de-pressurizing discussions around district alignment due to the fact that all teams advance to regional play.”

Following the approval of the regional tournament format, the Board finalized a new alignment for the 15th Region for the 2017-18 season with the impending addition of Floyd Central, which will see Jenkins move into the 15th Region.

District 57 – Johnson Central, Magoffin County, Paintsville, Sheldon Clark
District 58 – Betsy Layne, Floyd Central, Lawrence County, Prestonsburg
District 59 – East Ridge, Jenkins, Pikeville, Shelby Valley
District 60 – Belfry, Phelps, Pike County Central, Piarist

“We had several discussions with KHSAA staff about the various proposed options prior to today’s decision and completely accept this move,” said Mike Genton, Superintendent Jenkins Public Schools. “While we have a long and proud tradition in Region 14, it is hard to dispute the reduction in travel costs that this move will allow.”

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No word yet on whether or not all 16 teams will receive participating trophies for "making' the tournament.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Magoffin County Knocks Off Johnson Central, Russell Honored for 2,000th Point

The Magoffin County Hornets staked a claim as one of the top teams in the 15th Region with a 56-54 win over Johnson Central last night.

The Hornets were led by 24 points from super senior Trenton Russell. Jaren Lovely added 14 points and 4 assists.

Russell was honored before the game with a basketball commemorating his 2,000th point, which was scored late last season. He now stands at just over 2,400 points and is Magoffin County's all-time leading scorer.

Mason Blair led Central with 22 points on 9-for-28 field goal shooting.

Here's a look at the 15th Region after last night's action:

Johnson Central 11-4
Magoffin County 11-6
Lawrence County 10-7
Sheldon Clark 9-6
Pikeville 8-5
South Floyd 8-5
Pike Central 8-6
Shelby Valley 8-6
East Ridge 7-5
Belfry 6-6
Paintsville 6-7
Phelps 6-7
Allen Central 5-11
Prestonsburg 3-12
Piarist School 1-14
Betsy Layne 1-14

Johnson Central, Magoffin County, Sheldon Clark and Paintsville are all in the same district. Only two can make it to the region tournament.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Cincinnati Clermont at Berea College Has Been Cancelled

Today's game between Cincinnati Clermont and Berea College in Berea has been cancelled.

Berea will return to action Saturday at Maryville College. That game is scheduled to tip at 2:00 p.m.

The Mountaineers (8-3) are currently ranked No. 7 in the USCAA Division I national poll.

Men's Basketball Division I - Week 3

Rank Team Total Last Week
1 Washington Adventist University 298 1
2 Rochester College 296 2
3 Concordia College Alabama 286 3
4 WVU Tech 279 T-5
5 University of Maine-Fort Kent 273 T-5
6 Oakwood University 270 4
7 Berea College 261 7
8 Iowa Wesleyan College 254 9
9 Dean College 251 10
10 Illinois Tech 244 T-13
11 Florida National University 238 T-13
12 SUNY-Canton 233 11
13 Florida College 202 8
14 The Apprentice School 151 12
15 Silver Lake College 110 NR

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bath County's Jake Mitchell Scores 36 Points in Controversial Loss to Nicholas County

Bath County's Jake Mitchell scored a season-high 36 points in a controversial overtime loss to Nicholas County tonight.

The game ended in controversy when Mitchell was seemingly fouled on the game's final shot attempt. A referee watched closely but called nothing, giving Nicholas a 79-78 victory on the road.

Bath County head coach Bart Williams believed there was contact on the play.

After the game, Williams said, "I never like to whine and cry about officiating, but I was really disappointed that we didn't get that call. Mitchell was mugged on the last play. He deserved that call and we deserved that win."

Nicholas County improved to 6-7 with the win. Sam Hamilton and Trent Letcher led the Bluejackets with 15 points each. Spencer Morris added 14.

Ben Peyton chipped in 13 for the Wildcats (6-8).

"I was really proud of our kids," Williams added after the loss. "We battled all night. We could have quit several times but we didn't."

Here's a look at the final play...you be the judge:

Harlan County Stuns Cordia with Amazing Buzzer-Beater

Harlan County stunned Cordia in the WYMT Mountain Classic tonight with an amazing halfcourt buzzer-beater.

It looked as if the Lions has won the game with their own heroics but then Cameron Carmical did this:


Harlan County won the game 54-53 and improved to 16-0 on the season. They will play the winner of Hazard and North Laurel in the semifinals.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Demonte Harper Named Player of the Week in Estonia

Former Morehead State guard Demonte Harper has been named Eurobasket.com Player of the Week in Estonia's top-level Alexela KML league.

Harper had 18 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists in Kalev/Cramo's 89-84 win over TTU.

Here are details from Eurobasket.com:

American Demonte Harper (193-G-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kalev/Cramo and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.

The 27-year old guard had the game-high 18 points adding four rebounds and nine assists for Kalev/Cramo in his team's victory, helping them to beat TTU (#4, 6-3) 89-84. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kalev/Cramo maintains the 3rd position in Estonian Alexela KML. They are still close to the very top. Kalev/Cramo would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-2 record. Harper turned to be Kalev/Cramo's top player in his first season with the team. Morehead State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harper is league's best passer with 5.0apg. Harper is in league's top in and averages solid 53.2% FGP.

Rick Pitino Talks About Win Over Indiana

Louisville earned an impressive 77-62 win at Indiana on Saturday.

Check out what Rick Pitino said after the game:

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Covington Catholic Takes On the Big Apple

The Covington Catholic boy's basketball team is taking on New York City this week.

The Colonels are participating in the Skyline Classic at Saint Anthony High School in Jersey City, New Jersey this week.

Catholic opened the event with a 56-41 win over Pope Jone XXIII (NJ) St. Augustine Prep. Cole VonHandorf led the Colonels (10-2) with 23 points.

The next game will be against St. Augustine Prep (NJ) tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.

Today, the Colonels are taking on the Big Apple (I'm officially jealous. I love NYC!):





Stultz Pharmacy Holiday Classic Gets Underway Today at Greenup County

The Stultz Pharmacy Holiday Classic gets underway today at Greenup County High School.

The field includes teams from the 8th, 10th, 15th and 16th regions.

The tournament tips at 1:30 p.m. today with Bath County vs. Bishop Brossart.

Speaking of Bath County, congratulations to senior guard Jake Mitchell (pictured - photo: Ron Weaver) on recently scoring his 1,000th point. He is the 19th member of the 1,000-point club at Bath County.

Paintsville will battle East Carter in the second game of the day. That game will be followed by West Carter vs. Anderson County and Greenup County vs. Allen Central.

Here's a look at today's schedule:

1:30 p.m. Bath County vs. Bishop Brossart
3:00 p.m. Paintsville vs. East Carter
4:30 p.m. West Carter vs. Anderson County
6:00 p.m. Greenup County vs. Allen Central

Tournament bracket:


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Rick Pitino Talks Virginia and Opening ACC Play

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino previews Virginia and gives a few thoughts on opening conference play:

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Maitland, Diakite Leave Morehead State

The two Morehead State players who spoke out against former head coach Sean Woods in recent weeks are both leaving the program via transfer.

Malik Maitland and Soufiyane Diakite have both announced their intentions to transfer.

Maitland said it just wouldn't be the same if he stayed at MSU:

That same day, Maitland declared his intentions to transfer. He said he did not want to return to an "uncomfortable" environment.

"If I went back, it wouldn't be the same Morehead I went to last year," said Maitland, who started eight games and averaged 8.8 points and 4.3 assists this season.

According to a Dec. 21 email obtained by the News-Journal, Maitland was granted permission by Richard Fletcher, Morehead State's director of compliance, to transfer to 314 of the 347 Division I basketball programs. NCAA bylaws forbid NCAA or NAIA coaching staffs from making contact with student-athletes at another school until given written permission from an athletic director or designated athletic administrator.

Maitland returned to Daytona Beach on Friday and plans to reopen his recruitment in the coming weeks. He believes that, due to the circumstances, he will not not have to sit out a year and will be eligible to play in 2017-18, despite the normal NCAA transfer rules. A formal query by the News-Journal sent to the NCAA's compliance department seeking to validate Maitland's claim was not answered.

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Diakite said in an interview with WYMT that he didn't press charges against Woods and had no intention of doing so.

Bowling Green Bandits Decide to Skip 2016-17 Season

The Bowling Green Bandits franchise has decided to forego the 2016-17 season.

The Bandits competed last season in the ABA.

The team made the announcement on social media:

Bowling Green Bandits Basketball

The ownership group of the Bowling Green Bandits would like to start off by saying we appreciate all the support and love that was shown during our last two seasons in Bowling Green at EA Diddle Arena. We would like to thank each of you individually for your efforts from the front door to the floor. All were a vital part of the entertainment day in and day out, and we are very grateful to all who made those things possible. We as a management group have agreed to forgo the 2016-2017 season with the American Basketball Association or any other leagues. The ABA has been a great vehicle for us as well as other teams and players to pursue their next level dreams and we thank them for all they have done for us and our organization as we exit with a heavy heart. Thank you BOWLING GREEN for everything and for your continued support! Look for YOUR Bandits to be back next year better than ever! GO BANDITS!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Vandy Transfer Camron Justice Considering Three Schools, Including NKU

Vanderbilt transfer Camron Justice is considering three schools as possible destinations for the rest of his college career .

According to Jeff Goodman, the former Kentucky Mr. Basketball winner is looking at Northern Kentucky, IUPUI and Jacksonville State.

Transylvania Advances to Championship Game of Don Lane Classic

Transylvania University advanced to today's championship game of the Don Lane Classic with a 98-70 win over Huntingdon.

The Pioneers will face Ohio Northern for the championship today at 5:00 p.m.

Huntingdon will battle Lynchburg at 3:00 p.m. in the consolation game.

Last Night

Game 1 – Transylvania 98, Huntingdon 70
Game 2 – Ohio Northern 105, Lynchburg (Va.) 74

Today

Game 3 - Lynchburg vs. Huntingdon 3:00 p.m.
Game 4 – Ohio Northern at Transylvania 5:00 p.m.

About the Don Lane Classic

Created in 2010 as the annual Transylvania men’s basketball holiday tournament, the Don Lane Classic is named for legendary Transylvania men’s basketball head coach Don Lane, who oversaw the team from 1975 through 2001.

During his tenure, Coach Lane’s teams made six NAIA National Tournament appearances, and three NCAA National tournament appearances, while collecting a career record of 592-313.

Coach Don Lane has been inducted into the NAIA Basketball Hall of Fame, Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, Union College Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Transylvania Athletic Hall of Fame.

Widely regarded as one of the best fundamental basketball coaches in the nation, Coach Lane has directed one of the largest basketball camps in the country, with nearly 50,000 students attending his camps, including representatives from every state and 13 different countries.

Don Lane also served as Athletic Director at Transylvania from 1975-1996, doubling the number of sports offerings over that span. Coach Lane has also kept a regular teaching schedule in the classroom, serving as a tenured associate professor of physical education.

2016 Clash of Titans Tournament Tips Today at Mercer County

The 2016 Clash of Titans Tournaments gets underway later today at Mercer County High School.

Today:

2:00 p.m. Knott County Central vs. Muhlenburg County
4:00 p.m. Lincoln County vs. Montgomery County
6:00 p.m. Eastern vs. Boyle County
8:00 p.m. Mercer County vs. Campbellsville

Thursday:

2:00 p.m. Consolation bracket game 1
4:00 p.m. Consolation bracket game 2
6:00 p.m. Winners bracket game 1
8:00 p.m. Winners bracket game 2

Friday:

2:00 p.m. 7th place game
4:00 p.m. 5th place game
6:00 p.m. 3rd place game
8:00 p.m. Championship

Lawrence County's Timmy Dalton Drops 53 Points in Win Over Lewis County

Lawrence County's Timmy Dalton has broken his own scoring record by pouring in 53 points in tonight's 92-69 win over Lewis County.

Dalton's previous record was 51 points in a game earlier this season.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Rick Pitino Previews EKU Game, Gives Thoughts on Wakeyleaks Scandal

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino previews today's game against Eastern Kentucky and gives his take on the Wakeyleaks scandal at Wake Forest:

Friday, December 16, 2016

Kelly Wells Becomes All-Time Wins Leader at University of Pikeville

Congratulations to University of Pikeville head coach Kelly Wells on becoming the school's all-time leader in wins.

Tonight's 77-53 win over Bob Jones was Wells' 243rd victory at UPIKE.

2016 Kentucky Bank Challenge Tips Off Today in Rowan County

The 2016 Kentucky Bank Challenge tips off this evening in Rowan County with an outstanding field of teams from all over the Bluegrass State.

In all, there will be 21 games played at 2 different locations over the course of Friday and Saturday.

Here's a look at the schedule:


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Bart Williams Off to a Winning Start at Bath County High School

Former Pikeville High School head coach Bart Williams is off to a winning start in his new job at Bath County High School. 

The Wildcats are off to a 4-3 start, including an impressive 4-1 record in the 16th Region.

Tuesday night, Bath County held on for an 83-82 road win at Fairview. Jacob Mitchell led the way with 22 points while Spencer Pergrem added 20. Bryce Williams added 13.

Through seven games, Mitchell is leading the team with 22.6 points per game. He is proving to be one of the top players in the region and is gaining the interest of several college and prep school coaches.

Since a 20-point loss to Nicholas County (4-2) in the season's first game, the Wildcats have only lost in road games at Belfry (2-1) and Russell (4-3) by seven points combined.

This weekend, Bath County will battle East Jessamine (1-6) and Augusta (4-4) in the Kentucky Bank Challenge at Rowan County.

Check out Bath County's win over Morgan County earlier this season:

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Bowling Green Assistant Coach Arrested for Sexual Abuse

Bowling Green High School assistant basketball coach Houston Bunton has been arrested and charged with first degree sexual abuse and third degree sodomy.

Here's more from WBKO:

Bowling Green police arrest an instructional assistant and assistant basketball coach at Bowling Green High School on charges of sexual abuse.

According to Bowling Green Independent Schools, they were notified on Tuesday about a situation involving Houston Bunton.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Berea College Wins With No. 1 Play in SportsCenter Top 10

Berea College knocked off Birmingham Southern 82-79 in spectacular fashion Sunday.

Southern's inbound pass was stolen, which led to a dramatic halfcourt game-winner by Berea's Corey Wise.

The shot sent the arena into celebration and ended up being the No. 1 play on SportsCenter's Top 10 list.

"WHAT A GRADUATION GIFT!" 😱 #SCtop10

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Berea is 7-3 overall this season and currently ranked No. 7 in the USCAA national rankings.

Vanderbilt Announces that Camron Justice is Transferring

Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Camron Justice is leaving Vanderbilt according to a release from the school.

Here's the release:

Sophomore guard Camron Justice has been granted his release from the Commodore men’s basketball program and has received permission to speak with other NCAA Division I programs, according to Vanderbilt head coach Bryce Drew. Justice will depart Vanderbilt after final exams are completed this week.

“We wish great success in the future for Cam,” said Drew. “He is a terrific young man who we have enjoyed having in our program.”

“To begin, I want to start by saying thanks to Coach Stallings and last year’s coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play at Vanderbilt and in the SEC,” said Justice. “Next, I want to say thanks to Coach Drew and this year’s coaching staff for everything they have done for me up to this point. However, after careful consideration with my family, I have decided it is time to move on from Vanderbilt. It's sad to say I will no longer play for Vanderbilt, but I've made some great memories and friendships that go farther than the game of basketball. From here, I am going to reopen my recruitment and decide the next chapter in my life. Thank you again!”
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