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!

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