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If the Associated Press’s first high school basketball rankings in 2022 are any signs, it will be a season-long head-to-head race between George Rogers Clark of Winchester and Covington Catholic for first place. And as Northern Kentucky observers can tell you from experience over the years, the votes are mostly downstate. Which explains why the No.1 GRC finished with nine of the panel’s twelve first-place votes against two for second-place CovCath and 117 points overall for the Colonels’ 101.
Now neither team faced or lost to a Kentucky team, although they both competed in the King of Bluegrass tournament won by CovCath which saw the GRC knocked out in the second round by a team from Caroline. of the South who did not reach the final either. CovCath defeated No.4 North Laurel 79-67 for the title after North Laurel knocked out the South Carolina team. In favor of GRC is the fact that the Cardinal has beaten both Ballard No.3 and North Laurel since then, while CovCath has beaten the Louisville man No.5.
No other team in Northern Kentucky has reached the Top 10 with the vote, records and total points split this way: 1. George Rogers Clark (9), 11-1, 117; 2. Catholic Covington (2), 12-2, 101; 3. Ballard, 10-4, 86; 4. North Laurel, 10-3, 68; 5. Male, 8-3, 54; 6. Pulaski County, (1), 15-0, 48; 7. Lexington Catholic, 11-3, 32; 8. Ashland Blazer, 9-4, 28; 9. Bowling Green, 10-2, 27; 10. Warren Central, 10-1, 21. Others receiving votes: Woodford County 17. Manual 12. Perry County Central 7. Murray 6. McCracken County 6. Lincoln County 5. Madison Central 5. Pikeville 5. Jeffersontown 4. Boyle County 3. Cooper 2. Greenwood 1. Madisonville-North Hopkins 1. North Oldham 1.
*** NO. 4 OUR SUPERIOR LADY THE LOCALS IN THE GIRLS ‘VOTE: The 9-1 Pandas of Notre Dame Academy, at No.4 in the state in the girls’ high school basketball rankings, lead the Northern Kentucky teams this week with Ryle at No.8 and Dixie Heights. tied at No. 9. Here are the numbers and leaders: 1. Sacré-Cœur (12), 13-1, 120; 2. Bullitt Est, 13-1, 94; 3. George Rogers Clark, 11-1, 93; 4. Notre-Dame, 9-1, 75; 5. Anderson County, 12-1, 66; 6. McCracken County, 12-1.53; 7. Franklin County, 11-1, 38; 8. Ryle, 10-2, 23; 9; (tie) Pikeville, 11-1, 12; 9. (tie) Bowling Green, 8-3, 12; 9. (tie) Dixie Heights, 11-2; 12; Others who received votes: Russell 10. Marshall County 9. Corbin 9. North Laurel 6. Mercy 6. Southwest 4. Berea 3. Henderson County 3. Male 3. Danville 3. Breckinridge County 3. Owensboro Catholic 2. Pulaski County 1.
Here are the voters this week according to the AP: Daily News, Bowling green; Applicant, Cincinnati; Times-Tribune, Corbin; Company-News, Elizabethtown; The gleaner, Henderson; Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington; Mail-Journal, Louisville; The independent ledger, Maysville; Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro; The Commonwealth-Journal, Somerset; WSON, Henderson.
*** TWO VICTIMS OF NKU WOMEN’S GAMES TO COVID: With the news that NKU’s women’s basketball home games on Friday against Robert Morris and Sunday against Youngstown State were “called off due to the implications of Covid-19”, it’s hard to say what happened. or what will happen. Will they be forfeits or without a competition? Was this a case involving all three teams – or just NKU or maybe just the visitors? And will the matches be rescheduled?
Here is what we know from the NKU press release: “Considering the increase in positive cases due to the Omicron variant, the Council (Horizon League) agreed that a high volume of breakthrough cases among vaccinated individuals is considered extraordinary. Pending a review, the Horizon League will determine whether the match will be considered a forfeit or a non-contest. If necessary, further updates to the calendar will be announced at a later date. ” It’s understood? I did not mean it.
*** NHSSCA NAMES BEECHWOOD’S NEFF: The National High School Strength Coaches Association has appointed Logan Neff of Beechwood as the association’s director for the state of Kentucky. Neff is the director of strength and conditioning at Beechwood Independent Schools.
*** ALL CLASSIC BOYS “A” TOURNAMENTS INCLUDE STATE LEADERS: State top scorer Jacob Meyer of Holy Cross and his top rebounding team, the Dayton Greendevils, are both featured in the 43rd annual Boys Ninth Region All “A” basketball tournament next week. by Villa Madonna. Meyer took the lead in first place with 40.6 points per game against No.2 Justin Becker of Robertson County who is at 39.7 points per game. Dayton, meanwhile, with 41.9 rebounds per game, leads the state in that category.
With 15 championships since 1990, Newport Central Catholic has been the dominant power here, with St. Henry winning seven regional titles and Holy Cross six All “A” titles. Newport has two titles with Walton-Verona and Beechwood one each.
Two games will open the game on Monday with Villa Madonna facing Dayton at 6 p.m. and Bellevue against Holy Cross at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday’s doubles schedule has Heritage against the winner of VMA-Dayton at 6 and NewCath against Ludlow at 7:45 in the top bracket. On Wednesday it’s Beechwood against winner Bellevue-Holy Cross at age 6 and in the last game of the first round in the lower bracket, it’s St. Henry against Newport. The semi-finals will be held at 6 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. on Friday, with the championship game set for 7 on Saturday.