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KENTUCKY'S "ALL A CLASSIC"

The All A Classic for both boys and girls are set for February 16-21 at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY. This tournament is for 124 schools in the Bluegrass State with the smallest enrollments. The 124 participants are still eligible to play in the regular post season tournament as well. This tournament over the years has kept Kentucky from developing a class system. One can view the brackets below.

ALL A CLASSIC

Look for Eddyville Lyon County to be crowned champion for the boys and for Bardstown Bethlehem to win the girls' tournament.

IHSAA'S GIRLS SEMI-STATES ARE SET

The Indiana's Girls Semi-States are set for this coming Saturday. The winners will advance to the state finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on February 27th. See below for the schedule.

IHSAA GIRLS SEMI-STATES

COVERAGE OF THREE HOOSIER GIRLS' REGIONAL GAMES

Saturday I took in the semifinal regional games at La Porte (4A) and the championship game at Elkhart Jimtown (3A) via the IHSAA Champions Network. Below were the game results and the top players.

LA PORTE 4A SEMIFINALS

  • MISHAWAKA PENN-63  MERRILLVILLE-22
  • CROWN POINT-52  LA PORTE-28

ELKHART JIMTOWN 3A CHAMPIONSHIP

         SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON-64  LAGRANGE LAKELAND-50

TOP 6

  • MILA REYNOLDS 6-2/JR SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (MARYLAND)
  • KAITLYN COSTNER 5-6/SR MISHAWAKA PENN (OHIO STATE)
  • AMIYAH REYNOLDS 6-0/SO SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON
  • JESSICA CARROTHERS 5-7/JR CROWN POINT
  • LILLY STODDARD 6-4/JR CROWN POINT (PURDUE)
  • TRINITY CLINTON 5-7/SR MISHAWAKA PENN

TOP SLEEPER

         RASHUNDA JONES 5-8/SO SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON

SECOND 6

  • RYLIN OTT 5-11/SR LA PORTE (PURDUE-FT. WAYNE)
  • BAILEY HARTSOUGH 5-10/SR LAGRANGE LAKELAND
  • LAUREN POLLOCK 6-4/SR LA PORTE
  • GRACE ADAMS 5-11/SR MISHAWAKA PENN
  • JORDYN SMITH 5-6/SR MISHAWAKA PENN
  • TORRI SMITH 5-2/SR MERRILLVILLE

SECOND SLEEPER 

         DAVINA SMITH 5-11/JR MERRILLVILLE

COVERAGE OF THREE ILLINOIS' BOYS GAMES

This past week I observed via streaming three boys' games in Illinois. Below were the game results and top players.

  • ST. CHARLES NORTH-59  ELGIN LARKIN-49
  • GLEN ELLYN GLENBARD WEST-51  ELMHURST YORK-22
  • CHICAGO ST. IGNATIUS-63  CHICAGO LEO-39

TOP 3

  • BRADEN HUFF 6-10/JR GLEN ELLYN GLENBARD WEST
  • ETHAN MARLOWE 6-8/JR ST. CHARLES NORTH
  • CADE PIERCE 6-5/JR GLEN ELLYN GLENBARD WEST

TOP SLEEPER

         A.J. REDD 6-3/JR CHICAGO ST. IGNATIUS

SECOND 3

  • FERNANDO PEREZ 6-3/JR ELGIN LARKIN
  • RICHARD BARRON 6-5/SO CHICAGO ST. IGNATIUS
  • TROY GLOVER 6-8/SR GLEN ELLYN GLENBARD WEST

KENTUCKY'S BOYS POSTSEASON PICKS

Below are my "Sweet 16" choices for the Kentucky's Boys State Tournament which will be held March 31 through April 3 at Rupp Arena in Lexington. District play begins on March 15th, followed by the regional tournament.

  • REGION 1: PADUCAH MCCRACKEN CO.
  • REGION 2: EDDYVILLE LYON CO.
  • REGION 3: OWENSBORO
  • REGION 4: BOWLING GREEN
  • REGION 5: ELIZABETHTOWN
  • REGION 6: FERN CREEK
  • REGION 7: LOUISVILLE MALE
  • REGION 8: LAGRANGE OLDHAM CO.
  • REGION 9: COVINGTON CATHOLIC
  • REGION 10: WINCHESTER GEORGE ROGERS CLARK
  • REGION 11: LEXINGTON CATHOLIC
  • REGION 12: SOMERSET
  • REGION 13: LONDON NORTH LAUREL
  • REGION 14: CAMPTON WOLFE CO.
  • REGION 15: PAINTSVILLE JOHNSON CENTRAL
  • REGION 16: ASHLAND PAUL BLAZER

BOLD DENOTES EVENTUAL STATE CHAMPION

INDIANA'S BOYS POSTSEASON PICKS

Below are my top 4 picks by classes for the Hoosier's Boys Postseason Tournament. Teams are  listed alphabetically and bold denotes my state tournament winner. The state finals are scheduled for April 3rd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

4A

  • CARMEL
  • CATHEDRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)
  • HOMESTEAD (FT. WAYNE)
  • LAWRENCE NORTH (INDIANAPOLIS)

3A

  • BOSSE (EVANSVILLE)
  • HAMMOND 
  • SILVER CREEK (SELLERSBURG)
  • SOUTH SPENCER (ROCKPORT)

2A

  • BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN (FT. WAYNE)
  • LINTON-STOCKTON (LINTON)
  • SHENANDOAH (MIDDLETOWN)
  • SOUTH SPENCER (ROCKPORT)

1A

  • BARR-REEVE (MONTGOMERY)
  • KOUTS
  • LOOGOOTEE
  • TINDLEY (INDIANAPOLIS)

COVERAGE OF FOUR ILLINOIS BOYS' GAMES

After being idle for two months due to COVID-19, Illinois' high school basketball finally got out of the starting game the first of this month. Below are four game results and top players I observed the past few days on live streaming.

  • AURORA WAUBONSIE VALLEY-66  SOUTH ELGIN 44
  • NAPERVILLE NEUQUA VALLEY-65  ELMHURST TIMOTHY CHRISTIAN-53
  • NILES NOTRE DAME-69  STREAMWOOD-30
  • BARTLETT-63  ROSELLE LAKE PARK-37

TOP 4

  • TROY D'AMICO 6-7/SR NILES NOTRE DAME (SOUTHERN ILLINOIS)
  • JOHN POULAKIDAS 6-5/SR NAPERVILLE NEUQUA VALLEY (YALE)
  • LOUIS LEMOND 6-5/SR NILES NOTRE DAME (HARVARD)
  • BEN SCHWIEGER 6-6/SR AURORA WAUBONSIE VALLEY (LOYOLA OF CHICAGO)

TOP SLEEPER

         BEN VANDERWAL 6-6/JR ELMHURST TIMOTHY CHRISTIAN

BEST OF THE REST (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY)

  • CONNOR DAVIS 6-4/SR NAPERVILLE NEUQUA VALLEY
  • CONRAD LYCZYNSKI 7-1/JR BARTLETT
  • SONNY WILLIAMS 6-0/SO NILES NOTRE DAME

NOTE: ANTHONY SAYLES (6-2/SR) OF NILES NOTRE DAME DIDN'T PLAY.

COVERAGE OF TWO KENTUCKY GIRLS GAMES

Below are two game results and top players I observed over the weekend on livesportscaster.com.

  • LOUISVILLE SACRED HEART-59  LOUISVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY-51
  • SOMERSET SOUTHWESTERN-70 LOUISVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY-58

TOP 4

  • JAYA MCCLURE 5-7/JR LOUISVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
  • TRINITI RALSTON 5-7/SO LOUISVILLE SACRED HEART
  • ALEXA SMIDDY 5-7/SR SOMERSET SOUTHWESTERN
  • JOSIE GILVIN 5-10/JR LOUISVILLE SACRED HEART

TOP SLEEPER

        ALEX WOLFF 5-11/JR LOUISVILLE SACRED HEART

SECOND 4

  • REAGAN BENDER 5-9/FR LOUISVILLE SACRED HEART
  • SAVANNAH GARDNER 5-11/FR LOUISVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
  • ANGELINA PLAYO 5-11/FR LOUISVILLE SACRED HEART
  • SYDNEY RAQUE 5-11/SR LOUISVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

SECOND SLEEPER

        ADDISON KINCAID 5-11/8TH LOUISVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

THIRD SLEEPER

         AYDEN SMIDDY 5-2/SO SOMERSET SOUTHWESTERN

MIDSEASON REGIONAL & NATIONAL RANKINGS COMPLETED

In the event you may have missed any of my Regional and National Midseason Player Rankings by classes for both boys and girls, go the below site.

MIDSEASON RANKINGS

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