Jeff Morrow admits it will be “a little strange” tonight when he returns to the Jeffersontown High School gymnasium, coaching a team from the visitors’ bench instead of the home side.
Morrow is in his first season as the boys’ basketball coach at Iroquois, which will travel to J’town for a 6 p.m. matchup.
Morrow spent 12 seasons as the coach at J’town, compiling a 250-118 record and winning the state championship in 2006 before stepping down in 2011. He did not coach during the 2011-12 season before taking the Iroquois job this summer.
“I have a lot of good memories and a lot of good friends there,” Morrow said of J’town. “It will always be a special place to me. … It will be different for one person in the building, and that’s me. For everybody else it will be a normal game.”
Morrow’s Iroquois squad is 2-2.
And after a year away, Morrow said he’s happy to be back on the sideline.
“My first game back I kidded the refs and said, ‘I know you missed me, and I missed you, too,'” Morrow said with a laugh. “We’re right back at it.”
Union wrestles top poll spot
With two wrestlers ranked No. 1 in their weight classes, Union County is the top team in the KentuckyWrestling.com rankings.
Junior Brock Ervin (126 pounds) and senior Jayce Carr (138) are top-ranked wrestlers for the Braves.
Defending state champion Campbell County is No. 2 in the team rankings, followed by Simon Kenton, Moore and LaRue County.
Moore has three wrestlers ranked among the top three in their weight classes — seniors Jesus Rosado (No. 2 at 126), Sam Willbanks (No. 3 at 170) and Justin McDaniel (No. 2 at 182).
Southern senior Sean Barrett (182) is the only wrestler from Jefferson County ranked No. 1 in his class.
Here are the top 20 teams and the top-ranked individuals in each weight class:
* Team rankings: 1. Union County, 2. Campbell County, 3. Simon Kenton, 4. Moore, 5. LaRue County, 6. Johnson Central, 7. Trinity, 8. Oldham County, 9. Ryle, 10. Woodford County, 11. St. Xavier, 12. Wayne County, 13. Central Hardin, 14. Walton-Verona, 15. Southern, 16. Christian County, 17. Henry Clay, 18. Franklin County, 19. Meade County, 20. University Heights.
* Top individuals: 106 pounds – Kyle Edlin (LaRue County); 113 – Mike Whalen (Henry Clay); 120 – Nathan Boston (Woodford County); 126 – Brock Ervin (Union County); 132 – Sean Fausz (Campbell County); 138 – Jayce Carr (Union County); 145 – Kory Polley (Christian County); 152 – Kevin Cooper (Simon Kenton); 160 – Stephen Myers (Campbell County); 170 – Caleb Canter (LaRue County); 182 – Sean Barrett (Southern); 195 – Sam Preston (Johnson Central); 220 – Austin Myers (Campbell County); 285 – Zach Troxell (Wayne County).
Hoops events on tap
* The Manual girls’ team will host the Allgood Hoops/Fern Valley Inn Run-N-Shoot Classic on Saturday.
Manual, No. 2 in The Courier-Journal’s preseason poll of coaches, and No. 4 Owensboro Catholic headline the field. Duke signee Becca Greenwell, a top candidate for Kentucky’s Miss Basketball award, leads Owensboro Catholic.
Here is the schedule: Valley vs. Spencer County, 1 p.m.; Holy Cross vs. John Hardin, 2:30; Pleasure Ridge Park vs. Owensboro Catholic, 4; Bullitt East vs. Mercer County, 5:30; Manual vs. Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman, 7
* The 10th annual Ronald McDonald Classic is set for Saturday at Oldham County, with the Lady Colonels facing Presentation at 6:30 p.m. and the Colonels meeting Moore at 8.
Proceeds from the event go to the Ronald McDonald House in Louisville.
* The No. 7 Henry Clay boys’ team headlines the field for the Kentucky Bank Shootout at Bourbon County.
Friday’s games will match the Bourbon County girls against Clark County at 6:15 p.m. and the Bourbon County boys against Lexington Christian at 8.
Here is Saturday’s schedule (all boys’ games): Frankfort vs. Bath County, 1:15 p.m.; Holmes vs. Lincoln County, 2:45; Henderson County vs. Bryan Station, 4:30; Augusta vs. Bourbon County, 6:15; Henry Clay vs. West Jessamine, 8
* Holy Cross senior Jacob Thomson will compete in Saturday’s Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships at Balboa Park in San Diego. The boys’ race is set for 1 p.m. EST.
Thomson was among 40 boys to qualify for the event by finishing fourth in the South Regional on Nov. 24 in Charlotte, N.C.
Thomson finished 19th in the national event last year.
* Manual’s Hannah Kingsbury, Assumption’s Sara Nicolas and Presentation’s Olivia Wagner were named to the Harrow Sports/National Field Hockey Coaches Association’s All-Midwest Region team.
The squad included players from Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan.