Kentucky’s Mr. and Miss Basketball awards will be handed out today during a ceremony at Louisville’s Seelbach Hilton Hotel.
The event will start with a VIP cocktail hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation at (502) 583-0564.
The finalists for Mr. Basketball are Bullitt East’s Derek Willis (University of Kentucky signee) and Rusty Troutman (Bellarmine), Madison Central’s Dominique Hawkins (not committed), Montgomery County’s Omar Prewitt (William & Mary) and Trinity’s Darryl Hicks (Boston College).
Hawkins already won the Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year award.
The Miss Basketball finalists are Marion County’s Makayla Epps and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers (both UK signees), Christian Academy’s China Dow (Middle Tennessee State), Owensboro Catholic’s Becca Greenwell (Duke) and Madison Central’s Larryn Brooks (Indiana).
Epps won the Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year award.
* Hawkins also expects to hear from UK whether he has a scholarship offer from the Wildcats, Madison Central coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. said.
UK coach John Calipari met with Hawkins on Wednesday in Richmond and said he’d let him know whether he’d have a spot. Hawkins grew up a UK fan, has called it his dream school and has said he’d wait to hear if he had a UK offer before he would consider committing to a different college.
“(Calipari) made a special trip over here, so we were encouraged by it,” Feldhaus said.
Hawkins has scholarship offers from Western Kentucky, Morehead State, South Carolina and Purdue.
Asked whether it’s possible that he could win Mr. Basketball and commit to UK on the same night, Feldhaus said: “We haven’t talked about that, so I don’t know. I guess it’s a possibility. We just hope he gets the trophy. We don’t know that yet.”
Lenny Lyles meet at Central
The 11th annual Lenny Lyles Classic track and field meet is set for today and Saturday at Central High School. The shot put and discus will be held at 4:30 p.m. today, with the rest of the meet beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Schools entered are Ballard, Brown, Butler, Central, Eastern, Fairdale, Floyd Central, Frankfort, Henry County, Jeffersontown, Jeffersonville, John Hardin, Male, Manual, Mercy, North Bullitt, North Hardin, North Harrison (Ind.), Pleasure Ridge Park, Sayre, Shawnee, Shelby County, Southern, Spencer County, St. Xavier, Waggener, Western and Western Hills.
The Male boys and Manual girls won the Lenny Lyles team titles last year.
Woodford, Greenwood No. 1
Defending state champion Woodford County kept the No. 1 spot in the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Top 25 released this week. The Yellow Jackets were 3-0 entering Thursday’s game against Franklin County and are led by one of the nation’s top pitching prospects in senior right-hander Clinton Hollon.
Greenwood is No. 1 in the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association’s Top 25. The Lady Gators were 4-0 going into Thursday’s game against Warren East and had outscored their opponents by a combined 21-0.
Here are the entire Top 25s (first-place votes in parentheses):
* Baseball: 1. Woodford County (13), 2. Lexington Catholic, 3. Pleasure Ridge Park (1), 4. Tates Creek, 5. St. Xavier, 6. Henderson County, 7. Central Hardin, 8. Lexington Christian, 9. Harrison County, 10. Male, 11. West Jessamine, 12. Lafayette, 13. Russell County, 14. Paul Dunbar, 15. Ballard, 16. East Jessamine, 17. South Warren, 18. Lone Oak, 19. Lawrence County, 20. Newport Central Catholic, 21. Bullitt East, 22. Union County, 23. Madison Central, 24. Mercer County, 25. Bowling Green
* Softball: 1. Greenwood (11), 2. Owensboro Catholic (5), 3. Ballard (1), 4. Mercy, 5. Scott County (2), 6. North Laurel, 7. Bowling Green, 8. Lone Oak (1), 9. Boyle County, 10. Reidland, 11. Christian County (1), 12. Oldham County, 13. Bullitt East, 14. (tie) Lafayette, Male, 16. Marshall County, 17. Ryle, 18. Louisville Holy Cross, 19. (tie) Central Hardin, Livingston Central, 21. Pleasure Ridge Park, 22. South Laurel, 23. Meade County, 24. Warren East, 25. Woodford County
* The No. 12 Oldham County softball team will host the Spring Break Classic today and Saturday. No. 24 Warren East also is in the field of 12 that includes seven from Kentucky, four from Ohio and one from Illinois.
* After four years as the Newport Central Catholic girls’ basketball coach, Ron Dawn was named the boys’ coach. He replaces Grant Brannen, who left for Walton-Verona.
* Waggener’s Tyrone Stallard signed to play football at Lindsey Wilson.