Collins' Ralphie Stone named 8th Region boys basketball player of the year

Collins' Ralphie Stone named 8th Region boys basketball player of the year


Collins' Ralphie Stone named 8th Region boys basketball player of the year


Collins High School senior Ralphie Stone has been named the Eighth Region boys’ basketball player of the year in a vote of the region’s coaches.

Stone is averaging 18 points per game for the Titans (23-3), who are the top seed for this week’s 30th District Tournament at Shelby County.

Collins’ Chris Gaither was named Coach of the Year for the region.

Here is the entire all-region team: Ralphie Stone, Brent Kidwell (Collins); James Gordon (Shelby County); Austin Cummins (Anderson County); Carson Williams (Owen County); Kyle Young, Michael Griffin (South Oldham); Taylor Morrison (Simon Kenton); Austin Wills, Connor Hicks (Oldham County); Austin Young (Henry County); David Jump (Williamstown); Trevor Burton (North Oldham); Aaron Hicks (Grant County); Jalen Dixie (Eminence).


The Kentucky High School Athletic Association credited Scott County’s Billy Hicks with his 857th victory Friday, making him the state’s winningest boys’ basketball coach.

Scott County beat Paul Dunbar 75-72 on Friday to help Hicks pass Central’s William Kean, who posted an 856-83 mark during 36 seasons. The KHSAA now lists Hicks’ record at 857-244.

Hicks contends he passed Kean’s record earlier this season, as his personal records and KHSAA records have several discrepancies. The biggest was during Hicks’ first season at Evarts in 1978-79. Hicks claims 10 victories that season, but the KHSAA ruled they were forfeited for using an ineligible player.

“Those 10 wins they’re not accepting are the 10 hardest wins any team ever worked for in their life,” Hicks told the Lexington Herald-Leader after Friday’s victory.

Hicks is in his 34th season as a head coach, including his 20th at Scott County. He also spent three seasons at Evarts, three at Harlan and eight at Corbin.


Two boys’ basketball players from Perry County Central and one from Cordia have received suspensions from the KHSAA following an incident during the Lions’ 63-53 victory over the Commodores on Friday.

A video shows Cordia’s Richard Chapman punching Perry County Central’s Justin Johnson, who is a Western Kentucky University signee and one of seven finalists for Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball award.

Chapman has been suspended for two games. Two unidentified players from Perry County Central who left the bench area after the punch have been suspended one game apiece.

Cordia (22-7) will face Letcher County Central on Tuesday in a 53rd District semifinal at Knott County Central. Perry County Central (20-7) will meet Buckhorn on Wednesday in a 54th District semifinal at Hazard. Cordia and Perry County Central could meet again in next week’s 14th Region Tournament.

In a statement, the KHSAA said Cordia administrators have “reported to the KHSAA that additional actions will be taken at the school level, as they do not condone the actions of the young man in question.”


The Mason-Dixon Games, an indoor track and field event held in Louisville since 1961, have been canceled this year but could return next year.

In a letter to high school and middle school coaches, Mason-Dixon Athletic Club President Kenny Morton wrote that there are concerns about the safety of the track at Broadbent Arena and potential liability issues for the Kentucky State Fair Board, which manages the arena.

The Mason-Dixon Athletic Club attempted to move the event to the University of Kentucky this year, but the school’s indoor facility was not available.

Morton wrote “the committee will be working faithfully and diligently to return in 2015.”

With the Mason-Dixon Games canceled, the Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association will host the State Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday and March 8 at the Mason County Indoor Athletic Complex. Proceeds will go toward bringing back the Mason-Dixon Games.

The Class 3-A, middle school, masters and open races will be held this Saturday. The Class A and 2-A events are set for March 8.


* The Pegasus Sports Network will provide webcasts of every game from this week’s boys’ and girls’ basketball 29th District tournaments at North Oldham.

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* Holy Cross senior Josie Hockman scored her 1,000th career point Feb. 11 in a 66-58 victory over Waggener.

* Trinity defensive back Will Washle committed to play football at Centre.

* Male’s Breana Conway signed with the Lindsey Wilson cross country and track and field programs.


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