Several of the top boys’ and girls’ basketball teams from Kentucky and Indiana will be in action Saturday in the inaugural Hall of Fame Challenge Cup at Freedom Hall. The five-game event will start at 11 a.m., and the state that wins the most games will take home a trophy and bragging rights.
“This is an event where we’re trying to put the focus back on team basketball,” said Ken Trivette, executive secretary of the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches. “In Kentucky and Indiana, basketball is about the teams and community pride.”
Tickets are $10 with no reserved seating, and proceeds will go to both states’ high school basketball halls of fame and the Wounded Heroes Foundation, which benefits war veterans. A job fair will be held in the concourse throughout the day.
Of the five Kentucky teams in the field, four are among the top 10 in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings: No. 1 Elizabethtown girls, No. 1 Ballard boys, No. 2 Covington Catholic boys and No. 7 Hopkinsville boys.
All five Indiana teams are ranked in the top 10 in their classes by The Associated Press: Indianapolis Roncalli girls (No. 10 in 4-A), Barr-Reeve boys (No. 1 in A), Corydon boys (No. 4 in 3-A), Park Tudor boys (No. 1 in 2-A) and Guerin Catholic boys (No. 5 in 3-A).
Former University of Kentucky teammates Jimmy Dan Conner and Mike Flynn will be honorary captains. Conner won Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball award in 1971 at Anderson County. Flynn was Indiana’s Mr. Basketball at Jeffersonville that same season.
Here is the schedule:
* Elizabethtown vs. Indianapolis Roncalli, 11 a.m.Girls’ game:
* Elizabethtown vs. Barr-Reeve, 1 p.m.; Covington Catholic vs. Corydon, 3; Hopkinsville vs. Park Tudor, 5; Ballard vs. Guerin Catholic, 7Boys’ games:
* The third annual Allgood Hoops Run-N-Shoot Classic will be Saturday at Pleasure Ridge Park, with three girls’ games on tap: Shawnee vs. Holy Cross, 3 p.m.; PRP vs. No. 19 Eastern, 4:30; No. 11 Bullitt East vs. No. 12 Manual, 6.
* PRP seniors Lamontray Harris and Antonio McDaniels both recently scored their 1,000th career point. Harris reached the mark Dec. 23 in a victory over Newport Central Catholic and now has 1,093 points. McDaniels did it against Union County on Jan. 3 and has 1,012.
Tournament of Champions wrestling
The Jefferson County Tournament of Champions wrestling event is set for Friday and Saturday at Fern Creek. Wrestling will begin at 6 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Finals will start at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday.
The tournament will feature four of the top 14 teams in the KentuckyWrestling.com state rankings: No. 4 Trinity, No. 5 St. Xavier, No. 6 Moore and No. 14 Fern Creek.
Three of those teams have wrestlers ranked No. 1 in the state in their weight classes: St. X’s Justin Lampe (152 pounds) and Dominic Lampe (160), Trinity’s Tyler Frankrone (182) and Fern Creek’s Jorge Vega (113). Moore’s top wrestler is Mikey Smith, who is No. 2 at 170.
Here’s the entire KentuckyWrestling.com Top 20:
1. Union County, 2. Campbell County, 3. Woodford County, 4. Trinity, 5. St. Xavier, 6. Moore, 7. Christian County, 8. Johnson Central, 9. Ryle, 10. Henry Clay, 11. North Hardin, 12. Walton-Verona, 13. Oldham County, 14. Fern Creek, 15. Simon Kenton, 16. Scott, 17. Lafayette, 18. Wayne County, 19. Meade County, 20. Bourbon County
* Seven football players from the Louisville area will compete in Saturday’s Border Bowl at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky. The game will kick off at 12:30 p.m. and match some of the top seniors from Kentucky against those from Tennessee.
Representing the Louisville area will be DeSales’ Dylan Byrd, Central’s Derquoine Mobley and Donald Styles, Holy Cross’ C.J. Jacoby and St. X’s Austin Askin, B.J. Nagle and Lenny Broyles.
Owensboro’s Joe Prince is head coach of the Kentucky team. Central’s Ty Scroggins is an assistant.
* Allen County-Scottsville senior outfielder Katie Young signed to play softball at Georgetown College.