High school notebook | Litratings tab E'town as girls' state title favorite

High school notebook | Litratings tab E'town as girls' state title favorite


High school notebook | Litratings tab E'town as girls' state title favorite


The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings have picked Elizabethtown High School as the favorite to win this week’s Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls’ Sweet 16.

But with no dominant team in the state this season, Panthers coach Tim Mudd believes his squad is among several with a legitimate chance to take home the title.

“I think there are probably eight teams in there that could win the state championship,” Mudd said. “There’s just that much parity this year. Yeah, a lot of people are throwing us in that category. But I’m willing to bet they’re saying the same thing about a lot of the other ones, too.”

E’town (29-4) is among eight Top 20 teams that qualified for the Sweet 16, which will start Wednesday at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green and run through Sunday’s 3 p.m. EDT championship game.

Also in the field are No. 2 Butler (28-3), No. 3 Anderson County (27-4), No. 4 Henderson County (24-5), No. 6 Lafayette (27-3), No. 7 Sacred Heart (27-7), No. 10 Glasgow (29-6) and No. 14 Newport Central Catholic (29-4). (No. 18 Murray was scheduled to face Marshall County in Monday’s First Region final for the last spot in the field.)

If the Litratings hold, Henderson County would face Butler in one semifinal on Saturday with the First Region champion meeting E’town in the other. E’town is favored over Butler in the championship game.

E’town will face Sacred Heart at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in one of three first-round games matching Top 20 teams.

On Wednesday, Butler will face Newport Central Catholic at 7:30 p.m. and Lafayette will meet Glasgow at 9 p.m.

KABC announces top girls’ players, coaches

The Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches has announced its girls’ Players and Coaches of the Year for each region.

Butler’s Danielle Lawrence was named Sixth Region Player of the Year. Ballard’s Javonna Layfield and Eastern’s Madison Raque shared the Seventh Region award.

Butler’s Larry Just and Bullitt East’s Chris Stallings shared the Sixth Region Coach of the Year award, and Ballard’s Frank Wright was named Seventh Region Coach of the Year.

Here is the entire list of winners:

First Region — Summer Simmons (Calloway County); — Meg Starling (University Heights); — Madison Rich (Edmonson County); — Shalika Smith (Glasgow); — Ivy Brown (LaRue County); — Danielle Lawrence (Butler); — Javonna Layfield (Ballard), Madison Raque (Eastern); — Makenzie Cann (Anderson County); — Nicole Kiernan (Newport Central Catholic); Sarah Futscher (Bishop Brossart); Brooke Todd (Paul Dunbar); Essence Grey (Danville); Brandi Smith (Whitley County); –Kayla Rankin (Perry County Central); Jamie Castle (Magoffin County), Rachel Potter (Pikeville); Taylor Wheeler (Boyd County).* Players of the Year:SecondThirdFourthFifthSixthSeventhEighthNinth10th —11th —12th —13th — 14th 15th —16th —

* — Rechelle Turner (Murray); — Shane Smith (Union County); — Natalie Powers-Payne (Daviess County); — Blaine Embry (South Warren); — Travis Wootton (LaRue County); — Larry Just (Butler), Chris Stallings (Bullitt East); — Frank Wright (Ballard); — Kerrie Stewart (Trimble County); — Tony Perkins (Holmes); Rebecca Arnold (Augusta); — Joey Thacker (Franklin County); Judie Mason (Danville); David Teague (Bell County); Dickie Adams (Letcher County Central), Ken Jones (Powell County); James Castle (Magoffin County); — Hagar Easterling (East Carter).Coaches of the Year: First Region Second Third FourthFifth Sixth Seventh EighthNinth10th —11th 12th —13th — 14th —15th —16th

Preseason baseball/softball polls

* Henderson County is No. 1 in the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association’s preseason Top 25. Defending state champion Pleasure Ridge Park is No. 2.

The season will open Wednesday.

Here is the entire Top 25:

1. Henderson County, 2. Pleasure Ridge Park, 3. Central Hardin, 4. Male, 5. Tates Creek, 6. Lafayette, 7. St. Xavier, 8. Apollo, 9. Mercer County, 10. Bullitt East, 11. Lexington Catholic, 12. McCracken County, 13. Harrison County, 14. Collins, 15. Danville, 16. Ballard, 17. West Jessamine, 18. Logan County, 19. South Warren, 20. Paul Dunbar, 21. Butler, 22. Hazard, 23. Beechwood, 24. Meade County, 25. North Laurel

* Male is No. 1 in the Metro Softball Coaches Association’s preseason Top 10. The season will open Wednesday.

The Kentucky Softball Coaches Association has not yet released a statewide preseason Top 25.

Here is the Metro poll:

1. Male, 2. Mercy, 3. Ballard, 4. Bullitt East, 5. Holy Cross, 6. (tie) Butler, Sacred Heart, 8. Eastern, 9. Assumption, 10. Fern Creek

Mabrey headed to Doss Hall of Fame

PRP boys’ basketball coach Dale Mabrey is part of the three-member class that will be inducted into the Doss High School Hall of Fame during a ceremony set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at South Park Country Club.

Mabrey, a 1974 Doss graduate, is in his 33rd season as PRP’s coach and has posted more than 800 victories.

Other members of the class are former football coach John Bunting and Jeremy Sharfe, who plays the Buddy Bat mascot for the Louisville Bats baseball team.


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