Sharpe, Cook, Downey, McCune are Louisville-area nominees
The Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation and the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches have released their Players of the Year for all 16 regions, with each of them being named a finalist for the state’s Mr. or Miss Basketball awards.
A total of 18 boys are finalists for the Mr. Basketball award, as two regions (Fifth and 11th) had co-Players of the Year. Seventeen girls are nominated for Miss Basketball, as the Ninth Region had co-Players of the Year.
Mr. Basketball nominees from the Louisville area are Sixth Region Player of the Year Tyler Sharpe from Bullitt East and Seventh Region Player of the Year Alex Cook from Male.
Miss Basketball nominees from the Louisville area are Sixth Region Player of the Year Katie Downey from North Bullitt and Seventh Region Player of the Year Krys McCune from Manual.
Coaches, media members and other select voters will have until Feb. 26 to submit their final ballots. Winners will be announced March 15 during a ceremony in Lexington.
Here are the Players of the Year for each region:
* Boys: First Region – James Boone (Murray); Second – Tyrik Edwards (Christian County); Third – Stewart Currie (Daviess County); Fourth – Wade Coomer (Barren County); Fifth – Mason Faulkner (Caverna) and Quentin Goodin (Taylor County); Sixth – Tyler Sharpe (Bullitt East); Seventh – Alex Cook (Male); Eighth – Carson Williams (Owen County); Ninth – Ben Weyer (Newport Central Catholic); 10th – Matt Wilson (Campbell County); 11th – Isaiah Tisdale (Henry Clay) and Darius Williams (Paul Dunbar); 12th – Trey Blevins (Wayne County); 13th – Caleb Taylor (South Laurel); 14th – Conner Haskins (Buckhorn); 15th – Hunter Swindall (Shelby Valley); 16th – Jordan Perry (Morgan County).
* Girls: First Region – Maddye Rice (McCracken County); Second – Adarian Gray (Madisonville-North Hopkins); Third – Mikayla Berry (Owensboro Catholic); Fourth – Bree Glover (Glasgow); Fifth – Erin Boley (Elizabethtown); Sixth – Katie Downey (North Bullitt); Seventh – Krys McCune (Manual); Eighth – Kaci Currens (Anderson County); Ninth – Mallory Schwartz (Ryle) and Ansley Davenport (Newport Central Catholic); 10th – Bailey Cummins (Bracken County); 11th – Malaka Frank (Franklin County); 12th – Emma Young (East Jessamine); 13th – Kayla Bruner (North Laurel); 14th – Whitney Creech (Jenkins); 15th – Jassmine Howard (Magoffin County); 16th – Ashton Woodard (Menifee County).