Eight top-20 teams scheduled for two-day event at Mercy
With snow in the forecast, the schedule for this weekend’s Raatz Fence/O’Shea’s Basketball Classic will have to be revised. But event organizer and Mercy Academy head coach Keith Baisch is hopeful some of the games will be played.
“We’re going to give everything we have to get some of these games in,” Baisch said.
A total of 15 teams from five states originally were scheduled to participate in the 11-game event set for Friday and Saturday at Mercy. As of Thursday afternoon, Baisch said South Warren and Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy already had backed out of traveling to Louisville because of the threat of snow.
Baisch said three other out-of-state programs – St. Louis Incarnate Word, Toledo (Ohio) Rogers and Huntington (W.Va.) St. Joseph Central – were scheduled to arrive by Friday. He said an official schedule for the event wouldn’t be available until Friday once schools from Kentucky decide whether they can participate.
“We’ll have to wait to hear what the (Jefferson County Public Schools) teams are going to do,” Baisch said. “We’ve got the snow plow ready and plan to have the parking lot clear.”
Eight teams in the top 20 of The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings are scheduled to participate – No. 1 Elizabethtown, No. 2 Mercer County, No. 3 Male, No. 4 Butler, No. 7 Manual, No. 13 Sacred Heart, No. 14 Mercy and No. 16 Bullitt East.
Christian Academy and Highlands also are in the field.
Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and high school students and $3 for children 12 and under. Preschoolers will be admitted for free.