Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
March 15-18, 2000
Copyright © 2000 Ron Harrison
Wednesday March 15th - Session No. 1
Muhlenberg North (24-6) vs. Lexington Catholic (29-4)
Muhlenberg North coach Steve Sparks started the following lineup: 6-4 Sr. (13.0) Nathan Brothers, 6-2 Sr. (9.0) B. J. McCoy, 6-2 Sr. (17.0) Nick Ray, 6-2 Sr. (4.0) Davey Mills, and 6-2 Jr. (24.0) Patrick Sparks. Lexington Catholic coach Danny Haney countered with 6-3 Sr. (16.7) Ben Wilson, 5-11 Sr. (4.2) David Hewitt, 6-4 Sr. (15.7) Matt Heissenbuttel, 6-5 Sr. (13.5) Will Harris, and 6-2 Sr. (7.9) Kip Wellman.
Catholic had a simple strategy - limit the damage Patrick Sparks could do, and shut down his teammates. The strategy worked to perfection as Catholic advanced with a relatively easy 84-60 victory. They took the lead midway through the first quarter and led 41-29 at halftime. Catholic increased their lead in the second half to pull away for the final margin.
The victors were led by Matt Heissenbuttel with 22, Kip Wellman
with 15, and Ben Wilson added 14. Will Harris tallied
12 points and 13 rebounds. Muhlenberg North was led by Patrick
Sparks with 27 points (10-28 from the field), and Nick Ray with
|Muhlenberg North||(60) -||Brothers 6, McCoy 2, Ray 15, Mills 4, Sparks 27, Brannon 2, Casebier 1, Thompson 3.|
|Lexington Catholic||(84) -||Harris 12, Wellman 15, M. Heissenbuttel 22, Wilson 14, Woody 13, Wolford 2, Rose 4, Smith 2.|
Newport Central Catholic (30-5) vs. Louisville Male (26-7)
Newport Central Catholic coach Ron Dawn started the following lineup: 6-1 Jr. (21.9) Ronny Dawn, 6-2 Jr. (10.5) Seth Lynn, 6-5 Jr. (9.2) Corey Myers, 5-9 Jr. (6.7) Vince Bonhaus, and 6-0 Sr. (10.0) Tony Bacigalupo. Male coach Bryce Hibbard countered with 5-11 So. (7.8) Johnny Mathies, 6-3 Jr. (18.2) Larry O'Bannon, 6-3 Fr. (8.4) Mike Bush, 6-3 Sr. (12.2) Jermaine Burks, and 6-6 So. (5.9) LeVar Carter.
Male defeated NCC by a score of 61-41. Male led at halftime by
only 3, 26-23. Male proved to be too athletic and strong inside and
pulled away in the second half for the win. Male was led by their
Mike Bush with 17 points. Larry O'Bannon
added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Ronny Dawn led NCC with 22 points
despite shooting 6 of 19 from the field.
|Newport Central Catholic||12||11||5||13||-||41|
|Newport Central Catholic||(41) -||Lynn 3, Myers 6, Bacigalupo 6, Dawn 22, Bonhaus 4.|
|Louisville Male||(61) -||O'Bannon 14, Bush 17, Carter 3, Mathies 9, J. Burks 6, Eisert 6, Young 2, Powell 4.|
Wednesday March 15th - Session No. 2
Perry County Central (25-8) vs. Louisville Iroquois (29-2)
Perry County Central coach Allan Holland started the following lineup: 6-3 Jr. (20.7) Ben Bowling, 6-0 Sr. (8.4) Clifford McIntyre, 6-3 Sr. (9.7) Tim Neace, 6-3 Sr. (13.7) Donnie Paul Fugate, and 6-2 Jr. (9.3) Brian Neace. Iroquois coach Jim Just countered with 5-8 Sr. (14.5) DeShawn Bowman, 5-8 Sr. (5.1) Lawrence McKinney, 5-10 Sr. (8.9) Jordan Bricest, 6-4 Jr. (20.3) Anthony Johnson, and 6-0 Sr. (8.9) Herana-Daze Jones.
Iroquois defeated PCC by a score of 69-54. PCC led 20-13
after the first quarter, but Iroquois rallied to lead 34-23 at the half.
PCC lost 6-3 Sr. Donnie Paul Fugate early to an injury, and
Neace picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter. Iroquois
team speed and depth proved to be the difference in the game. The
victors were led by lightning fast DeShawn Bowman with 16.
Johnson and Jordan Bricest added 13 each. PCC was led
by Ben Bowling with 20 points.
Tim Neace added 13 points
and 9 rebounds.
|Perry County Central||20||3||12||19||-||54|
|Perry County Central||(54) -||Fugate 2, B. Neace 4, T. Neace 13, McIntyre 5, Bowling 20, Adams 8, Willis 2.|
|Louisville Iroquois||(69) -||Johnson 13, Jones 10, Bricest 13, McKinney 3, Bowman 16, Campbell 2, Williams 8, Fuqua 4.|
Mercer County (15-17) vs. Scott County (29-4)
Mercer County coach Stacey Hall started the following lineup: 6-3 Sr. (16.4) Jason Atwell, 6-0 Fr. (13.2) Joe White, 5-8 Sr. (5.1) Justin Ellis, 6-7 Jr. (15.7) Michael West, and 6-1 Jr. (5.1) Josh Sexton. Scott County coach Billy Hicks countered with 5-11 Sr. (21.6) Casey Alsop, 5-10 So. (10.5) C-3 Brown, 6-5 Sr. (23.3) Scott Hundley, 6-2 So. (4.1) Coy Zerhusen, and 6-2 Sr. (6.2) Kenneth Chisley.
Scott County overwhelmed Mercer County 95-47 in the nightcap.
6-8 Jr. Nate Austin came off the bench to lead the victors with
20 points. First team all-staters Casey Alsop and
Hundley added 19 and 18 points respectively.
Coy Zerhusen chipped
in with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Jason Atwell and Joe White
led Mercer County with 13 and 12 points respectively.
|Mercer County||(47) -||Jo. Sexton 4, Ellis 1, West 8, Atwell 13, White 12, Jones 4, Royalty 1, Cheek 1, Ja. Sexton 2, Riley 1.|
|Scott County||(95) -||Chisley 3, Hundley 18, Zerhusen 11, Brown 4, Alsop 19, Austin 20, Oser 3, M. Reed 3, Harden 2, Wages 4, Travis 2, Nettles 4, Mazzoni 2.|
Thursday March 16th - Session No. 3
Bishop Brossart (19-12) vs. Graves County (27-3)
Bishop Brossart coach Willie Schlarman started the following lineup: 6-2 Sr. (15.9) Justin Seiter, 6-3 Jr. (16.1) Chris Ryan, 6-2 Sr. (6.4) Jeff Clark, 6-4 Sr. (4.3) Dave Enzweiler, and 6-2 Sr. (10.8) Scott Ruth. Graves County coach Allan Hatcher countered with 6-4 Jr. (14.0) Wes Johnson, 6-2 Jr. (12.0) Tyler Wiles, 6-1 Sr. (9.0) Kent Manning, 5-11 Jr. (7.0) Wes Hatcher, and 6-4 Jr. (6.0) Nathan Wilkerson.
Bishop Brossart upset Graves County by a score of 47-40. Graves County
led 23-16 at halftime but Bishop Brossart scrapped back for the win to
continue their improbable post-season campaign. Brossart was led
Scott Ruth with 16 points. Graves County was led by
with 15 points and 8 rebounds.
|Bishop Brossart||(47) -||Ruth 16, Clark 8, Enzweiler 4, Seiter 6, Ryan 6, Ziegler 6, Luschek 1.|
|Graves County||(40) -||Wilkerson 4, Manning 2, Johnson 15, Hatcher 4, Wiles 3, James 4, Elliot 6, Hatchell 2.|
Corbin (29-2) vs. Russellville (26-5)
Corbin coach Mike Deaton started the following lineup: 5-10 Sr. (8.9) Bryan Warren, 6-1 Sr. (16.8) Derek Barton, 6-5 Sr. (5.5) Derek Lanham, 6-3 Sr. (16.9) Josh Brock, and 6-0 Sr. (6.2) Scott Greiwe. Russellville coach Phil Todd countered with 6-10 Jr. (18.0) Tony Key, 6-2 Sr. (18.1) Michael Morris, 6-4 Jr. (15.0) Teco Dickerson, 6-3 Sr. (10.0) Ricky Duncan, and 6-2 So. (10.0) Maurice Hampton.
Russellville finally subdued a stubborn Corbin team by a score of 68-60.
Russellville got off to a great start and led 38-24 in the second quarter
before settling for a 38-30 halftime lead. Corbin scrapped back to
pull within one; 61-60, with 1:17 remaining before Russellville pulled
away for the win. Tony Key and Michael Morris led the
victors with 17 each. Maurice Hampton added 16 points.
Corbin was led by
Derek Burton with 20 points - 18 coming in the
second half. Josh Brock added 16 points.
|Corbin||(60) -||Brock 16, Greiwe 3, Lanham 6, Warren 1, Barton 20, Mason 5, Hammons 3, Davis 4, Daniel 2.|
|Russellville||(68) -||T. Dickerson 10, Duncan 6, Key 17, Morris 17, Hampton 16, Todd 2.|
Thursday March 16th - Session No. 4
Boyd County (22-7) vs. Elizabethtown (26-5)
Boyd County coach Roger Zornes started the following lineup: 6-3 Sr. (12.4) Caleb Stewart, 6-8 Sr. (7.0) Brandon Rose, 6-0 Sr. (7.7) Adam Young, 5-9 Sr. (6.9) Tyler Borders, and 6-3 Sr. (21.4) Tyler Zornes. Elizabethtown coach James Haire countered with 5-9 Sr. (5.7) Jason Johnston, 6-1 Sr. (13.8) Chris Williams, 6-7 Sr. (20.3) Nathan Sexton, 6-5 Sr. (20.1) Antwain Barbour, and 6-0 Jr. (4.9) Josh Pedigo.
Elizabethtown survived a wild finish to beat Boyd County 52-50.
Boyd County led 44-41 in the fourth quarter but E-town came from behind
to take the lead. Boyd County actually had the ball with 6 seconds
remaining and a chance to tie or win the game, but Chris Williams
stole the ball to secure the win. E-town was led by Chris Williams
Nathan Sexton with 16, and Antwain Barbour added
11. Boyd County was led by Caleb Stewart and Tyler Zornes
with 12 each.
|Boyd County||(50) -||Stewart 12, Young 8, Rose 11, Borders 5, Zornes 12, Chaney 2.|
|Elizabethtown||(52) -||Barbour 11, Sexton 16, Johnston 2, Williams 21, Bramblett 2.|
Johnson Central (25-6) vs. Hopkins County Central (26-5)
Johnson Central coach Johnny Ray Turner started the following lineup: 6-0 Sr. (7.0) Heath Castle, 6-5 Sr. (8.0) Marvin Fanin, 6-3 Sr. (9.0) Jimmy Burchett, 6-2 Sr. (18.0) Mitchell Coleman, and 6-0 Sr. (20.0) Tommy McKenzie. Hopkins County Central coach Chad Burgett countered with the following lineup: 6-1 Jr. (10.0) Seth Prow, 6-4 Sr. (9.0) Jeremy Scott, 6-1 Sr. (6.0) Lance White, 6-2 Sr. (13.0) J. T. Riddle, and 5-11 Sr. (14.0) Lucas White.
Johnson Central survived a furious rally by Hopkins County Central to
win the game 66-64. Johnson Central led 53-39 after three periods,
but Hopkins stormed back to take a 64-63 lead on a J. T. Riddle three-pointer
with 10 seconds remaining. Johnson Central's Tommy McKenzie was
fouled on a three point attempt with 4.1 seconds remaining. He stepped
to the line and calmly hit three free throws for the 66-64 win. Johnson
Central was led by Fanin and McKenzie with 14 each.
Hopkins County Central was led by J. T. Riddle with 26 points.
|Hopkins County Central||9||10||20||25||-||64|
|Johnson Central||(66) -||Castle 11, Fanin 14, Burchett 9, Coleman 11, McKenzie 14, Hackney 7.|
|Hopkins County Central||(64) -||Prow 11, Scott 5, La. White 4, Riddle 26, Lu. White 11, Hill 5, Gardner 2.|
Friday March 17th - Session No. 5
Louisville Male (27-7) vs. Lexington Catholic (30-4) Quarterfinal 1
Male coach Bryce Hibbard started the following lineup: 5-11 So. Johnny Mathies, 6-3 Jr. Larry O'Bannon, 6-3 Fr. Mike Bush, 6-3 Sr. Jermaine Burks, and 6-6 So. LeVar Carter. Lexington Catholic coach Danny Haney countered with 6-3 Sr. Ben Wilson, 5-11 Sr. David Hewitt, 6-4 Sr. Matt Heissenbuttel, 6-5 Sr. Will Harris, and 6-2 Sr. Kip Wellman.
Lexington Catholic defeated Male by a score of 68-53. Male got off to a fast start leading 18-11 after the first quarter behind 9 points by Jermaine Burks. Catholic used their trademark pressure defense to trigger a 18-4 run which propelled them to a 38-33 halftime lead. Catholic opened up a 15 point lead in the third quarter and held on for the win.
Catholic was led by
Matt Heissenbuttel with 16,
with 15, and
Ben Wilson added 14 points. Male was led by Jermaine
Burks with 17. Larry O'Bannon added 11 points and Mike Bush
tallied 9 points and 9 rebounds.
|Louisville Male||(53) -||O'Bannon 11, Bush 9, Carter 4, Mathies 8, Burks 17, Eisert 2, Blackerby 2.|
|Lexington Catholic||(68) -||Harris 15, Wellman 11, M. Heissenbuttel 16, Wilson 14, Hewitt 2, Woody 8, Rose 2.|
Scott County (30-4) vs. Louisville Iroquois (30-2) Quarterfinal 2
Scott County coach Billy Hicks started the following lineup: 5-11 Sr. Casey Alsop, 5-10 So. C-3 Brown, 6-5 Sr. Scott Hundley, 6-2 So. Coy Zerhusen, and 6-2 Sr. Kenneth Chisley. Iroquois coach Jim Just countered with 5-8 Sr. DeShawn Bowman, 5-8 Sr. Lawrence McKinney, 5-10 Sr. Jordan Bricest, 6-4 Jr. Anthony Johnson, and 6-0 Sr. Herana-Daze Jones.
Scott County survived a furious Iroquois rally in the fourth quarter
to edge Iroquois 72-66. Scott County led 58-40 at the end of three
quarters, but Iroquois utilized their quickness on their press to pull
within 2; 64-62 with 1:38 remaining. They had a chance to tie the
game but missed two free throws and could never close the gap. Scott
County was led by
Casey Alsop with 21 points. Scott Hundley
added 18 points and 19 rebounds. Coy Zerhusen also chipped
in with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Iroquois was led by
with 26 points on 9-9 from the field and he also tallied 13 rebounds.
and Jones each added 13 points.
|Scott County||(72) -||Chisley 4, Hundley 18, Zerhusen 14, Brown 9, Alsop 21, Austin 4, Oser 2.|
|Louisville Iroquois||(66) -||Johnson 26, Jones 13, Bricest 7, Bowman 13, Williams 3, Campbell 4.|
Friday March 17th - Session No. 6
Russellville (27-5) vs. Bishop Brossart (20-12) Quarterfinal 3
Russellville coach Phil Todd started the following lineup: 6-10 Jr. Tony Key, 6-2 Sr. Michael Morris, 6-4 Jr. Teco Dickerson, 6-3 Sr. Ricky Duncan, and 6-2 So. Maurice Hampton. Bishop Brossart coach Willie Schlarman countered with 6-2 Sr. Justin Seiter, 6-3 Jr. Chris Ryan, 6-2 Sr. Jeff Clark, 6-4 Sr. Dave Enzweiler, and 6-2 Sr. Scott Ruth.
Russellville hit a tournament record 70% from the field to end the Cinderella
run of Bishop Brossart with a 60-46 win. The victory did not come
easy as Bishop Brossart scrapped to the very end. Russellville was
Tony Key and Michael Morris with 15 points each. Key
also added 7 rebounds and 6 blocked shots. Bishop Brossart was led
Chris Ryan with 19 points.
|Russellville||(60) -||T. Dickerson 8, Duncan 6, Key 15, Morris 15, Hampton 12, Thompson 1, Todd 3.|
|Bishop Brossart||(46) -||Ruth 6, Clark 7, Enzweiler 4, J. Seiter 6, Ryan 19, Ziegler 3, B. Seiter 1.|
Johnson Central (26-6) vs. Elizabethtown (27-5) Quarterfinal 4
Johnson Central coach Johnny Ray Turner started the following lineup: 6-0 Sr. Heath Castle, 6-5 Sr. Marvin Fanin, 6-3 Sr. Jimmy Burchett, 6-2 Sr. Mitchell Coleman, and 6-0 Sr. Tommy McKenzie. Elizabethtown coach James Haire countered with 5-9 Sr. Jason Johnston, 6-1 Sr. Chris Williams, 6-7 Sr. Nathan Sexton, 6-5 Sr. Antwain Barbour, and 6-0 Jr. Josh Pedigo.
Elizabethtown proved to be too quick and strong for Johnson Central
and prevailed by a score of 81-68. E-town was led by Williams and
with 20 points each. Nathan Sexton added 17 points and 13
rebounds. Johnson Central was led by standout guard
with 20 points.
|Johnson Central||(68) -||Fanin 2, Burchett 9, Coleman 15, McKenzie 20, Hackney 11, Ellis 6, Johnson 2, Jennings 3.|
|Elizabethtown||(81) -||Pedigo 9, Barbour 20, Sexton 17, Johnston 9, Williams 20, Rudd 2, Richardson 2, Bramblett 2.|
Saturday March 18th - Session No. 7
Scott County (31-4) vs. Lexington Catholic (31-4) Semifinal No. 1
Scott County coach Billy Hicks started the following lineup: 5-11 Sr. Casey Alsop, 5-10 So. C-3 Brown, 6-5 Sr. Scott Hundley, 6-2 So. Coy Zerhusen, and 6-2 Sr. Kenneth Chisley. Lexington Catholic coach Danny Haney countered with 6-3 Sr. Ben Wilson, 5-11 Sr. David Hewitt, 6-4 Sr. Matt Heissenbuttel, 6-5 Sr. Will Harris, and 6-2 Sr. Kip Wellman.
Lexington Catholic defeated Scott County by a score of 52-47. Catholic led 28-17 at the end of the first half despite Ben Wilson leaving early with an injury and Matt Heissenbuttel being in early foul trouble. Heissenbuttel fouled out with 5:34 remaining and Catholic clinging to a 38-34 lead. The prospects looked bleak for Catholic with Scott County leading 47-45 with 1:11 remaining on the clock. However, Catholic's Will Harris tied the game at 47 and later hit two free throws to give Lexington Catholic a 49-47 lead, a lead they did not relinquish.
Catholic was led by Matt Heissenbuttel with 12 and
with 10. Scott Hundley led Scott County with 19 and Casey
Alsop added 10 points. The fouls took their tolls on both teams
as Catholic lost
Heissenbuttel and Scott County lost C-3 Brown
and 6-8 Jr. Nate Austin to referee whistles.
|Scott County||(47) -||Chisley 2, Hundley 19, Zerhusen 1, Brown 9, Alsop 10, Austin 6.|
|Lexington Catholic||(52) -||Harris 10, Wellman 9, M. Heissenbuttel 12, Hewitt 7, Woody 7, Rose 5, Morton 2.|
Elizabethtown (28-5) vs. Russellville (28-5) Semifinal No. 2
Elizabethtown coach James Haire started the following lineup: 5-9 Sr. Jason Johnston, 6-1 Sr. Chris Williams, 6-7 Sr. Nathan Sexton, 6-5 Sr. Antwain Barbour, and 6-0 Jr. Josh Pedigo. Russellville coach Phil Todd countered with 6-10 Jr. Tony Key, 6-2 Sr. Michael Morris, 6-4 Jr. Teco Dickerson, 6-3 Sr. Ricky Duncan, and 6-2 So. Maurice Hampton.
Elizabethtown staged a great comeback to erase a third quarter break
deficit of 65-54 to defeat Russellville 88-87. Russellville had the
ball with 6 seconds left but missed the final shot. The story today
was a magnificent game by
Antwain Barbour who scored 42 points including
the game-winning free throw. Barbour also pulled down 15 rebounds.
Chris Williams added 17 points. Russellville was led by
Dickerson with 31 points. Tony Key added 19 points and
9 rebounds before fouling out with 28 seconds remaining on the clock.
|Elizabethtown||(88) -||Pedigo 11, Barbour 42, Sexton 8, Johnston 2, Williams 17, Bramblett 7, Richardson 1.|
|Russellville||(87) -||Dickerson 31, Duncan 8, Key 19, Morris 18, Hampton 11.|
Saturday March 18th - Session No. 8
Elizabethtown (29-5) vs. Lexington Catholic (32-4) Championship Game
Elizabethtown coach James Haire started the following lineup: 5-9 Sr. Jason Johnston, 6-1 Sr. Chris Williams, 6-7 Sr. Nathan Sexton, 6-5 Sr. Antwain Barbour, and 6-0 Jr. Josh Pedigo. Lexington Catholic coach Danny Haney countered with 6-3 Sr. Ben Wilson, 5-11 Sr. David Hewitt, 6-4 Sr. Matt Heissenbuttel, 6-5 Sr. Will Harris, and 6-2 Sr. Kip Wellman.
Elizabethtown staged a great comeback to defeat Lexington Catholic 79-69
to claim the state championship. Catholic led 38-25 at halftime but
E-town went on a 31-9 run in the third quarter to lead at the break 56-47.
E-town played a solid fourth quarter to secure the win. E-town was paced
by their three senior stars. Barbour led the scoring with
31 points. Chris Williams added 25 points including 14 points
in the decisive third quarter. Nathan Sexton added 9 points
and pulled down 20 rebounds. Catholic was led by Matt Heissenbuttel
with 25 points. Will Harris added 20 points and 10 rebounds.
|Elizabethtown||(79) -||Pedigo 3, Barbour 31, Sexton 9, Johnston 11, Williams 25.|
|Lexington Catholic||(69) -||Harris 20, Wellman 5, M. Heissenbuttel 25, Hewitt 5, Wilson 8, Wolford 2, Morton 2, Rose 2.|
All Tournament Team
|Antwain Barbour||6-5||Sr.||Elizabethtown||4 games||26.0 PPG||6.5 RPG||M.V.P.|
|Matt Heissenbuttel||6-4||Sr.||Lexington Catholic||4 games||18.8 PPG|
|Scott Hundley||6-5||Sr.||Scott County||3 games||18.3 PPG||11.3 RPG|
|Anthony Johnson||6-4||Jr.||Louisville Iroquois||2 games||19.5 PPG||10.5 RPG|
|Casey Alsop||5-11||Sr.||Scott County||3 games||16.7 PPG|
|Tommy McKenzie||6-0||Jr.||Johnson Central||2 games||17.0 PPG|
|Tony Key||6-10||Jr.||Russellville||3 games||17.0 PPG||7.7 RPG|
|Will Harris||6-5||Sr.||Lexington Catholic||4 games||14.3 PPG||8.3 RPG|
|Larry O'Bannon||6-3||Jr.||Louisville Male||2 games||12.5 PPG||6.5 RPG|
|Teco Dickerson||6-4||Jr.||Russellville||3 games||16.3 PPG|
|Michael Morris||6-2||Sr.||Russellville||3 games||16.7 PPG|
|Nathan Sexton||6-7||Sr.||Elizabethtown||4 games||12.5 PPG||12.5 RPG|
|DeShawn Bowman||5-8||Sr.||Louisville Iroquois||2 games||14.5 PPG|
|Patrick Sparks||6-2||Jr.||Muhlenberg North||1 game||27.0 PPG|
|Chris Williams||6-1||Sr.||Elizabethtown||4 games||20.7 PPG|
This was a well played, well coached tournament with an Elizabethtown team peaking at the right time and riding the heroics of Antwain Barbour to the title. Barbour was touted early this season by Dave Zuberer and Rick Bolus. When these two gentlemen talk; I listen. Barbour grew 2-3 inches in height since last season and grew into stardom. Lexington Catholic didn't choke - they just ran into athletic buzz saws named Chris Williams and Antwain Barbour. Danny Haney kept extending his defense and time after time Williams and Barbour met the challenge.
Scott County's Billy Hicks has been on quite a ride. One state championship, one runner-up, and a third place, and he's not done yet. Billy will re-load and have another good team - he will accept nothing less. Good-bye Scott Hundley and Casey Alsop, thanks for the memories.
Lexington Catholic will have a good team next year. They have some young players who will develop this summer. They have an excellent coaching staff and a good system in place. They will miss their departed seniors, especially early in the season. Congratulations to seniors Matt Heissenbuttel, Will Harris, Ben Wilson, David Hewitt, and Kip Wellman. You left it all on the floor - no regrets.
Russellville could be scary next year. Dickerson, Key, and Hampton return - enough said.
Male coach Bryce Hibbard will have a big target painted on his back. He has a very young, very talented team. Everyone knows that now.
Iroquois and coach Just had a great year. Anthony Johnson had an outstanding season and was as good as Dave Zuberer stated.
I have seen Tyler Zornes play several games this year - a couple of great games, a couple of average games. You hear criticism after the average ones but he led his team to the big show three straight years - must be doing something right.
Johnson Central's Tommy McKenzie only stands 6-0 and weighs 145 pounds. However, Tommy is quick, deceptive, and very calm under pressure situations.
Patrick Sparks, Ronny Dawn, Ben Bowling, Larry O'Bannon, Tony Key, and other fine returning players are a great reason to look forward to next season. Congratulations to all the schools who made it to the big dance. There are no losers once you get that far.
Please feel free to send your comments and questions concerning the
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