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Cornerstone storms to All 'A' state crown

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By Josh Cook

The Cornerstone Christian boys’ basketball team won the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association’s All “A” State Tournament last weekend.

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The Bulldogs beat Lakeside, 81-34, in Friday’s first round before blitzing host Blue Grass Baptist, 61-27, Saturday morning. Cornerstone capped off its run with a 61-46 victory over Wesley Christian in Saturday evening’s final in Lexington.

Sophomore Christian Lopesilvero was named the most valuable player of the tournament. He was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Nate Oates, a senior, and

Michael Woodward, a freshman.

The Bulldogs (13-2), who followed that up with a 53-24 victory over Highlands Latin on Monday and a 69-45 triumph over Fox Creek Christian, are the No. 1 team in the KCAA’s online “Power Poll” ranking of the Top 10 teams.

 

Tom Creamer Classic

Shelby County will host its third annual Tom Creamer Classic, named for the coach who guided the Rockets to the 1978 boys’ state championship, on Saturday.

The Classic gets under way with a very good boys’ matchup between reigning 8th Region champion South Oldham (12-2) and Southwestern (12-3) at 4

p.m. The Rockets’ girls’ team then will host Waggener (9-6) at 5:45 p.m. before the Shelby County boys face Lexington Christian Academy (9-6) around 7:30 p.m. The Eagles feature junior shooting guard Brad Calipari, son of University of Kentucky Coach John Calipari. Calipari is injured, however, and won’t play.

 

Other upcoming events

  • The Collins and Shelby County swim teams will compete in the Greenwave Invitational at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Fort Knox (both Titans teams were second there last year and both Rockets squads finished fourth). Then Wednesday, Collins and Shelby County host Nelson County, Thomas Nelson, Boyle County and Danville, on their “Senior Night” at the Family Activity Center at Clear Creek Park.
  • The Collins boys’ basketball team plays at Oldham County on Tuesday night in a big 8th Region matchup. Two years ago the Colonels topped the Titans, 58-44, during the regular season, then 50-40 in the 8th Region final.
  • The Shelby County girls’ basketball team hosts Anderson County on Tuesday in another game that will determine district tournament seedings. The Bearcats (13-2, 3-0) beat the Rockets (9-3, 2-1), 72-49, Dec. 18 in Lawrenceburg.

 

8th Region rankings

Here are my weekly rankings of the Top 5 boys’ and girls’ basketball teams in the 8th Region. There are a couple of changes from last week after some notable games – the South Oldham boys beat Oldham County 62-58 last Friday and the Shelby County girls topped Trimble County 64-62 last Saturday.

 

BOYS

1. Collins (15-2) – The Titans are rolling, having won five in a row heading into tonight’s crosstown clash against Shelby County. They have a difficult road

game coming up at Oldham County (12-5) on Tuesday. Last week’s ranking: 1.

2. South Oldham (12-2) – The  Dragons have won four in a row, including back-to-back triumphs over 8th Region foes Oldham County (62-58 last Friday) and Grant

County (91-77 Monday). Last week: 2.

3. Gallatin County (9-4) – The Wildcats took a 7-game win streak into Thursday night’s game against Williamstown. They play Carroll County on Wednesday night in the 8th Region All ‘A’ Classic at Eminence. Last week: 4.

4. Oldham County (12-5) – The Colonels bounced back from their loss at South Oldham with back-to-back victories over Seneca (63-55) Saturday and at Bullitt Central (57-38) Tuesday. They have a big game tonight against North Oldham before hosting Collins on Tuesday.

Last week: 3.

5. Owen County (7-5) – The Rebels ended a 4-game losing streak with a 69-66 overtime victory at Henry County last Friday night. Owen, which hosted Eminence on Thursday night, plays at Grant County (5-9) tomorrow night before playing Eminence again Tuesday night in the All “A.” The Warriors are led by Jalen Dixie, a senior

point guard who briefly transferred to Shelby County last year. He scored 44 points in Eminence’s season-opening triumph over Trimble County. Last week:

Unranked.

 

GIRLS

1. Anderson County (13-2) – The Bearcats, No. 2 in this week’s Associated Press poll, blitzed Collins, 77-38, last Friday and mauled Mercer County, 84-47, Tuesday.

They host Spencer County, whom they slammed, 70-8, on Jan. 4, tonight before hosting fourth-ranked Ballard (14-1) on Saturday afternoon. Last week: 1.

2. Simon Kenton (16-3) – The Pioneers, who are fifth in the AP Top 10, were beaten soundly (72-50) by very good Newport Central Catholic (14-2) last Thursday before pounding Grant County (74-24) Saturday, Dixie Heights (76-40) Monday and Covington Scott (83-38) Wednesday. Simon plays at Scott County on Saturday

afternoon. Last week: 2.

3. Shelby County (9-3) – The Rockets topped Trimble County, 64-62, in a tough game last Saturday. Shelby County, which is led in scoring by Mackenzie Raizor (14.3 points per game) and in rebounding by Justus Martin (7.4 rebounds per game), plays at Collins tonight before hosting Waggener (9-6) tomorrow afternoon in the Tom Creamer Classic. They then host Anderson County on Tuesday night. Last week: 3.

4. Gallatin County (9-5) – The Wildcats are 4-0 in 2014 after clobbering Carroll County (68-33) last Friday. They play in the All “A” tonight at Carroll County

before hosting Oldham County on Monday and Henry County on Thursday. Last week: 5.

5. Trimble County (10-5) – The Raiders saw their 5-game winning streak snapped last Saturday by Shelby, but they bounced back in a big way, a very big way in fact,

an 87-5 victory over Eminence on Wednesday night in the All “A” at Carroll County. Last week: 4.