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Titans’ Stone earns KABC honor

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By Josh Cook

The accolades continue to come in for Collins senior boys’ basketball standout Ralphie Stone.
The 6-foot-3 forward, who averaged 17.1 points per game in leading the Titans to a 25-5 record this season, has been selected as the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches (KABC) Player of the Year from the 8th Region. Stone was previously named region player of the year in a vote of 8th coaches.  
Stone, who has also been invited to Kentucky All-Star tryouts, will be given the award March 21 at halftime of the first game of the afternoon session of the boys’ Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
The next day he will suit up for the West team in the KABC East-West Senior all-star game, which will tip off at 1 p.m. at Transylvania University. The West team is made up of players in the 1st-8th Regions, while the East squad is comprised of players in the 9th-16th Regions. All proceeds from that game go the Coaches vs. Cancer fund and to the KABC’s Coaches Assist Catastrophic Fund.


Cornerstone falls in state tourney

The Cornerstone Christian boys’ basketball team lost in the first round of the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association’s State Tournament last weekend, but the Bulldogs received plenty of post-tourney and postseason honors.
Somerset beat Cornerstone, 57-49, in the eight-team tournament, which took place last Friday and Saturday at Asbury College. Somerset went on to lose to Community 64-51 in the tourney final.
Bulldog Nate Oates was named to the all-tournament team.
Cornerstone also had three players earn all-state honors. Junior Christian Lopesilvero was named to the “Buddy Napier” all-state first-team while freshman Michael Woodward was a second-team selection, and Oates, a senior, was a third-team pick.
All three were selected to play in the KCAA all-star game that will take place Saturday afternoon at North Hardin Christian.