Region Championship Too Early Predictions

Photo courtesy Bob & Ted Jackson.

It is that time of year again folks and many people are wondering if their team(s) are going to make it out of their respective district tournament, but I am here to go ahead and make what some will say obvious predictions and a few thrown in their to possibly ruffle some feathers in hopes that some good conversations can be had.

The first prediction that I will make is the one that some people will say is the most obvious choice in Kentucky this season and that is Maddie Scherr will win the Miss Basketball title.

Photo courtesy Bob & Ted Jackson.

The first of my few surprise predictions will be that Zion Harmon will lead the Marshall County HS Marshals to Rupp Arena. Many people are placing their money (figuratively speaking) on McCracken County to win the 1st Region crown, but I think it will be Marshall County cutting down the next at Murray State University’s CFSB Center.

My other bold prediction will be what some may call a homer pick because I will officially be a graduate of Northern Kentucky University in May, but Coach Darrin Horn has done a good job in recruiting in his time at the helm of the Norse and to land Marques Warrick is only a sign of things to come for the Norse. With that having been said, I think Warrick will be crowned Mr. Basketball.

Photo taken from Marques Warrick’s Twitter account @marques_warrick

Below is a list of the teams that I think will be playing in the basketball Mecca of Rupp Arena in a few short week.

First will be the region champions competing for the Mingua Beef Jerky/KHSAA Girls Basketball Sweet 16:

Photo taken from the KHSAA website.

1st Region – Calloway County

2nd Region – Henderson County

3rd Region – Owensboro Catholic

4th Region – Bowling Green

5th Region – Bethlehem (if the Banshees can pull off the All A Class and Sweet 16 sweep, a book and movie would need to be made about the small school team from Bardstown)

6th Region – Butler

7th Region – Sacred Heart

8th Region – Simon Kenton

9th Region – Ryle

10th Region – Bishop Brossart

11th Region – Scott County

12th Region – Casey County

13th Region – South Laurel

14th Region – Wolfe County (this is the one that has the greatest chance of not happening out of the 16 predictions, but it is wishful thinking for a school that you never hear much out of. The city of Campton would shut down if their girls were playing in Rupp Arena)

15th Region – Shelby Valley

16th Region – Boyd County

Photo taken from the KHSAA website.

And now for the predictions of the 16 teams that I think will be representing their school, town and county in what many call “The Greatest Show in Hoops,” aka the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16:

1st Region – Marshall County

2nd Region – Madisonville – North Hopkins

3rd Region – Owensboro

4th Region – Bowling Green

5th Region – Elizabethtown

6th Region – Fern Creek

7th Region – Male

8th Region – Oldham County

9th Region – Covington Catholic (a trip to Rupp Arena wouldn’t be the same without two things…the first being a vanilla soft serve ice cream cone and the second being the chance to see some terrific basketball from the CovCath, but mainly to get to see the Colonel Crazies a.k.a. the greatest cheering section in all of Kentucky high school athletics)

10th Region – Bourbon County

11th Region – Henry Clay

12th Region – Somerset

13th Region – South Laurel

14th Region – Hazard

15th Region – Martin County

16th Region – Ashland Blazer

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