January 22nd, 2018 Podcast

Jon and Kayla are thrilled that the Louisville Invitational Tournament was finished and discuss the results. They discuss where they stand on Classes for Kentucky High School Basketball, Kayla has a few things to say about bleacher refs, and both give Don Irvine a nod for being an upstanding guy. Player of the Week is given along with All-A results for the week, a preview for the All-A state tournament, and the duo gives their personal Top 5 teams — which isn’t so different this week. They also talk about a young lady’s major accomplishment at Muhlenberg County, among other things… tune in.

Android users:

Bluegrass Basketball Season 1, Episode 4

iTunes link:

Bluegrass Basketball on iTunes

January 15th, 2018 Podcast

Kayla and Jon are back to talk about a week of game-impacting weather — including the Louisville Invitational Tournament. Both discuss being bummed that the 71st LIT wasn’t completed among other disappointing cancellations. The duo talks realignment, the All A classic, and name the FIRST EVER Bluegrass Basketball Player of the Week, and bring up a few funny/amazing moments that happened (including the Caverna and Adair County 200+pt game.)

Jon gets fired up big time in his Tell Us How You Really Feel segment. Both Kayla and Jon talk about their different perspectives on what Wes Strader meant to them — And as always, Jon has jokes about Kayla’s love for the Thundering Herd… plus much, much more. The podcast went over an hour this week — chock full of great information.

Both are making a plea to you for more Girls Basketball info — keep us informed at @BluegrassBball on Twitter.

And finally — we are on iTunes. Subscribe, rate, and leave us a review! We need your input!

For android users, or those that don’t use iTunes:

Bluegrass Basketball Podcast, Episode 3

iTunes Channel:

Bluegrass Basketball on iTunes

January 8th, 2018 Podcast

Episode 2 of the brand new Bluegrass Basketball Podcast is live and I think we finally got our act together a little bit better with the audio. Things will improve as we press forward.

Listen in as Jon Moore and Kayla VanHoose enjoy themselves discussing the games they saw this week, players worth mentioning, and games to watch next week — and Jon’s preview of the Louisville Invitational Tournament.

Jon also publicly calls Kayla out on what he finds to be an absurd (basketball related) name for a house cat. Definitely worth a listen!

Bluegrass Basketball Podcast, Episode 2

January 1st, 2018 Podcast

Happy New Year! My partner and I have dove head first into a new adventure — Podcasting.

Our first recording is kind of rough, we are trying to explore the many types of equipment and software required to take on this venture.

We both look forward to having you listen. For now, our first episode is available at the following link until our channel is up on iTunes.

Bluegrass Basketball Podcast, Episode 1.

Every week we will discuss all 16 Regions and who is who across the state — find out if your favorite player was mentioned. Episodes will be released every Monday!

As always, follow us on Twitter and give us any feedback from there. Look forward to hearing your comments.


March 5th Pick ‘Em

Ready for the first Pick ‘Em contest of this season? Comment below with your picks for both boys and girls. The contestant with the most correct will win a Bluegrass Basketball tee of their choice. Some of these games begin as early as 1pm so get your submissions in! Enjoy!


2nd Region Trigg County – vs.Christian County

2nd Region Hopkinsville – vs.Madisonville-North Hopkins

3rd Region Owensboro Catholic – vs.Breckinridge County

3rd Region Muhlenberg County – vs.Meade County

10th Region Pendleton County – vs. Montgomery County

10th Region Augusta – vs.Scott

11th Region Lafayette – vs.Scott County

11th Region Dunbar vs. Henry Clay

13th Region Knox Central – vs.South Laurel

13th Region Harlan County – vs.Clay County

15th Region Lawrence County – vs.Pikeville

15th Region South Floyd – vs.Magoffin County


1st Region Graves County – vs.Murray

2nd Region Henderson County – vs.Webster County

5th Region John Hardin – vs.Elizabethtown

6th Region Mercy – vs.Butler

7th Region Male – vs.DuPont Manual

8th Region Trimble County – vs.Simon Kenton

9th Region Holmes – vs.Conner

9th Region Highlands – vs.Ryle

10th Region Scott – at Campbell County

11th Region Franklin County – vs.Bryan Station

12th Region Mercer County – vs. Lincoln County

13th Region Harlan – vs.Harlan County

14th Region Leslie County – vs.Jenkins

15th Region Magoffin County – vs.Shelby Valley

16th Region Boyd County – vs.East Carter

16th Region Rowan County – vs.Russell


So far I have learned a lot in my time as owner of Bluegrass Basketball but I made the most important discovery last night — our youth has no idea about the accomplishments of our legends. 

This thought has crossed my mind during several of our trivia games. I noticed a pattern: the old guys answer the questions about the old guys. No offense intended to my older subscribers, in fact, you give me hope that the groundwork laid by these athletes wasn’t done so in vain.

But what about when we are all dead and gone? With information so easily at the fingertips of our youth, I certainly thought they would use it as a tool to gain an understanding of all those forgotten names in the record books.

That’s where you and I come in. Today I’m making a commitment to our state to educate the Social Media generation. No longer will it be short blips and stats alone; I am gonna begin really telling the stories of the Founding Fathers (and Mothers) of Kentucky High School Basketball. I need your help, though. I need you to tell your kids. When you tell your tiny sports guru all about how the game of basketball is played, tell them about King Kelly. Tell them about Darrell Griffith, about Wes Unseld and Allan Houston. They need to know. We cannot let our rich history continue to wilt away. Light that fire in their eyes at a young age and they’ll share a passion for sports history with you and generations to come.

Stay tuned.

Understand scoring defense like Mick Cronin

The long-time leader of the Cincinnati Bearcats is hosting a coaching clinic. Who better to learn a new coaching perspective than from Mick Cronin? Cronin boasts a pretty impressive resume in his tenure with Cincinnati. He was named the 2014 AAC Coach of the Year and his Bearcats have appeared in each of the last five NCAA tournaments — including a trip to the 2012 Sweet 16 — while compiling a 124-49 overall mark since the start of the 2010-11 campaign.

Cronin is a stickler for defense, and we all know defense wins games. UC’s D ranked among the nation’s top 10 in scoring defense in three of the past four seasons and listed in the top 20 in field-goal shooting % defense each of the last three years.

Here in Kentucky, we love our basketball. I know we also love our Wildcats and Cardinals, but Mick Cronin has proved himself as a competitor and is looking to spread his knowledge. Coach Cronin is interested in reaching out to all coaches, male and female, all across our great state, and Cincinnati isn’t a great distance.

Here at Bluegrass Basketball, we love seeing our schools succeed. Any way you can gain a competitive edge for your Road to Rupp is worth it in the end — so Coaches, I implore you to look into making this trip. Most of all, make this connection with Coach Cronin and his staff. You never know when you’ll have an athlete worthy of their level of play, and developing a personal relationship with college coaches makes you a more valuable asset to your team.

Find out more info here. The clinic is on October 10th; It’s only $100 and will be one of the best $100 you spend this season.


Region Map

It’s hard to keep up with what school comes from what geographic location in Kentucky. I [got bored and] made it a little easier today.


Region 1

Calloway County, Murray, Paducah Tilghman, Carlisle County, Graves County, Ballard Memorial, McCracken County, St. Mary, Marshall County, Fulton County, Mayfield, Fulton City, Hickman County, Community Christian (Paducah)

Region 2

Henderson County, Hopkinsville, Webster County, Crittenden County, Trigg County, Caldwell County, Christian County, Hopkins County Central, Madisonville-North Hopkins, Lyon County, University Heights, Union County, Fort Campbell, Dawson Springs, Livingston Central

Region 3

Owensboro, Daviess County, Breckinridge County, Grayson County, Apollo, Meade County, Edmonson County, Hancock County, Muhlenberg County, Owensboro Catholic, McLean County, Trinity (Whitesville), Frederick Fraize, Butler County, Ohio County

Region 4

Bowling Green, Monroe County, Warren Central, Barren County, Logan County, Clinton County, Russell County, Allen County-Scottsville, South Warren, Russellville, Warren East, Franklin-Simpson, Greenwood, Glasgow, Metcalfe County, Todd County Central, Cumberland County

Region 5

Taylor County, North Hardin, Central Hardin, Caverna, Bardstown, Elizabethtown, Bethlehem, Campbellsville, Marion County, John Hardin, LaRue County, Adair County, Nelson County, Green County, Hart County, Fort Knox, Washington County, Thomas Nelson

Region 6

Doss, DeSales, Bullitt East, Beth Haven, Pleasure Ridge Park, Fern Creek, North Bullitt, Whitefield Academy, Holy Cross (Louisville), Bullitt Central, Evangel Christian, Fairdale, Southern, Western, Jeffersontown, Moore, Butler, Iroquois, Valley

Region 7

Ballard, DuPont Manual, Trinity (Louisville), St. Xavier, Central, Eastern, Waggener, Male, Walden, Kentucky Country Day, Portland Christian, Seneca, Shawnee, Atherton, Christian Academy-Louisville, Brown, St. Francis, Louisville Collegiate

Region 8

North Oldham, South Oldham, Oldham County, Owen County, Collins, Shelby County, Trimble County, Anderson County, Grant County, Simon Kenton, Walton-Verona, Henry County, Eminence, Spencer County, Carroll County, Gallatin County, Williamstown

Region 9

Covington Catholic, Newport Central Catholic, Dixie Heights, Holmes, Boone County, St. Henry, Cooper, Bellevue, Ludlow, Newport, Holy Cross (Covington), Conner, Beechwood, Lloyd Memorial, Villa Madonna, Highlands, Dayton, Ryle, Heritage Academy, Covington Latin

Region 10

Mason County, Campbell County, George Rogers Clark, Paris, Scott, Augusta, Montgomery County, Harrison County, Silver Grove, Pendleton County, Bishop Brossart, St. Patrick, Bracken County, Nicholas County, Bourbon County, Robertson County, Calvary Christian

Region 11

Lexington Catholic, Bryan Station, Henry Clay, Lafayette, Lexington Christian, Woodford County, Madison Central, Scott County, Sayre, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Madison Southern, Model, Frankfort, Berea, Tates Creek, Western Hills, Franklin County

Region 12

Boyle County, Lincoln County, Wayne County, Mercer County, Southwestern, West Jessamine, Pulaski County, Danville, Kentucky School f/t Deaf, Somerset, McCreary Central, Casey County, Rockcastle County, East Jessamine, Garrard County, Burgin

Region 13

Williamsburg, Clay County, Barbourville, Whitley County, Harlan County, Knox Central, Pineville, Corbin, Jackson County, South Laurel, Bell County, Oneida Baptist Institute, North Laurel, Harlan, Lynn Camp, Middlesboro, Red Bird

Region 14

Knott County Central, Perry County Central, Estill County, Buckhorn, Letcher County Central, Jackson City, Powell County, Hazard, June Buchanan, Leslie County, Breathitt County, Owsley County, Jenkins, Wolfe County, Lee County, Riverside Christian, Cordia

Region 15

Sheldon Clark, Johnson Central, Betsy Layne, Lawrence County, Shelby Valley, Pikeville, Pike County Central, Paintsville, East Ridge, Allen Central, South Floyd, Magoffin County, Phelps, Prestonsburg, Belfry, Piarist School

Region 16

Rowan County, Morgan County, Boyd County, Elliott County, Raceland, Fairview, East Carter, Menifee County, Fleming County, Greenup County, Lewis County, West Carter, Russell, Bath County, Ashland Blazer, Rose Hill Christian

Trivia Contest

Are you ready to win a free Bluegrass Basketball tee?

I’m going to send you on a scavenger hunt across the internet and within the Kentucky High School Basketball Encyclopedia. Time to brush up your Google skills — The first two users to tweet all 5 answers @BluegrassBball correctly wins a tee of their choice from our Store.

Question 1:
What schools made it to the Final Four in 1941?
(Answer on page 203 of the Kentucky High School Basketball Encyclopedia)

Question 2:
Two teams have won the Girls’ State Championship 3 consecutive times. Who are they?
(Answer on page 577 of the Kentucky High School Basketball Encyclopedia)

Now, get ready to Google.

Question 3:
Who was Mr. Basketball in 1990? Who did he play for in the NBA?

Question 4:
Which Kentucky High School did 2009 Mr. Basketball graduate from?

Question 5:
Who is 1st All-Time in the KHSAA Girls Basketball Record Book for points scored in a game? How many did she score?