It’s No. 1 vs. No. 4
Franklin County’s girls basketball team kicks off four consecutive nights of games tonight, hosting top-ranked Elizabethtown.
E-town (22-4) is ranked No. 1 in the state in Cantrall’s Rating the State while FCHS (20-5) is ranked No. 4.
The two teams will play a junior varsity game at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity contest at 7:30.
District tourney set
The times have been set for the 41st District basketball tournament to be played next week at the Frankfort Convention Center.
Western Hills is hosting this year’s tournament.
The tournament starts Tuesday with the No. 1 seeds taking on the No. 4 seeds.
The girls game will feature top-seeded Franklin County (20-5) going against Frankfort (7-18) at 6:30 p.m.
It will be No. 1 Franklin County (12-10) squaring off against Western Hills (3-22) at 8:15 p.m. in the boys game.
Wednesday’s matchups will be the No. 2 versus No. 3 seeds.
In the girls game No. 2 Woodford County (10-17) faces Western Hills (13-11), and the boys game features second-seeded Woodford County (13-13) and Frankfort (5-19) at 8:15 p.m.
The championship games will be Friday with the girls game at 6:30 p.m. and the boys game at 8:15.
The four teams in the championship games will advance to the 11th Region tournaments.
More swimmers make state
Franklin County’s Ben Bryan and two Western Hills girls relay teams have earned berths in the state swim meet based on their times at the Region 3 meet Saturday in Russell Springs.
Bryan qualified in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 3.69 seconds. The FCHS sophomore placed fourth in the event at the regional meet.
The WHHS 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle teams also qualified for state.
Swimming on the 200 medley team at the regional were Kendall Stiens, Sydney Sell, Katherine Caldwell and Emma Silvernail. They placed fifth at the region with a time of 2:00.08.
The same four swimmers were third in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:53.74.
Sell had already qualified in two individual events with wins at the regional meet, and FCHS’ Charlie Starzman won two events at the region to advance to state.
The top two finishers in each event at region meets automatically qualified for state, and the next 14 fastest times from around the state also advanced.
The state meet will be Feb. 28-March 1 at the University of Louisville’s Ralph Wright Natatorium.
WHHS girls game changed
Western Hills’ girls basketball team will celebrate Senior Night tonight against Berea with the junior varsity game at 6 p.m. and the varsity at 7:30. The games were originally scheduled for Thursday.
WHHS closes out the regular season at home Wednesday against Trimble County with the JV at 6 p.m. and the varsity at 7:30.
Thomas named co-Player of the Week
Kentucky State junior guard/forward Ulysses Thomas III was named co-Player of the Week in men’s basketball by the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Thomas, from Cincinnati, averaged 14.3 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and had seven steals and four blocks in two wins last week.
He shared the honor with Benedict College’s Lamar Adkins, who had 26 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in the Tigers’ only game last week, a 77-74 overtime win over Clark Atlanta.
Notable performers for the week included KSU’s Darrien Wilkins, who averaged 10 points and 10.7 rebounds, and in women’s basketball Shayla Moore with averages of 15.7 points and 10.7 rebounds in three games last week.
KSU softball, baseball players honored
Three Kentucky State softball players and two KSU baseball players were named to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference pre-season all-conference teams.
Softball players named all-conference were Krystyna Fisher, a senior catcher from Pinole, Calif.; Kristina Oshirio, a senior utility player from El Sobrante, Calif.; and Paulaura Parker, a senior shortstop from Cincinnati.
Baseball players honored were Alexander Davie, a junior outfielder from Clarksville, Tenn.; and Marshall Howard, a junior catcher from Novi, Mich.