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FIRST ROUND March 16-17
QUARTERFINALS March 18
SEMIFINALS March 19
FINALS March 19
March lb, 1 p.m.
March 18, 1 p.m.
March 16, 2:30 p.m.
Laurel County ___
March 19, 9 a.m.
March 16, 7:30 p.m.
March 18, 2:30 p.m.
March 16, 9 p.m.
March 19, 8 p.m.
March 17, 1 p.m.
March 18, 7:30 p.m.
March 17, 2:30 p.m.
March 19, 10:30 a.m.
March 17, 7:30 p.m.
Lexington Henry Clay
March 18, 9 p.m.
March 17, 9 p.m.
Cats' Pause c hart
Sweet 16 Returns To Freedom Hall; Clay County Hopes To Make It Two In A Row
Defending champ Clay County, along with six other high school (cams, are hack in this year's Sweet 16. A new twist In the tournament this season is the return of Kentucky's 'Greatest Show on Earth' to Freedom Hall. Not since 1980 has the event been held in Louisville, as for (he past seven seasons it's been in Lexington's Rupp Arena.
The move marks the first time the tournament will be held in Freedom Hall since it was given a face lift.
Clay County, losers only once this season in 33 tries, is led by senior Richie Farmer, the leading candidate for the slate's Mr. Basketball honors in the
Blucgrass. Other teams which should make a strong bid for the championship are Louisville Ballard. Madisonville. Marshall County. Louisville PRP and Lexington Henry Clay.
Ballard is led by all-stater Allan Houston, a 6-foot-6 junior guard. The Bruins aren't a one-man show, meanwhile, as guard Mark Bell (5-8. 154) and Kenneth Martin (6-3. 178) proved last season their tourney-tested.
Last year Ballard made it all the way to the championship game before being edged by Clay County 76-73. The two are in opposite brackets, thus a championship rematch is possible.
Other learns which were in last year's
Sweet 16 arc as follows: LaRue County. Madisonville. Oldham County. Rowan County and Marshall County.
Owensboro Apollo knocked off traditional Sweet 16 participant Owensboro in the regional finals. The last time the Eagles were in the final 16 was when a fellow by the name Rex Chapman played for them (1985).
Not only will Farmer and Houston's talents be on display, but Russ Chadwell (Clay County). Chris Bowles and Travis Ford of Madisonville. Scott Boley of LaRue County, Mitch Colhran (Marshall County). Greg Johnson (Warren East), and John Hartlage (Oldham County) arc worth the price of admission.