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  • BOYS' SWEET 16: Burns steps...

    LEXINGTON — The work John Hardin senior forward Ricky Burns does on a basketball court usually doesn’t show up on a stat sheet.

    Burns isn’t typically going to fill up a boxscore with gaudy numbers. He’s not a flashy player, and if you’re not looking for him, he might not even get noticed.

    Burns, though, is exactly the type of player you want to root for. He’s not the most gifted, but he gives his team every ounce of energy from the time he steps on the floor until the final horn sounds.

  • BOYS' SWEET 16: Bulldogs...

    LEXINGTON— Thursday’s 79-69 victory over the Fleming County Panthers was exactly what the John Hardin Bulldogs needed to get the KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament rolling.

    After struggling in its two games at last year’s state tournament, the Bulldogs had no such problems getting adjusted to the spacious surroundings at Rupp Arena. They scored on their first possession and led wire-to-wire.

  • BOYS' SWEET 16 BASKETBALL:...

    LEXINGTON The John Hardin Bulldogs relied on their balance Thursday afternoon as the two-time defending 5th Region Tournament champions beat the 16th Region champion Fleming County Panthers 79-69 in the first round of the KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 State Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena.

  • PREP FOOTBALL: Louisville latest...

    The scholarship offers continue to roll in for John Hardin junior defensive tackle Matt Elam.

    After picking up an offer from Western Kentucky last week, the University of Louisville offered Elam on Tuesday, according to John Hardin coach Chad Lewis.

    The 6-foot-6, 340-pound Elam received an offer from Kentucky when he attended its junior day Feb. 9 and picked up an offer Feb. 23 from Alabama when he went to its junior day. Elam also was offered by Eastern Kentucky.

  • BOYS' SWEET 16 BASKETBALL:...

    Preparing for the KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament, John Hardin coach Mark Wells had a number of interview requests. With so much hype, Wells spoke sparingly with precision and grace.

    Wells chose his words carefully, putting as much though into each answer. He rarely blurted out the first thought, but cautiously tip toed to give both an insightful and politically correct answer.

  • PREP BASKETBALL: Elizabethtown...

    LEXINGTON — Alice Houston is already making plans to be in Elizabethtown on July 20 when the second class of the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame is inducted.

    And why wouldn’t she? The night will hold special meaning to her as her father, Coach William Kean, and her son, Allan, both will be inducted on the same evening.

  • BOYS' SWEET 16 BASKETBALL:...

    The John Hardin Bulldogs feel like they’re talking about themselves when discussing the Fleming County Panthers.

    That’s how similar the first-round opponents of the KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament are. The teams meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Arena.

    Fleming County has a school-record 28 wins. The Bulldogs did that as well this season.

    The Panthers have a dynamic playmaker at point guard in junior Darion Burns. John Hardin counters with senior point guard Brandon Price.

  • BOYS' SWEET 16 BASKETBALL:...

    The KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament has become a carousel lately without a repeat champion since Louisville Fairdale won back-to-back titles in 1990 and ’91. That streak will continue another year with defending champion Louisville Trinity’s loss in the 7th Region final.

    Losses by top-ranked Trinity and No. 2 Bullitt East give every team new hope. Each and every team realizes it can accomplish its season-long quest with four more wins, starting today at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

  • GIRLS' 5TH REGION...

    GREENSBURG The LaRue County Lady Hawks ran with not just the top team in the 5th Region on Tuesday night, but one of the top squads in the state and even the country in the Marion County Lady Knights.

    After overcoming an early flurry of turnovers inside the Green County High School gym, the Lady Hawks outscored the mighty Lady Knights over the final 17 minutes before falling, 82-60 in the highest-scoring championship game in the Girls’ 5th Region Basketball Tournament’s 39-year history.

  • BOYS' SWEET 16 BASKETBALL:...

    Talent alone is not a winning component. Talent can take teams so far, but it doesn’t guarantee success. To achieve bigger goals and dreams, teams need other facets.