On the eve of the Sweet Sixteen

In case you missed today’s package in the Advocate previewing Wednesday’s Lincoln County-Adair County game, take the time to check it out in the paper or on amnews.com

We have a game preview, a Vaught’s views column with Lincoln coach Jeff Jackson, a feature on team statistician Tom Hurt and details of the game broadcast that will be available on the Internet and on the radio thanks to the efforts of Jon Logan Smith.

There will be postgame coverage on amnews.com within a few hours of the game Wednesday, and even more in Thursday’s Advocate. And check back here late Wednesday night as well.

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Here is the direct link to the webcast of Wednesday’s game. (You must have or install Windows Media Player to hear the feed.) Remember, it can also be heard the old-fashioned way on WKDO-FM (98.7) or WRNZ-FM (105.1).

I wrote during the regional about the webcasts Jon Logan Smith, Kevin Bandura and Tim Estes did of those games, and Smith said they were well received. He said hundreds of people have listened to the games since they were played (they’re still available to be replayed on demand), and he said a group of soldiers with Lincoln County ties has been listening from Iraq.

Smith purchased time from WKDO for the over-the-air simulcast of his webcast thanks to a close relationship with station owner Carlos Wesley, who bought that station from Smith’s father in 1972.

This is the first regular broadcast coverage of Lincoln sports since the 2001 football season, the last time games were broadcast on WRSL-FM/WKXY-FM.

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This game will be below the radar of those tracking the big names like Scott County, Ballard and Warren Central (the choice of amnews.com guru and WCHS alumnus Gary Moyers to win it all), but it’s worth watching.

It looks to be a close game, and the bracket tells us that won’t be the case throughout the first round. And while everyone assumes that the winner will be fodder for Scott in Friday’s quarterfinals, don’t forget that while it means so much to make the state tournament, it means that much more to succeed there, even if it’s just in one game. (For more on just how rare that is for area teams, be sure to read the last item in this post.)

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I wrote here last week that this was the fourth Lincoln County school to reach the Sweet Sixteen, but it appears I missed one. In addition to appearances by Lincoln in 1975 and ’80 and Highland in 1937, Moreland made an appearance in 1930, when two teams were taken from each of eight regions.

This is the fourth trip to the state tourney for Lincoln coach Jeff Jackson, who is one of five coaches in this year’s field who have won championships. Jackson won it all with his 1992 University Heights team, and he returned with UHA in 1994 and 1995.

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Adair County has made three prior apperances in the tournament but has been there only once in the last 51 years. While Lincoln is 1-2 at the state tourney, Adair is 5-4 in large part because the Indians reached the semifinals in 1954 (losing to Inez, then losing to Ashland Blazer in the third-place game, which was discontinued after 1961) and made the championship game in 1955, where they lost to Hazard.

Adair last made it to state in 1995 and played only one regional tournament game between that season and this one, losing a first-round game in 2002 to North Hardin.

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Of the last eight Advocate area teams that have qualified for the Boys Sweet Sixteen, only one has made it past the first round. That was Harrodsburg, which reached the quarterfinal in 1996.

Here’s how all of the local teams fared that have reached the state tourney (note that the first state tournament was held in 1916, the KHSAA took it over in 1918 and the present 16-region numbering system began in 1932):

  • 1916 (8-team tourney): Danville lost to Somerset 57-8.
  • 1917 (8-team tourney): Centre Academy lost to Monticello 29-13; Danville lost to Owensboro 17-8.
  • 1918: Danville lost to Lexington 23-14.
  • 1919: Danville lost to Somerset 30-24.
  • 1926: Danville def. Henderson 24-19, def. Winchester 42-19, def. Ashland Blazer 19-16 (OT), lost to St. Xavier 26-13 (championship).
  • 1928: Danville lost to Ashland Blazer 16-8.
  • 1930: Moreland lost to Carr Creek 19-15.
  • 1938: Burgin (11th Region) lost to Bellevue 32-19; Highland def. Corydon 37-16, lost to Maysville 25-23.
  • 1939: Danville lost to Olmstead 31-26.
  • 1945: Danville def. Dawson Springs 54-30, def. Providence 40-38, lost to Male 50-20, lost to Harlan 43-39 (third-place game).
  • 1951: Danville def. Caverna 47-42, lost to Whitesburg 71-44.
  • 1954: Danville lost to Ashland Blazer 74-67.
  • 1960: Harrodsburg (11th Region) lost to Bell County 66-54.
  • 1968: Danville lost to Lee County 76-58.
  • 1973: Danville def. Bowling Green 71-70, lost to Owensboro 77-56.
  • 1975: Lincoln County def. Fairview 65-52, lost to Christian County 83-59.
  • 1980: Lincoln County lost to Union County 85-69.
  • 1990: Danville lost to Clay County 80-59.
  • 1993: Casey County lost to Harlan 75-70.
  • 1996: Harrodsburg def. Boone County 57-50, lost to Lexington Catholic 67-44.
  • 1998: Boyle County lost to Fleming County 57-49.
  • 1999: Boyle County lost to Muhlenberg North 47-43.
  • 2000: Mercer County lost to Scott County 95-47.
  • 2006: Boyle County lost to Pleasure Ridge Park 67-43.

One Comment on On the eve of the Sweet Sixteen

  1. Darrell Jordan
    March, 22nd 2007 at 7:36 am

    You need to tell your amnews.com guru he hasn’t a clue ;)

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