All-stars and all-staters
Things apparently went well for Boyle County’s Spencer Perrin at last weekend’s tryouts for the Kentucky basketball all-stars, but not good enough to get him a spot on the team, which was announced today.
Perrin was one of 24 at-large invitees and one of 40 players overall trying out for the team, which will play the Indiana all-stars June 16 in Bowling Green and June 23 in Indianapolis.
Boyle coach Ronnie Bottoms thought Perrin might make a good backup for Mr. Basketball Steffphon Pettigrew and figured he would be a tough cut. Perhaps he was, but he was cut nonetheless. Still, the chance to earn a spot was an achievement in itself for Perrin, who wasn’t on the radar screens of anyone outside the 12th Region before last season.
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There was good news on this day for Perrin, who was the only 12th Region player to receive honorable mention on The Associated Press All-State team released today. Perrin was one of 15 players on the honorable mention list below the 10 first- and second-teamers.
The only head-scratcher here is why the AP couldn’t muster an all-state team for more than a month after the end of basketball season. It used to be standard operating procedure for the AP to release its all-state basketball teams during the week of their respective state tournaments, but this year the voting didn’t even begin until after the state tourney. And even with that, there’s no reason why it should have taken a month.
The girls team, by the way, included no 12th Region players.
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Congratulations and best of luck to former Danville boys basketball coach Craig Pippen, who has been hired as the girls coach at Russell County. The Times-Journal of Russell Springs is reporting the hire in its current edition, but no Web link is available.
Pippen replaces Keith Ellis, whose second stint as the Lady Lakers’ coach ended with a 4-23 season.
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Boyle County has cracked the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association’s top 25 poll for the first time this season. The Rebels, who are 12-6 and have won five straight games and 10 of their last 12, are in a four-way tie for 25th.
Danville fell only from fourth to seventh after suffering three losses in four days. The Admirals are still receiving one first-place vote. Somerset also represents the 12th Region at No. 23.
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Finally, some football. The Kentucky Football Coaches Association’s “Tremendous 26,” a list of its top seniors-to-be in the state, was released today and doesn’t include any area players. Some familiar names on the list include John Cole of Somerset and E.J. Fields of Frankfort.