All 'A' guarantee
We now know that there will be an area team in the boys All “A” Classic next week in Richmond. It will either be the first appearance since 1999 for Danville or the first appearance ever for Burgin, as those two teams will meet in the regional final Friday night at Burgin.
It will also be the end of an eight-year run for Somerset, which had dominated the 12th Region All “A” since Harrodsburg last represented this area in 2000.
Next week will be the 20th boys tourney since the event went statewide in 1990, and local schools have participated five times: Harrodsburg in 1990, ’95 and 2000 and Danville in 1998 and ’99.
The Danville-Burgin winner will play the 9th Region champion in the last of eight first-round games at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at McBrayer Arena. The top-rated All “A” teams from that region include Beechwood, Covington Holy Cross and Newport Central Catholic, but that regional has 10 teams and is still at the quarterfinal level. It’s championship game is Saturday night.
Friday’s game at Burgin is scheduled for 8 p.m., following the 6:30 girls final between Monticello and Somerset — which means we also know there will be no area girls team in Richmond.