March 22nd, 2021

Boys and Girls Region Round Up


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

Boys and Girls Region Round Up
stock photo by Ed Peak

 There is some debate that the Louisville area doesn't have the quality teams or players that it's had in the past. Only eighth ranked DeSales (18-6) and fifth ranked Ballard (16-2) are ranked in the Associated Press media poll.


The draw for both boys and girls Regions were held Saturday morning at Holy Cross. Fans won't have to wait long to see their favorite teams play as games begin Monday at 7 p.m. on the home court of district champions.


Attendance is regulated by whatever the school allowed during the regular season. The semifinals and finals will be at Valley with around 800 fans allowed and you must have an eticket.




There are some interesting matchups including St. Xavier (19-6) playing at rival Trinity (17-5) for what's thought to be the unprecedented third time this season. The Tigers have two close wins over the Rocks.


Region coach of the year Kevin Klein has All-Region selections, Bellarmine commit seniors Ayden Mudd who averages 15 points and seven rebounds and the all-time St. X three point shooting leader in Ben Varga.


Trinity the 2018 state champion has a balanced lineup led by senior Zach Stahlman and Will McMillan all regional selections. Miles Franklin was a second team selection.


"We're in a good place right now," said Klein after a five point loss to DeSales in the LIT semifinals. "Our kids work hard and never complain. They are starting to see their hard work paying off."


Trinity coach Mike Szabo whose team beat Ballard in double overtime, lost by one to third ranked Covington Catholic and has a win over DeSales likes his team. "We've got good kids," said Szabo. "We don't make too much of a big deal about it. We just come back (after Ballard win) and try to get better."


In other first round games Ballard (16-2) the favorite host Central (6-9). 


In the upper bracket Eastern (8-7) plays at Manual (9-7) and Seneca (6-6) at Male (7-2).




This has been a year of first for DeSales. It won the LIT. Won its first district championship since 2005. The Colts are led by "Region Player of the Year" senior guard transfer Devin Perry who averages 20 points and 5-6 assist per game. Senior 6-10 Sekou Kalle averages over 20 points and 10 rebounds. 


Sophomore Keith Robinson and senior Luke Thompson have had big games. Reserve junior Carter Bischoff is a three point shooting threat.


"We have three long tough games ahead," said Damien Anderson, the Colts "Coach of the Year"

"We want to make our own history," said Perry after scoring 20 of his 25 points in the second half of its victory over Western in the district. "We're not finished."


DeSales host Beth Haven (19-6) a team making its first ever appearance in the regionals.


Evangel Christian (10-13) coached by Myles Harvey makes its first regional appearance since 1978 visits Bullitt East (12-8).


Western (10-7) gave DeSales all it wanted, losing 67-63 in the districts plays at Bullitt Central (12-14). The Warriors had won four straight before losing to the Warriors are aided by Male transfer sophomore Jamal Chambers.


"It's not a down year," tweeted Western coach Brandon Britt.

A couple forgotten teams, defending regional champion Fern Creek (11-6) a district runner up visits perennial power Pleasure Ridge Park (13-3). 




No. 5 Bullitt East (19-2) is favored in the Sixth followed by Butler (11-2). Butler lost to the Lady Chargers in the championship of the LIT, 58-50. 


Mercy (12-13) lost to Bullitt East twice is a long shot. The Lady Chargers host Iroquois (6-6).


Holy Cross (11-8) coached by "Region Coach of he Year" Olivia Schum is led by junior Callie Wiegandt who averages just over 10 points a game for a balanced team.


"We're looking forward to the tournaments," said Wiegandt, following a win last week over Fairdale. "We have fun and we're like a family."


The Cougars were ranked eight in the state allowing an average 37 points a game going into last week.


Holy Cross plays at Butler a team they lost to on March 2, 72-18 and in last years regional quarterfinals. 




Central (12-0) drew opposite defending champion Sacred Heart (19-7), Manual (7-4) and Christian Academy (17-7). 


"We're working on getting better," said Sacred Heart coach Donna Moir. "We have a young team. But at this point they aren't freshman anymore."


SHA has played a brutal schedule beating Ryle and losing to Bullitt East, Anderson County and Bardstown.


Sacred Heart host rival Assumption (12-10) while Atherton (4-9) is at Central, Manual (7-4 ) at Christian Academy (17-7) and Eastern (6-11) at Male (8-2).


"The Region is wide open," said Moir. "Jeff (Sparks, Manual) I know will his team ready. I haven't seen Central, but (Taylor) Price is a good player."


Price an "All Region" averages nine points and nearly six rebounds. 


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