The Ball Report

TOP TEN FOR 2008

By: Gary Ball
By: Gary Ball

As I look back on another great year of high school sports in Kentucky, the following are some of the top stories that I remember.

As I look back on another great year of high school sports in Kentucky, the following are some of the top stories that I remember:

1. Mason County wins the National City/KHSAA Boys Sweet Sixteen Tournament in March. Darius Miller led the Royals to the 2008 crown with 22 points and 9 rebounds in the finals over Covington Holmes. It is the second state title for Mason in the last ten years.

2. The Butler Bears win the Houchens Industries/KHSAA sweet sixteen girls championship over Iroquois. Tia Gibbs who was named “Miss Basketball” led the Bears to the crown. Gibbs was literally knocked out in the semifinals but still played that night to inspire her team to win the title.

3. Louisville Central, Highlands, Trinity, and Ft. Campbell all repeat as Football state Champions in 2008. For Trinity it is state title number 19. Highlands captures a total of 18, and Central and Ft. Campbell collect two straight.

4. Pleasure Ridge Park wins the Forcht Bank/KHSAA State Baseball title at Applebees’ Park. Led by Zach Cox and Zach Osbourne, the Panthers win another Baseball title, their third in the last 15 years.

5. Zach Cox of PRP is selected as “Mr. Baseball”, for 2008 which is the ultimate individual award for high school baseball.

6. Darius Miller of Mason County is crowned Mr. Basketball in Kentucky, the Basketball capital of the world. Miller got to wear the #1 jersey, in the annual all-star meeting with Indiana.

7. Scotty Hopson of University Heights who was runner-up to Miller is named a McDonalds All American. Hopson then surprises everyone and signs to play with Bruce Pearl at Tennessee.

8. Deuce Finch of Louisville St Xavier is named “Mr. Football” for Kentucky. Finch has not decided on a college as of this date, but has narrowed his choices down to UK, Louisville and Illinois.

9. Former Kentucky High School Golfers Kenny Perry and JB Holmes led the Ryder Cup team to victory at Valhalla Country Club in Louisville.

10. Lafayette Track star Tyson Gay is tabbed the worlds’ fastest man, and goes on to compete in the Olympics. Even though an injury allowed another runner to win Olympic Gold in Beijing, he still honored Kentucky with his skill in Track and Field.

These are just some of my top stories for 2008. Let me hear from you if you have a story by replying to my blog.
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