LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Kentucky High School Athletic Associate, the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches and the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday a partnership to celebrate the upcoming centennial of high school basketball in the state.
The 100th of year of high school basketball in Kentucky kicks off when the regular season begins in December and will be highlighted by a yearlong celebration both on and off the court.
“It's important; your history is your roots. Without roots, we know what happens to trees when storms come,” Centennial Committee member Ken Trivette said. “You've got to have roots and our history is our roots for this game. We're building off those roots to make the tree flourish and flower.”
High school basketball in Kentucky has a long and storied tradition. The centennial culminates with the 2018 Boys’ Sweet 16, which is held at Rupp Arena.
“It's a sport that we were formed because of basketball,” KHSAA commissioner Julian Tackett said. “Ken reached out to us a couple of years ago and asked us to get involved, and we tried to partner. We've given them some space and given them some availability at our tournament. Let's us promote our tournament. Let us promote the present. Let them take care of the past.”
High school basketball in Kentucky began in 1917-18, under the supervision of the KHSAA, when principals from 18 schools formed the organizations and held a state tournament. The game’s popularity soared and by 1935, there were 572 schools playing basketball.