With less than a month to go before district play starts, the 9th region is still as wide open as it has ever been. Let's take a look at the rankings this week as we review last week's action.
1. Covington Catholic (15-6)
In the Colonels only game this week, the escaped Holmes with a 57-49 win behind 14 points from Cole Vonhandorf. While it wasn't pretty, the Colonels showed great balance with Aiden Ruthsatz tallying 12 points and AJ Mayer putting up a stat line of 9 pts, 8 rbs to go a long with 8 pts, 6 rbs from senior Andy Flood. Covcath still has a lot to improve on to separate themselves from the rest of the pack, but for right now they look to be the best team in the region.
Up Next: 2/1 v Boone Co, 2/2 at Scott, 2/5 v Beechwood
2. Newport Central Catholic (18-4)
After winning 6 straight and advancing to the All A State semi finals, the Breds were upset by Cordia (47-41) to prevent what would have been their fourth consecutive All A state title. Ben Weyer had a career high 38 pts, 22 rebounds in the quarter final win over Danville but his 21 points simply weren't enough in the loss to Cordia. Brennan Hall had 14 points in the loss.
Up Next: 2/1 at Beechwood. 2/2 at St Henry, 2/6 v Bishop Brossart
3. Holy Cross (17-5)
Playing without senior leader Tyler Bezold, Leighton Schrand finished with a game high 21 points, 7 rebounds as the Indians defeated Ryle (63-45) in their only game of the week.
Up Next: 2/2 at Lexington Christian' 2/6 v Simon Kenton
4. Cooper (18-2)
The Jaguars finished 33rd district play 6-0 with an overtime 53-48 win over Cooner and 62-47 win over Ryle. With Sean McNeil out with a navicular fracture to his wrist, Trevor Rohlman led the Jags with 16 pts, 7 rbs in the win over Conner, while Adam Kunkel had 14 and 6. Rohlman was big once again against Ryle as he finished with a double double, 19 points, 10 rebounds. If he can maintain that level of play once McNeil gets back around district time, Cooper is going to be extremely tough to handle. They might be sitting at #4, but they just might be the best team in the region come region tournament time.