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The Sweetest Century: The team that saved Kentucky’s Sweet Sixteen

There likely would not have been a 100th Sweet Sixteen coming this March had Edmonson County not won the 59th state tournament in 1976. At a time when big-city dominance of the boys’ Sweet Sixteen had become oppressive, Coach Bo Davenport’s 1976 Edmonson County Wildcats shocked the commonwealth and showed small schools from rural Kentucky could still win the basketball state championship.

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The Sweetest Century: An oral history of one of Kentucky’s most-revered state tournaments

The KHSAA boys’ Sweet Sixteen holds a significant place in the hearts of sports fans across the commonwealth, particularly those who came of age in the middle part of the 20th century, when high school basketball seemingly ruled the state. The 1956 tournament often is regarded as the most memorable thanks to an abundance of last-second heroics, a collection of schools with exceptional basketball pedigrees and the record-setting dominance of Wayland’s“King” Kelly Coleman, a player as mythical in the moment as he is today.

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Highlights: Lexington Catholic, Dunbar boys roll; Lafayette girls rout Bryan Station

Lexington Catholic 78, Tates Creek 50: Blake Scott was feeling it for the Knights on Thursday night. The senior guard poured in 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting, including a 4-of-6 clip from behind the arc, to lead Lexington Catholic (12-6) past the visiting Commodores. Zan Payne chipped in 13 points and a game-high seven rebounds, and Luke Johnson added 10 points for the Knights, who won their fourth in a row after falling to Cooper in the championship game of the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic last month. Catholic shot 56 percent from the floor while holding the Commodores to 30 percent.

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Paris makes boys' All "A" Classic for first time in 15 years

The Paris boys' basketball team defeated Bracken County,64-52, in the finals of the 10th Region All "A" Tournament at home on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. Eric Johnson scored 24 of his game-high 29 points in the second half for the Greyhounds.
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Paris makes boys' All 0:54

Paris makes boys' All "A" Classic for first time in 15 years

Paris star Jekobi Wells connects on game-winning shot 0:28

Paris star Jekobi Wells connects on game-winning shot

Tates Creek cheer on its state championships performance 1:50

Tates Creek cheer on its state championships performance

Dunbar has something new for Lexington Catholic 1:33

Dunbar has something new for Lexington Catholic