LexCath, city schools reach deal

Fayette County's public high schools have rarely scheduled Lexington Catholic in regular-season boys' basketball during the past 20 years or in most of the minor sports for more than 10 years.

But all that's about to change.

Lexington Catholic president Steve Angelucci said Wednedsay that after months of talks, an agreement has been reached between his school and Fayette County's public schools that will allow them to play one another in the regular season starting with the 2010-11 school year.

A few details are being finalized, but Angelucci said, "We definitely have a deal. We're just dotting the i's and crossing the t's at this point."

He said terms of the agreement probably will be announced by the end of the week.

Don Adkins, who oversees athletics for Fayette County’s public high schools, said that Fayette County superintendent Stu Silberman and Angelucci have been discussing the scheduling issue since last year, and now are “tweaking” the final document.

Angelucci said he realized it was a "long-term, emotional, difficult story," but once he and Silberman started talking about it "at a direct level instead of innuendo and rumor ... the communication channels were positive, and a level of trust was there from the start, and just improved."

At last weekend's meeting for the 43rd District tournament draw, the schools voted to play one another twice in boys' and girls' basketball during the 2010-11 regular season to determine seeding.

The 43rd District is made up of Lafayette, Lexington Catholic, Lexington Christian, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Tates Creek.

When the KHSAA realigned basketball a few years ago, those schools played regular-season district games in 2006-07 and 2007-08 to determine seeding. But the Lexington public schools stopped playing those regular-season games the last two seasons, and the tournament pairings were determined by a blind draw.

Lexington Catholic has been playing regular-season district games against Lafayette and Dunbar in boys' and girls' soccer in recent years.