No. 1 Trinity will have history on its side in the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic that gets underway at Lexington Catholic on Friday. Trinity won this event the previous three times it was in it.
The Shamrocks pounded Pendleton County in the title game in 2004. They clipped Lexington Catholic in overtime to take the 2009 championship. And they beat the Knights in the 2011 finals.
Trinity Coach Mike Szabo has a roster stocked with talent, led by 6-foot-10 Ray Spalding, a Louisville signee who's rated the top player in the state.
The Rocks have a 6-2 record after losing twice in the City of Palms tournament in Florida last week. One of the losses was 52-42 to Montverde Academy, Fla., the top-rated team in the nation.
The Traditional Bank 21-team field also includes No. 10 Lexington Catholic, No. 12 and defending state champ Covington Catholic, No. 13 Bullitt East, No. 16 Henry Clay, No. 21 Apollo, No. 23 Henderson County and No. 24 Perry County Central.
Manual (8-0) is undefeated.
Besides Spalding and Trinity teammates D'Angelo West and Jax Levitch, some of the top players are Eli Wright of Apollo, Braxton Beverly of Perry County Central, David Simmons of Henderson County, Matt Rose of Lexington Christian, Tanner Johnson of Lexington Catholic, Will Parker of Male and Peyton Broughton of North Laurel.