Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Lady Rockets lead region in All A berths

Lady Rockets on bus traveling to Frankfort
Crittenden County is playing in its sixth girls’ All A Classic State Tournament. That is the most for a Second Region team. Webster County, formerly a Class A school before consolidation with Providence, also went six times.

The Lady Rockets have never won a game in the All A Classic. Louisville Holy Cross has been there 18 times, most of any school. Lyon County, the team Crittenden beat in the Second Region championship last weekend, has gone twice. Sayre, Crittenden’s first round opponent in today’s tournament, has been there twice and never won a game.

The All A Classic is a statewide basketball tournament for the smallest 131 high schools in Kentucky based on student enrollment for the grades 9-12. Each of the 16 basketball regions across the state, according to KHSAA alignment, send a representative champion to the state tournament. The All A Classic is not a KHSAA event. See Complete 2017 Girls' All A Bracket

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Groundwork for the Kentucky All A Classic was formed in 1980 through the efforts of coaches like Stan Steidel of Dayton, Father Ed Heile of Covington Latin, Bill Frey of Covington Holy Cross and others.

The inception of a small-school basketball tournament began in 1980 and included only a handful of boys’ teams from central Kentucky. The first tournament was held at Holy Cross High School with eight teams. In 1981, it moved to Bellevue and included 10 teams, all from northern Kentucky.

From 1982 to 1989 the Classic was still just for boys and it became an invitational tournament. In those years, six at-large Class A schools from around the state were invited to compete with the 10 northern Kentucky schools.

In 1990 the All A Classic became a true small-school statewide championship tournament with 16 boys' regional tournament winners competing in Lexington. In 1991 the Classic expanded to include a limited number of girls basketball teams and in 1993 girls basketball became a full-fledged partner with 16 regional champions represented.

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