Summer has arrived and it’s time to take a look back at five of the most memorable moments that happened this past school-year.
These moments were perhaps the most unpredictable and ended runs of dominance, not necessarily the best of the best.
No. 5 – Doss wins a regional tournament basketball game for the first time in 26 years
The Dragons girls basketball team had not won a game in the regional tournament since 1992 until this year.
Doss defeated Holy Cross 50-44 to advance to the Sixth Region semifinals.
The Dragons would lose 56-22 in the next round to North Bullitt.
But, it was still a special season as Doss finished the year with a 22-9 record, their second winning season in three year.
No. 4 – Ballard softball wins first regional title since 2011
Josh Bloomer and his Male softball team ran the Seventh Region from 2013 to 2017, Alan Jones and his Bruins ended the streak at five this year.
Ballard defeated Male 6-4 in the regional semifinals and then beat Assumption 4-2 in the title game.
The Bruins lost their first-round game in the Owensboro Health/KHSAA Fast Pitch Softball State Tournament, but went onto beat Pikeville 11-0 and Boyle County 11-0 in elimination games before losing 7-4 Butler and finishing seventh at the state tournament.
No. 3 – Butler softball finishing third at state
The Bearettes refused to back down when they arrived at Jack C. Fisher Park for the Owensboro Health/KHSAA Fast Pitch Softball State Tournament.
Butler lost to East Carter 2-0 in their first-round game setting up for a potentially long Friday if they were to keep on winning.
And, the Bearettes won all four games on Friday fighting brutally hot conditions and endless heat-index delays repeatedly throughout the day.
Butler beat Ryle 6-4 in their first elimination game, Oldham County 6-3 in their second elimination game, Ballard 7-4 in their third elimination game, and Central Hardin 4-2 in their final elimination game Friday night.
The Bearettes were right back where they started – East Carter awaited them in their first elimination game Saturday morning.
Butler returned the favor and sent the Raiders back to Eastern Kentucky with an 8-6 loss.
The Bearettes raced out a 5-1 lead against Warren East, but after a long heat delay, their season came to a heartbreaking close with a 9-5 loss.
No. 2 – Mercy basketball stunning state championship run
Few thought the Jaguars would make a state title run after losing 46-34 in the Louisville Invitational Tournament, but they returned the favor and outsted the Bearettes with a 47-34 win in the Sixth Region semifinals.
Mercy then went on to route North Bullitt in the Sixth Region title game.
The Jaguars made it to Highland Heights and was the hottest team for their first three games winning by 19, 15, and 29 points before losing to Mercer County 74-34 in the finals.
No. 1 – Manual basketball pulls off one of the greatest upsets in Kentucky history
The Lady Crimsons upset Sacred Heart 55-52 in the Seventh Region championship game, just six weeks after losing 77-30 to the same team they just knocked off.
If you were there, it was a stunned crowd. I’m not even sure head coach Jeff Sparks could even believe what his team had just done.
For me, I was sitting with Bob White in press-row and I asked him where would you rank this upset, and he said near the top.
Indeed, it was a special day for anybody who wasn’t involved with Sacred Heart, as this game will be talked about for years.