• Thomas Mims, Woodford Sun Sports Writer

Jacket Madness gets ‘The Hive’ buzzing

The start of the high school basketball season is less than two weeks away and both Woodford County High School teams can feel the excitement growing in the locker room and in the community. Friday evening’s Jacket Madness only served as further proof to some players that fan support – and expectations – are high. The hirings of boys’ Coach Jaron Brown and girls’ Coach Erik Daniels in the offseason made headlines beyond Woodford County, and players have taken notice of the added outside attention. “We can’t wait till Dec. 2 to start showing, and stop all the talking,” said Yellow Jacket senior guard Ashton Myles-Devore. The “showing” has already started with the display Friday at “The Hive.” After an alumni game started the evening, the middle school and high school basketball teams took the court for introductions. Both high school teams then held an intersquad scrimmage to give fans a small sample of what’s to come this season. For their efforts, players were met with hearty cheers. “It was electric. We were ready to come out and show what we’ve got this year,” Myles-Devore said. “It went well. We were very energetic and blood was flowing. We went out there and had fun, which is what we will always have to do ... The atmosphere was full and it felt like we had a lot of people behind us, which is what we’ll need all season.” His teammate Anthony Tabor added, “Seeing the support this early is something that means a lot.” The WCHS cheerleaders were also on hand to support the teams, rally the crowd and demonstrate their own skills. The Woodford County cheerleaders are in the final stages of preparation for this weekend’s KHSAA regional competition at Valley High School in Louisville. There they will compete against squads from Region 7 and Region 8 basketball schools with the goal of reaching the state championship competition. The Cheer Jackets did their part to bring noise and energy to the gym in front of one of the larger Jacket Madness crowds in recent memory. “I think this is the best Jacket Madness in a long time,” said senior Delaney Enlow, “It’s one of the best turnouts we’ve seen ... It was a lot of fun (for the players) because we get along so well this year.” Preseason events like Jacket Madness are among the most optimistic events in sports. The dreams of a region championship and state tournament appearance are alive and for many Jacket supporters, like senior football player Sidney Mudd, the possibilities are endless. “With the new region the team is in, I wholeheartedly believe they can make a run at state this year,” said Mudd of the boys’ team. Both teams begin the season Monday, Dec. 2. The Lady Yellow Jackets host Madison Central at 7:30 p.m. and the boys’ team plays at Dunbar with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff. Next week’s edition of the Sun will preview both team’s seasons.

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