Mack Calvert Classic Preview
Saturday’s Mack Calvert Classic at Woodford County High School features four boys’ basketball games, with play beginning at 1 p.m. The games honor former Woodford Sun sports editor and WCHS radio and internet broadcaster Mack Calvert, who passed away on New Year’s Eve 2017. The Yellow Jackets will play the day’s final game, a 7 p.m. contest against region foe Oldham County. The Jackets come into the game on a six game losing streak after winning the season opener at Dunbar. Oldham County has yet to lose this season, but has a game Friday evening against reigning 8th Region champion Walton-Verona before traveling to “The Hive.” Coach Coy Zerhusen’s Colonels team has won all six games and scored over 71 points in every contest. The Colonels have also won every game by 15 or more points, including a Dec. 16 contest with Grant County, a team WCHS lost to on Dec. 5. Oldham County also has one of the most lopsided scores of the season with an 88-28 destruction of Trimble County. The Colonels are versatile with four players averaging double-figure point totals. They have also shot the ball well, averaging 51 percent from the field and 42 percent from behind the arc. The Yellow Jackets have struggled to take away the three this season from opponents, particularly against Grant County and Madison Southern. To pull off the upset, Woodford will need to tighten up the perimeter defense against a Colonels squad averaging seven three-pointers a game. The games begin with one of Woodford’s new district rivals and Conner High School. The Spencer County Bears do battle with the Cougars to open the day. The Bears won their season opener against Franklin County and followed that with a narrow victory over Shelby Valley before being swept by the trio of Oldham teams: North, South and County. Conner dropped its season opener to St. Henry before winning three straight, but also played Wednesday night at Campbell County and Friday night at Ryle. The second game Saturday is set for a 3 p.m. tip-off between the North Laurel Jaguars and Great Crossing. The Jags lost their season opener to the 8th Region favorite Collins, but has won five straight heading into a Friday night rivalry matchup with South Laurel. Great Crossing, still in the shadow of Scott County, lost three straight to begin the season but has climbed back to a 2-4 record before Thursday’s matchup with the Cardinals. The 5 p.m. slot is a bulldog-fight as John Hardin and Dunbar square off. The Dunbar Bulldogs have had a mixed start to the season after their opening night loss to WCHS. Scott Chalk’s group is 2-4 following a Tuesday night loss to Lexington Christian. The John Hardin Bulldogs, however, went 5-0 to begin the season before playing Central Hardin Tuesday night and North Hardin Friday evening. JHHS opened the season with a 30-point win over Bryan Station, which narrowly edged out Woodford 56-55 at last weekend’s Kentucky Bank Shootout.