RIVER RAT: Somebody's knocking? Nope, just bouncing basketballs

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River Rat

By Peter W. Zubaty, Sports Editor

Basketball season’s right around the corner, sort of officially/unofficially kicking off locally this week with a trio of intra-squad scrimmages to help folks warm up to the idea of bouncing orange balls again.

Thursday night at Bardstown features Purple Madness, where the Tiger girls and boys will give fans their first look at the 2011-12 teams in the second year for this event. Things get started with the girls’ Purple and Gold game at 6:30 p.m., and the boys’ game will follow.

Nelson County is also getting in the act, as the Cardinal boys will have their intra-squad Red-White scrimmage Saturday at 8 p.m. But get there early, as that’s only the nightcap of a tripleheader, as former Cardinals have been invited to play in an alumni game.

At 5 p.m., former Cardinals graduating in 1999 or before will face off in the “old-timers game,” while more recent Nelson players (2000-2011) will get together at 6:30 p.m.

Of course, with basketball season right around the corner, that means our 2011-12 Kentucky Standard basketball preview special section will be on your doorstep before you know it. Look for an info-packed special section in your paper Nov. 30.

Also, we’ll be out visiting the local teams for Zubaty and Crew Sports Week as well, so make sure you’re tuned in to the PLG-TV 13 nightly newscast to get the scoop on all our local basketball teams.


Tourneys eyeball Bardstown

Plenty of folks from around Kentucky will get a chance to watch the Tigers this season, with Bardstown’s boys picked for two of the three most prestigious invitational tournaments in Kentucky. Such are the spoils of making the Sweet 16.

The Canfield Development King of the Bluegrass at Fairdale High School welcomes many of the top teams in Kentucky, as well as several out-of-state teams with high-profile recruits (many of them targets of Louisville and Kentucky) on Dec. 16-21.

Bardstown will be among them, as will Bullitt East, who the Tigers met in last year’s Sweet 16, as well as surprise finalist Rowan County, as well as always-tough Louisville teams such as PRP and Ballard.

Bardstown will be back under the microscope the week after Christmas (Dec. 26-30) for the Republic Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic, always one of the best tournaments in the state.

At LexCath, the Tigers will take on Houston High, Tenn., Dec. 26 in a tournament also populated by Trinity, John Hardin and the powerhouse host Knights.

Bardstown also gets an early chance to play at Rupp Arena — as well as the Tiger girls — for the New Year’s Day “Rumble at Rupp,” a day-long showcase of teams from around the state.

Bardstown’s boys and girls occupy marquee spots on the billing, with the Tiger girls taking on Corbin at 8:10 p.m., and the Tiger boys round out the day at 9:30 against PRP. Play gets started at 9:45 a.m. and the schedule includes nine games.