WBONTV will have 35 games live on our website and various outlets all season long. We will once again bring you Madison Central and Madison Southern boy’s and girl’s basketball. This season we are happy to have former long time WLEX 18 sport director Alan Cutler join our team, he will be bringing you Madison Central boy’s basketball all season long along side WBONTV sport director Michael Watkins. Tom Gross will also move over from the football booth where he helped Michael with Madison Central and Donald Foster will once again be up in Berea with Madison Southern. Our Estill County team will remain the same with William Hardy and Danny Wood.
This season WBONTV will bring you the opportunity to see some of the top teams and players from across the state. According to the Preseason Coaches polls and player rankings you will have the chance to see or hear 13 of the top teams from across the state. That includes 5 of the top 7 teams in the state. Scott County is #1, Trinity is #2, Covington Catholic is #3, Madison Central is #5, and Clark County is #7. Four of the top 10 players will be on the stations of Wallingford Broadcasting. The #2 player in the state David Johnson (Trinity), #4 Michael Moreno (Scott Co.), #5 Isaiah Cozart (Madison Central), and #9 Jackson Harlan (Clinton County).
Of course our teams play in the 11th region and everyone calls the region a “mini state tournament” in both boy and girl’s tournaments. No matter which team wins the regional tournament they are an automatic contender for a State Championship. On the boy’s side of the region the preseason poll has Scott County as the favorite. They are the defending region champions. Henry Clay is #2 and the Indians are #3. On the girl’s side Madison Central is #7 and Madison Southern is #9.
Our schedule will begin on November 27th with the annual cross county rivalry between Madison Central and Madison Southern. On the 30th we will see the Engineers of Estill County as they host the Eagles. On December 4th we will have two games. On WBONTV we will have Estill County and Rockcastle County and on the radio side we will have Madison Central as they travel to Winchester to play #7 Clark County in boy’s action. The rest of December shapes up this way, Madison Southern VS Powell County on the 6th, the 8th we go to Madison Central for doubleheader action as Madison Southern plays Lincoln County and the Indians play Somerset after. The 14th we go to Irvine for a boy/girl doubleheader as Estill and Powell match-up. The 15th Christian County, the 4th best team preseason in the 2nd region comes to Richmond to face Madison Central, the 17th Estill County and Wolfe County take center stage.
January begins with our second split doubleheader as Madison Southern and Frederick Douglas will be the WBONTV game and radio only will be Central and Dunbar. On the 4th Indians and Defenders of Bryan Station match-up. On January 5th we will see the Ladies for the first time as Madison Central and Madison Southern as they play in Richmond, staying with the girl’s we will see Estill County and the Lady Eagles on the 7th. January 8th is the biggest game in the 11th region as Scott County comes calling on Madison Central, the 11th another boy/girl DH as Estill and Powell play. On the 15th radio only Madison Central goes on the road to West Jessamine. West Jessamine is the preseason #4 team in the 12th region. Another radio only game on the 18th as Central and Lincoln County square off. The 19th Hopkinsville will come to Richmond to face the Indians. Hoptown is the preseason #2 team in the 2nd region and have the 19th best player in the state in Jamaron Sharp. The 21st another radio game as Central heads to Douglas, the 22nd we see the Eagles as they host Frankfort out of the 41st district. The 25th radio only as Madison Central will head to Louisville to play Trinity. The 28th we head back to Irvine for Estill and Buckhorn, the next day the 29th Central and Henry Clay in another epic 11th region showdown. We end January with a split doubleheader, on WBONTV girl’s action with Estill and Madison Central and radio Central and Harrison County play.
The final month of the regular season begins on February 1st with Madison Southern and Clinton County. The 4th the Lady Eagles play Wolfe County, the 5th Madison Central and Lexington Catholic in yet another huge 11th region showdown. The 11th will see Madison Central and South Laurel, the Cardinals are the preseason #1 team in the 13th region. The final regular season games are on the 15th, WBONTV will have Estill County and Hazard and radio will have Madison Central going up north to play Covington Catholic. We will also have the 44th district and 11th region tournament games and this schedule is subject to change.
Recap of the schedule, we will have 5 teams that are preseason favorites in their regions. Trinity (region 7), Covington Catholic (region 8), Clark County (region 10), Scott County (region 11), and South Laurel (region 13). Three other teams are preseason #2 in their regions, Hopkinsville (2nd) Henry Clay (11th) and Hazard (14th). Some of the top players we will see includes Madison Central and Western Kentucky signee Isaiah Cozart who needs only 7 block shots to set the state record. David Johnson of Trinity a Louisville commit, Michael Moreno of Scott County. Moreno is the favorite win Mr. Basketball this season. Another Western Kentucky commit Jackson Harlan of Clinton County, Jordan Graham of Clark County, Nick Thelen of Covington Catholic, and Marquess Warrick of Henry Clay.
We are excited for the upcoming season and we want to thank all of our wonderful sponsors who allow us to bring you the excitement of Madison Central and Madison Southern basketball. You can almost hear the ball hitting the hardwood, it’s that close!