HALL OF FAME
Good luck, Tigers!
March 19, 2014Bardstown High School
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 4:34 pm
Good luck to the Bardstown Tigers as they embark Thursday on what could prove a historic journey at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
The 5th Region champs will take to the floor at 6:30 against Pleasure Ridge Park in the first round of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 tournament.
With a 26-6 record, the Tigers’ season can already be judged a success. But this group of young men no doubt has its sights set on making history by claiming the school’s first win ever in the state tournament.
Bardstown made its first trip in 1932 and returned four more times until 1971, only to face a generation-long drought until seven years ago. Since then, the team has made the tournament three times.
While it may be too soon to start talking dynasty, it is clear that Bardstown is in the conversation to be a team to watch every season, having shaken off the shadow so long cast by North Hardin in years past.
While the players on the court deserve recognition, much credit can also be shared with head coach James “Boo” Brewer, voted 5th Region Co-Coach of the Year by his peers. In his four years Brewer has taken the Tigers to the 5th Region championship game three times, winning twice.
Under Brewer’s leadership this season he has taken a naturally gifted, quick and athletic team and has fashioned them into a disciplined and unselfish group of young men who rely on defense as their calling card.
Those qualities have combined to make a team that, while certainly expected to be a region contender at the beginning of the season, proved a dominating force late in the season and postseason. The Tigers won their last nine games in a row and blew away their region opposition by an average of more than 15 points.
With the way the Tigers are playing, this year could well prove historic and see the team’s first win at state.
The fans certainly seem to think so. On Friday, the first day tickets were available, three-quarters of Bardstown’s allotment sold, and talk around town the last few days has generally revolved around who has tickets, followed by “Do you have an extra?”
Included in this year’s festivities at Rupp Arena will be the honoring of a past coach, Garnis Martin, who coached the Tigers to the Sweet 16 in 1969 and 1971. He will be inducted into the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches Ring of Honor on Friday.
So if you have a ticket, make the trip and cheer on the Bardstown Tigers. You might just get to see a little bit of high school history made.
Good luck, Tigers.