LEXINGTON – The Bluegrass Sports Commission announced today that the Kentucky Lions All-Star Classic, which annually matches the top Kentucky high school basketball players against the best in Indiana, is set for Sunday, June 12. The girls’ game will begin at 1 PM with the boys facing off 30 minutes after. Both games will be played at Bellarmine University in Louisville.
Since 1940, the Classic has created an intense rivalry between the two historically basketball-rich states.
“We are excited to once again be part of this rich historic event and to work with the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation,” said BSC President and CEO Brian Miller. “High school basketball in Kentucky is special and we are proud to be able to showcase the best talent that our state has to offer.”
The teams are comprised of the top athletes from around the state, including Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches (KABC) Regional Players of the Year, Mr. and Miss Basketball, and players who were nominated by selected KABC Coaches of the Year.
The 2016 boys’ team will be coached by former Tates Creek High School coach Wayne Breeden and includes the following players:
Trey Blevins, Wayne County
Alex Cook, Male
Tyrik Edwards, Christian County
Mason Faulkner, Caverna
Quentin Goodin, Taylor County
Connor McKim, St. Xavier
Tyler Sharpe, Bullitt East
Caleb Taylor, South Laurel
Isaiah Tisdale, Henry Clay
Ben Weyer, Newport Central Catholic
Carson Williams, Owen County
Darius Williams, Paul Laurence Dunbar
Matt Wilson, Campbell County
The 2016 girls head coach will be Muhlenberg County’s Mike Harper and includes the following players:
Mikayla Berry, Owensboro Catholic
Erin Boley, Elizabethtown
Kaylee Cotton, McCreary Central
Whitney Creech, Jenkins
Samantha Fitzgerald, Southwestern
Malaka Frank, Franklin County
Bree Glover, Glasgow
I’Liyah Green, Male
Justus Martin, Shelby County
Dajah McClendon, Covington Holy Cross
Sarah Price, Bath County
Oneisha Turner, Bowling Green
Emma Young, East Jessamine
The Classic serves as a fundraiser for the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation. KLEF’s mission is to prevent and cure blindness and provides vision care and assistance to more than 20,000 Kentuckians annually. The Foundation supports an eye bank, eye clinics, eye research, and programs including the Vision Van and KidSight programs throughout the state.
Tickets for the June 12 game are currently on sale for $12 each, on the BSC website, www.bluegrasssports.org. Tickets are valid for both the boys and girls games. All profits will support the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation and the Bluegrass Sports Commission.
Any questions regarding the event should be directed to the Bluegrass Sports Commission at (859) 286-5152 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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The Bluegrass Sports Commission
Governed by a board of directors, the Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) is an independent, non-profit 501c3 responsible for recruiting, growing, executing and attracting sporting events of all sizes and types that serve the Central Kentucky by increasing economic activity and/or improving the quality of life for its citizens.
Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation
The Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation is a non-profit organization
with the mission to prevent and cure blindness by supporting eye research, providing eye screenings and operating an eye bank. For over 50 years the Foundation has been supported by Lions Clubs from across the state, who serve selflessly and are known as knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.