Northern Kentucky’s best high school basketball players displayed their talents at BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky University on January 15.
It’s been tradition that the Bluegrass-Buckeye Charity local basketball event featured schools from Northern Kentucky to play against schools from Ohio. Proceeds from the event go to the following charities:
-The Ruth Lyons Children Fund helps children find some joy while they’re in the hospital. Donations to the organization are used to purchase toys and books for hospital playrooms.
–Neediest Kids of All provides children basic everyday necessities such as clothes, shoes, and eyeglasses for the local community. Funds are also used for educational field trips and training programs in schools.
–Chicks & Chucks Inc. provides support and services to breast cancer patients. Donations to the cause are used for resource books used to educate cancer patients as well as providing post-surgery items.
This year was different as the Ninth Region tournament only featured Northern Kentucky teams. The triple-header featured six of the top 10 teams in the Enquirer’s coaches’ poll, including No 1. Newcath playing against No.2 CovCath.
“We definitely wanted to have the event at the Bank of Kentucky Center. And we realized that we had a hard time drawing fans from the Ohio teams with the games being held there, so we decided to try it with just the top teams in Northern Kentucky this year. We left the name the same because the money will still be going to benefit charities in Ohio and Kentucky,” said tournament director Terry Boehmker.
The rivalry between NewCath and CovCath is nothing new as they were ranked as two of the top teams for the majority of the last season. After a stressful 13 lead changes and four ties through the first half, CovCath found some separation and pushed through with a final score of 58-43.