Warren Central to Make Sixth Appearance at State Tournament

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

  • An area team advances to the state basketball tournament for the sixth year in a row, a record that has been obtained by only two other Kentucky teams.
  • "I'm very excited for our school, for our student body and most of all for Coach Riley, their coaching staff and players. They worked very hard to get to this point,” said Kathy Goff, Warren Central High School's principal.

    You would think any team that has been to a state tournament six times in a row would be a little confident.

    "It was a close game last night and we were just fortunate enough to pull it off,” Senior basketball player, Nick Britt said.

    "It just means I've been on some great teams and there's been great players here,” Senior basketball player, Jeremy Anderson said.

    "I just feel blessed to be honest with you,” Coach Tim Riley said.

    Coach Riley said to advance to the state tournament six years in a row is a humbling feeling for his team and even though their trips to state already include a state championship and being the runner up another year, he said the feeling is still new to him and his team.

    It's a feeling that only two other teams in the state have ever experienced before.

    "Owensboro back in the 1930's made it seven times and then Clay County, when Richie Farmer was part of it and Bobby Keith, the legendary coach up there, went seven times in a row. We've made it six and I'm proud. Six in a very tough Fourth Region,” Riley said.

    Riley said he's just as proud of that as he is of some of his players.

    "Jeremy Anderson will be only the second player in Kentucky high school history to play in five Sweet Sixteen's, and now we'll have six guys that have played in four, and I think there are only 18 guys that have played in four state tournaments. That is Troy McFarland, and Quinten Curry, and off of this year’s team is Joe Hood, Monie Hudson, Avery Driver, and Nick Britt,” Riley said but these players say it's not the records that are on their minds. It's just having the opportunity to go back to the state tournament. For the seniors, it'll finally be their last trip.

    "We'll just get up there and play good and see what happens,” Anderson said.

    "Not many people get to go once, so, for me to go four it feels good,” Britt said.

    For the second time Coach Riley was named the KABC Fourth Region Coach of the Year. Senior Nick Britt was named the Fourth Region MVP.

    The school will hold a send-off for the boys on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 8:00 a.m. to show their support for the team.

    The Dragons will play in Lexington on Thursday, March 22, 2007, at 8:00 p.m. against June Buchanan.

    Two other schools in the area will also be making appearances at the state tournament after winning their Region Championship game.

    That includes Region Five champs Adair County who will play on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at noon against Lincoln County.

    It also includes Region Two champs Christian County who will play on Thursday, March 22, 2007, at 1:30 p.m. against George Rogers Clark.


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