Warren Central's boys basketball team's been to six straight Sweet 16s. The Dragons won the 2004 championship, finished second in 2005 and reached the semifinals in 2007. Its senior class finished 115-24 in its high school years.
Thursday, the Dragons added another statistic to that list.
With Nick Britt (Berea), Avery Driver (Shawnee Community College), Alen Hadziomerovic (Berea) and Monie Hudson (Southeastern Illinois College) accepting scholarship offers the Dragons will send their entire senior class to college on athletic scholarships.
Jeremy Anderson had previously signed to play basketball at Liberty, Joe Hood signed with Lindsey Wilson's golf team and Aaron Rhodes will play football at Campbellsville.
Thursday nonetheless proved to be an emotional day.
Hadziomerovic was no doubt the least likely Dragon to participate in today's activities. As a freshman he rarely took part in team practice activities, instead working alone on individual improvement. He eventually became a cog in the wheel for Central.
Britt joins him in Berea after a storied career on Morgantown Road. He's WCHS' fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,550 points while earning all-state honorable mention honors twice and being named 2007 Fourth Region tournament MVP. One of just 18 players to play in four Kentucky Boys Sweet 16s, Britt participated in both the Dragons' state title games.
Driver heads to Shawnee likely to see familar faces in Ullin, Ill. Greenwood's Sean Clark and Allen County-Scottsville's Garrett Stone signed with Shawnee last month. He was WCHS' all-time leader in charges taken.
Hudson, meanwhile, will play for one of the top junior college programs in the country at Southeastern Illinois. SIC sent former Oldham County star Donta Smith straight to the NBA in 2004 a year after Damion Staple had committed to come to WKU from SIC (he ended up at Iowa State after Dennis Felton departed for Georgia). He, like Britt, played in four Sweet 16s while being named to four all-tournament teams as a senior.