J. TODD HOWARD
for Cameron Mills Radio
Since Wednesday, i’ve been living the best life; Basketball, greasy food, plenty of carbonated beverages, Prairie Farm’s Dairy, incredible friends, new acquaintances and more basketball.
The 2019 KHSAA Boys State Basketball Tournament did not disappoint and it’s with a great deal of sorrow that I find myself typing up this short piece, it’s really hit home that the season is “officially” over.
The Shamrocks of Trinity defeated the Scott County Cardinals in a game that displayed high level, intense defense as each team faced a wave of contested shots.
Going into the 4th period of play, the momentum swung in Scott County’s favor. With 5:46 to go, Michael Moreno buried a nice jumper to put the Cardinals up 35-31.
Cue Trinity’s major momentum shift. For what its worth — my personal player of the game is Stan Turnier. Stan buried a huge three to cut the lead to 1. On the next offensive possession for the Shamrocks, the Senior hits another three to put them out in front. Turnier would end up scoring 11 points in the final quarter of play, helping the Shamrocks put the Cardinals away for good.
The game itself was great, but its what happened at half time that will forever be etched into my mind — a memory and moment, that will live on forever.
My fiancée Carla Booth and I were invited to showcase our kids we train in our fundamental skill groups, the On-Point Ballers. Carla started this group several years ago with the goal of performing at the State Tournament in mind — and together we achieved just that.
Our group includes 20 kids, but 2 of them, Luke and Liza, are children of my own. In a matter of minutes, all four of us were standing on the sacred grounds of Rupp Arena. We each had a role, Carla coaching the big kids, myself with the little kids, and my children in their respective groups — each fighting back a different fear or thought. As a team we knew each would rise to the occasion. This was our State Tournament run, our moment and we walked off the floor feeling like David Johnson and the Trinity Shamrocks — Victorious.
Thank you to the KHSAA for having us.
Thank you to the KHSAA for using Rupp Arena.
Thank you to the KHSAA for allowing the Student Sections to be creative.
Thank you to the great state of Kentucky for crowning a Single Champion.
Thank you to Prairie Farms Dairy for giving us your support — and Rupp Ice Cream.
Thank you to the KABC for allowing us to know Coach Scott Chalk (and his impeccable style.)
Thank you Cameron Mills Radio for a chance to be a part of Sweet 16 in this capacity.
And thank you Bluegrass Basketball, y’all are simply the best!
Until next year,