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The 19th annual Campbellsville High School Holiday Classic, sponsored by Campbellsville University, Murakami Manufacturing, then National Guard and H&W Sport Shop, consists of four Fifth Region teams paired up with teams from the Third, Fourth, Sixth and 12th Regions.
The host Eagles, who have won seven titles (1998, 2000, 2002-03, 2008-10) welcomes back cross-town rival Taylor County after a four-year absence. The Cardinals are making their ninth trip (eighth straight from 2001-08) to Paul J. Coop Gymnasium for the after-Christmas, eight-team, three-day showcase.
Green County’s Dragons, coached by former Adair County head man Keith Young, is back in the Classic for a seventh time while Washington County finished fourth in the 2002 tournament.
Warren East, coached by former Campbellsville University stand-out Casey Simpson, is the only out-of-region team to appear before as they placed fifth in the 2007 Classic and also was in the 2001 version.
Butler County, East Jessamine and Louisville Holy Cross are making their initial trip to the Campbellsville Holiday Classic.
Players to watch at the Classic
Colton Bush (Jr.) Green County
Ronnie Carson (Jr.) East Jessamine
Quentin Goodin (Soph.) Taylor County
Dominique Mack (Sr.) Holy Cross
Thomas Pettus (Sr.) Washington County
Jack Schmitt (Sr.) Holy Cross
David Sloan (Fr.) Taylor County
Damontez Smith (Jr.) Campbellsville
Brandon Walker (Sr.) Warren East
Austin Webster (Jr.) Taylor County
Caleb Wigginton (Sr.) Taylor County
Zeke Woodcock (Sr.) Butler County
2011 Covington Holmes
2006 Central Hardin
2005 Madison Central
1999 Marion County
1996 North Hardin
2012 Zane Najdawi , Elizabethtown
2011 Dontel Rice, Covington Holmes
2010 Jordan Percell, Campbellsville
2009 Bryton Taylor, Campbellsville
2008 Bryton Taylor, Campbellsville
2007 Darius French, Elizabethtown
2006 Andre Miller, Central Hardin
2005 Aaron Morris, Madison Central
2004 Todd Atcher, Elizabethtown
2003 Robert Rich, Campbellsville
2002 Jeffrey Gumm, Taylor County
2001 Dwight Rudd, Elizabethtown
2000 Austin Newton, Campbellsville
1999 Marlis Scott, Marion County
1998 Petie Spaulding, Campbellsville
1997 Quintin Bailey, Iroquois
1996 Dontaie Smith, North Hardin
1995 Antwan Taylor, Eastern
Inaugural Taylor County Holiday Classic set for Friday and Saturday
The first Taylor County Holiday Classic girls’ basketball tournament is scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
The four-team Classic will be a round-robin format this season with the host Lady Cardinals being joined by Pulaski County, Estill County and Hart County (pairings are in Scorecard).
Before Saturday’s final game at 7:00 involving Taylor County and Hart County, a donation to the Delilah Gonzales Scholarship Fund and a recognition of her family will take place before the Taylor County-Hart County game.
Gonzales, a Lady Cardinal senior, was killed in a single-vehicle, automobile crash on Friday, Nov. 18, 2005.