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Holmes Ranked #1 in Multiple Local Basketball Polls

The undefeated Holmes boys basketball team (18-0) now sits atop two local independent polls created by websites that intensely cover high school sports in Northern Kentucky. From nkyFan:

Holmes took down CovCath on Tuesday night, 71-60, and then turned around and grinded out a low-scoring win over Cooper on Friday, 50-44. Unfortunately we won’t get to see Holmes and NewCath hook up until February 8th to settle that match-up, but the Bulldogs look to pretty clearly be the No. 1 team as of now. That’s not to say that they can’t be beaten though. Cooper, who may provide the toughest match-up for the Dogs because of style of play, had a lead in the first half and had its chances to take the lead in the fourth quarter. The score was within a few possessions on either side pretty much the whole game. It’s going to take a really good shooting effort, combined with a low-scoring, physical game to pull the upset, but the Jaguars did prove, as did Holy Cross last week, that it could be done.

Full story with complete rankings: nkyFan (Photo is the cover of the weekly print edition of nkyFAN from earlier this season which is available at local Larosa's and Skyline Chili locations.)

From NKY Sports Blog:

People were questioning Holmes’ schedule coming in to this week. With the two wins over #3 Covcath and #4 Cooper, Holmes has proved that they are indeed the best team in the region and their record is a product of their talent, and not a “soft schedule.” With BJ Coston starting to come around and Quentin Chames having his best game to date, this team becomes that much more dangerous. James Bolden continues to prove that he is an elite level talent in this region but it is the leadership of seniors Quan Palmer and Chris Englemon that are carrying this team. The Bulldogs are 4 wins away from tying the 2009 state championship record of 22 consecutive wins.

Next: Holmes will be on the road this week Tuesday night against Mason County and Thursday night against Scott in a rematch from the Stop DWI Classic Championship, held the third week of December.

Full story with complete rankings: NKY Sports Blog

Meanwhile, in Latonia, the Holy Cross Indians (ranked fifth in both polls) and Downtown, Covington Latin, are preparing for the All A Classic. Check out the preview of the tournament from nkyFAN.

In South Covington/Taylor Mill, the Scott Eagles are preparing for a rematch with Dixie Heights Monday night.