Grab bag of contenders in Sweet quarterfinals

March 17, 2016 FieldsColumn

The 99th Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet Sixteen was hyped as a wide-open shootout with any number of title contenders. Friday’s quarterfinal matchups seem to bear that out. It’s hard to pick any sure-fire winners coming out of the elite eight.

  • Murray (30-5) vs. Newport Central Catholic (29-4), noon
  • Dunbar (30-6) vs. Bowling Green (31-2), 1:30
  • Doss (28-5) vs. Taylor County (25-8), 6:30
  • South Laurel (28-6) vs. South Oldham (29-5), 8:15

Dave Cantrall’s power ratings for the Lexington Herald-Leader had the tournament’s 16 teams in this order. Bold-faced teams still alive: 

  1. Dunbar
  2. South Laurel
  3. NewCath
  4. Trinity
  5. Mercer County
  6. Bowling Green
  7. Christian County
  8. Taylor County
  9. Doss
  10. South Oldham
  11. Lawrence County
  12. Murray
  13. Owensboro Catholic
  14. Mason County
  15. Buckhorn
  16. Elliott County