Posted February 12, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Down the final stretch – hang on

Wow, that was fast.

I looked up to check the basketball schedule for this week and there wasn’t much left to look at. This has been one of the fastest schedules to whip by that I can remember for awhile, but it has been a fun one to work and cover.

The 2012-13 regular season campaign comes to an end this Thursday night when our Lady Dawgs and Bulldogs will play host to Barren County in double-header action that sees the girls’ tipping off at 6:00 p.m.

Of course Thursday night’s lineup will include the annual salute to the seniors, a ceremony that will be held between games.

From there, we head to the C.C.H.S. Cafeteria on Friday for the annual Booster Club / WANY Radio Auction. We are expecting, once again, to have a full lineup of offerings for the program Friday, and as usual, I’m sure we’ll have some surprises so by all means, be sure to get in on the fun.

The auction will get underway at 5:00 p.m., and you can participate either by listening to WANY (100.9) and using the telephone, or come on out to the cafeteria and enjoy the crowd that always gathers there. Concessions will be available and in past years, many of those have included home-made goodies.

We get a little break over the weekend, with no games set for Saturday, but come Monday, it gets busy again as we head across the Cumberland River for the 16th District Tournament.

Our Bulldogs (No. 1 seed) will open up boys’ action, going up against Metcalfe County (No. 4) on Monday night in a game that will tip-off after the girls’ match-up between Russell County (No. 1) and Cumberland County (No. 4). Girls’ play is set to begin at 6:00 p.m.

Our Lady Dawgs (No. 3) will enter the 16th District Tournament on Tuesday, taking on Metcalfe County (No. 2) in a contest that tips-off at 6:00, followed by the boys’ game between Russell County’s Lakers (No. 2) and the host Panthers of Cumberland County (No. 3).

The boys’ championship game will be played Thursday night, February 21, beginning at 7:00, with the girls’ championship to be played the following night, Friday, also getting underway at 7:00.

It might seem a little early, but in Kentucky, tournament action slipped into the month of February a few years ago. Good luck to our boys and girls in blue as they head into the tournament season!

Two championships claimed already

While we are looking ahead at next week’s varsity level 16th District Tournament run for the Lady Dawgs and Bulldogs, Clinton County can already lay claim to two District Tourney championships.

Thanks to our two C.C.H.S. frosh squads, when the trophies are handed out next week at the conclusions of the championship games, the championship trophies to the 16th District Freshman Tournament will go to the young Dawgs and Lady Dawgs.

Congrats are certainly in order to both squads. A more detailed report is included in this week’s Sports, but the girls freshmen coasted to victory lane with an opening round win over Metcalfe 47-23 and a championship win over Russell County 34-21. The boys’ freshmen had a harder road to the championship title, winning over Metcalfe 47-42 in opening round action before eventually earning a 60-55 double overtime win over Russell County.

More hardware for the C.C.H.S. trophy case!

Congrats to both squads and coaching staffs on a great season and tournament!

It’s tourney time in Kentucky – don’t call me until April!