Prep Basketball: KSD hosting tourney — 11 teams to play in Mason-Dixon

Tuesday January 20, 2009

Prep Basketball: KSD hosting tourney — 11 teams to play in Mason-Dixon

By HAL MORRIS
hmorris@amnews.com

It’s been 11 years since the Kentucky School for the Deaf hosted the boys Mason-Dixon Tournament.

But the Colonels will welcome 10 basketball teams and more than 200 athletes this week for the 57th annual tournament being held at KSD’s Thomas Gym.

To see a pdf version of the tournament bracket, click here.

“I have been very, very much looking forward to this tournament since I became head coach for the KSD boys’ team last year,” KSD coach Mike Yance said. “It is always very nice to have the tournament at home because it is great for the families of our players, KSD students, KSD staff, KSD alumni and the community.”

To prepare for the tournament, the KSD gym received some renovations that athletics director Billy Lange said would “spice it up” for the tournament.

“Having a big tournament like this one run smoothly takes a long time to plan, and it can’t be done at the last minute. It involves a lot of manpower to run a successful tournament, so it requires significant time. (KSD assistant) Byron (Wilson) and I couldn’t have done everything by ourselves. We are so glad and so lucky to have wonderful staff at KSD working with us to make this tournament a great big success,” Lange said.

Lange said the planning for the tournament began last March, and he worked with 33 committees to get everything planned out.

“The hardest part was finding space for the team members from the other 10 deaf schools to stay on campus. About 200 of them will be staying on the campus during the tournament,” Lange said.

KSD is No. 3 seed

The KSD boys are the third seed in the tournament, and play the winner of No. 11 Mississippi and No. 6 East North Carolina at 4 p.m. Thursday. Alabama is the tournament’s top seed and Florida is No. 2.

The semifinals are 6:15 and 8 p.m. Friday, and the finals are at 8 p.m. Saturday.

“Alabama is a heavy favorite because it is a very disciplined team and has very few weaknesses,” Yance said. “Florida is a very solid and well-coached team. South Carolina is very athletic and quick, and can score at will.”

The Colonels (6-6) come in having won three out of their last four games. They are averaging 52.8 points a game and allowing 52.1 points per game.

“I feel very good about the way we have played the last four games. Our offense has done better, and our defensive intensity has started to show some signs of life. However, we do need to work on several things, especially rebounding. If we do a much better job of rebounding, we might have a chance to do well,” Yance said.

“Defense and rebounding are the two areas that we have been putting an emphasis on. I am glad to see us getting better and better as a unit at the right time.”

The girls tournament, which was last in Danville in 2002, returns in 2012.

Although he’ll be in South Carolina for the girls’ Mason-Dixon Tournament, girls coach Scott Johnson is anxious to hear how things run here.

“I know the KSD community is very excited in hosting the boys tournament this year. A lot of preparation has gone into making sure things run smoothly,” Johnson said. “This one time I wish is that the girls and boys tournaments were separate weeks so I could be here. ”

The KSD girls are seeded 11th and play No. 6 Louisiana on Thursday morning.

In addition to the basketball tournament, there will be a cheerleading competition on Saturday at Centre College.
Copyright:The Advocate-Messenger 2009

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Mason Dixon Donation

Please share this with your friends. KSD Mason Dixon Basketball Tournament need the donation. The deadline is January 15, 2009 for send a money order or check. Thanks, Rhonda Bodner

Kentucky School for the Deaf

Parent Teacher Cottage Parent Association

(PTCA)

November 5, 2008

Dear Alumni Friends,

An exciting event will take place in January at Kentucky School for the Deaf when our school will host the 57th annual Mason-Dixon Basketball Tournament. Ten other schools for the deaf will participate in this tournament. They are:

Alabama Mississippi

Florida Georgia

Tennessee South Carolina

North Carolina Louisiana

Eastern North Carolina Virginia

We only host this event once every ten years, so please plan to come and share in the fun and excitement. This year we will honor Paul Smiley, the former Athletic Director and coach at Kentucky School for the Deaf, for his 30 years of tireless dedication to our school. We are very grateful for his inspiration, innovative ideas and support of our students and the athletic program at Kentucky School for the Deaf.

The Mason-Dixon tournament begins Thursday, January 22, 2009 and concludes with the championship game on Saturday evening, January 24th at 8:00. Each night an alumni social is planned for alumni, parents and visiting coaches. It will be held in the Grille concession area in Thomas Hall gym.

To help with this special event, we ask that you give a small donation. Each person who contributes will have his/her name printed in the program as a KSD Colonel supporter.

Please make your check payable to:

The Mason Dixon Tournament

Ms. Evie Smith, Ad Chairperson

c/o KSD

PO Box 27

Danville, KY 40422-0027

Please come a take part in this long standing tradition of Deaf culture!! See you on January 22!

GO COLONELS!!

Sarita Harkness, KSDAA President

Rhonda Bodner, KSDAA Vice President