Ohio Co. sets sights on possible state run


BEAVER DAM, Ky. (WEHT) – Ohio County sets its sights on a possible state run to Rupp Arena after starting the basketball season 13-2.

There has been a bit of a drought for the Eagles boy’s basketball team lately, they have not been to the Sweet 16 since 2013.

Tony Hopper says his team has a great shot at making a nice push in the postseason.

“Well, we have been talking about going to Rupp Arena since the spring and the more success we have had, the more I think we have bought into that and we believe we can do something like that. We are probably exceeding expectations at 13-2 a little bit.”

His seniors, strongly believe in their team’s momentum too and think if they continue to execute well and at a high level, the sky is the limit for this squad. Hunter Pharis, eagles senior, echoed his coaches’ comments.

“It’s been forever since our team has made it there, we just want to be that team that makes it. I feel like we could do it this year, we have great talent. This would be a good year to do it. We are just crazy good as a team, we don’t care about one person scoring it all, as long as we win it’s a good day.”

Despite their great run so far, senior guard, Tripp Manning, explains their mindset needs to stay tough during the second half of the season.

“Success is nice but once people get success, they start slowing down, thinking that they are going to keep going. We don’t have that mentality and hopefully it pays off for us in the end. Pretty much all we are focused on for the year is to win a 3rd region championship and go to state.”

Ohio County looks to win their third straight as they take on McLean Co. on Friday.

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(This story was originally published on January 9, 2020)

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