Five Days of All "A"
It was a tale of two tournaments for the 2019 All “A” Classic held at McBrayer Arena on the Eastern Kentucky University campus, but with a few central themes: loud and proud crowds, school spirit, sportsmanship and EKU t-shirts.
For the thousands of fans who attended the five-day matchup of the small schools, the girls’ tournament ended in a nail-biting win for Owensboro Catholic over Walton Verona. Owensboro Catholic had to score a game-winning basket with no time left on the clock in its Friday matchup just get into the semi-finals, but went on to win it all. Heavily favored University Heights rolled into the finals besting its competition by double digits in nearly every game in the boys’ tournament, unseating the defending champions Lexington Christian Academy in the finals.
EKU President Michael Benson and newly-elected Board of Regents chair Lewis Diaz made great fun of showering the fans and prospective EKU students with EKU logo t-shirts for some of the games, and the crowds wildly cheered on their teams, with Richmond Mayor Robert Blythe also on hand for the festivities.
Here are the best photos by EKU photographer Amanda J. Cain and student photographers Carsen Bryant, Gabriella Ferraro & Julia Hickey from this year’s tournaments, and we’ll see you again next year in Richmond!
Published on January 29, 2019