Here in Kentucky, March Madness doesn't just mean the college basketball tournament. We take our high school basketball games pretty darned seriously, too. In honor of the KHSAA Sweet Sixteen, here's some tournament trivia. Did you know that:
- The first statewide championship high school boys' basketball game was played in 1917; Owensboro defeated Somerset 12-9 in that matchup.
- Two teams hold the record for most Sweet Sixteen titles. Lexington's Henry Clay and Lafayette High Schools hold six titles, respectively.
- The venue for the first two Championship games was Centre College in Danville.
- The Kentucky High School Athletic Association holds the trademark for the phrase Sweet Sixteen.
- In a story worthy of a feel-good sports film, Simon Kenton High School won the 1981 Sweet Sixteen just a few months after the high school building was destroyed in a tragic explosion.
- Kentucky's Sweet Sixteen is one of only three high school basketball tournaments without a class system dividing small schools and larger schools into separate championships. (The other two states are Hawaii and Delaware.)
- Two players have been named Sweet Sixteen Most Valuable Player for two consecutive years. These honors went to Richie Farmer of Clay County in 1987 and 1988 and to Jermaine Brown of Fairdale in 1990 and 1991.
- The 1963 State Champion Seneca Red Hawk team boasted future Boston Celtic Mike Redd and future Washington Bullet Wes Unseld. Diane Sawyer was a member of Seneca's cheerleading squad that year.