Madison Central Boys Hoops Honored

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RICHMOND, Ky., May 16, 2013 — The Madison Central High School boys’ basketball team has finished No. 60 nationally for the 2012-13 season. The announcement was made by MaxPreps, a California-based company that ranks more than 20,000 high school boys’ varsity basketball teams nationwide.

            Madison Central (32-5) trimmed Ballard of Louisville, 65-64, on March 10, to claim its first Kentucky state championship since opening its doors back in 1954. One of the Indians’ losses this season came to Ballard back in December. The Indians won their last three playoff games by a total of nine points. Madison Central is one of 10 basketball teams being honored on the seventh annual boys’ MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard.

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            "MaxPreps is thrilled to work with the Army National Guard to honor America’s finest high school boys’ basketball teams with the prestigious Army National Guard national ranking trophy," said President and Founder Andy Beal. "Coach Feldhaus and the Madison Central Indians have proven on the court that they are among the nation’s truly elite high school hoops teams. We salute the coach, the young men on the team and Madison Central High School for a job well done."

             "It couldn’t happen to a better team. This was a special team for us. These guys have played together since they were freshmen and to receive this honor means so much," said Madison Central head basketball coach Allen Feldhaus, Jr., who completed his 20th season. His teams are a combined 63-7 (.900 winning percentage) of the past two seasons.

             Madison Central, which set a school record for most wins in a season, was led by Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball – point guard Dominique Hawkins, who averaged 20.4 points per game. He shot 50.2 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range to go along with 109 assists. He will stay at home and played for the University of Kentucky. Kenjah Bosley, another senior guard, averaged 19 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He made 87 field goals from beyond the arc and contributed 96 assists. Senior center Quan Taylor netted 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game while making 52 percent of his field goal attempts.

            Kentucky Sergeant First Class Ralph Oliver presented Coach Feldhaus and the team with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy during a pep rally Thursday afternoon. The team also received a banner for its accomplishments.

            "For years, the Army National Guard has recognized nationally ranked basketball teams with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy," said Lieutenant Colonel Christian J. Johnson of the Army National Guard. "We take great pride in doing so because it symbolizes the indomitable spirit common to high school athletes and the U.S. Soldier. It is our honor to share this symbol with the team, coaches, parents, and school. It is an award for the entire community and is much deserved."

            MaxPreps uses a sophisticated computer program, known as the Freeman Rankings, to determine team rank for the Tour of Champions. The system utilizes the huge number of game results stored in the MaxPreps database. Generally, the more a team wins the higher the ranking, but the system takes into account quality wins (against other highly ranked opponents), margin of victory, and strength of schedule. Playoff games are weighted 2.1 times a regular season game.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com