KHSAA votes to delay winter sports competition until January 4

The new schedule puts the tentative dates for the two Sweet 16 tournaments to be the week March 15 and then the following week of March 22.

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LEXINGTON, Ky (WTVQ) – Similar to the high school football season, the basketball season along with other winter sports will be delayed in Kentucky.

The KHSAA Board of Control met on Wednesday and opted to begin the winter sports season on January 4. That is the first Monday after the beginning of the year. Boy’s and girl’s basketball was set to begin on Monday, but now they will be begin playing at the beginning of next year. Practice will be left up to individual jurisdictions and districts.

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Tackett says their main goal is for winter sports teams to not only have a full season, but a full season with a championship tournament. Last season, the Girl’s Sweet 16 began, but did not finish before it was eventually canceled. The Boy’s Sweet 16, set to tip off the following week, never started before it was canceled.

The new schedule puts the tentative dates for the two Sweet 16 tournaments to be the week March 15 and then the following week of March 22. District tournaments would begin March 1, and region tournaments would be March 8.

The Board also decided swimming, wrestling, cheer and dance will all also begin January 4.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com