Boys’ Sweet 16 returns to Rupp Arena on Wednesday

Wednesday’s opening game will be the first Boys’ Sweet 16® game played since Trinity (Lou.) defeated Scott County, 50-40, in the championship game on March 10, 2019

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(KHSAA) – The 2021 KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16® presented by UK HealthCare Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine makes its return to Rupp Arena on Wednesday afternoon when Knott County Central squares off against Elizabethtown at 11 a.m. With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the cancellation of the 2020 state tournament, Wednesday’s opening game will be the first Boys’ Sweet 16® game played since Trinity (Lou.) defeated Scott County, 50-40, in the championship game on March 10, 2019.

Fans can follow all the action through live webcasts at KHSAA.tv or listen to the games online at KHSAA.net. The games will also be carried statewide across 46 stations through the Kentucky Utilities/KHSAA Sweet Sixteen® Radio Network, with the championship game airing locally in Lexington on iHeart Media’s The Bull ICONS 98.5 FM.

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Due to current COVID-19 restrictions in place in conjunction with the current Governor’s orders and Department for Public Health guidelines, seating is limited and online purchases are sold in sets of 2 to 6 seats (https://khsaa.org/sweet-sixteen-ticket-sales/). Those in attendance will be required to properly wear face coverings, over the nose and mouth, throughout their stay at Rupp Arena.

All 15 games of the Boys’ Sweet 16® will be webcast live at KHSAA.tv for subscribers to the NFHS Network (https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/), with subscription plans available for $10.99 a month. A monthly subscription, priced less than the cost of admission to a state championship event, entitles users to every broadcast by the KHSAA and the more than 45 participating state associations. Viewers who subscribe for the Boys’ Sweet 16® will also be able to watch all 15 games of the 2021 Mingua Beef Jerky Girls’ Sweet 16® (April 7-10) while their monthly subscription is active.

A free audio-only feed of the games will also be available online through KHSAA.net and Mixlr (http://mixlr.com/khsaa/), which has a corresponding app available for iOS and Android devices. In addition, a list of affiliate stations carrying the Kentucky Utilities/KHSAA Sweet Sixteen® Radio Network broadcast can be found online at: https://bit.ly/3u83K5a

2021 KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen® presented by UK HealthCare Orthopaedics
Tickets – https://khsaa.org/sweet-sixteen-ticket-sales/
Tournament Program – https://bit.ly/3m1YblV
Webcasts – http://khsaa.tv/
Audio broadcasts – http://mixlr.com/khsaa/events/
Live stats – http://bit.ly/2HpUZOq

Wednesday, March 31 (1st Round)
11 a.m. – Knott County Central vs. Elizabethtown
2 p.m. – Bowling Green vs. University Heights
5 p.m. – Madison Central vs. Ballard
8 p.m. – George Rogers Clark vs. Oldham County

Thursday, April 1 (1st Round)
11 a.m. – Muhlenberg Co. vs. Highlands
2 p.m. – Bullitt East vs. McCracken County
5 p.m. – Boyle County vs. Paintsville
8 p.m. – Knox Central vs. Ashland Blazer

Friday, April 2 (Quarterfinals)
11 a.m. – Region 14/5 vs. Region 10/8
2 p.m. – Region 11/7 vs. Region 4/2
5 p.m. – Region 12/15 vs. Region 13/16
8 p.m. – Region 6/1 vs. Region 3/9

Saturday, April 3 (Semifinals/Championship)
11 a.m. – Semifinal #1
2 p.m. – Semifinal #2
8 p.m. – Championship

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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