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Program History

 Over the past 17 years, Lexington Catholic High School has firmly established itself as the premiere basketball program in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  The Knights have played in 12 regional championship games since 1991, winning five region championships.  Overall, the program has the most victories in the state over that time compiling a 434-99 record (.814) and on six occasions, Lexington Catholic has completed the season with 30+ victories. 

The 2014-2015 season began and ended with the Knights starting five seniors.  All five of the seniors had been together and had come through the Lexington Catholic middle school program.  Their winning ways preceded them, as they won the most games in program history during their middle school years.  Four of the Five had been starters since they were sophomores and the experience showed throughout the season.  Throughout their career the Knighs were known for playing tough competition including many great college and NBA players most notably playing Chaminade high school and Jason Tatum.  The Knights returned to the Ioloni Classic in Honolulu, Nike's national tournament, in which they went 2-2.  They lost close games to Ivan Rabb and Bishop O'dowd and Alterique Gilbert and Miller Grove both National ranked powerhouses.  LC used all of their big game experience in winning the District championship in triple overtime over Lafayette and the team went on to win the schools 12th 11th Region Championship and compete at Rupp Arena in the KHSAA Sweet Sixteen.  The members of the 2015 senior class include:  Jarod Griffin, Tanner Johnson, Michael Talbott, Walker Boothe and Reese Ryan.

2010-2011

The 2010 Knights senior class was the first class to win 3 region titles in 4 years at Lexington Catholic and was the first to do so in the 11th region since the early 1970’s.  Lex Cath went 27-8 as they completed one of the toughest schedules in Knights history.  LCHS competed, for the first time, in the Nike National Tournament in Honolulu Hawaii finishing 5th with a 3-1 record.  The Knights also won the 11th region title after being district runner-up.  Lexington Catholic finished as Sweet Sixteen Quarter finalists, losing to eventual State Champion Christian County.  The senior class of Seth Beckham, Taylor Martin, Hunter Porter and Scott Schuette finished with a career record of 105-25 in their four years. 

2008-2009
State Semi and Quarter Finalist, first ever back to back Region Champions
The Knights were able to achieve the school’s first ever back to back region titles, while playing in their new Lexington district and the new 11th region with Scott County added. The 2007-2008 Knights went 32-4 and were Sweet Sixtee Semi-Finalist. After graduating 8 seniors, the 2009 Knights were 26-8 and returned to the Sweet Sixteen to become Quarterfinalists. During the two year stretch, Lexington Catholic was ranked as high as number 9 in the Nation and number 1 in the state of Kentucky.
 2001-2002
2002 Kentucky State Champions

Lexington Catholic captured the program's first State Championship with an 83-53 victory over Paducah Tilghman in the title game.  During the season, the team was also crowned as champions of the Westminster Academy Holiday Classic and the Fifth Third Bank Kentucky Holiday Classic.  The Knights finished the season with a 33-2 record and ranked 10th in the nation in USAToday.

Click below to download a short video highlight of the 2002 State Championship game

1999-2000
2000 Kentucky State Runner-Up

Lexington Catholic won the Kreul Classic in December and set a school-record as the highest scoring team in school history.  The Knights defeated five ranked teams in succession and defeated Louisville Male in the state quarterfinals in front of the third largest crowd in state history (22,344 fans) before falling in the State Championship game.  The team ended the season with a 32-5 record and as Kentucky State Runner-up. 

 1997-1998
1998 Kentucky State Semifinalist

Lexington Catholic entered the season ranked among the top teams in the nation and established itself quickly as a national power.  The team began the season by defeating the nation's #5 ranked team, Oak Hill Academy (VA).  In January, the Knights defeated the nation's #2 ranked team, Chicago Whitney Young at DePaul University.  Lexington Catholic was also crowned champions of the Great Florida Shootout and the Fifth Third Bank Kentucky Holiday Classic.  The Knights season ended in the state semifinals in what many consider the greatest Sweet 16 game ever and with a 33-3 record.

  Click below to download a short video highlight of the 1998 Sweet 16 State Tournament

1996-1997
1997 All “A” Classic State Champions

Lexington Catholic began the season with a school-record 27 consecutive victories and championships in the City of Palms Classic, Fifth Third Bank Kentucky Holiday Classic, and the All "A" Classic State Championship.  In the final game of the regular season, top-ranked Lexington Catholic traveled to #2 ranked and defending state champion, Paintsville in what was one of the most highly anticipated and highly publicized games in state history.  Paintsville ended the Knights' bid for a perfect season with a four-point victory.  The Knights ended the season with a record of 31-2.

 1995-1996
1996 Kentucky State Semifinalist

Lexington Catholic won the 11th region championship and advanced to the state semifinals before finishing the season with a 30-5 record.  In December, the Knights won the Bluegrass Festival by defeating the nation's top-ranked prep school, Maine Central Institute. 

1991-1992
1992 Kentucky State Runner-Up

Lexington Catholic established itself as a state power by finishing the season as Kentucky's State Runner-up with a 30-7 record.  The Knights also captured the All "A" Classic State Championship in February before winning the 11th Region Championship in March.  

 PROMINENT ALUMNI

Zan Payne-University of Kentucky

Max Sparkman- Salva Regina University

TC Price- Rochester University

Luke Johnson-University of Loyola Maryland

Tanner Johnson- Bryant University

Jarod Griffin – Centre College

Robert Dence - Transylvania

Dillon Avare- University of Louisville

Jack Whitman- The College of William and Mary

Patrick Keller- Denison College

Scott Schuette- Rollins College

Taylor Martin- University of Kentucky (Baseball)

Vee Sanford- University of Dayton/Georgetown

Taylor Botkin- Transylvania University

Taylor Stewart- US Air Force Academy

Jordan Smart- Vanderbilt University

Skylar Shasky- Center College

Nathan Novosel- Rochester University

Charles Newton- Tennessee Tech University

Justin Burke- University of Louisville(Football)

Brian Hewitt-King College

William Graham - Wright State University

Brian Smith - University of Mississippi

Harrison Morton - Northern Kentucky University

Demetrius Green – Middle Tennessee State

Frank Kornet - Vanderbilt University / Milwaukee Bucks

Shawn Fields - University of Georgia / Eastern Kentucky University

David Graves - University of Notre Dame

Matt Heissenbuttel - University of Kentucky

Ben Wilson - University of New Orleans

Nathan Popp - UNC-Greensboro

 

TEAM RECORDS OVER THE PAST THIRTY YEARS
Overall 30-year record:  715-196 (.784)
Post-season record:  139-34 (.803)
State Championships:  2002
State Championship game appearances:  1992, 2000, 2002
All "A" Classic State Championships: 1992, 1997
11th Region Championships:  1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015
District Championships:  1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015

 

ALL-TIME BASKETBALL RECORDS
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2017-2018

18-10

     

2016-2017

24-9

Regional Finalist

 

2015-2016

14-13

     

2014-15             24-9              Region Champions, Sweet 16 First Round

2013-14            20-11            

     

2012-13             22-11          Region Finalists

 

2011-12              24-8

     

2010-11              27-8           Region Champions, Sweet 16 Semi-Finalist

2009-10              20-5

     

2008-09              26-8            Region Champions, Sweet 16 Quarterfinalist

2007-08              32-4            Region Champions, Sweet 16 Semi-Finalist

2006-07              23-10         

     

2005-06              23-7  

     

2004-05              23-8

     

2003-04               29-4             Regional Finalist

 

2002-03               24-8

     

2001-02               33-2             Sweet 16 State Champions

 

2000-01               25-8             Regional Finalist

 

1999-00               32-5             Sweet 16 State Runner-up

 

1998-99               26-5            

   

1997-98               33-3             Sweet 16 State Semifinalist

 

1996-97               31-2             Regional Finalist

 

1995-96               30-5             Sweet 16 State Semifinalist

 

1994-95               26-8             Regional Finalist

 

1993-94               22-11           Regional Finalist

 

1992-93               24-7            

   

1991-92               30-8             Sweet 16 State Runner-Up            

1990-91               23-8             Regional Finalist

 

1989-90               22-9

     

1988-89               21-9

     

1987-88               20-10

     

1986-87               15-13

     

1885-86               8-18

     

1984-85               27-6             Sweet 16 First Round

 

1983-84               16-14

     

1982-83               14-13

     

1981-82               15-11

     

1980-81               15-14

     

1979-80               17-10

     

1978-79               16-16

     

1977-78               15-13

     

1976-77               20-12           Sweet 16 First Round

 

1975-76               24-11           Regional Finalist

 

1975-75               18-15

     

1973-74               8-24

     

1972-73               18-15

     

1971-72               15-15

     

1970-71               20-11

     

1969-70               16-17

     

1968-69               15-17

     

1967-68               22-11

     

1966-67               20-9

     

1965-66               28-7             Sweet 16 First Round

 

1964-65               15-12