|Newport Central Catholic's Grant Moeves (13) puts up a shot in a recent game against Covington Catholic. The Thoroughbreds play St. Henry for the All "A" 9th Region title at 7 p.m. Saturday at Covington Holy Cross.|
By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter
The Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds boys basketball team unsurprisingly recorded its 12th consecutive All “A” 9th Region semifinal contest.
The Thoroughbreds (14-3 overall) took down the Beechwood Tigers, 72-41 to do that Friday at Covington Holy Cross. Zack Pangallo led NewCath with 25 points.
The last time NewCath did not play to go to the All “A” State Tournament was 2003 when the St. Henry Crusaders beat the Thoroughbreds in the second round on their way to winning the whole thing. The Thoroughbreds have won consecutive All “A” state crowns in addition to winning the All “A” 9th Region title eight of the last 11 years and 10 times in 14 seasons.
NewCath faces St. Henry (12-8) for the region championship back at Holy Cross on Saturday. Game time is 7 p.m.