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Friday was a big day/night to both Charger programs

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By Mike Farner

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Friday was a red letter day to be a Bullitt East Charger.

First and foremost, that night the Chargers won their first 24th District Title when they got a three-point shot from Hayden Sweat at :03 to beat new-rival Fairdale 57-55. It was the third time in the last four years that the two programs had met for the district crown.

On a team that starts two freshmen, two juniors and a senior, winning a district title is a wonderful accomplishment.

But that just capped off the big day. On Friday morning, the Coaches’ All-Sixth Region teams were announced in the state’s largest newspaper and the honor teams were filled with Bullitt East names for both boys and girls.

To the surprise of no one, Bullitt East senior Kayla Thacker was named the Girls’ Player of the Year in the Sixth Region. She had been the top vote getter before the season began and she did nothing this winter to make anyone change their mind.

In addition, Thacker’s teammates, fellow seniors Jade Troutman and Shelby Romine, were named to the All-Sixth Region team of 10 players. Bullitt East teammate Lindey Young, a 6-1 junior, earned second-team honors.

Both Thacker and Romine were All-Sixth Region selections a year ago.

On the boys’ side, Bullitt East head coach Troy Barr was named the Sixth Region Coach of the Year. It was the first time he had been selected for that honor. Barr received six of the 14 votes cast for the award.

Bullitt East was also represented on the All-Sixth Region first-team by junior Hayden Sweat. The 5-10 guard was one of just three underclassmen named to the 10-player first-team. Charger junior center Corey Washburn earned second team honors.

The top two boys’ players in the Sixth Region were Iroquois’ junior Jermaine Jackson and senior Donovan Gibbs. Gibbs was the top vote-getter last season.

Unfortunately, no Bullitt Central or North Bullitt players were selected for any of the regional honors.