Ballard HS (21‑3)
- 6-9 SR Maker Bar Missouri-Kansas City
- 6-4 JR Gabe Sisk
- 6-3 SR Keno Hayden
Bruins At A Glance
BALLISLIFE PRESEASON NATIONAL RANKING: No. 45
Coach Chris Renner has set a standard of excellence in his 23 seasons, compiling a 623-152 record at Ballard (675-179 career) and leading the Bruins to one state championship (1999), five state-title games and nine region crowns. This team appears pointed toward a 10th Sweet Sixteen, returning four of its top five scorers and 10 players from a 14-man roster. The catalysts are Missouri-Kansas City commit 6-10 SR Maker Bar (14.6 ppg, 10.9 rpg) and 6-5 JR Gabe Sisk (18.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg), with 6-3 SR Keno Hayden (13.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg) and 6-1 SR Derrick Tilford II (7.7 ppg) complementing a veteran group that becomes even stronger with new arrivals 6-0 SR Miles Franklin (10.2 ppg at Louisville Trinity) and 5-11 SR Kaden Stanton (14.0 ppg at New Albany, IN). Bar, the state’s premier senior, had 14 points and 15 rebounds in a 69-53 loss to Elizabethtown in the state semifinals. Hayden erupted for 28 points in the Seventh Region final and 26 in the Bruins’ first-round game at Rupp Arena, wins over Louisville Manual (83-55) and Richmond Madison Central (70-61). … Ballard played in back-to-back City of Palms championship games during Renner’s first two seasons (1998-99), beating Miami Northwest Christian 90-79 to win the ’99 title a year after dropping an historic all-Kentucky final to Scott County 111-91.