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Cat Madness has changed since Anderson County High School started the tradition, but one thing remains the same. It is still the event that signals high school basketball is upon us.
Now in its 20th year, Cat Madness tips off Saturday night, Nov. 17 with the highly-ranked Anderson County girls' basketball team participating in a Red-White scrimmage at 6 p.m. The Bearcat boys' team will tangle with perennial power Covington Holmes in the second game, starting at approximately 7:30 p.m.
“This will tell us where we are and where we need to go,” Anderson boys' coach Glen Drury said of the Holmes scrimmage. “This is a game-type situation and we can get used to having a crowd.”
Over the years, Cat Madness has evolved from a pre-season party – long-time fans can remember Drury dancing the Macarena one year – to a scrimmage format that the organizers went to several years ago.
Holmes should give the Bercats a major challenge. The Bulldogs went 23-7 a year ago and are considered one of the top teams in northern Kentucky's Ninth Region. Holmes coach Jason Booher led Shelby Valley to the state championship in 2010 and was Drury's assistant with the Kentucky All-Stars in 2011. He guided the state's seniors against Indiana last summer.
Another Kentucky All-Star coach, Mike Listerman, who guided the all-stars when he was at Covington Catholic, is now one of Booher's assistants.
“They will be very athletic and should get us ready for some of the teams in our schedule,” Drury said. “We played them during the summer.”
The Bearcat and Lady Bearcat teams will be introduced to the crowd and, in a new twist this year, Drury said Anderson County High School students will be recognized for accomplishments away from the athletic arena.
Drury said there will also be games and some traditional giveaways Saturday night.
Cat Madness was one of the first high school basketball celebrations in Kentucky. A committee, headed by local booster Troy Young and his wife, Benita, organizes the event. “Troy has done a great job of getting things together every year,” Drury said. “It is a lot of work and I could not do it without them.
Admission is $5 per person and doors open at 5 p.m.
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