March 5th, 2012

Roush, Evans Earn KABC Regional Honors

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

Roush, Evans Earn KABC Regional Honors
photo by Chris Jung

Mercy Academy pair named Player, Coach of the Year

Mercy Academy's goal of a high school girls' basketball Sweet 16 berth fell one game short over the weekend, but the Jaguars are still celebrating some news pertaining to two of its own.

On Monday, the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches named Mercy's Mark Evans as KABC Region Six Coach of the Year and Mercy senior Christine Roush as the KABC Region Six Player of the Year.

Evans, who just completed his 15th season on the bench for the Jags, is one of the most successful coaches in the state and has led his program to one state championship and three regional runner-up finishes during the past five seasons. Evans' teams have compiled a 78-22 record during the past three years.

Roush, who has already signed to play college basketball for Northern Kentucky University with twin sister Courtney, averaged nearly 15 points this season and was one of the primary offensive weapons for a Mercy team that scored 2,100-plus points in 33 games played during the 2011-12 season.

A 5-foot-11 guard/forward, Roush is a member of the St. Paul parish and graduated from the Catholic grade school in 2008. She was also named the 6th Region Player of the Year two weeks ago - an award voted on by the region.

Mercy finished 27-6 this season during its first season in the 6th Region.

History of the KABC

The KABC was formed in 1993 after several meetings of coaches representing various regions of the state.  The meetings took place in Lexington, Kentucky, at the KHSAA offices.

The purpose of these meetings was to develop a basketball coaches’ association that would protect and promote the game and its tradition rich legacy.  The organizational committee developed a constitution and by-laws and officially named the newly formed body the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches (KABC).  

All organizational meetings were chaired by Ken Trivette of Clark County High School and Curtis Turley of Henderson County High School.  They were attended by Maurice Payne of Louisville Male High School, Leslie Scully of Louisville Male High School, Jack Upchurch of Lincoln County High School, John High of Whitesburg High School, Connie Greene of Ashland Paul Blazer High School, Cindy Stewart of Belfry High School, Mike Flynn of Covington Holmes High School, Roscoe Denny of Danville High School, and Lloyd Gardner, Fairdale High School.

J. Landon Overfield, Attorney at Law, Henderson, Kentucky, officially incorporated the association on August 30, 1993.


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