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Morehead State begins Pioneer League play on the road

Haley Gulley chosen Middlesboro Middle School’s football HC queen

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Pinnacle Photo / Ray Welch

MMS 8th grader Haley Gulley, the daughter of Chris and Melissa Gulley, was named the 2014 Middlesboro Middle School football homecoming queen at halftime of Middlesboro Middle’s homecoming game at Bradner Stadium against Bell County on Thursday. MMS fought from behind in the game to defeat Bell County 34-22.

Tonight’s regional high school football

Knox Central at Bell County
Jackson County at Berea
Whitley County at Clay County
South Laurel at Corbin
Somerset at Glasgow
Johnson Central at Harlan County
McCreary Central at Leslie County
Casey County at Lincoln County
Fairview at Hazard
South Floyd at Jenkins
Williamsburg at Newport
Harlan at Middlesboro (Veteran’s Bowl)
Lynn Camp at Pineville (Hall of Fame Game)
Montgomery County at North Laurel
Southwestern at Wayne County

Kentucky Speedway primed to produce another 2014 first-time winner

Kentucky Speedway is the last standalone event on the schedule and possibly the perfect stage for the series’ sixth first-time winner to pop up in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 Victory Lane (Sept 20 at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN).
In a competitive season that has seen 15 different winners in 26 races it should be no surprise that of the 15, five were first time series winners. Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Brendan Gaughan, Ty Dillon and Chris Buescher all have captured the checkered flag this season. So who’s next?
Six of the top-eight drivers in the series standings have a win this season; the two odd men out are Brian Scott and Trevor Bayne. Continue reading: Kentucky Speedway primed to produce another 2014 first-time winner

UK Hoops had first full team practice on Wednesday

 

Mitchell and Epps discuss the first official team practice and Big Blue Madness

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team had its first full team practice on Wednesday morning at the Joe Craft Center, as head coach Matthew Mitchell opened his eighth season at the helm of the Wildcats.

 

Kentucky practiced for an hour on Wednesday morning, working on defensive intensity and efficiency as the focal point of the session.

 

“We were just trying to get some team drills in,” Mitchell said about the opening practice session. “We were doing some things that we think will help us play at a very fast pace. It’s kind of funny how it starts out really slow to go through all the drills. It was a good learning day though, there’s no way around it. We have to get out on the court and learn them. The players have had some good sessions in the small group, and I think we are ready to start coming together as a team.”

Continue reading: UK Hoops had first full team practice on Wednesday

UK Football: Cats working to improve during bye week

 

Kentucky defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot talks about working to get better during bye week.

With an open date coming on Saturday, Kentucky has no immediate opponent to prepare for.

Instead, the Wildcats are working to improve.
Continue reading: UK Football: Cats working to improve during bye week

UK student-athletes and coaches ‘Kickin it 4 Kelly’

By Guy Ramsey

UK fan Kelly Melton isn’t shy about wanting to “kick cancer in the butt” and several current and former UK student-athletes and coaches are helping him do just that.

Former Kentucky basketball star Nerlens Noel and current football kicker Max Strong have teamed up with others to start a “Kickin it 4 Kelly” Cancer Fund. The goal is to raise $100,000 for Kelly and the Melton family as the youngster battles Leukemia.

Kelly and Strong got creative to find ways for UK players and coaches to help raise money, starting a whip cream challenge. Kelly challenged several UK student-athletes and coaches, including UK football head coach Mark Stoops.

Stoops, along with several members of the UK football team accepted the challenge after Tuesday’s football practice, which can be seen at the video below.

To donate to help the Melton family, visit https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/b5s5/kickinit4kelly.

UK Football: Cats take positive attitude into bye week practice

by Guy Ramsey

Mark Stoops made it clear after Saturday’s loss at Florida that he wasn’t satisfied.

He was proud of his team’s effort in the triple-overtime defeat, sure, but he knew there was work ahead.

Three days later, the Wildcats are taking the same approach.

“Attitude’s good,” Stoops said. “I thought the players really took it to heart, really looked at the film, were very critical of themselves and looked at all areas where we all can improve.”
Continue reading: UK Football: Cats take positive attitude into bye week practice

LMU men’s soccer moves into the NSCAA Top 25

Railsplitters Break Into NSCAA National Rankings, Move to No.4 in Region Poll

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Railsplitters (3-0, 1-0 SAC) moved up to No.4 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II southeast region poll and broke into the national rankings at No.25, officials with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced on Tuesday. Lincoln Memorial is the only South Atlantic Conference men’s soccer program ranked inside either the top eight of the region poll or the top 25 of the national poll.
Continue reading: LMU men’s soccer moves into the NSCAA Top 25

Tri-County SWAT youth baseball team thriving in fall ball

So, you thought the end of the Little League All Star tournaments wrapped up baseball action for Bell County kids?  Well, you would be wrong.  There is an 11U team from the area that is still swinging the bats.  And from all reports, they know how to use them.

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Tri-County SWAT of Pineville-Bell-Middlesboro finished second last weekend in the 11 team Stars & Stripes tournament in Knoxville.  It was their third tournament since the team was formed.

Team members pictured are Tyler Harris, Dawson Woolum, Layne Bayless, Dalton Stepp, Evan Biliter, Connor Winterberger, Brady Carroll, Walker Landrum, Hayden Callebs and Robert Shoptaw.  The head coach is Robbie Landrum, assisted by Chris Harris and Jason Bayless.                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo Submitted