Men’s Basketball: UK’s Diallo to go through NBA Draft process

Freshman will not hire an agent, has until May 24 to make a final decision to return to UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball freshman guard Hamidou Diallo announced Sunday he has submitted his name for the 2017 NBA Draft but will not hire an agent. So long as Diallo does not hire an agent, he will have until May 24 (10 days after the NBA Draft Combine) to make a final decision as to whether he wishes to remain in the draft or return to Kentucky.

 

“Playing in the NBA has always been the ultimate goal for me,” Diallo said. “It’s part of what makes Kentucky so special is that it prepares you for the next level better than anywhere else. When I decided to enroll in school in January, my plan was to come to Kentucky to work on my game and to focus on school. At the end of the season, I knew I wanted to see where I was in the draft process and go through that so I could get a proper evaluation.

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Golf: Kentucky women record best-ever score at SEC championships

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – With Grace Rose playing the best golf of her collegiate career, the Kentucky women’s golf team recorded its best 54-hole score in the 37 years of the Southeastern Conference Championship.

Behind Rose’s 2-under 214, UK carded an 885 for the weekend, easily besting its previous 54-hole score. The Wildcats placed 10th overall in a field that featured six teams ranked in the top 25 and three in the top 10.

Rose capped arguably the best tournament of her career with a 1-under 71 Sunday to tie for 17th. The finish is the second best of her career and her 214 is her lowest score.

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Football: Morehead State wraps up a productive spring practice

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Not even a cool, light rain could put a damper on the Morehead State spring football game Saturday afternoon.

The offense scored four touchdowns – three through the air and one rushing – to culminate a spring that saw the Eagles go through 14 on-field sessions.

“Probably the most productive (spring) we’ve had overall since I’ve been here as head coach, from Day One to Day 15,” head coach Rob Tenyer said. “What I mean by that is the production of our players. I think each week we progressed, each practice we progressed. And I think production from (start) to the end was really outstanding. Continue reading Football: Morehead State wraps up a productive spring practice

Baseball: #10 Kentucky splits Friday’s doubleheader with #8 LSU

April 21, 2017

 

 

Cats Split Doubleheader, Aim to Win Series on Sunday

No. 10 Kentucky left searching for breakthrough hit in the nightcap

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – No. 10 Kentucky split a Friday doubleheader with No. 8 LSU, falling 4-3 in a tense nightcap that saw the Tigers manage one more hit in a critical spot than the Wildcats could muster. UK won the opener 12-5 behind a pair of home runs by Luke Becker and Riley Mahan’s five-hit game.

 

The Cats (27-13, 11-6 SEC) maintained their two-game lead in the SEC East, but certainly were looking for more on a night when they took a 3-0 lead through four innings against LSU’s top starter, Alex Lange. UK drew eight walks and had seven hits against Lange in 5.2 innings but were 0-for-6 with the bases loaded, leaving them juiced in the second, third and fourth innings.

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FP Softball: Pool play schedule for All A Classic beginning to fall in place

The Middlesboro Lady Jackets clinched their 13th Region All A Softball title a couple of weeks ago.  The rest of the All A State Softball Tournament field is now beginning to fall in place as more regional titles are decided.  Here’s the updated pool play schedule for the state tournament as of April 20th.

Middlesboro baseball defeats Hazard in All A State Tournament sectional action

Middlesboro baseball finally got their sectional win over Hazard 2-1 in the All A State Baseball Tournament and with the win advances to the Elite 8 in Lexington. The Yellow Jackets will face the winner of the sectional game between the winners of Region 15 Pikeville and Region 16 West Carter at 2:30pm on Saturday May 6th.
Here’s the state tournament bracket:

UK Baseball: Cats pull off triple play, defeat #2 Louisville 11-7

Early Runs, Triple Play Highlight No. 10 Kentucky’s Win

Wildcats defeat No. 2 Louisville 11-7 in front of record home crowd

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Playing in front of a record crowd, No. 10 Kentucky came out of the gates with a five-run first inning on the way to an 11-7 victory over No. 2 Louisville in the first of four games against Top 10 opponents this week at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

 

The Cats (26-12, 10-5 SEC) blitzed their in-state rival for 11 runs in the first four innings, igniting the Cliff Hagan record crowd of 4,018 fans. Five consecutive RBI singles in the first inning and a four-run third capped by senior Connor Heady’s home run provided most of the damage at the plate but it was a defensive play that left everyone buzzing.

Tyler Marshall #3, Connor Heady #7 react after UK completed a triple play in the second inning – Chet White, UK Athletics

The Cardinals (31-5) put their first two hitters on base in the second inning before the Cats extricated themselves from the potential jam in the most exciting way possible. With runners on second and third, Colin Lyman lifted a fly ball to left that Zack Reks caught and fired home to nail Brendan McKay, who tagged up on the play, at the plate. UK catcher Troy Squires made the tag and quickly fired to third where Heady – the UK shortstop – had covered and gloved Drew Ellis before he reached the bag, executing a rare triple play.
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Bell County Fair Board supports area youth with donation to First Tee Pine Mountain

The Bell County Fair Board, represented by Fair Board President Rob Lincks and Treasurer Tammy Grim, recently presented a check in support of The First Tee of Pine Mountain to Pine Mountain State Golf Course Head Professional Jerry Shoffner.

The First Tee reaches young people in all 50 states and select international locations on golf courses, in elementary schools and through other youth-serving organizations.

The First Tee encourages youth to dream big and practice effective goal-setting techniques they can use for life. From aces to triple bogeys, golf is a perfect platform for helping kids and teens develop character as it closely parallels real life. Just like in life, junior golfers experience the highs and lows of the game.

Their curriculum was developed by experts in the field of positive youth development and is delivered by coaches trained through The First Tee Coach Program. Their mission is to help prepare kids and teens of all backgrounds for success in school, at home and in their community. Their more than 1,000 locations offer full scholarships and reduces fee programming for those with financial needs so no one is ever turned away for inability to pay.

For more information about The First Tee Pine Mountain, including ways you can help support our area youth and this outstanding program that can make a difference in a young life, visit www.thefirstteepinemountain.org or call 606-337-1066

HS Track & Field: Results from Knox Central’s Tommy Smith Invitational

Women – Team Rankings – 18 Events Scored
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1) Harlan County High School 182.50
2) Southwestern High School 132
3) Knox Central High School 111.50
4) Middlesboro 92
5) Bell County 52
6) Pineville Track & Field 35
7) Clay County High School 29
8) Harlan Independent 20
9) Whitley County 13

Middlesboro’s Jocelyn Wright, Mallory James, Makena Schneider and Grace Rose win 4×800 Meter Relay
Middlesboro’s Mallory James wins Girls 1600 Meter Run and 3200 Meter Run

Men – Team Rankings – 18 Events Scored
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1) Southwestern High School 191
2) Harlan County High School 120
3) Whitley County 111
4) Knox Central High School 99
5) Middlesboro 58
6) Bell County 50
7) Clay County High School 38
8) Harlan Independent 13
9) Pineville Track & Field 2

Bell County’s Mitchell Miracle wins Boys 1600 Meter Run and 3200 Meter Run
Bell County’s Dalton Raby wins Boys Shot Put

Men’s Basketball: Gilgeous-Alexander wins Ky. Derby Festival Classic MVP

UK men’s basketball signee erupts for 29 points in 19 minutes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Playing just an hour down the road from where he will play college ball in a few months, Kentucky men’s basketball signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put on a show at the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic en route to sharing MVP honors with Western Kentucky’s Taveion Hollingsworth.

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