KY Afield Outdoors: Muskellunge on the march

Jason McDowell, fish and wildlife management foreman for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, holds a 48.4-inch, 41.9-pound muskellunge captured and released during recent population sampling on Cave Run Lake. Muskellunge are now moving shallow to feed, making them vulnerable to anglers on Cave Run, Green River, Buckhorn and Dewey lakes. Lee McClellan Associate Editor, Kentucky Afield Magazine KDFWR

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 16, 2017) Spring break for many conjures thoughts of traveling somewhere warm and catnapping on a beach between rounds of golf.

A staycation sounds much better if you’re a muskellunge angler from Kentucky. The state’s muskellunge fishery has earned a reputation that extends beyond its borders, and experienced anglers know spring is one of the can’t-miss times of the year.

“Your odds of catching a trophy are better in the spring and fall,” said Tom Timmermann, northeastern fisheries district biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “In the fall, they’re packing on that weight to get through the winter. In the spring, if you catch those females before they release their eggs, they’re full of eggs. Either way, you’re looking at a chance at some bigger fish.”

Kentucky lies within the natural range of the Ohio strain of muskie, but the population in lakes and streams now is supported with stocking.

The bloodlines of these young predators trace to broodstock collected each spring from the Licking River. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s Minor Clark Fish Hatchery at the foot of Cave Run Lake Dam raises every muskellunge stocked in Kentucky.

Buckhorn, Cave Run, Dewey and Green River lakes are managed as trophy fisheries and there is a 36-inch minimum size limit in place on each. A 30-inch size limit for muskellunge is in effect elsewhere in the state Continue reading KY Afield Outdoors: Muskellunge on the march

Men’s Basketball: Closer than necessary, but Cats survive and advance 79-70

Kentucky vs. Northern Kentucky – NCAA Tournament First Round

March 17, 2017, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Attendance: 18,269

 

Final Score: No. 2-seed Kentucky 79, No. 15-seed Northern Kentucky 70

 

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky has won 12 in a row – its longest winning streak of the season — and is 30-5 overall.
    • UK’s winning streak is the second-longest active streak in the country, behind only Wichita State (16) – the Wildcats’ second-round opponent
  • UK head coach John Calipari led a team to a 30-win season for the 10th time in his career.
    • Calipari has led UK to four 30-win seasons.
  • Northern Kentucky finished the season 24-11.
  • Kentucky leads all-time series 2-0.
  • Next for the Wildcats: UK will play Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament second round on Sunday. Tipoff time is approximately 2:40 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Women’s Basketball: Epps, Akhator lead Wildcats into NCAA second round

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Makayla Epps scored 30 points and Evelyn Akhator added 22 points and 10 rebounds as fourth-seeded Kentucky held off a determined Belmont squad 73-70 on Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament at Memorial Coliseum.

 

Kentucky trailed 36-35 at halftime, but the Wildcats opened the second half with a 13-0 run, which gave them a lead they would never relinquish.

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Men’s Basketball: LMU a 3-seed entering Elite Eight play

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Southeast Region champion and 15th-ranked Railsplitters (29-5) will be the No. 3 seed for the upcoming NCAA Division II Elite Eight and will face sixth-seeded Chico State (26-7) in the national quarterfinals at 9:30 (ET) on Wednesday night at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Lincoln Memorial captured its second consecutive Southeast Region championship on Tuesday night with a thrilling 82-68 win over No. 6 Queens at the Levine Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Railsplitters will be looking to make their second straight run to the NCAA Division II National Championship game. LMU finished as the 2016 national runner-up after losing to Augustana, whose campus is located just a few miles from Stanford Pentagon. Continue reading Men’s Basketball: LMU a 3-seed entering Elite Eight play

Ohmer’s 41 points leads Scott past Harlan County in Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16

BY MIKE FIELDS / KHSAA

Jake Ohmer was Mr. Low Key after going for 41 points, 17 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists in Scott’s 77-65 victory over Harlan County in the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 Tuesday night.

It was the highest scoring performance in the state tournament since Elizabethtown’s Antwain Barbour had 42 against Russellville in 2000. Continue reading Ohmer’s 41 points leads Scott past Harlan County in Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16

Men’s Basketball: NCAA South Region bracket

Men’s Basketball: Notes from Indianapolis

Kentucky Wildcats (29-5), No. 2 Seed

Lexington, Ky. | Southeastern Conference | Coach: John Calipari

All-Time Record in NCAA Tournament Games in Indy: 5-2 (fifth tournament appearance in Indy)

All-Time Record at Bankers Life Fieldhouse: 1-0

 

– Kentucky enters its 57th NCAA Tournament and its seventh under coach John Calipari. The Wildcats own eight national championships, including their most recent in 2012.

– The Wildcats open tournament play this week against in-state foe Northern Kentucky in a No. 2 vs. No. 15 matchup that mirrors a similar draw in 2005. In ’05, the No. 2-seed Wildcats downed No. 15 Eastern Kentucky, 72-64, at the RCA Dome.

– Kentucky’s lone appearance at Bankers Life Fieldhouse came on Nov. 18, 2014, in Game 2 of the State Farm Champions Classic. The top-ranked Wildcats dismantled No. 5-ranked Kansas, 72-40.

– The Wildcats later closed their 2014-15 season in Indianapolis as one of three Champions Classic participants to reach the Final Four, at Lucas Oil Stadium. UK lost to Wisconsin, 71-64, in a national semifinal game.

– The Wildcats have been a part of three straight NCAA Tournament events in Indy. UK advanced to the Final Four after defeating Louisville in the 2014 Midwest Regional at Lucas Oil Stadium, and fell in a national semifinal game at LOS in 2015.

– Kentucky first reached NCAA Tournament play in Indianapolis during the 1997 Final Four when the Wildcats lost an overtime, national championship thriller to freshman-led Arizona, 84-79.

– The Cats have played in the Final Four in Indianapolis, and twice have reached the Final Four by way of Indianapolis, earning first- and second-round wins in 2005, and a pair of regional wins in 2014.

Northern Kentucky Norse (24-10), No. 15 Seed

Highland Heights, Kentucky | Horizon League | Coach: John Brannen

All-Time Record in NCAA Tournament Games in Indy: 5-2 (fifth tournament appearance in Indy)

All-Time Record at Bankers Life Fieldhouse: 1-0

 

– In its first season of NCAA Division I postseason eligibility is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance. The Norse began their transition to Division I in 2012-13 and joined the Horizon League in 2015-16. The Norse have never played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

– The Norse have never played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. They are one of three teams to visit Indianapolis from the state of Kentucky, Indiana’s neighbor to the south.

Boys’ Basketball: 13th Region rep Harlan County falls in first round play

Scott High’s Jake Ohmer had 41 points and 17 rebounds as Scott knocked off 13th Region rep Harlan County 77-65 in the boys’ state tournament at Rupp Arena in Lexington.  Scott had as much as a 19 point lead at one point in the game. The Black Bears trailed all the way.

Harlan County was led by Cameron Carmical who had 25 points.  Tyrese Simmons added 14 and Gabe Price 12.  The Black Bears finish 31-4 on the season.  Scott improves to 22-12 and advances to play Perry Central.

It’s time for the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 State Basketball Tournament

Men’s Basketball: LMU wins NCAA Division II Southeast Regional

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The second-seeded and No. 15 Railsplitters (29-5) used a suffocating defensive performance and a 15-4 second-half run to defeat the top-seeded and No. 6 Queens Royals (30-4) 82-68 to win the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional on Tuesday night inside the Levine Center. With the win, Lincoln Memorial books its second consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, which is being hosted in Sioux Falls, South Dakota March 22-25.

In the previous three meetings between Lincoln Memorial and Queens this season, the two teams were separated by a total of three points. The Royals had a 2-1 edge after defeating the Railsplitters in the Levine Center during the regular season and also pulling out a three-point win in the South Atlantic Conference Championship title game, which awarded Queens the right to host the Southeast Regional.
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