Football: Large crowd in attendance for UK Fan Day

It was a dodgy week weather-wise in Lexington, ranging from storms to oppressive heat, but things cleared up in a big way on Saturday.

That was just in the nick of time for Kentucky football’s annual Fan Day.

“I hope everyone enjoyed practice and Fan Day and the whole deal,” Mark Stoops said. “It was a really beautiful day. Couldn’t ask for a better day. Great practice as far as the weather is concerned.”

The day began at 9 a.m. with an autograph session featuring the entire team – including freshman Lynn Bowden, who is cleared and officially has joined the team. A large crowd was waiting, with the first in line having been there since 1 a.m.

“Huge crowd, and that’s awesome being able to see the BBN fans come back and see everyone supporting us and see everybody that’s excited about UK football,” sophomore offensive tackle Landon Young said.

For a UK team that’s a week into fall camp, Fan Day served as a reminder of why the Cats are working so hard. They hear the cheers on game day, but Saturday gave them a chance to put some faces with the noise.

“Being able to be able to go in there and actually talk to us and sign something for them, you get to know a little bit about each person that comes through the line and get to know what people are expecting, what people aren’t expect, what people want out of a season and stuff like that,” Young said. “That’s really interesting to see and hear.”

Denzil Ware enjoyed interacting with the many children in attendance, especially one baby named Layla.

“I thought she was going to cry once I reached for her, but she came and was playing with my beard,” Ware said. “It was pretty fun today. I had a great time seeing all the fans and really all the little kids and giving them high-fives, take pictures with them.”

The autograph session was a change to UK’s pre-practice routine, but once the Cats hit the field it was all business. Fans were treated to plenty of highlight-reel plays and some impressive throwing and catching from UK’s quarterbacks and wide receivers.

Those were nice, but Stoops is more focused on the way his team’s competitiveness and willingness to learn.

“I thought we did some good things and guys had some good energy,” Stoops said. “Better in certain areas and need to keep on improving, but I like the mentality of this team. I love the work ethic. They’re trying to get better each and every day. That’s what we like about them. We’ll get back to work with some meetings this afternoon, but pretty good morning session.”

Football: Ten EKU players given preseason recognition

RICHMOND, Ky. – Ten Eastern Kentucky University football players were given preseason recognition by College Sports Madness, the organization announced last week.


Defensive lineman Aaron Patrick and punter Keith Wrzuszczak were chosen to the Madness 2017 Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference first team.  Wide receiver Ryan Markush and offensive lineman Cameron Kowalewski earned second team honors.  The third team included offensive lineman Chance Edwards, kicker Lucas Williams, linebacker Corey Glass, and defensive backs Ben Bascom and Cornelius Floyd.


Quarterback Austin Scott was chosen as the Madness Preseason Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year.

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Football: Lindsey Wilson ranked 8th in NAIA preseason poll

COLUMBIA, Ky. — The Lindsey Wilson football team begins the 2017 season ranked No. 8 in NAIA Preseason Football Coaches’ Top-25 Poll, NAIA officials announced on Monday.

The Blue Raiders received 268 voting points from the 16 national raters.

The top-10 rating is the second for Lindsey Wilson in the last three seasons. The Blue Raiders opened the 2015 season ranked No. 7 in the poll. Lindsey Wilson has now been ranked for 52 consecutive rating periods dating back to the first week of the 2013 season.

The Blue Raiders are coming off of an 11-2 season in 2016 and a third-straight appearance in the NAIA Football Championship Series.

Saint Francis (Ind.) — the defending national champion — sits atop the poll with 366 voting points and all 16 first-place votes. Baker (Kan.) is No. 2 in the poll with 351 voting points followed by Mid-South Conference’s Reinhardt (Ga.) with 327 voting points.

Joining Lindsey Wilson and Reinhardt from the Mid-South in the top 25 is No. 16 Southeastern (Fla.) and No. 21 Georgetown (Ky.). Faulkner (Ala.), Pikeville (Ky.) and Warner (Fla.) sit just outside the top 25 in the receiving votes category.

Lindsey Wilson opens the 2017 season at 1:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, August 26, against St. Andrews (N.C.) at Blue Raider Stadium.

KY Afield Outdoors: Wade the Cumberland tailwater to beat the heat

Dave Dreves, assistant director of Fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, holds a 31-inch, 12-pound brown trout collected and released from the Cumberland River during population sampling a few years ago. Summer is the optimal time to wade the Cumberland River to catch brook, rainbow and hefty brown trout.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 27, 2017) The dog days of late summer slow everything down. The heat and humidity along with the long days make outside work sweaty and arduous.

Fishing slows during the dog days as well. Catching game fish from a lake or stream during a 90-degree plus day provides a challenge that anglers often fail to conquer.

Wading the cold waters of the Cumberland River below Lake Cumberland makes the best bet for a successful day fishing with the added benefit of escaping the heat for a time. Any breeze scrapes cold air from the river’s surface and makes the hottest day bearable, not to mention the oodles of brook, rainbow and bruiser brown trout.

“I had a friend who caught two 26-inch rainbow trout from the Cumberland River recently,” said Dave Dreves, assistant director of Fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The trout in the river are in excellent condition.”

Late summer provides a reliable pattern for water releases from Wolf Creek Dam. “The power demands at this time of year peak in the afternoon and evening,” Dreves said. “They usually run the most water during that time. It is not set in stone, you need to check the flow before you plan a trout fishing trip.”

There are a couple of ways to check the release schedule, visit the TVA generation preschedule page and consult the “WOL” column. The number 45 represents one turbine of generation.  You may also log on to the Tennessee Valley Authority home page and click on the “Lake Levels” tab and scroll down to “Wolf Creek.” The generation this week peaked from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Central time.

“At the dam and at the Little Indian Creek Access at the end of Ray Mann Road, the water will be on you quickly,” Dreves said. “The best time to wade near the dam is usually in the early morning in summer, basically from daybreak to about 10 a.m.” Continue reading

KY Afield Outdoors: Wade the Cumberland tailwater to beat the heat

UK hosting Football Fan Day on Saturday

Autographs at 9 a.m., followed by open practice at 11 a.m.


LEXINGTON, Ky. – In the midst of its first week of fall camp, Kentucky football is set to host its annual Fan Day on Saturday starting at 9 a.m.


Fan Day will kick off with an autograph session at Nutter Field House from 9-10:15 a.m. All UK players and coaches, including head coach Mark Stoops, will be available for autographs. Following the autograph session, fans are invited to an open practice starting at 11 a.m. at the Joe Craft Football Training Facility practice fields.


In the case of inclement weather, the autograph session will go on as planned and information about the open practice will be announced Saturday morning.


Fan Day is open to the public and admission is free. Free parking will be available in the Glenn Hyundai Blue, Glenn Infiniti of Lexington Green and Glenn Nissan Red lots surrounding Kroger Field.

2017 Kentucky football schedule posters presented by Kroger will be available at Fan Day. Additionally, UK’s ticket office staff will on hand to discuss ticket packages for the 2017 season with interested fans.

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Cheerleading: LMU makes first-time trip to UCA College Spirit Camp

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Lincoln Memorial University cheerleading squad earned four separate superior ribbons and qualified for a trip to the UCA College Nationals as the program took part in the UCA College Spirit Camp for the first time in program history earlier this month.

Led by second-year head coach Jessica Kagias, the LMU cheerleading team traveled to East Tennessee State University July 20-23 to participate in one of the five overnight camps hosted annually by the UCA. The instruction-based camps include collegiate standards for good sportsmanship, crowd-oriented material and positive fan interaction. In addition to receiving instruction from some of the most respected athletes in the country, the LMU cheerleaders were able to network with other college teams.

LMU Cheer performed well in its first run at the UCA Spirit Camp, earning superior ribbons in all four evaluations of sideline, timeout, fight song and game day scenarios. The program was also recognized with a plaque for Program Improvement over the four-day stay.

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Cheerleading: LMU makes first-time trip to UCA College Spirit Camp

Golf: UK senior Cooper Musselman wins the Kentucky Open

UK senior wins by one stroke with final-round 67

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A birdie on the opening hole was a sign of good things to come for senior men’s golfer Cooper Musselman. The Louisville, Kentucky, native fired a four-under par, 67, to earn the individual crown at the three-round Kentucky Open at the par-71 Hurstbourne Country Club in Louisville.

Musselman is the second Wildcat to claim an individual event during the summer ranks, joining classmate Tyler “Chip” McDaniel who previously this summer took home the title at the Kentucky State Amateur.

Musselman posted a 54-hole score of 206 to edge out the second-place finisher by a mere stroke. UK’s steady senior saved his best golf for the final day with a flawless round that saw three birdies fall in his round’s opening six holes. Musselman’s birdie on the par-five 10th would put him in tremendous position for a run at the title. He clinched the win with pars on the remaining eight holes to preserve the perfect outing.

He began the week with rounds of 69 and 70 to put himself in contention to take home the crown. His second round featured four birdies on the back nine, while his opening round saw him fight off three bogeys with four birdies on the day for the under-par score.

The leaderboard was filled with Kentucky men’s golfers as Matt Liston placed sixth with a 2-under effort. Evan Cox finished in a tie for 12th following a 1-over par tournament, and Fred Allen Meyer was the fourth Wildcat to finish in the top 20 when he placed in a tie for 19th at 3-over for the week.

Founded in 1966, Hurstbourne Country Club is a member-owned world-class 18-hole course.

Musselman finished in sixth place at last year’s tournament with a three-day score of 209. He is the first UK winner of the event since J.B. Holmes and Cale Barr combined to win the in three-consecutive years from 2003-05. Holmes won the first two years and Barr took home the crown in 2005.

UK going for 40,000 season tickets with Yahtzee Campaign

Fans to play Yahtzee for free 2018 season tickets if 40,000 reached


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Inspired by Mark Stoops and his staff’s recruiting rallying cry of “Yahtzee,” UK has announced a quest for 40,000 football season tickets. If 40,000 is reached, one lucky section of fans at Kroger Field will be rewarded with the opportunity to play Yahtzee at each home game this season for two free 2018 season tickets.


UK is asking existing season ticket holders to join in the effort by recruiting family, friends and neighbors to support the Wildcats this season. Deputy Athletics Director DeWayne Peevy initially introduced the campaign on Monday morning.

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Kentucky State Little League Baseball championship game results

Owensboro Southern poses with the state championship banner after defeating Lexington Eastern 8-3 in the 8-10 Year Old Kentucky Little League State Championship game on Wednesday evening in Middlesboro.  At Corbin, Warren County South defeated Fleming County 6-0 to win the 9-11 Year Old state title and at North Laurel, Lexington Eastern outscored Bowling Green East 11-8 for the 10-12 Year Old state title.                                                                                                     Photo by Ray Welch

HS Softball: Face protection now required for pitchers, 1st and 3rd basemen

The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its first organizational meeting of the 2017-18 academic year July 14-15 at the Hotel Covington in Northern Kentucky. Over the course of its two-day meeting, the Board took a progressive step in the area of student-athlete safety by approving a recommendation from staff to mandate the use of face protection in softball for pitchers, first basemen and third basemen. The Board’s action, which follows the recommended use of protective headgear in July of 2014, makes Kentucky the first state to require face protection in high school softball, and continues the KHSAA’s willingness to be at the forefront in regards to player safety, as the Association implemented a pitch count in baseball one year before it was approved at the national level.