KY Afield Outdoors: Use the KY Fish & Wildlife website to find places to fish

Finding a place to catch largemouth bass, like this one from Kentucky Lake, or other fish species is much easier using the tools available free on the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ website at www.fw.ky.gov. Lee McClellan Associate Editor, Kentucky Afield Magazine KDFWR

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 13, 2017) Two employees of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources recently used the department’s website at www.fw.ky.gov to glean information on catching saugeye.

They used the 5-foot contour maps on the “Find a Place to Fish” to study the bottom of Guist Creek Lake in Shelby County and determine a place to fish. They later fished those areas and caught their first saugeye.

“We trying to provide information on our website to make it easier for anglers to find places to fish and be successful,” said Mike Hardin, assistant director of fisheries for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “The “Find a Place to Fish” page allows anglers to sort by county, city, waterbody, access type or even species of fish.”

Many of the waterbodies detailed in the “Find a Place to Fish” page contain important fishing information, such as the 5-foot contour maps. “When you pull these waterbodies up, many of them have the location of fish attractors, species assessments as well as the contour maps. We have the contour maps for most of our smaller state-owned lakes as well as the Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) lakes.” Continue reading

KY Afield Outdoors: Use the KY Fish & Wildlife website to find places to fish

Former Wildcat Jerry Bird passes away

CORBIN, Ky. – Jerry Bird, a former Kentucky men’s basketball player and member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame, died Sunday morning of natural causes in his hometown of Corbin, Kentucky. He was 83.

 

Bird, a Kentucky men’s basketball player from 1954-56, helped Kentucky to two Southeastern Conference titles in 1954 and 1955 and was a member of the 1954 team that went 25-0 and was crowned national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation.

 

Bird was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005 as a part of the hall of fame’s charter class. His No. 22 jersey is retired in the Rupp Arena rafters, which is considered to be the ultimate individual honor for a Kentucky Wildcat.

 

“Jerry Bird was Kentucky through and through,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “He was proud to be a Wildcat and is an important part of Kentucky basketball history. We offer our condolences to his family and friends.”

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Former Wildcat Jerry Bird passes away

UK great Babe Parilli passes away

Vito “Babe” Parilli Passes AwayCollege Football Hall of Fame QB Led UK to Orange, Sugar, Cotton Bowls

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Vito “Babe” Parilli, the quarterback who led the University of Kentucky football team to the Orange, Sugar and Cotton Bowls in the 1949-51 seasons and was eventually enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, has passed away at the age of 87.

 

“Babe is among the greatest legends of Kentucky athletics history,” said Mitch Barnhart, UK Director of Athletics. “He was the quarterback for a golden era of Wildcat football and loved returning to Lexington for the team reunions. We are saddened by his passing and send our sympathies to his family and friends.”

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UK great Babe Parilli passes away

Basketball: USA U19 men now 5-0 after 81-59 win over Germany

Behind a defense that wreaked havoc in the second half, and a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double by Austin Wiley (Auburn/Hoover, Ala.), the USA (5-0) battled its way to an 81-59 quarterfinals round victory over German (3-2) in FIBA U19 World Cup play Friday night in Cairo, Egypt.

With the win, the Americans advance to the medal round semifinals on Saturday and will face Canada (4-1) in a 2:30 pm EDT game. Canada earned its semifinal appearance by downing previously undefeated France (4-1) 73-67.  The other semifinal will feature Italy (4-1) versus Spain (5-0). The live stream of the USA-Canada game will be available on ESPN3 & the ESPN App.

“Here’s what happens – you have teams that are going to play with such high intensity and focus, it’s just can they do it for 40 minutes,” asked USA head coach John Calipari (Kentucky). “The way we are doing this, when we are playing 10 or 11 kids and they are playing 22 or 18 minutes, you just keep coming at people in waves.

“We don’t have any weak links on this team. We just don’t. What I’m seeing right now is us pressuring them, and at some point, they will back off. Now, they (Germany) went zone, and it was bang, bang, bang with 3s.” Continue reading

Basketball: USA U19 men now 5-0 after 81-59 win over Germany

Basketball: A dozen Wildcats in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League

Bam Adebayo, Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress stood out in Orlando, Utah leagues

LAS VEGAS – The main event of the NBA Summer League, the Las Vegas league, tips off Friday with 12 Kentucky men’s basketball players on summer league rosters. No other college has as many players in the Las Vegas league as UK.

 

The dozen Wildcats will cover eight of the 24 teams in the league. The Las Vegas league will feature 67 games from Friday to July 17. Kentucky’s representation includes:

 

  • Brooklyn Nets – Archie Goodwin (2013)
  • Miami Heat – Bam Adebayo (2017)
  • New Orleans Pelicans – James Young (2014)
  • Philadelphia 76ers – Isaiah Briscoe (2016-17), Aaron Harrison (2014-15), Alex Poythress (2013-16)
  • Phoenix Suns – Tyler Ulis (2015-16)*
  • Sacramento Kings – De’Aaron Fox (2017), Dominique Hawkins (2014-17), Skal Labissiere (2016)
  • Toronto Raptors – Mychal Mulder (2016-17)
  • Washington Wizards – Isaac Humphries (2016-17)

 

(*Ulis is listed on the Suns’ roster but is not expected to play due to offseason surgery.)

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Basketball: A dozen Wildcats in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League

EKU announces the 2017 Athletics Hall of Fame class

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame 2017 induction class features eight distinguished individuals and a team of distinction. The class will be enshrined inside the EKU Center for the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 7.

The 2017 induction class includes: Evy Abell McKemie (volleyball, 1975-78), Michael Haney (men’s basketball, 2001-05), Elroy Harris (football, 1985-88), Brad Morris (men’s golf, 1998-02), Dallas Robinson (men’s track and field, 2003-06), Charlotte Sizemore (women’s basketball, 1997-02), Jessie Small (football, 1985-89), Guy Strong (men’s basketball & baseball, 1955, 1967-73) and the 1982 football team.

The activities begin with a luncheon at noon. The group will also be recognized during the Colonels’ football game against Tennessee State later that day at 6 p.m. Continue reading

EKU announces the 2017 Athletics Hall of Fame class

Basketball: USA U19 improves to 3-0 with win over previously unbeaten Italy

Brandon McCoy contributed 13 points and eight rebounds in the USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team’s victory over Italy Tuesday in Cairo, Egypt.

 

 

CAIRO, EGYPT (July 4, 2017) – Powered by PJ Washington’s (Findlay Prep/Las Vegas, Nev.) 20 points, the USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team finished off preliminary play with an exclamation point and defeated previously unbeaten Italy (2-1) 98-65 Tuesday night in Cairo, Egypt.

“I thought Italy played great, they hit a lot of shots at the beginning and that forces us to bounce back and play some defense more so than the first two games,” said Washington, who after three games leads the USA scoring averaging at 14.7 point per game while adding 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists a game. “I was just trying to get to the rack, just trying to be aggressive, just playing my game and I felt like it was working for me tonight.”

The win improved the Americans to 3-0 and earned them the Group D number one seed for the Round of 16.  The USA will next face Mali (0-3), the fourth-place finisher in Group C, on Wednesday with the game time TBA. Continue reading

Basketball: USA U19 improves to 3-0 with win over previously unbeaten Italy

Basketball: USA U19 team improves to 2-0 with 109-68 romp over Angola

Josh Okogie finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds and was one of two USA U19 World Cup players to record a double-double in the 109-68 win over Angola Sunday night in preliminary play in Cairo, Egypt.

 

  

CAIRO, EGYPT (July 2, 2017) – For the second night in a row, the USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team (2-0) passed the centennial scoring mark, and in improving to 2-0 after posting a 109-68 romp over Angola (0-2), displayed balanced scoring and overwhelming athleticism during preliminary play at the FIBA U19 World Cup for Men on Sunday night in Cairo, Egypt.

 

Looking for its third-consecutive gold medal at the July 1-9 FIBA U19 World Cup for Men, the United States has now won 20 straight games in U19 competition. The USA’s last setback was against Russia in the quarterfinals of the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Latvia.

 

With no games on the schedule for Monday, July 3, the USA men will close out preliminary play facing 1-1 Italy on July 4 (10:30 a.m. EDT).  By virtue of picking up wins in its first two games, the USA is assured of a number one or number two seed for the medal round of 16.

 

“I thought we made some strides. We’re defending a little bit better, we still have to talk more.  All I’m trying to get them to do is play with great pace and then if it’s not there, run something.  You know, just make a play,” stated USA head coach John Calipari.

 

“I keep telling them, ‘let’s play against ourselves, let’s not worry who’s out there. Let’s just keep seeing if we can execute better, if we can concentrate more, if we can talk more, so by the end of this we’re in pretty good shape and we’ll be a pretty good team.'”

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Basketball: USA U19 team improves to 2-0 with 109-68 romp over Angola

Baseball: Morehead State’s Niko Hulsizer wins College HR Derby in Omaha

MOREHEAD, Ky. — Morehead State sophomore slugger Niko Hulsizer and New York Yankees and Major League home run leader Aaron Judge now have something in common, and hey, make that two things in common to be exact.

Hulsizer smacked 49 actual home runs and also connected on the money balls (worth 2 homers) Saturday night to win the 2017 College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

Hulsizer, who once hit a home run at Yankee Stadium just like Judge has done so many times this year, advanced to the finals after hitting 35 dingers in the first two rounds. He then hit 15 actual homers and nailed the money ball out for a total of 17 in the finale. Alabama’s Chandler Taylor came in second, narrowly missing the money ball after trailing Hulsizer by one in the finals after his four-minute clock closed out.

He joins an elite group of just eight college players who have won the Derby. Judge won the event in 2012. Hulsizer’s 49 homers were tied with Taylor for the second highest total in College Home Run Derby history. Assistant coach Adam Brown served as Hulsizer’s pitcher. Continue reading

Baseball: Morehead State’s Niko Hulsizer wins College HR Derby in Omaha

Diallo has 17 as Team USA crushes Iran 108-48 at FIBA U19 World Cup

Hamidou Diallo led the way with 17 points as the USA steamrolled Iran 108-48 in both teams’ opening game of the FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt.

CAIRO, EGYPT (July 1, 2017) – Overcoming a sluggish offensive start that saw the USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team (1-0) score just four points in the game’s first 6:25, the American offense finally kicked into gear and steamrolled Iran (0-1) 108-48 in both teams’ opening game of the FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt.

“Even in these kind of events, NCAA events, FIBA events, the first game is the hardest to get started and get your feet underneath you,” said USA U19 head coach John Calipari (Kentucky). “Even though we had a couple of exhibition games and both opponents were pretty good, we came out like ‘what in the world?’ We almost went a quarter, well we went six minutes, having four points and how in the world we scored that many… But eventually we’re going to wear people down.

“Now the question is when we get one of the good teams later in the week, will we start better, will we play better, will we have some fire? But I thought they got it, and they played and they’re trying. It’s just hard, we’ve been together eight days, come on. It makes it tough, but hopefully we’ll continue to get better.”

The USA continues its preliminary play Sunday facing Angola (0-1) at 12:15 p.m. EDT. Continue reading

Diallo has 17 as Team USA crushes Iran 108-48 at FIBA U19 World Cup