EKU to unveil Roy Kidd statue on September 23rd

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University will unveil a statue of College Football Hall of Fame coach Roy Kidd on Saturday, Sept. 23.

 

The statue of the man who won 314 games as the head coach of the Colonels will be located in the north end zone, overlooking the field at Roy Kidd Stadium.

 

Public viewing of the statue will begin at 3 p.m. on Sept. 23.  The 2017 EKU football team will host Tennessee Tech at 6 p.m.

 

The statue was completed using private funds that have been donated specifically for the project over the last two years.

 

Kidd retired from his coaching duties at EKU, his alma mater, after the 2002 football season.  At the time he was the sixth all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I history (FBS and FCS).  He coached the Colonels for 39 years, compiling a 314-124-8 (.705) overall record.

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EKU to unveil Roy Kidd statue on September 23rd

UK T&F assistant coach wins 400-meter hurdles world championship

LONDON – American Kori Carter – who serves as a volunteer assistant coach on the Kentucky track and field staff and trains under UK head coach Edrick Floréal’s tutelage having competed collegiately for Stanford – won gold in the 400-meter hurdles at the IAAF World Championships on Thursday.

Carter’s gold was the second of these World Championships by a Lexington resident non-UK alum hurdler that now works with the current Wildcats and trains under Floréal’s direction.

“This whole year all my coach and I have been talking about is being world champion,” Carter said. “I could barely sleep last night because that’s all I was dreaming of. I just envisioned coming out on top so I think believing you can do it before it happens is really important.

“When you work so hard and sacrifice so much for something, for it to pay off in the end is so satisfying,”

Jamaica’s Omar McLeod – who competed collegiately for Arkansas – won the 110m hurdles earlier this week. Continue reading

UK T&F assistant coach wins 400-meter hurdles world championship

KY High School Basketball HOF officially opens this weekend

Elizabethtown, KY – Aug. 9, 2017 – The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame (KHSBHF) will have its official opening for the public this Saturday, August 12 at 11:00 a.m. The facility, located at 212 West Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown, KY, will celebrate the Grand Opening event with several members of the Hall of Fame in attendance throughout the day.

The $1.75M facility highlights the legendary players and coaches of the first 100 years of High School basketball across the Commonwealth.

“The opening of the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame culminates a tremendous coordinated effort from our Board of Directors, sponsor partners and our design partners Solid Light,” said KHSBHF Chief Operating Officer Paul Najjar. “The design team at Solid Light has turned an historic church into a shrine devoted to Kentucky high school basketball and the women and men who have made it an integral part of the cultural history and heritage of every city, town and community across the Commonwealth.”

Solid Light, a full-service exhibit and visitor experience design firm based in Louisville, worked directly with developers, architects and general contractors to bring the “Essence of the Game” and its vision to a refurbished 150-year-old historically-preserved church building in downtown Elizabethtown.

“We are thrilled to open our doors and give the great fans of Kentucky high school basketball this experience,” Najjar said. “Moving through the main gallery at a leisurely pace, one can reminisce about the all-time greats or get inspired by their awesome accomplishments on the court.”

After several years of research – which involved collecting, organizing and storyboarding historically-significant biographies, statistical data, audio files, images and memorabilia – Solid Light has put together a fitting representation of the rich heritage of high school basketball in Kentucky.

From paying tribute to the stories of its most revered players and coaches, to the inclusion of interactive and engaging elements for visitors, such as a “measure your vertical jump” section and a 12-minute feature film, the combined efforts of the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors and the Solid Light design team have brought the history of the game to life.

“It’s basketball night in Kentucky!” said Solid Light Owner/President Cynthia Torp. “Actual audio from real games in history – band music, radio announcers, cheerleaders, concession stands and much more – echo throughout the Hall from the moment guests enter. The whole experience has been tailor-made to capture the personal narratives of those who’ve shaped and maintained the spirit of high school basketball in Kentucky; from the pioneers who broke down boundaries during segregation and Title IX, to the coaches and players carrying the torch today.”

The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. throughout the remainder of 2017. Admission: Adults – $6; Senior Citizens – $5; Students – $4. Children 5 years old and under are admitted free of charge.

While waiting for the eclipse, check out the meteor shower

The Perseid shower:
See the lights in the sky
Not many of us will be privileged to travel into space, but we can enjoy the phenomenon of a meteor shower as it crosses the nighttime sky. Meteoroids are the debris flung from comets as they orbit the sun. Meteors are not matter themselves. They are the streak of light produced by the meteoroid as it reaches incandescence.
August brings a special show that will peak during the dark hours of August 9 to 13–the Perseids.
The Perseid meteor shower is so named because it appears to fall from the constellation Perseus that appears in the northeast sky in mid-August. This shower, which is produced by the space crumbs of the comet Swift-Tuttle, has been observed for almost 2000 years. The comet Swift-Tuttle takes about 130 years to make one trip around the sun.
The earliest recording of Perseid activity comes from the Chinese who documented the wonder in 36 AD. Some have referred to the Perseids as the “tears of St. Lawrence” since his feast day is August 10.
The best way to enjoy the Perseids is to leave the lights of the city and find a dark spot in a park or any safe area that is in the direction of the Perseus constellation. Make sure oncoming headlights will not ruin your night vision. Binoculars are not needed; your eyesight will be enough.
If you can’t manage your viewing on the magical night of the most activity, up to 60 meteors an hour, most viewers will be able to see at least a few from the beginning of the month.

Basketball: Brad Calipari on a basketball trip to Croatia

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball sophomore Brad Calipari is part of an eight-day basketball trip to Croatia with Global Sports Academy.

Calipari is one of 14 collegiate players on the Global Sports Academy roster that left Monday for Croatia. The team, coached by Bucknell assistant coach Joe Meehan, will play four games against professional teams from the region.

The 14 players on the roster come from 13 different schools, including Bucknell, Hofstra and Radford.

The team will take on Zadar, Sibenik, Kastela and Split. During the trip, Calipari and his teammates will also have the opportunity to attend cultural events and see historical sites in Croatia.

Global Sports Academy was incorporated in 1991 to create and arrange athletic competition between equally matched teams at all levels internationally. Promoting international goodwill and a better understanding between nations through sports is the major goal of the organization.

Calipari made 15 appearances in his freshman season, scoring eight points with three rebounds and two 3-pointers. He played in 12 of the first 15 games of the 2016-17 season and logged a career-high eight minutes vs. Cleveland State.

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

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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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