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.

“Lincoln Memorial University Cheer is fortunate to have an athletic department that backs them and the program goals entirely,” Kagias said. Continue reading

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.

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

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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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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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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