Kentucky’s Evan White wins Rawlings Gold Glove Award

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First baseman’s defensive work honored for second consecutive season

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Evan White was honored with the 2017 ABCA Collegiate Rawlings Gold Glove Award at first base, it was announced on Wednesday. It is White’s second consecutive trophy for his glove work.

 

The 6-foot-3, 205 pound junior last week was drafted No. 17 overall by the Seattle Mariners. He reported to the organization this week and will officially be assigned to his first career professional team in the coming days.

 

White was considered one of the top talents in college baseball, an offensive force who also possesses elite defensive skills. Despite missing 13 games early this season due to injury he was recently named to Baseball America’s Second-Team All-America and is a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist. He’s also a three-time member of the All-SEC Defensive Team and now two-time winner of the Rawlings Gold Glove at first base.

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Kentucky’s Evan White wins Rawlings Gold Glove Award

Little League All Star Tournament Schedules

9-10 Year Old All Stars at Middlesboro

June 23

(1) 7 pm Pineville-Bell vs. Middlesboro

June 24

(2) 7pm Knox County vs. Pineville-Bell/Middlesboro winner

June 25

(3) 7 pm Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

June 26

(4) 7pm Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3

11-12 Year Old Girls All Stars at McCreary County

June 23

(1) 6 pm Middlesboro vs. Knox County / (2) 8pm Pulaski County vs. South London

June 24

(3) 2 pm Hazard vs. Jackson County/ (4) 4pm Tri-City vs. Winner Game 1 / (5) 6pm McCreary vs. North Laurel

 

June 25

(6) 2 pm Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 / (7) 4pm Loser Game 4 vs. Loser Game 5

June 26

(8) 7 pm Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 3

June 27

(9) 6 pm Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3 / (10) 8pm Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5

June 28

(11) 6 pm Loser Game 10 vs. Winner Game 8 / (12) 8pm Loser Game 9 vs. Winner Game 7

June 29

(13) 6 pm Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10 / (14) 8pm Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12

June 30

(15) 7 pm Winner Game 14 vs. Loser Game 13

July 1

(16) 7 pm Winner Game 15 vs. Winner Game 13

11-12 Year Old All Stars at Williamsburg

June 26

(1) 6pm Pineville-Bell vs. Williamsburg / (2) 8pm Middlesboro vs. Knox County

June 27

(3) 6 pm Winner of Pineville-Bell/ Williamsburg vs. Winner of Middlesboro vs. Knox Co. / (4) 8 pm Loser of Pineville-Bell/Williamsburg vs. Loser of Middlesboro vs. Knox Co.

June 28

(5) 7 pm Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

June 29

(6) 7pm Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

11-year-old All Stars at Corbin

June 28

(1) 6 pm Middlesboro vs. Hazard-Perry / (2) 8pm Knox County vs. Corbin

June 29

6 pm (3) North Laurel vs. South London / (4) 8 pm Clay County vs. Harlan County

June 30

(5) 6 pm Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 / (6) 8 pm Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

July 1

(7) 5 pm Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 /  (8) 7 pm Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4

July 2

(9) 5 pm Loser Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7 / (10) 7pm Loser Game 5 vs. Winner Game 8

July 5

(11) 6 pm Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 / (12) 8pm Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10

July 6

(13) 7 pm Loser Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12

July 7

(14) 7 pm Winner Game 11 vs Winner Game 13

 

 

UK’s Jones named 3rd-Team All-American by Athlon Sports

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Junior linebacker led the SEC in solo tackles in 2016

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior linebacker Jordan Jones has been named at third-team defense All-American by Athlon Sports it was announced today. The All-America teams are based on how players will perform in 2017. Career statistics and previous awards matter in player evaluation, but choosing players for the 2017 All-America team and all-conference teams are largely based on predicting and projecting the upcoming year.

 

Jones, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, led the Southeastern Conference and ranked 16th nationally in solo tackles per game last season with 5.7 per game and ranked third in total tackles per game with 8.4. He totaled a team-high 109 tackles and led the Wildcats with 15.5 tackles for loss.

 

He also was a preseason first-team All-SEC selection by Athlon Sports and Southern Pigskin.   Continue reading

UK’s Jones named 3rd-Team All-American by Athlon Sports

Baseball: UK’s Mingione named Perfect Game/Rawlings Coach of the Year

June 13, 2017

 

First-year head coach led Kentucky to first-ever Super Regional

 

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – First-year Kentucky head coach Nick Mingione has been named the Perfect Game/Rawlings College Head Coach of the Year, it was announced on Tuesday.

 

Kentucky just completed Mingione’s first season with the program’s first trip to the Super Regionals after winning three elimination games in the Lexington Regional to claim the regional championship. The Wildcats’ 43 wins were the most for the program since the 2012 team won a school-record 45, and the 19 regular season SEC wins are the second most in school history to the 20 won by the 2006 team, the Cats’ only league title.

 

It was a historic season for the Wildcats, who were picked in the bottom half of the league in the preseason, began the season 2-5 and did not enter the national rankings until week 5 of the season. The Cats remained in the top three of the SEC standings all season and still had championship implications in their final regular season game at Florida.

 

Mingione, who was an assistant at UK under John Cohen before spending the past eight years with him at Mississippi State, set new high-water marks for a first-year UK coach. The 43 overall wins are nine14 more than Keith Madison had in 1979 and the 19 SEC wins are six more than Madison had that season, both of which were the previous program records.

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Baseball: UK’s White selected in 1st round by Seattle in MLB Draft

Kentucky’s White Selected 17th Overall by Seattle in MLB Draft

Versatile junior fourth all-time leading hitter at UK, Gold Glove first baseman

 

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Evan White, one of the most accomplished players in Kentucky baseball history, became the fifth Wildcat to be selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft when the Seattle Mariners picked him 17th overall on Monday night.

 

The first baseman joins pitchers Alex Meyer (2011), Josh Paxton (2009) and Joe Blanton (2002), and outfielder Chad Green (1996) as first round picks in the primary June amateur draft. Only Green (No. 8 overall to the Chicago White Sox) went higher in the draft than White.

 

The 6-foot-3, 205 pound junior is considered one of the top talents in college baseball, an offensive force who also possesses elite defensive skills. Despite missing 13 games early this season due to injury he was recently named to Baseball America’s Second-Team All-America and is a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist. He’s also a three-time member of the All-SEC Defensive Team and winner of the Rawlings Gold Glove at first base.

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Baseball: UK’s White selected in 1st round by Seattle in MLB Draft

2017 Middlesboro Teeball Champions

Dream Big Construction defeated Home Federal 29-12 in the championship game to win the 2017 Middlesboro Teeball championship. Dream Big Construction was a perfect 13-0 on the season.                         Photo submitted

State Softball and Baseball report for Saturday June 10th

SOFTBALL

North Laurel had advanced with a 2-0 win over Leslie County on Thursday, but dropped two lopsided decisions on Friday, 14-0 to Louisville Male and then 17-0 to Woodford County in an elimination game to fall out of the tournament.  The Lady Jaguars finished 28-8 on the season.

BASEBALL

Knox Central, a 9-4 winner over Boyle County in first round play on Thursday, is one of eight teams still in pursuit of a state baseball championship as play continues Saturday.  The Panthers will meet Marion County at 1:30 in quarterfinal action in Lexington.  The Saturday schedule: Simon Kenton vs. Muhlenberg County at 11am, Knox Central vs Marion County at 1:30pm, McCracken County vs. Scott County at 6pm and Highlands vs. PRP at 8:30pm.

Softball: 13th Region’s North Laurel advances at KHSAA State Tournament

13th Region representative North Laurel scored a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning and made them stand up in a 2-0 win over Leslie County at the KHSAA State Softball Tournament in Owensboro on Thursday.  Payten Gregory with the win for the Lady Jaguars.  North Laurel’s Friday morning opponent will be Louisville Male, a 4-0 winner over McCracken County on Thursday.  Leslie County will play McCracken County in an elimination game also on Friday morning.

Baseball: Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Friday report

13th Region rep Knox Central with an opening round win over Boyle County. Here’s the box score.  Other first round scores and schedules follow.

Thursday’s Games
Knox Central 9 Boyle County 4
Marion County 7 Hazard 4 (8 innings)
Muhlenberg County 4 Rowan County 3 (9 innings)
Simon Kenton 3 George Rogers Clark 1
Friday’s Schedule
McCracken County vs. Louisville Trinity  11am
PRP vs. Franklin-Simpson  1:30pm
Scott County vs. Caldwell County  6pm
Highlands vs. Johnson Central  8:30pm
Saturday’s Schedule
Muhlenberg County vs. Simon Kenton  11am
Knox Central vs. Marion County  1:30pm

Track & Field: Pole vault win by Gruver has UK women in contention at NCAA Outdoors

UK sophomore Olivia Gruver’s winning vault of 14 feet 9 inches…..Photo by Chet White / UK Athletics

EUGENE, Ore. – Sophomore Olivia Gruver won Kentucky’s seventh individual NCAA Outdoor Title, and first in the pole vault, to springboard the Wildcats into second place in the team standings after the first day of women’s competition on Thursday.

Gruver’s winning clearance of 14-feet, nine inches/4.50 meters scored 10 points, and Sha’Keela Saunders added four with a fifth-place finish in the long jump, giving UK 14 points through six of 21 events. Georgia leads with 24.2 points, Arizona State is third with 13, Kansas is fourth with 12 and Arkansas is fifth with 11.2.

“It’s just surreal.” Gruver said. “I don’t even know what’s happening, but it’s fun. I love competing against great people because you know that when you win, you’re good. It’s crazy, but I want to say that everyone did a great job today.”

Gruver — top qualifier out of the East Preliminary Championships on her home runway 14 days ago –recovered well from failing to clear any height at the Southeastern Conference Championships earlier this season.

She took bronze in the NCAA and SEC Indoor Championships earlier this year. Gruver advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships finals site last year, where she placed 21st having cleared 13’3.5″/4.05m. Continue reading

Track & Field: Pole vault win by Gruver has UK women in contention at NCAA Outdoors