Baseball: Mahan’s two home runs pace #8 Kentucky over Tennessee in game two

Mahan’s Pair of Two-Run Home Runs Pace No. 8 Kentucky

Four home runs on Saturday gives Wildcats eight in series; Mahan has three


A salute for Riley Mahan who hit two home runs in UK’s 8-3 win over Tennessee in the second game of their three game series.                                                                                                  Photo by Britney Howard

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Riley Mahan continued his assault on Southeastern Conference pitching over the past two weeks, belting two home runs to lead No. 8 Kentucky to an 8-3 victory over Tennessee on Senior Day at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The Wildcats will go for a series sweep on Sunday afternoon as they continue to hunt the SEC crown.


Mahan crushed a pair of home runs to right field, the second of which traveled 436 feet and easily cleared the deck in right-center field. With the two round-trippers Mahan now has homered in four straight league games, with five bombs total in those games. The junior infielder is 6-for-8 with a double, three home runs, five runs scored and six RBI in the two games against the Volunteers.


The Cats (35-16, 17-9 SEC) again jumped on the Vols (26-21, 7-17) early with Evan White’s two-run home run in the second inning and a four-run third that gave them a 6-1 lead. With starter Zach Logue fighting himself a bit on the mound, freshman Chris Machamer came on in relief and pitched 4.1 perfect innings to earn his first collegiate victory.

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Track and Field: Class A Region 6 final results

Williamsburg wins both the men’s and women’s events. Below are the final team scores and scoring performances by local athletes.

            Women - High School - Team Rankings - 18 Events Scored
    1) Williamsburg               189        2) Somerset                   94
    3) Model                       88        4) Middlesboro                74
    5) Harlan                      41        6) Pineville                  14
    7) Red Bird                    13        8) Berea                       9

              Men - High School - Team Rankings - 18 Events Scored
    1) Williamsburg               165        2) Harlan                     94
    3) Somerset                    81        4) Middlesboro                70
    5) Model                       54        6) Lynn Camp                  30
    7) Berea                       28        8) Red Bird                   18
    9) Oneida Baptist              10

Top Local Performances

Girls 4×800 Meter Relay 1st Place (10 points): Wright, James, Schneider and Rose (Middlesboro)

Boys 110 Meter Hurdles 2nd Place (8 points): J’Quan Rayford (Middlesboro)

Girls 100 Meter Hurdles 4th Place (4 points): Haven Hatfield (Middlesboro)

Girls 100 Meter Dash 5th Place (2 points): Kayla James (Middlesboro)

Girls 4×200 Meter Relay 3rd Place (6 points): James, Capps, Delk and Vanover (Middlesboro)

Girls 4×200 Meter Relay 4th Place (4 points): Howard, Fortner, Helton and Short (Pineville)

Boys 4x2oo Meter Relay 4th Place (4 points): McWilliams, Overbay, Mason and Harriston (Middlesboro)

Girls 4×100 Meter Relay 3rd Place (6 points): Capps, Brooks, Delk and Vanover (Middlesboro)

Boys 4×100 Meter Relay 3rd Place (6 points): McWilliams, Overbay, Harriston and Jackson (Middlesboro)

Girls 800 Meter Run 6th Place (1 point): Anna Howard (Pineville)

Girls 200 Meter Dash 5th Place (2 points): Kayla James (Middlesboro)

Boys 200 Meter Dash 3rd Place (6 points): Corey Harriston (Middlesboro)

Girls 300 Meter Hurdles 3rd Place (6 points): Haven Howard (Middlesboro)

Boys 300 Meter Hurdles 4th Place (4 points): J’Quan Rayford (Middlesboro

Girls 1600 Meter Run 2nd Place (8 points): Mallory James (Middlesboro)

Boys 400 Meter Dash 2nd Place (8 points): Steven Poore (Middlesboro)

Girls 3200 Meter Run 2nd Place (8 points): Mallory James (Middlesboro)

Girls 4×400 Meter Relay 4th Place (4 points): Gulley, Houston, Schneider and Wright (Middlesboro)

Boys 4×400 Meter Relay 3rd Place (6 points): Poore, Padgett, Hubbard and Rayford (Middlesboro)

Girls Shot Put 2nd Place (8 points): Timesha Brooks (Middlesboro)

Girls Shot Put 5th Place (2 points): Faith Long (Pineville)

Boys Shot Put 1st Place (10 points): Cameron Drake (Middlesboro)

Boys Shot Put 3rd Place (6 points): Evan Brock (Middlesboro)

Girls Discus 2nd Place (8 points): Malorie Carter (Middlesboro)

Girls Discus 5th Place (2 points): Timesha Brooks (Middlesboro)

Boys Discus 2nd Place (8 points): Evan Brock (Middlesboro)

Boys Discus 6th Place (1 point): Camron Gambrel (Middlesboro)

Girls Long Jump 6th Place (1 point): Autumn Short (Pineville)

Girls Triple Jump 3rd Place (6 points): Autumn Short (Pineville)

Boys Triple Jump 5th Place (2 points): Matthew Brown (Middlesboro)

Boys High Jump 6th Place (1 point): Steven Poore (Middlesboro)

Baseball: Kentucky batters Tennessee in series opener 15-5

No. 8 Kentucky’s Hit Parade Leads to 16th SEC Win

The Wildcats score in seven different innings, hit four home runs in rout


Troy Squires launches a home run against Tennessee on Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Cliff.
Photo by Britney Howard

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky opened its final home conference series with a dominating 15-5 win over Tennessee on Friday night for its 16th Southeastern Conference win of the season – the most for the program most since the 2012 club won 18 games.


The No. 8 Cats (34-16, 16-9 SEC) wasted no time breaking the game open as they scored 10 runs over the first four innings. Eight UK starters finished with at least one RBI, four of which also had a home run. In his 20th multi-hit game of the season, Riley Mahan went 3-for-4 at the plate and only needed a triple to hit for the cycle. Mahan’s double in the third inning gave him his team-leading 20th double and moved him into second place in the SEC while his home run was his third in the last four games.


Junior first baseman Evan White got the offense going when he crushed a ball over the left field wall in the bottom of the first inning. He went on to pick up two more RBI the next inning after he tucked a ball inside the right field line. Troy Squires went 3-for-3, including nabbing his first career home run as part of back-to-back solo shots with Mahan in the bottom of the sixth inning. Zach Reks, White, Mahan, and Squires all finished with two or more RBI.


Sean Hjelle provided another quality outing for the Wildcats in his eighth win of the season. The sophomore right-hander struck out six and gave up just two hits, one run, and two walks in seven innings of work. He is now 6-1 with an earned run average under 2.00 in league play and has yielded five or fewer hits in six straight and nine of last 10 outings.

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Softball: 2nd-seeded Auburn knocks UK out of SEC Tournament

May 11, 2017


Second-Seeded Auburn Spoils Kentucky’s Run in Knoxville

Tigers win 2-0 in SEC quarterfinal game


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The second-seeded Auburn Tigers got a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning from Kendall Veach to knock the Kentucky Wildcats out of the 2017 Southeastern Conference Tournament in a 2-0 game.


With the loss, Kentucky’s regular season comes to an end with a 36-17 overall record, and will now await its postseason fate. The 2017 NCAA Softball Selection Show will be on Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET shown live on ESPN2 with Beth Mowins and Amanda Scarbrough.

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Softball: Cheek hits two homeruns as Kentucky advances in SEC Tournament action

Cheek hits two home runs in 7-3 win over Gamecocks

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Sophomore slugger Abbey Cheek pummeled two home runs over the wall in left field, as seventh-seeded Kentucky slugged its way to a 7-3 win over the tenth-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks on Wednesday night in the opening round of the 2017 Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Because of Kentucky’s win, the Wildcats advance into the quarterfinal round and will face second-seeded Auburn on Thursday at 5 p.m. ET. The game will be shown live on the SEC Network, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app with Beth Mowins (pxp), Michele Smith (color) and Holly Rowe (dugouts) on the call.  The first quarterfinal game of the day will begin at noon.

The win improves Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament resume, as the Gamecocks are ranked nationally in both top-25 polls and are also in the top-25 nationally in the RPI. UK now sits at 36-16 overall and 20 games above the .500 mark.

Abbey Cheek hit her 11th and 12th home runs of the season, off two different pitchers, in back-to-back at bats, accounting for four of Kentucky’s seven runs in the game. The Wildcats needed all of the offense they could manage, as the Gamecocks loaded the bases in the sixth and seventh innings – but Meagan Prince came on to close out the game in the seventh.

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HS Football: KHSAA Football Finals coming to Lexington

Kroger Field to Host KHSAA State Football Finals in ‘17, ‘18

KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl coming to UK, Lexington


LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky and the city of Lexington will play host to the Kentucky state football finals in 2017 and 2018 at Kroger Field, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and UK Athletics announced on Wednesday.


“We are thrilled to be hosting the best weekend of Kentucky high school football at Kroger Field,” UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “We are committed to the growth of the game of football in the Commonwealth and excited to bring thousands of young athletes and fans to our campus and the city of Lexington through this event. Kroger Field will make an excellent home for the Kentucky state football finals.”


The KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl will be held at UK the first weekend in December, the traditional weekend for the annual event. The state championship games for all classifications (A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A) will take place at Kroger Field, with a schedule for the six games to be announced later.


“We are excited about the opportunity to move our football championships to Kroger Field and expand our outstanding partnership with the University of Kentucky,” KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said. “We are eternally grateful for the efforts of other hosts in past years, but look forward to the chance to potentially grow this event and be able to maintain our pre-determined schedule that we finalize in the coming weeks.”


Lexington was the original home to the KHSAA state football finals, with games being played at Stoll Field from 1959-1966 and 1968-1972. For the last eight years, games have been played at Houchens-LT Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.


Kroger Field, renamed from Commonwealth Stadium last week as part of a comprehensive partnership with Kroger, originally opened in 1973 and reopened following a major renovation in 2015. The stadium hosted the KHSAA state football finals for the first and only time in 1976. Kroger Field, with a capacity of 61,000, has a state-of-the-art synthetic surface called UK-Speed Series-S5-M, the same surface used at the 2013 and 2014 Super Bowls.

Baseball: Louisville Holy Cross shuts out Middlesboro in All A State semifinals.

Louisville Holy Cross outhit Middlesboro 13-2 in their 8-0 All A semifinal win over the Yellow Jackets.  Holy Cross will now play Caldwell County in the All A State Championship Game Sunday afternoon in Lexington.


Kentucky Derby: Always Dreaming grabs the roses before a crowd of 158,070

Kenny Martin / Adam Coglianese Photography

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 6, 2017) – MeB Racing Stables, Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Teresa Viola Racing Stables, St. Elias Stable, Siena Farm and West Point Thoroughbreds’ favored Always Dreaming shook clear of longshot State of Honor at the half-mile pole, opened a daylight advantage and cruised to a 2 ¾-length victory over Lookin At Lee to win the 143rd running of the $2,395,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) for 3-year-olds before a crowd of 158,070, the seventh largest in Derby
Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, Always Dreaming covered the 1 1/4 miles on a wet-fast track in 2:03.59.
For Pletcher and Velazquez, it was their second taste of Kentucky Derby glory. Pletcher had saddled 2010 winner Super Saver and a year later Velazquez piloted Animal Kingdom to victory.
The victory was worth $1,635,800 to the Kentucky-bred son of Bodemeister out of the In Excess (IRE) mare Above Perfection.
Saturday’s payday increased his earnings to $2,284,700 with a record of 6-4-1-1 with two Grade I victories in as many attempts. In his
previous start, Always Dreaming won the Florida Derby.
State of Honor led the field of 20 through an opening quarter-mile in :22.70 and the half-mile in :46.53 with Always Dreaming
right behind him. Always Dreaming stuck his head in front at the half-mile pole and was a half-length in front of Battle of Midway at
the head of the stretch.
By mid-stretch, Always Dreaming had opened a three-length lead and was well on his way to becoming the fifth consecutive
favorite to win the Kentucky Derby.
Lookin At Lee rallied from far back under Corey Lanerie to claim second, five lengths in front of Battle of Midway with
Flavien Prat up.
Always Dreaming returned $11.40, $7.20 and $5.80. Lookin At Lee returned $26.60 and $15.20 with Battle of Midway
returning $20.80 to show.
Following the top three in order were Classic Empire, Practical Joke, Tapwrit, Gunnevera, McCraken, Gormley, Irish
War Cry, Hence, Untrapped, Girvin, Patch, J Boys Echo, Sonneteer, Fast and Accurate, Irap and State of Honor. Thunder
Snow (IRE) did not finish.

All A Classic State Baseball Tournament from Lexington

Middlesboro scores 3 in the 6th inning to break a 1-1 tie and beats Pikeville 4-1.

Yellow Jackets will play in the 10:30AM semifinal on Sunday morning.

Game 1    Lexington Christian 7 Walton-Verona 3 (10 inn.)

Game 2    Caldwell County 1 Bishop Brossart 0 (8 inn.)

Game 3    Middlesboro 4 Pikeville 1

Game 4    Louisville Holy Cross 4 Monroe County 2


Sunday 8:30AM – Lexington Christian vs. Caldwell County

Sunday 10:30AM – Middlesboro vs. Louisville Holy Cross

2017 SEKC Track and Field Championships

Corbin wins both the boys and girls events. Final team results available in our magazine at

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