Tennis: State Tournament Report for Thursday May 18th

Middlesboro qualified a boys doubles team and a girls singles player for the Kentucky State Tennis Tournament.  Those local athletes represented themselves and us well in Lexington, but all have now been eliminated.

The boys doubles team of Owen Collins and Bryce Lawson won their opening match at state to advance to the Round of 32 with straight set wins of 6-4, 6-2 over Cassady and Riley of South Warren.  They valiantly battled the tough duo of Kaplan and Ko from Lexington Catholic in the second round before falling 6-4, 7-5.

Baylie Brunsma represented Middlesboro in the girls singles.  She too won her opening match.  After losing the first set 6-4, she battled back to defeat Ally Delaney of Hancock County.  It was then Brunsma’s misfortune to have to face the top seed in the girls singles, Eva Borders of St. Francis.  Francis defeated Brunsma in straight sets to eliminate her from tournament action.

Congratulations to these student athletes for representing our area so well.

Basketball: Cats add three during spring signing period

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Already boasting the No. 1 rated recruiting class following the fall signing period, the Kentucky men’s basketball team added to its arsenal with three additional signees in the spring signing window, which closed on Wednesday. Jemarl Baker, Kevin Knox and Jarred Vanderbilt signed national letters of intent to suit up for the Wildcats in 2017-18.

 

The three spring signees will join Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Quade Green, Nick Richards and P.J. Washington, who signed during the fall signing period. Additionally, midyear enrollee Hamidou Diallo would begin game action in the fall should he decide to return to school (he’s currently weighing his professional options and has until Wednesday to decide whether he will return to school).

 

Kentucky’s three spring signees are consensus four- or five-star prospects and are ranked in the top 100 by the major national recruiting services.

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Baseball: Kentucky completes perfect non-conference home schedule

Senior shortstop Connor Heady cuts off a ground ball in UK’s 10-1 win over Northern Kentucky.        Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics

No. 6 Wildcats finish 16-0 as part of 26-win regular season at Cliff Hagan Stadium

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky capped a perfect non-conference home schedule for just the second time since 1979, dismantling Northern Kentucky 10-1 on a warm, summer-like night at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The No. 6 Wildcats’ 37 victories on the season are the most since the 2014 team also won 37 games.

 

Spot starter Brad Schaenzer allowed just one run in 5.2 innings, striking out five and yielding just three hits along the way to move to 5-0 on the season. The junior lefty was relieved by freshman left-hander Zack Thompson, who struck out all four batters he faced and erased the Norse’s only real threat of the night.

 

UK (37-16, 18-9 SEC) now has 26 wins at Cliff Hagan Stadium this season, the fourth most since the venue opened in 1979. The total is five shy of the 2006 team’s 31 home wins, a club UK head coach Nick Mingione was part of as an assistant coach.

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Softball: Kentucky earns the #14 national seed, will host Lexington NCAA Regional

Wildcats to open up with DePaul on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky softball team earned the No. 14 national seed in the 2017 NCAA Softball Championships, and will serve as regional hosts this weekend at John Cropp Stadium. The Wildcats will welcome Illinois, Marshall and DePaul to Lexington for a double-elimination style bracket to send one team to super regionals.

Kentucky will open play on Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET against DePaul. The game will be shown live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app, as will all games of the Lexington Regional. The first game on Friday between Illinois and Marshall will be at Noon ET on Friday and shown on ESPN2.

Tickets

All-session tickets include admission to all six/seven games of the tournament (May 19-21). All-session tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, May 15 at 9 AM ET. Patrons requiring accessible seating should call the UK Ticket Office at (800) 928-2287.

Single-session tickets include admission to individual sessions (May 19-21). Each session will consist of a single day of games. Single-session tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, May 19 at 9 AM ET, based on availability. Patrons requiring accessible seating should call the UK Ticket Office at (800) 928-2287.

2017 NCAA Softball Lexington Regional

John Cropp Stadium – Lexington, Ky.

Friday, May 19

Game 1 – Marshall vs. Illinois – Noon ET – ESPN2
Game 2 – DePaul vs. Kentucky – 2:30 p.m. ET – ESPN3.com

Saturday, May 20
Game 3 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – Noon ET – TV TBD
Game 4 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 2:30 p.m. ET – TV TBD
Game 5 – Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 – 5 p.m. ET – TV TBD

Sunday, May 21
Game 6 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 – Noon ET – TV TBD
Game 7 – (If necessary) – 2:30 p.m. ET – TV TBD

Baseball: Railsplitters will face #2 seed North Georgia in NCAA Div. II Southeast Regional

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Railsplitters have drawn the No. 7 seed for the Southeast Regional and will open the 2017 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship against the second-seeded and No. 2 nationally-ranked North Georgia Nighthawks. The double-elimination tournament begins Thursday, May 18 at Scarborough Field on the campus of the University of Mount Olive. The winner of each regional advances to the championship finals May 27-June 3 in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Lincoln Memorial (33-17) earned the program’s second trip to the NCAA Tournament after rolling through the South Atlantic Conference tournament two weeks ago at Smokies Stadium in Kodak, Tennessee. The Railsplitters, who are a blistering 32-10 since starting the season 1-7, went a perfect 4-0 in the SAC Championship and outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 43-17 to capture the program’s second conference tournament title and first since 2012.

North Georgia (42-10) is ranked second in the latest Collegiate Baseball national poll and seventh in the NCBWA rankings. The Nighthawks went 19-5 in Peach Belt Conference play and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after their 10-game winning streak was broken by UNC Pembroke in the conference tournament. North Georgia is making its third trip to the NCAA Tournament and first since 2015. The other came in 2008.

The opening-round match-up will serve as the first all-time meeting between Lincoln Memorial and North Georgia.

The seven-team Southeast Regional field consists of three automatic qualifiers from the SAC, PBC and Conference Carolinas along with four at-large bids. Mount Olive is the top seed and will serve as the host, while Catawba, UNC Pembroke, USC Aiken and Georgia College also earned a spot in the field.

Stay tuned to www.LMURailsplitters.com for more information regarding the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship before play commences on May 18.

 

No. 1 Seed – Mount Olive (47-8),

Conference Carolinas Automatic Qualifier

No. 2 Seed – North Georgia (42-10),

Peach Belt Conference, At-Large

No. 3 Seed – USC Aiken (39-13),

Peach Belt Conference, At-Large

No. 4 Seed – Catawba (37-15),

South Atlantic Conference, At-Large

No. 5 Seed – UNC Pembroke (40-15),

Peach Belt Conference, At-Large

No. 6 Seed – Georgia College (35-17),

Peach Belt Conference, Automatic Qualifier

No. 7 Seed – Lincoln Memorial (33-17),

South Atlantic Conference,

Automatic Qualifier

Baseball: #8 Kentucky completes three game sweep of Tennessee

No. 8 Kentucky Completes Weekend Sweep of Tennessee

The Wildcats head to Florida next week with SEC title implications on the line

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky bounced back in perfect fashion from its first rough weekend in Southeastern Conference play, sweeping Tennessee on the strength of Sunday’s 7-2 victory in front of 3,085 fans at Cliff Hagan Stadium on a magnificent Mother’s Day afternoon.

 

The three-game wipeout of the Volunteers sets the No. 8 Wildcats up for next week’s showdown against Florida with the SEC championship on the line. The Cats (36-16, 18-9 SEC) will need to win at least two of three games to claim a piece of the division – and possibly overall – crown in coach Nick Mingione’s first season at the helm of the program.

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Track and Field: Final results from Region 5 Class AA

Boyle County is the girls champion and Mercer County the boys champion.

Bell County’s Dalton Raby (1st place shotput) and Mitchell Miracle (2nd place 1600 Meter Run) qualify for state.

Women – High School – Team Rankings – 18 Events Scored
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1) Boyle County 175
2) Mercer County 112
3) Rockcastle County 103
4) Corbin 98
5) Casey County 29
6) Russell County 18
7) Knox Central 16
8) Bell County 5
9) Clay County 1

Men – High School – Team Rankings – 18 Events Scored
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1) Mercer County 165
2) Boyle County 145
3) Corbin 59
4) Casey County 54
5) Rockcastle County 36
6) Knox Central 29
7) Wayne County 28
8) Bell County 24
9) Russell County 9
10) Clay County 6
11) McCreary Central 3

Top Local Performances (points scored)

Girls High Jump 6th Place (1 point): Aubree Cupp (Bell County)

Boys Shot Put 1st Place (10 points): Dalton Raby (Bell County)

Boys 3200 Meter Run 3rd Place (6 points): Mitchell Miracle (Bell County)

Girls 4×100 Meter Relay 4th Place (4 points): Simpson, Cupp, Browning, Woody (Bell County)

Boys 1600 Meter Run 2nd Place (8 points): Mitchell Miracle (Bell County)

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
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    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
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    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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