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Pool Play washed out at All A Softball, now a single elimination tournament

The rain has washed out the pool play segment of the All A Classic State Softball Tournament in Owensboro forcing tournament directors to change to a single elimination tournament in the hope that the weather will allow them to complete things this weekend. Here’s the single elimination bracket. Game times will be determined based on field conditions
2016 Brackets for Single Elimination Tournament

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Former UK men’s basketball star Ed Davender passes away

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Ed Davender on Senior Day 1988

Davender is the only player in school history with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Kentucky men’s basketball player Ed Davender died Thursday night after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week. He was 49 years old.

Davender, who starred at UK from 1985-88, currently ranks 11th on Kentucky’s all-time scoring list with 1,637 points. A two-time All-Southeastern Conference selection, Davender led Kentucky to two SEC regular-season and tournament championships in 1986 and 1988 and four NCAA Tournament appearances.
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April 30th is the deadline for Kentucky elk hunt quota applications

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 28, 2016) – Hunters interested in entering this year’s elk hunt quota have until midnight (EST) on April 30 to buy applications. Hunters can apply online at the department’s website, fw.ky.gov.

Kentucky residents and non-residents are eligible to apply for four permit types but can only be drawn for one. Each application costs $10.

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LMU Athletics presents the 1st Annual Lincoln Awards

HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Lincoln Memorial University Athletic Department handing out 16 awards at the first-annual Lincoln Awards, which were hosted by social media superstar and former men’s basketball standout Brandon Armstrong (@BdotAdot5) at Duke Hall on Monday night.

The initial Lincoln Awards was unquestionably a success, as the department’s more than 300 student-athletes, coaches and staff members gathered at Duke Hall to celebrate the teams, players and moments that defined the 2015-16 seasons. The student-athletes made their way to the venue in limos and traveled the red carpet to get to their seats, with the red carpet portion of the show broadcast live on the LMU Sports Network. All of those in attendance were then treated to an ESPYs-style awards show that honored the year in Railsplitter sports.

Selected student-athletes presented the awards, while the event was hosted by Brandon Armstrong, better known as the NBA impersonator, and his cohort K.J. Continue reading: LMU Athletics presents the 1st Annual Lincoln Awards

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2016 CATSPY Awards presented at UK

Men’s basketball, men’s soccer, and women’s track and field win Teams of the Year

LEXINGTON, Ky. – UK Athletics presented 38 honors at the 14th annual CATSPY Awards, held Monday in Memorial Coliseum to recognize athletic and academic performances during the 2015-16 year. With co-winners in some categories, a total of five teams and 26 individuals were recognized.

“We were dreaming big when we said we wanted to turn Kentucky into a destination program, one where coaches, students and staff sought to end up,” UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “Before that, UK was a stepping stone. We’ve succeeded in changing that. Today, the best flock here. Today, the best want to stay here. I’m proud of that.”

Headlining the awards this year were men’s basketball, men’s soccer, and women’s track and field, named Male and Female Teams of the Year for their achievements in the previous athletics season.
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Fast start, big finish propels Lady Jacket softball past Bell County

Middlesboro put nine on the board in the first inning at Bell County on Monday and never trailed in a 21-0 win that kept them undefeated in district play. The Lady Jackets improved to 13-4 with the victory, the Lady Cats are now 2-10.

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Union College wins AAC Women’s Track and Field Championship

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by Nicole Felker

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. – After the two-day event Union College women’s track & field team captured its second Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Championship in program history.

The Bulldogs notched the 2016 title edging Tennessee Wesleyan with an overall score of 206, which is the AAC second highest record in points. Tennessee Wesleyan were the runners up with 197 points, while rounding out the rest of the women’s field were Milligan (136), Columbia (55), Bryan (44), Reinhardt (28), St. Andrews (21), SCAD-Atlanta (16), Point (five) and Montreat (two).

The only other time Union won the women’s track championship came in 2010. Continue reading: Union College wins AAC Women’s Track and Field Championship

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Middlesboro’s schedule at the All A State Softball Tournament now set

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The Lady Jackets (action photo shown here from a recent win over Barbourville) will be in Owensboro on April 30th for the All A State Softball Tournament. Photo by Ray Welch

The Lady Jackets will play three games on April 30th in pool play in Owensboro.  The teams with the best records in pool play will advance to a single elimination bracket and continue play for an All A State Softball Championship.

Middlesboro’s April 30th pool play schedule:

10:30AM – vs. Murray

2:00PM – vs. Wolfe County

5:30PM – vs. Campbellsville

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LMU men’s golf rallies in final round to win SAC Golf Championship

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ETOWAH, N.C. — The Railsplitters fired a final-round, two-under par 286 to rally from a two-stroke deficit and win the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Golf Championship on Tuesday at Etowah Valley Country Club in Etowah, North Carolina. With the win, Lincoln Memorial earns the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Southeast/South Super Regional, which is being hosted at Mission Inn Resort & Golf Club in Orlando, Florida May 2-4.

The Railsplitters, who trailed by five strokes after round one and two strokes after round two, posted the lowest 18-hole, SAC Championship round since 2012, when Wingate fired a second-round 284, to win the program’s third SAC title and first since 2013. It marks Lincoln Memorial’s second SAC Championship at Etowah Valley Country Club, where the Railsplitters captured their first-ever conference championship in 2010. Continue reading: LMU men’s golf rallies in final round to win SAC Golf Championship

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Kentucky Afield Outdoors: April is here and the fish are biting

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Nathan Brooks, videographer for the Kentucky Afield television show, holds a 37-inch striped bass he caught from Lake Cumberland. April winds bring good fishing for striped bass, crappie and white bass.                                                           Lee McClellan Associate Editor, Kentucky Afield Magazine KDFWR

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The grass is the deep forest green that only reveals itself in early spring. Keeneland is open and the Kentucky Derby is not far away.

It is April in Kentucky and the fish are biting all over the state.

“I caught a limit of striped bass last Saturday and another on Sunday and did the same the weekend before on Lake Cumberland,” said Joe McWilliams, an avid striped bass angler who has owned a house on the lake for nearly 20 years. “Most of them ran 24 to 26 inches, but my biggest was 30 1/2 inches.”

Stripers ranging in length from 24 to 26 inches weigh roughly 8 to 11 pounds while 30 inchers run about 14 pounds. McWilliams fishes the area from White Oak Creek down lake to Fall Creek most of the time.

McWilliams bottom fishes live alewives or shad he catches in a cast net in the pre-dawn hours to catch striped bass. He has a milk run of sloping banks, channel banks and points and changes locations and depths until he finds fish. Store bought large shiners work for bait as well.

He employs a simple slip rig with a 1/2- to 3/4-ounce egg sinker on the main line above a barrel swivel. He ties a leader of 20-pound monofilament line to the barrel swivel with a 4/0 octopus style hook on the business end.

“I’ve caught smallmouth bass up to 4 pounds recently on this rig as well,” McWilliams said. Stripers are also hitting 1/2-ounce white and blue bucktail jigs worked down channel banks in the lower lake.

Crappie are biting on Taylorsville Lake and other lakes across Kentucky.  “They are catching many limits of crappie,” said David Baker, Central Fisheries District biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “There are many 10- to 11-inch crappie, both whites and blacks.” Continue reading: Kentucky Afield Outdoors: April is here and the fish are biting

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