By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 20th, 2019 @ 12:00pm
The Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame inducted six new members last night, with three of them being former University of Kentucky legends.
The Wildcats included? Former Kentucky basketball star Derek Anderson, UK football trailblazer Nate Northington, and Kentucky radio legend Ralph Hacker.
The 42nd KSOF class was officially introduced last night, with former Louisville football star Deion Branch, KSU legend William Exum, and U.S. Olympian Willis Augustus Lee.
Here were the former Wildcats last night:
— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) August 19, 2019
Anderson, a Louisville native, won a national championship at Kentucky in 1996 before playing in the NBA for 11 years, winning a title with the Miami Heat in 2006.
Northington was an all-state high school football player before playing at Kentucky, where he became the first African-American ever to play in an SEC football game.
To round out the UK representatives, Hacker was a long-time radio color analyst and did play-by-play for the University of Kentucky.
Congratulations to the former Wildcats for their impressive achievement!
A huge weekend for the state of Kentucky in the golf world, as Justin Thomas just took home first place at the BMW Championship, following amateur John Augenstein’s runner up performance in the US Amateur Championship.
The Louisville, Kentucky native birdied the 18th hole at the penultimate event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs at Medinah Country Club in Illinois to cement a three-stroke lead and the victory. Today’s win was Thomas’ 10th career PGA Tour victory and he’ll enter the Tour Championship as the top player in the FedEx Cup standings.
Here’s a look at some of Thomas’ highlights from his final round in Medinah.
An awesome victory for Thomas as he continues to prove he’s one of the best golfers in the world.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 18, 2019
By Brett Bibbins on ©August 18th, 2019 @ 8:00pm
Owensboro, Kentucky native, John Augenstein, finished second overall in the United States Amateur Championship earlier today. The 21-year-old put up a valiant effort, before falling two holes behind with only one hole to play, conceding the first place trophy to Andy Ogletree.
— USGA (@USGA) August 18, 2019
While not winning it all will certainly sting for him, it isn’t all bad for Augenstein today. With his second-place finish, Augenstein gets an automatic qualifying bid to play in the 2020 Masters and the 2020 US Open.
Here’s what Augenstein had to say about getting a bid to play for the green jacket at Augusta.
"Being able to be mentioned in the same sentence as @TigerWoods is something that would be really, really cool."
— FOX Sports: Golf (@GolfonFOX) August 18, 2019
On top of qualifying for two of the biggest golf tournaments in the world, Augenstein was also named as a 2019 Walker Cup Selection. The Walker Cup is essentially the amateur version of the Ryder Cup, as ten amateurs from the United States go up against a team of ten amateurs from Great Britain and Ireland.
The 10 players representing the United States in the 2019 Walker Cup Match are:
Brandon Wu pic.twitter.com/DYuQ9GHWzK
— USGA (@USGA) August 18, 2019
Augenstein is a rising senior at Vanderbilt and his play this weekend will certainly be a huge stepping stone in his career. Congratulations to John for representing his home state on the national stage and making Kentucky proud!
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 17th, 2019 @ 5:15pm
Bowling Green’s Little League World Series dreams have unfortunately come to an end.
Following the team’s 6-1 loss to New England this afternoon, Bowling Green East has been eliminated from contention.
Bowling Green – who turned into Great Lakes for the LLWS – managed just two hits on the day, while New England ended game with eight total, led by three from Lucas Tanous.
New England’s Owen Pfeffer pitched a complete game, finishing with seven strikeouts, two hits, two walks, and zero earned runs.
As for Great Lakes, Jameson Napper and Luke Idlett made up the team’s two hits on the day.
Kentucky made its 10th LLWS appearance overall and its first since 2016, with the state’s record now moving to 14-20 all time in the event. Bowling Green East made its third trip to Williamsport, with all three of them coming in the past five years alone. Led by manager Rick Kelley, Bowling Green won two games in both 2015 and 2016.
The team had been a perfect 14-0 going into the weekend, including a 3-0 finish at Regionals.
Great Lakes lost on Friday afternoon to Minnesota in the double-elimination event.
By Nick Roush on ©August 10th, 2019 @ 7:34pm
The Little League World Series will feature some of Kentucky’s finest.
Bowling Green East defeated River Forest, Illinois 15-6 in the Great Lakes Regional Final to advance to big dance in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Bowling Green East will try to become the first team from Kentucky to claim a World Championship since Louisville’s Valley Sports brought home a title in 2002. The action begins this Thursday on ESPN.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 01st, 2019 @ 6:00pm
By now, you’ve probably heard about the natural gas pipeline explosion that happened early this morning in Lincoln County. The explosion killed a 58-year-old woman, injured at least five, and destroyed five residences in the Indian Camp Trailer Park in Moreland near the Boyle County line. If you haven’t seen the pictures and videos yet, stop what you’re doing and take a look:
— Alex Slitz (@AlexSlitzPhoto) August 1, 2019
— ABC News (@ABC) August 1, 2019
WATCH: The man who took this video, Levi Benedict, said the deadly gas line explosion in Kentucky nearly blew out the windows of his house.
At least one person is dead: https://t.co/WzVwxMb35H pic.twitter.com/nKnGUx7zaW
— ABC 13 News – WSET (@ABC13News) August 1, 2019
NEW: These pictures are from a hazmat team on scene of the pipeline explosion in Lincoln County. You can see that massive pipeline in the pictures. Pure devastation.
This drone footage of the destruction from the Herald-Leader is chilling:
The fire was so intense it even showed up on the National Weather Service’s satellite:
— NWS Louisville (@NWSLouisville) August 1, 2019
The National Transportation Safety Board has taken over the investigation. Thank goodness more people weren’t hurt.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 31st, 2019 @ 1:00pm
There was some gun play at Mammoth Cave National Park over the weekend and the elusive Big Foot may be at the heart of it.
According to WBKO News out of Bowling Green, a couple was camping at the park, like people do, when their quiet time was interrupted by a stranger who claimed something had destroyed their campsite. One of the campers told WBKO the stranger warned the couple that they were in Big Foot County, “which seemed a little weird that he would say that.” He assured them they would be okay, though, because he was packing heat. All they needed to do was shout and he would protect them, he said.
Moments later, when the couple was back in their tent, gun shots rang out in the park. The couple called 9-1-1 and got the heck out of there by hiking five miles to safety.
It is unclear if the gunshots came from the strange man who approached the couple; it is also unclear if he shot Big Foot.
The investigation is still ongoing.
If you’ve ever been around UK’s campus, you’ve seen the Blue Arby’s on Limestone across from campus. Built in 1994, the building has stood as an homage to the Wildcats, bucking the traditional Arby’s red for Kentucky blue…until now.
The Herald-Leader is reporting that the Blue Arby’s has closed, the second location to shutter its doors this year. Don’t worry; there are still nine Arby’s across Lexington, so plenty of places to get your curly fry fix. Given all the changes happening around Kentucky’s campus, it’s not really that surprising, and I don’t think I ever ate there, but looking at the pictures on the Herald-Leader’s website still made me a little sad.
A Big Blue landmark restaurant is gone as more changes come to campus-area corridor https://t.co/kif6OJVhTl
— Janet Patton (@janetpattonhl) July 30, 2019
Change happens, right?
By Nick Roush on ©July 27th, 2019 @ 4:00pm
In the heat of the July summer, few things are more satisfying than a delicious ice cream cone. The flavor of choice for each individual is debatable. The most common selection for Kentuckians is from out of left field (kind of).
To honor National Ice Cream month across America, the payment company Square compiled data to learn each state’s favorite ice cream. Kentucky’s favorite flavor is not what you would call a traditional flavor. Instead, we stick to what we do best: bourbon.
This is more proof that Kentuckians will consume bourbon-flavored anything. Now if they could just find a way to make it into the soft serve machines at Rupp Arena…
By Nick Roush on ©July 26th, 2019 @ 12:00pm
Three of the best players to ever suit up for the University of Kentucky are collaborating to promote the movement to bring the NBA to Louisville.
Dan Issel, Jack Givens and Kenny Walker — the only three men’s basketball players to ever score more than 2,000 points in a UK uniform — will be signing bourbon bottles Saturday, July 27 at the Liquor Barn in Hamburg from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
The legendary trio is signing bottles of Yellowstone 18 from Limestone Distillery. The 100 proof single barrel bourbon whiskey is a limited release that promotes the NBA2Lou movement. If you can’t attend the event but would love to join the grassroots movement, get involved by becoming an ambassador at NBA2Lou.com.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 25th, 2019 @ 4:30pm
In January, two men stole 28 cases of beer from a restaurant in Louisville. Yesterday, police finally arrested one of them. And he was wearing a Kentucky shirt.
Ernest Richardson Jr., a 49-year-old man and apparent member of Big Blue Nation, was taken into custody yesterday for his part in the heist. He and his partner in crime were caught on camera breaking into the beer fridge outside El Nopal on Dixie Highway around 5 a.m. on a Saturday and stealing the 28 cases, which are valued at approximately $1,000.
Richardson faces charges of burglary (3rd Degree), possession of burglary tools, criminal mischief (3rd Degree), criminal trespass (2nd degree), and Theft by unlawful taking (TBUT).
I hope the party was worth it.
By Nick Roush on ©July 22nd, 2019 @ 11:00pm
Kentucky’s campus has quickly outgrown itself.
After investing millions of dollars into revitalizing campus with a new student center, science building and state of the art dormitories, UK is running out of room to house students. There are more than 5,240 freshmen currently enrolled for fall semester classes and a record 2,425 students returning to on-campus housing, leaving UK housing with at least 500 overbooked room assignments.
UK spokesperson Jay Blanton told LEX-18 the problem is only temporary.
“The value of a University of Kentucky degree is exemplified by our record first-year enrollment and record retention rates. More students, both first-year and returning, want to live in our on-campus housing because we know that decision results in higher grade point averages and great academic success. The result is a temporary capacity issue. With student success as our core value, our residence life and housing staff are developing solutions in partnership with our resident advisers. We will communicate a more specific plan this week and will be communicating directly with students and parents. We will honor our obligations and ensure that UK students who have a fall 2019 housing application to live on campus will receive an assignment.”
While UK works to find a permanent solution for each student before the beginning of the fall semester, they’re converting other residence hall rooms into dorms. Some study rooms and single rooms for resident advisors (RAs) are transforming into two-person dorm rooms. Those who will not receive the expected room accommodations will save just under $800 a semester and receive an additional $200 in flex money to spend on campus dining.
You’ll never believe this, but it’s made some prospective students BIG MAD.
More than 2,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org, “Kentucky’s RA’s Demand Better.” One disgruntled student has created an Instagram page titled, “uk_housing_sucks.” This page has filed 17 grievances with UK’s Housing authority. The images of the living conditions will haunt parents who are forced to send their child to live in such a desolate environment.
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If you could not sniff that sarcasm, you probably didn’t live in the Kirwin-Blanding Complex, Haggin-Donovan or the old North Campus complex that did not have air-conditioning.
The new dorms are immaculate. It’s a shame not every person will get to experience them right away. For those who drew the short straw, consider it the first (and likely the easiest) life lesson you’ll learn in college.
By Ty Schadt on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 3:00pm
It’s a competitive Sunday out at Keene Trace, where the Barbasol Championship is up for grabs in what is shaping up to be a fun finish. The championship’s $3.5 million purse will send some home a little bit richer, and the event’s standing within the PGA Tour will help some golfers gain FedEx Cup points.
But the impact that cannot be measured is what will happen in Kentucky as a result of the Tour event.
Everything starts with the Barbasol’s tagline: “Caddie 1:27, No one should walk alone.”
“The caddie is real easy — it’s about golf,” said Keene Trace owner Evan Mossbarger. “[James] 1:27 is the verse in the Bible we have adopted for our mission. It talks about [how] we should take care of the orphans and widows in distress.”
To accomplish this goal, the Barbasol Championship has partnered with five local organizations, pledging to donate revenue from the tournament to their respective causes. The groups involved include All God’s Children, Kentucky’s Children Hospital, Woodhill Community Center, Make-A-Wish and Refuge for Women.
“Everyone needs a caddie or someone to walk with,” said Bryan Pettigrew, the Barbasol’s tournament director. “All the funds we raise this year are for these Kentucky-based organizations.”
While every partnered organization is located in Kentucky, each has a different story. Some were locally founded and have stayed small while others are local branches of national organizations.
Only one began in the Bluegrass and expanded across the nation.
Conversely to the PGA Tour, a national entity which found its way to the Bluegrass last year, Refuge for Women began in Garrard County ten years ago and now has five national locations.
The faith-based non-profit provides long-term care for women who have escaped human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
“Continuing to raise the awareness of human trafficking is going to be such a huge blessing,” said Ked Frank, Refuge for Women’s President.
The organization’s services include a 9-12 month program, which includes three phases: healing, job prep and employment.
It has centers in central Kentucky, Chicago, northern Texas, Ohio Valley and southern Nevada, and plans to build three additional long-term houses by 2020 — one in southern California, one in Kansas and one on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
Despite being a national organization, the prospect of the Barbasol Championship raising awareness to the issue on a local level excites Frank.
“Sometimes we think it’s [sex trafficking] in L.A, it’s in New York, it’s in Europe, but then, we’re out talking to high school students as part of our prevention program, and we’re telling them there are 45 open cases for trafficking in the state of Kentucky alone,” said Frank.
According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline’s website, 71 human trafficking cases were reported in Kentucky last year, 55 of which were sex-related cases.
Given Refuge for Women’s planned expansion, Frank believes the Barbasol partnership came at an ideal time. Along with the new long-term houses, it is purchasing a 50-acre lot in the Bluegrass to add an emergency resource by the fall of 2019.
“We’re in the process of opening an emergency house that’s going to be in conjunction with Kentucky State Police,” said Frank. “They can arrest somebody, and within four hours, [the victim] can be on our farm, in our emergency house.”
Along with raising awareness of human trafficking, Frank hopes the tournament brings volunteers to the organization, as well as service projects.
“My hope is that there are some projects that we can work on together,” said Frank. “They’re going ‘Hey, we want to get to know the individuals who are coming through your program so that when there’s victories or lives being changed, we can celebrate those.’”
Frank’s mindset reflects Mossbarger’s outlook for the Barbasol Championship. During the press conference, Keene Trace’s owner said he wants the tournament to be a caddie to the community, much like “Jesus is our caddie.”
“The golf tournament is really a vehicle to strengthen our community,” said Mossbarger.
A strong community is aware of what its issues are, and Refuge for Women and the PGA Tour are determined to shine a light.
“One of the fun things about this event is how much it gives back to charity,” said Pettigrew. “[The PGA Tour] gives $190 million back every year, and we hope to grow that here in Kentucky.”
Catch the rest of the action on TV today at 4 p.m. on the Golf Channel. Learn more about Refuge for Women here.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 18th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
The “Best Looking Cruiser Contest” contest is back and the Kentucky State Police needs your votes so it can win the title for the second year in a row.
The KSP won last year’s title for best looking whip by edging out the fine men and women of the Georgia State Police in a Facebook poll. Kentucky had 29.9k likes to Georgia’s 29k likes, a narrow victory for the Bluegrass.
This year, the poll moved to its own website where you can see all 50 cruisers and place your vote for your favorite at the bottom of the page.
Do so right here. It is very important and maybe it will get you out of a ticket one day, should you ever find yourself on the wrong side of the law (which you shouldn’t).
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 17th, 2019 @ 1:00pm
Does the KSR curse carry over to seismic activities?
This morning, a 3.0 magnitude earthquake was reported along the Kentucky/Tennessee border near, of all towns, Middlesboro, the site of yesterday’s radio show. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake happened at 11:23 a.m. about six miles west of New Tazewell, Tennessee, which is approximately 12.5 miles south of Middlesboro, Matt’s hometown.
— Chris Bailey (@Kentuckyweather) July 17, 2019
Apparently, you’ll only notice a 3.0 magnitude earthquake if you’re sitting still or lying down. Hanging objects may sway a little. If you did feel something, you can report it here.
Even the ground’s got something to say about Matt potentially running for office.
A section of I-65 in Louisville shut down this morning due to runaway pigs on the I-64/I-71 ramp.
Yes, runaway pigs.
A semi carrying a load of pigs overturned, sending the adorable little animals into traffic. The interstate had to be closed in that area to round them all up. You can catch a glimpse of the scene in this screen grab from a TRIMARC camera, via Wave 3 News.
If you were one of the many who were late for work due to the spill, how in the world did you explain that one to the boss?
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©July 14th, 2019 @ 11:00am
University of Kentucky graduate Steve Flesch will play in the PGA Barbasol Championship Champions at Keene Trace Golf Club.
A total of 132 golfers was announced on Friday, which includes John Daly.
Flesch played at Kentucky from 1986 through 1990. While at Kentucky he was a two-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and named to the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame.
Flesch turned pro 1990 and has won more than $17 million as a professional. He has four PGA victories; the 2003 HP Classic of New Orleans, the 2004 Bank of America Colonial, the 2007 Reno-Tahoe Open and the 2007 Turning Stone Resort Championship.
By Nick Roush on ©July 13th, 2019 @ 11:00am
Unfortunately, Jared Lorenzen’s likeness was not doing victorious donuts at Kentucky Speedway after the Alsco 300.
B.J. McLeod donned a Jared Lorenzen Memorial Fund decal during Friday night’s Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Starting from pole position No. 24, McLeod could not make the climb to the top, ultimately finishing No. 20. The race was won by Cole Custer, No. 00’s fifth Xfinity victory of the year.
Even though we did not get to celebrate a Lorenzen victory last night, Jared’s giving us a few reasons to cheer at KSBar and Grille. His classic games will be airing all weekend long, with 22% of sales going directly to the Jared Lorenzen Memorial Fund. After 48 hours online, more than $56,000 has been raised, and that does not include donations made in-person.
The Big Blue Nation’s generosity never ceases to surprise.
By Nick Roush on ©July 12th, 2019 @ 11:00am
One Kentuckian is returning home from Spain with a scar and a story to tell.
Aaron Froelicher, a 23-year old from Florence, and his brother Andrew attended the annual festival of San Fermin to run with bulls through the streets of Pamplona, Spain. One beast took Aaron by surprise. He thought the group of bulls had passed him by, but he was wrong.
“I ain’t never been hit by a 2,000-pound bull so I guess I learned my lesson there,” Froelicher told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The bull’s horn dug six inches into Aaron’s hamstring, lifted him off his feet and threw him into the air. He landed on his head and was immediately knocked unconscious. Aaron’s wounds are not life-threatening. The trip to the hospital only delayed their return back to the states for two days.
Aaron dropped another line to the Enquirer that is an all-timer: “You never you really plan for something like this to happen.” Well, when you’re running alongside a bunch of 2,000-pound bulls, that’s a likely outcome.
By Nick Roush on ©July 12th, 2019 @ 10:30am
The most electric golfer in the world is officially coming to the Bluegrass.
Daly initially planned on playing in The Open at Royal Torbrush. His osteoarthritis has forced him to play in a golf cart on the PGA Tour, but the R&A isn’t so lenient. Once they ruled the winner of the 1995 Open Championship could not bring cart onto the Northern Ireland course, and after he suffered another medical setback, Daly withdrew from the tournament.
Daly can use the golf cart at Keene Trace. Golf.com reports he’s been granted a sponsor’s exemption to play in Barbasol Championship next weekend in Nicholasville, Ky. The colorful two-time major champion swings a big stick and packs some powerful pipes.
Daly has a tradition unlike any other at The Masters. Each year he sets up at the Hooters’ parking lot to sell merchandise. Let’s bring that party to the parking lot outside of KSBar and Grille next weekend.