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WATCH: Southwestern hits buzzer-beater to earn spot in Sweet 16

WATCH: Southwestern hits buzzer-beater to earn spot in Sweet 16

One Kentucky high school team clinched their spot in the Boys’ Sweet 16 in dramatic fashion tonight. Watch below as Southwestern hits a shot at the buzzer to beat Mercer 48-46 in the finals of the 12th Region tournament:

The Sweet 16 bracket is now set:

Games start a week from tomorrow at Rupp Arena. KSR will have complete coverage thanks to Jack Pilgrim and Freddie Maggard.


Today on KSR: Patience is a Virtue

March Madness is finally in full swing, but we must wait for Kentucky to take the postseason court.  After four months of basketball, the wait is the hardest part.  The only logical way to pass time until UK opens SEC play this Friday is to make plans to see the Cats in St. Louis.  Tickets are still available.  To use Mark Stoops’ words, why not?

UK Prepares for the SEC Tournament

As the BBN patiently awaits the start of the SEC Tournament, John Calipari is passing the time with recruiting trips.  Last night Cal was in Hopkinsville to watch KyKy Tandy in the Second Region Championship.  Calipari’s players are preparing for the postseason with midterms.  When they get a break from school to practice, a few of them will speak with the media this afternoon about UK’s road to a fourth straight SEC Tournament Title.

Championship Week Continues

Monday night’s conference title games did not bring the drama.  Iona (MAAC) and UNC-Greensboro (SoCon) both won by double-digits.  With five conference tournament titles on the schedule, that should change tonight.

  • Horizon: Wright State vs. Cleveland State, 7:00 on ESPN
  • NEC: LIU Brooklyn vs. Wagner, 7:00 on ESPN2
  • Colonial: College of Charleston vs. Northeastern, 7:00 on CBSSN
  • West Coast Conference: BYU vs. #6 Gonzaga, 9:00 on ESPN
  • Summit: South Dakota vs. South Dakota State, 9:00 on ESPN2

The ACC Tournament begins today at noon on ESPN2.  Prepare for it with Aaron Torres’ power conference championship week preview.

Tickets Punched to the Sweet 16

KyKy Tandy’s University Heights team earned a spot in the Sweet 16 after his 33-point performance led the Blazers to a Second Region Title.  Trinity defeated Ballard to win the Seventh Region, Corbin defeated South Laurel by one in the 13th Region Final and LCA was one shot away from taking down the 11th Region favorites, Scott County.

Spring Practice No. 2

Kentucky’s 2018 spring practice got off to a rough start.  A collision sent Justin Rigg to the hospital.  The sophomore tight end is expected to be okay and his status will be updated this morning.

Mark Stoops had a lot to say in his 20-minute press conference.  The biggest news he shared all day wasn’t about the quarterbacks, it was about the defensive line.  Josh Paschal is moving inside after an excellent freshman year as a primary pass rusher.

“He’s a guy that’s hard not to play,” Stoops said.  “He needs to be on the field playing for us. He’s definitely one of our best 11. Just because we have some depth at outside backer, you don’t want him sitting there on the sidelines next to me.”

There’s still some things that need to be unpacked from Stoops’ surprisingly lengthy press conference.  You’ll find that, and hear from Terry “Touchdown” Wilson and the rest of the UK offense this afternoon.

Deion, Still Neon

For all the people who wonder how Football Guys can waste hours watching the NFL Combine, it’s for this 48 seconds.

Down Goes Goodman

Twelve hours later, I’m still laughing.

Kentucky Sports Radio begins in one hour.  Don’t miss it, folks.


Danville’s D’Mauriae VanCleave named Kentucky Mr. Football

Danville’s D’Mauriae VanCleave named Kentucky Mr. Football

Congratulations to Danville’s D’Mauriae VanCleave, who was just named 2017 Kentucky Mr. Football by the Associated Press.

The 5’7″ athlete is the first Danville player to ever win the award after leading the Admirals to a state title in 2017. He was named MVP of that game after scoring four touchdowns and intercepting two passes. He finished his senior season with 82 catches for 1,095 yards and 14 touchdowns, along with 762 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 72 carries. He finished his career at Danville with 3,012 receiving yards, 1,317 rushing yards, and 73 total touchdowns, as well as 112 tackles and 16 interceptions on defense.

He is small, but he is FAST, reportedly running a 4.3 forty.

As of now, VanCleave’s only Division I scholarship offer is from Wofford, but UK has talked to him about coming on as a preferred walk-on. Maybe today’s honor will inspire Mark Stoops to keep a spot open for him in the 2018 class?

“I don’t think it’d be a waste of a scholarship,” Danville coach Clay Clevenger told the Herald-Leader’s Josh Moore. “I don’t think it’s something where you’re just throwing it out to somebody. I think he’s somebody, because of his skill set, who could find a way on the field whether it be special teams or in packages or something out.”

From one Admiral to another, congrats, D’Mauriae.


Left: Jobby Howard; Right: Zion Harmon. (Photo: @its_zionharmon)

Zion Harmon part of record-setting game in Columbia last night

Left: Jobby Howard; Right: Zion Harmon. (Photo: @its_zionharmon)

You’re looking at Jobby Howard and Zion Harmon, who combined for 119 points last night in one of the highest-scoring games in Kentucky high school basketball history.

Howard, a 2018 shooting guard, scored 65 points in Caverna’s loss 119-103 to Adair County, which was led by Harmon, who scored 54. Howard’s 65 points came off 21-39 shooting and are the most scored in a single game in Kentucky this season and 16th in KHSSA history. Meanwhile, Harmon, a 2021 UK target who already has offers from Tennessee and Vanderbilt, scored 54 (“and he coulda gone for more”) off 19-32 from the floor and 11-12 from the free-throw line. He also had 12 assists. Highlights from the game are below:

Individually, Howard and Harmon’s performances are impressive; together, they’re astounding. The 222 combined points between both teams are tied for the ninth most in KHSAA history and are the most in a Kentucky high school game this century (!). Afterwards, the two posed for a picture:

Harmon is already well on UK’s radar for the 2021 class, having taken several unofficial visits; is there any chance we can get Howard on the roster as a walk-on next season? We could use some Kentucky boys.


WATCH: Incredible buzzer-beater by Jackson County

WATCH: Incredible buzzer-beater by Jackson County

Everyone loves a good buzzer beater. Today’s comes to us from Jackson County, where Drew Akemon hit this miracle three with one second left to force overtime vs. Whitley County on Tuesday night:

Unbelievable. Jackson County went on to win the game 69-59. I hope somebody treated Akemon to pizza afterwards.


D'Mauriae VanCleave runs for a touchdown in Saturday's 2A State Championships at Kroger Field  (Photo by Addison Coffey/For the Advocate-Messenger)

UK offers three Danville seniors preferred walk-on spots

D’Mauriae VanCleave runs for a touchdown in Saturday’s 2A State Championships at Kroger Field (Photo by Addison Coffey/For the Advocate-Messenger)

A great week just got even better for three Danville High School seniors. After winning the 2A State Championships on Saturday, D’Mauriae VanCleave, Jaleel Warren and Christian Hill were offered preferred walk-on spots at Kentucky, per their assistant coach Darius Baughman.

VanCleave was named MVP of the 2A final after scoring four touchdowns and intercepting two passes. He finished his senior season with 82 catches for 1,095 yards and 14 touchdowns, along with 762 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 72 carries. At 5’8″, he may be small in stature, but he’s FAST:

At 6’3″ 215 lbs., tight end/defensive end Jaleel Warren used all of his height to get this touchdown grab in Saturday’s game:

Jaleel Warren goes up for an 11-yard touchdown (Photo by Addison Coffey/For the Advocate-Messenger)

Hill, a 6’2″ defensive lineman, was also impressive in Saturday’s game, giving Mayfield’s offense fits. He finished the season with 54 tackles.

An undefeated season, a state championship, and the chance to represent their home state at the next level? That’s one hell of a week. Congrats, guys.


Steve Spurrier’s Grandson Leads South Warren Into The Playoffs

The state of Kentucky cannot get rid of the Spurrier family. Gavin, the grandson of Hall of Famer Steve Spurrier and son of WKU Assistant Steve Spurrier Jr., helped South Warren (Bowling Green) to an 8-2 record in his first year as a starter.

Bowling Green is known for having several top-tier teams in the state on a regular basis. South Warren has turned into a perennial contender because of a well-coached defense that produced the likes of Kentucky’s Adrian Middleton. But the offense at SWHS has seen a boost in production this year. In ten games for the Spartans, the junior QB threw for 1,792 yards and 18 touchdowns while running for four touchdowns.

In his first season at SWHS, Spurrier already has the most single-season passing yards in the school’s short history and is second in single-season touchdowns.

It stills remains to be seen if Gavin will receive much attention on the recruiting front, but he has helped South Warren’s offense progress as only a junior. I’m guessing he has some guys in his family that will help him progress over the next year.

Spurrier and South Warren take on Graves County this Friday in the 5A playoffs.

@TreyHuntsmanKSR


Documentary on Cordia High School and Rodrick Rhodes streaming now

Documentary on Cordia High School and Rodrick Rhodes streaming now

Remember us telling you about “Us Against The World,” Uproxx’s documentary series about Rodrick Rhodes and the Cordia High School basketball team? All ten episodes of the docuseries dropped today on Watchable.com and are free to stream.

The documentary tells the story of how Rhodes rebuilt the Cordia High School program with transfers from across the country, which created tension with rival programs in Eastern Kentucky and led to racist acts and hate-mongering. In May 2016, Rhodes was removed as coach after the program was slapped with several KHSAA sanctions for violations ranging from recruiting to providing illegal benefits to players. Earlier that year, Cordia won its first ever All “A” Basketball Championship.

In the opening scene of the first episode, Rhodes recalls a conversation he had with former teammate Jeff Sheppard about taking the job back in 2011 and Sheppard’s initial concerns about the reception Rhodes would receive in Eastern Kentucky. Sheppard eventually reasoned that people would accept Rhodes because he was “blue,” aka a former Kentucky player, but in the documentary, Rhodes said that he found out his friend was right to be worried.

“To be honest with you, I think that wore off. The blue wore off,” Rhodes said.  

All ten episodes are available now for free on Watchable. Drew Franklin will have a review of the series for you tomorrow.


Middlesboro football volunteer arrested after kicking other team’s player in the nuts

Middlesboro football volunteer arrested after kicking other team’s player in the nuts

There are people who enjoy high school sports, and then there are people who take them waaay too seriously. This next guy I’m about to tell you about is definitely the latter.

Wilford R. Shell, 61, is (was?) the equipment manager for the Middlesboro High School football team, and on Friday, he was arrested after he allegedly kicked a player from Clay County in the nuts. According to WYMT, the incident took place after Clay County beat Middlesboro in overtime, 30-29.

Shell was charged with fourth-degree assault with minor injury. He was booked into the Clay County Detention Center Friday night and released Tuesday evening. Something tells me he’s still not over the loss.

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Rodrick Rhodes and Cordia subject of new documentary on racism in high school basketball

Rodrick Rhodes and Cordia subject of new documentary on racism in high school basketball

In 2013, the Cordia High School basketball team and its head coach, former Kentucky Wildcat Rodrick Rhodes, found themselves victims of racism and hate-mongering as they vied for the state title. That story is the subject of a new docuseries by Uproxx entitled “Us Against The World,” which debuts September 19:

The trailer is a little jarring, so here’s some background. Rhodes took the job at Cordia in 2011 and in February 2013, two players on his team, Canadians Emmanuel Owootoah and Marlon King, were tagged in Facebook and Twitter photos depicting a noose and a flag burning. Both were also the subject of “USA!” chants at games, which may seem harmless until you consider the social media posts and that their guardians reported multiple attacks on the boys, including gunshots at their door.

In May 2016, Rhodes was removed as coach after the program was slapped with several KHSAA sanctions for violations ranging from recruiting to providing illegal benefits to players. Earlier that year, Cordia won its first ever All “A” Basketball Championship.

The 10-episode docuseries will debut September 19 on Watchable, a streaming service. Something tells me it will get people talking.


Several Kentucky high school football games rescheduled because of weather

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With the remnants of Hurricane Harvey headed to the Bluegrass, high schools across Kentucky are moving their football games to Thursday night or Saturday to avoid inclement weather. Josh Moore at the Herald-Leader has a complete running list of games that have been rescheduled, including the title town rivalry showdown of Danville vs. Boyle County. Here are a few of the marquee games that have been moved:

Moved to Thursday night

Bath County at Powell County 7:30 p.m.
Boyle County at Danville 7 p.m.
Bullitt Central at Southern 7 p.m.
Bullitt East at Spencer County 7:30 p.m.
Clark County at Paul Laurence Dunbar 7:30 p.m.
Doss at Male 7:30 p.m.
Fairview at Nicholas County 7 p.m.
Franklin County at Woodford County TBD
Highlands at Scott County 7:30 p.m.
Johnson Central at Henry Clay 7:30 p.m.
Louisville Holy Cross at DeSales 7 p.m.
Nelson County at Fairdale 7 p.m.
North Bullitt at Jeffersontown 7 p.m.
North Oldham at Waggener 7:30 p.m.
Pendleton County at Bracken County 7 p.m.
Russell County at Casey County 7 p.m.
Union County at Webster County 6:30 p.m.

Moved to Saturday

Archbishop Moeller (Ohio) at Trinity 1 p.m.
Bourbon County at Madison Southern 8 p.m.
Madison Central vs. Southwestern at Madison Southern 5:30 p.m.
North College Hill (Ohio) at Frankfort Noon
St. Xavier at Bowling Green Noon

For a complete list, head on over to the Herald-Leader.