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Winners from The Catspy Awards

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Monday night was a celebration of the year that was in UK Athletics.

Laura Rutledge and Marcus Spears hosted The Catspy Awards at Memorial Coliseum where UK’s best and brightest were honored.

C.J. Conrad received one of the top honors, Mr. Wildcat. Conrad also earned the Community Service Award for “Tuesdays with C.J.” Two earned the title Miss Wildcat, softball’s Katie Reed and swimming and diving’s Asia Seidt. Josh Paschal won the “Heart of a Wildcat,” while four teams split the top spot for Elite Team: football, volleyball, men’s soccer and women’s track and field.

A complete list of awards:

Academic Team of the Year

Men’s Golf
Women’s Swimming and Diving

Female Rookie of the Year

Rhyne Howard, Women’s Basketball

Male Rookie of the Year

Jason Reyes, Soccer
Terry Wilson, Football
Will Shaner, Rifle
Danny Zhang, Swimming and Diving
Keldon Johnson, Men’s Basketball
Tyler Herro, Men’s Basketball
Dwight St. Hillaire, Track and Field

Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Marshall Gei, Baseball
Blake Best, Football
Miles Butler, Football

Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Katie Reed, Softball

Community Service Award

C.J. Conrad, Football
Morgan Duerr, Rifle

Supporting Role

Merideth Jewell, Volleyball
David Bouvier, Football
Reid Travis, Men’s Basketball
Katie Stuart, Gymnastics

Scratch Award

Cole Guindon, Men’s Soccer
McKenzie Watson, Volleyball

Blue Heart Award

Aimé Mabika, Men’s Soccer
Ogechi Anyagaligbo, Women’s Basketball

Legacy Award

Katie Reed, Softball
Abbey Cheek, Softball
Maci Morris, Women’s Basketball
Taylor Murray, Women’s Basketball
Josh Allen, Football
Benny Snell Jr., Football
Sidney Dukes, Gymnastics
Alex Hyland, Gymnastics
Katrina Coca, Gymnastics
Danaea Davis, Gymnastics
Aubree Rosa, Gymnastics
Katie Stuart, Gymnastics
Asia Seidt, Women’s Swimming and Diving
Sydney McLaughlin, Women’s Track and Field
Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Women’s Track and Field
Marie-Josée Ebwea-Bile Excel, Women’s Track and Field
Tim Duckworth, Men’s Track and Field
Daniel Roberts, Men’s Track and Field
JJ Williams, Men’s Soccer
Leah Edmond, Volleyball
Madison Lilley, Volleyball
Leonie Bettel, Women’s Golf

Bill Keightley Assist Award

Randy Gregory, Men’s Basketball

Heart of a Wildcat

Josh Paschal, Football

Elite Team Award

Men’s Soccer
Women’s Track and Field

Mr. Wildcat

C.J. Conrad

Miss Wildcat

Katie Reed
Asia Seidt

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DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Woodson and A’dia Mathies Headline 2019 UK Athletics Hall of Fame Class


The 2019 UK Athletics Hall of Fame class features stars that took the program to new heights. DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Woodson and A’dia Mathies headline the six-person class.

Cousins will be John Calipari’s third player inducted into the Hall of Fame, following John Wall and Anthony Davis. Before he was selected fifth overall in the NBA Draft, Boogie was a consensus All-American who averaged 15.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.

In Woodson’s final two seasons as Kentucky’s quarterback, he led the team to a pair of eight-win seasons and back-to-back Music City Bowl victories. Six of those wins were fourth quarter/overtime comebacks. Woodson completed his career with two NCAA records, four SEC records and three UK records.

Only one other UK women’s basketball player scored more career points than A’dia Mathies. The Louisville native scored 2,014 points and is UK’s all-time leader in steals (320), games played (140) and started (139). The Cats advanced to four Sweet 16s and three Elite Eights with Mathies running the show between 2010-13.

Hall of Fame Weekend is set for September 13-14 when the football team hosts the Florida Gators. A look at the rest of the 2019 UK Athletics Hall of Fame class:

Henri Junghanel, Rifle, 2010-13

Olympic gold medalist, World Shooter of the Year, four-time All-American and the leading shooter on UK’s 2011 national champion rifle team … Led UK in shooting average for both air rifle and smallbore during the 2011 national champion campaign … Earned All-America distinction all four years as a Wildcat … Named World Shooter of the Year for 2013, his senior season … Won the gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 50-meter prone event … Broke the Olympics finals record with a score of 209.5 … Also holds the 50-meter prone world record with a score of 211.2 points … Graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Vic Nelson, Cross Country/Indoor Track/Outdoor Track, 1968-71

Won seven SEC individual championships, at least one in each cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track … Swept the SEC outdoor three-mile crown all four years as a Wildcat, first male athlete in SEC history to win an event four consecutive years … Won the individual SEC cross country championship in 1969 and helped UK to the 1970 SEC team title … Claimed the SEC indoor two-mile run in 1970 and 1971 … Advanced to eight NCAA Championships, participating in a total of 11 events … 1971 UK Athlete of the Year  by the K Association … Won an NCAA post-graduate scholarship … Currently a professor and assistant head of the electrical and computer engineering department at Auburn … Has been a track meet official at Auburn since 1979.

Don Weber, Track and Field/Cross Country; Athlete 1968-72; Assistant Coach 1978-83; Head Coach 1984-2012

Spent 34 years on UK staff, including 28 as head coach of track and field and cross country … National Coach of the Year in 1988 when women’s cross country won the national championship … Athletes he coached earned 10 individual NCAA championships, 225 All-America honors, 92 SEC individual titles … Weber’s athletes also won Academic All-America nine times … A champion track and cross country athlete at UK from 1968-72 … SEC cross country title team member in 1970, which led to All-SEC honors … Also received All-SEC honors in indoor track from 1968-72 … SEC 1,000-yard champion in 1972, establishing a then-SEC record 2:10.20 … Two-time SEC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year … SEC Women’s Coach of the Year three times.


Hey Kentucky goes One on One with James Comer

Hey Kentucky goes One on One with James Comer

Matt Jones hosted Kentucky Congressman Jamie Comer on Monday night’s Hey Kentucky. In an eight-minute discussion the two talked about the latest political developments from Washington D.C., from the Mueller report to the problems with partisanship.

Congressman Comer and Matt Jones talked about a lot more than politics. Click here to see tonight’s entire episode.

NFL Visits: Wildcats meeting with teams ahead of draft

With the NFL draft right around the corner, several of Kentucky’s NFL hopefuls are bouncing around the country to visit with potential employers.

Josh Allen will spend Monday and Tuesday in Oakland with the Raiders organization, according to Adam Schefter. Many mock drafts have Allen going to Oakland with the fourth overall pick in next week’s draft, so he could be getting a taste of what life will be like in the very near future (until the team moves in 2020).

Mike Edwards spent Monday morning in Cincinnati with the Bengals and then popped up in New Jersey for a meeting with the Giants. Edwards, a third/fourth-round projection, was born and raised in Cincinnati and my guess is he would love to keep living near Skyline Chili.

Edwards’ former teammate in the secondary, Lonnie Johnson, met with the Titans in Nashville on Monday. He too is looking at a third or fourth round pick.

Then there is Bunchy Stallings in Denver with the Broncos. Stallings will likely have to wait until after the draft to sign with a team as a free agent.

The draft begins next Thursday, April 25, in Nashville.

Newly engaged couple explains UK spring game proposal

Newly engaged couple explains UK spring game proposal

One of the most talked about moments from UK’s Blue-White game didn’t come from Lynn Bowden or Terry Wilson or AJ Rose or anyone else in a football uniform. It came from Todd Spurling and Courtney Cox, a couple from Campbellsville, Ky., who got engaged before the start of the fourth quarter.

And it appeared to go really, really, really wrong.

From the stands (and even on television, I’m told) it looked like Courtney wanted no part in Todd’s proposal as she walked away soon after he popped the question. There was a collective gasp from many of the 16,000-plus fans in attendance, myself included, because things looked a little rocky as the newly engaged lovebirds left the field.

Turns out, Courtney was just overwhelmed by the situation and didn’t want to cry in front of everyone at Kroger Field, her first time there. Todd called in to Monday’s show to let us know it all went well and that Courtney even said it was “perfect” and a “dream proposal.”

Listen to Todd explain his big evening:

Later in the show, Courtney called in to confirm it was the happiest moment of her life and those were tears of joy:

Lynn Bowden played a secondary role in the engagement. He presented Courtney with an autographed football that read, “Courtney – will you marry him?”

It’s good to know it all went well and they plan to marry next year.