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By Drew Franklin on ©June 21st, 2017 @ 2:40pm
Evan White has another Gold Glove award to go with his other Gold Glove award.
Now a two-time winner, White was named the Rawlings Sports Collegiate Gold Glove First Basemen for the 2017 season. He took in the prize for the first time around this time last year following the 2016 season.
White is considered one of the most accomplished players in Kentucky baseball history and he recently became the fifth Wildcat to be selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft when the Seattle Mariners picked him at No. 17. He’s also a three-time member of the All-SEC Defensive Team in only three seasons at UK, as well as Second Team All-American and two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member.
Last year, UK Hoops played the second toughest schedule in the country, and this season, Matthew Mitchell isn’t taking his foot off the gas. UK Hoops just unveiled its 2017-18 non-conference schedule, which features seven opponents that finished last season inside the top 100 of the NCAA RPI, four in the top 50. The schedule includes marquee home games against Louisville and California and road trips to Washington State, Baylor, Florida Gulf Coast, Miami (Fla.) and Middle Tennessee.
It all starts with an exhibition game vs. Southern Indiana at Memorial Coliseum on November 5, followed by the season opener vs. Sacramento State on November 10:
For a complete breakdown of UK’s non-conference opponents, head on over to UKAthletics.com.
By Brett Bibbins on ©June 17th, 2017 @ 10:00pm
Future University of Kentucky track runner, and US Olympian, Sydney McLaughlin just made a bunch of girls look like children. Fun fact though, they’re all her age and she dominated them. So much so, that she just set the record for fastest 400m relay split in high school track history with a time of 49.85 seconds. No, not just her high school, a record for any high school track runner ever.
McLaughlin is the one wearing the bright pink shorts that is in second to dead last at the hand off. As the video progresses, watch as she makes up ground in an incredible fashion.
49.85 seconds 😳
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 18, 2017
What makes this video even better is the fan commentary in the background as the guy realizes just how fast Sydney McLaughlin can be. This girl is going to make Kentucky Track and Field a spectator sport in the next few years.
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©June 17th, 2017 @ 1:00pm
Kentucky Track & Field commit Sydney McLaughlin ran a 49.85 400-meter split on the anchor of the Swedish Relay at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals on Friday.
That time is believed to be the fastest one-split by a schoolgirl in track and field history. The previous best split was a 50.78 that was set only byMcLaughlin herself at the Penn Relays in April.
— USATF (@usatf) June 16, 2017
McLaughlin’s relay team finished with a time of 2:05.93, which broke the national record in the Swedish Relay at the event with a time of 2:05.93. The previous record was 2:07.99, which was set by McLaughlin and Union Catholic.
McLaughlin was not done yet. She broke her own national record and world junior record in the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.03. Her previous best was 54.15.
I don’t know about you all, but I’m excited to see her compete at Kentucky.
By Nick Roush on ©June 14th, 2017 @ 8:50pm
Lincoln County’s Emma King announced on Twitter she will attend the University of Kentucky, the first person in Matthew Mitchell’s 2019 recruiting class.
So incredibly thankful to be able to say I'm getting the opportunity to play basketball at the school I've always dreamed of attending. GBB💙 pic.twitter.com/Y9EY3N8GiS
— Emma King (@Emma_King34) June 14, 2017
In King’s sophomore season, the 5’11” wing averaged 17.9 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Patriots, whose season ended in the 12th Region Championship Game. Her AAU coach told Jen Smith Wisconsin, Florida, Dayton and Louisville were also contenders, but Mitchell was wise enough to beginning recruiting King at a very young age.
The Commonwealth continues to produce elite women’s basketball talent and Mitchell is cashing in. He’s building his 2018 recruiting class around Harlan County’s Blair Green, his 2019 class around King and is currently pursuing another Kentucky star in 2020, Ryle’s Maddie Scherk.
By Nick Roush on ©June 12th, 2017 @ 8:55pm
Discover Prestonsburg, the “Star City of Eastern Kentucky”. Whether you’re into outdoor adventure, musical entertainment, theatre, history or science, Prestonsburg has a little something for everyone. Located along U.S. 23, the country music highway, Prestonsburg offers an array of musical entertainment. The Mountain Arts Center is a performing arts venue that hosts the Billie Jean Osborne’s KY Opry. Be mesmerized by the local talent on stage that will leave you understanding why we say, “There’s something in the water”. The KY Opry kicks off June 17. If you’re looking for just a relaxing music evening, checkout some of our local restaurants such as McGuire’s Brickhouse or Lizzie B’s on Friday and Saturday Nights that have local bands performing into the night.
Catch an outdoor theatre show at the Jenny Wiley Theatre this summer. This year’s summer shows will include Tarzan and Madagascar. Shows start June 23 for a magical experience under the stars. For history buffs, educate yourselves at the Battle of Middlecreek, the largest Civil War battle in Eastern KY or tour through the Historic Samuel May House. Explore the East Kentucky Science Center & Varia Planetarium one of the most technologically advanced planetariums in the nation. You also don’t want to miss out on the Hubble Exhibit on display until September.
For the outdoor enthusiast, enjoy Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. The park features plenty of hiking, biking, fishing, birding, boating opportunities and even elk tours during the fall & winter season. Check out our newly created Sugar Camp Mountain Trails that add an additional 26 miles of mountain biking that are like no other in the region. Like Kayaking? Experience our Levisa Fork PaddleFest, the fourth Saturday May – Sept., and kayak up the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River into Paintsville. Of course no trip to Prestonsburg is complete without a trip to StoneCrest Golf Course, whether an avid golfer or just there to take in the views, this reclaimed strip mine is a beauty like no other. Call Prestonsburg Tourism at 800-844-4704 or visit prestonsburgky.org for more information.
The Kentucky/Indiana All-Star Series is Sad
After losing 17 straight games, the Kentucky All-Stars defeated Indiana 111-110 in double overtime. Dozens of people went wild after the victory in Frankfort.
Ding dong the streak is dead! Kentucky 111, Indiana 110 in double overtime. pic.twitter.com/xJ2nOU6VlS
— Josh Moore (@HLpreps) June 11, 2017
Flener Made Golf Digest
Your favorite former KSR Bachelor Recap Writer has taken his fame to a new level. Now a caddie for Stephan Jaeger on the Web.com Tour, the second win of the season (a win that will promote Jaeger to the PGA Tour) caused Aaron Flener to create a celebration worthy of a Golf Digest article.
Following Jaeger’s two-shot victory at the Rust-Oleum Championship, Flener enjoyed a celebratory beverage from the goblet-shaped piece of hardware. Or rather, some celebratory beverages. The dude can chug.
Couldn’t drink out of the last trophy so I had to take advantage of this opportunity. pic.twitter.com/iRGoMYe4sC
— Aaron Flener (@AaronFlener) June 12, 2017
As a person who’s spent time with Flener in Nashville, I agree, the dude can chug.
An Update on Last Chance U‘s Brittany Wagner
Brittany Wagner is back in the business of helping college student-athletes. The breakout star of Netflix’s Last Chance U, which returns for season 2 on July 21, left EMCC for a marketing position at Newk’s Eatery. It didn’t take her long to return to her passion. Her new venture is called 10 Thousand Pencils, a company that will provide counseling and life skills coaching for at-risk student-athletes. From Al.com:
“Wagner said her goal is not to take the place of traditional school counselors and advisors, but to enhance what they are already doing. In the same way a private quarterback coach can help a high school player develop into a college prospect, Wagner hopes her service can take an athlete on the verge of failing many of his classes and help him gain academic eligibility for college.”
END PIG WRESTLING!
Normally WDRB viewers are subjected to Bill Lamb and his Point of View, but today they were treated to a guest editorial from a concerned Harrison County citizen. Ray Wilson is tired of the annual pig wrestling match and he wants the “embarrassment” to be stopped immediately.
Catch Up with a Future Star for UK Hoops
If you listened to today’s radio show, you may have heard Matt mention the talented girls basketball players Eastern Kentucky is producing. His timing was impeccable.
Larry Vaught caught up with Harlan County’s Blair Green, a top 40 player in the 2018 class that averaged 23.1 points and 7.2 rebounds as a junior for the Black Bears. Currently committed to Kentucky, the Miss Basketball favorite said she already has an outstanding relationship with a former Miss Basketball from the mountains, Maci Morris.
“Maci is Maci. She is so much fun and her game is just unbelievable,” Green said. “She surprised a lot of people even from her hometown by coming to Kentucky and starting. I don’t think a lot of people thought she could do that but I know how good she is. When we work out together she helps me and gives me faith in my game.”
This is How You End a Baseball Game, Folks
There are two perfect ways to end baseball games. You can strike out the side, like Sean Hjelle did in the Regional Final against N.C. State, or you can go yard. Wake Forrest’s Ben Breazeale went yard over the giant scoreboard to end the game and send the Super Regional to a third and decisive game three. It doesn’t get much cooler than that.
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 12, 2017
On a semi-related note, the KSR Baseball Podcast will take a week to exhale. Trey and Coach Madison will be back next week to review the historic season and look at the future of Kentucky baseball.
KTR is Back
The Game of Thrones Season 2 review will be on your Kentucky Sports Radio podcast feed before you know it. Keep your eyes peeled. If you’d rather hear us stick to sports, Freddie’s Depth Chart Podcast returns tomorrow night.
The KSR Summer Tour Goes to London
Matt Jones and the KSR Crew will spend the second day of the first leg of the KSR Tour at the Sleep Outfitters in London, Kentucky. Make sure you don’t miss any of the other June stops before Matt takes a brief hiatus in the month of July.
6/12 – Prestonsburg – Stonecrest Golf Course
6/13 – London – Sleep Outfitters
6/14 – Russell Springs – Lawless-Smith True Value
6/15 – Somerset – Ashley Furniture
6/16 – Lexington – Don Franklin Auto on Richmond Road
6/19 – Danville – Dexter Insurance
6/20 – Leitchfield – Future Designs
6/21 – Louisville – Academy Sports on Outer Loop
6/22 – Henderson – Sleep Outfitters
6/23 – Owensboro area – Don Moore Auto
The Hey Kentucky! Casting Call is Saturday
Your chance to make TV magic is here. Come to Fayette Mall this Saturday, June 17th. Registration begins at 10:00 A.M. Once registered, you will be interviewed by a producer. The best of the best will be selected to come back later that evening to try out in front of the esteemed panel of judges.
MUST BE 18 years or older to try out for the competition.
MUST BE a Kentucky Resident.
MUST BRING a valid driver’s license with you.
MUST have fun.
By Brett Bibbins on ©June 11th, 2017 @ 8:00pm
While the Kentucky baseball team may have lost both games in the program’s first ever Super Regional appearance, it is no question that the program is headed in the right direction. First year head coach Nick Mingione has had an incredible effect on the team and the overall morale surrounding the program.
I remember after the UK men’s basketball team won the 2012 National Championship, Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart said that the UK basketball program was built for John Calipari. After seeing what Mingione has done in just one year with the Bat Cats, I’d like to go out on a limb and say that he was built for this program.
Take a look at Mingione’s final statement after yesterday’s loss to Louisville.
— KSTV (@KSTV_Sports) June 10, 2017
A coach who has that much passion about the players on his team and the program in general, is exactly who you want at the helm while the team is on the rise. Pair Mingione’s passion with the most passionate fan base in the country and it is a perfect match.
Starting the petition to sign an extra long contract extension for Mingione very soon.
UK Baseball’s elimination yesterday brought an end to the year for UK Athletics. It was definitely a memorable one. Here is a recap of how all of the teams did this season!
Record: 7-6 (4-4 SEC)
Postseason: Lost to Georgia Tech in Tax Slayer Bowl 33-18
Heck this might be the best moment of the UK Athletics season.
Recap: The season could not have started any worse for Mark Stoops and company. The Cats jumped out to an early lead on Southern Miss with Drew Barker having a monster first half. The second half of the game? Well, you know what happened… the season continued with a big loss to Florida and an embarrassing start to the New Mexico State game. Fans immediately began to call for a change in leadership. To say that the Cats proved them wrong is an understatement. The win over Louisville may go down as the biggest win in program history. It changed everyone’s perception of Mark Stoops and those that were not sold on him are now buying back into the program. While the Cats lost the bowl game, the end result does not mean as much as just being there does. Kentucky not only just making a bowl game, but making one of the caliber of the Tax Slayer Bowl is massive for the program. It really does lead us to ask the question, What’s Next?
Record: 23-8 (15-2 SEC)
Postseason: Lost to Washington 3-0 in 2nd Round of NCAA Tournament
Best Moment: Sweeping Louisville 3-0 at the KFC Yum Center
Recap: UK Volleyball had another impressive season. Craig Skinner’s team finished with 23 wins marking the 9th time in the past 10 years that his team has won at least 20 games. Volleyball players Leah Edmond, Ashley Dusek and Olivia Dailey earned All-America distinction, with Edmond becoming the 11th player in school history to be named to 1st, 2nd or 3rd team All-American. Dusek was also named the SEC Libero of the Year. Next season will bring high expectations for the Cats as they bring in their highest ranked recruiting class in school history.
Record: 11-5-3 (5-3-0 C-USA)
Postseason: Lost to Creighton 3-2 in 2nd Round of NCAA Tournament
Best Moment: Selection Show (Team earned first ever national seed)
Recap: For the first time in team history, the Kentucky soccer team were given a national seed. With this, Kentucky hosted Creighton in the NCAA Tournament. This was the third straight NCAA Tournament bid for the Cats and the fourth in five years. Napo Matsoso was drafted with the 31st pick of the MLS SuperDraft by the New England Revolution. This selection made Matsoso the highest drafted player in program history. He ended his career with the third most assists in school history, and tied for the ninth most goals. Charlie Reyman also signed with Bethlehem Steel FC of the United Soccer League, which has teams in Louisville and Cincinnati.
Record: 5-9-4 (1-7-3 SEC)
Postseason: No Postseason
Best Moment: 2-1 Win over #9 Arkansas
Recap: The season was an obvious disappointment for Kentucky fans. Following their loss to Georgia to close the season, head coach Jon Lipsitz was relieved of his duties as head coach. Following a nationwide search, Mitch Barnhart decided to go in house and hired assistant coach Ian Carry to become the next head coach.
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country
Postseason: Men: 5th in NCAA SE Regional
Women: 3rd in NCAA SE Regional
Best Moment: Katy Kunc finishing 33rd in NCAA Championship
Recap: Cross Country is a sport that doesn’t get nearly the respect it deserves. Both teams had an impressive season. The men’s team finished in 3rd in the SEC which was their best finish since 1992. The women finished 3rd in the region and narrowly missed qualifying as a team for the NCAA Championship. Katy Kunc was still able to represent the team by running a 6K in 20:20.
Men’s and Women’s Golf
Postseason: Men: 7th in NCAA Baton Rouge Region
Women: 16th in NCAA Regional
Best Moment: UK Women winning the Battle of the Bluegrass Tournament
Recap: The UK Men were highlighted by having 3 players finish in the top 20 at the NCAA Regional. Tyler McDaniel led the way for the Cats shooting a +3 over 3 days. The UK Women were led by Isabelle Johansson who finished tied for 22nd place in the region by shooting +9 over 3 days.
Be sure to click the more button to read the remainder of the recap and to vote on the best team and moment of the year!
By Nick Roush on ©June 10th, 2017 @ 8:00pm
The Kentucky women’s track team caught Alabama down the stretch to win the 4×100 relay National Title.
Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Destiny Carter, Kayelle Clarke and Kianna Gray made up the four-person team that finished the race with a 42.51 time. Alabama led all the way until the very end of the race.
— ESPNU (@ESPNU) June 10, 2017
It’s the second individual gold for the Kentucky women’s track team this weekend. Olivia Gruver became the first UK track and field athlete to ever win a National Title in the pole vault, clearing 14-feet, nine inches. The Kentucky Track program now has eight NCAA Outdoor Individual Gold Medals.
Camacho-Quinn added a silver medal in the 100m hurdles. Her 12.58 performance was .01 slower than the winner from UTEP.
Kentucky is in first place overall through ten of 21 events, leading Georgia by eight points. Marie-Josee Ebwea-Bile is the final runner remaining. Currently in second place in the triple jump, if she can medal the Cats could win their first ever team National Title.
The Cats came oh so close to reaching the podium. Edrick Floreal’s team finished fourth overall in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, just three points behind USC.
By Nick Roush on ©June 06th, 2017 @ 1:11am
A Cliff Hagan Stadium record crowd of 5,005 stayed up well past midnight to watch the Kentucky baseball team win the program’s first Regional Championship in head coach Nick Mingione’s first season.
A back-and-forth affair, the Cats took the lead for good in the seventh inning when Kole Cottam’s deep drive to right-centerfield hit the top of the raised wall. The double drove in two RBIs to give UK a 7-5 lead.
JUNE MADNESS. pic.twitter.com/aVb8SwNDj6
— Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) June 6, 2017
After a rough start, a wild fourth inning filled with confrontation peaked when Kentucky’s Marcus Carson doubled down the rightfield line to put two runs on the scoreboard. Connor Heady and Evan White each added an RBI to tie the game at 4-4. The Cats fell behind in the fifth before the explosive seventh inning put Kentucky in the driver’s seat. They topped it off with three insurance runs in the top of the ninth for the 10-5 final score.
Sean Hjelle shut the door on the Wolfpack. Entering with two outs in the sixth inning, the SEC Pitcher of the Year needed only 35 pitches, good for three strikeouts in the bottom of the ninth, to retire the last 10 batters and secure the win.
— Big Blue Insider (@bigblueinsider1) June 6, 2017
Kentucky advances to play in the Super Regional next weekend at Louisville where the winner of the best-of-three series will advance to the College World Seris.
By Nick Roush on ©June 05th, 2017 @ 10:15pm
The biggest stage UK Baseball has ever played on required an intro from the biggest voice from the Commonwealth.
Marlana VanHoose did not disappoint the fans at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Somewhere Drew Franklin is crying.
— KYwildcatsTV (@KYwildcatsTV) June 6, 2017
By Nick Roush on ©June 05th, 2017 @ 8:15pm
If you’re wondering why it’s not yet baseball time in the Bluegrass, blame Mother Nature.
Scheduled to start at 7:04, the grounds crew at The Cliff put rolled out the tarp about 15 minutes ago in preparation for incoming storms. It’s a small line that should pass through the area quickly, but right now it doesn’t look too good out there.
If you’re in the area, take shelter. For the rest of us, remain patient. This should not last too long.
The skies are starting to clear up, but there’s still no official time for the first pitch. Meanwhile, the people in control of the PA system are showing off.
The King, on cue… pic.twitter.com/pxBjS7DZEq
— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) June 5, 2017
While the grounds crew prepares for play, Mitch Barnhart is pitching in by helping dry seats in the stands.
Today has been full of talk about the BatCats. For someone that has covered every UK Baseball game for the last three years, I couldn’t be happier. Now it’s time to look ahead to the game. The build up is over, and now it is time to execute. Coach Mingione made a plea that the people of Lexington would come out to help break another attendance record in tonight’s Regional Championship. But as for Mingione and his team, they will be taking the field in the biggest game in UK Baseball history.
Think that is an exaggeration? It isn’t. Kentucky has never advanced to a Super Regional, much less the College World Series. The closest comparisons would be the 2014 Regional Championship against Louisville or 1988 Regional Championship against Stanford. Waiting for them in the Super Regional will be Louisville for a best of three series. A win tonight would turn the program into an unprecedented direction. Louisville looked beatable towards the end of their season, so they could definitely slip up against UK.
“You look up and you have the greatest fans in the country cheering us on. The fans tonight were phenomenal, they poured into us so much and they helped us out so much. We’re so grateful for them, we hope we get all those people back tomorrow and more.” -Riley Mahan after last night’s game.
Before the Super Regional, UK needs to get past NC State tonight. The BatCats will use a committee of pitchers to get the job done against the Pack. Mingione said that everyone but maybe Zack Thompson will be available tonight. Zach Logue, Logan Salow, Chris Machamer, and perhaps Sean Hjelle will likely see time in the elimination game. NC State is in a little bit of a better spot in terms of pitching. Johnny Piedmonte should be ready to go for the Pack along with a full bullpen behind him. But as UK showed last night, a rested bullpen means nothing if they can’t stop a team from scoring. The BatCats roughed up NC State’s staff last night with eight runs in the first six innings.
For updates, follow @TreyHuntsmanKSR on Twitter. Here is some info for tonight’s game:
First Pitch: 7:00 ET
Television: SEC Network
Radio: Neil Price on iHeart Radio
Two hours from first pitch and the wind is blowing pretty hard in from RF and out toward LF corner. We’ll see if it stays that way.
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) June 5, 2017
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 05th, 2017 @ 5:29pm
Excellent news! The SEC Network just picked up tonight’s game between Kentucky and NC State, which will begin at 7 p.m. ET. Previously, the only way to watch was ESPN3/WatchESPN.com, and I think we can all agree that watching on a bonafide TV channel instead of a stream is a much better option (although it will still be available online if that’s your thing).
If TV’s not your thing either, you can also listen to Neil Price’s call on 630 AM or UKAthletics.com. Or, if you’re able, you can do the best thing and get down to The Cliff to cheer the Cats on in person. General admission tickets are still available.
Stay tuned for Trey Huntsman’s preview, which is coming to this here website in just a bit.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 05th, 2017 @ 4:30pm
With his team taking on NC State tonight for a spot in the Super Regional, today’s a busy day for Nick Mingione, but the first-year head coach made time to come on the radio show this morning. Mingione discussed his team’s big day yesterday, which included wins over Indiana and NC State to force tonight’s Game 7, and his emotional postgame comments about Marcus Carson. The senior centerfielder had four hits between the two games yesterday, including two home runs, and Mingione said his success was especially gratifying given how hard he’s worked this season, both on the field and in the classroom.
“He was just phenomenal. I just told him I couldn’t miss this opportunity to brag about him because in our program, you’ve heard me say this over and over, I evaluate our guys everyday in three different areas: as a student, person, player,” Mingione said. “I’m just so proud of him because his career hasn’t gone the way he wanted the first three years of his baseball career and now here he is, on the biggest stage, just doing awesome and I’m just so proud of him.”
Check out Mignione’s call around the 23-minute mark of hour two, including the latest on UK’s pitching situation. Then, go to Ticketmaster and secure your tickets for tonight’s game (reserved grandstand and outfield decks seats are sold out, but general admission is still available). As Mingione said, the fans really do make a difference.
“I really believe with my heart that the crowd last night got us at least two or three more runs and I believe that was the difference in the game. We got their pitchers in a tough stretch, the fans started cheering, they started throwing balls, they started celebrating. Matt, this is awesome! This has never happened at The Cliff. The warm-up pitcher is throwing balls and our fans are celebrating!”