The Kentucky High School Football State Championships start today in Bowling Green, and on Sunday, my Danville Admirals will take on Christian Academy Centurions from Louisville in the Class 2A Game. Danville’s got a storied football history — 10 state titles over three classifications — but this is the Ads’ first championship game appearance in ten years, and if they win, their first title in thirteen. In his third year as head coach, Clay Clevenger has restored the Danville program to its former glory, and my Admiral pride is nearing its high school levels, which is saying something. My freshmen, junior, and senior years, Danville went to State, and my friends and I were on the sidelines at the old Cardinal Stadium cheering them on. Junior year we made some people blush:
1. The rest of the State Championship schedule for this weekend
Class 1A, Beechwood vs. Hazard, Friday, 12/2, 7:00 p.m. CT
Class 3A, Central vs. Belfry, Saturday, 12/3, 5:00 p.m. CT
Class 6A, Trinity (Louisville) vs. Lafayette, Saturday, 12/3, 8:00 p.m. CT
Class 2A, Christian Academy-Louisville vs. Danville, Sunday, 12/4, 12:30 p.m. CT
Class 4A, Franklin-Simpson vs. Johnson Central, Sunday, 12/4, 3:45 p.m. CT
Class 5A, Bowling Green vs. Pulaski County, Sunday, 12/4, 7:00 p.m. CT
2. The UCLA game is tomorrow
…Which means today will be mostly game prep around these parts, with a little bowl chatter and Louisville trolling sprinkled in for good measure. The line for the game hasn’t been released yet, but I’d imagine it’ll open somewhere around 12 points. We’ll find out later today.
3. John Calipari and select players will address the media after lunch
Check the site around 2:30 p.m. for a live stream and after that for a full recap of Calipari’s remarks. If you missed it yesterday, Calipari bought each player a bottle of hand sanitizer because people have been getting sick, so hopefully “people” means people around campus and not our beloved Wildcats.
4. Shai Alexander balled out on national TV last night
The future Cat had 20 points and almost 10 assists in Hamilton Height’s 72-64 win over Memphis East. Alexander has been a bit of a mystery, so last night was a good opportunity to get to know him, and I like what I see from his highlights, particularly in terms of speed and control:
SGA just went by FOUR guys, up and under to take an 8-point lead with a minute to play pic.twitter.com/ip9LSRPoNI
– Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) December 2, 2016
Scurrrrrrrt!!!! Shai’s doing em dirty pic.twitter.com/scgu0SGymA
– Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) December 2, 2016
Plenty more where that came from in Nick’s recap from last night, so click here to get to know one of your future point guards. Alexander plays in the Marshall County Hoop Fest tonight.
5. The TaxSlayer Bowl still appears to be Kentucky’s destination
Larry Vaught went as far to call it a “done deal” last night on Twitter, so do yourself a favor and start looking for tickets and hotel rooms in Jacksonville. We’ll officially know Sunday night, and, of course, we’ll still bring you all the chatter from the interwebs until then.
6. UK Hoops put a hurtin’ on #12 Oklahoma
Matthew Mitchell’s squad looked really, really good in their win over the #12 Sooners last night at Memorial Coliseum, winning 82-68. Makayla Epps had 30 points, her fourth 30-point game of her career, followed by Maci Morris, who had a career-high 19 points and eight rebounds. Some highlights:
UK signee Quade Green was watching:
Kentucky girls taking this W tonight ðŸ‘ðŸ½ðŸ‘ðŸ½ðŸ‘ðŸ½ðŸ‘ðŸ½ðŸ‘ðŸ½ðŸ‘ðŸ½ðŸ‘ðŸ½
— LiL AI (@Q_Green1) December 2, 2016
The ladies play at Louisville on Sunday. Speaking of the Cards, their coach Jeff Walz had a bit of a meltdown in his press conference last night:
– cn|2 Sports (@cn2_Sports) December 2, 2016
Who’s angrier about participation trophies: Walz or the KSR comments section?
7. The Volleyball team opens NCAA Tournament play tonight
Good luck to the UK Volleyball team as they take on Colorado State tonight at 8 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Tonight’s game takes place in Alaska Airlines Arena at University of Washington, and the winner will face either Washington or Texas A&M Corpus-Christi in the second round Saturday night.
8. If you need me, I’ll be watching Tiger
Yesterday, Tiger Woods played his first round of competitive golf in 466 days at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, and looked pretty good considering. Tiger had three birdies before making the turn, but faltered a bit in the home stretch, double-bogeying two of the last three holes to finish tied for 17th at 1 over. Now, it’s only an 18-man field, but still, it was good to see some flashes of the old Tiger. He tees off today at 11:12 a.m. You can watch on the Golf Channel or follow via @ on Twitter, a must-follow if you’re a Tiger fan.
9. Don’t forget to check out the new episode of The OTT Podcast
Jacob Tamme joined me this week to break down UK’s big win over Louisville and talk all things Danville. He also told us what he’s doing to fill the time as he recovers from season-ending shoulder surgery (spoiler: Everybody, including Jacob, loves Raymond). Come for Jacob’s awesome interview and stay for the music stylings of The Wooks, the bluegrass band that repped KSR while they sang the national anthem before the Austin Peay game.
10. Welcome back, Bobby!
I’ll leave you with this picture of Makayla Epps embracing Bobby Flynn, who was back on the sidelines in Memorial last night. Bobby — who’s worked UK games, Lexington Legends games, Keeneland, and everywhere in between for decades — suffered a hard fall back in January, making his return to UK sports last night very, very heartwarming.
KSR’s live from Kennedy’s in Lexington this morning. You’ve still got time to get down there and register for the chance to win tickets to the UCLA game. So, get going!