By Drew Franklin on ©September 19th, 2019 @ 7:21pm
Madisonville North Hopkins, my high school alma mater, is not a high school that is rich in athletic tradition, talent, or success. I say that with love.
But every once in a while, the Maroons find some magic.
Earlier this year, the Maroons’ basketball team made it to the Sweet 16 for the first time in almost two decades, which was a lot of fun. A couple of years ago, the softball team won the state championship, only the second KHSAA state title for a Madisonville team in school history (the other was girls’ golf). It was a pretty big deal.
There have been some individual stars to come out of those Hanson Road hallways, too. Some that come to mind are: Frank Ramsey, a member of Kentucky’s 1951 NCAA championship team and a seven-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics; Sonny Collins, UK’s all-time leading rusher until Benny Snell broke his record last year; Travis Ford, a former UK point guard who is among UK’s all-time leaders in assists and free-throw percentage; and of course, me, a former senior captain on the Madisonville golf team. We didn’t win many matches or tournaments that year (none actually), but we played with a lot of heart and we had brand new golf bags and uniforms, thanks to a generous donation from Paul Alan’s grandparents. And I still think my 51-38 in the regional tournament is one of the more underrated stories in the history of Kentucky high school athletics. At the turn, following a horrible front nine, I said I wouldn’t shoot 90. And I didn’t.
Anyway, Madisonville may have found its next big thing in current running back Jeriah Hightower on the Maroons’ undefeated football team. Hightower was leading the ENTIRE COUNTRY in rushing yards until a couple of days ago. He has since dropped to fifth nationally with 960 yards through the first four games, an average of 240 yards per game and 10 yards per carry.
Hightower is currently an unranked, two-star prospect in the Rivals.com rankings, and an unrated and unranked player on 247Sports.com. He has only two D1 scholarship offers — from Illinois State and UT Martin — and has not heard from anyone on Kentucky’s staff, but folks will have to start paying attention if he keeps running like this:
And showing up on lists like this:
I have a good feeling you will be hearing a lot more about this kid in the coming months; who knows, maybe UK will pick up interest and maybe even have a spot for him in the backfield.
Until then, Go Maroons forever.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©September 17th, 2019 @ 2:00pm
Apple is investing $250 million in a manufacturing and technology company located in Harrodsburg, KY.
The technology giant announced on Tuesday morning that the investment to Corning Inc., which has a research and development center and manufacturing hub in Harrodsburg, would be dedicated to the innovation of scratch-resistant glass made for the iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad.
“Apple and Corning’s rich history dates back more than a decade, and our partnership revolutionized glass and transformed the technology industry with the first iPhone,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “This award underscores Apple and Corning’s shared belief in the vital role that ingenuity plays in creating industry-leading products, and the pride that both companies take in applying American innovation and advanced manufacturing to solve some of the world’s toughest technology challenges.”
Today’s award builds on the $200 million the company received from Apple’s Advanced Manufacturing Fund in May 2017.
Back in 2007, Apple and Corning became product development partners, with the Harrodsburg facility has played a key role in delivering glass solutions for the iPhone to replace the scratch-prone plastic covers. According to the release, some of the most important innovations in glass have happened at the Kentucky plant — glass for every generation of iPhone and Apple Watch, and many generations of iPad, have all been made in the Harrodsburg facility. Since iPhone launched in 2007, Apple has spent nearly $3 billion with Corning on the glass used in iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad.
Apple also confirmed that the glass for the new iPhone 11 set to release this week was also made in Harrodsburg with the Corning’s own Gorilla Glass.
According to the official release, the award will go to “capital investments, new technology, and process development.”
“The Harrodsburg facility serves as Corning’s global glass technology center, working closely with scientists at Sullivan Park in Corning, New York, to develop advanced glass solutions for next-generation technologies,” the release said. “Apple’s investment has helped to ensure the facility’s reputation as a global center of excellence, and supports the nearly 1,000 Corning jobs created by the Apple business. The team of nearly 400 highly skilled employees in Harrodsburg averages 14 years of experience, with Corning consistently rated one of Kentucky’s top places to work. Corning has been a part of the fabric of the Harrodsburg community for more than 65 years and the plant there is Corning’s longest-running US-based manufacturing facility.”
By Zack Geoghegan on ©September 06th, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Following a false gun scare at a recent Lexington high school football game, the Fayette County Public Schools system has made a couple of rule changes for its upcoming events.
During a recent game between two local high schools, Frederick Douglass and Bryan Station, it was reported that minor students incited panic when they falsely shouted that someone in attendance had a gun. School officials and police later confirmed that no bullets were fired and the situation was quickly diffused, however, new rules are being put in place in response to the incident.
Here is the statement provided by FCPS:
The following changes, which take effect immediately, stem from an incident during the fourth quarter of the football game between Frederick Douglass and Bryan Station high schools in August. Fans were unnecessarily alarmed when unaccompanied minor students falsely shouted that someone had a gun. In reality, there was no threat. This incident provided the perfect opportunity for the high school principals to come together and examine practices in order to look for ways to enhance safety during athletic events.
All six public high schools have agreed to the following rule changes that have been put into effect immediately, per FCPS.net.
Football games between two FCPS teams will kick off at 6:30 p.m. instead of 7:30 p.m.
Students cannot bring backpacks or large bags into evening high school athletic events. School officials reserve the right to search bags carried by adults.
Students younger than high school age must be accompanied by an adult.
Outside food or drinks are not allowed at games.
A few of these rules are ones that could have been put in place years ago. While the college football atmosphere is obviously different from high school games, it still makes sense that students shouldn’t be allowed to carry oversized bags into games. The SEC has enforced a clear bag policy at home games for years now. Allowing officials the right to search the bags of adults is also common practice when attending sporting events.
Even requiring children under the age of 12 or 13 (“younger than high school age”) sounds like a safety practice that makes sense.
The changes that don’t make any sense as the consequences of a false gun scare, however, are the games starting an hour early along with not allowing anyone to bring in outside food or drinks. For starters, there was no actual gunfire. These rules are being enforced due to a few children not understanding the extreme severity of their wrongful actions. Starting the games an hour earlier isn’t going to prevent anything like this from happening again. Keeping outside food and drinks out of the football games sounds more like the people in charge trying to squeeze extra money out of the fans and parents rather than acting in good faith.
While I like that FCPS is trying to make changes, some of the new “rules” come off as misaligned with what they are actively trying to prevent. A clear bag policy similar to what the University of Kentucky does would work just as effectively as opposed to banning backpacks (an item owned by nearly every student who attends high school) and large bags altogether. And even if younger children are accompanied by an adult, they can still just as easily run out of their parent’s sight.
Adjustments have been made, but none that will actually have a direct impact on the safety of students, parents, fans, or the athletes.
By Drew Franklin on ©September 02nd, 2019 @ 1:59pm
A man in Laurel County was busted for stealing a Walmart motorized shopping cart and operating it under the influence of alcohol.
Steve Eaton of Corbin was charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place and theft when deputies found him drunk driving the cart around an apartment complex just south of London, Ky. Nine other motorized shopping carts were found in Eaton’s own little motorized shopping cart collection; the 39-year-old had taken five from Walmart, three from Kroger and two from Dollar Tree.
Eaton was also picked up on charges out of Knox County for failure to appear on another public intoxication charge from back in November in 2017. He earned that one for cursing at people outside a Speedway gas station in Corbin.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©August 30th, 2019 @ 7:30pm
In his second stint with the Tennessee Titans, Frankfort, KY native Logan Woodside has done everything he can to make the final roster for the nearby NFL team.
Woodside, who is a former quarterback from the University of Toledo (Toledo, coincidentally, is Kentucky’s opponent to open the season on Saturday), has been vying for the third-string position to make the Titans final 53-man roster, which must be submitted to the NFL’s office by 3 p.m. on Saturday.
During the Titans final preseason game on Thursday against the Chicago Bears, Woodside threw for 212 yards, completing 17 of his 29 passing attempts while not tossing an interception. In the three preseason games prior, Woodside combined to throw for 327 yards on 29-47 passing with two touchdowns and zero picks. Thursday night was his last chance to make a final impression and another two touchdown passes plus the 19-15 win helped him make his mark.
“I just try to make the most of it, not try to make it any bigger than it needs to be,” Woodside said, according to The Tennessean.
Big Play Alert ?
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) August 30, 2019
The No. 1 option, Marcus Mariota, and No. 2 option for the Titans, Ryan Tannehill, did not play in the final preseason game, giving Woodside plenty of opportunities to show off the skills that once got him drafted in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
The 24-year old from Kentucky was signed to the Titans practice squad last September before being cut a few weeks later. Some poorly-timed run-ins with the law have hindered his ability to consistently remain in good favor with NFL teams, but he’s earned his second chance.
After his best performance as a Titan on Thursday, Woodside knows that it still might not be enough.
“I’ve put everything on the field and throughout this whole training camp,” Woodside said, according to The Tennessean. “Whatever’s meant to be will be, and I’ll be happy for it.”
With under 90 seconds remaining in the game against the Bears at Soldier Field, Woodside threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Dalyn Dawkins, ultimately winning the game for the Titans.
Woodside finishes the preseason completing 46 of his 76 pass attempts for 539 yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 99.6.
Miami is taking a backseat to Morehead State.
The Hurricanes became trendsetters in 2017 when they unveiled the bejeweled “U” turnover chain, awarded to a defensive player on the sideline after forcing a turnover. If you thought Miami’s chain was pimpin’, wait till you see what Morehead State has on the sidelines this season.
In the fourth quarter of Morehead State’s season-opening 44-7 victory over Union, junior defensive back Isaiah Tigler picked off a pass. When he returned to the sideline, he was handed the turnover cane to celebrate the interception.
— Morehead State Athletics (@MSUEagles) August 30, 2019
Morehead State joins elite company alongside Boise State’s turnover throne, Kennesaw State’s turnover plank, Memphis’ turnover robe and SMU’s turnover crown and chalice.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 23rd, 2019 @ 12:00pm
After jumping out to a hot start in the 2019 KSR Food Bracket on Wednesday morning, we now have eight representatives in the Sweet 16 set following today’s show.
During the dog party this morning in Nicholasville, the Kentucky Sports Radio crew determined the West regional semifinalists.
- (1) Subway vs. (8) A&W
- (12) Mellow Mushroom vs. (4) Qdoba
- (6) Steak N Shake vs. (3) Panera
- (7) Little Caesar’s vs. (2) Wendy’s
And unlike the East region that saw just one upset in the Round of 32, the West saw three of them.
One-seed Subway and its 23-dollar footlongs took the loss to eight-seed A&M and its impeccable root beer floats for the first major upset of the bracket.
Next, four-seed Qdoba took down 12-seed Mellow Mushroom to become the lone higher-ranked seed to come out on top.
At the bottom of the West, both (6) Steak N Shake and (7) Little Caesar’s defeated their respective opponents to round out the Sweet 16 on the entire left side of the bracket.
Take a look at the updated bracket as it stands today:
We’ll be back on Monday for the South region.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 22nd, 2019 @ 4:00pm
If you were walking down the street and noticed an individual sporting a plethora of University of Kentucky-related signatures on his leg, what would your reaction be? To take it a step further, what if you found out these signatures were actual tattoos?
People at the Kentucky State Fair were treated to this exact scenario this week.
On Wednesday evening, Jude Redfield of WDRB caught up with what certainly has to be one of the biggest diehard Kentucky fans in the state.
Why? The man has permanent signatures of Mark Stoops, Josh Allen, Kash Daniel, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, Reid Travis, Brad Calipari, Tony Delk, and Maci Morris, among several others, tattooed on each of his legs.
In fact, KSR’s Matt Jones has his own signature on the man’s leg.
Don’t believe me? Take a look at the video for proof.
— Jude Redfield (@JudeRedfield) August 21, 2019
So now, the question must be asked… Is this awesome or weird?
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 22nd, 2019 @ 2:30pm
After jumping out to a hot start in the 2019 KSR Food Bracket on Wednesday morning, we now have four representatives in the Sweet 16 set following today’s show.
This morning, Cumberland legend “Green Bay” joined Kentucky Sports Radio to help decide who will get out of the Round of 32 in the East region.
- (1) McDonald’s vs. (9) Hardee’s
- (5) Fazoli’s vs. (4) Popeye’s
- (6) Skyline vs. (3) Cracker Barrel
- (10) Rally’s vs. (2) Waffle House
And unlike yesterday’s clean sweep of favorites coming out on top in the East, we had one upset this morning.
McDonald’s knocked out Hardee’s to keep its status as the No. 1 overall seed alive, who will now take on five-seed Fazoli’s in the next round.
In the bottom of the region, the Sunrise Samplers of Cracker Barrel knocked out Skyline and its delicious presentation of coneys and five-ways.
Two-seed Waffle House also scattered, smothered, and covered its way to the next round, where they will take on three-seed Cracker Barrel for a spot in the Elite Eight.
Take a look at the updated bracket as it stands today:
Tomorrow, Matt Jones and the KSR crew will break down yet another region during their live show at MediVet in Nicholasville.
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.