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Kentucky cheerleading wins 24th National Championship

For the 24th time… the national championship trophy is coming home to Kentucky… for the UK cheerleading team!

The cheerleading team, led by Coach Jomo Thompson, has a history of excellence on the national stage. Here’s part of their award-winning routine:

Congrats, Wildcats!


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Relive “Excite Night” with UK Gymnastics

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The Kentucky gymnastics team had a pretty busy weekend, starting with their annual “Excite Night” and ending with an SEC upset over Arkansas. The No. 16 Wildcats defeated the No. 14 Razorbacks. Attendance for the night set a school record: 12,472 fans made their way to Rupp Arena.

“That environment was unreal,” said head coach Tim Garrison. “We are truly blessed to be here. … There is an appetite for gymnastics in this town and it’s obvious after tonight.”

Check out the highlights from Excite Night:

The Cats will take on No. 3 Florida on the road this Friday, then they’ll be back in Lexington February 1 to face off against Auburn.


UK Hoops Barely Beats LSU

UK Hoops Barely Beats LSU

Your Women’s Basketball Team hit the road to take on those pesky Tigers down in Baton Rouge and squeezed out a close 64-60 win. But considering UK was without two of their top three scorers due to injuries, Rhyne Howard (leading scorer) and Taylor Murray, that’s a solid conference win on the road.

Just how close was the win? The game was tied at 56 with two minutes left, Jaida Roper scored a nice layup and pushed the Cats up by two. LSU came back and before I knew it it was tied at 60 with 30 seconds left. McKinney made a clutch three-pointer with about 20 seconds left, LSU missed a shot and that was pretty much game. I haven’t bitten my nails in two years, but the end of the game definitely made me think about it.

Maci Morris had a whopping 20 points and proved to be an unstoppable force for the Tigers. Looking at the box, you can see that it was pretty even all game long.

All in all, the Cats battled hard tonight and came out with a much-deserved win. The team has Sunday off but will be back in action at home against Mizzou next Thursday!


UK men’s tennis picks up two wins on first match day of season

UK men’s tennis picks up two wins on first match day of season

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The University of Kentucky men’s tennis team notched their first two wins of the season today, knocking off both IUPUI and in-state foe Northern Kentucky University in convincing fashion. The Cats swept the Jaguars 7-0, and did faired the same against the Norse, sweeping 7-0 again. Here’s what Head Coach Cedric Kauffmann had to say after the day came to a close.

“It was a good start to the season. We were focused for a long period of time today during two tough matches. I think this team will get better very quickly. They are listening, focusing on what they need to do to get better, and will working hard to reach the expectations of Big Blue Nation.”

Despite being a young team and relying on some first-year players to play big roles early in the season, the Cats still managed to put forth a strong effort in both matches. Senior and Team Captain Enzo Wallart liked what he saw from those young players today.

“Proud of the boys today. We took care of business as a young team with a lot of freshman in the lineup. It didn’t look like we had freshman out there today. There weren’t any weak spots in the lineup. The team spirit is starting to get to where we’d like it, as well. I liked what I saw today from the boys, and I think they’re ready for Notre Dame next weekend.”

You can check out the entire recap of today’s matches from UK Athletics here, and as always, KY Wildcats TV has us covered with a short clip of highlights.

Here’s the final box score from this afternoon, courtesy of UK Athletics.

Kentucky 7, IUPUI 0
Singles
1. Ryo Matsumura (UK) def. Sean Bailey (IUPUI) 6-1, 6-1
2. Cesar Bourgois (UK) def. Alex Jochim (IUPUI) 7-6, 6-4
3. Theo McDonald (UK) def. Colton Morehart (IUPUI) 6-0, 6-2
4. Kento Yamada (UK) def. Ethan Mardanus-Budio (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-3
5. Kevin Huempfner (UK) def. Eric Hollingsworth (IUPUI) 6-0, 6-1
6. Fabian Penzkofer (UK) def. Michael Koch (IUPUI) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Cesar Bourgois/Enzo Wallart (UK) def. Alex Jochim/Colton Morehart (IUPUI) 6-3
2. Theo McDonald/Ryo Matsumura (UK) def. Sean Bailey/Ethan Mardanus-Budio (IUPUI) 6-2
3. Kevin Huempfner/Kento Yamada (UK) def. Rodney Steven/Kyle Whittaker (IUPUI) 6-0

Kentucky 7, NKU 0
Singles
1. Ryo Matsumura (UK) def. SADAL, Aleksander (NKU) 6-4, 6-1
2. Cesar Bourgois (UK) def. SCHWARTZ, Nathan (NKU) 6-3, 6-2
3. Kento Yamada (UK) def. RODRIGUEZ, Jorge (NKU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Theo McDonald (UK) def. CARR, Blaine (NKU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Fabian Penzkofer (UK) def. MURRAY, Chris (NKU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Kevin Huempfner (UK) def. HIDALGO, Felipe (NKU) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Enzo Wallart/Cesar Bourgois (UK) def. SADAL, Aleksander/RODRIGUEZ, Jorge (NKU) 6-2
2. Fabian Penzkofer/Ryo Matsumura (UK) def. SCHWARTZ, Nathan/HIDALGO, Felipe (NKU) 6-2
3. Kento Yamada/Arthur Chen (UK) def. ELLEMAN, Nick/CARR, Blaine (NKU) 6-1

The Cats have nearly a week off before their next match, as they don’t play again until Saturday, hosting the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in a 1pm match. Let’s hope the tennis Cats can keep up the hot start.

@BrettBibbinsKSR


“Freebies” for this weekend: Rubber duckies, hard hats and world records

“Freebies” for this weekend: Rubber duckies, hard hats and world records

It’s gearing up to be another big weekend for UK athletics. The men’s basketball team takes on Vandy inside Rupp Arena Saturday night, while the women’s team will be inside Memorial Coliseum Sunday at 1 p.m. to take on Ole Miss. Of course, you could go for the basketball. Or, you could go for the freebies.

John Calipari, who has continuously stressed the idea of “building” this particular team over the past few weeks, announced fans will receive these hard hats, courtesy of the company that created the first hard hat.

According to Coach Cal’s tweet, the BBN will be attempting to etch their names in the Guinness Book of World Records. Maybe they’re going for “Largest gathering of people wearing helmets,” which is currently held by the Ministry of the Interior in the United Arab Emirates. Thanks to a quick google search, it looks like the record is 3,929 people. The record was set in 2016. Here’s a picture of the record-breaking occassion:

via guinnessworldrecords.com

3,929 people? Rupp Arena can definitely beat that.

The women’s team will also have some goodies for fans coming to their SEC matchup – they’re looking to continue the positive momentum following Kentucky’s big win against the Lady Vols in Knoxville. The team is getting really into “National Rubber Duck Day.”

On a related note… Did anyone know there’s a National Rubber Duck Day?!


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UK Soccer’s JJ Williams selected as the No. 18 pick in MLS Draft

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After leading the Cats to a historic season, junior JJ Williams has been selected as the No. 18 overall pick in the Major League Soccer draft. He’ll be headed to Columbus, Ohio to join Columbus Crew SC. The draft, which took place in Chicago, began earlier this afternoon.

Williams was Columbus Crew’s first selection in the draft, and they seem pretty happy with their pick.

Williams was a finalist for the most prestigious award for collegiate soccer players, and he now owns multiple records at UK. Click HERE to read about all of his accomplishments from his time as a Wildcat.

Regardless of the pick number (as he was originally projected to go in the top-5 by all major mock drafts), Williams has to be pretty pumped to officially join the league. Here’s his message to his new team:

If the fans of this club are all as awesome as the people celebrating in the back of this video, I think Williams is in for a pretty special experience:

Congrats, JJ!


@MaggieDavisKSR


Photo by Barry Westerman, UK Athletics

WATCH: Kentucky Track star rocks national anthem at Rupp Arena

Photo by Barry Westerman, UK Athletics

Kentucky Track has a new star and man, can she sing.

Chloe Abbott recently transferred to Kentucky from Purdue, where she was a three-time First Team All-American. Her speciality is the 400m dash (fastest time 51.5 seconds), but last night, she showed off her voice to the Rupp Arena crowd, singing the national anthem prior to the Kentucky vs. Texas A&M game. Bradley McKee caught up with Chloe, a performing arts major, before and after the big moment:

Most of us aren’t blessed enough to be that talented in one area, let alone two. You go, Chloe!


Photo by Isaac Janssen | UK Athletics

UK soccer player JJ Williams comes up just short for college soccer’s highest honor

Photo by Isaac Janssen | UK Athletics

It’s been a historic season for the Kentucky men’s soccer team, and tonight was another prime example. Junior JJ Williams was one of just three finalists for the highest honor in college soccer: the MAC Hermann Trophy. Unfortunately, the Wildcat came up just a little short, and the award was given to Andrew Gutman, a senior defender from Indiana University.

Williams, a 6-foot-3 forward, has played an integral role for Kentucky this season. In addition to leading the team to their first NCAA Elite-8 appearance in school history, he also now owns multiple all-time records for UK, including the single-season goals record (18) and the single-season points record (44). And while he wasn’t able to clinch the Hermann Trophy, his impressive numbers earned him plenty of other national praise: Williams is ranked third in the nation in both total goals and total points this season.

Other national accomplishments include coming in at No. 2 in the country in game-winning goals (9) and No. 28 in assists (8). He was also named Conference USA’s Player of the Year and the conference’s 2018 Tournament Offensive MVP. Over the course of the season, he was also awarded National Player of the Week (announced the week of Sept. 10) and named a first team All-American.

Even though Williams is just a junior, he’s projected to go in the top five in multiple Major League Soccer mock drafts. Rankings will likely change after the upcoming combine (see, soccer isn’t so different from American football!), but if he is taken as the No. 1 pick, he won’t have far to go. FC Cincinnati owns the top pick for this year’s draft. The MLS SuperDraft is set to take place January 11 in Chicago.


In addition to being a really talented soccer player, Williams also seems like a super nice guy. I had the pleasure of interviewing him for a “Hey Kentucky!” segment before the team’s Elite-8 matchup. Although the Cats came up short in the tournament against Maryland, Williams has nothing to hang his head about. It’s been a fantastic year for both Williams and the entire UK men’s soccer team.

@MaggieDavisKSR


Here’s your chance for a sneak peak of UK Cheerleading’s Nationals routine

UK football may have just won their bowl game and UK basketball may be on a hot streak, but there’s one team at the University of Kentucky that is clearly more dominant than the rest: the cheerleading team. The squad has claimed the national title a whopping 23 times.

Now, here’s your chance to get a sneak peak of their latest and greatest. The team will be at Memorial Coliseum Jan. 5 to begin showcasing their 2019 Nationals routine.

I’m no cheer expert, but there has to be some of this in their routine, right?

They’ve been cheering on everyone else all season… Now it’s their turn.


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UK Hoops schedule change – Plus, watch UK vs. UofL in style

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The Kentucky women’s basketball team has made a change to their schedule: the No. 18 Cats will now take on the Sacred Heart Pioneers Saturday, Dec. 29 at 11:30 a.m. inside Memorial Coliseum. The game was originally scheduled for 1 p.m.

The time change means fans will be able to watch the Kentucky-Louisville men’s game, which is slated to tip at 2 p.m., directly after the conclusion of the women’s game. The rivalry game will be shown on Memorial Coliseum’s enormous (1,800 square foot) LED video board. Coach Matthew Mitchell and his wife, Jenna will be providing free pizza to fans who attend the WBB game and stay for the watch party. It’s a nice gesture by Coach and the perfect way to watch both match-ups.

Tickets are $10 in reserved seating areas, while general admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children (ages 6-18) and seniors (age 65+). UK students get into all WBB games free with a valid student ID, and UK faculty and staff can receive free admission for themselves and a guest to all WBB games with a valid employee ID.

Mark your calendars for Dec. 29 and get ready to support your Cats.


Louisville Topgolf wants Hurstbourne lawsuit dismissed

Topgolf and its company director of real estate development have asked a Louisville judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by land-use attorney Stephen Porter, who’s representing residents of Hurstbourne who are against Topgolf being built at the Oxmoor Center.

We’ve written about this a few times on KSR, but the curmudgeons aren’t OK that they’ve lost. They did their best. They showed up. They filibustered. They accidentally fell asleep a few times. They hit up Denny’s. And they lost. Twice. The Planning Commission in Louisville unanimously approved the rezoning of the future Topgolf site and the Metro Council voted 20-3 to allow Topgolf to move to the Oxmoor Center location.

Porter and the anti-Topgolf crowd are suing over the lighting despite experts suggesting the site would put off less light than the previous Sears building. Some Hurstbourne residents believe Topgolf will be too bright, too loud and the partying atmosphere of the venue could lead to more drinking and driving accidents. To make matters worse Porter and his clients may sue the Metro Council’s decision in the next two weeks.

Hopefully the judge will throw out the lawsuit regarding the Planning Commission, but Topgolf still isn’t quite in the clear. Hurstbourne residents are trying to drag their feet but it’s time to roll with Topgolf at the Oxmoor Center.

The Courier Journal has more info and quotes! Read here!


UK Gymnastics Blue White Meet Today at 3 PM

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Better late than never, right? If you’re trying to find something to do on this lazy Winter Sunday and want to get out in Lexington to support your Cats, there’s no better opportunity than the UK Gymnastics Blue-White Meet at 3 PM ET at Memorial Collesium.

The meet is free admission, and attendees can get a 2019 schedule for UK Gymnastics, FREE Excite Night tickets, and a chance to win 2018 Nationals qualifying scoresheet.

Last season, the Kentucky Gymnastics team made history by going to the National Semifinals for the first time in program history after scoring above 197 for the fourth time ever in program history.

Season tickets are still on sale, as well.


Doors for the Blue-White Meet are already open. Get in there, folks!