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By Maggie Davis on ©January 20th, 2019 @ 11:00pm
For the 24th time… the national championship trophy is coming home to Kentucky… for the UK cheerleading team!
Practicing on the field at 11! See y’all there? pic.twitter.com/yOIt54S0Pj
— Kentucky Cheer (@KentuckyCheer) January 20, 2019
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:
— Cait (@caitlinperneau) January 19, 2019
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:
It’s late, but we’re not done celebrating. Take a look back on an unforgettable Excite Night 2019 at Rupp Arena ?? pic.twitter.com/P4mWYvjsLn
— Kentucky Gymnastics (@UKGymnastics) January 19, 2019
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.
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!
By Brett Bibbins on ©January 13th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
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.
??wins in the ? on day 1??
— Kentucky Men's Tennis (@UKMensTennis) January 14, 2019
Here’s the final box score from this afternoon, courtesy of UK Athletics.
Kentucky 7, IUPUI 0
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
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
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
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.
By Maggie Davis on ©January 11th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
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.
My focus is continuing to “build” this team and program and @Bullard1898 is showing their support by providing hard hats to fans at Rupp tomorrow.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) January 11, 2019
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:
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.”
We have a game on National Rubber Duck Day? Taking full of advantage of that one Sunday.
Free Basketball Rubber Ducks while supplies last. #poWEr
— Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) January 11, 2019
On a related note… Did anyone know there’s a National Rubber Duck Day?!
By Maggie Davis on ©January 11th, 2019 @ 7:30pm
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.
18 goals and 8 assists last year with @UKMensSoccer ?
— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) January 11, 2019
USC First-Team All-American ?
Conference USA Player of the Year ?
— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) January 11, 2019
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:
— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) January 11, 2019
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:
— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) January 11, 2019
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 09th, 2019 @ 6:00pm
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:
We’ve had our share of @KentuckyTrack stars, but NEVER one who could sing like this.
— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) January 9, 2019
Most of us aren’t blessed enough to be that talented in one area, let alone two. You go, Chloe!
By Maggie Davis on ©January 04th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
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.
— Kentucky Men’s Soccer (@UKMensSoccer) November 27, 2018
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.
By Maggie Davis on ©January 02nd, 2019 @ 10:00pm
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.
Join us January 5th at Memorial Coliseum for your first look at our 2019 Nationals routine as well as numerous other schools and colleges in the area! Doors will open at 12:30 pm with the event beginning at 1 pm. Admission will be $5 at the door. ? pic.twitter.com/qPIkXItqaS
— Kentucky Cheer (@KentuckyCheer) January 2, 2019
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.
By Maggie Davis on ©December 30th, 2018 @ 6:00pm
The Kentucky women’s basketball team is off to a hot start: the Cats are currently ranked No. 18 and own a 13-1 record, with their only loss coming to a highly-ranked Louisville team. They won the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands and since then, they haven’t just been beating their opponents: they’ve been crushing them.
The Cats beat Sacred Heart Saturday 71-43. Before that, UK defeated Western Carolina 99-39. Before that, it was a 72-55 win over Middle Tennessee. Kentucky’s leading contributor, for the most part, has been senior and Kentucky-native Maci Morris. But the wins, especially the ones with huge margins of victory, wouldn’t be possible without freshman Rhyne Howard.
Matthew Mitchell knew Howard would be special when she committed to Kentucky, but she’s more than delivered so far this season. She’s started in every game so far, averaging over 28 minutes per outing. She’s averaging 17.6 points per game and is shooting 44.3 percent from the field and 44.7 percent from the three. She grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds against Sacred Heart and has received SEC freshman of the week honors four separate times.
But the non-conference schedule is finally over, and the Wildcats will begin competing in the once-again strong SEC this Thursday against Vanderbilt. What do the Cats need to do to maintain this momentum?
“We have done a good job of building our team and we know what we need to do to be successful. So now, we play to our strengths,” Coach Matthew Mitchell said. “We need to move the basketball, we need to really make defenses work so we can create some open shots. We’ve done a good job shooting the ball, and defensively you have to be fundamentally sound.”
Part of being fundamentally sound means more than just being in shape. Over winter break, the women’s team, much like the men’s, has extra time for conditioning as well as practice. But it’s technique and execution they’ll be focusing on until classes resume in early January.
“There are no more games where you can kind of let your athleticism overwhelm the opponent. Now you really have to lock in,” Mitchell said after the Sacred Heart win. “What we really need now is a committed, mental focus every day that we can come in with, pay attention to our preparation and know what we need to do to be successful.”
After that hot mess of a season a few years ago that led to several transfers away from Kentucky, the program is still filling in some holes. One of which is the point guard position. Taylor Murray has been a staple for the Wildcats for years, but the senior will graduate in May.
That’s where Chasity Patterson comes into play. Although she won’t be able to suit-up for Kentucky until January of 2020, she’ll be on campus, enrolled in classes and be able to practice starting this January.
She’s a huge get for Mitchell and the Cats – coming out of high school, Patterson was the No. 4 overall recruit and the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2017. Patterson was the Preseason Big 12 Freshman Player of the Year last season, but announced her decision to transfer from the University of Texas on Nov. 10.
But she’s not the only transfer: both Sabrina Haines (guard from Arizona State) and Nae Nae Cole (forward from NC State) are currently sitting on UK’s bench. They’ll both be able to play for the Cats starting next season. Haines will have two seasons of eligibility remaining and Cole will have one.
Like I said, UK will begin conference play this Thursday against Vanderbilt. Vandy hasn’t been ranked so far this season, and they’re coming in second from the bottom of current SEC rankings with a 5-8 non-conference record. There are currently five SEC teams ranked in the latest AP poll.
Teams to watch in the SEC:
- Mississippi State – The Bulldogs were slated to win the SEC at the beginning of the season. The No. 8 team is currently 11-1. They’ll play UK just once – the Cats’ second SEC game of the season.
- Tennessee – It’s (unfortunately) looking like it will be another strong year for the Lady Vols. They’re currently ranked No. 10. They’ll play Kentucky once.
- Kentucky – Obviously. They’re currently No. 18 but have improved or maintained their AP ranking each week this season.
- Texas A&M – They’re currently No. 23 and will play UK twice.
- South Carolina – After starting the season at No. 10, the Game Cocks have slipped to No. 25 after four non-conference losses. However, three of these four losses came to top-10 teams, so don’t sleep on USC. They’ll play the Cats twice.
We’ll have plenty of women’s basketball coverage again this season. To keep up with the latest, make sure you’re following us on twitter:
By Maggie Davis on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
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.
By TJ Walker on ©December 11th, 2018 @ 8:00pm
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!
By Maggie Davis on ©December 09th, 2018 @ 5:00pm
It was a close one for the Wildcats, but the Cards ultimately came out on top, defeating Kentucky 80-75 inside the KFC YUM Center. Despite a late-game rally and a double-double performance by freshman Rhyne Howard, No. 19 Kentucky couldn’t come back from a 15-point third quarter deficit to beat No. 5 Louisville. The Cats now fall to 9-1 on the season after their first true-road game.
The game was a fight from start-to-finish, with five ties throughout the four quarters. The Cardinal defense attacked Maci Morris early, and she picked up two quick fouls while giving the Cats limited offensive contributions in the first half. Rhyne Howard, on the other hand, was lighting up the Louisville defense – she hit double-digit scoring before halftime (she had 12 points and seven rebounds at the break). The Cats were sloppy with the ball throughout the first half of the game, committing seven turnovers. But they fought and held on, and Kentucky entered the locker room trailing 29-36.
Then the Cards made halftime adjustments. After the break, Louisville went on a scoring run, eventually strengthening their lead to 15 points by the end of the third quarter: 67-52. And although the Cats finally got into an offensive rhythm in the fourth quarter – they outscored Louisville by 10 points during the final period – it just wasn’t enough.
Rhyne Howard finished with a huge 25 points for the Wildcats, while also adding 10 rebounds, six assists and one steal. She did, however, commit five turnovers, which will have to be corrected before the Cats take on other elite competitors.
Senior Taylor Murray was the team’s second-leading scorer, finishing with 18 points with three rebounds and two steals.
Maci Morris was next, scoring 11-points and grabbing four rebounds. It wasn’t the best game for Morris if you solely look at the numbers, but her defense has continued to improve and today, that helped the Wildcats keep the score close.
Kentucky will have a few days off to regroup and take their final exams, but then it’s back to the grind. The Wildcats are slated to take on Middle Tennessee Saturday, December 15 at 1:00. The game will take place inside Memorial Coliseum and can be seen on the SEC Network+
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.
It’s that time! Get your season tickets NOW and support the Cats for what’s sure to be an exciting 2019 season.
— Kentucky Gymnastics (@UKGymnastics) October 8, 2018
Doors for the Blue-White Meet are already open. Get in there, folks!