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By Brett Bibbins on ©September 15th, 2019 @ 9:00pm
With all the hype surrounding the Florida game this weekend, overshadowed was the induction of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019. This year’s class included football star quarterback Andre Woodson, men’s basketball big man DeMarcus Cousins, women’s basketball’s A’dia Mathies, Henri Junghänel from UK Rifle, and both Vic Nelson and Don Weber from cross country and track.
It’s UK Athletics Hall of Fame weekend! Presenting your Class of 2019 inductees: pic.twitter.com/zPjfFhIfAt
— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) September 12, 2019
Five of the six inductees were able to attend the ceremony and give their acceptance speeches in person, with DeMarcus Cousins‘ speech being a pre-recorded video.
Andre Woodson used the weekend to be at the ceremony, as well as at the football game Saturday night. Watch his speech below.
One of the best women’s players in Kentucky Hoops history, A’dia Mathies was the first player in UK basketball history, both men and women, to accumulate over 2,000 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 300 steals in a career.
You can view the entire playlist of speeches on YouTube from Kentucky Wildcats TV here.
Congrats to the UK Athletics Hall of Fame 2019 Class! All very well deserved and an awesome accomplishment.
By Hayden Hooper on ©September 13th, 2019 @ 8:00pm
Today was not only the first game in Memorial Coliseum for the 2019 Kentucky Wildcats Volleyball team, but it was also the first home game in a Kentucky uniform for Duke graduate transfer Leah Meyer.
Grad-Transfer Leah Meyer’s first in-game entrance as a Kentucky Wildcat in Memorial Coliseum. pic.twitter.com/tTfOEcjLLv
— Hayden Hooper (@haydenhooper01) September 13, 2019
The Duke transfer held her own against ACC competition by raking in some big accolades. She was named to the 2015 All ACC Freshman team, was a two-time All-ACC First-Team selection and was an AVCA All-American honorable mention honoree in 2018.
With Meyer’s move from the ACC to the SEC, Meyer said after the team’s 3-0 victory over Cleveland State this afternoon that the culture change between the two conferences is evident.
“It’s a little bit of a higher competition for me, and the expectations of this program are really high and I really appreciate that,” Meyer said. “Not to say that there wasn’t at Duke but coming into a whole new program has been awesome for me.”
Meyer collected eight kills in the victory, including six crucial kills in the second set. With just one error on the day, it made it easy for the Cats to go through their offense on the floor.
“She makes very few mistakes and she’s got a rocket arm, and behind the setter, she can rip it,” Kentucky head coach Craig Skinner said. “Having someone who is a threat behind setters is valuable for our setter so she can run the offense.”
Leah Meyer and the Kentucky Wildcats are set to take on Florida Gulf Coast at 8:30 P.M. ET.
By Hayden Hooper on ©September 13th, 2019 @ 5:30pm
The Kentucky Volleyball team won its first game of the Bluegrass Battle and fifth overall, defeating the Cleveland State Vikings in three sets, 25-17, 25-19, 25-9.
Game, set and match. The #15 Kentucky Wildcats defeat the Cleveland State Vikings in a sweep. Next game for the Cats will be later today as they play Florida Gulf Coast at 8:30 P.M. EST. pic.twitter.com/D7GNHSa5Je
— Hayden Hooper (@haydenhooper01) September 13, 2019
After being on the road for the beginning of the season, the Cats found themselves back in their old Kentucky home for the first time this season.
“First game went pretty good. Started out very slow,” UK head coach Craig Skinner said. “Our serving got better as the game went on. Very efficient with nine hitting errors total is pretty low. Pretty impressed with that.”
Several new faces were in Memorial Coliseum early Friday afternoon, one being Duke grad transfer Leah Meyer.
“I have loved Lexington so far and playing Memorial, running out through the tunnel and throwing the ball was a cool experience for me with the lights turned down,” Leah Meyer said of her first game in Memorial Coliseum. “Something that I’ve never experienced before. It was really cool.”
A two-time All-ACC First-Team selection and 2015 All-ACC Freshman Team, Meyer’s success has bled over to her time at Kentucky as she stacked up 8 kills with an assisted block in her Memorial Coliseum debut.
The returning stars showed out in the first game as well. Senior outside hitter Leah Edmond led the charge with 14 kills and one dig, ten more kills than her season average of 4 kills per game. For Edmond, this was her last first home game as a Kentucky Wildcat.
“It’s sad and exciting at the same time,” Edmond said. “This will be my last first home game here so it was really meaning to be home after being away for two weeks.”
The win advances the No. 15 Wildcats’ record to 5-2 in the regular season and 1-0 in the Bluegrass Battle. They’ll be back in action later today at 8:30 P.M. vs. Florida Gulf Coast.
By Nick Roush on ©September 12th, 2019 @ 11:00am
The Kentucky men’s soccer team earned some national attention overnight.
The Cats checked in at No. 4 on the SportsCenter Top 10 after Brandon McManus set up Bailey Rouse for the back-heal goal that evened up the score at 2-2.
— Kentucky Men’s Soccer (@UKMensSoccer) September 12, 2019
The equalizer saved the Cats from the loss, ultimately resulting in a 2-2 draw with Xavier after overtime. As impressive as the goal was, they earn just as many kudos for the celebration.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©September 04th, 2019 @ 9:15pm
Last week, UK sophomore men’s golfer Cullan Brown was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an extremely rare type of bone cancer. After finding out the news, Brown was forced to withdraw from school and will now begin chemotherapy treatments this week.
Now, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help Cullan and the Browns during this difficult time.
On the official page, which can be found here, the organizer described Brown’s condition and all of the details surrounding his situation. Take a look below:
If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Cullan Brown, you’ve unfortunately missed out. Cullan is not only a great golfer; he’s a great student, an avid hunter, an unbelievable cook, and an amazing friend and teammate. As anyone else would tell you, Cullan is the most selfless person you’ll meet. Words can’t describe Cullan’s character and attitude towards life.
Cullan has quickly built an impressive college resumé on the University of Kentucky golf team. He earned All-SEC Freshman team this past season, finishing with multiple top 10s. He also competed in the Barbasol Championship, the PGA Tour event held in Lexington. He shot -10 and finished in the top 50 of a professional field.
Recently, Cullan has been diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, which is a rare form of bone cancer. Only 400 people per year are diagnosed with this form of cancer. This cancer was found in the form of a tumor in his left femur bone. Recent tests have shown that the cancer has not spread to any other part of his body, which is great news. The doctor has high hopes for a successful treatment, calling Cullan’s case “treatable and beatable.” The current treatment plan is to undergo chemo sessions for about 11 weeks before performing surgery on the femur bone. After surgery, chemo sessions will continue for another 18 weeks.
Cullan has withdrawn from school for the year and moved back home to Eddyville, KY, to focus on preparing for and recovering from the upcoming chemo treatments. He has also taken a medical redshirt for the 2019-2020 golf season.
Cullan has a strong foundation of people supporting him. The support from the golf community and the BBN has already been incredible. As his teammates, the Kentucky golf team is doing everything we can to help our brother. Most importantly, his parents Emily and Rodney and his little sister Cathryn will be at his side at all times. As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for the Brown family.
The Brown’s are facing an emotionally challenging road ahead. We would love your help in providing some financial support, as the family will be spending a majority of their time focusing on Cullan’s health and well-being. As many of you can understand from personal experience, medical expenses can compound over a period of time. Providing this support would lighten the financial burden of this situation, which would be a blessing for the Brown’s. Also, we would really encourage you to share this page to help in the effort to support Cullan and the Brown’s during this journey.
We can’t wait to see Cullan overcome this battle in a very “Cullanesque” fashion and compete for the Blue and White again soon. For now, we appreciate the love and support for this incredible person. #B4B (Birdies for Brownie)
Best of luck to Cullan and his family during this difficult time and best of luck to him in his recovery.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©September 01st, 2019 @ 11:10pm
Cullan Brown, a sophomore on the University of Kentucky men’s golf team, has been diagnosed with bone cancer and has withdrawn from school, he announced on Saturday.
According to WPSD, the Lyon County High School graduate was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an extremely rare type of bone cancer, on Monday, which was later confirmed by the University.
“My family and I are immensely appreciative of the outpouring of kind words, well-wishes, love, and prayers we have received in the last few days,” Brown told WPSD. “It certainly will be a tough year, but nothing that can’t be handled thanks to the amazing support group I have behind me at all times”
Despite missing the beginning of his freshman season due to injury, Brown was still named to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2018-19 and ended his rookie campaign with four top-20 finishes. Brown also participated in the Barbasol Championship this past July, which was held in Lexington. It was his first professional tournament and he finished at 10-under par. During his high school years, Brown was named KSHAA Player of the Year for golf in 2016 while finishing as the runner-up in both 2015 and 2017.
Brown is set to begin chemotherapy next week.
Let’s all wish him the best during his time of recovery.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 24th, 2019 @ 5:00pm
Former Kentucky track superstar Daniel Roberts is now officially a winner at the professional level.
This afternoon, Roberts took home the 110M Hurdles victory by crossing the finish line in 13.08 seconds to secure a spot in the Diamond League Finals.
This was his very first victory as a Diamond League professional athlete.
Result of the men's 110m Hurdles
— IAAF Diamond League (@Diamond_League) August 24, 2019
This result gives Roberts the eighth-best performance on the All-Dates, All-Time Collegiate List, and it is now the fourth time that he managed a sub-13.10 time this season.
Back in June when he was still officially a Wildcat, Roberts tied a 40-year-old collegiate record in the NCAA 110-Meter Hurdles by finishing the event in 13 seconds flat.
Just a few days later, the junior Kentucky star announced that he was forgoing his senior season and turning pro.
“I’ll be going pro,” he said at the conclusion of the event. “[My contract isn’t finalized] yet, still in the works… [With] the collegiate season over with now, I ain’t got nothing to hide.”
In the NCAA 110-Meter Hurdles on Friday, Roberts tied the record, but was unfortunately topped by rival junior Grant Holloway of Florida, who finished with a final time of 12.98 seconds.
Combining the times of both Holloway and Roberts, along with the rest of the participants, Friday’s event actually set the record for fastest college hurdles race ever.
“There’s more to come with D-Rob.” UK assistant coach and Roberts’ event trainer Tim Hall said following the decision. “He’s a special kid, special talent. I just can’t say enough about him. I’m super proud of him. The future is so bright for him. He’s just a humble kid. So proud of all the things he’s accomplished.”
Overall, Roberts’ time at the NCAA championships was a new personal best and ranks second-best in the world. His time of 13 seconds gives him the second-best time at the collegiate level in history and he is tied with two other men for No. 22 on the world all-time list.
“It’s been an awesome rise,” Kentucky head coach Lonnie Greene said at the time. “People might not understand how fast that race was. It took the world lead, right off the world record to beat Daniel. Coach Hall has done a great job with him. He’s an excellent coach, Daniel is an excellent pupil.
“And he’s represented the brand very, very well. That’s what I think future Wildcats out there and Big Blue Nation want. They want us to represent the University well and I think Daniel is the epitome of that.”
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 15th, 2019 @ 11:00am
Abbey Cheek’s pro career is off to a fast start. Last night, the former Kentucky slugger was named the 2019 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Rookie of the Year at the league’s awards ceremony in Rosemont, Illinois. She also took home the batting title after leading the league with a .378 average, which helped the Chicago Bandits win the regular season title.
“I’m really excited for Abbey that she was named the NPF Rookie of the Year,” Kentucky Softball head coach Rachel Lawson said in a press release. “I was really happy to see that Abbey took all the hard work she put in during her time at Kentucky and applied them to the NPF. She had a stellar senior year and was able to carry that momentum into the summer. We are all very proud of her here at UK.”
In her final year at Kentucky, Cheek was named 2019 National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association National Player of the Year, SEC Player of the Year, and First Team NFCA All-American. She was drafted 14th overall by the Bandits back in April. They face the USSSA Pride in the NPF Championship this weekend.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©August 14th, 2019 @ 8:00pm
Shifting focus from football to fútbol, the Kentucky men’s soccer team has been named the favorites to win the Conference USA. Not only that, but several players were voted to the Conference USA Preseason Team by the coaches.
According to the release sent out by UK Athletics, redshirt-junior defender Aimé Mabika was selected as the preseason C-USA Defensive Player of the Year while Junior midfielder Kalil ElMedkhar and sophomore forward Jason Reyes were named C-USA co-offensive Players of the Year. All three players, along with junior goalkeeper Enrique Facusse, were voted to the preseason C-USA All-Conference team.
?: Congratulations to @UKMensSoccer’s Jason Reyes and Kalil ElMedkhar, your 2019 #CUSAMSOC Preseason Co-Offensive Players of the Year as voted on by the league’s coaches! ?? #TheCUSAWay pic.twitter.com/xidWVrQqjS
— Conference USA (@ConferenceUSA) August 13, 2019
— Conference USA (@ConferenceUSA) August 13, 2019
Facusse also recently won a Silver Medal at the Pan American Games after his team, Honduras, fell to Argentina in the U-22 Gold Medal game.
In 2018, the Wildcats won both the regular season and conference tournament titles and are expected to repeat off of their undeniable success from a year ago.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 13th, 2019 @ 5:30pm
For the second year in a row, the Kentucky volleyball team has been named a preseason top-10 team in the nation.
The American Volleyball Coaches’ Association released their preseason top-25 on Tuesday afternoon, and the Wildcats came in at No. 7 overall.
Kentucky is one of just three SEC teams ranked in the initial poll, joining Florida (No. 10) and Tennessee) as the only schools in the conference listed.
The Wildcats are scheduled to play six games this season against ranked teams, including two against No. 10 Florida, and once vs. No. 14 USC, No. 17 Purdue, No. 19 Tennessee, and No. 25 Louisville.
The SEC joins the Big 10 as the only two leagues to have multiple teams ranked inside the top-10.
Here is the entire AVCA Preseason Top-25 Poll:
- Stanford (62)
- Nebraska (1)
- Penn State (1)
- Southern California
- San Diego
- Washington State
- Cal Poly
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 29th, 2019 @ 10:30am
It was a big weekend for former Cats on the track. UK Track and Field alums Daniel Roberts (110m hurdles), Kendra Harrison (100m hurdles), and Dezerea Bryant (200m dash) won their events at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, while Sydney McLaughlin (400m hurdles) came in second and Sha’Keela Saunders (long jump) finished third.
Roberts won the 110m hurdles in 13.23 seconds, his first gold medal since turning pro earlier this spring. He beat out his rival and good friend Grant Holloway, who set the NCAA record (12.98 seconds) last month.
Kendra Harrison won her third consecutive 100m hurdles title in 12.44 seconds:
This was the first USA Track & Filed gold medal for Dezerea Bryant, who finished in a season-best 22.47 seconds:
— USATF (@usatf) July 29, 2019
It’s odd to see McLaughlin not dominate a race, but she did turn in a season-best time of 52.88, coming in second to reigning Olympic Champion Dalilah Muhammad, who set a new world record at 52.20:
The good sport that she is, Sydney congratulated Dalilah on social media last night:
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19 and living. Huge congrats to the new world record holder. @dalilahmuhammad_ Blessed to be a part of such an amazing group of women. Excited to represent our country again with the same lovely women I made it with in Rio ???? glory to God. More to come.
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All five Wildcats are now members of Team USA and will compete in the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar from Sept. 28-Oct. 6.
By Brent Wainscott on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 10:00pm
ECU pitching coach Dan Roszel is leaving Greenville and headed to Lexington to join the Kentucky Wildcats coaching staff, per HoistTheColurs.net.
Roszel was with the Pirates for nine years and is leaving the program after a 47-18 season where they hosted a regional for the second straight year and made the program’s fifth all-time Super Regional appearance before falling to Louisville.
He will join a Kentucky team coached by Nick Mingione, who going into his fourth season at UK. In his first three seasons, Mingione holds a record of 104-84, and his Wildcats missed the SEC tournament in 2019 along with the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, which is what brought the coaching staff changes.
Last season, Kentucky’s pitching posted an ERA of 5.10 and opponents were batting .257 against the Cats in a season that saw them finish 26-29.
Roszel will look to better those numbers, and he has the resume to do it with 19 seasons under his belt.
During his time at East Carolina, he was responsible for developing the program’s highest-ever draft pick in starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman, who was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays ninth overall in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. Roszel also coached Major League Baseball All-Star Chris Sale as an assistant at Florida Gulf Coast.
Roszel’s 2019 staff led The American in eight statistical categories including wins (47), strikeouts (595), innings pitched (577.2), shutouts (six) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.79) while ranking second in the AAC in ERA (3.96) and WHIP (1.32). The Pirates also set the AAC record for league wins with 20.
For a Kentucky program that has been predicated on dominant pitchers, such as Sean Hjelle, Justin Lewis, and Zack Thompson; this hire was crucial for a Kentucky program that took a massive step back last year. Hopefully, this hire will put the Wildcats back in the right direction.
Former Wildcat Abbey Cheek is quickly making a name for herself in the professional softball world.
The third baseman was drafted by the Chicago Bandits in April and has carved out a starting role for herself on the NPF’s current first-place team.
In her rookie campaign, Cheek has batted .351 and won NPF’s rookie of the week award three times, the most recent of which came after she made NPF history.
After striking out in her first at-bat against the Aussie Peppers on July 11, Cheek proceeded to blast three consecutive home runs in her next three plate appearances. She became only the fourth player in NPF history to hit three homers in a game and is tied for second-most in the league with six on the season.
Take a look at some of her highlights.
— Barb Jordan (@BarbJordan18) June 27, 2019
ABBEY CHEEK-THIRD TIME ROOKIE OF THE WEEK!
Abbey Cheek of the Chicago Bandits put together an incredibly memorable performance on Thursday when she hit home runs in 3 consecutive innings against the Aussie Peppers! @Chicago_Bandits @UKsoftball @UKAthletics #NPF2019 pic.twitter.com/hYJvaKSIaP
— NationalProFastpitch (@profastpitch) July 17, 2019
Talk about some moonshots.
By Ty Schadt on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 5:00pm
This victory marks the second tournament Shipley has won this summer. Less than two weeks ago she notched a four-shot victory at the 28th Women’s Golf Association of Michigan Championship at the Saginaw Country Club in Saginaw, Michigan.
The Western Amateur featured two rounds of stroke play followed by a match play bracket. Shipley shot one-over in stroke play, finishing fifth and entered match play as the five seed.
From there, the Hastings, Michigan native moved swimmingly through the 32-player bracket. Outside of a 19-hole nail biter in the first match play round, Shipley established and maintained early leads all the way through Saturday, when she defeated Antonia Matte to claim the W.A. Alexander Cup.
BIG trophy for a BIG win. @SarahShip16 won the 119th annual Women’s Amateur today!
Two championships in the last two weeks for Ship. pic.twitter.com/GCMvKO5LkO
— Kentucky W. Golf (@KentuckyWGolf) July 20, 2019
Shipley won the final match by four, jumping out to a quick 2-up advantage after birdies on the first two holes. Two more birdies on holes 8 and 9 put the tournament firmly in her control.
When she returns to Lexington in a few weeks, Shipley will be the most experienced golfer on UK’s women’s team.
Last year she was second on the team with a 75.2 stroke average and throughout her Kentucky career has a team-best three top-ten tournament finishes.
Shipley is not the only Kentucky golfer having success this summer, as last week incoming freshman Jensen Castle placed second at the Junior PGA Championship.
The Wildcats start their 2019 season in September at the Minnesota Invitational, and if this summer is any indicator, it could be a pretty special one.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 9:00pm
The third round of the Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Course wrapped up earlier today and it’s time to update everyone with relevant scorecards.
Unfortunately, golf icon John Daly didn’t make the cut, but we have plenty of Kentucky connections to satisfy your golfing needs.
Headlining them is Josh Teater, a Lexington native who also competed in the event last year. He currently sits tied for fifth at 17-under under after shooting his weekend best of 64 in the third round.
Former Kentucky golfer Stephen Stallings and current Kentucky sophomore Cullan Brown are both tied for 44th at nine-under. Brown shot a 67 in round three while Stallings posted a 69.
Friend of the site, JT Poston, whose caddy is former KSR writer Aaron Fleener, shot a 69 as well in round three. He currently sits tied for 23rd despite posting a 62 in round one.
Finally, Clay County native and former Wildcat Chip McDaniel dropped in round three after posting a 72. He now stands tied for 64th.
As for the rest of the former Cats, Steve Flesch, Cooper Musselman, and Lukas Euler all missed the cut. Nicholasville native Hunter Stewart also missed the cut.
Here is the top 10 as we head into Sunday.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 4:00pm
University of Kentucky sophomore golfer Cullan Brown is putting on a show at the Barbasol Championship.
Following an impressive 5-under in the third round this morning, Brown now sits at 9-under overall and is currently tied for 43rd overall heading into the final round of the event.
Brown, a graduate of Lyon County High School in Eddyville, KY, is now only eight shots off the lead.
After his round-three 67, Brown told Eli Gehn of LEX 18 that he’s just excited to have some fun with other talented golfers.
“It’s just another week out here, it’s just golf. There’s so many logistics that go into the week,” he said. “So really, to me, the golf is just the relaxing part… It’s been great, it’s just been relaxing.”
While the purse is $3,500,000, Brown, an amateur, is unable to accept any money no matter how he finishes tomorrow. With three years left of eligibility at Kentucky, he says he would never want to risk that, no matter how great it’d be.
“Nah, [winning money] hasn’t crossed my mind at all. It’s really not a thought I’ve had,” he said. “This week has been so hectic and busy with everything else that I haven’t had the time to sit around and reflect. It certainly would be nice to accept that, but I would in no way want to jeopardize my next three years of college golf. I wouldn’t trade those for anything.”
This kid is great. @UKmensgolf sophomore Cullan Brown is -9 through 3 rounds of the @BarbasolChamp as an amateur. He's extremely humble, keeps it simple. I also asked him if he's upset he can't win any money this week. pic.twitter.com/E4GpRqOXTn
— Eli Gehn (@EliGehnLEX18) July 20, 2019
In an interview with Larry Vaught, Brown said that he’s just appreciative of the opportunity.
“From somebody coming in from my perspective as a college amateur who wasn’t even expecting the opportunity, just to be here is such a success,” he said. “It speaks volumes about the great fortune and great support I have had in golf. It is just fantastic to be here to see some faces and names and talk to people you have looked up to your whole life and have followed along. It is phenomenal.”
In his first year at Kentucky, Brown was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team after garnering four top-20 finishes in eight spring events. He tied for fifth at Mason Rudolph, tied for 16th at the Schenkel Invitational, tied for 18th in the final regular-season event at Shoal Creek, and then tied for ninth at the SEC Championship.
In 2016, Brown was the KHSAA State individual champion en route to winning Kentucky Player of the Year honors. He was also the runner-up in both 2015 and 2017.
By Ty Schadt on ©July 14th, 2019 @ 6:30pm
Jensen Castle, an incoming freshman on Kentucky’s women’s golf team, shot 12-under-par during the Junior PGA Championship on her way to a runner-up finish.
144 golfers entered the tournament, but only one outscored the future Wildcat from West Columbia, South Carolina. The tournament was in Hartford, Connecticut at Keney Park Golf Course.
Castle shot 67 (-3) in round one and followed it up with a 68 in round two. A 66 in round three shot her score to nine-under-par and landed her in third place entering the final round. It turned into a battle between Castle and Yuka Saso, who entered the final round with a two-stroke lead.
Jensen put some pressure on Saso down the stretch, trimming the lead to one stroke with three holes to play, but Saso held on to claim the trophy.
— Junior PGA Champ (@JuniorPGAChamp) July 12, 2019
Castle finished the tournament two strokes behind Saso (-14) with a score of 12-under-par but didn’t let the loss keep her from expressing an impressive display of sportsmanship.
Volume on for this one. @jensen_castle, who has been neck & neck with Yuka Saso all day, cheering her on down the home stretch.
— Junior PGA Champ (@JuniorPGAChamp) July 12, 2019
— Junior PGA Champ (@JuniorPGAChamp) July 12, 2019
The UK women’s team couldn’t help but brag about their talented newcomer.
Have we mentioned she’s a Wildcat?? https://t.co/z84zmOCGRN
— Kentucky W. Golf (@KentuckyWGolf) July 12, 2019
The team is a few months out from its season, which begins on Sept. 9 in the Minnesota Invitational. In the meantime, get to know Castle a little better:
If @jensen_castle could be any animal, what would it be?
— Junior PGA Champ (@JuniorPGAChamp) July 12, 2019
By Jack Pilgrim on ©July 05th, 2019 @ 11:15am
Former Kentucky softball star Katie Reed was no stranger to making big plays as a Wildcat, and now, she’s doing it again in the big leagues.
Drafted No. 19 overall by the Chicago Bandits in the 2019 National Pro Fastpitch Draft, Reed has worked her way up to become the team’s starting shortstop, making impressive plays both offensively and defensively.
Last night, the former Wildcat continued the hot start to her pro career by making the SportsCenter Top 10 plays, coming in at No. 9 overall following a phenomenal diving catch for the out.
Check it out:
— NationalProFastpitch (@profastpitch) July 5, 2019
Over the course of her career, both college and professional, Reed has now made five appearances on #SCTop10.
In the same game, former Kentucky teammate Abbey Cheek crushed her third home run of the season to help the Bandits take home their tenth straight victory:
— NationalProFastpitch (@profastpitch) July 4, 2019
Keep making us proud, girls.
By Brent Wainscott on ©June 30th, 2019 @ 3:00pm
Last night, Kentucky’s T.J. Collett competed in the 10th annual College Home run derby.
Collett managed to get to the second round of last night’s contest clobbering 16 balls out of TD Ameritrade Park, but unfortunately, his second round performance couldn’t get him into the one on one final for the College Home Run Derby Championship. However, Northen Kentucky’s Griffin Doersching won the contest with a whopping 51 home runs on the night.
Regardless of where Collett finished, he said it was one of the best times he’s ever had in his baseball career.
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) June 30, 2019
Collet had so much fun, that the left-handed slugger even decided to hit from the right side of the plate in last night’s derby.
Check out all of T.J.’s best moments at the College Homerun Derby:
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) June 30, 2019
Kentucky’s T.J. Collett is one of six college baseball players selected to compete in the 10th annual Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on Saturday, June 29th.
In his three seasons at Kentucky, Collett has clobbered 21 home runs, including 10 in each of the past two seasons all while averaging a home run in every 15 at-bats.
Collett selected his father, John, to be his pitcher in the derby.
“I’m honored to be selected to participate in this event,” Collett said. “This is a dream come true for me. Ever since I first started playing the game, I’ve wanted to compete in a home run derby and to do so while representing the University of Kentucky is a blessing. To share this with my dad, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
The Rocket Mortgage College Home Run Derby includes three rounds of play: The first round, of course, will include all six contestants. The top four scores will advance to round two, then the top two scored from round two will advance to a 0ne on one contest to take home the trophy.
Contestants in each round will have a timed period of four minutes to hit as many home runs as they can. Once the timed period concludes, contestants will have one final opportunity to hit a home run with the “Bonus Ball.” If successful, two additional home runs will be added to the contestant’s total score.
The event will take place on June 29th at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.