Hello there, KentuckySportsRadio.com readers. Tonight we have a feel-good story for you from southeastern Kentucky, where the Barbourville Tigers upset Knox Central, 1-0, Tuesday night to claim its second 51st District Championship in three years. But it’s not the play on the field or the district title that has us applauding the Tigers here this evening; it’s what they did after the game that needs to be shared.
Immediately following the big win, the Tigers hurried off the field, 51st District trophy in hand, to Hampton Funeral Home, where friends and family of Tina Rose were gathered for her visitation. Rose, the mother of Barbourville senior shortstop Jacob Rose, passed away on Saturday. He chose to join his teammates on the field in the district championship over attending her visitation with his family.
Jacob and his teammates filed into the funeral home in their dirty, sweaty uniforms just in time to pay their respects before the ceremony ended Tuesday night. Jacob carried the trophy inside and took it up to his mother’s casket to show it off. She would be proud, too, because we’re told he played “incredibly” Tuesday night and was named to the All-Tournament team after the game.
You can see him holding the trophy with his teammates below:
One Barbourville parent said it best: “Some times you can save the game, but this week, the game saved our Jacob.”
That was for you momma.
— Jakeâš¾ï¸ (@JRos3_11) May 21, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rose family and the Barbourville community. Good luck in the Region 13 tournament!
Now, the News and Views…
UK Athletics posted a school-record 3.218 cumulative spring GPA.
All University of Kentucky student-athletes combined for the best semester since 2002-03, the first year complete grade info was available. The 3.218 cumulative GPA marks the fourth straight semester the Cats surpassed 3.0 as a whole.
Women’s swimming and diving led the way with a 3.728 GPA, followed by women’s cross country (3.667), softball (3.599), women’s tennis (3.546) and rifle (3.517). Men’s tennis led all UK men’s teams with a 3.401.
The men’s basketball posted a 3.05, while football was one of two schools to miss the 3.0 mark at 2.813.
No, we will not post KSR’s cumulative GPA.
Erin Calipari got engaged.
Congrats to Erin and her fiancee on their engagement! I think this means she should be on the radio show again soon.
I’m setting the odds for “Hey Soul Sister” as the father-daughter dance song at 1/20.
Jalen Whitlow will transfer to Eastern Illinois.
The Panthers made it official with a press release on the school’s website on Wednesday. Whitlow announced his transfer from UK on April 16 after Mark Stoops asked him to move to wide receiver. He wanted to keep playing quarterback and that brings us to where we are today, saying goodbye as he moves to whatever city is home to Eastern Illinois. I don’t know and I’m not looking it up because it doesn’t matter.
It’s important to note that Dorial Green-Beckham was not one of the four incoming transfers mentioned in EIU’s release. College football’s best receiver was rumored to be joining Whitlow in (Insert City) next season. That’d be a nice target to have.
Patrick Towles is working out in California.
Patty Ice is throwing with quarterback coach George Whitfield Jr. in San Diego this week. Sports Illustrated once called Whitfield, “The go-to-coach for big name QB’s Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton and Andrew Luck.”
Towles met Whitfield during the Elite 11 camp in high school. Tennessee’s Justin Worley and Nebraska’s Johnny Stanton are also in San Diego working out with the group.
UK Baseball upset No. 7 Florida in the second round of the SEC Tournament.
The Cats advance to face the South Carolina/Mississippi State winner Thursday night, while Florida moves to the Losers section of the double-elimination SEC Tournament bracket.
Florida is the 2014 regular season champ but couldn’t get it done against Kentucky. UK defeated the top-seeded Gators, 4-2.
Julius Randle likes the idea of playing for the Lakers.
According to Mark Medina of Inside The Lakers, Randle would love to play with Kobe Bryant in the NBA.
“He was my favorite player. I loved Kobe’s persona and swagger and how he played,” Randle said. “He was someone I always looked up to at a young age.”
“It would be extremely fun,” Randle said. “I could learn a lot from him and talk to one of the greatest, if not the greatest player of all time. There’s a lot I could learn from and pick his brain in just how to get better and dealing with adversity.”
ESPN’s Chad Ford has Randle going to Los Angeles at No. 7 in his latest mock draft, but he expects them to shop around with the pick.
R.I.P. to this guy.
Lawd have mercy. (Ignore the carrying violation.)
Tolly-Ho burger named Best Burger in Kentucky by Business Insider.
The hungry minds at Business Insider found the best hamburgers in America and listed them by state in a greasy article that will have you salivating. Tolly-Ho won the crown here in the state of Kentucky. Here is what the website had to say:
KENTUCKY: Tolly-Ho has been providing Lexington with simple yet delicious burgers and shakes since 1971. Its signature burger, the Tolly-Ho, is served on a toasted sesame-seed bun and topped with its housemade secret “Ho” sauce. [BusinessInsider.com]
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m making a quick Tolly-Ho run before finishing the night post.
Josh Hopkins is record producer Ralph Bass in the new James Brown biographical movie, Get On Up.
Can you spot him in the trailer?
A Rupp Arena renovation update coming soon?
The deadline for the university’s response to Brent Rice’s letter is this Friday. We expect to hear whether or not any progress was made by the end of the week, maybe as early as tomorrow.
That’ll do it for now, kiddos.