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Views from the Catsbys




It was another eventful evening at The Catsby Awards, the annual ESPY-style awards show honoring UK’s student-athletes.  Amber Philpott and Chris Bailey of WKYT hosted the show, but they had it stolen from them by John Calipari.

Calipari was one of four coaches to receive “Coach of the Year” honors.  While accepting the award, he invited Tyler Ulis to the stage.  He said that Tyler coached this team too and handed him his award.  A stand-up move between a pair of stand-up guys.  The complete list of winners:

Mr. and Miss Wildcat

Callum Irving (men’s soccer), Danielle Galyer (swimming ), Kelsey Nunley (softball), Kendra Harrison (women’s track and field)

Teams of the Year

Men’s Basketball, Men’s Soccer and Women’s Track and Field

Athletes of the Year

Danielle Galyer (swimming), Kendra Harrison (women’s track and field),  Callum Irving (men’s soccer) and Tyler Ulis

Coaches of the Year

Rachel Lawson (softball), Johan Cedegren (men’s soccer), Edrick Floreal (track and field), and  John Calipari

Mike Lyden Courage Award

Shelby Hilton (gymnastics) #ShelbyStrong

Rookies of the Year

Jamal Murray and Sidney Dukes (gymnastics)

Community Service Award 

Landon Foster and Danielle Fitzgerald (women’s soccer)

Supporting Role

Zach Strecker (baseball), Leah Nugent (women’s track and field)

Performance of the Year

Kendra Harrison (women’s track and field), Danielle Galyer (swimming), Tyler “Chip” McDaniel (men’s golf), Seb Masterton (swimming and diving)

Bill Keightley Assist Award

Blake Perkins and Brady Kennedy

Blue Heart Award 

Fred Allen Meyer (golf), Janee Thompson (women’s basketball)

Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Jackie Dallaire (women’s soccer), Sarah Harris (women’s golf)

Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Landon Foster (football)

Academic Teams of the Year

Women’s tennis, Men’s golf

Scratch Award

Charles Walker (football), Taylor Puryear (gymnastics)

Heart of a Wildcat

Kelsey Nunley (softball)

But let’s be real: the best part of the Catsby’s is seeing everyone in their Sunday best.  We begin with the boys of the backcourt.



Derek Willis and Marcus Lee



A Trio of Homegrown Ballers — Maci Morris, Makayla Epps and Mackenzie Cann.



Trey Lyles returned to campus.



A selfie from Landon Foster.



The least awkward photo of the night…



Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

2 Comments for Views from the Catsbys

  1. david8577
    8:42 am April 26, 2016 Permalink

    Maci… damn.

    • the ghost of Bill Hicks
      11:11 am April 26, 2016 Permalink

      She the real MVP.