Discover Prestonsburg, the “Star City of Eastern Kentucky”. Whether you’re into outdoor adventure, musical entertainment, theatre, history or science, Prestonsburg has a little something for everyone. Located along U.S. 23, the country music highway, Prestonsburg offers an array of musical entertainment. The Mountain Arts Center is a performing arts venue that hosts the Billie Jean Osborne’s KY Opry. Be mesmerized by the local talent on stage that will leave you understanding why we say, “There’s something in the water”. The KY Opry kicks off June 17. If you’re looking for just a relaxing music evening, checkout some of our local restaurants such as McGuire’s Brickhouse or Lizzie B’s on Friday and Saturday Nights that have local bands performing into the night.
Catch an outdoor theatre show at the Jenny Wiley Theatre this summer. This year’s summer shows will include Tarzan and Madagascar. Shows start June 23 for a magical experience under the stars. For history buffs, educate yourselves at the Battle of Middlecreek, the largest Civil War battle in Eastern KY or tour through the Historic Samuel May House. Explore the East Kentucky Science Center & Varia Planetarium one of the most technologically advanced planetariums in the nation. You also don’t want to miss out on the Hubble Exhibit on display until September.
For the outdoor enthusiast, enjoy Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. The park features plenty of hiking, biking, fishing, birding, boating opportunities and even elk tours during the fall & winter season. Check out our newly created Sugar Camp Mountain Trails that add an additional 26 miles of mountain biking that are like no other in the region. Like Kayaking? Experience our Levisa Fork PaddleFest, the fourth Saturday May – Sept., and kayak up the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River into Paintsville as well as experiencing amazing Paddle Sports like paddle boarding. Of course no trip to Prestonsburg is complete without a trip to StoneCrest Golf Course, whether an avid golfer or just there to take in the views, this reclaimed strip mine is a beauty like no other. Call Prestonsburg Tourism at 800-844-4704 or visit prestonsburgky.org for more information.
1. Win or Go Home
The Kentucky baseball team is playing for its life. After their ninth inning rally ended prematurely, the Cats must avenge their 5-2 loss to the Cards or their season will end in Louisville two wins short of the College World Series in Omaha.
2. One Bad Inning
Kentucky surrendered two runs in the first inning, but remained in game one until a disastrous fifth. The first two UK batters reached base, but Marcus Carson’s bunt went right back to the pitcher, who made the force out at third. A passed ball appeared to wipe away the bad bunt, but Carson got tagged out before sliding into second. Instead of getting two runs to tie the game, they gave away a three-run homerun in the bottom of the inning.
The Bat Cats continued to fight until the tying run arrived at the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Erase one bad inning and we might be telling a different story this morning.
3. A Pitching Duel
Brendan McKay vs. Sean Hjelle is a college baseball nerd’s wet dream. A National Player of the Year vs. the 6’11” SEC Pitcher of the Year. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Neither team got a ton of offense going yesterday, they simply capitalized off the other team’s mistakes; Louisville only needed four hits to score five runs. There will not be as many mistakes today. The Cats must take advantage of every opportunity to put McKay against the ropes.
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5. KHSAA Softball/Baseball Playoffs Continue
The Super Regional isn’t the only action on Kentucky dirt diamonds. The first leg of the state baseball tournament is underway in Lexington at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, while the softball tournament is nearing the end in Owensboro.
Baseball/softball tournaments are weird. Double elimination, pool play etc. creates tournament chaos. Yesterday, things got too crazy in Owensboro. Mercy was eliminated in the losers bracket 2-0 in 14-innings. Their fourth game of the day ended just before midnight. If they would’ve won, their semifinal game would start right now. Certainly there’s a better way to do this, KHSAA.
Softball Final Four
- South Warren vs. Owensboro Catholic
- Male vs. Madisonville-North Hopkins
- Scott County 4, Caldwell County 0
- Highlands 3, Johnson Central 1
- PRP 4, Franklin-Simpson 3
- McCracken County 1, Trinity 0
- Simon Kenton vs. Muhlenberg County at 11:00 a.m.
- Knox Central vs. Marion County at 1:30 p.m.
- McCracken County vs. Scott County at 6:00 p.m.
- Highlands vs. PRP at 8:30 p.m.
6. Kentucky Football Camps Begin
The Kentucky football team is beginning camp season with their biggest recruiting weekend of the summer. Headlined by quarterback Jarren Williams, defensive linemen Alex Reigelsperger and Tyler Bentley, there’s a TON of talent in Lexington today. I’ll preview the visitors in a little while before heading to the event under the Kroger Field lights.
7. Enlightenment from a Champion of Life
Tennessee defensive coordinator Bob Shoop doesn’t use social media often, but when he does it’s for the greater good. Few words are more inspiring than these.
8. The Cavs Won
This are three words I did not expect to type during the NBA Finals. Facing elimination, the Cavs played like they needed to play four games ago. They prevented the Warriors from becoming the first team to ever go 16-0 in the playoffs, but they’ll need another crazy offensive performance to extend the series to six.
9. Belmont Saturday
Even though a Triple Crown isn’t on the line, there’s still some good racing happening at Belmont Park. A few Kentucky Derby favorites — Irish War Cry, Gormely and Patch — return to the track, ensuring an eventful mile and a half race.
Post time is at 6:37 on NBC. For more racing coverage throughout the day, hit up NBC Sports Network.
10. Game of Thrones is Almost Here
That’s why T.J. Walker and I have restarted Kentucky Thrones Radio. In the six weeks leading into the show, the hour-long podcast is reviewing all six seasons and connecting their stories to where we are now. The first one is pretty fun and can be found here. Any and all feedback is appreciated. For more, keep that podcast feed prepared to see new episodes each Monday before the July 16 premiere.