July 2018 archive

American Cornhole Tournament comes to Dollywood’s Splash Country

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. —Pool time and cornhole is a winning combination. Never has that been truer than now as American Cornhole Organization (ACO) Champions are coming to Dollywood’s Splash Country to compete in the debut of the ACO Dollywood Classic for a guaranteed $7500 total prize purse!

Fresh off their world championship bid last weekend in Montgomery, Alabama, several professional teams turn their attention to their next test during the debut event at Dollywood’s Splash Country. The water park hosts this sanctioned tournament on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Event organizers are looking for 160 two-person teams to play in the double-elimination tournament, and while there are a number of ACO teams planning to play, the field is not set. Officials with the ACO say there is room for the general public to register and join the star-studded competition. Teams can register by visiting this link: https://www.squadup.com/events/aco-dollywood-cornhole-classic.

Playing at Marshall County will “add to who he will become” for Zion Harmon

Zion Harmon (USA Basketball)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Zion Harmon and his father, Mike,  know the negative impact the shooting at Marshall County High School in January where two were killed and 18 injures had on everyone in the community. They know plenty about the low percentage of African-Americans living in the county.

Yet the Harmons felt transferring from Adair County, where he spent one season and led the state in scoring, to Marshall for his sophomore year was the right move to make.

Former Cats Willis, Briscoe at Wildcat Wearhouse

Derek Willis (Jeff Houchin Photo)

Former Wildcats Derek Willis and Isaiah Briscoe will be making a public appearance today  at Wildcat Wearhouse in the Fayette Mall from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

On Wednesday Willis and Briscoe will be joined by Hamidou Diallo at the Elizabethtown Mall in Elizabethtown from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Briscoe recently signed a two-year deal with the Orlando Magic while Willis has recently signed with a team in Germany.
Diallo was the 45th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and just signed a three-year deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Diallo is back in town to work with the Coach Calipari Draft Academy Camps Thursday and Friday.

 

Losing versatile D.J. Jeffries unexpected loss for Calipari and not a good omen for what lies ahead with James Wiseman

D.J. Jeffries with UK coach John Calipari and assistant Tony Barbee.

By LARRY VAUGHT

He’s had a superb summer that convinced college basketball recruiting analysts he could be a big contributor at Kentucky. However, ESPN five-star forward D.J. Jeffries shocked many Monday when he de-committed from the Wildcats despite saying numerous times in recent months that he was firmly committed to UK.

Magnolia Vale among acts UK fans can vote for to play football season-opening concert

Magnolia Vale twins Katelyn and Samantha Daugherty. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The time has come for Kentucky fans to vote on a band to play the season-opening Kentucky Football Pregame Concert.

The Opening Act contest will culminate in three days of voting on Twitter this week, with eight musical acts competing for the right to play before the Wildcats host Central Michigan on Sept. 1. The contenders are:

Teammates say they can “easily” tackle Benny Snell

Benny Snell (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Just how hard is it to tackle Kentucky junior running back Benny Snell?

He proudly proclaimed at the SEC Media Days that he was the best back in the conference and he was named to the preseason All-SEC first team in voting by media members.

However, Snell’s teammates saying tackling him is not as hard as he believes.

“Yes Benny, I can tackle you,” UK sophomore defensive lineman Josh Paschal said.

Is he certain?

Mike DeCourcy says not to underestimate what Quade Green’s shooting ability could mean for Cats

Quade Green (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Freshman point guards Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley have both already made big impressions on Kentucky basketball fans — and UK has not even played its exhibition games in the Bahamas yet.

But count Sporting News columnist Mike DeCourcy as one who thinks sophomore point guard Quade Green is going to be a significant part of UK’s success in the 2018-19 season.

“I think he will play an enormous role,” DeCourcy said. “If  he doesn’t play well, he will not get minutes that are not earned. But I think he is really good.”

Cassidy Rowe grew up a Louisville fan in eastern Kentucky but happy to have UK scholarship offer

Cassidy Rowe

By LARRY VAUGHT

Unlike most eastern Kentucky athletes, Shelby Valley freshman Cassidy Rowe did not grow up a Kentucky fan. Instead, she’s been a Louisville fan.

“But since Kentucky showed interest in me, I started paying attention to them and their coaching staff has been so good to me,” Rowe, who played against incoming UK freshman Blair Green of Harlan County in summer ball, said. “Coach Mitchell likes the fact that I always hustle and the way I take charge on the court.”

Rowe already has five Division I scholarship offers, including one from Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell.

John Schlarman: Kentucky “lucky” to have Jacob Tamme

Jacob Tamme (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky offensive line coach John Schlarman says former UK All-SEC tight end Jacob Tamme is a perfect role model for current UK players. Tamme played nine years in the NFL and was on three teams that reached the Super Bowl.

Tamme is not retired and has a cattle farm in his hometown in Boyle County.

Damien Harris says he is “kind of putting the state (Kentucky) on the map” with his play at Alabama

Damien Harris went to a lot of UK football games before picking Alabama over UK.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former Madison Southern standout Damien Harris, who rushed for 6,748 yards and 122 touchdowns in his high school career, picked Alabama over Kentucky and now has won two national championships going into his senior season.

“It was an honor getting to say I made it out and kind of putting the state on the map,” Harris said. “They’ve had other guys recruited since then. It was a great feeling, especially when Kentucky is looked at as a basketball state. That’s just kind of the mindset that it’s not really a football state. I’m glad to be where I am, but I’m also glad to be where I’m from.”