By LARRY VAUGHT
A player who actually played on two Kentucky teams that beat Florida in football, the mother of a Kentucky baseball pitcher who had a fabulous season and the coach of one of the state’s top high school football prospects will be some of the guests on WPBK (102.9 FM, wpbkfm.com) Saturday during our remote at Lemons Mill Brewery (166 Marimon Ave.) in Harrodsburg from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Former Kentucky center Dave Hopewell, an insurance agent in Harrodsburg, played on UK teams that beat Florida in Lexington in 1976 and in Gainesville in 1977. Kentucky only has two wins over Florida in football since then and none since 1986.
He’ll share of memories from those wins along with his insights about Saturday night’s game at Florida.
Don Miller is the head football coach and athletics director at Western Hills High School. His star player is all-purpose sensation Wandale Robinson, a priority recruit for Kentucky who also has a ton of other offers including Alabama.
Western Hills plays its third game tonight at Bath County but in two games Robinson has rushed for 323 yards and four touchdowns on 34 carries and caught four passes for 196 yards — 49 yards per catch — and three more scores. He also has a punt return for a touchdown and 16 tackles on defense.
Kentucky sophomore Mason Hazelwood of Mercer County was the top pro prospect in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League this season when he led the league with a 1.80 ERA and 84 strikeouts – a new league record – while sharing the lead in wins with two others with five. Hazelwood followed in the footsteps of his former teammate at Kentucky, Sean Hjelle, who pitched for Elmira (N.Y.) in 2016.
His mother, Amy Currens, will be at the remote Saturday night.
“I didn’t miss any home games (last season) and traveled to as many away games as I could,” she said. “I love baseball but I love it even better when my boy is out there. I am fortunate that my work schedule has some flexibility to let me attend games.”
Count her as huge fan of Kentucky coach Nick Mingione.
“As a mother you are always scared who the next influence in life will be on your child and taking my baby and handing him over to man you hardly know is not easy but I could not have hand picked a better person than coach Mingione,” Currens said.
Former Mercer County girls basketball coach Chris Souder, who led the Titans to state titles in 2017 and 2018, will be on air with us along with Carrie Lewis of Girls Beer Sports, a real favorite of WPBK-FM morning personality Tim Estes.
Also on air will be vaughtsviews.com contributor Savanah Stevens, a former Miss American Coed Kentucky Teen and current Miss Woodford County. She played soccer four years at Boyle County and was a member of DECA Club, Pep Club, Beta Club and National Honor Society. She was a four year recipient of the KHSAA award for maintaining above a 3.5 GPA during the sports season.
She spent one year working in media relations at UK but more importantly, she was perhaps the best football tailgating partner I’ve ever had. She recently did a photo shoot at The Kentucky Castle in Versailles.
Finally, another Kentucky sports expert will be Keith Taylor, sports editor of Kentucky Today. He covers Kentucky football — and basketball — on a daily basis and always has a unique perspective on games and just about everything else.
The Addie Wagon
If that’s not enough, the Addie Wagon from the Woodford Inn will be on site with some great food — including my favorite, pimento cheese sticks. I also can’t wait to try a spaghetti burrito — that’s pasta, Bolognese sauce and cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla, grilled and then topped with a signature cheese and herb blend.
The Fish N’ Chips will have a Lemons Mill beer batter and no way can you go wrong with the Philly cheesesteak or buffalo chicken quesadilla.
Stop by and join us live from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday. If you can’t do that, then listen to WPBK at 102.9 FM or wpbkfm.com.