January 2019 archive

Maci Morris scores 21 but UK falls 74-70 to No. 16 South Carolina

Maci Morris (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Maci Morris scored 21 points, but the 19th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team came up short, falling to No. 16 South Carolina 74-70 on Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum.

Morris, the senior from Bell County (Ky.) High School, connected on nine of her 18 shots from the floor, including three of eight from behind the arc. She added a season-high five assists and three blocked shots, which tied her career high.

Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns named to NBA All-Star Game

Karl-Anthony Towns signed autographs at AllSports in Fayette Mall. (Matt DiLorenzo Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Kentucky greats Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns were selected as NBA Western Conference All-Stars on Thursday. Davis will make his sixth consecutive appearance and Towns is appearing in the game for the second straight year. The NBA All-Star Game is slated for Feb. 17 in Charlotte. Davis and Towns were two of 14 reserves selected by the league’s coaches and announced on TNT on Thursday night.

PJ Washington says Cats won’t get “arrogant” again because of recent success

PJ Washington (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After Kentucky beat North Carolina and Louisville, most thought the Wildcats had put their season-opening 34-point loss to Duke finally behind them.

Then Kentucky started Southeastern Conference play with a loss at Alabama.

Looking back, sophomore PJ Washington says the Cats were a bit “arrogant” going into that game — a mistake he insists won’t happen again.

Kentucky is on a seven-game win streak after Tuesday’s beatdown of Vanderbilt going into Saturday afternoon’s game at Florida. They have climbed to No. 7 in the national rankings.

Former UK player Reggie Warford one of 10 to be inducted into KHSAA Hall of Fame

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association will induct its Class of 2019 into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame presented by Roberts Insurance on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Hilton Downtown Lexington. This year’s 10-member class will be the 32nd inducted into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame, and consists of former high school coaches, athletes, officials, administrators, and contributors. The Class of 2019 will also be recognized during the semifinals of the 2019 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16®. The induction of the 10-member Class of 2019 will bring the total number of honorees in the Hall of Fame to 479.

Defending, passing, scoring — Ashton Hagans doing it all for Kentucky

Ashton Hagans (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Ashton Hagans doesn’t mind the spotlight, or embracing a big-time situation.

He blew kisses to the crowd when he returned to Georgia to play against the Bulldogs and helped UK get a road win. He threw L’s down in the final seconds of Kentucky’s win at Louisville.

He’s earned a reputation as one of the nation’s best defensive point guards has has 45 steals in 20 games, including a streak where he had three or more steals starting with the North Carolina game where he had a school-record eight.

Josh Allen Herald-Leader Sports Figure of the Year

Josh Allen (Jeff Houchin Photo)

Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen, who led the Wildcats to their best season in 41 years with a 10-3 finish and Citrus Bowl championship, has been chosen the 2018 Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Sports Figure of the Year.

Allen received the award from votes of media members around Kentucky. He is the third Kentucky football player to win in the award’s 38-year history, joining tight end James Whalen Jr. (1999) and quarterback Tim Couch (1997).

A record 176 votes were cast this year.

Margaritaville in Pigeon Forge has perfect getaway options

The St. Somewhere Spa staff will find the perfect treatment for you. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

If you are looking for a nice Valentine’s Day getaway — or a longer winter mini-vacation — then let me make a suggestion: Margaritaville in Pigeon Forge.

There’s a friendly staff waiting for you at either the Margaritaville Island Hotel or the Margaritaville Island Inn. Then there is always the relatively new Margaritaville Resort in Gatlinburg.

We love the Pigeon Forge area in the winter. The crowds are nothing compared to the spring, summer and fall months but there are still great places to eat and shop. Not to mention a number of entertainment options.

Receiver Tavin Richardson leaving UK

Tavin Richardson (Keith Taylor Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Receiving depth/production has been a problem for coach Mark Stoops’ teams at Kentucky and now the Cats have lost senior receiver Tavin Richardson.

He announced on social media that he was transferring for his final season. He has made 25 career starts, including all 13 in 2018 when he only caught 13 passes for 114 yards after making 27 catches for 371 yards in 2017. His freshman year in 2016 he had nine catches for 160 yards and started five games.

More than 10,000 football season tickets sold in two weeks

Vicky Graff Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After a VRBO Citrus Bowl championship and its most successful season in decades, Kentucky football has sustained positive momentum with strong early season ticket sales.

In just two weeks, more than 10,000 season tickets have been renewed or purchased. That includes more than 850 new season tickets sold to deposit holders and existing season ticket holders, representing a more than 800-percent increase from last season at this time. UK is already nearly three-quarters of the way to topping the approximately 1,200 new season tickets sold for the 2018 season. 

Kentucky baseball picked for nine nationally televised games

Nick Mingione (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky baseball team will be featured on national television nine times this season, including the Southeastern Conference’s Thursday night showcase game, the league announced on Wednesday. Additionally, all of the Wildcats’ 32 home games and 30 conference games will be available via SECN+.

Kentucky opens the season on Feb. 15 at Austin Peay as part of a 2019 schedule that will test the club from start to finish. The 56-game slate features 35 total games against 14 teams who made the NCAA Tournament last season and 24 against teams ranked in Baseball America’s preseason Top 25, including 20 vs. the Top 15 – 13 of which will be on the road – and nine vs. the top five.