May 2020 archive

Wilderness Trail Distillery will release 6-year-old wheated bottled in bond Bourbon June 8

DANVILLE — Wilderness Trail Distillery has been waiting patiently to have fans sip its first six-year-old wheated Bourbon.

Wilderness Trail, the newest member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, plans to highlight the Trail’s June 8 reopening by releasing a 6-year-old, wheated bottled in bond Bourbon, on this celebratory day.

The other releases by the Danville distillery, owned by Shane Baker and Dr. Pat Heist, have been four-year-old, bottled in bond Bourbons and a cask strength rye whiskey.

Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman wants good teammates on Team Kentucky who are accountable for their actions

Jacqueline Coleman with Gov. Andy Beshear. (Beshear/Coleman Campaign Photo)

Vaught’s note: Jacqueline Coleman — a former high school and college basketball player as well as a high school coach — is the Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. She shares her opinion on the recent political unrest in our state.

By JACQUELINE COLEMAN

As part of Team Kentucky, Andy Beshear and I made a commitment to be good teammates to our fellow Kentuckians, to end the divisive political rhetoric and verbal attacks by demonstrating the compassion, empathy and leadership we believe they deserve.

Justin Rogers never paid attention to speculation he would de-commit from Kentucky

Justin Rogers knew immediately that playing for coach Mark Stoops was the “right fit” for him.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Almost as soon as Michigan five-star lineman Justin Rogers verbally committed in mid-May of 2019 — seven months before national signing day — speculation started nationally that he would eventually flip to a more traditional football power like Alabama or Georgia if he did leave the state. Instead, he never wavered in his commitment to UK.

Does point guard Kennedy Chandler’s move to Sunrise Christian hurt UK’s chances?

Kennedy Chandler has been with Briarcrest Christian coach John Harrington for years but is leaving for Sunrise Christian his senior season.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kennedy Chandler, the highest ranked point guard in the 2021 recruiting class, is leaving Briarcrest Christian in Memphis, Tenn., to play his senior season at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas.

Kentucky is one of the finalists Chandler has listed as a potential college destination. At Sunrise, he’ll get to play against a competitive national schedule and also face better year-round competition in practices as well.

Surprise! Florida point guard Andrew Nembhard pulls out of draft, decides to transfer

By LARRY VAUGHT

Florida figures to be one of the best teams in the Southeastern Conference next season even if it did fizzle last season after being ranked in the preseason top 10.

However, got to admit I did not expect the news Saturday that junior guard Andrew Nembhard was going to transfer. I didn’t expect him to keep his name in the NBA draft after he averaged 11.2 points and 5.6 assists last year when he shot 31 percent from 3-point range.

Eighth-grade history teacher provided plenty of motivation for Jager Burton

Jager Burton

By LARRY VAUGHT

Motivation can come in unusual ways. Just ask four-star offensive lineman Jager Burton of Frederick Douglas High School.

He’s now the top rated prospect in Kentucky in the 2021 recruiting class and has narrowed his college choice to UK, Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon and Clemson.

Yet he still remember an eighth-grade history teacher at Lexington Christian Academy who asked him the first day of school what he wanted to be.

“I said I wanted to be a NFL player,” Burton said. “He (the teacher) said set a goal for playing in college and none of you will probably get a scholarship. He said that to Walker’s class, too.”

Roger Harden “never will” forget 1986 NCAA loss to LSU

Roger Harden (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Has Roger Harden got over Kentucky’s 59-57 loss to LSU — a team UK had already beat three times that season — in the 1986 Elite Eight that could have cost the Cats and coach Eddie Sutton a national title?

“No, and I never will,” Harden, a starting point guard, said. “On my death bed, I will still be in mourning. That was the toughest loss I ever had. I still have the whole stat sheet memorized.”

UK signee Dekel Crowdus has “twitch” to make immediate impact in college

Dekel Crowdus (Frederick Douglas Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

He’s watched Rondale Moore (Purdue) and Wan’Dale Robinson (Nebraska) both have prolific careers as high school receivers in Kentucky recently but Frederick Douglas offensive lineman Jager Burton thinks teammate Dekel Crowdus is the best receiver he’s ever seen at the high school level.

“Dekel has a twitch like you are watching a college player playing in the small slot,” Burton said. “You get the ball in his hands and there is no delay from when he catches it until he is running full speed.”

Justin Rogers: “I am definitely expecting to come in and play”

Justin Rogers

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky freshman defensive lineman Justin Rogers, who has been timed in 4.9 seconds in the 40-yard dash, would like to have his weight at 300 pounds when the season starts and knows first-year defensive line coach Anwar Stewart will push to get him there.

“Coach Stewart is a great guy, but he is definitely a character. I can’t wait for him to coach me,” Rogers said. “I am definitely expecting to come in and play. I have a hunger for the game. I want to learn the playbook, make plays and bust my butt for the team.”

John Calipari “horrified” by what he’s seen happen in our country

John Calipari. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Protests of the last few days in our country, including one in Louisville, that have led to looting and even shootings led Kentucky coach John Calipari and other UK coaches to take to social media Friday.

Here is what Calipari posted on Twitter in a series of tweets:

“Like many of you, I’ve been watching what’s been going on the last couple of days and have had some time to think about it and pray about it. All I can tell you is I’m sick.