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Residents give Rick Burslem spirited welcome in Danville on his 158-mile walk

Rick Burlsem got a spirited greeting at Sunrise Children’s Services in Danville Thursday. (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

What an inspiration it was to see Rick Burslem, Sunrise Children’s Services vice president of marketing, make his walk into the Sunrise facility in Danville Thursday and be greeted with signs and cheers from the 27 male residents ranging in age from 6-17 and staff members there.

Burslem started his 153-mile walk to visit all Sunrise facilities in Bronston April 1 and now has gone about one third of the way.

Johnny Juzang picks UCLA

Johnny Juzang (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — Johnny Juzang left one storied program for another.

The former University of Kentucky guard announced his future plans and will continue his collegiate career at UCLA. Juzang is from Los Angeles and said playing for the Bruins brings him closer to home and he plans to pursue an immediate waiver to play next season.

“I can explain how excited I am to play for coach (Mick) Cronin and UCLA,” Juzang said Thursday. “Growing up in Los Angeles, 15 minutes from Westwood, I’ve always followed UCLA and dreamed of playing in Pauley Pavillon. Bringing a title back home is something that motivates me like nothing else.”

Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Games cancelled

LOUISVILLE – Due to the COVID-19 outbreak eliminating the possibility for Kentucky All-Star Tryouts, the KABC announced earlier today that the KABC Regional Players of the Year, as voted on this season by coaches, will be the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Teams for 2020. Congratulations to each of these players on being voted Regional Players of the Year and Kentucky All-Stars.  Along with this, the KABC, in conjunction with the Indiana All-Star Director, has been forced to cancel the 2020 Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Games originally scheduled for June 5th.

Life in Germany had been “great” for Derek, Keely Willis

Derek and Keely Willis planned to stay in Ulm, Germany, but are back in Kentucky now after his season was suspended.

By LARRY VAUGHT

One of the first things that Keely Willis remembers being told when she went overseas with her husband, former Kentucky basketball player Derek Willis, was not to stay in the house all the time.

“I was told, ‘Go out and experience life here in Europe because people who just stay in the house hate being here,'” Keely said.

After one year in the G-League, Derek Willis has played the last two years in Germany.

Immanuel Quickley was not afraid to let his faith drive him

Immanuel Quickley (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Long before he started getting postseason recognitio it was obvious that Kentucky sophomore Immanuel Quickley not only had become a fan favorite but also a role model for many youngsters.

Quickley was UK’s best 3-point and free-throw shooter and was amazing in clutch situations, one reason many fans liked him. But even more impressive to some was his honesty about his faith and the power of daily Bible reading. He revealed before the season started that he had been reading his Bible even more and fans of all ages appreciated that.

Lynn Bowden: “I think my film speaks for itself.”

Lynn Bowden.
UK beat EMU 38-17.
Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics

By LARRY VAUGHT

If Lynn Bowden is right, he might benefit from COVID-19 cancelling his Pro Day workout in late March.

The University of Kentucky star was set to let pro scouts check his speed that day after he had not been able to run earlier due to an injury at the NFL Combine.

Bowden obviously showed plenty of speed last year to terrorize defenses after he moved from receiver to quarterback but he’s not known for having world-class speed.

Mark Stoops understands dilemma fans have with season ticket purchases now

By LARRY VAUGHT

Mark Stoops signs an autograph at Fan Day. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Considering the COVID-19 situation, will Kentucky football fans eventually renew or buy season tickets like they would have without COVID-19.

Remember UK has won a combined 18 games the last two years and should have a very good team again in 2020 — if there is a 2020 season.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops understands the dilemma fans are facing.

“Personally, I would just take it one day at a time, like everybody in this country and the majority of the world has to do right now, is take it one day at a time and see where things are at,” Stoops said.

Stanford Elementary School teacher donating 60 face shields he made to Lincoln Health Department

By BRAD SMITH, Lincoln County Communications Director

Stanford Elementary School teacher Chris Woolums has been working from home during the COVID- 19 pandemic, like most of the school staff. However, his work has not been all NTI work. He’s also been working on making face shields and masks using the school’s 3D printers.

Woolums recently completed 60 face shields and is donating them to the Lincoln County Health Department.

UK Athletics Cancels Camps, Clinics through July 31

LEXINGTON, Ky. – As part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UK Athletics has canceled all camps and clinics through July 31 for all sports, including those hosted both on and off campus.

UK Athletics will automatically process refunds for anyone who had previously signed up for canceled camps. Refunds will be issued through Active, UK’s camp registration platform, to the original purchaser of record and only in the same manner as the original purchase.

In addition to the cancellation of camps and clinics through July 31, no UK camps after July 31 will be scheduled until further notice. UK Athletics will monitor the situation to determine when camps and clinics can safely resume.

No matter who leaves, John Calipari says “we’ll be fine”

Keion Brooks Jr. is one of two players that John Calipari knows he will have back next season. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

If you are hoping that Immanuel Quickley, Nick Richards or EJ Montgomery might return to Kentucky for another season, don’t be counting on it based on how Kentucky coach John Calipari sounded during a Facebook Live chat he had Monday.

“We’re going to be Kentucky. We’ll be fine. We’ll go, ‘Let’s go. Who do we have?’ And then we’ll figure out how we’re going to play and how we’re going to win,” Calipari said.