Lincoln County Schools delivering lot of meals to students

Lincoln County schools have delivered over 15,000 meals to students since school was called off.

Vaught’s note: Every day I want to try to highlight something positive during this difficult time to maybe bring just a little positivity.

By LARRY VAUGHT

The Lincoln County Schools food service department has been providing free meals to students since school was called off because of the coronavirus epidemic.

Brad Smith, Lincoln schools communications/public relations, said meals are fixed at the kitchen of the Lincoln Student Support Center, packaged by certified nutritional staff and then available for pick up at designated sites. Each lunch also includes a breakfast bar for the following morning.

No summer recruiting, no problem for John Calipari

John Calipari spent a lot of time last summer recruiting Terrence Clarke. (Brewster Academy Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

The NCAA has put a ban on recruiting visits by players and off-campus recruiting by coaches through May 31st — and it could be extended.

One coach who would be fine with no summer recruiting is Kentucky coach John Calipari even if the COVID-19 concerns go away. He would be fine with no summer recruiting every year.

Guest post: Kindness of video call, bologna sandwich made me and my grandmother both happy

Betty Robertson got to see her granddaughter, Tina Cox, through a video call and also enjoy a bologna sandwich, her favorite, on Thursday.

By TINA COX, Contributing Writer

While getting ready for work Thursday morning (essential employee) I received a text message from Harrodsburg Health and Rehabilitation Center and my heart dropped.

My grandmother, Betty Robertson, lives there and it has been three weeks since I have been able to visit except to wish her Happy 94th Birthday on March 15th through her window.  The unimaginable passed through my mind as I clicked to read the message.

Rachel Lawson doesn’t expect UK softball seniors to take extra season of eligibility

Bailey Vick celebrated with pitcher Autumn Humes after a UK win. (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Having the college softball season halted by the COVID-19 outbreak came as no surprise to Kentucky coach Rachel Lawson.

“March 13, the day it all stopped, was (senior outfielder) Bailey Vick’s birthday. What about that for a present?” Lawson said on WPBK-FM Thursday morning.

“We knew things were lingering but once basketball season ended there was not a part of me that thought our season was not finished. We gathered the team and I told them, ‘Don’t even be hopeful for this to start again. It’s not going to happen.’”

John Calipari: “I fully expect us to be playing basketball in November.”

John Calipari (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

With doubts continuing to mount about whether there will be a college football season because of COVID-19, Kentucky coach John Calipari is confident there will be a normal college basketball season — or at least says he is.

“I fully expect us to be playing basketball in November. I really do,” Calipari said during an appearance on the Paul Finebaum Show on the SEC Network Thursday.

Calipari didn’t downplay the significance of the coronavirus that canceled the NCAA Tournament and has shut down collegiate spring sports, high school sports, NBA, Major League Baseball, NASCAR and more.

Healthcare workers “tired but determined” for battle despite personal, family risks

A friend in Florida says his wife is working longer days helping battle the coronavirus and he worries about her safety daily.

By LARRY VAUGHT

I have a friend in Florida and his wife works in the medical field and is among those risking being exposed to COVID-19 daily because she works in a lab that is a collection site (her name and name of hospital not being used to protect her privacy).

“The potentially infected person can drive through and have the collection done via nose swab which the  nurses collect in full hazmat suits and she handles the processing out to the testing sites,” my friend said.

Sunrise Children’s Service leader raising awareness one mile at a time

Rick Burslem

Vaught’s note: Each day my goal is to try and share some uplifting news — and it often may not be sports — just to give us a break from the daily worries we have. Today that information was provided by Dan Koett on an inspiring 153-mile trek for Rick Burslem, marketing and advancement VP for Sunrise Children’s Services.)

By DAN KOETT

LEXINGTON – Sunrise Children’s Servicesvice president of marketing and advancement, Rick Burslem, will begin a journey covering some 153 miles with stops in Elizabethtown (where the organization has two facilities), Danville, Mt. Washington, and Somerset.

Johnny Juzang transfer: “Foolish man seeks happiness in the distance”

Johnny Juzang (UK Athletics Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

The recent news that former UK player Johnny Juzang has finalized his list of potential transfer locations came as a little bit of a surprise. Not that he had finalized a list but some of the schools that were included on his final list.

When Juzang announced in early March that he was transferring from UK the thinking seemed to be that he was homesick and wanted to head back to the West Coast to be nearer his family in Los Angeles.

Film will not lie about Lynn Bowden’s talent

Lynn Bowden  (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It seems that nothing is going to stop the NFL from starting its draft April 23 even if teams have not been able to have players come for visits/interviews and if Pro Days at colleges across the country were canceled by the coronavirus.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is keeping in contact with Lynn Bowden, the receiver turned quarterback who saved UK’s season last year.

“Making sure he’s staying focused and doing the work necessary and making sure he has the ability to work out somewhere. He sounded good and is doing a good job,” Stoops said.

John Calipari wasn’t going to waste year of Dontaie Allen’s eligibility

Dontaie Allen (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — Dontaie Allen’s collegiate career got off to a slow start and the reigning Kentucky Mr. Basketball spent most of his freshman campaign healing and preparing for the future.

The former Pendleton County High School standout hasn’t played in a game in nearly two years. Allen tore his ACL 13 games into his senior season at Pendleton County and spent most of last year rehabilitating his injured knee.

He averaged 42.9 points per game during the first 11 games during his senior year. Despite a shortened senior campaign, Allen finished his prep career with 3.225 points, ranking him No. 11 in state history.