C.J. Conrad, Katie Reed, Asia Seidt named Mr., Miss Wildcat

C.J. Conrad was named Mr. Wildcat.
(Photo by Britney Howard | UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. –The 17th annual CATSPY Awards were held Monday in Memorial Coliseum to recognize athletic and academic performances during the 2018-19 year in the UK Athletics Department. With co-winners in some categories, 44 individuals were recognized as well as multiple teams.

Headlining the awards this year’s Elite Team Award were the football, men’s soccer, women’s track and field, and volleyball squads.

Vince Marrow has even more recruiting swag now

UK recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow has even more swag after the Citrus Bowl win over Penn State. (Jimbo Schaffer Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After Kentucky won at Louisville in 2016 when the Cardinals had Heisman Trophy quarterback Lamar Jackson, recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow knew the program had more clout with recruits.

“I felt like I was doing a pretty good job recruiting but that Louisville game gave you a foundation of what we could be. I go in with a swag the way I recruit but then I went in with even more confidence now that it was on paper what we did,” said Marrow.

Will Kentucky use running backs more in passing game next season?

By LARRY VAUGHT

With the departure of star running back Benny Snell to the NFL, Kentucky’s offense obviously will have a different look next season.

During Friday’s Blue-White Game, Kentucky showed briefly that it might include running backs A.J. Rose, Kavosiey Smoke and Christopher Rodriguez more in the passing game than it did with Snell at running back.

“I think we want to continue with that. A.J. is also very good, can catch the ball out of the backfield all those guys can do that and we want to continue to work on that and get the ball to them,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said.

Roger Harden: “Coach Hall never lied to anybody”

John Calipari, Joe Hall (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

One thing about former Kentucky coach Joe Hall has always stood out for former UK point guard Roger Harden.

“Joe B. always told us just how things would be. I remember him telling us that most of us (UK players) would stay in the state to live and that fans would remember you most of your life,” Harden, a former Indiana Mr. Basketball who lived in Kentucky until a recent move back to Indiana, said. “Coach Hall never lied to anybody.

Arkansas freshman Reggie Chaney appreciates what Paul Washington did for him

Paul Washington with PJ Washington.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Arkansas freshman Reggie Chaney got to play one season at Findlay Prep (Las Vegas) with Kentucky sophomore PJ Washington and wasn’t surprised when he did so well this season that he’s now headed to the NBA.

But Chaney also has a special connection with Washington’s father, Paul, who coached him at Findlay Prep.

“I still talk to him sometimes. I did before the Kentucky game. He still checks on me and looks out for me,” Chaney said. “I have known PJ since like fifth grade. His dad was the one that got me to play on that (AAU) team and I just built relationships with the whole family.”

UK signee Tyrese Maxey’s smile, personality, effort made big impression at Nike Hoop Summit

Tyrese Maxey (9) leads cheers for Team USA. (Copyright 2019 Photo by Sam Forencich/USA BAsketball)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky signee Tyrese Maxey certainly left an impression during his time with Team USA at the Nike Hoop Summit even though he was just 3-for-8 from the field in his team’s 93-87 win over Team World Friday.

Maxey played 24 minutes and also had three rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Vince Marrow almost a rock star in Kentucky

Lynn Bowden, Vince Marrow

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow has almost become a rock star in Kentucky. Everybody knows “Big Dog” whether it is high school coaches, top recruits or UK fans. He’s a tireless recruiter but also shows up at numerous UK sporting events where fans see and appreciate him.

“Coach Stoops said to me one time, ‘I am the head coach but you are a very popular guy in this town and this state.’ I never really pay attention to it,” Marrow said.

Freshman Kayla Kowilak learning to cope to SEC softball, being away from twin sister

UK freshman outfielder Kayla Kowilak, right, with her fraternal sister Gabbie.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Coach Rachel Lawson doesn’t want to say that freshman outfielder Kayla Kowalik of Texas has been a surprise this year with the role she’s played offensively and in center field.

“She was obviously a very big recruit for us. We know that she is super talented and incredibly strong. I don’t think her play has come as a surprise because of that,” Lawson said. “It’s been nice that it has come a little bit quicker than most freshmen can do it but she is an exceptional talent.”

Kicker Chance Poore shows the different dimension he could add to UK’s offense

Chance Poore . (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It was just one play that really didn’t impact the outcome of Friday’s Blue-White Game at all but it was a play that showed what a dramatic impact kicker Chance Poore could have on Kentucky’s 2019 season.
Poore, a redshirt freshman, drilled a 52-yard field goal that easily cleared the cross bar.

“That was nice to see. Obviously no pressure,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. “But it was good to see. He hit it, he hit it, put a good thump on it. I was standing right behind it. You could hear it come right off his foot. It was good to see.”

Assistant cruise director Song Eunmee bundle of energy trying to help guests feel like they are in “heaven” onboard Princess

Eunmee Song

By LARRY VAUGHT

As much fun as I’ve always had on a cruise, my enjoyment level doesn’t get close to how much Crown Princess assistant cruise director Son Eunmee of South Korea likes what she does.

“I am always happy and I really like this job. It’s a really, really good job and I have fun doing it,” said Eunmee when she took a rare break during our recent 11-day cruise in the Caribbean.

She was seemingly everywhere doing a little bit of everything from instructing line dancing to getting contestant to audition for the “The Voice” to just greeting you going into a show.