Assistant Steve Clinkscale had big impact on four-star player’s commitment to UK

By LARRY VAUGHT

New Kentucky secondary coach Steve Clinkscale had a major impact on Ohio four-star recruit Tyrell Ajian giving his verbal commitment to UK Thursday.

Ajian had offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and others but told Curt Conrad of Richland Source, an online community news organization serving the citizens of north central Ohio.

“He was a huge part of my decision,” Ajian told Conrad. “I liked the way he talked to me even when he was at Cincinnati (as a coach). He told me he could help make me a better player.”

Fan upset with “gall” coach had to add Brad Calipari to UK roster

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Brad Calipari had to know there might be times being on the Kentucky basketball team coached by his father, John,  might cause some uncomfortable moments.

However, I certainly didn’t expect any Kentucky fan to be already complaining about Brad Calipari coming to UK as a walk-on addition.

Yet that is just what apparent long-time fan Darrell Gross did with a letter to the editor in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Cheek’s RBI double, Prince’s save give UK 3-2 win over No. 4 Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Junior pitcher Meagan Prince stepped into the circle with two on and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, getting out of the jam with a grounder to second base to close the game as the No. 11 Kentucky softball team picked up a critical road win at No. 4 Alabama on Friday night to open this weekend’s three-game set.

Zack Brown’s nine shutout innings not enough, UK falls 1-0 in 10 innings

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior Zack Brown pitched nine shutout innings in arguably the best performance of his career, but it was not enough Friday night as Arkansas beat the Kentucky baseball team 1-0 in the first game of a three-game set with the Razorbacks at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The game was scoreless through nine innings before Arkansas right fielder Chad Spanberger hit a solo home run to right field off of Brown to lead off the 10th inning. That proved to be the game’s only run.

Elementary teacher told Ulis’ mom early that he would be special

Tyler 1By LARRY VAUGHT

Kelly Reed always knew that her son, Tyler Ulis, could be a special player.

“It’s just a little thing I would say – point guards are not made; they’re born. Since day one. People ask me, what camps did you send him to? Who trains him? He could dribble the ball like it was on a string since he was like 2 and 3 and that’s the honest truth,” said Reed.

Chris Westry has confidence in UK’s secondary

Chris Westry (Vicky Graff Photo)

Chris Westry (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Any time Kentucky coach Mark Stoops sees the ball thrown on cornerback Chris Westry’s side of the field, he expects it to be an incompletion.

“I feel like it’s just not going to happen,” Stoops said about a pass being completed against his sophomore cornerback.

Ohio four-star commit boosts UK to No. 1 in SEC recruiting

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky fans might be a bit pessimistic about the upcoming football season but recruits still seem to believe in coach Mark Stoops and his staff.

The Wildcats got another big-time commitment Thursday from four-star Tyrell Ajian of Ohio. The 6-1, 185-pound Ajian is a skilled athlete who had 19 touchdowns last year while running for 551 yards and catching passes for 783. He also had 56 tackles and three interceptions on defense.

Most recruiting analysts project him a a defensive back in college. He’s regarded as one of the top 10 juniors in Ohio and ESPN currently has him ranked as the nation’s 82 best prospect.

Sun Shall Shine Blue-White Meet has special significance

Winstead family

Winstead family

LEXINGTON, Ky. – What would normally be a routine race-format practice for the Kentucky swimming team has turned into the home event of the season, centered around future Wildcat and current Paul Laurence Dunbar High School standout Madison Winstead.  The Lexington native was recently granted a waiver by the NCAA to participate in the Blue-White Meet, making an appeal to swim in the meet so her mother, Shane, would be able to see her daughter swim in a UK cap after a stage four colon cancer diagnosis in January 2015. 

Dustin Beggs named to Golden Spikes Award Watch List

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Already named a midseason first-team All-American by Perfect Game earlier this month, University of Kentucky senior pitcher Dustin Beggs has most recently been tabbed as one of 60 amateur players to the 2016 Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List, it was announced by USA Baseball on Wednesday.

Kentucky is no stranger to the prestigious award, which has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country since 1978. Two-way star A.J. Reed won the award in 2014 after one of the best seasons in college baseball history. The semifinalists for the award will be announced June 1 with the finalists being announced June 13 and the 2016 winner announced June 30.

Check out stories on Alabama Mr. Basketball, Tubby Smith, Landon Young

John Petty (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

John Petty (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

From time to time, I like to make sure that you don’t miss some of the stories I have posted on lex18.com and this week has really been a busy week.

Alabama junior John Petty, the state’s Mr. Basketball, has been a UK fan since watching John Wall and Eric Bledsoe play. His coach is also a Kentucky basketball fan. He was the first player in the 2017 recruiting class offered by Calipari.

Here is the story link: http://www.lex18.com/story/31767298/both-alabama-mr-basketball-john-petty-and-his-high-school-coach-are-kentucky-fans