Jacob Bodner’s promotion something father would be proud of

Jacob Bodner (Keith Taylor Photo)

Jacob Bodner (Keith Taylor Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Karma can work in many, many different ways.

Former Boyle County High School standout Jacob Bodner started his professional baseball career last summer after being drafted by the Kansas City Royals following his collegiate career at Xavier.

He did well and was assigned to pitch for the Lexington Legends this season.

His father, Scott, played a huge role in his career, but also has been battling cancer. He was thrilled he got to see his son drafted and be honored by the Royals last year. He was even more thrilled he got to go to Lexington to see him pitch earlier this season.

Governor’s Cup will honor Rich Brooks, Jeremy Jarmon, Jim Kovach

Louisville, KY. – For the 23rd consecutive year, the Kroger Company will celebrate the football rivalry between the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky by sponsoring this year’s Governor’s Cup. This year’s Governor’s Cup cocktail party will be hosted in Frankfort, Ky.  The event begins with the Reception and Auction which will be held Monday, June 6 at the Governor’s Mansion, 704 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601.

Hawkins to Travel to Far East for Second Time with Reach USA

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the second time in his career, senior guard Dominique Hawkins will travel to the Far East in conjunction with Reach USA for a cultural exchange trip.

The Reach USA team will travel from May 16-29 for a cultural exchange basketball trip in order to learn more about the Far Eastern culture, while sharing its own culture.

“I wanted to return to the Far East because I enjoyed the trip earlier in my career and I didn’t have any other plans,” Hawkins said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to learn about another culture and spend some more time on the basketball court.”

Karl Anthony-Towns first Wildcat to be NBA Rookie of Year

-1NEW YORK – Succeed and proceed. From NCAA All-American to NBA Rookie of the Year, former Kentucky men’s basketball player Karl-Anthony Towns has become another beacon of head coach John Calipari’s players-first program.

Towns was honored as the league’s best rookie on Monday, becoming the first former Wildcat to earn the distinction. Towns is the fifth-ever and the first unanimous Rookie of the Year since Damian Lillard in 2013. He is the third player coached by Calipari to win the honor, joining former Memphis players Tyreke Evans (2010) and Derrick Rose (2009).

Guest post: How Will The Cats Fare In 2016 With Their Football Season?

Mark Stoops (Alex Otte Photo)

Mark Stoops (Alex Otte Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS

For two seasons in a row, the Kentucky football team started the season well enough to elevate the August Expectations of SEC East competitiveness and a bowl trip to thoughts about winning the SEC East. However, in each season, the UK team stumbled its way to finish the season with complete disappointment. In 2014, the Cats opened the season 5-1, but were not able to find that necessary sixth win for bowl eligibility over their last six games. In 2015, the Cats opened 4-2, but again could only manage five wins for the season, one win shy of bowl eligibility for the second season in a row. Many members of the UK fan base experienced delusions of grandeur that would have made Walter Mitty’s appear reasonable as they spoke about and dreamed of SEC East Championships. However, these back to back 5-7 seasons (10-14 in the aggregate) that included only 1-11 record combined over the back half of these seasons only serve to intensify the idea that Coach Mark Stoops may not be able to elevate this program to SEC competitiveness.

UK target Trae Young continues impressive May play

By LARRY VAUGHT

Oklahoma point guard Trae Young continues to  show why Kentucky coach John Calipari would like to have him in  his 2017 recruiting class.

The 6-2 Young has had a solid month in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League and  averaged 25.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists in four wins for Mokan Elite squad in Virginia over the weekend.

He had a triple-double (19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists)  and 36 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in another game.

Kentucky fan needs help to win new van

James Lee Mitchell

James Lee Mitchell

By LARRY VAUGHT

My friend, Amy Hayes, says University of Kentucky fan James Lee Mitchell of Hi Hat in Floyd County needs help from the Big Blue Nation to win a new van.

“This young man has muscular dystrophy and is wheelchair bound. He is in a Hero of the Month contest. People can use their Facebook to log in without registration to vote for him,” Hayes said.

The link to the contest is: http://www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/entrant/james-mitchell-hi-hat-ky/

Kentucky to host softball regional

By LARRY VAUGHT

During an appearance on WLAP Sunday Morning Sports, Kentucky softball coach Rachel Lawson worried that an opening game loss to LSU in the SEC Tournament might cost her team a chance to host a NCAA Tournament regional.

However, No. 11 UK (43-11) was the No. 9 seed in the tourney in pairings announced tonight and will host  Butler (28-22) on Friday. The other paring has Illinois (35-21) going against Utah (32-19)

It is the Kentucky’s seventh straight NCAA appearance. Florida was the No. 1 overall seed in the tourney and SEC Tournament champion Auburn No. 4.

ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla likes Murray’s NBA ceiling

Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

Q. Celtics have a potential obviously to land one of the top two picks, which I guess the first two picks are pretty obvious. But if they land three, that kind of puts them in a predicament of, do you take a guy like Bender, or maybe Buddy Hield, who is maybe most NBA-ready. That third player outside of the top two, what kind of prospects — who is on that list, do you think, which might be the third guy that we like and what do you think of Buddy Hield and his NBA potential?


Jake Buerger gave me a memory to cherish

Mark and Michelle Buerger are both friends but their son, Jake, showed us all how to handle disappointment Friday.

Mark and Michelle Buerger are both friends but their son, Jake, showed us all how to handle disappointment Friday.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Every Sunday  morning I get to share time with host Mark Buerger on WLAP Sunday Morning Sports Talk.

Sure, he can be cranky. Sure, he can get irritated with callers. Last week he even hit an all-time high — I think that is the right evaluation — when he got into an argument with himself.

But there is a sweeter, softer side to Buerger that listeners might not know but a his friends do.