Host Kentucky starts NCAA play against DePaul today

Meagan Prince

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After another banner year for Kentucky softball under head coach Rachel Lawson, the Wildcats were selected as a regional host site for the fourth time in the last five years, as UK will welcome Illinois, Marshall and DePaul to Lexington for a spot in the Super Regionals.

All games of the double-elimination bracket will be shown live on the ESPN family of networks with Jenn Hildreth (pxp) and former Purdue head coach Carol Bruggeman (color) on the call from John Cropp Stadium in Lexington.

Katie Reed Named NFCA All-Region Shortstop

Katie Reed (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sophomore sensation Katie Reed was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association All-Region Team, the organization announced on Thursday morning. The St. Louis, Missouri native was named First Team All-Southeastern Conference two weeks ago – and becomes the fourth shortstop in Kentucky program history to be named an All-Region shortstop.

Reed is currently the team leader on offense for the Wildcats, hitting .351 on the season with three home runs and 21 RBI. She has 65 hits on the season, which leads UK by 14 – 10 doubles and 14 stolen bases.

Calipari praises Jarred Vanderbilt, Kevin Knox and Jemarl Baker

This Kentucky fan made sure to let Jarred Vanderbilt know where he wanted him to go to college. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Already boasting the No. 1 rated recruiting class following the fall signing period, the Kentucky men’s basketball team added to its arsenal with three additional signees in the spring signing window, which closed on Wednesday. Jemarl Baker, Kevin Knox and Jarred Vanderbilt signed national letters of intent to suit up for the Wildcats in 2017-18. 

Josh Hamlin new boys basketball coach at Mercer County

HARRODSBURG—The Mercer County Athletic Department is pleased to announce the hiring of Josh Hamlin as the new boys basketball coach. Hamlin met with players early Thursday morning.

Hamlin is not a new face to the district or athletic department; he’s worked in Mercer County in various capacities for three years. In the 2016-2017 basketball season, he served as an assistant coach for the Mercer County Lady Titans, the 2017 KHSAA Girls Basketball State Champions. Prior to that landmark season, Hamlin worked as an assistant in the Mercer County boys basketball program. He is also an English teacher at King Middle School.

Captain Woody’s the right place for Kentucky fans on Hilton Head Island

Tracy Wilson is proud of her UK roots and also the Derby party hosted by Captain Woody’s. (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Finding a terrific spot to eat on Hilton Head Island is really not that hard. There are way more restaurants on the island than anyone can possibly visit during a routine vacation. I’m not even sure how long it would take a year-round Hilton Head Island resident to get to all the spots.

Hal Mumme vs. Mark Stoops: Interesting Similarities

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

It was December 1996. The Kentucky Wildcats basketball team, under coach Rick Pitino, was beginning to pick up steam heading towards a showdown with Arizona in the National Championship game in March  of 1997. UK would finish in second place that year much to the dismay of many Big Blue fans.

But that was not the only big news for UK fans in December of 1996. Then athletic director CM Newton had hired a new football coach to replace the recently fired Bill Curry. His name was Hal Mumme, a little known Division II coach from Valdosta State, who ran an unusual passing offense called “the Air Raid”. It became the precursor of the offense we know today as “the spread”.

Championship on the Line In Kentucky’s Trip to Gainesville

LEXINGTON, Ky. The Southeastern Conference has crowned a baseball regular season champion in 82 seasons since the league was founded in 1933. Only once has that champion been the Kentucky Wildcats.

But the 2017 Kentucky baseball team has a chance to change that, and to make program history in the process. With one SEC regular season series remaining, Kentucky currently sits one game behind league-leading Florida and is tied with SEC West leader LSU.The good news for the No. 6 Wildcats (37-16, 18-9 SEC) is that they control their own destiny, because Kentucky’s final regular season opponent is none other than league-leading and fifth-ranked Florida (38-14, 19-8).

UK Concludes NCAA Regional in Seventh; Misses Playoff for NCAA Berth by One Shot

BATON ROUGE, La. – Despite a valiant effort from all five players, the Kentucky men’s golf team’s bid for an NCAA Championships berth fell just short in Wednesday’s final round at The University Club in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Cats were a mere stroke off the pace of a two-team tie for a playoff for the coveted fifth spot and a bid into the NCAA Championships next week.

Three players earned top-20 individual finishes to highlight the week for the Cats, who fended off numerous averse situations to put themselves in a position to make a run.

Storm Wilson Named to SEC Community Service Team

Storm Wilson. (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Southeastern Conference announced that Kentucky baseball senior Storm Wilson was named to the 2017 SEC Community Service Team, the league announced Wednesday.

In addition to participating in the Community Restoration Project and Louisiana Flood Relief Drive, Wilson volunteered with Goodwill, Backpack Program, and the Wounded Warrior Project. The three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member also was a Breakfast with Santa and Team Impact volunteer at the UK Children’s hospital. Wilson, who hails from Science Hill, Ky., also has taken part in Walk-a-Child to School Day, Miracle League, the UK Blanket Project, and a mission trip to the Bahamas in December of 2016.

Stoops has mixed thoughts on early signing period

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

What does Mark Stoops think about the new early football signing period in December that starts this year?

“I think like anything, there’ll be some good and some bad in anything new. We’ll take some time to make an educated decision on that. Right now we’ll play with the cards that were dealt to us. I think, like I said, there’s good and bad. If you look through the years it certainly could have benefitted us in certain ways,” said the Kentucky caoch.