Lexington Catholic to Host Special Olympics State Flag Football Tournament Saturday

Lexington, Ky. – Nearly 300 Special Olympics athletes representing 27 teams from throughout Kentucky are set to hit the gridiron Saturday at Lexington Catholic High School when that school hosts the Special Olympics Kentucky State Flag Football Tournament for the first time. Teams will be competing for titles in eight divisions.

Games get underway at 9 am and continue through 3:15 pm at Joseph K. Ford Stadium on the Lexington Catholic campus.

“We are proud and honored to partner with Special Olympics Kentucky to host this year’s state flag football tournament,” said Brad Carter, Athletics Director of Lexington Catholic High School. “It is humbling to watch these athletes compete, and we feel blessed to be able support them.”

Women’s Basketball No. 19 in Associated Press Preseason Top 25

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Associated Press released its 2016-17 Women’s College Basketball Preseason Top 25 Tuesday, with the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team listed inside the top 20 for the seventh straight season.

Kentucky has been ranked in both the USA Today/Coaches’ Top 25 and The Associated Press Top 25 since week 13 of the 2009-10 season, which is a program-record streak. Tuesday’s release of the AP Top 25 makes 133 consecutive polls that have included the Wildcats. Last season, UK was ranked No. 18 in the AP Preseason Top 25. Last week the USA Today/Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 was released with UK sitting No. 19.

Derek Willis likes team chemistry

Derek Willis pulls off a rebound against Clarion. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Derek Willis pulls off a rebound against Clarion. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Derek Willis understands the value of how team chemistry can depend on what goes on during the offseason since he’s been through it four times. That’s why he knows this year’s team has good chemistry.

“I think it starts with our chemistry over the summer. I feel like everybody got to know each other really quickly, everybody liked each other. Not like it hasn’t been like that in the past, but we just play well together and working on communicating on the court. I don’t know. Just how our team is,” Willis said after Sunday’s exhibition win over Clarion.

Kash Daniel says if stadium not full “something is wrong”

Kentucky fans have seen tough times for the football program, but Saturday they have a chance to see UK win a fifth SEC game. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky fans have seen tough times for the football program, but Saturday they have a chance to see UK win a fifth SEC game. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Two games into the season many Kentucky fans had given up on the season after UK’s 0-2 start. After the Cats won 35-21 at Missouri Saturday for their fourth SEC win, some Kentucky fans actually came to the airport to greet the team and coaches when they arrived back in Lexington.

Stoops’ Cats better prepared, more excited

Mark Stoops liked what he saw at Missouri. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Mark Stoops liked what he saw at Missouri. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Mark Stoops always starts his weekly press conference with an opening statement. He did again Monday, but pay attention to what the Kentucky coach had to say going into Saturday’s game at Georgia after a convincing win at Missouri  last week.

Stoops’ pride in what his team did is obvious.

“I was most pleased with our preparation. I felt like the guys really had a tough mindset last week and was confident. But we were prepared and extremely disciplined,” Stoops said.  “We did the little things, even with the early game.

Middleton, Snell Earn SEC Weekly Honors

Benny Snell (Vicky Graff Photo)

Benny Snell (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky sophomore defensive tackle Adrian Middleton and freshman running back Benny Snell Jr. were named Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week, respectively, for their impressive play in the Wildcats’ 35-21 victory at Missouri, the league announced on Monday.

This is the second consecutive week Kentucky has had two players honored for the same game, and just the third time in school history. Snell also earned Freshman of the Week honors last week in the victory over Mississippi State and was joined by junior kicker Austin MacGinnis as Special Teams Player of the Week.  In 2007, linebacker Wesley Woodyard was SEC Defensive Player of the Week and guard Jason Leger was SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following a win at Arkansas. 

Highlights from Cats’ exhibition win over Clarion

Kentucky vs. Clarion Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

Clarion coach sees UK playing in Final Four

Bam Adebayo had a double-double against Clarion Sunday. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Bam Adebayo had a double-double against Clarion Sunday. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It was only an exhibition game, but Kentucky’s 108-51 win over Division II Clarion Sunday night left Clarion coach Marcess Williams convinced this could be a special year for the Wildcats.

“They’re as good as advertised. They’re really long and really athletic. We knew we were coming down here and playing against five or six potential pros,” Williams said. “We thought they might deny the pass lanes a little bit more, but they really didn’t. They were really climbing in us with the guy with the basketball.

Playing fast suits Calipari and players

Sacha Killeya-Jones says UK's depth lets if play fast. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Sacha Killeya-Jones says UK’s depth lets if play fast. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During his clinic for high school coaches Saturday, Kentucky coach John Calipari said he would ideally like for his team to be able to score five seconds after an opponent’s made or missed shot.

With the overall speed and athleticism on this year’s team, Kentucky seems capable of doing that and certainly forced the pace in Sunday night’s win over Clarion.