Swings for Soldiers continues to be special for Tammes

Blue 6 Media Photo

Blue 6 Media Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

When Jacob Tamme and his wife, Allison, were leaving the golf course after hosting Swings for Soldiers, a golf scramble to raise money to build homes for wounded veterans, he was sure this might be the first and only time they would host Swings for Soldiers.

“We made it happen that first year and we did everything from making every phone call to printing cart signs on our computer at home,” Tamme said. “We were out there at 5 in the morning to putting out hold signs and the day lasted until 11 p.m. It was a long day, but awesome day. Still, I wasn’t sure we could ever do this again.”

Congratulations to Savanah Stevens

Savanah Stevens

Savanah Stevens

By LARRY VAUGHT

Today I want to brag just a bit on Savanah Stevens.

Many of you have seen her with me the last two years as she has provided a variety of assistance for vaughtsviews.com as an intern. She’s provided videos, written articles and appeared on radio shows with me.

Just her enthusiasm was refreshing for me and she was always open to new ideas and suggestions.

Now she is the new Miss American Coed Kentucky Teen and will represent Kentucky in November at the national competition in Orlando against other winners from across the United States.

Three UK Women’s Golfers Make WGCA All-American Scholars Team

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Kentucky women’s golfers Jordan Chael, Cylia Damerau and Isabelle Johansson were named to the 2015-16 Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team on Tuesday.

A total of 828 women’s collegiate golfers from Divisions I, II and II were recognized with the prestigious honor. With a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.50, the criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics.

Eddie Gran: “You better not swag around me if you are not going to compete”

Eddie Gran once coached  new UK wide receiver coach Lamar Thomas in college. (Vicky Graff Photo)By LARRY VAUGHT

New Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran will be counting on new receivers coach Lamar Thomas to make sure players catch more balls and make a lot more big plays this season than they have the previous three years.

Gran and coach Mark Stoops convinced Thomas to leave Louisville to come to Kentucky. Gran has obviously been a popular addition with the players. Here’s what Gran recently had to say about Thomas.

Calipari on next year: “Basically, we want it all”

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach John Calipai  might sometimes have too much time to think during the offseason as he did while going back and forth to Spain to watch potential UK recruits play for Team USA.

The UK coach recently laid out some hopes and expectations he had for next year’s team on his website, www.coachcal.com.

And he set the bar pretty high for his team:

“I want us to the best and most efficient offensive team, which most of last season we were. I want us to the best defensive team that looks to pitch shutouts. I want us to be the most exciting team.

Fox knows playing with more talent takes pressure off him

De'Aaron Fox (McDonald's All-American Game Photo)

De’Aaron Fox (McDonald’s All-American Game Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

De’Aaron Fox scored 3,113 points during his high school basketball career for Cypress Lake High School in Texas and averaged 32.4 points per game as a senior.

Yet he admitted he was looking forward to his freshman season at Kentucky due to the talented teammates he’ll have.

“I really enjoy playing with more talent, just because it takes a lot of pressure off you,” he said. “I don’t have to do as much. I can actually play harder. Playing with the best players, it makes your game a lot easier.

Wildcats Lyles, Young Featured in NBA Utah Summer League

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Kentucky men’s basketball players Trey Lyles and James Young will play in the NBA’s Utah Summer League, which begins Monday and runs through Thursday.

Lyles (2015) will play for the Utah Jazz while Young (2014) will suit up for the Boston Celtics for a third season.

Former Wildcats Aaron Harrison (Charlotte Hornets), Dakari Johnson (Oklahoma City Thunder), Alex Poythress (Orlando Magic Blue) and Marquis Teague (Dallas Mavericks) are currently playing in the NBA Orlando Summer League, which began Saturday. All four were in action on the first day:

  • Teague – 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals

Hinshaw expects Women’s Clinic to be fun for everyone

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)

Darin Hinshaw (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

The annual Kentucky Football Women’s Clinic will be July 23 at Commonwealth Stadium and new quarterbacks coach Darin  Hinshaw expects it to be an entertaining day.

“We have done women’s clinics about everywhere we have been,” said Hinshaw, who came to UK from Cincinnati. “They like to see players dressed in tight uniforms. Not the coaches, but the players. And the players always seem to have more fun than the women.”

Hinshaw said players are often surprised that women are so knowledgeable about football.

UKTF Long Jumper Sha’Keela Saunders Comes Narrowly Close to U.S. Olympic Team

OHtTZBZVNltOx3ezxtvh8rMd2G5HNjBvCj-Np2iGi-wwDzZN4qcW-09wUMroxP8pw9X3fYR5mwbxBmpXqglfr31rWZQ11Ih4EbEaO9r49FFYhfQigQ34PQSN1AUJQBTZftyGmWt5lM5w43gLtccMfVgiB1nvPWFXvOY=s0-d-e1-ftEUGENE, Ore. –  Junior Sha’Keela Saunders came agonizingly close to claiming an Olympic berth on Team USA, placing fourth – one spot off the team – at the United States Olympic Team Trials on Saturday at Oregon’s Hayward Field.

One inch and three quarters separated Saunders from a place on what is widely considered the toughest team to make in sports.

Saunders put together the best field series of her life on Saturday. The college junior turned the four farthest jumps of her life on the biggest stage against some of the world’s best.

Saunders and Hackworth Advance in Long Jump on Day One at U.S. Olympic Trials

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They will be among the 12 who contest the long jump final at 2:45 p.m. ET on Saturday. The top-three finishers will qualify for Team USA.

Saturday’s action will be broadcast on NBC. The early-going of the completion will be shown on NBC Sports Live Extra.