Church of Transfiguration, Chatham Lighthouse, Sir Cricket’s make for a great day in Cape Cod

Church of the Transfiguration (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Church of the Transfiguration (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

CAPE COD, MASSACHUSETTS — Cape Cod is just as scenic as I expected — or maybe I should more accurately say even more scenic than I thought.

Thursday was one of those memorable vacation days that started with an early five-mile run through West Yarmouth and ended with a walk along the beach as the sun was about to set. To make it even better, the weather was near perfect Thursday and might be even better today.

Nunley, Prince, Cheek named to National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Southeast Region Team

Kelsey Nunley (UK Athletics Photo)

Kelsey Nunley (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky’s softball pitchers Kelsey Nunley and Meagan Prince in addition to utility player Abbey Cheek were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association All-Southeast Region. Nunley garnered second-team honors, with Prince and Cheek, who earned their first selection to the all-region team, solidifying a spot on the third team. This marks the third consecutive year that Kentucky has placed multiple players on the all-region team and the first time since 2014 UK has had three or more players represented.

Kentucky falls 9-3 to Missouri

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior outfielder Zach Reks had two hits, including his seventh home run of the season, but the Kentucky baseball team lost to Missouri 9-3 on Thursday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Reks continued his recent hot streak on Thursday night. He extended his personal hitting streak to nine games with a single in the sixth inning. Two innings later, Reks homered for the sixth time in Kentucky’s last 12 games.

Booker, Cauley-Stein, Towns make NBA All-Rookie team

-1LEXINGTON, Ky. – The notion that the Kentucky men’s basketball program not only puts players in the NBA, it prepares them to succeed, was underscored Thursday by the latest honors from its most recent draft class. Former Wildcats Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker and Willie Cauley-Stein were named to the NBA All-Rookie teams on Thursday by the league.

Towns, who was named just the fifth unanimous Rookie of the Year in league history on Monday, was a unanimous first-team selection. Booker also made the five-man first team while Cauley-Stein landed on the second team.

Softball, baseball game times for Friday changed

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After evaluating the expected weather conditions Friday in the Lexington area, the NCAA has decided to adjust the game times for the 2016 NCAA Softball Lexington Regional.

Game one featuring Illinois and Utah will now be played at 11 a.m. ET with game two following at 1:30 p.m. ET, in an attempt to beat the incoming rain.

Game times for Saturday and Sunday will remain the same.

Both of Friday’s games will still be available via ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app with Dave Baker and Dorian Craft on the call, as well as 1580AM radio with Dick Gabriel.

New ESPN College Football Roles for Griese, Levy, Ponder and Tessitore in 2016

Four prominent ESPN commentators will have new college football roles for the upcoming 2016 season, it was announced by Mark Gross, ESPN, senior vice president, production & remote events. Samantha Ponder joins the ABC Saturday Night Football telecast as a reporter, while play-by-play commentator Joe Tessitore moves to the ESPN College Football Primetime game. Additionally, Steve Levy who returns to a weekly college football play-by-play role, forms a team with Brian Griese to call action on ABC or ESPN on Saturday afternoons.

UK baseball hosts Missouri hoping to gain SEC tourney momentum

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky baseball will look to gain momentum heading into the Southeastern Conference tournament, rounding out its regular season schedule hosting a three-game series against the Missouri Tigers at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The first two games will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET Thursday and Friday, with the series conclusion being held at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The series will be broadcast on the UK Sports Radio Network. Fans in Central Kentucky can hear the games live on WLAP 630-AM, in Louisville on WKJK 1080-AM and online at UKathletics.com. Neil Price will be on the call.

Culinary Arts Museum has a little something for everybody

This horse-draw hot dog cart was the first thing we saw at the Culinary Arts Museum. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

This horse-draw hot dog cart was the first thing we saw at the Culinary Arts Museum. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — When my wife persuaded me that we should take a trip to Cape Cod for the first time, I thought about all the seafood I could eat more than anything else.

But not once did I imagine a stop at the Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University in Providence. However, after Bill DeSousa suggested that is one stop we should make as he was helping us with travel ideas for Cape Cod, I thought, “Why not?”

Dorian Hairston named to SEC Community Service Team

HairstonBIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference announced that Kentucky baseball senior Dorian Hairston was named to the 2016 SEC Community Service Team, the league announced Wednesday.  The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to his community in superior service efforts.

Hairston picks up the honor for the second time in his career after being named to the 2015 SEC Community Service Team.  In addition to participating in a community restoration project and reading books to children at Maxwell Elementary School, the senior outfielder took part in Sleepout for the Homeless, Walk-a-Child, the Backpack Program, and has volunteered for UK Children’s Hospital and Miracle League.  The Lexington, Ky., native is also an inductee in the Frank G. Ham Society of Character in recognition of his academic and athletic achievement, as well as community service and career preparation.

Thomas believes unique Blake Bone “really wants to be good”

Blake Bone, left, would like to celebrate a lot more next season. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Blake Bone, left, would like to celebrate a lot more next season. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

I still remember the first time I met receiver Blake Bone. I was on my way to Columbia, S.C., for the Kentucky-South Carolina basketball game two years ago and decided to stop by his school to see the recent Kentucky signee.

Bone was personable and engaging. I watched a highlight film with his coach and it was impressive. With his size and UK’s need for receiving help, I was sure he would blossom into a big-play guy on a consistent basis.