Golfer Ale Walker named to SEC Community Service Team

-1BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Kentucky women’s golfer Ale Walker has been named to the Southeastern Conference Community Service Team, the league office announced Tuesday.

Walker has documented more than 100 hours of community service since July 1. She traveled to Ethiopia in the summer of 2015 as part of a UK Athletics service trip. In Ethiopia, she helped construct housing for widows, delivered beds and mattresses to lepers, served food to orphans, and delivered hygiene supplies to the imprisoned.

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn SEC Freshman of Week

B9p0sCbXBKMYFlVGTc36asPe6YRkT3vustCb2zbsSdAauH34zVYBq54AqEU8XWvvOAMifHPgFRlECUFg3RY7xibH5r8p9ZE_xFzTEOv-zJNIpbps7T5Tsp5c9zGruIPC2CL46PxSrs9I1R6oW7nKyPJnODtjQmk=s0-d-e1-ftLEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week on Tuesday.

Camacho-Quinn ran 12.73w aided by a +2.1 m/s wind, to win the 100m hurdles and score 10 points for UK, leading the Wildcats to the win at one of the nation’s top scored meets, the LSU Invitational.

Camacho-Quinn’s time is the second fastest qualifying time recorded by a collegian this season, leads the SEC and is tops in the nation among freshmen.

The time is one of the fastest hurdles times recorded by a freshman in recent seasons.

Evan Daniels thinks Young-Porter package deal unlikely

By LARRY VAUGHT

One recruiting scenario that would pay huge dividends for Kentucky in the 2017 recruiting class would be if the Trae Young-Michael Porter rumored package deal came together and both signed with the Wildcats.

But could that really happen? I asked my buddy Evan Daniels, Scout.com national recruiting director, what he thought. He travels the country watching recruits and his insights are always based on information he gathers first-hand.


“I think it’s unlikely they end up a package deal anywhere. Is it possible? Certainly. But more often than not these things don’t work out,” Daniels said.
But what if it happened? What they fit well together in John Calipari’s system?
“In terms of their abilities, both of them can really shoot the ball from long distance. Young is crafty and creative, while Porter has terrific size for the position and impressive athleticism,” Daniels said.

Talent upgrade, coaching hires impressed UK media members

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During this offseason time for both Kentucky football and basketball, I decided to consult some of my media friends for their insights/perspective on the UK football team and what might lie ahead during the 2016 season.

Here’s part one of a series of questions I posed to those who regularly cover Kentucky football.

Question: What impressed you the most about Kentucky’s spring practice?

Kentucky hosts Eastern Kentucky Tuesday night

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After the original game was postponed on April 12, the No. 28 Kentucky baseball team will faceoff with in-state opponent Eastern Kentucky in a rescheduled game Tuesday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium.  

The game will be broadcast live on SEC Network + and 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’s call of the game will be carried on both radio and SEC Network +.

Melvin Lewis will get his chance to make NFL roster

Farrington Huguenin (Vicky Graff Photo)

Farrington Huguenin (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

All Melvin Lewis wanted was a chance to compete for a spot on a NFL roster. So even though he was not drafted, Lewis now has that chance after signing a free agent contract with the New York Giants.

He was a junior college transfer to UK and had his senior season cut short when he suffered a broken fibula that he knew likely would cost him any chance to be drafted. He had 20 tackles, including two for loss, in six games.

Dillon Sanders joins football coaching staff

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky has added another quality control coach in former Utah State graduate assistant coach Dillon Sanders.

He announced on Twitter (@CoachDSanders) Sunday that he was “excited to be given the opportunity” to coach at Kentucky.

Kentucky still has an opening for one full-time coach to replace Andy Buh, who coached outside linebackers and special teams.

At Utah State, he assisted the defensive staff with daily operations and worked with outside linebacker under defensive coordinator Kevin Clune.

Cody, Shelby lead UK to needed 9-6 win at Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. – Senior right-hander Kyle Cody pitched seven and one-third innings, giving up just two earned runs on seven hits, and JaVon Shelby belted a pair of home runs as the Kentucky baseball team topped Auburn 9-6 on Sunday at Plainsman Park.
Cody (5-2) struck out six and walked three in the game, helping Kentucky salvage the third game of the series after the Cats lost to the Tigers both Friday and Saturday.
Shelby hit two homers in the same game for the third time this season. He pulled the trick against Dayton on February 21 and against Georgia on March 20. With his two home runs on Sunday, Shelby now has nine on the season, which is tied for third in the SEC this season.
It was Shelby’s first home run that got the scoring started in the game. In the top of the second inning, the junior third baseman hit one deep down the left field line, and the ball was initially ruled to be foul. But the umpires reviewed the play and discovered that the ball was fair, and Kentucky took a 1-0 lead.
Auburn tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Cats came back with three runs in the top of the fifth to take control of the game. Luke Becker led off the frame with a walk, followed by a single from freshman Tristan Pompey. After a pitching change, Connor Heady reached on a bunt single to load the bases. After UK catcher Troy Squires popped out, Evan White singled through the left side, scoring Becker and Pompey to make it 3-1. Zach Reks then singled down the left field line to score Heady, making it 4-1 Cats.
Kentucky (27-16, 11-10 SEC) put the game out of reach in the seventh inning. White knocked in another run with an RBI single before Reks brought home a run with a sacrifice fly. Then, it was Shelby going deep again, this time with a three-run shot, to make it 9-1 Kentucky.
Heady, Reks, Shelby and White each had two hits in the game for the Wildcats.
Auburn (20-24, 7-14) chased Cody in the bottom of the eighth inning with a pair of singles. Justin Lewis came on in relief for the Cats, allowing two inherited runners to score to cut Kentucky’s lead to 9-3.
The Tigers didn’t go quietly in the bottom of the ninth. Trailing by six run entering the frame, Auburn rallied for three runs in the inning, eventually getting the tying run to the plate before Kentucky got out of the jam.
Kentucky returns to action on Tuesday night, hosting intrastate rival Eastern Kentucky at Cliff Hagan Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on SEC Network+.

Pigeon Forge Retro Weekend was a fun two days

Getting on stage as an age division winner with Jeff Galloway Saturday was an honor for me.

Getting on stage as an age division winner with Jeff Galloway Saturday was an honor for me.

By LARRY VAUGHT

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — There was not anything about Retro Weekend that I did not like.

Pigeon Forge is always fun and we stayed at Willow Brook Lodge for the first time and it was delightful and within walking distance of the LeConte Center where Retro Weekend activities were held.

Obviously, the race of 5 miles, 916 yards — a distance guaranteed to let you set a new personal best because of the unique distance — was fun. Race organizers and the city of PIgeon Forge did a great job making the course safe and fun.

Poythress, Lee, Briscoe all NBA combine alternates

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Really it should be no surprise that Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee and Isaiah Briscoe are alternates for the NBA combine.

That doesn’t mean they could not be draft choices, but it makes it a lot more unlikely if they were not one of the players invited to the combine.

Poythress can still work out for teams and take his chances as a free agent — which might be better because then he can pick his team.