Quade Green’s return provides leadership, experience Cats need

Quade Green (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

First his mother told Lexington Herald-Leader basketball writer Jerry Tipton that her son, Quade Green, would return to Kentucky next season.

Then Green — in his own playful way — sort of confirmed that in a video for the CATSPY awards show where walk-on guard Jonny David joked he was declaring for the NBA draft.

Green walked behind David and said, “You know I’m coming coming back next year? You’re going to be my starting shooting guard. You’re leaving me?”

Sean Hjelle, Ashley Dusek named Mr. and Miss Wildcat

LEXINGTON, Ky. –The 16th annual CATSPY Awards were held Monday in Memorial Coliseum to recognize athletic and academic performances during the 2017-18 year in the UK Athletics department. With co-winners in some categories, 37 individuals were recognized as well as three teams.

Headlining the awards this year were the national championship rifle team, volleyball, and track and field teams.

Powered by air rifle national champion Henrik Larsen and junior Hanna Carr, head coach Harry Mullins and the UK rifle team won its second national title by edging No. 1 West Virginia by nine points. The Wildcats posted their highest aggregate of the season for their first championship since 2011. They can now add a CATSPY award to their superb season. 

Saturday’s Doggie Dash 5K will help fund Humane Society enrichment program

Emma Presberg set up Saturday’s 5K.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Centre College senior Emma Presberg of Atlanta has volunteered/worked at the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society for the last four years.

She has dogs at home and thought a fitting service project at Centre College would be to spend time helping at the Humane Society.

Now she’s organized a Doggie Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Millennium Park in Danville to benefit the enrichment program at the Humane Society.

Justin Lewis SEC Pitcher of Week for win over No. 1 Florida

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky redshirt junior starter Justin Lewis was named Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week after his career effort in a 3-2 win over top-ranked Florida, it was announced on Monday.

Lewis is the second straight UK player to win SEC Pitcher of the Week, following sophomore closer Chris Machamer last week. The Cats now have won either Pitcher of Player of the Week six times this season and 11 times since the start of the 2017 season, the most of any school in the SEC.

No. 18 Kentucky concludes midweeks with Northern Kentucky, Morehead State

Kentucky players signed autographs after Sunday’s game against Georgia. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After a tough loss on Sunday afternoon to the No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs, the No. 18 Kentucky Wildcats will look to turn the page on Tuesday afternoon, as it hosts the Northern Kentucky Norse for an in-state affair at 6 p.m. ET from John Cropp Stadium in Lexington.

The game will be shown live on the SEC Network+, ESPN3 and the ESPN app with the Voice of the Wildcats, Dave Baker (pxp) and current National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA) Executive Director, Carol Bruggeman (color) on the call.

Kentucky baseball week 10 in review

Pitcher Justin Lewis  (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)

OVERALL RECORD: 26-14 (8-10 SEC)

WEEK RECORD: 1-3

LAST WEEK

Apr. 17 – Loss, 2-8, at Louisville

Apr. 19 – Loss, 2-11, vs. #1 Florida

Apr. 20 – Loss, 4-9, vs. #1 Florida

Apr. 21 – Win, 3-2, vs. #1 Florida

THIS WEEK

Apr. 25 – vs. Morehead State (6:30 p.m.; Lexington; SECN+)

Apr. 27 – vs. Missouri (7:30 p.m.; Lexington; SEC Network)

Apr. 28 – vs. Missouri (2 p.m.; Lexington; SECN+)

Watch Kentucky softball team sign autographs after Georgia game (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

One of the most unique aspects of watching a Kentucky softball game is seeing all the players sign autographs for young fans like they did Sunday despite a  heartbreaking 3-1 loss to Georgia.

Donovan blames Patterson for Oklahoma City’s inconsistent play in playoff loss

Patrick Patterson, right.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Don’t ever confuse me with a NBA authority. I watch some NBA games but mainly wait until the playoffs start to watch because the season just has too many games for me.

However, I can tell when a coach is taking a shot at a player and that’s what Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan did Saturday after the Thunder lost 115-102 to fall behind 2-1 in the first-round playoff series.

Former UK standout Patrick Patterson came off the bench in the first quarter and hit two 3-pointers during an 18-2 Oklahoma City run.

Watch diving catch UK shortstop Katie Reed makes at end of video (Larry Vaught/Verizon Video)

No. 6 Georgia scores 3 in 7th to beat UK 3-1

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs scored all three of its runs in the top of the seventh inning to come back and steal the series from the No. 18 Kentucky Wildcats in a postseason-feel Southeastern Conference game on Sunday afternoon at John Cropp Stadium.

Kentucky led a majority of the game, scoring the game’s only run of the first six innings in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a Grace Baalman RBI single back up the box to plate Brooklin Hinz. That lead would hold until the top of the seventh when the No. 1 scoring offense in the SEC plated three runs on four hits to complete a comeback win.