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By LARRY VAUGHT
Flying into Zurich, Switzerland, the landscape did not look that different from Kentucky — plenty of farm fields, rolling hills and scattered living areas. Of course, soon we will see just how diversified the Swiss landscape can be.
This is a friendly country. That was obvious as soon as we got to the airport after almost our nine-hour, overnight flight from Chicago to Zurich. If you need help, just ask and someone will know English and help.
We are staying three nights at the Movenpick Hotel. While my wife caught up on her sleep, I managed to wander to a local grocery for some snacks and even got to take a run along a river thanks to a local who pointed the way to me. I also got to see how big the Swiss are on flower gardens and having immaculate landscapes in their yards. Two unusual sounds — one cafe has a small pond-like pool with numerous bullfrogs sounding off loudly and a field beside the highway had cattle that would have made Mississippi State fans proud with the way the cowbells sounded.
One highlight today was chocolate sampling in our hotel. Lindt Chocolate occasionally sends samples that the hotel then uses for a surprise “chocolate night” for guests who are around at the right time. We followed that with dinner and I tried the veal sausage with a terrific dipping sauce that was far better than I thought it might be.
My favorite — chocolate with hot peppers. My wife liked the dark chocolate and the white chocolate with raspberries. But they all were unbelievable.
Saturday we will hopefully board the train for the Zurich Zoo and then head downtown to see the older, historic areas for some unique shopping, cafe dining and maybe a few local beverages — when in Switzerland, one must do as the Swiss.
This was a day solely on our own and gave us a chance to be as adventurous as we wanted.
We got directions/instructions for how to get the train to the Zurich Zoo, one of Europe’s best, and headed out. We had to ask a few locals just to make sure we were headed the right way, and then needed a bit of advice as we made our way out of the main station to find the tram transfer to the zoo. Fortunately, I picked a gentleman taking his five grandchildren to the zoo to ask for directions and his high school age granddaughter was great help.
Admission was 22 francs each, and the zoo had a big variety of animals — just not a lot of anything except penguins. However, locals seemed to thoroughly enjoy the zoo, especially the tiger and elephants. This was a very family friendly place with many folks bringing picnic lunches and the zoo had numerous spots for children to play, climb, slide and more.
We found the tram and ventured back to downtown Zurich. We got a snack at McDonalds — about $10 for two cheeseburgers and a small Coke (no value menu here) and then wandered through the streets of both the biggest stories and the almost alley-like streets of old town. Unlike Italy that had cafes everywhere, cafes here were much bigger and more of a bar-restaurant. But the food, it was all still delicious.
We enoyed the lake and the festival-like atmosphere in that area. We made our way into a church, found another church Winston Churchill visited during World War II and loved the scenery as well as the friendliness of the Swiss. And yes, we managed to sample some chocolate again. In Italy you drank wine. In Switzerland, you eat chocolate.
After reviewing the 2013 KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16®, the Board of Control voted today in favor of a proposal to move the championship games of the boys’ and girls’ Sweet 16® to Sunday starting in 2014. The format change allows for the semifinals to be conducted as a standalone event on Saturday, and gives the participants more time to prepare and recuperate leading up to the championship game.
“We examined the format of our basketball tournaments from a number of different perspectives, and in the end, felt like it was time to move the championship game to Sunday. Separating the championship game from the semifinals, really makes an event out of the Saturday games for those final four teams,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “We think the added rest leading up to the championship game will not only benefit the health and safety of the students, it will also have an impact on the quality of play, and provide coaches a chance to better prepare their teams for the most important game of the year.”
The new format was applied for the first time at the 2013 KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16® because of a scheduling issue with the University of Kentucky playing Florida at Rupp Arena on the same day as the KHSAA semifinals. A record crowd of 20,172 turned out to watch the Boys’ Sweet 16® Semifinals on Saturday night between Madison Central-Hopkinsville and Ballard-Montgomery County, with 17,351 fans returning for the first-ever championship game on a Sunday – the largest crowd for a title game since 2009.
Vaught’s note: Guy Ramsey wrote this informative story and shared it through UK Media Relations with outlets across the state. You can follow his work at http://www.
By GUY RAMSEY, UKathletics.com
Megan Moir and Chelsea Oswald have come to know each other well over the last four years.
Moir is on the Kentucky women’s golf team and Oswald is a distance runner on the track and field and cross country teams. They aren’t teammates, but their paths have crossed often since Oswald arrived in Lexington a year after Moir in 2009, most frequently as representatives on UK’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, where Moir is president and Oswald the historian.
So when Oswald learned on Thursday that Moir had been named the Brad Davis Southeastern Conference Female Community Service Leader of the Year, Oswald naturally reached out. What Oswald didn’t know at the time was congratulations would soon be in order for her as well.
“She actually sent me a text message to congratulate me about my award,” Moir said. “And then it was cool because she won the next day.”
On Friday, Oswald was named the SEC’s H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year, marking the first time since 1999 that UK student-athletes had won both the prestigious Davis and McWhorter awards.
Wildcat teams and athletes have had more than their share moments of excellence in competition. Competing at the Division I level, of course, is what all of UK’s 22 teams have in common. But perhaps more than anything else, the achievements of Moir and Oswald reflect what it means to be a Wildcat off the field.
“To have two people win in the same year, it definitely says something about the department,” Moir said.
It says plenty about Moir and Oswald as individuals too.
During her time at UK, Moir has spent an astounding 700 hours serving the community, from inside the borders of Fayette County to across the Atlantic Ocean in Ethiopia with a group from UK Athletics. Moir, a native of Louisville, Ky., cites her Christian faith as the inspiration for her commitment to volunteering.
“I’ve been blessed with so many opportunities and so many privileges just because of the family and the life I was born into,” Moir said. “I’m constantly looking at myself seeing how I can use what I’ve been given to give back and bless other people.”
True to her words, Moir plans to use the $10,000 post-graduate scholarship that comes with the Davis award to do just that.
Last May, she received a B.S. degree in accounting and marketing and will complete her master’s in sports leadership in a month. She is then planning to spend seven months in Uganda to do ministry and mission work. After that, she’ll decide how best to put the scholarship money to use.
“Ideally long term, I want to do financial planning for people living on the margins of society, so I’ll probably go back to school to get a master’s in family or financial planning or something of that sort,” Moir said.
Oswald has more definitive plans for how she’ll use her $15,000 scholarship. She expects to complete B.S. degrees in biology and psychology in May 2013 and June 2014, respectively. Once she finishes her undergraduate studies, she plans to attend physical therapy school.
If her college career to this point is any indication, you can expect her to fulfill those plans.
With her 4.0 grade-point average, Oswald has received almost every conceivable academic award, including the 2013 NCAA Elite 89 award. She did, however, admit to one close call that nearly blemished her perfect GPA. It was in a course called animal physiology and she was pleasantly surprised to look up her final grade when she returned to her home in Medina, Ohio for the summer and see an “A.”
“I wouldn’t have been upset if I had gotten a ‘B’ because I try my hardest with every class,” Oswald said. “If I would have gotten a ‘B,’ I would have known I put all my effort into it. I think that’s what success is: just knowing you’ve applied yourself as best as you can to the task at hand.”
Oswald has certainly done that in competition throughout her career and has the results to prove it in 2012-13. She has had her best season under the leadership of first-year head coach Edrick Floreal, earning All-America honors in both cross country and indoor track and field.
“This whole last year has made a complete turnaround,” Oswald said. “With the new coaching staff and everything, I think it’s a blessing. I’m extremely thankful that they’ve helped turn my running career around and kind of everything in my life. I’m more positive about everything because I have more confidence.”
That confidence translates to all facets, including service. Oswald is active in the track and field team’s Soles4Souls shoe drive and mentors a young girl whose parents are both in prison, following the service-oriented lead of her friend Moir.
“I think it’s good to get UK Athletics out there in the community,” Oswald said.
And just as Oswald makes an impact in the area for which Moir was honored by the SEC, Moir stands out in the classroom. She is a two-time Academic All-American and graduated summa cum laude a year ago.
Moir and Oswald are two student-athletes who have made the most of every opportunity afforded to them at UK, from the classroom to the community to competition. And even as they received the most individual of awards this week, their reactions show why they are such excellent of examples of what it means to be a Wildcat.
“This award recognizes not only my achievements, but also all the great people who have helped me along the way,” Oswald said. “I truly would not have been able to do this without the help of the whole University of Kentucky including my coaches, teammates and family.”
“I am so very proud to be a Wildcat and it feels good to be able to represent the university that means so much to me,” Moir said.
Vaught’s note: Louisville’s spring game will be the same day as Kentucky’s but in the afternoon while UK’s game will be at night. However, the Cardinals have one thing to offer that Kentucky will not based on this press release that came this afternoon.
The 2013 University of Louisville Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game, is scheduled for April 13 at 1 p.m. in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
Pre-game festivities will be in Streetfest where there will be music, entertainment, food and drink specials; including $1 beer. The $1 beer offer will extend into the stadium, throughout the game. There will also be inflatables for kids as well as Spring Game posters available to the fans for a $1.00 donation to Wendy’s Wonderful kids.
Admission is free to the public.
The Tom Hammond Kentucky Sports Media Award was presented Thursday to Larry Vaught of the Danville Advocate-Messenger.
The ceremony, held as part of the Bluegrass Sports Awards, sponsored by the Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) and Alltech, was one of five awards presented. Anthony Davis, former UK basketball player and now a member of the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets, was named 2012 Herald-Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year.
Dick Enberg was presented with the Tom Hammond Award, The Jim Host Sports Business Award was presented to Keeneland legend, Mr. Ted Bassett, and the Jim Host Youth Sports Award honored the late KHSAA commissioner Mr. Louis Stout.
Posted By GARY MOYERS
(Larry doesn’t know about this post yet, but thanks to Amy Ratliff I got my hands on the press release and can announce Larry’s award here)
LEXINGTON – The Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) and Alltech are proud to announce the second annual Bluegrass Sports Awards will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa. The evening will feature five prestigious awards given out as a celebration of Kentucky’s rich sports tradition, highlighting the achievements of those who have made an impact on the lives of Kentuckians.
“These award recipients are some of Kentucky’s greatest ambassadors – individuals who have and continue to promote this state around the country and the world,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “Alltech shares the Bluegrass Sports Commission’s vision of bringing world class sporting events to Kentucky, which is why we are delighted to once again support the Bluegrass Sports Awards as the presenting sponsor. As demonstrated by the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the Alltech National Horse Show and our UK men’s basketball program, sports are unmatched in their ability to draw the community together and shine a bright spotlight on our Old Kentucky Home.”
Lexington native and NBC broadcaster Tom Hammond will present a pair of awards bearing his name during the
• The Tom Hammond Award will be given to legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg.
Known as one of the most versatile play-by play announcers in sports broadcasting, Enberg has taken on assignments including NFL football (43 seasons), the Super Bowl (10 times), the Rose Bowl (nine times), the Orange Bowl (six times), the Olympic Games (1972, 1988, 1992, 1996), the Australian Open (seven times), the French Open (23 times), Wimbledon (26 times), the U.S. Open Tennis Championships (10 times), the Masters (seven times), the PGA Championship (five times), the U.S. Open Golf Championship (five times), the Ryder Cup (three times), the American and National League Playoffs (three times), the World Series, heavyweight boxing championships (three times), the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship (14 times), the NBA Playoffs and the NBA All-Star Game. Along with football, baseball, tennis, golf, basketball and boxing, he has called gymnastics, figure skating, Breeder’s Cup horse racing and track and field.
• The Tom Hammond Kentucky Sports Media Award will be presented to Larry Vaught of the Danville Advocate-Messenger.
A 1970 graduate of Danville High School and a 1974 graduate of the University of Kentucky, Vaught began his career working for his late father, Bill, in the sports department at The Danville Advocate in 1975. He became the sports editor in 1996 upon the death of his father. Vaught has served as the president of the Kentucky Sports Writers Association and third vice president of the national Associated Press Sports Editors Association. He is a member of the Danville School’s Athletic Hall of Fame and the 12th Region Hall of Fame and in 2010 was inducted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Vaught is also a six-time winner of Kentucky’s National Sportswriter of the Year, which is named by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Recent National College Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Jim Host will also present a pair of awards in his name at the event.
• The Jim Host Sports Business Award will be presented to Keeneland legend, Mr. Ted Bassett.
Bassett began working for the Keeneland Association in 1968, initially as an assistant to Louis Lee Haggin II. In 1969, Bassett became president and served in that capacity until 1986 when he moved to chairman of the board. In 2003, Bassett became a Keeneland trustee and he now holds the title of trustee emeritus. The entirety of his Keeneland tenure currently spans 42 years and coincides with the association’s greatest period of growth. From 1988-1996, Bassett also served as president of Breeders’ Cup Ltd. He was chairman of the World Series Racing Championship from 1994-2004. He remains a Keeneland and Breeders’ Cup director and a member of The Jockey Club. He is a past president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of America and formerly served as a trustee of the National Museum of Racing, UK Equine Research Foundation and Transylvania University. A decorated veteran of World War II, Bassett was awarded the Purple Heart and the Presidential Unit Citation. He was the director of the Kentucky State Police for four years and was one of the founders of the College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University.
• The Jim Host Youth Sports Award will honor the late Mr. Louis Stout.
Mr. Stout worked for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) for 23 years. In 1994, he became commissioner of the association and was the first African-American to head a state high school athletic association in the country. In 2011, he was named to the position of president of the National Amateur Athletic Union, an organization geared toward the development of youth through sports, his lifelong passion. Just as with all of his works, he would strive to make the AAU
a better organization that it already was. In a life dedicated to youth sports, Stout was also a softball, baseball and college basketball official. He is a member of the 11th Region Basketball Hall of Fame, Kentucky Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, AAU Softball Umpire Hall of Fame, AAU Hall of Fame and the KHSAA Hall of Fame.
The Awards evening will conclude with the live announcement of Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year.
The award was presented to Kenneth Faried in 2012 and has been given annually since 1981 when Roy Kidd received the prestigious honor. The voting is done by print, radio and television sports media from around the state and is coordinated by the Herald-Leader.
“We are thrilled to honor this year’s very deserving award winners” said Terry Johnson, executive director of the BSC. “This event gives us an opportunity to recognize individuals that have contributed so much to Kentucky through sports and serves as an opportunity for us to showcase what sport does for our state and our region.”
The event will consist of a silent auction, dinner and professionally produced awards program. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the BSC and its efforts to grow the economic impact sports tourism has on central Kentucky.
Tables of 10 are available for purchase for $1250. Individual tickets are also available for $125 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 859-255-0336 or visit www.bluegrasssports.org.
The Youth Sports Award and Kentucky Sports Media Award winners were selected by the Bluegrass Sports Awards Committee from a list of nominations submitted by the general public and Kentucky sports media members, respectively. The Tom Hammond Award and the Jim Host Sports Business Award winners were nominated and selected by the committee.
For more information about our host sponsor, the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa, visit griffingatemarriott.com or call
Vaught’s note: Tennessee’s Tyler Bray is being counted on to help the Vols rebound from last year’s disastrous season. However, he’s shown that his off-field decision-making certain is lacking and even if he buys his way out of legal problems, it will be interesting to see what, if any, action Tennessee takes against him based on information in this Associated Press story.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray is mentioned in police incident reports about two car vandalisms at a Knoxville apartment complex.
Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk said Wednesday afternoon that no charges will be filed on the initial incident at the Landing Riverfront Apartments after Bray offered to pay Bradi Hudson, the first victim, for damages to her car.
“Bray reached out to her and apologized and is going to take care of the damage to the vehicle,” DeBusk said. “Because of that, she no longer wished to pursue charges.”
Hudson was scheduled to meet with a detective Wednesday, according to DeBusk, but before then she informed Knoxville police of her conversation with Bray. DeBusk said the second vandalism incident is still under investigation.
According to the first incident report filed Sunday, when Hudson went to her car Saturday morning she noticed it had dents on the roof and a cracked windshield. A note on the car window had a name and phone number and read “I know what happened to your car.” After calling the number, she was told “there had been males drinking and throwing beer bottles and golf balls at her vehicle” the previous night, the report states.
In the other incident, Kirstie Allen discovered her front windshield had been “completely smashed” on Monday, the second incident reports states. She told police she returned to her apartment around 1:10 p.m. and ate lunch. Approximately 30 minutes later, she went outside and noticed the damage to her vehicle.
Allen told police that Bray and his roommate, Michael Grandinetti, had thrown beer bottles off a balcony and onto vehicles in the parking lot. The report quotes her as saying an office manager for the complex told her Bray and Grandinetti had been “served with an eviction notice just prior to her arriving home.”
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — John L. Smith always believed real estate development was the safest investment of all, saying “you may not make money, but you won’t lose money.” The Arkansas coach has had to rethink that philosophy in recent years after several of his land deals went bust in Kentucky. Smith told The Associated Press that he is making plans to declare bankruptcy, perhaps during the upcoming season.
“There have been some sleepless nights trying to get this resolved,” Smith said. “There comes a point in time where you say ‘Enough is enough,’ and I want it cleaned up and whatever we have to do, we have to do.”
Smith, also a former coach at Michigan State and Louisville, was hired in April to replace Bobby Petrino, who was fired after revelations that he had hired his mistress to a position in the football department and given her $20,000 in gifts. Smith was an Arkansas assistant for three seasons under Petrino before leaving in December to become the coach at his alma mater, Weber State.
Following Petrino’s firing, Smith approached Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long about the job as was later signed to a 10-month, $850,000 contract. Long said Smith was up front about his financial problems during the hiring process, and he was comfortable the issues wouldn’t affect Smith’s ability to coach the Razorbacks.
“Certainly, initially, I had concerns, but as he explained the situation to me, it clearly became a bad investment,” Long said. “There’s a large differentiation for me between what we had just gone through and someone who had made a bad financial decision and put himself in a financial difficulty. But at the same there, there was nothing inappropriate other than he had engaged in a risky financial deal.”
Smith said his land investments began through acquaintances while he was the coach at Louisville from 1998-2002, starting with one subdivision development and evolving from there.
As the real estate market began to slow several years ago, Smith said, he and his partners faced a difficult time maintaining their investments.
“It just got big,” Smith said, who described his stake as being in the “multi-millions.”
Smith wasn’t sure exactly how much money he owed to creditors, including some of his former partners, but he has started preparing to declare bankruptcy now. He wasn’t 100 percent certain he’ll have to declare, but said “that’s where I am proceeding to get my plate cleaned up.”
Smith said the primary reason he’s talking now is so his personal financial problems don’t become a distraction during the season. The Razorbacks are expected to begin the season ranked in the top 10, with Heisman Trophy candidates at quarterback (Tyler Wilson) and running back (Knile Davis).
“From a personal standpoint, I don’t want the university being embarrassed, but I’m not embarrassed,” Smith said. “It’s something that’s happened. I made some mistakes, and to be honest with you, I’m a football coach, not a businessman.”
After dropping the first set of his national semifinals match to No. 9 Blaz Rola, University of Kentucky men’s tennis senior Eric Quigley responded in a big way, winning the second set in convincing fashion before clinching the match with a thrilling win in a third set tiebreaker to advance to the NCAA Singles Championship Final on Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
“Eric got off to a slow start and you are just hoping that he sinks his teeth into the match and fights back,” UK head coach Dennis Emery said. “He grabbed a break there early in the second set and that really swung the momentum of the match. I thought that Coach (Cedric) Kauffmann did a great job of making some adjustments on court. Eric started to return the ball a lot better the second set and when he can simplify the match to where all he has to do is execute, then he is tough to beat. He was able to do that today and it really set up his offense well. It was just another great performance for him.”
The victory for Quigley in the semifinals moves him into the finals for the first time in his career and only the third time in school history. The UK star joins fellow All-Americans Jesse Witten and Carlos Drada as the only players to advance to the finals of the singles event. Witten was the last to claim the feat, making the finals of the event in 2002, while Drada made the finals in 2000. Witten and Drada both lost in the finals. Kentucky players are now 3-0 all-time in the NCAA Singles Semifinals.
This is the second career finals appearance for Quigley in a collegiate grand slam. Quigley advanced to the finals of the D’Novo/Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships in 2010 to become only the sixth UK player to advance to a collegiate grand slam singles or doubles final. Quigley is now the second player in school history to advance to two grand slam finals, joining Witten, who went to the 2002 NCAA Singles Final and the 2004 ITA National Indoor Singles Finals.
Quigley, who is ranked third in the nation in singles and seeded third in the tournament, will face the nation’s No. 1 player in Steve Johnson of Southern California in the final Monday at Noon ET.
Quigley and Johnson have not faced each other this season, but met once last season with Johnson earning the win. The matchup came in the 2011 NCAA Elite Eight matchup between UK and USC with Johnson taking down Quigley at the No. 1 singles position 6-4, 6-2.
“It doesn’t get any easier does it,” Quigley said about playing Johnson in the finals. “His record speaks for itself and he is a great player. I have done a great job this week of taking it one match at a time and I have to do the same tomorrow. I am just going to try to keep the same routine and play as relaxed as I can.”
Johnson, who has spent most the season ranked No. 1 in the nation and was voted the national winner of the ITA Senior Player of the Year Award, defeated 2010 NCAA Singles Champion Bradley Klahn of Stanford in the semifinal to punch his ticket to the finals. Johnson has won an impressive 71 consecutive singles match, last losing Jan. 17, 2011.
Rola, who is ranked in the top 10 in the nation in singles, jumped out to a big lead in the match, earning several breaks in the first set to win 6-2, which was the first set Quigley had lost in the tournament. After some adjustments in his game plan, Quigley come out firing in the second set, winning six of the seven games to grab the second set 6-1 and force a decisive third set.
“Our game plan coming in was to make him play his forehand and he came out and was hitting some big forehands so we had to make a change,” Quigley said. “Coach Kauffmann made the minor change of playing his backhand more and I also picked up my game a little bit and it really helped in the second set.”
“We had a game plan going into the match and after Eric got down in the first set we switched it and it worked out a lot better,” Kauffmann said. “Eric was hot on his forehand so we changed some things to his backhand and it helped a lot. He also served the ball really well at the right times.”
Both players stood their ground in the third set, holding serve all the way through to force a tiebreaker to decide the winner. Quigley would go up 2-0 in the breaker and never look back, mixing in an ace and aggressive playing to win the tiebreaker 7-1 and earn his spot in the finals.
“I served very well again today, which is something I have done all tournament,” Quigley said. “We both played really well in the third set and I kept telling myself to just get it to a tiebreaker and go from there. I was able to do that and I took some chances in the tiebreaker that went my way. It was a great match and I am happy to be in the finals tomorrow.”
The victory in singles action continues the most successful season in school history for Quigley. The native of Pewee Valley, Ky., is now 54-7 on the season, moving his career record to 172-46 – with both win totals being school records. Quigley started the event with a win over No. 41 Andre Dome of Cal Poly before punching his ticket to the Sweet 16 with a straight-sets victory over No. 18 Andreas Mies of Auburn. Quigley advanced to the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 5 Henrique Cunha of Duke on Saturday. Quigley has only lost one set the entire tournament.
“I think it is every college player’s dream to play their last collegiate match on center court in Athens,” Emery said. “Eric has a chance to do that tomorrow and we look forward to it.”