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2018 CATSPY Awards Set for April 23 in Memorial Coliseum

Maci Morris

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 16th annual CATSPY Awards, celebrating the 2017-18 athletics year at the University of Kentucky, will be held on April 23 in Memorial Coliseum.

The awards ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited. Tickets for the CATSPY Awards cost $5 each and may be purchased online or at the UK Athletics Ticket Office (Joe Craft Center). All seating is general admission for the event and all persons must have a ticket to enter, regardless of age.

UK Has 68 Student-Athletes on SEC Winter Sports Academic Honor Roll

Makenzie Cann (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Student-athletes at the University of Kentucky combined to earn a total of 68 spots on the 2017-18 Southeastern Conference Winter Sports Academic Honor Roll, the league announced Wednesday.  UK placed third in the league for the most student-athletes earning a spot on the honor roll.

The 2017-18 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll includes the sports of Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Gymnastics, Rifle and Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams. It is based on grades from the 2017 spring, summer and fall terms.  Among other qualifications, student-athletes must have a 3.0 grade-point average to be on the honor roll.   

Kentucky commit Emma King puts in some “extra” offseason work

Emma King works to repair some fence on her family’s farm. (Eric King Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky basketball commit Emma King of Lincoln County finished the 2017-18 season averaging 20.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. She’ll go into her senior season with 1,994 points and 550 rebounds.

She’s a career 79 percent shooter from the foul line and 41 percent overall from the field. Last season she shot 39 percent from 3-point range, 46 percent overall from the field and 84.2 percent at the foul line.

2018 CATSPY Awards Set for April 23 in Memorial Coliseum

Leah Edmond (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 16th annual CATSPY Awards, celebrating the 2017-18 athletics year at the University of Kentucky, will be held on April 23 in Memorial Coliseum.

The awards ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited. Tickets for the CATSPY Awards cost $5 each and may be purchased online or at the UK Athletics Ticket Office (Joe Craft Center). All seating is general admission for the event and all persons must have a ticket to enter, regardless of age.

MacGinnis, Rice Nominated for McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Scholarship

Austin MacGinnis (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Austin MacGinnis of the Kentucky football team and Alyssa Rice of the Wildcat women’s basketball team have been nominated for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship by the University of Kentucky.

The H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship has been presented by the Southeastern Conference since 1986 to the league’s top male and female scholar-athletes.

The Southeastern Conference will name the 2018 recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship on April 26.

Highlights of Kentucky’s nominees include:

AUSTIN MacGINNIS, Football, Kentucky

“Greatest response” yet for tomleachky.om All-Resilient Team

By TOM LEACH

We are excited and proud to announce the latest edition of the tomleachky.com “All-Resilient Team,” which honors student-athletes from Kentucky high schools who had to overcome adversity to participate and/or excel in sports in the past calendar year.

“This is the greatest response yet to our project, with almost 40 young people being recognized at this year’s awards ceremony. And once again, the inspirational stories are overwhelming,” said Tom Leach, voice of the Kentucky Wildcats radio network.

Nominations are sought through the Kentucky High School Athletic Directors Association and media sources.

UK signee Blair Green has “no regrets” over her senior season

Blair Green

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky signee Blair Green of Harlan County has “no regrets” over her senior season where she averaged 25.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and shot 58.9 percent from the field, including 35.3 percent from 3-point range, and 85 percent (162 of 191) at the foul line in 31 games.

Harlan County won the 13th Region and had an 18-game win streak snapped in a state tournament loss to George Rogers Clark.

Harlan County lost its starting center to a knee injury early in the season and that sometimes forced Green to have to do more.

Mitch Barnhart to Perform Tandem Parachute Jump with Golden Knights

Mitch Barnhart (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart will once again perform a tandem parachute jump with the Army Golden Knights as the world-famous team returns to middle Tennessee April 10-13.

Barnhart first jumped with the Army’s official parachute team in 2010. The jumps will be held each day at Outlaw Field in Clarksville, Tennessee, and Barnhart is slated to jump on April 11.

“To be able to participate in this jump with the Army Golden Knights is an honor and a thrill,” Barnhart said. “The Golden Knights represent and serve our country so well and their expertise makes them the best in the world at what they do.”

Mississippi State coach blames himself for national title loss

Vicky Graff Photo

Mississippi State coach Vic Schaeffer blamed no one but himself after his team lost 61-58 to Notre Dame Sunday night in the national championship game.

Here’s how the SEC coach started his postgame press conference:

“First of all, congratulations to Notre Dame on a tremendous basketball game. Just like I saw on Friday night, there’s a tremendous passion, a relentlessness, a toughness, and a resiliency to that bunch, and they’re to be commended for that and for how they played today.

Louisville coach Jeff Walz: “There’s some ups and downs that just kick you square in the ass, and right now this is one of those.”

Louisville coach Jeff Walz (Vicky Graff Photo)

Here is what Louisville coach Jeff Walz said to start his postgame press conference after Louisville lost 70-67 to Mississippi State in overtime at the Final Four Friday night.

“Thank you. Just first want to congratulate Vic and Mississippi State. What a great ball game. I mean, back and forth runs by both teams. It was a great ball game. I thought we competed, we played our hearts out. I thought they played their hearts out. Just an unbelievable basketball game,” Walz said.