Real Good Samaritan helps save injured cyclist

John Anderson, left, needed help from a stranger Tuesday after a wreck on his bicycle. (Derik Hunt Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It seems that too often we wonder if there are still good, kind people willing to help others no matter what.

On Tuesday, a true Good Samaritan probably helped save a man’s life.

Danville’s John Anderson, an avid runner and cyclist, was hurt when he crashed his bike in Marion County.

Here’s what his sister, Emily, posted on Facebook several hours after the accident:

Courtney Love on Wuerffel Trophy watch list

Courtney Love (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior linebacker Courtney Love is one of 108 players considered for the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy, an award that honors college football’s top community servant.

Love, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, leads the team in community service hours and has a passion for mentoring children especially those living in a one-parent household or children who have parents who are incarcerated. Because of his passion, he currently volunteers at Amachi Central Kentucky, a mentoring program that seeks to pair caring, positive adults with children and youth in the Bluegrass who have one or both parents in state or federal prison or are affected by incarceration in some way.

Mercer County’s Chris Souder easy choice for Melton’s Deli Bill Vaught Memorial Area Coach of the Year

Chris Souder (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

This is the 21st year for the Bill Vaught Memorial Area Coach of the Year — and second year it has been on vaughtsviews.com and sponsored by Melton’s Deli after being part of The Advocate-Messenger for 19 years.

It was started in 1997 in honor of  my father after his passing. He devoted his life to working at the newspaper and this was a way to honor him and then Advocate management, readers and area coaches agreed this award was the perfect way to honor him.

Five-star Dominick Blaylock — who had 2 brothers play at Kentucky — commits to Georgia

Dominick Blaylock with his parents and Georgia coach Kirby Smart.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Several years ago I remember John Woods telling me — and Kentucky coach Mark Stoops — that his youngest son, Dominick Blaylock, would be a five-star football recruit.

That’s when Dominick’s brothers, Zack and Daron Blaylock, were at Kentucky playing for Stoops after being recruited by former coach Joker Phillips.

Woods turned out to be right. Dominick is the nation’s No. 2 receiver in the 2019 recruiting class and Sunday he gave his verbal commitment to home-state Georgia. He had offers from almost every big-time school.

Four-star Southern Cal offensive tackle E.J. Price says he’ll transfer to Kentucky

E.J. Price at UK Monday with coach Mark Stoops and assistant Darin Hinshaw. (Twitter Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s offensive line depth got an unexpected boost Monday when Southern Cal tackle E.J. Price announced he was transferring to Kentucky.

He was ranked among the nation’s top 10 offensive tackles in the 2016 recruiting class. He was recruited by UK but turned down the Cats as well as home-state Georgia, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Oklahoma, LSU and more to sign with USC.

Danielle Galyer Named SEC’s NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Former Kentucky swimmer Danielle Galyer has been named one of the Southeastern Conference nominees for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year, the league office announced Monday.

From the initial 543 nominees, Galyer was chosen along with former Georgia swimmer Chantal Van Landeghem to represent the SEC.

The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

Randall Cobb, John Wall headline 2017 UK Athletics Hall of Fame Class

John Calipari with John Wall at Big Blue Madness. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 has been announced, with Randall Cobb (football), Collin Cowgill (baseball), Ralph Hacker (broadcaster), Sherry Hoover Bordner (cross country/indoor track/outdoor track), Sarah Rumely (volleyball) and John Wall (men’s basketball) set to be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend, Sept. 22-23, in conjunction with the football home game vs. Florida.

Sherry Hoover Bordner, Cross Country/Indoor Track/Outdoor Track, 1986-89

Former UK Men’s Basketball Player Jerry Bird Dead at 83

CORBIN, Ky. – Jerry Bird, a former Kentucky men’s basketball player and member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame, died Sunday morning of natural causes in his hometown of Corbin, Kentucky. He was 83.

Bird, a Kentucky men’s basketball player from 1954-56, helped Kentucky to two Southeastern Conference titles in 1954 and 1955 and was a member of the 1954 team that went 25-0 and was crowned national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation.

Tai Wynyard Has Much To Build Upon For the 2017-18 Season

Tai Wynyard cheers during UK’s game with North Carolina. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS, Contributing Writer

Last season at UK, Tai Wynyard played a total of 54 minutes in 15 basketball games for Kentucky. While on the court, he attempted 6 shots and 3 free throws, scoring 11 points. In addition, he blocked 3 shots, had 1 assist, obtained 1 steal, and grabbed 5 offensive rebounds which is weighed against his 2 turnovers.

Matthew Mitchell not shy about praising talented freshman Tatyana Wyatt

By LARRY VAUGHT

One of coach Matthew Mitchell’s newcomers this year will be 6-3 Tatyana Wyatt of Columbus, Ga. She was ranked 63rd in the recruiting class and was also a volleyball standout who played on a state championship team.

She averaged 22.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.6 blocks per game as a senior. She finished her prep career with 1,992 points and 762 rebounds. She also hit a 124 3-pointers.

“She has got tremendous talent and skills at 6-3. She was a fantastic outside hitter on their volleyball team which gives you a little idea of her explosive jumping and leaping,” Mitchell said.

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