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.

Kentucky gymnastics coaches take top honors, Tim Garrison named national coach of year

St. LOUIS – Kentucky gymnastics head coach Tim Garrison and assistant coaches Chuck Dickerson and Rachel Garrison were named the 2018 National Association of College Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) National Coach and Assistant Coaches of the Year, the organization announced Sunday. The awards are voted on by Division I coaches across the country. Both awards are the program’s first.

“I’m so grateful for my staff,” head coach Tim Garrison said. “They have given so much of themselves to this team and program and I could not be happier for them to be recognized by our National coaches group and receive the coaches of the year award.”

Cheerleader Kelsey LaCroix enjoyed Olympic experience

By LARRY VAUGHT

For Kentucky senior cheerleader Kelsey LaCroix, there was no better experience than being part of the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

“There is no better honor than to represent the United States and cheerleading at the Olympics,” said LaCroix. “Cheerleading has been such a big part of my life. It was awesome to get to show everyone what we are made of and show the world what our sport is all about.”

LaCroix was part of three national championship cheer squads at Kentucky and capped her career with the 11-day trip with the UK cheer squad to the Olympics.

Coach believes Isaiah Epps can be special receiver

Isaiah Epps (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

New Kentucky receivers coach Michael Smith felt his players made progress during spring practice but knows they have a lot to do during the next few months before preseason practice starts in August.

“They have to get with each other, get with the quarterbacks and cultivate that relationship. They have to study football more,” Smith said. “I know they have a lot of stuff going on away from here (football) but at the end of the day if this is something you want to do as a professional, you have to find time to master your craft and these young men are trying to do that. I just want them to be the best players they can be and give them the tools to do that.”

Cal Ripken Jr. will lead Pigeon Forge’s Music in the Mountain spring parade May 4

Cal Ripken Jr.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. —With Cal Ripken, Jr. leading the way, Pigeon Forge’s new Music in the Mountains spring parade is set for May 4 at 6 p.m.  on the city’s Parkway with entries from Tennessee, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Georgia plus several new elements to extend the celebration into the weekend.

Ripken, a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and chairman and cofounder of Ripken Baseball, will serve as parade grand marshal this year.

Justin Lewis’ pitching leads UK to 3-2 win over No. 1 Florida

Justin Lewis (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior pitcher Justin Lewis allowed a leadoff double to start the game and then slammed the door on No. 1 Florida, allowing just two Gators to reach base the rest of the afternoon, powering the No. 6 University of Kentucky baseball team to a 3-2 win in the series finale of a three-game set Saturday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Cheek’s home run, Humes’ clutch pitching give UK 4-2 win over No. 6 Georgia

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior third baseman Abbey Cheek launched a two-run home run to right field in the bottom of the fourth inning to plate the go-ahead and game-winning run for the No. 18 Kentucky Wildcats as they evened the series with a 4-2 win over No. 6 Georgia on Saturday at John Cropp Stadium.

Autumn Humes got her ninth win in the circle for the Wildcats with a complete-game performance in the circle, allowing one of the best offenses in the nation just two runs on six hits. Humes didn’t walk a batter in the game, and had three strikeouts. Her record is now 9-5 on the season and she picks up her second top-10 win of the season (LSU).  

Calipari makes it clear how much he wants James Wiseman at UK

James Wiseman with John Calipari. (Twitter Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Just how bad does Kentucky want Memphis five-star forward James Wiseman, the No. 1 player in the 2019 recruiting class?

Enough that John Calipari and his entire staff watched Wiseman play Friday night — and it also let them see 2019 UK commit D.J. Jeffries and Adair County point guard Zion Harmon, one of the top players in the 2021 class, since they are on the same AAU team as Wiseman.

Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica cruise highlight for me

Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica brought a smile — and lot of thrills — to this old guy. (Dan Maggle Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

What a delightful time we had for 10 days and nights aboard Coral Princess that took us from Ft. Lauderdale to the Aruba, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Jamaica.

The food was fantastic. The entertainment was superb. The sunshine was glorious.

Mollie Korth earns All-America honors, UK sixth in semifinals

Mollie Korth (UK Athletics Photo)

ST. LOUIS – The last vault of the night won sophomore Mollie Korth All-America honors as the Kentucky gymnastics team posted a 196.0625 at its first NCAA Championship weekend appearance.

Korth finished tied for fourth on the vault with a 9.925, earning her first-team status.

“The way I’m seeing this, it’s just the beginning of our climb,” head coach Tim Garrison said. “Sometimes you have to lose, and unfortunately we did that today. With that said, I’m incredibly impressed with how our team responded.