Owensboro’s Friday After 5 a fun time more should know about

Singers Jill Pickering, right, and Kate Rapier made my oldest grandson smile Friday night with their performance in Owensboro. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Singers Jill Pickering, right, and Kate Rapier made my oldest grandson smile Friday night with their performance in Owensboro. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

OWENSBORO — When I was invited to come to Owensboro for a weekend to see how entertaining it could be, I wasn’t sure what to expect — especially since I brought my grandsons, ages 7 and 4, with me.

But we had a great time here Friday night and expect more of the same Saturday.

UK Alumnus Andrew Evans Makes U.S. Olympic Discus Team

boXEifTJ4rHUbT6AN-BnuIxcJSzseftNOL5TaOPS9IK2Qmza8QfCBMyAMIqiw_7jWnZ6eHwLeaxUVRLGMSS4-AaHVjFJl-qW5Wuyk8-nTFwdzVg6Y-CAFVasUY_WhCC0aIqVBOo=s0-d-e1-ftEUGENE, Ore. – The Kentucky track and field program had a day of highs and lows on Friday at the United States Olympic Team Trials in front of 22,356 fans inside Hayward Field.

Class of 2014 alumnus Andrew Evans became the first Wildcat to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team by placing third in the discus. Evans capitalized on a solid throw of 200-feet, 10 inches/61.22 meters on his first attempt.

Junior Nick Anderson moved on to the 110m hurdles semifinal. Alumna Kendra Harrison was sixth in the 100m hurdles final – missing the Olympic Team by three spots, freshman Jasmine Camacho-Quinn narrowly missed the 100m hurdles final and junior Kiah Seymour did not advance out of the 400m hurdles semifinals.

UK Golfer Anna Hack Misses Cut At U.S. Women’s Open

SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Anna Hack’s dream run to the U.S. Women’s Open in all likelihood ended Friday by missing the cut. The sophomore-to-be on the Kentucky women’s golf team finished at 21-over par after a difficult second round at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.

Hack needed to make up ground Friday after an opening-round 8-over par that included eight straight pars. Hack, who qualified in May for the world’s premier golf championship during a sectional qualifier at Westwood Country Club in St. Louis, was unable to conquer the 6,784-yard layout on Friday, carding a score of 85 (13-over par).

Ormerod Bell to be Inducted into KY High School Basketball Hall of Fame

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former University of Kentucky women’s basketball guard Carly Ormerod Bell, who played in 106 career games for the Wildcats, will be inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday at the State Theater in Elizabethtown, Ky., for her impressive high school career.

The KHSBHF is dedicated to promoting and educating the public about the culture, tradition and rich heritage of Kentucky high school basketball. It honors and provides a fitting tribute to former players and coaches, while preserving and displaying historical information and memorabilia associated with the game. Ormerod Bell will enter the KHSBHF with her former high school head coach Donna Moir. The two are the only two females in the 2016 class.

Jack Givens, Shannon Spake, Paul Karem, Tywanna Patterson will join me on Leach Report

Shannon Spake (Vicky Graff Photo)

Shannon Spake (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

On Monday and Tuesday while Tom Leach is taking some vacation time, he’s giving me a chance to host the  Leach Report from 9-10 a.m. each day.

It’s an honor, but also pressure, to host the show because Leach is such a professional and has an informative, entertaining show every time he’s on air.

I hope to do the same because of the guests that have agreed to be on air with  me.

Calipari signees have been fixtures in McDonald’s Game

Sacha Killeya-Jones

Sacha Killeya-Jones

By LARRY VAUGHT

Doing some preliminary work for a story I will be writing for Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook about Kentucky’s 2016-17 team and came across this little tidbit. Sure I probably used it before — and many of you already knew it — but thought it was worth sharing again.

With Bam Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Malik Monk’s appearance in the McDonald’s All-American Game, UK has signed 25 players during the John Calipari era who have been named to the prestigious high school event, more than any other school in the country during that time period.

Do not overlook potential that Trey Lyles still has

Tyler  Ulis, left, and Trey Lyles were part of a special recruiting class at UK. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Tyler Ulis, left, and Trey Lyles were part of a special recruiting class at UK. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By JESSICA JONES, Contributing Writer

John Calipari’s 2014 recruiting class was one of my personal favorites. Karl Towns went on to be the number one pick in the NBA draft and rookie of the year. He was so much fun to watch at Kentucky.
Devin Booker was the sharp shooting favorite of many ladies of the BBN. Remember girls licking his car on his autograph tour? He also brought the “reload” 3-point celebration to the Bluegrass. Booker was a lottery pick and finished third in the rookie of the year voting last season in the NBA.
Tyler Ulis. That’s all I really need to say. Tyler is considered by some Calipari’s best point guard thus far. He’s easily a fan favorite.
These three were so impactful to our memories and the game that we often forget about the fourth member of that class: Trey Lyles. He was so quietly good that even Calipari forgot about him. Remember midseason when Calipari joked that Trey was missing?
Trey had flashes of greatness while at UK and a silky smooth jumper. However, due to all the star power on that team, Trey was kind of an after thought.
I met Trey briefly in Chicago after the UCLA game in 2014. He was genuinely kind and goofy. He seems like a really great kid and will make BBN very proud.
I watched Trey in the summer league the other day against the Celtics where he posted 26 points and 11 rebounds. It was just the summer league and one shouldn’t get too excited but he looked great. He also played well against the Spurs summer league team where he hit three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Trey averaged 6 points in his rookie season with the Jazz. I look for him to continue to improve on that this season. He has all the skills and now with his rookie year under his belt I think he will start to make more of an impact.
I think it’s possible we may even see the Jazz in the playoffs next spring. Kentucky fans should keep an eye on Trey in Utah. Trey will have a very long and successful NBA career. 

Darius Miller to be Enshrined in Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame

Darius Miller (Gary Moyers Photo)

Darius Miller (Gary Moyers Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Kentucky men’s basketball standout Darius Miller, who helped lead the Wildcats to the 2012 national championship, will be inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday at the State Theater in Elizabethtown, Ky.

Miller will be enshrined into the hall of fame as a part of the class of 2016 for his illustrious high school career at Mason County High School. The 2008 winner of the Kentucky Mr. Basketball award, Miller led Mason County to the 2008 state championship, averaging 19.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game during the memorable Sweet 16 run.

Commissioners announce changes for how much time students play sports

 (July 7, 2016)  The commissioners of the five autonomy conferences today announced an agreement in concept on changes they will propose that are intended to give students who play sports more time off.  The purpose of the changes is to rebalance the student experience between athletics and campus life, providing students with more time to focus on other college interests, including academics, work experience, travel, and additional rest.The first area of change, Flex 21, will provide students, in many cases, with at least an additional 21 days in which they are free of required athletic activities during the academic year. These 21 days are in addition to the current rules related to time off.

Recognizing that every sport has different needs, the proposal includes flexibility so coaches, students and athletic directors can come up with a plan that best suits each sport.  The proposed changes are the result of in-person meetings and survey feedback from students, head coaches, faculty and athletics administrators.

Conrad Named to John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List

C.J. Conrad (Vicky Graff Photo)

C.J. Conrad (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky sophomore tight end C.J. Conrad has been named one of 45 players to the 2016 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List, which annually honors the most outstanding collegiate tight end,.

Conrad, who is one of five sophomores to make the preseason watch list, had a great first season for Kentucky, playing in all 12 games last fall with nine starts. The native of LaGrange, Ohio, led all Southeastern Conference tight ends with 15 catches for 149 yards and one touchdown. His best game came at Mississippi State when he caught six passes for 56 yards, while he had two games with three or more catches.