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Sports
12:00 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Six Kentucky High School Football Champions Set to Be Crowned in Bowling Green

WKU's L.T. Smith Stadium is hosting Kentucky's high school championship games.
Credit WKU

WKU's L.T. Smith Stadium is the scene for Kentucky's six high school football championships that will be decided Friday and Saturday.

Here is the schedule (all times central):

Friday, Dec. 6

11:00 am: Mayfield (13-1) vs. Williamsburg (11-2) in Class 1A championship

3:00 pm: Wayne County (13-0) vs. Belfry (13-1) in Class 3A championship

7:00 pm: Meade County (12-2) vs. Scott County (14-0) in Class 5A championship

Saturday, Dec. 7

11:00 am: DeSales (13-1) vs. Newport Catholic Central (10-4) in Class 2A championship

3:00 pm: Collins (12-2) vs. Ft. Thomas Highlands (13-1) in Class 4A championship

7:00 pm: Bowling Green (13-0) vs. Pulaski County (14-0) in Class 5A championship

Sports
12:03 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

John Hardin High School Big Man Named Kentucky's Top High School Football Player

John Hardin High School senior Matt Elam

John Hardin High School defensive tackle Matt Elam received news this week that he is the winner of the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the top high school football player in the commonwealth.

The 6-foot-6 inch, 360-pound Elam is ranked the number seven overall prospect in the nation by one recruiting service, and has narrowed his college choices to Alabama, Notre Dame, and Kentucky.

He’s recovering from a partially dislocated patella suffered during the high school playoffs, which caused him to miss John Hardin’s 5-A semifinal loss to Bowling Green last Friday.

Elam will receive the Hornung Award Dec. 17 at a ceremony in Louisville.

Sports
4:24 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

WKU Men's Basketball Team Adds Height to Roster, Courtesy of Britain

The latest WKU men's basketball player will add some international flair to the roster.

Ben Lawson, a 6’11’’ forward, will have four years of eligibility at WKU beginning this fall. Lawson is a native of Hitchen, England and was a member of the England 18 and under national team.

Over 31 games for Oaklands College in Great Britain last season, Lawson averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds, and nearly five blocked shots a game. The big man can also shoot it from outside, hitting 40 percent of his three-point attempts last season at Oaklands.

Lawson is the fifth new addition to the WKU roster who will be eligible for the upcoming season.

Lawson joins Aaron Adeoye (6-7, forward, Marion, Ill.), Chris Harrison-Docks (6-0, guard, Okemos, Mich.), Payton Hulsey (6-5, guard, Memphis, Tenn.), Trency Jackson (6-2, guard, Jackson, Miss.) and Daouda Soumaoro (6-9, center, Mali) as newcomers to the Hilltopper roster in 2013-14.

Sports
3:38 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

UK Players Looking Forward to Rematch with "Disrespectful" WKU

It's WKU vs. UK on Aug. 31 in Nashville

The Kentucky Wildcats are making it clear they want pay-back for last year’s football loss to the WKU Hilltoppers. Several UK players talked about the season-opener for both teams at Wednesday’s Southeastern Conference Media Days event in Hoover, Alabama.

To hear several Kentucky Wildcat football players tell it, the WKU Hilltoppers were disrespectful following last season’s 32-31 overtime win at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.

Wildcats running back Raymond Sanders said the team was looking forward to the season-opener for both schools. The Courier-Journal quoted Sanders as saying the Toppers “were pretty disrespectful on our field—and disrespectful with some tweets and Facebook and some stuff. After the game, jumping and stomping on the field. It’s our field. You gotta take pride in that.”

After last year’s win at Kentucky, then-WKU head coach Willie Taggart said WKU red was the “new blue” in Kentucky.

This year’s matchup is the debut for new WKU coach Bobby Petrino. WKU and UK face off August 31st at Nashville’s LP Field.

You can see the entire 2013 WKU football schedule here.

Education
1:46 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

WKU Reviewing Policies Regarding Wrongdoing in Athletics

The Sandusky scandal at Penn State is prompting many universities to double check their policies to make sure that wrongdoing in an athletic program is handled appropriately. WKU President Gary Ransdell told the University's Board of Regents today that University attorney Deborah Wilkins is checking on current procedures at WKU.

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