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3:41 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Proposal Would Give KHSAA Oversight of Kentucky Middle School Athletics

Kentucky lawmakers are reviewing a proposal that would place middle school athletics under the control of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, with the regulations going into effect for the 2014-15 school year.

If approved, the measure would mark the first time middle schools fell under statewide oversight.

The state board of education has already signed on to the idea. KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett told the Lexington Herald-Leader the lack of statewide oversight over middle school athletics has led to problems that include some schools playing more games during a season than is considered safe and parents holding students back a year simply for athletic reasons.

The regulation was filed with the Legislative Research Commission on Friday. After a month long public comment period and a public hearing, the General Assembly's Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee and the Interim Joint Committee on Education will give the regulation a final review.

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Sports
10:55 am
Wed June 12, 2013

The Best Kentucky and Indiana Basketball Players Square Off Friday in Louisville

Kentucky's 2013 Mr. Basketball, Dominique Hawkins of Madison Central

The annual showdown between the best boy’s and girl’s high school basketball players in Kentucky and Indiana is set for this Friday night.

Both games are at Freedom Hall in Louisville, with the girl’s game starting at 5:30 p.m. eastern, and the boy’s following at 7:30. The four teams then play again the following night in Indianapolis.

The Kentucky boy’s team is led by the state’s Mr. Basketball winner, Dominique Hawkins of Madison Central. Members of the team from our listening area include Devonte Grundy from Bardstown and Jordan Majors of Hopkinsville.

University of Kentucky signee Derek Willis of Bullitt East is also on the team.

The Kentucky girl’s team is filled with players from our listening area, including this year’s Miss Basketball, Makayla Epps of Marion County. Her Marion County teammates Kyvin Goodin-Rogers and Logan Powell are also on the squad, along with Becca Greenwell of Owensboro Catholic, Jessica Hardin of Wayne County, and Michaela Hunter of Rockcastle County.

The Indiana boys are led by Mr. Basketball Zak Irvin, and Indiana University recruit. He's joined by fellow future Hoosiers Devin Davis and Collin Hartman. The Indiana girls feature Miss Basketball Stephanie Mavunga.

Sports
10:38 am
Tue June 11, 2013

WKU Football is Preseason Favorite to Win Sun Belt Conference

Credit WKU Sports

The Hilltoppers have been named the Sun Belt preseason favorite in The Sporting News college football preview. WKU is followed in the ranking by Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe and Arkansas State.

Also, senior running back Antonio Andrews has been named a preseason All-America selection by the organization.

Andrews is a third-team selection to the 2013 Sporting News All-America Team as an all-purpose player.

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Sports
8:32 am
Sun June 9, 2013

Greenwood Caps Perfect Season With State Softball Crown

The Bowling Green Daily News reports that the #1 ranked Greenwood Gators of Bowling Green beat #6 Owensboro Catholic 8-0 Saturday to win the state softball championship and complete the first undefeated fast-pitch season in state history. Greenwood finished their season 44-0.

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Sports
4:58 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Kickoff Time Set for WKU Football Opener vs. Kentucky

Kickoff time has been set for WKU’s season-opening football game versus Kentucky.

The Hilltoppers will open their 2013 campaign on Saturday, August 31, at 6 p.m. at L.P. Field in Nashville.

The contest will mark the first games for both teams’ head coaches—Bobby Petrino at WKU and Mark Stoops at Kentucky. The Wildcats will be looking to avenge last season’s overtime loss to WKU in Lexington.

Sports
10:03 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Central Hardin Pitcher Named Gatorade Kentucky Baseball Player of the Year

At athletic and academic standout from Hardin County has been named the Gatorade Kentucky Baseball Player of the Year.

Central Hardin High School senior Drew Harrington is a 6'6" left-handed pitcher who has signed to play his college ball at the University of Louisville.

Harrington has helped lead Central Hardin to a 26-4 record, and is 7-0 as a starting pitcher for the Bruins. He has 89 strikeouts in 50 innings pitched this season.

The Gatorade award also recognized Harrington's 3.59 GPA.

Sports
10:39 am
Mon May 13, 2013

WKU Hires New Assistant Basketball Coach

Shawn Forrest
Credit WKU Athletics

WKU head men's basketball coach Ray Harper announced Monday the hiring of 16-year collegiate coaching veteran Shawn Forrest as assistant men's basketball coach. Forrest spent the 2012-13 season at Louisiana-Lafayette, and prior to his time in Lafayette, Forrest had been an assistant coach at North Texas, Arkansas State and Troy, as well as Florida A&M.

Forrest helped the Ragin’ Cajuns to the quarterfinals of the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Tournament after coming to Louisiana-Lafayette after spending four seasons from 2008-09 to 2011-12 as an assistant coach at North Texas.

"I am really looking forward to working with Coach Harper and the rest of the staff and student-athletes here at WKU," Forrest said. "The job Coach Harper has done in the last two seasons is very impressive, and I think that WKU is one of the best basketball jobs in the country. It is not every day you get a chance to coach at a school that has been to the Final Four. I have admired this program for a while, and I could not turn down the job when Coach Harper called."

Forrest received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 1998.

Sports
8:50 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Post Positions Set for 139th Running of the Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs is the scene for Saturday's 139th Run of the Roses.
Credit Churchill Downs

The early favorite for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby is Orb at 7 to 2. Trained by Shug McGaughey,  Orb drew post position number 16 Wednesday evening at Churchill Downs.

The second favorite is Verrazano at 4 to 1. He’ll run from post position number 14. 

Verrazano is one of five Derby starters trained by Todd Pletcher.

The third choice, at 5-1, is Goldencents, trained by Doug O’Neill, who won last year with I’ll Have Another.

O’Neill  says and the horse’s owners are pleased that Goldencents will break from the number eight post.

A full field of 20 horses is entered for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

Sports
12:49 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Former Cardinal Bingham Named Assistant Basketball Coach at WKU

The newest member of WKU’s women’s basketball coaching staff is no stranger to head coach Michelle Clark-Heard. Candyce Bingham was a member of Louisville’s 2009 national finalist team, and played her junior and senior seasons when Clark-Heard was a U of L assistant coach.

Bingham helped lead the Cardinals to a 34-5 record and a national championship game appearance her senior season at Louisville, and was a graduate assistant at Louisville this past season. In a news release, Clark-Heard said Bingham would bring “great energy and enthusiasm” to the WKU women’s basketball coaching staff.

Sports
9:57 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Nerlens Noel Won't Be Returning to Kentucky

Nerlens Noel will enter the NBA draft.
Credit Kentucky News Network

The University of Kentucky says Nerlens Noel will forego his sophomore season and enter his name in the NBA Draft.

"I have loved my time at Kentucky, but I feel that I’m ready to take the next step to the NBA," Noel said. "I’ve learned so much here at UK and am thankful for Coach Calipari, the staff and my teammates for all of their support. I especially appreciate the Big Blue Nation and all of the support, prayers and well-wishes I’ve received from them during my rehab and decision-making process. I’ll always be a Wildcat."

Noel led the nation in blocks as he averaged 4.4 rejections per game and tallied 106 in 24 games played before a season-ending knee injury. He averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.

The draft is June 27.

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