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8:17 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Hilltoppers Win Sun Belt Matchup in a Blowout, now 5-3 in Conference

WKU freshman guard Percy Blade
Credit WKU Athletics

WKU snapped a three-game losing skid Thursday night with a 72-49 win over Louisiana-Lafayette at E.A. Diddle Arena. The win improves WKU's record to 11-8 overall and 5-3 in conference play.

Brandon Harris led WKU with 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Three other Hilltoppers were in double figures, including Teeng Akol with 13 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. T.J. Price added 13 points, three assists and had no turnovers in a team-high 37 minutes, and George Fant contributed 10 points and six rebounds.

Percy Blade grabbed 10 rebounds from the guard position, and Aleksejs Rostov contributed seven points and five rebounds in 27 minutes. Louisiana-Lafayette was led by Elfrid Payton's 14 points and 11 points and 14 rebounds from Shawn Long.

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7:58 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Two WKU Football Players Now On the Basketball Court

WKU quarterback--and basketball player--Kawaun Jakes

How badly beaten up is the WKU men's basketball team? Coach Ray Harper has been suiting up two football players in order to have enough bodies on the court during games and practice.

The Courier-Journal has this article about quarterback Kawaun Jakes and wide receiver Marcus Vasquez, two seniors who just wrapped up their final college football season, and how they're playing important roles for the WKU basketball team. 

WKU Public Radio recently profiled Vasquez, who returned to the football field after suffering a season-ending knee injury his junior year.

Sports
2:31 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

WKU Hilltoppers Back at Diddle Arena Saturday Night Against Florida Atlantic

WKU starts a three-game homestand Saturday night against Florida Atlantic, and a win on Saturday would equal last season’s regular season win total and be WKU’s 13-straight victory at E.A. Diddle Arena.

The Hilltoppers will be looking to get back on the winning track in conference play after losing back-to-back games in Arkansas last week. Each of the last six meetings in the series between WKU and Florida Atlantic have been decided by single digits, and the Hilltoppers have won four of the last five games contested in Bowling Green.

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Sports
3:44 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Several WKU Athletes Can Relate to NFL Superstar's Knee Injury

Robert Griffin III was one of the most exciting players this season in the NFL.

Robert Griffin III, the star rookie quarterback with the Washington Redskins, had his torn lateral collateral ligament repaired and a "re-do" of his previous anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. ESPN is reporting a full recovery is expected.

Griffin III is just one of the latest athletes to suffer a knee injury involving the ACL.

WKU Public Radio recently reported on the surgical and recovery process involved in ACL injuries. We profiled WKU senior wide receiver Marcus Vasquez, a wide receiver on the football team who came back this past season from a torn ACL.

Two other WKU athletes recovering from torn ACL's are sophomore basketball player Nigel Snipes, and women's freshman basketball player Kendall Noble.

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WKU
9:51 am
Tue January 8, 2013

WKU Soccer Record-Holder Playing in French Pro League

Former WKU soccer star Libby Stout
Credit WKU Athletics

You never know where life will take you after graduation.

For 2011 WKU graduate and soccer star Libby Stout, the "where" became France. Stout plays in a professional women's soccer league there, following her record-setting career at WKU.

The Courier-Joural interviewed Stout about life in Europe, adapting to the French language and culture, and comparing "futbul" in the U.S. to what she's experiencing overseas.

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Sports
8:32 am
Fri January 4, 2013

WKU Women Stay Unbeaten in Sun Belt Play, Hilltopper Men Lose to UALR

The WKU men's and women's basketball teams  had different results against Arkansas-Little Rock Thursday, with the women winning their fifth conference game and the men dropping a close one on the road.

The WKU men battled back from a 14-point first-half deficit to tie the game at halftime, but UALR made over 50 percent of its shots from the floor in the second half and earned a 75-67 win over the Hilltoppers in Little Rock, Ark. The loss drops WKU to 10-6 overall and 4-1 in conference play, and UALR improves to 9-7 and 3-2.

Brandon Harris recorded his second career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and he has now led WKU in rebounding in four-straight games. Harris also played all 40 minutes in the game and has now played all but five minutes of the last six Hilltopper games. Kevin Kaspar had 13 points thanks in part to three three-pointers, and Teeng Akol had 10 points and five rebounds in 26 minutes.

WKU Women Win, Remain Perfect in Sun Belt

The WKU women used a 10-0 run in the final four minutes of the game to break a 62-62 tie en route to a 78-69 win over UALR at the Jack Stephens Center to stay unbeaten in Sun Belt Conference play.

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Sports
3:39 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Louisville Stuns Florida in Sugar Bowl Upset

Terell Floyd returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the game, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater directed several scoring drives and Louisville surprised favored Florida 33-23 Wednesday night in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

Shaking off an early hit, Bridgewater came back to throw for 266 yards including touchdown passes to DeVante Parker and Damian Copeland against a Florida defense that was among the nation's top three in most passing stats. 

Louisville went into the game ranked #22 nationally, and Florida was #3.

Sports
3:27 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

At WKU, the New Football Staff is Rooted in Louisville Cardinal Memories

Jeff Brohm is WKU's new offensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

WKU football coach Bobby Petrino has put the finishing touches on his first Hilltopper staff. At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Petrino introduced Jeff Brohm as his new offensive coordinator, and Nick Holt as the new WKU defensive coordinator.

Like Petrino, both Brohm and Holt have ties to the University of Louisville.

Brohm is a former U of L quarterback and assistant coach. He is rejoining Petrino after working under him at U of L for three seasons. Brohm says he was willing to leave his job at Alabama-Birmingham for the chance to reunite with his former boss.

“I have a past with Coach Petrino, and I have a great deal of respect for his ability as a coach, what he believes, how we believe in things that are very similar. And I wanted a chance to get back and work with him,” said Brohm, who played eight seasons in the NFL.

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WKU Football
9:00 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Petrino to Introduce New Offensive, Defensive Coordinators Wednesday

Bobby Petrino was introduced last month as the new WKU head football coach.
Credit WKU Athletics

WKU football coach Bobby Petrino is bringing another former Louisville Cardinal to the Hill. Petrino will introduce his new offensive and defensive coordinators Wednesday afternoon at a news conference on campus.

Former U of L quarterback and offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm will be put in charge of the WKU offense. Brohm comes to Bowling Green after serving as offensive coordinator at Alabama-Birmingham.

Brohm is a Louisville native who played quarterback at U of L in the early 90s and played eight seasons in the NFL.

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Sports
12:00 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Former WKU Swimmer Close to Realizing Lifelong Dream of Being an Olympian

This audio is an entry in the category of Best Sports Feature/Special for the 2013 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters Contest for Radio.

This entry, which aired June 25, 2012, previewed former Western Kentucky University swimmer Claire Donahue as she prepared for U.S. Olympic team qualifying in Knoxville, Tennessee. Claire explained how being an Olympian was a life-long dream of hers, and she described all the work and sacrifice that goes into being an Olympic-caliber swimmer.

I hope you enjoy listening to this story! Thank you for your time and consideration.

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