- Kentucky completed its nonconference schedule for 2016 with the addition of New Mexico State. The Cats will play the Aggies on September 17, 2016 in Commonwealth Stadium. New Mexico State replaces UAB which disbanded its football program and then brought it back for 2017. The Aggies are coached by former Wildcat Doug Martin who played at UK from 1981-1984. He later coached briefly at Kentucky. According to fbschedules.com, Kentucky will pay NMSU 1.3 million dollars for the game. Other nonconference opponents in 2016 are Southern Mississippi, Austin Peay and Louisville.
- Another day, another verbal commitment for the Wildcats. 5-star, Tampa wide receiver Jermaine Eskridge has given a commitment to UK on Thursday. Eskridge marks the sixth player this week to verbally commit to Mark Stoops and Kentucky. Eskridge (Thomas Jefferson HS) is 6-foot-3, 185-pounds and is in the class of 2018. Earlier this week, UK got commitments from QB Mac Jones (Jacksonville), WR Russ Yeast (Fremont, OH), RB Michael Warren (Toledo), DE James Hudson III (Toledo) and DT Kobe Smith (Lawrenceville, GA).
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- Brandon Phillips hit a pair of three-run homers and drove in a career-high seven runs on Thursday night, powering the Reds to a 15-5 victory that kept the Pittsburgh Pirates winless in Cincinnati this season. The Reds opened the season with a three-game sweep of the Pirates at Great American Ball Park. They improved to 4-0 on Thursday night by taking advantage of struggling A.J. Burnett (8-5), sending the Pirates to their most lopsided loss of the season. Pittsburgh hadn't allowed so many runs since a 15-5 loss to Arizona on Aug. 17, 2013. Marlon Byrd also hit a three-run homer, and Jay Bruce drove in three runs with a sacrifice fly and a double as the Reds improved to 8-2 overall against the Pirates this season. Left-hander David Holmberg (1-0) was called up from Triple-A and allowed two runs and five hits in six innings.
- The San Francisco Giants and the Cincinnati Reds mad a late trade Thursday night, as Reds starter, Mike Leake was sent to San Fran for two prospects, Keury Mella and Adam Duvall. Duvall is a power hitter with 26 home runs in the minors. Mella was considered the Giants best pitching prospect. The 21-year-old has a 3.31 ERA at High A this season. Leake is 9-5 on the season with a 3.56 ERA, struck out 90 batters, while walking 34.
Johnson Central Standout, Point Guard, Braxton Blair, will officially sign with Alice Lloyd College on Tuesday, August 4th @ 1:00 PM in the Johnson Central High School Library. Braxton helped lead the Golden Eagles to 4 straight 15th Region Titles as the starting PG at Johnson Central.
Braxton Blair finished his career with 1,507 points, 500 assist (1st All Time), 470 rebounds and had 238 steals (2nd All Time). He played in 137 games (1st All Time), starting 128 games (2nd All Time), Played 3,762 minutes (1st All time – averaged 27.5 mpg for career). Had 2 career double doubles. Braxton was also named 2015 15th Region Tournament MVP (4 year all 15th Region) among many other numerous awards.
Braxton is the son of Kristie and Kevin Blair of Johnson County and is also an accomplished amateur boxer.
UK coach Mark Stoops and his staff picked up another major commitment Wednesday night with the addition of defensive tackle Kobe Smith of Lawrenceville, Georgia. Smith is listed at 6-3, 315 lbs. He committed to North Carolina State but reopened his recruiting with Kentucky and Miami in the mix. The addition of Smith gives Kentucky 21 commitments for the class of 2016. Since the beginning of the week, Kentucky also received commitments from quarterback Mac Jones, wide receiver Russ Yeast, running back Michael Warren and defensive end James Hudson III for the class of 2017.
Reds Right Fielder Jay Bruce homered in the top of the second inning Wednesday to lift the Reds to a 1-0 win over the Central Division leaders, St. Louis Cardinals. Rookie pitcher Anthony DeSclafani pitched 7 strong innings, 0 runs, 3 hits, walked 3 and struck out 3 and Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman collected his 21st save in 22 opportunities. The Reds ended a nine-series losing streak in St. Louis and have won consecutive games at Busch Stadium for the first time since July 6 and Sept. 2, 2011. It was the first time Cincinnati won consecutive games in the same series since June 2006.
Next up for the Reds is a 4 game series at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Game 1 is tonight and David Holmberg will make his major league debut for the Reds. He replaces Johnny Cueto in the Reds rotation, of course Cueto was traded to the Royals over the weekend. Game time tonight is set for 7:15 PM and can be heard LIVE on AM 600 WKYH in Paintsville.
According to his Twitter account, Paintsville Sr. football player, Kash Daniel will graduate high school early in order to enroll at UK for the start of the Spring semester. Kash made the announcement last night saying he will graduate from Paintsville early so he can be on campus in Lexington in January in order to get a huge head start on his college career and participate in spring ball. Daniel and his fellow Paintsville Tigers are getting ready for the Fall Football season under head coach Joe Chirico.
* Russ Yeast, son of former Kentucky All-American Craig Yeast, announced on Tuesday that he has verbally committed to the University of Kentucky. Yeast, a wide receiver from Ross High School in Fremont, Ohio, is the first UK commit in the Class of 2017. The 5'10", 172 lbs. receiver is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, and committed to Kentucky over programs such as Louisville, Maryland, and Illinois, among others.
* Michael Warren, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound running back from Toledo Central Catholic has committed to UK. Warren is considered the ninth-best running back prospect in the class of 2017.
* Kentucky has also landed a QB for the class of 2017. Florida quarterback Mac Jones announced his commitment to the Wildcats on Monday. Jones is a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com. The 6-foot-2 quarterback only had one other offer from East Carolina, and North Carolina and North Carolina State were the other two heavily involved in recruiting him.
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Mike Leake’s strong outing last night helped pace the Reds to a 4-0 shutout Win over the Central Division leaders, the St. Louis Cardinals. This could have been Leake’s final start in a Reds uniform as rumors have swirled around the league for the last couple weeks about his possible trade before the deadline, which is this weekend. Leake improved his record to 9-5 and allowed 0 runs on four hits in eight innings to win his fourth straight start game. He allowed just two earned runs in his last 30 innings for a 0.60 ERA.
Reds first baseman, Joey Votto hit a three-run home run in support of Leake. Votto is one of, if not the hottest hitter in the majors since the All-Star break, batting .561 with four homers and nine RBIs. Last night he also walked, singled and doubled, giving him an NL-leading 37 multi-hit games. Jay Bruce also added an RBI single in the ninth for the Reds.
Next up for both teams is the series finale on Wednesday. Rookie Anthony DeSclafani will get the start for Cincinnati, St. Louis will counter with John Lackey. Game Time is set for 8:15 PM and available LIVE on AM 600 WKYH in Paintsville.
* A Former Sheldon Clark Cardinal will return to his old stomping ground next season, to lead the Cardinals Baseball program. After spending six years as an Assistant Baseball Coach at Lawrence Co. from 2009-2014, Randy Bowen was recently named the Head Baseball Coach at Sheldon Clark H.S. replacing Shawn Hager, who resigned his position to except another position at Prestonsburg H.S.
The following are comments from Dr. Lonnie R. Laney, Principal of Sheldon Clark High School in a press release: "On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff at Sheldon Clark High School, I want to warmly welcome Randy Bowen as our new baseball coach. We received applications from several highly qualified people but after much discussion, the Site-based Decision Making Council decided Randy Bowen was our best choice. He is a Martin County graduate. He played baseball and has coached baseball as an assistant in Lawrence County for many years. He is a wonderful person. Truly he will be a great asset and role model for our students.
Bowen was a star at SCHS from 1980-1984 and earned the school's first Division I baseball scholarship when he played for Mercer University in Macon, Ga. Bowen said, "He’s extremely excited to go back home and can't wait to get started. They have good facilities and this is a great opportunity for us.”
Area Girls’ and Boys’ High School Coccer teams will visit Floyd Co. this weekend for the annual Soccer Rama event. The Eastern Kentucky Soccer Conference Soccer-Rama is slated for Saturday at the StoneCrest Fields. All sessions in the Soccer-Rama will be 20 minutes. The event counts as one scrimmage game per Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) guidelines.
The girls’ schedule is as follows:
8:55 a.m. –
Field 1: Pikeville vs. Johnson Central,
Field 2: Prestonsburg vs. Boyd County;
9:30 a.m. –
Field 1: Pikeville vs. Boyd County,
Field 2: Prestonsburg vs. Johnson Central;
10 a.m. –
Field 1: Belfry vs Paintsville,
Field 2: Shelby Valley vs. Estill County;
10:30 a.m. –
Field 1: Belfry vs. Prestonsburg,
Field 2: Shelby Valley vs. Johnson Central;
11 a.m. –
Field 1: Boyd County vs. Paintsville,
Field 2: Pikeville vs. Estill County;
11:30 a.m. –
Field 1: Boyd County vs. Johnson Central,
Field 2: Pikeville vs. Prestonsburg;
Field 1: Shelby Valley vs. Belfry,
Field 2: Estill County vs. Paintsville;
12:35 p.m. –
Field 1: Shelby Valley vs. Paintsville,
Field 2: Estill County vs. Belfry.
The boys’ schedule is as follows:
2:55 p.m. –
Field 1: Estill County vs. Johnson Central,
Field 2: Prestonsburg vs. Belfry;
3:30 p.m. –
Field 1: Estill County vs. Belfry,
Field 2: Prestonsburg vs. Johnson Central;
4 p.m. –
Field 1: Pikeville vs. Paintsville,
Field 2: Menifee County vs. Hazard;
4:30 p.m. –
Field 1: Pikeville vs. Prestonsburg,
Field 2: Menifee County vs. Johnson Central;
5 p.m. –
Field 1: Belfry vs. Paintsville,
Field 2: Estill County vs. Hazard;
5:30 p.m. –
Field 1: Belfry vs. Johnson Central,
Field 2: Estill County vs. Prestonsburg;
6 p.m. –
Field 1: Menifee County vs. Pikeville,
Field 2: Hazard vs. Pikeville;
6:35 p.m. –
Field 1: Menifee County vs. Paintsville,
Field 2: Hazard vs. Pikeville.
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The Cincinnati Reds has been a team all season long that can get runners on base, but getting them into score is a whole other story. The Reds began a 3 game series on the road at the Central Division leading St. Louis Cardinals and lost game 1 last night by the final of 4-1. St. Louis lead-off man, Kolten Wong hit a grand slam off Reds rookie Raisel Iglesias (1-3) with two outs in the fourth, putting St. Louis ahead 4-1. Cincinnati’s lone run came off a Jay Bruce, bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the third. The Reds had loaded the bases with nobody out, before Bruce's sacrifice fly. The next batter, Brayan Pena, grounded into a double play to end the inning.
The Cardinals have now won six of seven games and have a big league-best 64-35 record and lead the NL Central Division by 6 1/2 games. The Reds on the other hand sit in 4th place with a 43-54 record, 20 games behind the Cardinals and a game and a half in front of Milwaukee for last place. The Reds have also lost 7 out of their last 10 games. Next up is Game 2 tonight from St. Louis. Mike Leake (8-5, 3.78 ERA) takes the mound for the Reds, while the Cardinals will counter with Jaime Garcia. Game time is set for 8:15 PM and can be heard LIVE on AM 600 WKYH in Paintsville.
Johnson Central High School is pleased to announce that University of Pikeville Women’s Head Basketball Coach Joanna MacNamee and Men’s Head Basketball Coach Kelly Wells, have teamed together to host a FREE Basketball Camp/Clinic @ JCHS this Tuesday, July 28 from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM to benefit those affected by the flooding disaster in Johnson Co. called Hoops for Hope!
This camp is FREE of charge, although campers are asked to bring a non-perishable donation (canned food, cleaning supplies, etc…), which will be taken to the Johnson Co. Disaster Relief Center in the Mayo Plaza, to be distributed to those in need. No one will be turned away if you are unable to donate, but you are encouraged to do so if possible.
Coach MacNamee and Coach Wells and their staff’s will be conducting the camp for boys and girls in grades 4-12. The coaching staff’s will go over several basketball fundamentals with the kids to help them increase their basketball knowledge, while having a good time.
Again this is a FREE Basketball camp/clinic for students in grades 4-12 @ Johnson Central H.S. Gymnasium, Tuesday, July 28 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM with UPike Men’s and Women’s Head Basketball Coaches, Kelly Wells and Joanna MacNamee to help benefit the flood disaster in Johnson Co. For more information, please call JCHS @ 606-789-2500.
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* The Cincinnati Reds have traded their ace Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals, the teams confirmed Sunday. The Reds obtained left-handers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed in exchange for Cueto and cash considerations. The deal was announced during the third inning of Sunday's Houston Astros-Royals game. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported the two sides nearly reached an agreement Saturday night before Cueto took the mound against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, but one of the players due to move from the Royals to the Reds did not check out medically. The two sides continued working Sunday to finalize the trade. Cueto is 7-6 with a 2.62 ERA this season, with 120 strikeouts in 19 starts. He made the All-Star team for the second straight year.
On Saturday night, the right-hander pitched eight shutout innings in a 4-0 win against the Rockies, limiting them to four singles before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the ninth. Cueto finished second in Cy Young Award voting last year after going 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA. Finnegan, 22, was the Royals' top pick in last year's draft. He is 3-0 with a 2.96 ERA over 24 1/3 innings in 14 games out of the Kansas City bullpen this season. Lamb, 25, is 9-1 with a 2.67 ERA in 17 starts for Triple-A Omaha and Reed, 22, has a 2.53 ERA in 18 appearances (15 starts) between Class A and Double-A this season.
* On the field Sunday, the Reds took one on the chin with a 17-7 loss to the Colorado Rockies @ Coors Field. The Rockies took the series, 2 games to 1. Next up for Cincinnati is a 3 game series on the road to division rival St. Louis. First pitch tonight is slated for 8:15 PM.