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Hope Wall to be displayed in Breathitt County

HAZARD – The UNITE Hope Wall will be on display in the Breathitt County Judicial Center starting Friday afternoon, February 28, and continuing through Friday morning, March 14.

Recent photo of Hope Wall in Magoffin County
Recent photo of Hope Wall in Magoffin County

Celebrating a person’s ability to overcome an addiction, the display gives hope to others struggling through a loved one’s substance abuse addiction hope.

Unveiled last August, the Hope Wall demonstrates that addiction has no boundaries; all walks of life are affected. Approximately 150 individuals who are now in recovery and living clean and sober lives are pictured.

Anyone who has been in recovery for at least 18 months is eligible to be featured on the wall. For more information contact the UNITE office at 606-330-1400 or visit

Cats Run Out of Gas as Gators Prevail

Cats Run Out of Gas as Gators Prevail – By: Tyrus York – The excitement in Rupp Arena leading up to the tip of Saturday night’s national game of the week between the #3 Florida Gators (23-2, 12-0) and the #14 Kentucky Wildcats (19-6, 9-3) was off the charts.  Not only was the GameDay crew from ESPN was in the house, but it seemed there were celebrities at every corner including several former UK players.

UK fans left Rupp disappointed after another UK Loss - Photo by Michael Huang
UK fans left Rupp disappointed after another UK Loss – Photo by Michael Huang

When the final attendance was tallied, it was the highest attended game of the season (24,425) and the 6th highest of all time in Rupp Arena history.  But not only were there a lot of people there, they were loud.

Big Blue Nation ambassador Oscar Combs tweeted afterwards that Saturday night was the loudest he had ever heard Rupp Arena since its opening in 1976.

Despite all of the fanfare, the Wildcats would come up short against the Gators 69-59, positioning Florida in a virtual lock for the SEC regular season title and as one of the best teams in the nation.

The 10 point loss may look bad on the scoreboard but the Wildcats fought very hard in this game, leading throughout much of the game only to have it slip away in the end.

The reasons that led to the Gator victory were numerous (like a mystery technical foul called on the UK bench late in the game), but the most obvious was the fact that Kentucky simply could not score down the stretch.  Florida, known as one of the best defensive teams in the conference quickly proved they were for real by shutting down Kentucky’s post presence late in the second half.

At the half, Julius Randle had 10 points and 6 rebounds and appeared to be on his way to a monster game, but Florida was able to lock down the future lottery pick in the second half holding him to only 3 points.

Willie Cauley-Stein had his moments in the game, but ultimately proved to be another non-factor against the stronger Gators, finishing the game with only 2 points and 2 rebounds.

As for the rest of the big guys Dakari Johnson played well early in the first half before being saddled with foul trouble.  He would also finish with 2 points and 2 rebounds.  Alex Poythress was held scoreless and managed to only collect 2 rebounds.

Florida outscored the Wildcats 34-22 in the paint despite losing the rebounding battle 31-28.

The lack of Kentucky production in the paint left the back court in charge of figuring out ways to score.  Andrew Harrison put forth a solid effort and was the Cats’ leading scorer with 20 points.  James Young hit several big shots in this game on his way to scoring 19 points of his own.

The only other player to score for Kentucky was Aaron Harrison who contributed 3 points on only 1-7 shooting.  Only 6 Wildcats managed to find the scoring column with 3 of those players recording 3 points or less.

A positive sign for Kentucky was that their defense didn’t allow much more from the Gators.  Only 6 Gators would score and only 3 would be in double digits.  In fact Kentucky held Florida to 44% shooting for the game while they shot 47.6% themselves.

Kentucky was in the driver’s seat for most of the game, but unlike previous trips to Rupp Arena these Florida Gators stayed calm and executed down the stretch while the young Wildcats made one too many mistakes.

Kentucky will now have to go on the road to face an Ole Miss team on Tuesday that will no doubt be seeking revenge for their loss in Rupp on February 4th.  That game will tip off in Oxford at 7pm.


Wildcats Rally to Topple Top-Ranked Hoos, 8-3 in Season Opener


WILMINGTON, N.C. — Kentucky got a solid start from junior preseason All-American A.J. Reed and multiple-hit games from Austin Cousino, Max Kuhn and Thomas Bernal, posting a 8-3 win over No. 1 Virginia in the season opener, on a pleasant Friday afternoon at Brooks Field on the campus of UNC Wilmington.


Kentucky (1-0) faced off with Virginia, the No. 1-ranked team in the Baseball America preseason Top 25, in the season opener, falling behind 1-0 after three complete innings. UK then mounted a four-run rally in the fourth – highlighted by two-out RBI from freshmen Connor Heady and JaVon Shelby – before getting two runs in the fifth.


UK stretched its lead to 8-1 with single runs in the seventh and eighth, before UVA ruined sophomore Ryne Combs’ bid for a four-inning save with two runs in the ninth.


UK got a solid start on the mound from Reed, who worked five innings, allowing just three hits and one run, walking three and striking out two.


Combs, a native of Lexington, Ky., came on in relief in a 6-1 game, starting the sixth and worked three hitless innings, before UVA rallied with two runs in the ninth on two hits. Combs finished with 3.2 innings, walking two and striking out one, with sophomore Zach Strecker getting the final out of the game with a strikeout.


“(A.J. Reed) is a lot more mature,” UK head coach Gary Henderson said. “We have to do a better job of getting his secondary stuff. And he will. All fall and through January and early February his secondary command has been good. It was not very good today. His fastball command was very good, especially deep in the count when it needed to me. He is much more mature, he has some things to get better at, and he is not a finished project by any stretch. In some ways he is just getting started. A good job. A very competitive job today. A lot of poise from both those kids today. The toughness of those guys was really, really good to see.”


Virginia (0-1) starter Brandon Wadell worked 4.1 innings, allowing seven hits and six runs, walking one and striking out seven, scattering just one UK hit through the first three innings. He was relieved with one out in the fifth and a runner on second by freshman right-handed standout Connor Jones, who worked 2.2 innings, allowing three hits and one run.


“(Wadell) is good. The Virginia kid was good. He was really good,” Henderson said. “We battled really well. Obviously he was good for the first four innings. Our kids had a lot of heart and a lot of spirit and a lot of fight. It was fun to watch, boy, really impressed.”


Kentucky totaled 11 hits in the game, drawing three walks and getting hit by one pitch. UK’s offensive attack included six doubles, four stolen bases and two sacrifice bunts. Eight of UK’s nine starters contributed RBI.


UK’s pitching effort came against a Virginia team that has produced an Atlantic Coast Conference-leading .314 average over the last five seasons. UVA led the ACC in batting in 2009, 2010 and 2013, and ranked second in 2011 and 2012. The Wahoos entered the ninth inning with just three hits as a team.


“Some really good quality at-bats,” Henderson said of the UK offense. “Our two-strike approach was better today than just about any time at all last year. And it should be, we have spent a lot of time talking about it and emphasizing it and (offensive coordinator) Brian (Green) has done a great job with the kids. More importantly, or just as important, they bought it. That was fun to watch and it is nice to get rewarded for something that you spend so much time working on.”


UK got multi-hit games from Cousino, Kuhn and Bernal, with Cousino giving UK its first hit of the game with a double. Later in the game he added a stolen base after beating out an infield single, eventually coming around to score.


UK will return to action on Saturday with host UNC Wilmington at 4 p.m. ET at Brooks Field. The game will be broadcast live on the UK IMG Network, with Dick Gabriel calling the action.


Virginia got on the board in the top of the second, as Derek Fisher – Reed’s roommate in the summer in the Cape Cod League – led off with a two-strike single to leftfield. Nick Howard then smashed a double down the rightfield line, moving Fisher to third base. Kenny Towns then fought off a two-strike offering from Reed for an RBI groundout up the middle, giving the ‘Hoos a 1-0 lead.


UK evened up the game in the bottom of the fourth inning as Kuhn led off with a double into the right-centerfield gap. Reed followed and lofted a double down the leftfield line, with the outfield shifted towards right, allowing Kuhn to score from second. Bernal was then hit by a pitch and after a Thomas sacrifice bunt moved two runners into scoring position, Reida grounded out up the middle to score one run. Shelby then smacked a first-pitch single to rightfield for his first career hit, scoring Bernal from second. Heady then followed with a double that one-hopped off the wall in leftfield, scoring Shelby from first base for a 4-1 UK lead.


In the bottom of the fifth inning, UK mounted a rally started by an infield from Cousino, who then stole second base for his 30th career steal. Kuhn then doubled into the gap in left-centerfield, scoring Cousino and giving Kuhn two doubles in the opener. After a pitching change, Bernal singled to leftfield, allowing Kuhn to score from second base.


UK added a run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Bernal reached on a two-out infield single. Bernal then stole second – his first career two-steal game – and scored on Thomas’ two-strike RBI double into right-centerfield.


Virginia got on the board in the ninth inning, chasing Combs in his quest for a four-inning save. UVA got a two-out single from Mike Papi and Joe McCarthy then was hit by a pitch. Brandon Downes followed with a double down the leftfield line, scoring Papi and McCarthy.

Cumbess’ No-Hitter, Joiner’s RBI Helps Lawson Capture 200th Win

Kentucky softball team continues its best start in school history with a 1-0 win over LaTech  

AUSTIN, Texas – University of Kentucky senior pitcher Lauren Cumbess threw the second no-hitter of her career, while junior catcher Griffin Joiner gathered two hits and an RBI, leading the No. 7/9 UK softball team to a 1-0 victory over Louisiana Tech on Friday in game one of the Texas Classic at Red and Charline McCombs Field in Austin, Texas.

UK Softball
UK Softball

Cumbess was the leader for Kentucky (6-0) in the win, throwing seven spotless innings to move to 2-0 on the season and keep a 0.00 ERA. Cumbess posted a season-high seven strikeouts in the game and only allowed one base runner through seven innings with a walk. The native of Normal, Ill., retired the first five batters she faced to start the game before giving up a two-out walk and ending the game by retiring 16 straight batters.

The no-hitter is the second of Cumbess’ career after she tossed seven hitless innings on April 14, 2012 in a series-clinching win over Georgia in Lexington. The no-hitter was the 11th in program history for Kentucky and the second this season. Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley tossed seven hitless innings to open the season against Santa Clara.

“I just trusted my pitches and trusted my team behind me,” Cumbess said. “I was confident in all my pitches and knew my team would have my back. We mixed in a lot of pitches a lot of up and down, in and out. Everything felt pretty smooth and I really trusted all my pitches today.” Video of Cumbess’ full thoughts:

UK’s offense gave Cumbess all the run support she needed with one run on five hits. Joiner paced UK with a 2-for-3 game with two singles and an RBI. Joiner now has a hit in every game this season and has recorded two or more hits four times this season. Sophomores Christian Stokes and Ansley Smith each recorded hits, while senior Ginny Carroll had a single and a walk. Stokes, Smith and Carroll have reached base safely in all six games this season.

The win was historic for UK head coach Rachel Lawson as it was her 200th win as UK’s head coach. Lawson, who became the winningest head coach in program history last season, is in her seventh year at the helm of the UK program. Lawson is 200-154 at UK and is 292-238 in her career as a head coach.

Kentucky continues its play in the Texas Classic on Friday night against No. 15/16 Texas at 5 p.m. ET. The Wildcats will conclude the event’s round-robin play with IPFW at 11 a.m. ET Saturday, followed by seeded games Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning to conclude the five-game weekend. A detailed schedule with coverage links is listed below. Live stats from every game will be available on, while every game will be aired live on the Longhorn Network. Check local listings for channel information.

UK scored its run in the third inning behind a two-out hit by Joiner. After a strikeout to start the inning, Stokes hit an infield single, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Smith. Stokes scored the winning run moments later when Joiner ripped a single to right field to give UK a 1-0 lead it would not relinquish.

Louisiana Tech (2-3) started Bianca Duran in the circle with the pitcher going four innings allowing one run on four hits with two strikeouts. Dura was replaced in the fifth inning by Pauline Tufi, who went two innings to conclude the game with one hit allowed and one walk.

For the latest on UK softball, follow “@UKSoftball” on Twitter or like Kentucky Softball on Facebook.
Records: No. 7/9 Kentucky – 6-0 Louisiana Tech – 2-3

No. 15/16 Texas – 4-3

IPFW – 4-0


Friday, February 14, 2013

Kentucky def. Louisiana Tech 1-0

IPFW vs. Louisiana Tech – 2 p.m. ET

Kentucky vs. Texas – 5 p.m. ET

IPFW vs. Texas – 7:30 p.m. ET


Saturday, February 15, 2013

IPFW vs. Kentucky – 11 a.m. ET

Louisiana Tech vs. Texas – 2 p.m. ET

Game One: Seed 1 vs. Seed 4 – 5 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. ET

Game Two: Seed 2 vs. Seed 3 – 5 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. ET

* Texas will play at 5 p.m. ET for Longhorn Network


Sunday, February 16, 2013

Winner Game One vs. Winner Game Two – 10:30 a.m. ET/12:30 a.m. ET

Loser Game One vs. Loser Game Two – 10:30 a.m. ET/12:30 a.m. ET

* Texas will play at 10:30 a.m. ET for Longhorn Network
Online Coverage: Kentucky vs. Texas –    Live stats | Live video (Longhorn Network)

Kentucky vs. IPFW –    Live stats | Live video (Longhorn Network)

Kentucky vs. TBA –    TBA | Live video (Longhorn Network)

Kentucky vs. TBA –    TBA | Live video (Longhorn Network)

UK Hoops Dominate Ole Miss at Home

By: Tyrus York – The #18 UK Hoops team entered Thursday night’s matchup at home against Ole Miss with their backs slightly up against the wall.  After losing to Florida in Gainesville on Sunday to drop to .500 in SEC play, the Wildcats knew they had to take advantage of the struggling Rebels.

Take advantage they did as the Wildcats (18-6, 6-5) exploded offensively to smash Ole Miss (10-16, 1-11) by a convincing margin of 108-78.

The game welcomed back longtime Matthew Mitchell assistant and now head coach of the Rebels Matt Insell.   Coach Insell’s first year has been tough especially in SEC play, but looking at their schedule and results they have been competitive all season long.

For about half of the game, the Rebels were competitive, keeping the margin around 10 points for much of the first half and beginning of the second half.  But then the Wildcats exploded.

Led by a super performance from Jenn O’Neill who poured in 27 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists, there was little the Rebels could do to slow down the McDonalds All-American.

DeNesha Stallworth continues to get back to pre-injury form and may have turned in her best performance in 2014 going for 19 points and 11 rebounds to claim her second straight double-double.

It’s been rough for the Wildcats as they’ve struggled to find their identity while having arguably their best player (Stallworth) struggle to get back to form.

As both coaches pointed out after the game, when O’Neill and Stallworth are clicking, UK Hoops begin to look like the Final Four team we all thought they could be.

The Cats were better than the Rebels in nearly every statistical category (losing the free throw line battle 72.2% to 68.4%) and clearly frustrating the Rebels in the process.

Kentucky will need to build on that momentum over the next few days as they prepare to go to Knoxville to visit the Lady Vols in a building that hasn’t produced very many wins for this program.

That game will be nationally televised on ESPN at 1 pm on Sunday.

Thoughts on Louisville’s 2014 Football Recruiting Class

A little more than a month ago, Louisville fans were talking about the 2014 recruiting class being its best ever.  Charlie Strong and his staff had laid the groundwork for a solid recruiting class sure to be ranked in the top 25 in the nation.

The Cardinals closed out the 2013 season with a convincing 36 – 9 win over the Miami Hurricanes in the Russell Athletic Bowl.  The win capped off a 12 – 1 season.

Things have surely changed since then.  Strong and the majority of his staff headed to Texas.  Quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, headed to the NFL on year early.  Then Louisville brought Bobby Petrino back as its head coach.

Many questions would need to be answered heading in to the 2014 season.  The most important question would be how this change would affect Louisville’s recruiting efforts.  Could they hold on to most of Strong’s recruits?  Which of the recruits did Petrino want?  How would Petrino’s past mistakes affect his ability to recruit?

Petrino was put in a very difficult situation given the fact that he only had three weeks of recruiting until National Signing Day on Feb. 5.  Not only did he have to recruit, but he had to build a coaching staff as well.  The Cardinals were sure to lose some recruits, but just how many was the concern.  At his signing day press conference Petrino said, “We were able to find the guys we wanted to put in place. It was really hard because we didn’t have much time to get to know our own team. We got together as a staff and watched the tape of last year’s games and tried to evaluate the guys we have coming back to know what our areas of need were.”

Petrino added to the challenges he faced in recruiting saying, “This recruiting process was different. It was really different. The extended dead period really hurt because we were only able to go out for three weeks. We weren’t able to use up all our visits, which has never happened to me before.”

Eleven of Charlie Strong’s commitments ended up signing elsewhere.  Highly touted defensive tackle Poona Ford signed with Texas.  George Rushing, a wide receiver from Florida, signed with Wisconsin.  Nilijah Ballew, a 4-star safety from Ohio, signed with Bowling Green.  With this many players going elsewhere the recruiting outlook was not looking good.

Signing day came and saw the Cardinals end up with a solid class ranked 45 by, 45 by, and 46 by  Not bad considering what they were up against.

Louisville addressed their needs on the offensive line by signing Kelby Johnson.  Johnson, who is             6-foot -7 and 300 pounds, played his first two years in the ACC with Virginia.  He spent his last year in Junior College.  He provides the Cardinals with some experience on the line.

Lukayus McNeil, Jimmie Terry, and Danny Burns round out what could be the strongest part of Petrino’s first recruiting class.  All three are already college-sized lineman.  However, they will probably redshirt to get them prepared for the 2015 season.  Louisville will lose a big portion of their offensive line after next season.

Reggie Bonnafon, 6-foot-3 quarterback from Trinity, honored his commitment by signing with the Cardinals.  Bonnafon not only can throw the ball well, but he can make plays happen with this running ability.

Although the Cardinals did lose wide receiver George Rushing to Wisconsin, they did pick up a commitment from 4-star wide receiver, Cornelius Sturghill.  In an irony of sorts, Sturghill had been committed to Wisconsin.

The Cardinals also picked up some important commitments on the defensive side of the ball.  Sharieff Rhaheed, 4-star linebacker from Florida, signed with Louisville after originally being committed to LSU.

Petrino and his coaching staff are very high on safety Michael Johnson from Hialeah, Florida.  Johnson Committed to Louisville nearly one year ago and honored his commitment after receiving serious interest from LSU and Nebraska.  He is rated a 4-star recruit by

Louisville ended up signing 21 players and according to Petrino are not finished recruiting for next season.  “We’d like to add two or three guys to this class. We wanted to leave a couple spots open because we feel like there are going to be some guys available, and also because we’d like to have the option to make a midyear signing.”  Petrino said.

As with any incoming class, only time will tell how good they will actually be.  The silver lining in this class is the coach himself.  Bobby Petrino has proven in the past that he can develop talent on both sides of the ball.

I have heard numerous fans worry about Louisville’s 2014 class.  I have heard it lacks star power.  I have also heard about the worries of losing so many of Charlie Strong’s recruit.  I agree, it is hard to go from having one of the best classes in school history and then dropping over twenty spots in the rankings.  However, I have full faith in the coaching ability of Petrino and the staff he has put together.  The staff worked extremely hard in putting this class together in such a short window.  All I can say is that this is only the beginning.  Don’t worry Cardinal fans.  Charlie Strong got the train rolling again and now Bobby Petrino will keep it going.  You had better get on or get left behind.  As for me, I am riding shotgun.

Randle Adds Naismith Midseason Watch List Honors

One of 30 selections across the nation for postseason Player of the Year award

ATLANTA – Kentucky freshman forward Julius Randle has added Naismith Trophy midseason watch list honors to his ever-growing list of accolades it was announced on Thursday by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

Randle has already been tabbed to the Wooden Award and Oscar Robertson midseason watch lists and has won numerous awards throughout his impressive freshman campaign.

The Dallas, Texas, native is currently leading the Wildcats with 15.8 points per game and 9.9 rebounds per outing.

His freshman campaign already ranks among the all-time bests in UK allure. Randle has charted 237 rebounds on the season good for the seventh best mark for a first-year player in program history. He has 129 free throws and 379 points totals that place him ninth and 17th, respectively in the freshman record books.

The forward’s 12 double-double efforts is a mark good for the 15th most in a single season for any UK player in program history.

Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, founder of the game of basketball, the Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T is awarded annually to the women’s and men’s college basketball players of the year. First awarded in 1969 to UCLA’s Lew Alcindor, later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Naismith Trophy was sculpted by Marty C. Dawe of Atlanta and has become the most prestigious national honors awarded each year to the top women’s and men’s college basketball players in the nation.

Each year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s board of selectors, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country, vote on player performance to ultimately select the winners.

Randle and the Wildcats return to the hardwood on Saturday, Feb. 15 for a 9:00 p.m. ET tip with No. 3/4. The game will air live on ESPN and will be a part of the ESPN College GameDay telecast.

Breathitt Co. Fight Leaves One Injured, One Jailed

(Mt. Carmel) – On Tuesday evening, February 11, 2014, at approximately 11:46p.m., Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a report of a fight in the Mt. Carmel community of Breathitt County.  The caller advised that a male subject had been stabbed during the altercation.
Troopers and EMS responded to 2390 KY Highway 541, where they located Scottie Armstrong.  Mr. Armstrong had been stabbed in the back, and advised that his former girlfriend was the perpetrator.  Further investigation found that Scottie Armstrong was involved in a physical confrontation with another male, when Misty Campbell allegedly stabbed him twice in the back, rendering him incapacitated. 
Scottie Armstrong was initially taken to Kentucky River Medical Center in Jackson, by McIntosh Ambulance.  He was later transferred to University of Kentucky Medical Center, where he is currently listed in stable condition.  Misty Campbell was charged with one count of Assault 1st Degree, and was lodged in the Three Forks Regional Detention Center.  This incident remains under investigation by KSP Post 13 in Hazard.

Cats Can Pole Vault Back Into National Title Picture

Cats Can Pole Vault Back Into National Title Picture

With Win Against Gators In Front Of ESPN Cameras


By – Ira D. Combs

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.


Confidence is growing , a few new stripes have been earned with the national pollsters and all of a sudden It’s starting to get very interesting again .


But first things first , Auburn must and should be taken care of wednesday night ( 8:00 est. on the SEC TV Network WKYT – Lexington or WYMT – Hazard ) .


If not the remainder of this column is null and void as well as the high tide Kentucky basketball has been riding in recent games . A win this wednesday would put UK setting at

(19 – 5 overall and 9 – 2 in SEC play) heading into this Saturday’s ESPN Game-day showdown with their # 3 ranked conference rivals , the Florida “Gators” .


Normally most college basketball programs celebrate to a large degree when they reach the 20 win threshold mark in any season . But not in Lexington , Ky. where the historic Kentucky “Wildcats”  program displays (8) NCAA championship banners in it’s state of the art Joe Craft Center practice facility .


However , even at a place that has proclaimed on occasion that “ We Are College Basketball ” it’s still pretty special when that 20th win is earned against the nations 3rd ranked Florida “Gators” and done in front of the ESPN national cameras . Especially when that said team has been mired in that 2nd level of the top 20 for the past four to six weeks .


But first the mission must be accomplished before the rewards can be reaped and the Cats can pole vault back into the top 10 and once again be considered viable contenders for another NCAA title run .


How can this mission come to fruition ?


First and foremost to beat a team the caliber of the mighty “Gators” UK must be clicking on all (8) cylinders , nobody can run and hide for an entire game like Willie Cauley – Stein has recently or like Julius Randle has for a half on occasion In recent games . Free throws must be nailed to a 70% rate or better and especially down the 2nd half stretch when all possessions are magnified and it would probably be smart if the Cats could take good high percentage shots deep into the shot clock instead of jacking up 15 – 18 three’s early in the shot clock as well .


Can this team play that smart and with super intensity in a national lime light setting just 20 or so games into their college career ?


We shall see this Saturday , my guess is the Rupp Arena crowd and ESPN camera’s will help out with the intensity part but the intelligence and execution , well , it’s got to come from the player’s on the court .


We shall see .  


Can Last Year’s Spring Game Attendance Record Be Broken


They say if you live long enough you’ll see it all . Never thought I would see 50,000 plus at a UK football spring game but I did , never thought I would see Kentucky football pull off a top 20 recruiting class but I did , definitely never thought I would live long enough to see the UK administration throw 165 million dollars toward Wildcat football facility upgrades but I’m in the process of witnessing that .


Now the next big question yet to be answered is will I see the same back to back 2 – 10 UK Wildcat football team pull in enough of Big Blue Nation to break that 50,000 plus spring game attendance record when this spring’s annual Blue – White game takes place in April . My guess is with incoming freshman qb Drew Barker being involved and (7) other new recruits of which (4) are of four star quality there is a good possibility another 50,000 plus a few more will show up for another UK football scrimmage .


Now , did anyone out there ever think they would live long enough to witness that ?


You can go online to for more coverage of UK basketball and football as well as KHSAA basketball and football .  

Gertrude Strong Obit

Gertrude Strong
Gertrude Strong

Gertrude Thomas Strong, 94, Jackson passed away Friday, February 7, at the Kentucky River Medical Center in Jackson.  She was the daughter of the late George and Mary Combs Thomas and was the widow of the late Matthew Strong. She was preceded in death by one daughter; Wanda Strong, two grandchildren; Johnna Ruth Spicer, Maurice Strong, and two brothers; Sanford Thomas, Reed Thomas.   She attended the Whick Community Church.  She is survived by three sons, O.V. (Linda) Strong of Sevierville, TN, Oscar (Connie) Strong of Fayetteville, OH, Larry (Jean) Strong of Whick, KY; four daughters, Alma Jean (Luther) Landrum of Noctor, KY, Mae (David) Combs of Ashland, KY, Becky (Paul) Watkins of Wolverine, KY, Addie (Bill) Landrum of Noctor, KY; eleven grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren, twenty three great great grandchildren. Funeral services Monday, Feb. 10, 1:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Fred Finley officiating.  Burial in the Strong Cemetery at Whick.  Grandsons served as pallbearers.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.