Volleyball – No. 13 UK Takes Winning Streak to Tennessee, Hosts Auburn

Wildcats face border rival Tennessee before hosting Auburn on the SEC Network – LEXINGTON, Ky. – Riding an eight match winning streak, the Kentucky volleyball team travels to Tennessee Fridaybefore hosting Auburn Sunday in Memorial Coliseum. UK faces its border rivals Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. ET, while the Wildcats host Auburn at noon on Oct. 12 on the SEC Network. Sunday’s match will air on the SEC Network, with Thad Anderson and Jennifer Hoffman on the call. Both matches can be seen on the SEC Network +, available to SEC Network subscribers on SECNetwork.com and Watch ESPN. Additionally, Dick Gabriel and Mandy Robbe will call Sunday’s match on 1580 AM in Lexington, while Robbe and Katie Eiserman will have an audio broadcast from Tennessee on UKathletics.com. Live stats from both contests can be found on UKathletics.com. Kentucky (14-2, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) is one of two unbeaten teams in league play after home wins over Alabama and No. 21 Texas A&M. The Wildcats’ eight match winning streak is UK’s longest since 2011, when Kentucky won nine in a row. Tennessee (7-11, 0-4 SEC) is looking for its first league win of the season, while Auburn (9-8, 1-3 SEC) is coming off a 3-1 win over Georgia and a 3-2 loss to South Carolina. WILDCATS IN THE POLLS Kentucky is ranked 13th in the latest AVCA Coaches’ Poll for the second consecutive week, its highest ranking since 2012, when UK was No. 10. The Wildcats have been ranked in each of the last 24 polls, the third-longest streak in school history and the second-longest in head coach Craig Skinner’s 10 years at the helm. From 2008-2010, UK was ranked for a program-record 31 consecutive weeks. The current streak goes back to the final poll of the 2012 season, including every week in 2013, the sixth time in team history the Wildcats have been ranked in every poll in a season. Kentucky is one of three Southeastern Conference teams in the top 25. UK debuted at No. 8 in the first NCAA RPI ranking of the season, announced Oct. 6. Used to rank teams based on record and strength of schedule, UK is ranked highest among SEC teams and one of two conference teams in the top 10. SCOUTING TENNESSEE Tennessee is 7-11 in 2014 and 0-4 in conference play. The Lady Vols, who are 2-4 at home, opened SEC action with 3-0 losses at Arkansas and a Missouri before a 3-0 home defeat to No. 21 Texas A&M and a 3-1 loss to Alabama. The Lady Vols are led by Jamie Lea, who has 138 kills for a 2.71 kills per set rate. Lexi Dempsey has dished out 519 assists to go along with 22 kills and 119 digs. Kanisha Jimenez has tallied 162 digs with 107 kills and a team-high-tying 13 service aces, while Bridgette Villano leads the team with 212 digs. Iesha Bryant leads UT with 59 blocks. UT is coached by Rob Patrick, in his 18th season, has amassed a 358-196 record in Knoxville. Patrick has led the Volunteers to two SEC titles and nine NCAA Tournament appearances, included eight of nine seasons from 2004-12. SERIES HISTORY VS. THE VOLUNTEERS Kentucky leads the all-time series vs. Tennessee, 44-29 after a 3-0 sweep in Lexington last season. UK, who has won three in a row and four of the last five in the series, is 21-9 at home and 12-15 all-time in Knoxville. Under 10th-year head coach Craig Skinner, Kentucky is 9-8 vs. the Lady Vols. Last season, UK used a strong offensive performance and a dominating service game to sweep Tennessee 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-19) in the teams’ only meeting on Oct. 6. Kentucky hit .348 with 42 kills and held the Tennessee offense to 31 kills on a .139 hitting clip. Defensively, the Wildcats had 8.5 blocks as a team, while holding UT to just 3.0. The Wildcats also had a 45-31 advantage in digs and had 10 service aces to the Lady Vols’ one. SCOUTING AUBURN Auburn enters the weekend with a 9-8 record and a 1-3 mark in SEC action. The Tigers opened conference play with back-to-back 3-0 losses to No. 10 Florida and at No. 22 Texas A&M before they rebounded the following weekend for a 3-1 win vs. Georgia. The Tigers are 6-3 at home and 0-4 on the road and open the weekend at Missouri Friday before coming to Lexington. The Tigers are led offensively by Courtney Crable, who has notched 177 kills on .121 hitting and 23 aces, while Stephanie Campbell has 154 kills on .245 hitting. Alexa Filley has dished out 642 assists in addition to notching 190 digs. Breanna Barksdale has tallied 105 kills on a team-high .248 hitting along with a team-best 55 blocks. Alyssa Ivey leads the squad with 223 digs. Rick Nold is in his fourth season as head coach of the Tigers and owns a 56-51 record at Auburn. Nold owns a 228-149 career record after nine seasons at Jacksonville State, where he led JSU to three conference titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances in addition to being named the conference Coach of the Year on three occasions. SERIES HISTORY VS. THE TIGERS Kentucky owns a 33-10 advantage all-time vs. Auburn, including a 3-0 road win in 2013. The Wildcats are 13-3 all-time in Lexington and have won six in a row in the series and seven in a row at home. Kentucky has won 13 of the last 14 meetings after falling in four consecutive matches from 2004-06, UK’s longest losing streak in the series. In the Craig Skinner era, the Wildcats are 13-3 against the Tigers and 7-1 at home. In 2013’s lone meeting, the Wildcats downed Auburn 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-20) on Sept. 27, thanks to a spectacular defensive effort with 60 digs, which ranked as a three-set high in the Craig Skinner era. UK’s defense, which included 12.5 blocks, held the Tigers to a .102 hitting percentage. Kentucky was led defensively by Alexandra Morgan’s nine blocks and Jackie Napper’s 16 digs, one of three players to notch double-digit digs. UP NEXT: AT GEORGIA, VS. LSU Kentucky has another away-and-home weekend, traveling to Georgia on Oct. 17 before hosting LSU two days later onOct. 19 at 1:30 p.m. ET. Both contests will air on SEC Network +. LAST TIME OUT: UK DOWNS ALABAMA, SWEEPS NO. 21 TEXAS A&M UK secured a 3-1 win over Alabama on Oct. 3, led by double-doubles from Anni Thomasson and Shelby Workman. Two days later, Kentucky rallied late in the second and third sets to sweep No. 21 Texas A&M. Against Texas A&M, senior Lauren O’Conner paced the offensive attack with a match-high 16 kills and became the 15th player in program history to amass 1,000 career kills. Junior setter Morgan Bergren led the offensive effort that saw the Cats notch a .306 hitting percentage, while six players logged at least 1.29 kills per set. Bergren averaged 13.00 kills per frame and directed an offense that charted a staggering 16.7 kills per frame. Senior libero Jackie Napper continues to lead the defensive charge, with 31 digs in the two matches and 10 assists, including a season-high six against A&M. Freshman Kaz Brown averaged a team-best 1.14 blocks per set in addition to a career-high six kills against the Crimson Tide. BERGREN, NAPPER NAMED SEC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Junior setter Morgan Bergren was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week and senior libero Jackie Napper earned Defensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 6. Napper earned SEC defensive honors for the third time in the last four weeks, while Bergren was named Player of the Week for the first time in her career. The duo helped guide UK to wins over Alabama and then-No. 21 Texas A&M, teams that entered the we
ekend with a combined 23-5 (.821) record. Bergren directed the Wildcats to a .306 attacking percentage for the weekend with six players averaging 1.29 kills per set or better. Bergren had 43 or more assists in both victories and added 11 on a blistering .579 attacking percentage. She did not commit a single error in 19 attacking attempts. UK posted 54 kills in the win over Texas A&M which marked a three-set record in the 25-point rally scoring era. For the week, Bergren assisted on an average of 13 of UK’s 16.70 kills per set. Napper averaged 4.43 digs per set in the two matches and logged 15 or more digs in each contest. In addition to leading the UK defense, Napper contributed offensively with 10 assists in the two matches – including a season-high six against the Aggies. RECORD WATCHING – Head Coach Craig Skinner became UK’s all-time winningest coach with his 210th victory Sept. 13 vs. Georgia Southern. – Senior Jackie Napper has 1,263 career digs, second in the UK record books in the rally scoring era and fourth in the all-time top 10. Sophomore Anni Thomasson is 10th in the modern era with 418 career digs. – Senior Lauren O’Conner, who leads all current SEC players with 1,014 kills, is became the 15th Wildcat to notch 1,000 career kills on Oct. 5 vs. Texas A&M and is second in program history in the rally scoring era. O’Conner is also second in attack attempts with 2,819 and fourth with 1,216.5 points. – Junior Morgan Bergren is third all-time in the rally scoring era and 10th in UK history with 2,025 career assists. Napper is sixth in the rally scoring era with 222 career assists. In the single season record books, Bergren’s 662 assists in 2014 is seventh in the modern era. – O’Conner is fourth in the rally scoring era with 38 solo blocks, seventh with 215 total blocks and eighth with 177 block assists. Junior Sara Schwarzwalder is sixth in the rally scoring era with 232 total blocks and sixth with 216 block assists. – Schwarzwalder is fifth in the rally scoring era with a .285 attacking percentage. – O’Conner is third in the rally scoring era with 76 aces. – Napper is fourth in sets played with 419 and O’Conner fifth with 403 in the rally scoring era. Visit UKathletics.com for the most up-to-date information on the Kentucky volleyball team and all 22 varsity sports. For additional info on the volleyball team like Kentucky Volleyball on Facebook or follow the team on Twitter at @KentuckyVB.

Notebook: Heroes’ Day; Keeneland Shuttle; Halloween Costume Drive

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UK Athletics to host Heroes’ Day on Saturday at CWS, including Vietnam Veterans recognition

LEXINGTON, Ky. – UK Athletics will host Heroes’ Day this Saturday when the Kentucky football team squares off against ULM inside Commonwealth Stadium. The event is designed to honor all active, reserve and veteran members of the armed forces along with police, firefighters and first responders. Game time is set for noon ET.

Among the tentative plans for the day is a football-field sized American flag, which will be presented by the UK Air Force ROTC and UK Army ROTC, recognition of personnel throughout the game and military VIPs in attendance.

UK Athletics will welcome Heather French Henry, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, to CWS on Saturday, who will lead a recognition of Vietnam Veterans, tentatively scheduled for the first quarter.

Individual tickets may be obtained on game day with the presentation of a service ID at the ticket booth outside Gate 4, while supplies last.

For more information on the Kentucky football team, follow @UKFootball on Twitter. 

Lextran Keeneland-CWS Shuttles to Run Again Saturday, Oct. 11: For the second consecutive week, fans will have the chance to enjoy both a college football atmosphere and the Keeneland racing tradition without having to move their vehicles as Lextran will be offering a shuttle bus to and from Commonwealth Stadium and Keeneland for fans for $1 each way.

Fans with or without reserved parking permits at Commonwealth Stadium can take advantage of the shuttles. Fans with reserved parking permits at Commonwealth Stadium for Saturday’s game are encouraged to park in their respective lots (permit parking map), while fans without reserved parking spots should park in non-permit parking locations (non-permit parking map). All football game-day parking and permit policies will be enforced.

The stadium pickup point will be at the intersection of University Drive and Cooper Drive. The first shuttle from University and Cooper will depart at 11:45 a.m. ET and the first shuttle from Keeneland will depart at 12:25 p.m. The shuttle will run continuously with stops every 20 minutes (schedule subject to traffic) until the final stadium pickup at 6:05 p.m. and the final Keeneland pickup at 6:45 p.m.

A key fact for fans to remember is that your vehicle should be originally parked at the site which you intend to finish your day.

The shuttle will be in operation for all three home games in October and the schedule will be the same, regardless of kickoff time.

UK Gymnastics Holding Halloween Costume Drive Saturday: The UK gymnastics team will hold a Halloween costume drive to benefit underprivileged children in the Lexington area on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium. The team will college costumes at the game from 9:30 a.m. ET to 11:45 a.m. ET at Guest Services desks outsides gates 1 and 9.

The team will also collect costumes during the UK women’s soccer match vs. South Carolina on Oct. 10 at the Bell Soccer Complex and the volleyball team’s contest vs. LSU on Oct. 19 at Memorial Coliseum. Costumes can also be donated at the Joe Craft Center at the Welcome Center in the main lobby from Oct. 13-17 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fatal Traffic Crash / McCreary County

(LONDON, KY.) – On Tuesday, October 07, 2014 at approximately 9:45 PM, the Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a report of a fatal two vehicle traffic crash on US HWY 27 at the intersection ofJobCorp Hill RD in McCreary County.

Upon arrival Accident Reconstructionist Trooper Delzie Kelly determined that a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer operated by Shea A. Coffey, 29, of Stearns was traveling northbound on US 27 when he crossed over the center-line and struck a 2002 Buick Le Sabre that was traveling southbound operated by Palace O. Anderson, 68, of Strunk.

Palace Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene by the McCreary County Coroner’s Office.

The Passenger in the Buick Le Sabre Samuel L. Anderson, 47, of Strunk was air lifted from the scene and taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.

Shea Coffey was air lifted from the scene and taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he is receiving treatment for his injuries.

None of the persons involved were wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision.

Trooper Kelly continues the investigation and was assisted at the scene by Trooper Edward Jones, Trooper Wendell Higginbotham, McCreary County Sheriff’s Office, Pine Knot Fire Department and McCrearyCounty EMS.

Fatal Traffic Crash / Clay County

(LONDON, KY.) – On Saturday, October 04, 2014 at approximately 6:35 PM, the Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a report of fatal traffic crash on US HWY 421 in Clay County.

Upon arrival KSP Detective Justin Oliver determined that a 2003 Ford Explorer operated by Rodney W. Bowling, 26, of London was traveling northbound when he crossed the center- line and struck a 1999 Ford Ranger head-on which was traveling southbound and being operated by Ronnie Mitchell, 50, of Manchester.

Mitchell was pronounced dead at the scene by the Clay County Coroner’s Office.

The passengers in the Ford Ranger Melissa Smith, 48, of Manchester and a juvenile were both air lifted from the scene and taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where they both are being treated for their injuries.

Rodney Bowling was transported to the Manchester Memorial Hospital and received treatment and later released and arrested. He was charged with Murder, two counts of Assault 1st Degree and DUI. He was lodged in the Clay County Detention Center.

Detective Oliver is in charge of the investigation and was assisted at the scene by Trooper Ritchie Baxter, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Manchester Police Department, Lockards Creek Fire Department and Clay County EMS.

Argument Turns Deadly at Knott County Trail Ride

(Soft Shell, KY) – An argument between two Floyd County men turned deadly at the Knott County Trail Ride early Sunday morning.  Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a call at approximately12:07 a.m., advising that a man had been shot while attending the Trail Ride event.  KSP troopers and deputies with the Knott County Sheriff’s Department, who were working the event, responded to the altercation.

It was determined that the two men, Zachary Murphy age 19 of Langley, and 21 year old Miles Hamilton of Wayland had been involved in a physical altercation.  After being separated, Miles Hamilton retrieved a handgun and shot Zachary Murphy once, fatally wounding him.  Murphy was pronounced deceased at the scene by Knott County Coroner Jeff Blair.  Miles Hamilton initially fled on foot, but returned to the scene several hours later and turned himself in without incident.

Miles Hamilton was charged with one count of Murder, and was lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard.  This incident remains under investigation by Detective Chris Collins of KSP Post 13.


The UK Wildcat football team is riding high after a hard fought victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks in Lexington. The Cats fought back on three different occasions to include trailing by 14 in the 4th quarter. JoJo Kemp nearly single handedly carried UK to their win. Kemp,

Why Not UK
Why Not UK

running the Wildcat offense, ran at will through the Gamecock defense. UK overcame a horrible call on a South Carolina fumble and a defense that allowed 500 yards in total offense and 282 yards rushing. South Carolina would go away from their running game when it mattered in the 4th quarter only to have UK intercept a SC pass for a pick 6 to take the lead for good. UK would intercept another pass in the waining moments of the game to seal the victory.

Kentucky is 4-1 and could easily be 5-0 if not for a missed call at Florida. It is still early on in the season, but the Wildcats have shown they have changed the atmosphere in Lexington in regards to their football program. Kentucky will now face UL Monroe before they start the true tough part of their schedule that includes 4 of their last 6 games on the road. Their remaining schedule has UK at #15 LSU, at Home against #12 Mississippi St., at #24 Missouri, home against #13 Georgia before traveling to Tennessee and at Louisville. Assuming UK can win next week at home against UL Monroe to go to 5-1, they would have to win at least one of their remaining 5 games to qualify for a bowl bid. Not bad for a team who hadn’t won an SEC game since 2011 and only won 2 games all of last year. Things are looking up for the Kentucky Wildcat football team and has fans throughout the State of Kentucky saying, WHY NOT KENTUCKY!!!

Kentucky gets 1st SEC win since 2011

By Ricky Blair

Not since 2011 had the Kentucky football team walked off the field with a win over a conference foe; but this past Saturday the Wildcats put that shameful streak to rest with a 17-7 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores.

While this game wasn’t nearly as exciting as the last SEC victory – a game in which receiver-turned-quarterback Matt Roark was carried off the field by teammates and fans after leading the Wildcats to their first triumph over the Tennessee Volunteers in 26 years — it was none-the-less important for this coaching staff and young team as they try to turn a corner for this football program.

The Wildcats’ offense scored a touchdown on its first possession when quarterback Patrick Towles hit receiver Ryan Timmons on a 20-yard pass across the middle.  Timmons lost the ball, but it was ruled that he crossed the goal line before fumbling.  It was a close call for the Wildcats, who struggled for most of the game to move the football and to put points on the board.

Kentucky finished the first quarter up 7-0, but it wasn’t long before Vanderbilt took advantage of a Towles miscue. Towles threw a slant pass that was intercepted at UK’s own 10-yard line by Commodore cornerback Darrius Sims, who then trotted into the endzone for a touchdown. The Vanderbilt score tied the game at seven apiece.

In response, the Wildcats added a 44-yard Austin MacGinnis field goal, followed by a 12-play, 66-yard touchdown drive just seconds before halftime, which was capped by a 1-yard Towles run.

While the offense struggled for most of the day, the defense shined during this victory.  The defense was led by middle linebacker Josh Forrest, defensive end Bud Dupree, and cornerback J.D. Harmon, who each had five or more tackles.

The defense was also opportunistic, intercepting three passes in the game, which matches last year’s season total.  Marcus McWilson, Ashley Lowery and A.J. Stamps each had a take away during the fourth quarter to preserve the win.

Regarding the win, UK coach Mark Stoops said, “It was a thing of beauty.”

While it wasn’t always pretty to watch for most of the fans, at this point any conference win is a beautiful thing.

UK Air-Raid flying high in 59-14 victory

By Ricky Blair – East KY Media

Braylon Heard scores the first of two touchdowns for the Wildcats. - Photo by Tammie Brown
Braylon Heard scores the first of two touchdowns for the Wildcats. – Photo by Tammie Brown

The Kentucky football team is off to a high flying start with a 59-14 win over UT-Martin on Saturday. Quarterback Phillip Towles was terrific in making his first start for the Wildcats. The red-shirt sophomore completed 20 of 29 passes for 377 yards and threw for one touchdown. Towles also showed his ability to move with a nifty 23-yard scramble for a touchdown. While Towles showed promise, he was not alone in having a successful day. Nine receivers caught passes and five running backs carried the ball during the game. The running game was led by junior running back Braylon Heard. The Nebraska transfer ran twice for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Let me say that again, he ran two times, scored two touchdowns. That’s “un-Heard of” when it comes to past opening performances for the Wildcats. Heard went 73 yards for a touchdown on his first carry as a Wildcat running back, and then, on his next carry, he went 43 yards for another touchdown. This would have to go down as the most spectacular start to a UK player’s career in the history of the school. Unfortunately, Heard turned an ankle on his second run and set out the rest of the game. With Heard’s big day, the Wildcats put up 234 yards rushing to go along with their 422 passing yards for a whopping 656 total yards of offense.

The offense was tremendous, but the defense was solid as well, holding the Skyhawks of UT-Martin scoreless for three quarters and putting a touchdown of their own on the scoreboard. The touchdown came when junior linebacker Khalid Henderson picked up a fumble at UK’s own 11-yard line and rambled 89 yards for the touchdown. Henderson also had 8 tackles, which tied him with Junior-college transfer safety A.J. Stamps for the most tackles on the day. Stamps had his own set of big plays making a huge hit in the UT-Martin backfield that sent the running back summer-salting and then he made a leaping one-handed interception.

UK’s 45-point victory was it’s largest win since the 2002 season. In comparison to the team we saw last season, Coach Mark Stoops said, “It was pretty evident today we were better.” Better indeed. This was a very nice way to start the season for this young football team.

Three Dead in Breathitt County Collision

(From KSP Post 13)  (Jackson, KY) – Three Breathitt County men are dead following a single vehicle collision late Wednesday evening.  Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a call advising of the collision on KY 3193, at approximately 9:20 p.m., on August 27th.  Troopers from Post 13, along with Breathitt EMS responded to the scene.

3 Dead in fatal dui crash. (Photo submitted)
3 Dead in fatal dui crash. (Photo submitted)

Troopers determined that a Ford Ranger pick up truck was traveling north on KY 3193, when the vehicle swerved across the roadway and into a ditch on the opposite side of the road.  The driver appeared to overcorrect while attempting to gain control of the truck, which caused the vehicle to overturn.  The pick up entered a residential yard, where it came to rest against the dwelling there.  Jonathan Campbell, age 24, Adam Fugate, age 31, and Pearl Armstrong, age 19, all of Jackson, were passengers in the bed of the truck.  All were ejected during the collision, and were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Breathitt County Coroner.  Joshua Thorpe age 20 of Jackson, was air lifted to University of Kentucky Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition, as was 25 year old Marcus Jones of Campton.  Jones is listed in stable condition.  The driver of the truck, Shawn Hardin, age 19 of Jackson, was arrested and lodged in the Three Forks Regional Jail.  He has been charged with three counts of Murder, 2 counts of Assault 1st Degree, and one count of Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence 1st offence.


Autopsies will be performed on the deceased victims by the State Medical Examiners Office in Frankfort.  Alcohol appears to be a contributing factor in this collision, and seat belts were not in use.  This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Tony Russell with KSP Post 13.

Wick Clemons Obit


Wick Clemons Obit
Wick Clemons Obit

Wick Clemons, 75, Jackson passed away Wed., Aug. 13, at the Ky. River Medical Center.  He was the son of the late Ed & Alifair (Miller) Clemons.  He was also preceded in death by 5 brothers, Sherman Clemons, Sam(Sambo) Clemons, Shelby Clemons, Forest Clemons, Ollie James Clemons; four sisters, Nokie Stone, Dellie Russell, Sarah Jane Reynolds, Bertha Clemons.  He was a member of the United Baptist Church.  He is survived by his wife, Phyllis (Fugate) Clemons of Jackson; one daughter, Jacqueline (Roger) Stacy of Campton; one granddaughter, Olivia Shay Stacy of Campton; two sisters, Dulscena (Raymond) Henry of Indiana, Arlene Lockridge of Florida; mother-in-law, Thelma Johnson of Richmond.  Funeral services Sat., Aug. 16, 1:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Clemons and Rev. Douglas Finley officiating.  Burial in the Clemons-Ritchie Cemetery at Southfork.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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