Football Rankings for 10-27 Football Rankings for 10-27.

Class 1A
1. Mayfield vs. 2A #2 Caldwell County
2. Beechwood at 2A #9 Newport Central Catholic
3. Pikeville vs. 3A #7 Russell
4. Williamsburg vs. Pineville
5. Frankfort at 2A #6 Danville
6. Raceland at Ironton (OH)
7. Russellville at 3A #1 South Warren
8. Hazard at 3A Sheldon Clark
9. Paintsville at 3A West Carter
10. Fairview vs. James Gamble Montessori (OH)

Class 2A
1. Christian Academy-Louisville vs. 6A #1 Male
2. Caldwell County at 1A #1 Mayfield
3. DeSales at 6A Southern
4. Owensboro Catholic — OPEN
5. Bardstown at 1A Holy Cross (Louisville)
6. Danville at 1A #5 Frankfort
7. Murray vs. 1A Fulton County
8. Prestonsburg at 3A Lawrence County
9. Newport Central Catholic vs. 1A #2 Beechwood
10. Walton Verona at Lexington Christian

Class 3A
1. South Warren vs. 1A #7 Russellville (10/30)
2. Belfry at 4A #3 Johnson Central
3. Central at 6A Pleasure Ridge Park
4. Corbin at 4A #7 Knox Central
5. Bell County at 5A Harlan County (10/30)
6. Paducah Tilghman — OPEN
7. Russell at 1A #3 Pikeville
8. Estill County vs. McCreary Central
9. Garrard County vs. 4A West Jessamine
10. Bourbon County at 6A George Rogers Clark

Class 4A
1. Highlands at 5A #2 Warren Central
2. Owensboro at 6A Henderson County
3. Johnson Central vs. 3A #2 Belfry
4. Madisonville-North Hopkins vs. 5A Apollo
5. Boyle County at 5A Madison Southern
6. Lexington Catholic at 6A Boone County
7. Knox Central vs. 3A #4 Corbin
8. Franklin-Simpson at 5A Hopkinsville
9. Covington Catholic at 5A Conner
10. North Oldham vs. 5A East Jessamine

Class 5A
1. Bowling Green at #4 Pulaski County
2. Warren Central vs. 4A #1 Highlands
3. Southwestern — OPEN
4. Pulaski County vs. #1 Bowling Green
5. Bullitt East vs. 4A Fairdale (10/30)
6. Bullitt Central vs. #8 South Oldham
7. North Laurel vs. Grant County (10/30)
8. South Oldham at #6 Bullitt Central
9. Cooper at 6A #8 Dixie Heights
10. Iroquois at 4A Atherton

Class 6A
1. Male at 2A #1 Christian Academy Louisville
2. St. Xavier at St. Xavier (OH)
3. Trinity at Moeller (OH)
4. Scott County vs. Seneca
5. Manual vs. Eastern
6. Central Hardin vs. 5A Greenwood
7. McCracken County at 5A Christian County
8. Dixie Heights vs. 5A #9 Cooper (10/30)
9. Simon Kenton –- OPEN
10. Henry Clay –- OPEN

Towles Named to Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll

Sophomore quarterback honored after career day rushing and passing against No. 1 Bulldogs

UK QB Patrick Towles - Photo by Tammie Brown - Camen Media
UK QB Patrick Towles – Photo by Tammie Brown – Camen Media

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After rushing for a career-high 76 yards and two rushing touchdowns and passing for a career-best 390 yards with two touchdowns through the air, University of Kentucky sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Week Nine Honor Roll, it was announced Monday morning by the Louisville Sports Commission.

This is the first time Towles has been named to the honor roll, which honors student-athletes each week before giving out a season-end award to the most versatile player in major college football. Towles was named to the list along with Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah and Utah State running back/linebacker Nick Vigil.

Towles had a career outing with 477 total yards in Kentucky’s loss to top-ranked Mississippi State. Towles was 24-of-43 passing for 390 yards with two touchdowns and connected with nine different receivers. He logged 76 yards on 23 attempts and a pair of scores on the ground, which included a career-long rush of 48 yards in the third quarter. He also caught one pass for 11 yards. Towles accounted for four plays of more than 40 yards, including a pair of touchdown tosses that went for 58 yards or longer.

The sophomore’s big game placed him in elite company as he became only the third quarterback in program history to pass for 365 yards or more three different times in the same season. The other two quarterbacks to claim that honor were Jared Lorenzen and All-American Tim Couch.

For the season, Towles is 163-for-271 for 2,077 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those numbers are the best for a UK quarterback since Mike Hartline in 2010. Led by Towles, Kentucky has posted 440+ yards of total offense in three games vs. Southeastern Conference foes this season for the first time since 2001. UK’s 253 points scored this season in just eight games is also more than it posted each of the last three seasons.

The season-end award is voted on by fans, who can vote as often as once every 24 hours for players who were on the preseason watch list or who have been named to a weekly honor roll. A finalist will be chosen in mid-November with fans then getting a chance to vote from a group of finalists.

For the latest on the Kentucky football team, follow @UKFootball on Twitter or University of Kentucky Football on Facebook.

UK Football Launches Interactive iPhone App

UK football releases interactive new app featuring interactive content, social media, etc.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Fans of the University of Kentucky football program can now follow the Wildcats right at their fingertips as UK has released an iPhone application featuring interactive content, social media and more.

The app, which can be downloaded by visiting, features a social media wall, organizing all Kentucky football social media platforms in one place, including @UKStoopsTroops on Twitter and Instagram, Kentucky Football on Facebook and KYWildcatsTV on YouTube. The app also gives fans a look inside Kentucky football with easy access to tickets, schedules and more.

An exciting feature of the app is the UK Power Optix, which works similar to a QR code reader. The UK Power Optix scans images using the iPhone camera and directs fans to videos associated with that image (images attached can be scanned for videos.)

The app was developed by JumpForward in conjunction with UK football’s social media hub at JumpForward provides custom software and fanatical customer support to help college athletics departments reach the goals of their strategic plan.  JumpForward’s Unified Athletics™ Department provides a single platform for coaches, student-athletes, and the entire athletics department staff to share access-based information, create paperless forms workflows, and communicate with the rest of the department.

Last month, UK Athletics announced a new social-centric mobile app that enhances the game day experience. The Kentucky Gameday App is packed with robust social, on-campus and stadium features that enhance the game-day experience by delivering free live game audio; real-time Instagram and Twitter feeds from the team; the official game-day guide with key times, events and need-to-know information including stadium maps and parking to plan the day; enhanced location-aware maps for fans attending both home and away games; live conference and top 25 scores, real-time stats; opt-in alerts for weather updates, pre-game events, play-by-play information and more.

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VOLLEYBALL – Wildcats Fall in Top-25 Road Battle, 3-1 at Texas A&M

After 1-1 roadtrip, UK returns home to host Tennessee Wednesday

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – The No. 16 Kentucky volleyball team dropped a top-25 matchup on the road to No. 24 Texas A&M, 3-1 (22-25, 24-26, 25-17, 16-25), Sunday afternoon at Reed Arena.

The Wildcats fall to 18-4 and 8-2 in Southeastern Conference play, while Texas A&M extends its winning streak to three and improves to 14-6, 6-3 in SEC competition.

“I’m disappointed that we didn’t respond the way that we needed to,” UK head coach Craig Skinner said. “In a match on the road, against a team that was executing at a high level, we needed to make some stops defensively. Give credit to A&M for executing at the level that they were. We need to do a better job of creating breaks for ourselves and creating opportunities to score, both offensively and defensively.”

Sophomore Anni Thomasson posted her 11th double-double of the season and third in the last three matches with 12 kills and 10 digs. Senior Lauren O’Conner led UK with 19 kills on .421 hitting while senior Jackie Napper led the defensive effort with 20 digs.

Kentucky returns home to host rival Tennessee on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. Broadcast on ESPNU, the match between the two SEC rivals is the annual DanceBlue Match. To support the on-campus organization DanceBlue, the team will raise awareness and money to benefit children with pediatric cancer who are treated at UK’s Pediatric Oncology Hematology Clinic.

Freshman Kaz Brown had eight kills and two block assists, while junior Shelby Workman recorded seven kills along with 11 digs. Junior Sara Schwarzwalder added five kills with a team-high-tying four block assists.

Junior setter Morgan Bergren dished out 42 assists and added five kills. Bergren also tied for the team lead with four blocks in addition to having 10 digs.

Also defensively, freshman Ashley Dusek had a career-high nine digs as UK posted 67 in the match. Bergren and Schwarzwalder accounted for four block assists each, helping the Wildcats to six rejections in the match.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third set en route to a 25-17 win. Texas A&M rallied to tie the set at 5-5, and again at seven-all and 8-8, but each time Kentucky responded. Already playing at another level in the third set, UK stepped it up another notch with the set tied at eight. The Wildcats scored 13 of the next 15 points, highlighted by a 7-0 run to break it open at 21-10. Five players had kills in the stretch, including two each by Bergren, Thomasson and O’Conner, while Napper added a service ace. The two teams traded the next four points to make it 23-12, and after A&M cut UK’s lead to seven at 24-17, Workman put the set away with a kill for the 25-17 victory.

Kentucky hit .244 with 17 kills in the set and held A&M to .116 hitting with 11 kills. O’Conner posted five kills while Thomasson had four in the frame. Defensively, Workman and Napper each had six of UK’s 24 digs.

UK fell in a tightly-contested first set, 25-22. Kentucky trailed early, but fought back to tie it at 4-4 and again at 8-8 on a Brown kill. UK evened it up again at 9-9 and 10-10 on an O’Conner kill and took its first lead of the match at 12-11. The Wildcats extended their advantage to two at 14-12 on two Aggie errors. Texas A&M climbed back to tie the set at 16-16 though and regained the lead on the next point. Bergren’s first kill of the match tied the set at 17-17, but the Aggies responded with a 3-0 run. Trailing 21-18, Brown recorded a kill and Dusek a service ace to cut the deficit to one at 21-20, but UK could not get any closer.

UK opened with a 4-2 lead in the second set, with the help of three Aggie errors. Texas A&M answered with a 4-0 run to take a 6-4 lead, but Kentucky rallied with a 3-0 run of their own to regain the lead at 7-6. A&M regained the advantage at 10-8, but down 11-9, UK went on a 3-0 run. The run, led by a kill and two aces, all from Workman, gave UK a 12-11 lead. The Wildcats lost the lead but quickly took it back at 18-15 with the next four points, capped by a Brown kill on a free ball. Texas A&M climbed back to claim a 20-19 advantage, but it would not last. A Thomasson kill and a block by Bergren and Schwarzwalder put the Wildcats ahead 22-21, the first two points of a 4-0 swing. The Aggies though, scored the final five points for the 26-24 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Texas A&M opened with a 6-3 lead in the fourth set, which it extended to six at 9-4. Out of a timeout, the Thomasson recorded a kill to cut the Wildcats’ deficit to five at 9-5, but UK could get no closer. UK hit .167 with 11 kills in the final frame, led by O’Conner’s five and Thomasson’s three. Thomasson added six digs, while Dusek had four. Thomasson and Brown assisted on UK’s one block in the set.

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Bluegrass Preps Rankings for week of 10-20-14 Football Rankings for 10-20.

Class 1A
1. Mayfield at #8 Russellville
2. Beechwood at Ludlow
3. Pikeville at Allen Central
4. Williamsburg vs. Lynn Camp
5. Frankfort vs. Eminence
6. Raceland vs. #10 Paintsville
7. Hazard at Pineville
8. Russellville vs. #1 Mayfield
9. Holy Cross (Louisville) at Bethlehem
10. Paintsville at #6 Raceland

Class 2A
1. Christian Academy-Louisville — OPEN
2. Caldwell County vs. Crittenden County
3. DeSales at Thomas Nelson
4. Owensboro Catholic vs. McClean County
5. Bardstown vs. Shawnee
6. Danville vs. Lexington Christian
7. Murray at 4A #4 Madisonville-North Hopkins
8. Prestonsburg at Leslie County
9. Newport Central Catholic at Holy Cross (Covington) (10/23)
10. Walton Verona — OPEN

Class 3A
1. South Warren — OPEN
2. Belfry vs. Pike County Central
3. Central vs. Larue County
4. Corbin at Casey County
5. Bell County vs. McCreary Central
6. Garrard County vs. Estill County
7. Paducah Tilghman at Webster County
8. Bourbon County vs. Bath County
9. Russell at East Carter
10. Lawrence County — OPEN

Class 4A
1. Highlands vs. Cincinnati Elder (OH)
2. Owensboro vs. Hopkins County Central
3. Johnson Central vs. #10 Ashland
4. Madisonville-North Hopkins vs. 2A #7 Murray
5. Lexington Catholic vs. Marion County
6. Boyle County vs. Mercer County
7. Knox Central vs. Russell County
8. Franklin-Simpson at Allen County-Scottsville
9. Covington Catholic at Holmes
10. Ashland at #3 Johnson Central

Class 5A
1. Bowling Green vs. Greenwood
2. Pulaski County at #6 Southwestern
3. Warren Central at Logan County
4. Bullitt Central at 6A #10 Simon Kenton
5. Bullitt East vs. Shelby County
6. Southwestern vs. #2 Pulaski County
7. North Laurel at South Laurel
8. South Oldham — OPEN
9. Franklin County at Montgomery County
10. Cooper vs. Grant County

Class 6A
1. Male vs. #6 Manual
2. Saint Xavier –- OPEN
3. Trinity –- OPEN
4. Bryan Station at Henry Clay
5. Scott County vs. Dunbar
6. Manual at #1 Male
7. Central Hardin at Muhlenburg County
8. McCracken County at Henderson County
9. Dixie Heights at Ryle
10. Simon Kenton vs. 5A #4 Bullitt Central

Wildcats give #1 Mississippi St. all they can handle

Cats give Number 1 ranked Mississippi St. a scare in Lexington.

UK vs Miss. St - Photo by Tammie Brown - Camen Media
UK vs Miss. St – Photo by Tammie Brown – Camen Media

It did’t look good early for U.K. as Mississippi St, jumped out to an early 17-7 2nd quarter lead before finishing off a greatly improved Wildcat team 45-31. Heisman candidate Dak Prescott accounted for 3 scores as he threw for one score and ran for 2 more. UK QB ran for two touchdowns of his own and connected on two more for a 67 yard strike and a 58 yard bomb. Statistically, Towles far outshined Prescott, but in the end, it comes down to wins and losses, and Prescott has not lost this season. Towles rushed for 123 and passed for another 390, while Prescott ran for 104 and passed for 216. UK continues it is vastly improved and will be a force to reckon with in upcoming years.


Armed Robbery at Ermine Double Kwik in Whitesburg

(Whitesburg, KY) – The Ermine Double Kwik Convenient Mart in Whitesburg was the apparent victim of an armed robbery early Wednesday morning.  Officers with Kentucky State Police Post 13 and Whitesburg Police Department responded to the scene around 2:23 a.m., where they contacted employees who were working at the time of the incident.


Investigators were advised that a male subject entered the store armed with a long club, and demanded money.  The employees complied with the perpetrator, giving him cash from the register.  The male subject fled the store on foot with the money obtained, and headed north on US 119.  The robber is described as being a male subject, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 180 to 200 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a black jacket with a grey hooded sweatshirt underneath, blue jeans with holes in them, and brown work boots.  He was also wearing a dark blue bandana, black work gloves, and had a yellow cloth covering his face.  Video surveillance of the robbery was also viewed at the store by officers.


Officers were not able to locate the individual in the immediate area of the Double Kwik, and there is no current information to assist with his identification.  If anyone has information that might aid in this investigation, they are urged to contact KSP Post 13 in Hazard at 606-435-6069.  This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Michael Burton.

VOLLEYBALL – Wildcats Suffer Heartbreaking Loss to LSU


UK had three players in double-figures, Thomasson with 21 digs

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 12th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 (25-21, 25-15, 24-26, 25-9, 16-14) five-set loss to LSU on Sunday in front of 1,668 fans in Memorial Coliseum. The loss snapped an 11-match winning streak for the Wildcats.

“Credit LSU for being aggressive in sets three and four,” UK coach Craig Skinner said. “We had to claw our way back in set five and gave ourselves a chance to win, but didn’t capitalize. Our intensity and aggressiveness in sets three and four wasn’t where it needs to be against a very good LSU team. We’re going to have to find out how to get that back in practice this week.

“Our floor defense was not where it needed to be against their pin hitters,” Skinner said. “There were too many points on their opportunities.”

UK falls to 17-3 on the season and 7-1 against Southeastern Conference foes. LSU improves to 10-7 overall and 5-3 against league opponents while extending its winning-streak to five matches. Kentucky will be on the road for both matches next weekend with dates at Arkansas (Oct. 24) and No. 20 Texas A&M (Oct. 26). The match vs. the Aggies is set for a live broadcast on the SEC Network at Noon ET.

Three Wildcats reached double-figures in the kills column with senior Lauren O’Conner earning 15 kills and added four blocks. Junior Shelby Workman added 13 with nine digs. Sophomore Anni Thomasson had 10 kills and 21 digs and has now logged 20 or more digs in a home match vs. the Tigers in every season of her career.

Junior setter Morgan Bergren logged 50 assists, six kills, seven digs and a team-high six blocks. Freshman Kaz Brown added eight kills on a .500 hitting clip with five blocks. Junior Sara Schwarzwalder added seven kills.

Senior Jackie Napper posted 16 digs, while sophomore Kelsey Wolf had nine and freshman Ashley Dusek with a career-high eight.

In the decisive fifth frame, LSU opened the scoring with two-straight kills and then capitalized on consecutive Kentucky miscues for a 4-0 advantage.  Following a timeout, Thomasson scored UK’s first point of the set with a kill to end the quick start by the Tigers. Dusek saved another point with two spectacular defensive plays and Kayla Tronick came up with her first kill of the season to make the score 4-2 in favor of the visitors. LSU followed with a kill of its own to take a three-point lead once again.

Schwarzwalder teamed up with Bergren for a block and then the duo combined for a kill to bring UK within one at 6-5. Following a timeout, LSU quickly recaptured a multi-point advantage. The Tigers held an 8-5 lead into the switching of benches.

Brown and Bergren teamed up for a block, followed by a kill from O’Conner as UK scored three of four points to pull to within one at 9-8, forcing the Tigers into a timeout. Following the timeout, the Tigers tooled the block and once again reclaimed a two-point lead.

UK’s freshman middle blocker, Brown, once again came up with a huge hammer to set a new career-best mark in that category. Kentucky’s defense forced the Tigers into an erroneous attack to tie the score at 10 apiece.

The teams swapped points until LSU was able to capture a two-point lead yet again with a block at 13-11. Following a timeout Workman came up with a kill off the block, but LSU earned match point with a kill of its own. A service error saved match point for UK and Thomasson tied the match at 14 apiece with a kill.

A kill for the Tigers gave the visitors their third match point of the set. LSU pulled off the upset with a kill of UK’s block to win the final set by a 16-14 lead.

In the first set, LSU earned an early 3-0 lead to begin the match, before Schwarzwalder and Bergren teamed up for a block to score UK’s first point of the afternoon. The block ignited a 3-0 run by the Cats which was capped by a monstrous kill from Brown off of an overpass by the Tigers. LSU responded with a 3-0 spurt of its own. Another Brown kill enabled the Wildcats to tie the score at eight apiece. UK took its first lead of the match on an erroneous attack by the visitor’s at 9-8.


A back-and-forth battle ensued until a Thomasson kill lifted UK to its largest lead of the frame at 15-12 entering the media timeout. Following the break, an LSU miscue extended the UK run. Thomasson smoked one down the line to lift the Blue and White to a 19-15 lead, and the Tigers opted for a timeout.  A service error by the Tigers gave UK set point at 24-20, but the visitors were able to fend off the Cats until Brown came up with the clinching-point at 25-22.

The Wildcats logged 17 kills on a .333 hitting percentage and added five blocks in the victory. Thomasson had six kills on a .667 attacking percentage, while Brown had four hammers with an .800 clip. Bergren was in on four of UK’s five rejections and Napper posted six scoops.

UK attacked up the middle with Schwarzwalder slamming one home for the 1-0 lead to begin the second stanza. The kill ignited a 4-0 start to the set, as UK benefited from a trio of LSU errors. O’Conner laced a kill cross court and UK stretched the lead to 7-2.

The Tigers got to within 9-7, but Thomasson was able to go line to end the spurt and begin a 4-0 run by the Wildcats to help the home team earn a 13-7 lead. Kentucky extended the lead to seven at 17-10 on a kill from O’Conner. It was all the more breathing room the Wildcats would need en route to a 25-15 second set, as UK scored eight of the final 13 points of the stanza including consecutive kills from Workman and Bergren to lift UK to a 2-0 lead to the locker room.

UK charted 16 kills on a .364 attacking percentage. O’Conner led the way with five kills on a blazing .833 attacking clip, while Schwarzwalder added four with a .600 percentage. Dusek led the way defensively with six digs, with Thomasson adding five.

An LSU attacking error gave UK the first point of the third set, but the Tigers would score the next four for an early 4-1 advantage. An O’Conner kill off the block quieted the LSU run.  A block from Brown and O’Conner followed by consecutive LSU miscues enabled the Wildcats to take their first lead of the frame at 7-6. The 7-1 run continued for the Wildcats as the home team earned a 10-7 lead following a kill from Workman, forcing the Tigers into a timeout.

LSU fought back and pulled to within one at 11-10, but Schwarzwalder capitalized on an overpass to end the run. The Tigers wouldn’t go away, however, and eventually tied the set at 16. The teams exchanged points until UK was able to shake loose for two-straight for a 19-17 edge, but the visitors answered with a 2-0 spurt of their own to once again tie the score.

LSU recaptured the lead late in the set at 22-20 attempting to force a fourth frame. Following a timeout, UK answered with a Thomasson kill and then the Wildcats forced LSU into an error to tie the score at 22. LSU took a timeout and earned a kill for a 23-22 lead, but quickly gave the point right back to UK with a service error. O’Conner saved set point with a kill off the block, but the Tigers would score the next two to force a fourth frame following a 26-24 win.

The Tigers posted 21 kills in the frame and UK only managed 12. O’Conner led the way with four in the set. Workman had five digs to lead the defensive effort.

LSU began the fourth set by grabbing an early 4-1 lead.  The lead for the visitors eventually stretched to four at 7-3. It was all the more breathing room the visitors would need en rote to a 25-9 fourth set win to force a decisive fifth frame.

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Cross Country- Kunc & Busse Lead UK Cross Country Women at Pre-Nats


Kunc & Busse Lead UK Cross Country Women at Pre-Nats

Cross Country teams to compete at Pre-National Invitational on Saturday

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – A pair of freshmen, Katy Kunc and Aundrea Busse, led the Kentucky cross country team to a 35th-place performance at Indiana State’s Pre-National Invitational, one of the most competitive meets of the regular season across the country.

Kunc ran a 61st place 6,000-meter time of 21:43.3, while Busse ran a time of 21:56.7 in the women’s “blue” race.

Cassidy Hale was UK’s third-place finisher, 179th overall, with a time of 22:35.3. Michelle McKinney and Caroline McCaslin rounded out UK’s top-5 with respective times of 22:47.2 (202nd) and 23:09.8 (241st).

The UK men’s team competed in the second-tier “white” race, and turned in a solid fifth-place performance.

The Wildcats were led by junior Zack Beavin who ran an 8K time of 25:26.4. Ryan Polman placed 27th and scored 25 points with a time of 25:40.2.

Mackay Wilson placed 42nd with 25:57.6. James Brown and Spencer Hrycay were scorers with respective times of 25:57.6 (42nd place) and 26:04.9 (55th place).

UK will compete at the SEC Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Friday, Oct. 31.