Illinois Sports – Illini Streak Survives 15 Innings, Equals School-Record 16

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Illinois_Fighting_IlliniUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. –
 On the same day as the Illinois Marathon back in Champaign, No. 8 Illinois outlasted Penn State 4-2 in a 15-inning marathon in Happy Valley. The Illini extended the nation’s longest active winning streak and equaled the single-season school record with 16 consecutive wins. Illinois (35-6-1) boasts its best record in program history and sits in first place in the Big Ten at 12-1.

“I don’t even know what to say,” head coach Dan Hartleb said. “I really don’t know what to say, besides, wow. What a great college baseball game. I just told their head coach nobody deserved to lose that. Both starting pitchers were outstanding. There were some unbelievable plays made out there.”

The Fighting Illini earned their third 16-game winning streak in 136 years of Illinois Baseball, as the Orange and Blue also accomplished the feat in 1989 and 1959. It ranks as the second-longest winning streak in the NCAA this year behind Texas A&M (24).

Illinois began Big Ten play 12-1 for the second time in school history, with the only other time coming in 1911. UI also has won 11 consecutive conference games for the first time since 1982. The Illini clinched their eighth series victory this season and won their eighth consecutive game against Penn State.

Trailing 1-0 in the eighth, shortstop Adam Walton delivered the go-ahead two-run single that scored seniors David Kerian and Will Krug. Closer Tyler Jay allowed the tying run on an RBI single in the ninth that sent the game to extra innings tied 2-2.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the 15th, senior Casey Fletcher brought home junior Ryan Nagle as the winning run with an infield single. Redshirt-senior Reid Roper crossed home as an insurance run on a passed ball.

Junior Nick Blackburn (2-0) earned the win with two perfect innings in the 14th and 15th, including three strikeouts. Starter Drasen Johnson allowed an unearned run over seven innings, while Jay struck out a season-high seven in a career-high six innings. The Illini hurlers notched a season-high 14 strikeouts compared to just two walks.

Penn State grabbed its first lead of the series in the bottom of the first with a two-out RBI single. Johnson did not allow another run, posting six straight zeroes. He fanned four and walked one while throwing 85 pitches.

Jay took over in the eighth, beginning the longest outing of his career in which he totaled 99 pitches. He was charged with a run for just the second time in 21 appearances this year.

Illinois played its longest game under 10th-year coach Hartleb and improved to 4-1 in extra-inning games in 2015. It is believed to be the longest Illini game since a 16-inning contest against Minnesota on April 24, 1948.

Up Next: Due to travel arrangements, the series finale between the Illini and Nittany Lions on Sunday was moved up to a 9 a.m. CT start. It will be televised live on Big Ten Network.

Pro Sports – West Virginia takes third straight over Legends, 7-2

West Virginia takes third straight over Legends, 7-2

Legends Logo                Pablo Reyes, Jordan Luplow and Taylor Gushue each drove in two runs as the West Virginia Power took a 7-2 win over the Lexington Legends Friday night in Charleston.

The Power jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning.  Bunt singles by Jeff Roy, Cole Tucker and Reyes loaded the bases, and Roy scored when Jordan Luplow was hit by a pitch.   Gushue followed with a two-run single, and Luplow later scored when Elvis Escobar grounded into a force play at second base.

West Virginia added three runs in the fourth.  Chase Simpson led off with a base hit, and Roy reached first on an error by shortstop Corey Toups.   Reyes doubled to left field, scoring Simpson and Roy and giving West Virginia a 6-0 lead.   Reyes came home on a double to left by Luplow, and the Power led 7-0.

The Legends got on the board in the seventh inning on a single by Wander Franco and a double by Brandon Downes.  They added their final run in the eighth.  Toups reached on an error by Luplow, the third baseman.  Ryan O’Hearn and Elier Hernandez followed with singles, loading the bases, and  Toups scored on a hit by Alfredo Escalera.

The loss extended the Legends’ losing streak to seven games.

West Virginia starter Austin Coley (3-0) got the win. He worked the first five innings, allowed two hits and no runs, walked one and struck out six.  Sam Street finished the game and earned his third save.

Lexington starter Zach Lovvorn (0-2) was the losing pitcher.

West Virginia has taken the first three games of the five-game series, which continues Saturday.  Game time is 2:05 p.m. 

Attendance 2,191

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Kentucky News – Death Investigation / Rockcastle County

(LONDON, KY.) – Detectives from Post 11 are investigating the discovery of human skeletal remains located on the bank of the Roundstone Creek in Rockcastle County. Post 11 Detectives were notified of the discovery on Friday, crime sceneApril 24, 2015 at 12:08 AM.

Preliminary investigation reveals the remains appeared to have been in that location for several years.

The remains will be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office to be examined by a forensic pathologist. Preliminary cause of death and identification of the deceased are expected later.

The investigation is continuing by KSP Detective John Barnett. He was assisted at the scene by Detective Ryan Loudermilk, Detective Brian Lewis, Trooper Lloyd Cochran, Rockcastle County Coroner’s Office and Livingston Police Department.

Kentucky Sports – MSU Athletics Set for 1,000 Hours of Giving Back

MOREHEAD, Ky. — Morehead State Athletics will perform 1,000 community service hours in an upcoming 10-day period. All students, coaches and staff members from the department have been asked to participate in the initiative, with each individual putting in at least three hours.
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Morehead State has more than 300 students, across 16 NCAA Division I sports, and employs approximately 75 individuals in its athletic department. The Eagles will make a variety of stops, including neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, parks and donation centers.

“We are very excited about this week of servant leadership and engaging with our community members,” Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson said. “We will have approximately 400 people giving back, and all of them have an opportunity to impact someone’s life in a positive way.”

Morehead State students, coaches and staff members are encouraged to post photos to social media platforms, where appropriate. The department is asking everyone to use the hashtag #MSUCares on Twitter, so Eagle fans can see the work that is being performed throughout Rowan County.

“This will be a really good experience for everyone involved,” Assistant AD for Student-Athlete Services and Senior Woman Administrator Sara Larson said. “We want our students to be well-rounded with high character, strong academics, competitive athletics and community service.”

Here are some of the events that will count towards the department’s goal of 1,000 hours:

Friday, 4/24
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College of Business and Public Affairs Golf Outing at Eagle Trace (begins at 11:30 a.m.) — women’s golf
** Christian Social Services (begins at 10 a.m.) — athletic department staff

Saturday, 4/25
** Build a Bed at Peddler’s Mall (8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) — football and rifle

Sunday, 4/26
** Pig Skin and Greek trash pick-up (4 to 7 p.m.) — football and greeks

Monday, 4/27
** City Park clean up (throughout the day) — softball, cross country and track & field

Tuesday, 4/28
** Youth Baseball Clinic at Allen Field (5 to 7:30 p.m.) — baseball

Wednesday, 4/29
** Christian Social Services (3 to 4:30 p.m.) — men’s golf and volleyball

Thursday, 4/30
** Visit to Clearfield Elementary (12:45 to 2:15 p.m.) — volleyball
** Life Care Center of Morehead (1 to 4 p.m.) — soccer and men’s golf

Friday, 5/1
** Visit to Clearfield Elementary (12:45 to 1:30 p.m.) — volleyball

Saturday, 5/2
** Rowan County prom clean up (begins at 11:30 p.m.) — student-athlete advisory committee

Sunday, 5/3
** TBD

Other
** Lockegee Rock trash pick-up — men’s and women’s tennis

Kentucky News – Two Vehicle Collision Claims the Life of a Breathitt County Man

(Ned, KY) –  A Monday afternoon collision in Breathitt County claimed the life of a Jackson man.  Troopers with

File photo, Not actual accident
File photo, Not actual accident

Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard responded to a reported two vehicle crash on Highway 15 South in the Ned community shortly after 3:30 p.m., on April 20th.  Assisting at the scene were officers with KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, McIntosh Ambulance, and Jackson Fire and Rescue.  The crash involved a tractor trailer unit and a passenger car.

Upon arrival, investigating officers discovered that a 1990 Toyota Camry had been traveling north on Highway 15, when the car struck the trailer of a 2007 International commercial vehicle, which was stopped in traffic for a school bus that was unloading students.  The operator of the Camry, 54 year old Billy Spicer of Jackson, was pronounced deceased at the scene by Breathitt County Coroner George Griffith.  Ance Wagers, the operator of the tractor trailer, was not injured.

Impaired driving is not suspected as a contributing factor in this collision, though toxicology results are pending on both drivers.  No autopsy will be performed.  The investigation of this collision is being conducted by Trooper David Hobbs with KSP Post 13.

Indiana News – Huntertown Man Arrested on 20 Felony Charges for Crimes Against Children

Dillon Douglas Kingsbery
Dillon Douglas Kingsbery

Allen County, IN (Huntertown, IN)  Dillon Douglas Kingsbery, 30, of Huntertown, IN was arrested on 20 felony charges earlier today, April 14, 2015.  All of the charges were for child pornography, the result of a nearly four month long investigation into various allegations of crimes against children.

An undercover investigation into peer-to-peer file sharing conducted by the Indiana State Police uncovered a substantial cache of child pornography during the execution of today’s search warrant at Kingsbery’s Huntertown residence.   The warrant was served by member agencies of the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, inclusive of the Indiana State Police, FBI, Fort Wayne Police Department and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

Forensic investigators were able to identify at least 6,000 files of alleged child pornography, bestiality and bondage stored on various computer devices.  Among the images recovered were a series of sexually explicit photographs and videos. Some of the recovered images allegedly involved victims previously identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

As a result of Kingsbery’s arrest he has been preliminarily charged by the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office with 10 counts of Child Exploitation, all level 5 felonies and 10 counts of Possession of Child Pornography, all level 6 felonies.

Investigators credit the collaborative effort of all of the agencies involved, especially that of the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office, in this complex and highly technical criminal investigation.

Kingsbery remains held in the custody of the Allen County Jail with bail set at $200,000.

Kentucky Sports – Seven Wildcats Declare for NBA Draft

Booker, Cauley-Stein, Harrisons, Johnson, Lyles and Towns to put their names in annual draft

uk moonLEXINGTON, Ky. – An unprecedented seven Kentucky Wildcats announced they are declaring for the NBA Draft at a press conference at the Joe Craft Center on Thursday.

Junior Willie Cauley-Stein, sophomores Andrew and Aaron Harrison and Dakari Johnson, and freshmen Devin Booker, Trey Lyles and Karl-Anthony Towns, will forego their future eligibility at UK and put their names in the upcoming draft, to be held June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“It’s about each individual up here making a decision – not based on what’s right for this university, not based on what’s right for me and our staff – but what’s right for them and their families,” UK head coach John Calipari said at Thursday’s press conference. “The way this works, I meet with each player after the last game, and truly it’s the morning after the last game. I ask, ‘Do you want me to explore your options?’ They all said yes. A few said no. We gather the information. We talk to about 20 NBA teams, maybe more. We let the parents talk directly to the NBA so there’s no confusion. We have about a five-minute meeting – maybe. I’m not convincing them to stay and I’m not pushing anybody out the door. This is their choice.”

Kentucky is coming off a record-setting season in which the Wildcats became the first team ever to post a 38-0 record. UK’s 38 victories tied the most in NCAA history, tying Calipari’s 2012 national championship team and his 2008 Memphis squad.

The Wildcats, who captured both the Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament crowns, made it to the Final Four unblemished, the first team to accomplish that feat since UNLV in 1991.

“We didn’t quite get our goal of winning a national title and 40-0, but it can’t and it doesn’t take away from what these people have accomplished,” Calipari said.

Booker averaged 10.0 points and sunk 58 3-pointers during his freshman season. He was named the SEC Sixth Man of the Year by the league’s coaches and was also a member of the All-SEC Second Team and All-SEC Freshman Team.

The Grand Rapids, Mich., native was a five-time winner of the SEC Freshman of the Week honor while connecting on 41 percent of his shots from long range. Booker’s season highlights included a stretch of seven games in which he connected on 20 of 28 (71.4 percent) of his 3-point shots, beginning with the game vs. No. 18 North Carolina.

“We all wanted a national championship, but I feel like we made a lot of history here, did a lot of great things,” Booker said. “These are memories that I’ll never forget. People always ask what my hardest decision was, and it’s the decision to leave Kentucky, not to come here. That was the easy decision, to come here and be a part of this program. Great fan base. That was an easy decision and leaving all of that will be the hardest.”

Cauley-Stein became one of UK’s 58 all-time All-Americans during his breakout junior campaign and its 25th consensus First Team All-American. The 7-foot forward from Olathe, Kan., averaged 8.0 points and 6.2 rebounds during his three-year career in Lexington.

Cauley-Stein finished his career as the only player in program history to amass 500 or more rebounds, 200 or more blocks, and 100 or more steals. He concludes his career ranking second all-time in the UK record books with 233 blocked shots.

In addition to his consensus All-America honors, Cauley-Stein was the 2015 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, 2015 SEC Tournament MVP, an All-SEC selection, an All-Freshman Team selection in 2013 and a two-time member of the All-SEC Defensive Team.

“It’s the start of something big for all of us,” Cauley-Stein said. “It definitely is a tough decision, especially with how young we are and everything, but it’s a decision that everybody and their family, they got to make. We think it’s the time to go.”

Aaron Harrison will forever be remembered for his three straight game-winning 3-pointers during UK’s thrilling 2014 NCAA Tournament run. The sophomore averaged 12.4 points in his two-year career with the Wildcats and sunk 121 career 3-pointers, a mark that ranks 22nd all-time in Kentucky’s record books.

Aaron Harrison started all but one game in his 79 career appearances. He was a Second Team All-SEC selection as a sophomore and a two-time All-SEC Tournament Team selection. For his career, he shot 41 percent from the field and 33.5 percent from behind the arc. He finishes just 21 points shy of joining UK’s 1,000-point club.

“It was just time for me to go to the next level,” Aaron Harrison said. “I think I’m ready for the next level. I haven’t really heard much with draft projections, but I feel like I’m one of the best No. 2 guards. I had an up-and-down season, but I still think I’m one of the best No. 2 guards in the draft. I just have to go out there and prove it.”

Andrew Harrison served as the floor general for two seasons at Kentucky. The 6-foot-6 point guard averaged 10.1 points and churned out 298 career assists in 79 career contests, starting all but one game for the Wildcats during his tenure.

Andrew Harrison’s 298 career dimes ranks 16th all-time in UK’s record books, which are the most for a two-year player in program history. He earned a spot on the 2015 All-SEC Tournament Team and was a member of the Midwest All-Region Team after sinking the game-winning free throws against Notre Dame to send Kentucky to its 17th Final Four in program history.

“It’s really cool, but it’s just now beginning,” Andrew Harrison said. “Like they say, you’ve got to fight for what you want and don’t worry about what anybody says about you and just fight and believe in your talent. Obviously, we are all pretty talented in our own rights and it was fun. This was the best experience of my life playing basketball here at the University of Kentucky, and I’m so thankful for them for having me here these past two years.”

Johnson appeared in 78 career games and started 18 contests during his two-year career in Lexington. The 7-foot center averaged 5.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in his career, logging career bests in points per game, rebounds per game, free-throw percentage, blocks, steals and assists during his sophomore campaign.

In UK’s Final Four game vs. Wisconsin in 2014, Johnson poured in 10 points and hauled in seven rebounds, including five offensive boards. Against Louisville in the Sweet 16 in 2014, Johnson played in a career-high 31 minutes and posted a career-high 15 points while filling in for the injured Cauley-Stein.

“I just feel like it’s my time,” Johnson said. “Growing up as a kid, you always wait for this moment. I just think I’m prepared. These last two years here have been great. When you go up against people every day that’s going to be pros one day, I think it just made me mentally stronger, and stronger as a player and person. After the meeting me and my mom had with Coach Cal yesterday, I just told my mom I’ll call her this morning and tell her my decision. Last night, I just prayed on it. God told me it’s my time.”

Lyles, who Calipari described as the “X-factor” of Kentucky’s magical 2014-15 run, averaged 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in 36 games in 2014-15. An All-SEC Freshman Team selection, Lyles was also named the SEC Freshman of the Week twice during his career.

The Indianapolis native averaged 10.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game throughout UK’s NCAA Tournament run in 2015, which included his second career double-double effort with 11 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Cincinnati.

“It was a really tough decision,” Lyles said. “The bonds that I built with a lot of coaches and teammates here makes it hard to say goodbye, but I know this is the next step for me to reach my goal. It’s been my dream since I was 7 years old, and now that it’s time for me to make that move, it’s crazy for me to think about. I would shoot in the driveway or mimic game-winning shots at the park and it’s just crazy to think about the fact that it’s happening now.”

Towns earned All-America distinction while hauling in SEC Freshman of the Year accolades during his freshman season at UK. The 6-11 Piscataway, N.J., native averaged 10.3 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting 56.6 percent from the floor and 81.3 from the charity stripe.

Towns saved his best basketball for the biggest of games, logging 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds throughout the NCAA Tournament. He was the 2015 Midwest Region Most Valuable Player after scoring a career-high 25 points and hauling in five rebounds on 10-of-13 shooting vs. Notre Dame.

“It’s surreal,” Towns said. “You never think of this moment; you dream of this moment when you’re young, when you’re playing on the court and you just think about these moments, like the one today – like hopefully I could be in the same league as the greats like Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon and Sam Bowie. All these great players, you just want to be a part of the fraternity that they are a part of.”

All seven of Kentucky’s early-entry players are on the majority of NBA mock drafts.

Coach Calipari has placed 31 players in the NBA during his college coaching career (30 of them via the draft), including 19 over his first five seasons at Kentucky. The 19 draft picks over that five-season span is the most of any coach.

Included in the Wildcats’ recent draft success includes two No. 1 overall draft selections (John Wall in 2010 and Anthony Davis in 2012). Toss in Derrick Rose in 2008 at Memphis and Calipari has coached three top draft picks, more than any other coach all-time.

In 2010, five UK players were selected in the first round for the first time in NBA history, and the Wildcats’ six selections in the 2012 NBA Draft are the most in the two-round era.

All told, UK has had 15 first-round draft picks in the Coach Cal era, two No. 1 overall selections, five top-five picks and nine lottery picks.

For the latest on the Kentucky men’s basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on Twitter and on the web at UKathletics.com.

QUOTES AND COMMENTS – Kentucky Men’s Basketball

Opening statement … COach John Calipari

“Let me welcome everybody on this special day for these young people and their

families. We had a meeting to begin our year, and the meeting was based on them. My

comment was ‘I’m on a mission. My goal is to have eight of you have an opportunity to

be drafted if you chose to put your name in the draft.’ That was from the beginning of

the year. They also knew that meant they would have to be the most selfless, sharing,

sacrificing group of young people ever in this game if that were to happen. And they

were. They also knew they’d have to do some historic things. Even at this crazy

university. Historic things and they did. Thirty-eight and zero to start a season. Thirty-

eight wins, the most ever. I can go on and on what they did defensively. Things that are

historic. We didn’t quite get our goal of winning a national title and 40-0. It can’t and it

doesn’t take away from what these people have accomplished. They had a 3.13 grade

point average. They had a 3.0 last year, the guys that were with us. They look after

each other. They’re their brothers’ keeper. The keep them – each of them – walking the

right path. Keeping themselves together. They also know if they chose – I’m hoping they

all stay – if they chose to leave, their scholarship is here waiting on them when they

chose to come back. During this year it’s about team. I think you all saw that. They

shared, they sacrificed. It was about team. Now it’s about each individual up here

making a decision not based on what’s right for this university. Not based on what’s

right for me and our staff. What’s right for them and their families? The way this works: I

meet with each player after the last game, and truly it’s the morning after the last game.

I ask, and this is every year, ‘do you want me to explore your options?’ They all said

‘yes.’ A few said ‘no.’ We gather the information. We talk to about 20 NBA teams.

Maybe more. We let the parents talk directly to the NBA so there’s no confusion. We

have about a five-minute meeting. Maybe I’m not convincing to stay and I’m not pushing

anybody out the door. This is their choice with their family. We’ve done that, and now

it’s time for these young people to let us know what they’re going to do. I think maybe

the easiest way is if you’ve decided to put your name in the draft why don’t you stand

up?”

On if the number of players declaring for the draft surprised him …

“Well I probably shouldn’t say this, but if Alex (Poythress) didn’t get hurt it would have

been eight. So no, it doesn’t.”

On if Poythress has decided if he is declaring for the NBA draft …

“Alex is going to go home and meet with his family. We have done some research for

him. It’s unfortunate. It’s a tough deal because he would be sitting here too. (If) Alex

comes back, he will graduate in three years. He will have his college degree and he has

an opportunity to do the things he wants to do and reach his dreams too.”

On how long it took to make his decision to declare …

“It was a long thought-out process, but it was kind of quick too because we’re not

focused on it during the season, and the season just ended, too. We gathered

information and I feel like I made the best decision for myself.”

On his relationship with Tyler Ulis and how it affected his decision …

“I talked to him [Tyler] a lot about it, but Tyler wanted me to do what’s best for myself

too. Everyone knows we’re going to be best friends for life. Me moving on, that’s not

going to change anything, really. I’d love to play with him more, be on the court with him

again, but hopefully [we will again] one day in the future.”

On what helped him make his final decision …

“I talked to my parents about it, I talked to the coaches about it, and they all felt the

same way so we came to a conclusion [to enter the draft].”

On what he needs to improve on moving forward before the draft …

“I need to get more explosive and defend better. In the Wisconsin game there were a lot

of mismatches where I was getting scored on, but that just comes along with getting

stronger and that’s what I’m going to work on over the summer.”

On his time at UK and how it feels leaving …

“We all wanted a national championship, but I feel like we made a lot of history here, did

a lot of great things. These are memories that I’ll never forget. People always ask what

my hardest decision was, and it’s the decision to leave Kentucky, not to come here.

That was the easy decision, to come here and be a part of this program. (A) Great fan

base. That was an easy decision and leaving all of that will be the hardest.”

On his decision process …

“Probably from the get-go. I was going to leave last year, but I broke my ankle. I didn’t

get a chance to play in the Final Four so that was my whole motive coming back. This

year I got a chance to play in it. I’m healthy, and my whole thing coming back is if I

stayed healthy I was out. There is no reason to come back, if you are healthy and you

can go, you should go.”

On Alex Poythress’ decision …

“It could go both ways. He can think about it like how I thought about it which is, if I

come back I am doing something that has never been done. I am trying to make my

name and I feel like I did that. If I’m coming back it’s for a purpose, and to be better than

what everyone thought I was going to be. If he is going to come back that has got to be

the motive. I came back and took this year like it was my rookie year.”

On starting a new life outside of UK …

“I am excited. It’s a chance to start your life. There’s going to be a lot of speed bumps

along the way. You know those are going to be the things that make you who you are.

It’s going to build your character so I’m excited to take a leap of faith and if I fall the

pick-up is going to make your name so you have to fall sometime. Whatever you do to

pick it up, that’s your name and I hope mines big.”

On his decision to enter the NBA Draft …

“It was just time for me to go to the next level. I think I’m ready for the next level. I

haven’t really heard much with draft projections, but I feel like I’m one of the best No. 2

guards. I had an up- and-down season, but I still think I’m one of the best No. 2 guards

in the draft. I just have to go out there and prove it.”

On the most memorable part of this season …

“The fun that we had this last run. There was electricity around Lexington. We made a

deep run in the tournament and were just at the top of college basketball. It’s one of the

best feelings ever.”

On if there was ever a chance, when it came to him and his brother, of one staying and

one entering the draft …

“No. We made the decision together. We’re pretty much in the same boat with this.”

On if it scares him that he won’t be with his brother next year …

“I wouldn’t say it’s scary. I think we’re excited to break apart and live our own lives. Of

course I’ll miss him a little bit, but I don’t think it will affect us.”

On the toughness of his decision to enter the NBA Draft …

“It was pretty tough. Just being somewhere where you’re loved and treated really well. I

love Lexington, but it was just time to chase my dream.”

On how Kentucky will be in the future …

“They’re in great hands. Tyler (Ulis) is a great point guard and is definitely a great

leader. I think they’ll be a good team next year with the returning guys and the freshmen

coming in. They’ll have a great season.”

On being able to declare for the NBA Draft …

“It’s really cool, but it’s just now beginning. Like they say, you’ve got to fight for what you

want and don’t worry about what anybody says about you and just fight and believe in

your talent. Obviously, we are all pretty talented in our own rights and it was fun. This

was the best experience of my life playing basketball here at the University of Kentucky,

and I’m so thankful for them for having me here these past two years.”

On what he wants to show NBA teams before the draft …

“I want to show them how big I am, how fast I am, how athletic I am.”

On the possibility of separating with Aaron Harrison …

“We are prepared for that. We are not even together all of the time here, so it’s not that

bad. We’ll be alright.”

On the feedback he has received from NBA teams …

“I didn’t really get a lot of feedback, my parents got it – and mostly my dad. They said

that you can’t really worry about mock drafts and things like that. They just said that you

have to show them in the workouts, show them in the combines and in the team

workouts. I think it will be fine. I’m not worried about it.”

On the mock drafts and what he has learned from them …

“People try and act like they don’t pay attention to them, but don’t let all the freshmen

fool you. They pay attention to them. Myself, I’m not worried about it. I feel like I’m the

best player on there, so it doesn’t matter.”

On his decision process …

“I just feel like it’s my time. Growing up as a kid, you always wait for this moment. I just

think I’m prepared. These last two years here have been great. When you go up against

people every day that are going to be pros one day, I think it just made me mentally

stronger, and stronger as a player and person. After the meeting me and my mom had

with Coach Cal yesterday, I just told my mom I’ll call her this morning and tell her my

decision. Last night, I just prayed on it. God told me it’s my time.”

On whether making the decision was scary … “Growing up as a kid, it’s just been my dream. I don’t think I’m really scared. I’m confident in my ability. I’m just ready to compete, and go out there and just try to reach my goals and live my dream.”

On the tipping point in his decision … “Everybody was just saying either way I’ll be fine. Coach Cal said either way I would go is fine. He has a lot of confidence in me. Yesterday, I just did a lot of thinking with my mom and stuff like that, and just prayed on it.”

On evaluating the past season … “It was a lot of ups-and-downs, but I still learned a lot. I was just happy to be around this group of guys, and we had a great season.”

On the meeting with Coach Cal … “If I came back it would be great. But either way, I would be fine. He just wanted me to know that either way, I’m going to have to go and work hard. He thinks I’m a great person, and just making sure that I’m built for this. I think I am.”

On the difference between last year’s decision and this one … “Last year, I felt like my body just wasn’t all the way there. I don’t think I was mentally prepared for that step. I think I got older. I’m more mature now, so I just feel like I’m ready to just go out there and just get better as a player.”

On his assets as a potential NBA player … “Being an all-around good player offensively and defensively.”

On his process deciding to enter the NBA Draft … “It was a really tough decision. The bonds that I built with a lot of coaches and teammates here makes it hard to say goodbye, but I know this is the next step for me to reach my goal. It’s been my dream since I was 7 years old, and now that it’s time for me to make that move, it’s crazy for me to think about. I would shoot in the driveway or mimic game-winning shots at the park and it’s just crazy to think about the fact that it’s happening now.”

On considering coming back for another season … “The bonds I built here had a big effect on me, but I had to make the right decision for myself and this was the right one.”

On the day feeling surreal … “It’s surreal. You never think of this moment. You never think of this moment; you dream of this moment when you’re young, when you’re playing on the court and you just think about these moments, like the one today – like hopefully I could be in the same league as the greats like Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon and Sam Bowie. All these great players, you just want to be a part of the fraternity that they are a part of.”

On being No. 1 in some mock drafts and whether it is important to be drafted No. 1 … “The one thing I worry about is what I can control. Work hard every day, and get my game better every day and be the best player I can be. That’s all it’s about, and that’s all I’m really worried about and I’m just so happy with this moment not just for myself. It’s not even how happy I am for myself but how happy I am for all the other ones that get to chase their dreams also.”

On what he brings to the table as a potential professional… “Just, play my game. Just trying to be a versatile big man who could block shots, rebound, also can shoot the J even though I didn’t shoot much, but I was very effective inside so I’ll take that.” On the type of bond he will have his teammates five years down the road after one season together …

“Lifelong, lifelong. We’ll be having dinners 30 years from now together just joking and just having fun remembering the times we had this year. You know it’s a blessing we have the group of guys like I was able to have, the group of brothers and family I was able to make here. These bonds will never be broken. In other words they’re deep in our blood.”

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Ohio News – OIU agents to parents and students: Be safe and smart this prom season.

(Columbus) – Prom season in Ohio is upon us and agents with the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Ohio Investigative Unit want parents and students to understand Ohio’s alcohol laws. Agents hope parents and students make the decision not to participate in illegal and dangerous behavior, such as providing alcohol to minors and consuming underage.

NoDrinkingDriving“While we know alcohol consumption takes place before prom, most of the illegal activity happens after prom has concluded,” said OIU Enforcement Commander Eric Wolf. “Either way, the excitement that comes along with prom can easily turn into a time of tragedy because of the increased occurrences of underage drinking at after prom parties. We urge parents not to provide a place or allow alcohol consumption to take place on your property.”

To help foster good choices, parents and teens need to understand Ohio’s underage drinking laws.

  • It is illegal to provide a place for your child and his/her friends to drink in a “safe” environment. In fact, parents may not provide alcohol to children who are under 21, who are not their own, even in their own home with the other parents’ permission. Those convicted of providing alcohol to a person under 21 years of age face maximum sentences of six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

 

  • It is illegal to purchase alcohol for anyone under 21. Anyone who purchases, sells or gives alcoholic beverages to underage individuals faces a $1,000 fine and/or up to six months in jail.

 

  • If you are under 21 and are caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .02 percent or higher, a level that can be reached after just one or two drinks, you can be arrested. Punishment is suspension of your driver license for at least 90 days up to a maximum of two years, plus four points added to your driving record. Having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle is also illegal.

Together, we must commit to making a safer Ohio, by stopping senseless tragedies associated with irresponsible and illegal underage alcohol consumption. If you have information about a bar; store or carryout selling beer and/or liquor to persons under the age of 21; or you have information of an underage house party, please notify the Ohio Investigative Unit by calling the #677 on your cell phone and your complaint will be investigated.

Kentucky News – Methamphetamine Lab Arrests / Whitley County

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(LONDON, KY.) – On Tuesday, April 07, 2015 at approximately 5:19 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received an anonymous tip about several subjects manufacturing methamphetamine at a residence on KY HWY 92 East in WhitleyCounty.

Upon arrival troopers observed several individuals running from the residence into a wooded area. After a short foot pursuit all four (4) individuals were apprehended and taken back to the residence. Once back at the residence, officers located an active one step methamphetamine lab along with meth precursors and drug paraphernalia.

Arrested at the scene and lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center were:

Johnny Hill, 29, of Williamsburg, KY and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine1st Degree, Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd Degree.

Shelly Lawson, 33, of Williamsburg, KY and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st Degree. She was also charged with four counts of Failure to Appear on unrelated charges.

Jennifer B. Mattie, 27, of Williamsburg, KY and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st Degree.

Dillon A. Croley, 21, of Williamsburg, KY and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st,  Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree, Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd Degree, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense.

Trooper Duane Foley is continuing the investigation and was assisted at the scene by KSP SGT Tony Dingess, Williamsburg Police Officers Brandon Prewitt and SGT Jim Pool and KSP Drug Enforcement / Special Investigations Detectives.