Indiana News – No Impaired Drivers Found during Sobriety Checkpoint

check pointSaturday, May 30th, 2015 – Posey County – Between 11:00 last night and 1:00 this morning, Indiana State Police conducted a sobriety checkpoint on SR 62 at Plaza Drive in Mt. Vernon.  During the two hour period, troopers checked 66 drivers and issued three traffic tickets and two warnings.  No impaired drivers were found.

The Indiana State Police are committed to traffic safety and will continue to conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints to apprehend impaired drivers and to deter others from drinking and driving.

Pro Sports – Big day for Longhi as Greenville blanks Legends 15-0

lexington-legends-logo(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.)  Nick Longhi went four-for-four and drove in four runs, and Jake Drehoff, Brandon Show and Michael Gunn teamed up for a seven-hit shutout as the Greenville Drive blanked the Lexington Legends 15-0 Sunday afternoon in front of 5,067 fans at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

Greenville scored four runs in the third inning, two coming on a homer by Rafael Devers.

The Drive added five runs in the fifth inning.  Cisco Tellez drew a leadoff walk and scored on a triple by Mike Meyers.   Meyers came home on a base hit by Mauricio Dubon.  The next two batters were retired, but former Northern Kentucky University star Jordan Procyshen kept the inning going with a single, and Longhi followed with a three-run homer to give the Drive a 9-0 lead.

Longhi hit a run-scoring single in the seventh to make the score 10-0, and Dubon’s three –run homer in the eighth gave Greenville a 13-0 margin.

After Longhi led off the ninth with a single, Javier Guerra homered to right field to complete the scoring.

Show (1-0), who entered the game at the start of the fourth inning in relief of Drehoff, got the win in his first appearance since being added to the Greenville roster.  He pitched four innings and allowed two hits and no runs.  Michael Gunn worked the eighth and ninth for Greenville.

Legends starter Nik Stephenson (1-4) was the losing pitcher.

Greenville won three out of four games in the series.

The Legends will go on the road for three games in Rome and four in Augusta.   Game time Monday night in Rome is 7 p.m.

Pro Sports – First-rounder Zimmer joins Legends; Lexington has three of Royals' top 10 prospects

Zimmer, 1st round choice in 2012, joins Legends; Lexington staff has three of Royals’ mlb.com top 10 prospects

lexington-legends-logo                Right-hander Kyle Zimmer, the fifth overall choice in the June 2012 draft, has been added to the Lexington Legends roster by the Legends’ parent club, the Kansas City Royals.

Left-hander Tripp Davis was transferred from Lexington to the Idaho Falls (Pioneer League) roster.

Zimmer is expected to pitch in relief for the Legends tonight.

Zimmer joins left-hander Foster Griffin, a first round pick (28th overall) by the Royals in 2014, and Scott Blewett, a second round pick in 2014 (56th overall), on the Legends pitching staff.  All three are ranked among the top 10 prospects in the Kansas City organization bymlb.com —  Zimmer 3rd, Griffin 7th, Blewett 8th.

Legends’ catcher Chase Vallot (pronounced  vuh-LOW) is ranked 10th in the KC organization by mlb.com.

Griffin and Vallot joined the Legends May 9, and Blewett was added May 28.

Ohio News – OIU files 525 administrative charges against 22 liquor permits in three Ohio counties

Ohio Investigative UnitOhio Investigative Unit, United States Secret Service, Florida and Georgia officials conducted 34 search warrants on illegal gambling operations

(Columbus) – Earlier today, law enforcement personnel with the Ohio Investigative Unit, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the United States Secret Service conducted a total of 34 search warrants, with 30 taking place throughout Ohio, three in Florida and one in Georgia. One administrative liquor inspection was also conducted at permit premise in Springfield, as well.

During those search warrants, agents filed a total of 525 administrative charges against 22 Ohio liquor permits. Agents seized a total of 148 electronic video gambling devices. The administrative charges were knowingly permitting public gambling; keeper of the place; operating an electronic gambling machine.

Springfield liquor permits Wayside Tavern, 2288 South Yellow Springs Street; Wagon Wheel, 10005 South Burnett Avenue; Social Club, 210 West Main Street; Sidetrax Tavern, 112 West Main Street; Ole’ Brick Tavern, 3475 Mechanicsburg Road; Nite Owl Tavern, 601 West Main Street; Nifty 50’s Bar, 365 Ludlow Avenue; Main Street Pub, 2014 East Main Street; Hop Bar, 213 Lytle Avenue; County Line Drive Thru, 6978 Urbana Road; Chap’s, 2352 South Yellow Springs Street; Bogie’s Bar and Grill, 3950 Springfield-Xenia Road; Boone Saloon, 3490 Dayton Avenue; John’s Drive Thru, 826 West Main Street;  and T&A Grocery, 1572 Kenton Street. The Ooh-Ooh Drive Thru, 6775 Dayton-Springfield Road in Enon was also administratively cited.

Stingers, 21702 St. Clair in Euclid; Ned’s Beverage, 5810 W. 220th in Fairview Park; York Deli, 7426 York Road, and Audrey’s Deli, 6347 State Road, both in Parma; Grand River Foods, 333 Singer Avenue in Grand River; and Liberty Tavern, 566 Liberty Street in Painesville were cited as well.

Criminal charges will be filed at later date, as law enforcement agencies continue their investigation.

“Electronic video gambling machines are illegal in Ohio,” said OIU Enforcement Commander Eric Wolf. “These companies set the odds and often times the Ohio citizens lose.”

The case is part of an on-going investigation that began in 2013, when OIU, the Secret Service and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office began looking into those responsible for manufacturing, importing, distributing and operating illegal video slot machines.

“This case could not have been as successful if it were not for the partnerships we formed with the Florida and Georgia officials, as well as the Secret Service and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office,” Wolf added. “These partnerships are pivotal when it comes to ensuring a safer Ohio for our residents and guests.”

After all pending criminal proceedings are completed; agents will present the administrative charges to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission. If the commission finds the liquor permit premises violated Ohio’s administrative rules, they have the authority to issue penalties, such as fines, suspensions or revocations.

Other agencies involved in the investigation include, from Ohio, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Euclid, Parma and Springfield (Clark County) police departments, as well as, from Florida, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

Pro Sports – Fur Circus, replica jersey among Legends homestand highlights

lexington-legends-logo(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.)  Entertainment by the Fur Circus and a free replica Legends jersey for children age 12 and under are among the highlights for a four-game Lexington Legends homestand that opens Thursday night.  The homestand also includes two Ford Fireworks shows.

“It’s another short but fun-packed home stand,” said Legends President/CEO Andy Shea.  “The Fur Circus has been a real favorite with our fans.  We’re glad to have them again at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.  And the kids will love the replica jerseys.”

The Legends, class A affiliate of the American League champion Kansas City Royals, will play the Greenville Drive, the class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox and the South Atlantic League Southern Division leader.

Greenville has on its roster one of the top Red Sox prospects, Yoan Moncada, a native of Cuba who signed with Boston for $31.5 million earlier this year.   Moncada suffered a hamstring injury in a game Saturday and has not played since then, but had not been placed on the disabled list as of Wednesday morning.

The schedule for the homestand:

Thursday, May 28:  Legends vs. Greenville, 7:05 p.m.   It’s a Kentucky Ale Thirsty Thursday, and beer and Pepsi products will sell for one dollar each through the seventh inning.

                Friday, May 29:  Legends vs. Greenville, 7:05 p.m.   The Fur Circus, (www.furcircus.com), a group of circus-themed characters who have performed at ballparks and other venues throughout the country, will entertain at Friday night’s game.  The group will also make an appearance Friday morning at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Center, along with the Legends’ Big L, from 9-10:30 a.m.  A Ford Fireworks show will follow the game Friday.

Saturday, May 30:  Legends vs. Greenville, 7:05 p.m.  The first 1,000 fans age 12 and under will receive a replica jersey.  The jerseys will have the Legends mustache logo on the front and the number 15 on the front and back, recognizing the 15th season of Legends baseball.  Another Ford Fireworks show will follow the game.

Sunday, May 31:  Legends vs. Greenville, 2:05 p.m.  For the first time, the Legends are encouraging fans to “Pedal to the Park.”   There will be free valet parking for bicycles.  It’s also a Jif Kids Club Sunday, and Kids Club members receive free admission to the game.  All kids may run the bases after the game.  Membership in the Kids Club is free.

For more information, call 859-422-7867 or visit www.lexingtonlegends.com.

Ohio News – Patrol reports 14 deaths over Memorial weekend

Ohio MediaCOLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 14 deaths on Ohio roadways over the 2015 Memorial Day weekend. This is compared to 13 deaths in 2014. Three of this year’s fatalities are known to be OVI-related, and four did not wear their safety belts at the time of the crash.

Patrol made 544 OVI arrests and cited 5,513 motorists for safety belt violations. The four-day reporting period began Friday, May 22 and ran through Monday, May 25.

“Troopers are highly visible during weekends when we expect increased traffic to deter motorists from making poor decisions,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “We thank everyone who slowed down, buckled up and designated sober drivers this weekend. We ask that you do the same every time you get behind the wheel to keep Ohio’s roadways safe.”

In addition, the Patrol made 16,957 non-enforcement contacts, of which 4,212 were to assist motorists.

For a complete breakdown and map of Patrol activity please visit http://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/MemorialDay_2015.pdf

Kentucky Sports – Wildcats Sign Highly-Touted Mulder for 2015 Class

Junior college All-American joins fall signees Isaiah Briscoe, Skal Labissiere and Charles Matthews

New Wildcat Mychal Mulder (Photo - Vincennes University}
New Wildcat Mychal Mulder (Photo – Vincennes University}

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky men’s basketball team has added standout junior-college transfer Mychal Mulder to its already highly-rated 2015 signing class. Mulder signed a national letter of intent earlier this month and will join fall signees Isaiah Briscoe, Skal Labissiere and Charles Matthews for the 2015-16 season.

Mulder is a 6-foot-4, 185-pound shooting guard from Windsor, Ontario. He averaged 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while connecting on 46.3 percent of his field goals from 3-point range as a sophomore at Vincennes University. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

“I’m so excited to be coaching Mychal,” head coach John Calipari said. “He’s been in a great program the last two years and been pushed hard by a terrific coach. His teams have won and he’s shared, yet he was still rewarded as a First Team All-American. He fits our program.”

A knockdown 3-pointer shooter with terrific athleticism, Mulder is rated as the No. 18 junior college prospect and the No. 5 junior college shooting guard by 247Sports. Mulder earned junior college All-America honors this past season while leading Vincennes University to a 33-2 during his sophomore season. During his freshman campaign, he averaged 8.6 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 38.3 percent from long range. He was originally a member of the 2013 class and was considered a top-10 prospect out of Canada at the time.

“A lot of great people recruited me and I had a lot of things to really weigh, but I just thought, at the end of the day, playing at Kentucky is probably my best chance of continuing my career after college,” Mulder said when he announced his commitment in late April. “I hope to play professionally one day, and I felt like that would probably be my best opportunity.”

Mulder is the first junior college addition to a Calipari team since Eloy Vargas joined the roster prior to the 2010-11 season. He joins Trey Lyles as recent Canadian-born players to join the Kentucky program.

“I think I’ll fit in well,” Mulder said of joining UK. “I’m going to bring a winning attitude that I learned (at Vincennes University) and try to carry over there. I know (Kentucky is) all about winning and that’s something I try to be all about too, so I’m going to try to carry that over and try to make an impact the best I can.”

Kentucky’s 2015 recruiting class is currently regarded as a top-three recruiting class by most major outlets. It marks the seventh consecutive recruiting class under Calipari to earn a top-three ranking.

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Kentucky Sports – Wildcats Unveil Formidable Non-Conference 2015-16 Schedule

Wildcats will play 10 teams that advanced to the postseason in 2014-15, including national champion Duke

Coach John Calipari
Coach John Calipari

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Seventh-year head coach John Calipari demands the gold standard in every aspect of the Kentucky men’s basketball program. The Wildcats’ 2015-16 schedule will once again meet that demand as Calipari announced a 13-game non-conference schedule on Thursday that features 10 games against teams who advanced to the postseason a season ago.

That list includes national champion Duke in the third game of the season at the Champions Classic in the United Center in Chicago on Nov. 17. In all, the Wildcats will take on six NCAA Tournament squads, two NIT participants and two teams that advanced to at least the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The average final RPI of the teams comes in at 105, with five teams in the all-important top 50 of the RPI.

“Putting a schedule together, especially one like this, is fun,” Calipari said. “Having to play those games is a different story. To understate it, this will obviously be a challenging schedule for a young team like ours, which lost more than 85 percent of its scoring and nearly 80 percent of its rebounding. We’re excited for the challenge.”

In addition to Duke, the Wildcats will also take on powerhouses such as UCLA, Ohio State, Kansas and the annual rivalry game with Louisville. Along the way, UK will make marquee stops in the aforementioned United Center, Brooklyn at the Barclays Center, and Miami in the Heat’s American Airlines Arena. Furthermore, the schedule features road trips to storied buildings such as Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse and the first-ever meeting against the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion.

The schedule includes eight home games highlighted by dates with Louisville and Arizona State. The Sun Devils and newly hired head coach Bobby Hurley, who directed his former team Buffalo to one of the more exciting games against the Cats in 2014, will come to town on Dec. 12. The matchup with the Sun Devils begins a three-week stretch against power five conference opponents, followed by Ohio State in Brooklyn on Dec. 19 and the annual matchup with Louisville on Dec. 26 in Rupp Arena in a series in which the Cats have taken six of the last seven meetings.

The season kicks off with home games on back-to-back days for the first time since Dec. 6-7, 2008. UK will open the year against America East champion Albany on Nov. 13 before hosting NJIT the following day. The Highlanders are a CollegeInsider.com semifinalist and a team that upset Michigan in Ann Arbor a season ago.

The Wildcats will venture to Chicago for the Duke contest before returning home to host Wright State (Nov. 20) and Boston (Nov. 24) for the second consecutive season. A matchup with Illinois State concludes the month of November, while UK will have three home games in the month of December beginning with the second consecutive meeting against EKU on Dec. 9.

UK’s 2015 Southeastern Conference schedule will feature nine home games and nine away games, which will be announced at a later date. It’s the fourth straight year the SEC will feature an 18-game schedule.

Big Blue Madness, the Blue-White Scrimmage, exhibition contests, and complete game times and TV information will be released at a later date.

A complete team-by-team breakdown of UK’s non-conference foes is below:

ALBANY (Rupp Arena, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015)

Kentucky and Albany will meet for the first time in program history on Nov. 13, 2015 in Rupp Arena in the season-opening game. Albany is coming off its third consecutive American East Championship and NCAA Tournament berth. The Great Danes were a No. 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament after earning an automatic bid on a game-winning shot in the league’s championship game. This game will be a part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Classic.

 

The Great Danes were 24-9 overall in 2014-15 under the direction of Will Brown. Brown has guided Albany to five NCAA Tournament berths in his 14 years as head coach. The No. 14 seed was the highest in the five tournament berths under Brown. The 2015 American East Coach of the Year owns the most league championships of any American East coach and is 5-0 in conference tournament championship games. The Great Danes will return two of their top three scorers from last season in Peter Hooley (13.7) and Evan Singletary (13.0).

 

NJIT (Rupp Arena, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015)

NJIT will mark the second first-time opponent for the Wildcats to open the season when the Highlanders visit Rupp Arena on Nov. 14. NJIT is coming off a 21-12 overall record in 2014-15, which included an upset at No. 17 Michigan. The Highlanders participated in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament and advanced to the semifinals before falling to Northern Arizona, 68-61. This game will also be a part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Classic.

 

The Highlanders are coached by Jim Engles, who has been with the program since 2008-09 and helped the school to the Great West Conference championship in 2013. Damon Lynn and Tim Coleman highlight the returning players. Lynn was the team’s leading scorer at 17.5 points per game, while Coleman was one of four Highlanders to average double-figure scoring in 2014-15.

 

DUKE (United Center, Chicago, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015)

Kentucky will take on the reigning national champions in Duke at the Champions Classic in the United Center in Chicago on Nov. 17. It will mark the 21st meeting between the two bluebloods and the first since a neutral-site meeting during the 2012-13 season in Atlanta. The Wildcats own an 11-9 overall record in the series, but the Blue Devils have won each of the previous three meetings.

 

Duke is coached by Mike Krzyzewski, who has garnered more than 1,000 career wins and four national titles. The Blue Devils will be paced by returning players Grayson Allen, Amile Jefferson and Matt Jones, who all played more than 20 minutes in the national title game.

WRIGHT STATE (Rupp Arena, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015)

The Wildcats will take on Wright State in Rupp Arena on Nov. 20. It will mark the fourth game in the series and the first since 1999. Kentucky is 3-0 all-time in the series with two of the three previous meetings taking place in Lexington.

 

The Raiders are coming off an 11-20 overall season under the direction of sixth-year head coach Billy Donlon.Donlon was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2013 after the Raiders were picked to finish last, took the third seed in the league tournament and finished the season at 23-13, tying the school record for Division I wins and advancing to the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational. Wright State returns its leading scorer in senior forward J.T. Yoho, who averaged 15.6 points and 6.4 rebounds as a junior.

 

BOSTON (Rupp Arena, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015)

Kentucky will entertain Boston for the second-consecutive season and the third time under Calipari on Nov. 24. UK is 4-0 all-time against the Terriers, which includes an 89-65 victory a season ago. Junior Dominque Hawkins had a career-high seven points in the win, including a highlight-reel alley-oop dunk in the second half. This will be the third game as part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Classic.

 

The Terriers are led by fifth-year head coach Joe Jones. Jones has guided Boston to a pair of postseason appearances and a regular-season Patriot League championship in 2014. The Terriers will return leading-scorer Cedric Hankerson (15.9) as well as John Papale, who shared team most valuable player honors with Hankerson. Papale averaged 9.2 points and dished out a team-high 102 assists a season ago.

 

SOUTH FLORIDA (American Airlines Arena, Miami, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015)

Kentucky will travel to Miami to participate in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at the American Airlines Arena on Nov. 27. UK’s opponent will be South Florida under the direction of former assistant coach Orlando Antigua. It will mark the first meeting between the two schools, as well as the first meeting between Antigua and his mentor in Calipari. Antigua spent six seasons as an assistant under Calipari including the first five years at Kentucky and one more at Memphis.

 

Antigua led the Bulls to a 9-23 record in his debut season in South Beach. The Bulls have nine returning players off of that roster, including Chris Perry who was second in scoring a season ago at 10.8 points per game.

 

ILLINOIS STATE (Rupp Arena, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015)

UK will meet its third first-time opponent of the season in Illinois State on Nov. 30 in Rupp Arena. The Redbirdsearned a 22-13 record in 2014-15, advancing to the second round of the NIT after falling short in the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The Redbirds upset No. 8 Wichita State during their MVC Tournament run, and ISU has beaten at least one top-25 team in each of its last four seasons.

 

The Redbirds are led by fourth-year head coach and former Illinois State star Dan Muller. In his first three seasons as head coach, Muller has upset three top-25 ranked teams and is the only coach in program history to achieve that feat. Senior guard DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell highlights the returners for Illinois State after ranking second on the team with 12.8 points per game in 2014-15.

 

UCLA (Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015)
Kentucky and UCLA signed a two-year home-and-home series in December of 2014 set to begin on Dec. 3, 2015in Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA. It will mark the Wildcats first visit to UCLA’s storied facility. UCLA will return the trip on Dec. 3, 2016 in what will be the first matchup of the two bluebloods in Rupp Arena history.

The Wildcats own an all-time record of 7-4 against the Bruins, which includes an 83-44 win in 2014-15 at the United Center in Chicago. UK’s Tyler Ulis scored seven points and dished out six assists in that meeting. UCLA went 22-14 overall a season ago and advanced to the Sweet 16 in each of the two seasons under the direction of head coach Steve Alford. The Bruins will be led by junior guard Bryce Alford who averaged 15.4 points per game as a sophomore.

EASTERN KENTUCKY (Rupp Arena, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015)

UK will take on EKU for the second consecutive season in Rupp Arena on Dec. 9. The Wildcats are 11-0 all-time against the Colonels with all but one meeting coming in Lexington. UK claimed an 82-49 victory a season ago. Kentucky’s Marcus Lee scored a season-high 10 points in the victory to help lead the way for the Cats.

 

Eastern Kentucky went 21-12 this past season and made its third straight appearance in a postseason tournament. Eastern finished first in the Ohio Valley Conference East Division and the Colonels have finished in the top three in the conference each of the last three seasons. First-year Eastern Kentucky head coach Dan McHale is a Kentucky graduate, and the former men’s basketball manager will face his alma matter for the first time this season. The Colonels have 10 returning players from its 2014-15 roster.

 

ARIZONA STATE (Rupp Arena, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015)

Kentucky is set to host Arizona State under the direction of first-year head coach Bobby Hurley on Dec. 12 in Rupp Arena. The Wildcats own an all-time record of 3-0 against the Sun Devils with the last meeting coming in 2003 in Maui, Hawaii. The teams have met just once before in Lexington in a 94-68 win during the 1991-92 season.

 

Hurley takes over the Sun Devils program after leading Buffalo to its first-ever Mid-American Conference title and NCAA Tournament berth. His 42 wins at Buffalo were the most ever for a head coach through their first two seasons, including a record-tying 23 wins in 2014-15. Hurley’s Bulls lost to the Wildcats in Rupp Arena, 71-52, in 2014-15. Arizona State earned an 18-16 overall record a season ago.

 

OHIO STATE (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y., Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015)

Ohio State and Kentucky will meet in the second annual CBS Sports Classic in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Dec. 19. UK owns an 11-8 all-time mark against the Buckeyes with the last meeting coming in 2011 during the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats knocked off the No. 1 seeded-Buckeyes in that meeting to advance to its second consecutive Elite Eight and eventually its first Final Four under Calipari.

 

The Buckeyes were 24-11 overall in 2014-15 before falling to No. 1 seed Arizona in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State lost its top two returning scorers from a season ago, but head coach Thad Matta is a proven winner who has led the Buckeyes to nine NCAA Tournament berths and an NIT championship as he enters his 12th year as head coach of the program.

 

LOUISVILLE (Rupp Arena, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015)

The Wildcats will host instate rival Louisville on Dec. 26 in Rupp Arena. UK is 33-15 all-time against the Cardinals and has won seven of the last eight meetings in the series, including two wins in the NCAA Tournament. Kentucky and Louisville met for the first time as top-five ranked teams and unbeatens in 2014-15 and UK prevailed in the Yum! Center by a 58-50 score. Ulis enjoyed the best game of his young career with a career-high 14 points and two assists.

 

Louisville went 27-9 a season ago and advanced to the Elite Eight before falling to Michigan State. Rick Pitino’s top four leading scorers will not be among roster members in 2015-16 but reinforcements are on the way with a highly touted recruiting class. Pitino will enter his 16th year with the Cardinals’ program and has led them to 12 NCAA Tournaments, including the 2013 NCAA title.

 

KANSAS (Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016)
The two winningest schools in NCAA Division I history will meet during the 2015-16 season when Kentucky plays Kansas as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Jan. 30. The Wildcats will visit Lawrence, Kan., for their first trip to Allen Fieldhouse since 2006 and just their second since the 1989-1990 season. Kentucky is 22-6 all-time against the Jayhawks, which includes last season’s 72-40 win at the Champions Classic in Indianapolis. Returning Wildcats Hawkins, Alex Poythress, Ulis and Derek Willis combined for 17 points, 13 rebounds, six blocks and three steals in that victory.

The Jayhawks were 27-9 overall in 2014-15 and advanced to their 26th consecutive NCAA Tournament after winning their 12th consecutive Big 12 title under 13th-year head coach Bill Self. Leading scorer Perry Ellis (13.8) will pace the returning players in 2015-16.

Purdue Sports – Swanigan Joins 2015 Boilermaker Recruiting Class

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue men’s basketball head coach Matt Painter has announced that Caleb Swanigan (“Biggie”) has signed his Big Ten tender and joins the Purdue recruiting class of 2015. The Fort Wayne native joins fellow in-state commits Ryan Cline (Carmel) and Grant Weatherford (Tipton) for the upcoming season.

2014 USA Basketball  Cale Swanigan - (Photo courtesy of Purdue Sports)
2014 USA Basketball Cale Swanigan – (Photo courtesy of Purdue Sports)

Painter also received a commitment from graduate transfer Johnny Hill (Texas-Arlington) and expects Jacquil Taylor to receive a medical redshirt, making him a redshirt freshman in 2015-16.

Swanigan had a sensational high school career at Homestead High School and will strengthen already one of the nation’s best frontcourts. The 6-9, 260-pound power forward becomes Purdue’s first McDonald’s All-American recruit since Mike Robinson in 1996 and the first Indiana Mr. Basketball to play for Purdue since Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson won the award in 1991.

Swanigan is the 11th Indiana Mr. Basketball to play at Purdue, joining Joe Sexson (1952), Wilson Eison (1955), Dennis Brady (1964), Billy Keller (1965), Rick Mount (1966), Kyle Macy (1975), Dan Palombizio (1981), Troy Lewis (1984), Woody Austin (1988) and Robinson.

 

It also gives Purdue the top two finishers in this year’s Mr. Basketball race, as Cline finished second in the voting behind Swanigan.

 

“We are very excited about signing Biggie. He gives us a guy that we feel can dominate at this level in a couple of areas,” Painter said. “He is an outstanding rebounder, a great decision-maker and an overall winner. We are going to need him to score in many different fashions for this team. His ability to play alongside either A.J. (Hammons) or Isaac (Haas) gives us a look that very few have in the country.”

 

Swanigan’s commitment elevates Purdue’s recruiting class to 23rd nationally according to ESPN.com and 28th in the country by Rivals.com.

 

Purdue will open the 2015-16 season on Friday, Nov. 13, in Mackey Arena against North Carolina A&T as part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic. The Boilermakers return eight of their top nine players from last year’s team that reached the NCAA Tournament.

 

ABOUT SWANIGAN

  • Perhaps Purdue’s most-decorated recruit in school history, Swanigan was ranked No. 9 in the ESPN Top 100 for the Class of 2015. Was also ranked the third nationally at his position and was named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball.
  • Ranked the 13th-best player by Scout.com and the 19th-best player in America by Rivals.com.
  • Teams with senior A.J. Hammons and sophomore Isaac Haas to form one of the most-intimidating frontcourts in America.
  • Became Purdue’s first Indiana Mr. Basketball to play for the Boilermakers since Glenn Robinson won the award in 1991.
  • Became Purdue’s first McDonald’s All-American since Mike Robinson in 1996.
  • Widely regarded the top rebounder in all of high school basketball during this last season.
  • Selected by Bleacher Report to have one of the most-productive seasons by a freshman in college basketball in 2015-16.
  • Averaged 22.6 PPG and 13.7 RPG at Homestead High School, leading the Fort Wayne school to its first state title in school history in 2015.
  • Was named Gatorade Player of the Year after setting school records in career points (1,649), career rebounds (1,048), single-season points (704) and single-season rebounds (424).
  • Ranked second in school history in career blocks (106) and assists (204).
  • Helped Team USA to the 2014 FIBA Under-17 World Championship, by averaging 8.0 PPG and 5.7 RPG. Swanigan shot 16-23 (.696) from the field and 24-31 (.774) from the free throw line. Also contributed 11 steals, six assists and four blocked shots.
  • Suited up for Team USA in the 2015 Junior National Select Team during the 18th Annual Nike Hoop Summit.
  • Will team with Vince Edwards for tryouts for the 2015 U-19 United States National Team. Roughly 30 players from around the country will participate.
  • Named to the All-USA Today Indiana Player of the Year.
  • Scored 40 points with 19 rebounds in the Semi-State win over South Bend Riley to lead Homestead to the State finals.
  • Will compete in the Indiana All-Star series this summer.
  • Turned down scholarship offers from Kentucky, Duke, Arizona, Michigan State and California among others.
  • Born April 18, 1997.
  • Guardian is Roosevelt Barnes, who played football and basketball at Purdue in the late 70s and early 80s. Was a member of Purdue’s Final Four team in 1980.
  • Re-classified from 2016 to 2015 and was able to graduate high school in three years.

Illinois News – Illinois Teacher Steps on Flag

Parents of students who witnessed teacher stomping on an American Flag during class. (Photo via Fox News)
Parents of students who witnessed teacher stomping on an American Flag during class. (Photo via Fox News)

Recently, an Illinois teacher upset several students and a community when he stepped on the American Flag. According to the website OverpassesForAmerica, via Fox News, An Illinois town is in an uproar after a teacher allegedly stomped on a flag in front of his students. Two parents of children at Martinsville High School were on “Fox and Friends” this morning to discuss the ordeal. Gina Gibson said that the unnamed teacher was using the American flag as a pointer in the classroom, even though students objected to the flag being used in that manner. She said the students cautioned the teacher not to let Old Glory touch the floor, and that’s when he stomped on the flag, telling his students that it was his right to do so.

Martinsville High Schoo. (Photo from School Website)
Martinsville High Schoo. (Photo from School Website)

Gibson said that some students – her son included – were sent to the office to be given detention for refusing to lift their heads off of their desks following the teacher’s actions. “It’s just a horrible thing to happen in small town USA,” Gibson said. “We live in a small community to avoid these type of issues.” Parent Daniel Truelove said that he supports the school’s administration, but he is protesting that someone stepped on the flag “on [his] dime.” 
The teacher has been suspended through the end of the year, but Gibson said that she believes he should lose his job.

You can go to their website for contact information. Martinsville High School. Please contact them and express your displeasure with the teacher that disrespected our Nations Flag. (Please note, there is a Press release from the school expressing their position of the incident dated May 15)