EKU announces 2015 football schedule

December 18, 2014

Eastern Kentucky University released its 2015 football schedule on Thursday.

The Colonels, 9-4 in 2014, will play a pair of FBS teams in North Carolina State and Kentucky.

Five of EKU’s 11 games will be played at Roy Kidd Stadium.

For the third year in a row, the Colonels will open the season on a Thursday night, playing host to Valparaiso on Sept. 3.

Next up will be a road trip to North Carolina State on Sept. 12.

EKU will begin Ohio Valley Conference play on Sept. 26 with a home game against Austin Peay. The Colonels have won 14 straight meetins against the Governors at Roy Kidd Stadium.

Eastern will make the short trip up Interstate 75 on Oct. 3 to take on UK.

The full schedule:

Sept. 3 – Valparaiso – Roy Kidd Stadium

Sept. 12 – at NC State – Raleigh, N.C.

Sept. 19 – OPEN

Sept. 26 – Austin Peay* – Roy Kidd Stadium (Family Weekend)

Oct. 3 – at Kentucky – Lexington, Ky.

Oct. 10 – Tennessee Tech* – Roy Kidd Stadium

Oct. 17 – at Southeast Missouri* – Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Oct. 24 – Tennessee State* – Roy Kidd Stadium (Homecoming)

Oct. 31 – at Jacksonville State* – Jacksonville, Ala.

Nov. 7 – UT Martin* – Roy Kidd Stadium

Nov. 14 – at Murray State* – Murray, Ky.

Nov. 21 – at Eastern Illinois* – Charleston, Ill.

Boldface denotes home game ~ Asterisk (*) denotes OVC game


UK soccer men draw Oakland in NCAA

November 17, 2014

The Kentucky men’s soccer team learned Monday that, as expected, it landed an at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament.

The Wildcats (10-5-4) will play host to Horizon League champion Oakland (9-6-3). The match is set for Thursday at 7 p.m.

Thursday’s winner will advance to meet nationally third-seeded Michigan State on Sunday.

UK finished the regular-season as Conference USA regular-season runner-up to Charlotte. The Cats were eliminated by South Carolina in the quarterfinals of the C-USA Tournament.

Louisville, runner-up in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, received the national No. 13 seed and a first-round bye. The Cardinals (10-7-3), making their eighth straight NCAA appearance, await the winner of Tulsa and first-round host St. Louis. U of L will host the winner Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

In all, the NCAA field consists of 24 automatic qualifiers and 24 at-large teams. The College Cup Final Four will be decided Dec. 12 and 14 at Cary, N.C.

The top 16 seeds, all receiving first-round byes, are: 1. Notre Dame; 2. UCLA; 3. Michigan State; 4. Maryland; 5. Indiana; 6. Stanford; 7. Clemson; 8. Georgetown; 9. Syracuse; 10. Charlotte; 11. Providence; 12. Creighton; 13. Louisville; 14. Washington; 15. California; 16. Virginia.


Lee Kiefer wins 1st career World Cup medal

November 11, 2014

Thanks to  Nicole Jomantas of U.S. Fencing for the following information.

London Olympian Lee Kiefer, a graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, reached the podium for the first time at a Senior World Cup with her silver-medal finish in St. Maur, France on Saturday.

Kiefer, a 2011 Senior World medalist, won her first two direct elimination bouts over Polish opponents.

In the table of 64, Kiefer defeated Natalia Golebiowska, 15-9.

Fencing against Magdalena Knop in the table of 32, a top-eight finisher at the 2014 Senior Worlds, Kiefer found herself tied at nine in a fast-paced first period. Kiefer scored six of the next eight touches to close the bout out at 15-11 before the break.

Kiefer won her table of 16 bout against three-time Senior World team medalist Yulia Biryukova of Russia, 15-12, in their first match-up since Kiefer’s first appearance on the World Cup circuit as a 15-year-old in 2009.

Kiefer advanced to her third straight international quarterfinals after earning top eight finishes at the Senior Worlds in July and the Cancun World Cup last month.

In a field stacked with six Senior World or Olympic medalists, Kiefer drew Elisa Di Francisca, the reigning Olympic Champion and one of five Italians in the quarters.

In the biggest upset of the tournament, Kiefer defeated Di Francisca, 15-6, to earn her first World Cup podium finish.

Kiefer’s next bout against 2013 Senior World medalist Inna Deriglazova would be much closer as the Russian held a 13-10 lead after the second break. In the third period, Kiefer picked off a quick touch just two seconds in and went on to tie the bout at 13 and again at 14 before scoring the final touch for a 15-14 win.

Kiefer fenced two-time reigning Senior World Champion Arianna Errigo of Italy in the gold-medal finals. While Kiefer tied Errigo at three early in the bout, the top-ranked fencer in the world never gave up her lead and won her fourth straight individual World Cup gold medal, 15-8.

In the earlier rounds, London Olympian Nicole Ross (New York) advanced to the table of 32.

Ross held off a late comeback by two-time Senior World team medalist Diana Yakovleva (Russia), 15-14, to win her table of 64 bout, but lost to Di Francisca, 13-8, in the 32.

Madison Zeiss (Culver City, Calif.) was up, 8-5, in her table of 64 bout against Mina Kim (South Korea) when Kim called a medal timeout. After the break, a rejuvenated Kim scored five touches to take a 10-8 lead going into the third period. Zeiss regrouped and outscored Kim, 7-2, in the third to win the bout, 15-12.

Zeiss lost her next bout to Hiromi Kusano (Japan) in the table of 32, 15-6.

Margaret Lu (Greenwich, Conn.) and Jackie Dubrovich (Riverdale, N.J.), teammates on the squad that won gold at the 2014 Junior Worlds with Kiefer, each advanced out of the pool rounds and into the top 64.

Lu lost to Malgorzata Wojtkowiak (Poland), 15-14, in the table of 64 and Dubrovich fell to Serena Teo (France), 12-5.

In the team competition on Sunday, Kiefer, Ross, Lu and Zeiss opened with a 45-19 win over Hong Kong to advance to the quarterfinals.

Although Team USA defeated Korea in the quarters at the Cancun World Cup, the Americans missed the medal rounds after a 28-25 loss.

Fencing for a chance at fifth place, Team USA defeated Poland, 45-31, but finished sixth after a 39-32 loss to Germany.


UK soccer women host SIU-E in NCAA

November 10, 2014

The University of Kentucky women’s soccer team was named Monday to host Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in a first-round NCAA Tournament match.

The match will be played Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex.

UK (15-6) is a No. 3 seed. SIUE (13-6-1) will be making its first NCAA appearance, having qualified as champion of the Ohio Valley Conference.

Defending champion UCLA is the overall No. 1 seed. The other No. 1 seeds are Southeastern Conference champion Texas A&M, Florida State and Stanford.

UK, No. 17 in the NCAA RPI, is coming off of an SEC Tournament Championship run which saw the Wildcats advance to the SEC finals for the first time since 2006.

UK’s Arin Gilliland, Stuart Pope and Alex Carter each were named to the SEC all-tournament team.

The top 32 teams determined by the NCAA committee were chosen to host an opening round match. The top eight seeded teams will then host one of eight four-team pods in the second and third rounds.

 


Boys’ 43rd District soccer moves to Dunbar

October 14, 2014

Tuesday’s semifinals of the boys’ 43rd District soccer tournament have been moved from Lexington Christian Academy to Paul Laurence Dunbar due to wet grounds.

LCA Athletic Director Terry Johnson walked the grass field at his school Tuesday morning and studied the forecast. With the amount of rain received Monday night/Tuesday morning and the front that is to come through around mid-day, “I cannot confidently say our field will be playable,” he said. Since the weather appears that it will clear out this afternoon, but not in time to dry out the LCA field, he decided to use his fall-back plan by moving the games to the artificial turf at Dunbar.

Lexington Catholic will meet Tates Creek at 6 p.m., followed by Lafayette versus Dunbar.

Thursday’s finals are scheduled for 7 p.m. at LCA.


Legends off to close season at Greenville

August 29, 2014

South Atlantic League baseball

legends-logo-13sal-logo-greenvilleLexington Legends
at Greenville Drive

What: Four-game series

When: Friday through Monday (7:05 Friday through Sunday nights, 2:05 Monday afternoon)

Where: Fluor Field (Greenville, S.C.)

Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends), Boston Red Sox

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Friday, LH Cody Reed (3-8, 5.65) vs. RH Teddy Stankiewicz (10-8, 3.85); Saturday, RH Pedro Fernandez (1-7, 4.89) vs. LH Trey Ball (4-10, 4.98); Sunday, RH Matt Alvarez (5-7, 5.32) vs. LH Daniel McGrath (5-6, 4.14); Monday, RH Niklas Stephenson (1-0, 0.00) vs. RH Ty Buttrey (0-5, 7.43).

Elier Hernandez

Elier Hernandez

Legend to watch: OF Elier Hernandez (6-foot-3, 197 pounds, age 19, bats and throws right, from San Cristobal, Dominican Republic) is winding up the season on a hot streak. He’s riding an 11-game hitting streak, during which time he is 25 of 45 (.556), with two homers and five RBI. For the season, Hernandez is batting .261 with nine homers, 33 RBI and 53 runs. For 24 games in August, he’s batting .344. Signed for $3 million as a non-drafted free agent July 2, 2011, he spent the last two seasons with Idaho Falls. He hit .208 with 34 RBI in 2012, then improved last year to .301 with 44 RBI and three homers. He led the Pioneer League last year with eight triples, and was rated by Baseball America as the 11th-best prospect in the league.

Teddy Stankiewicz

Teddy Stankiewicz

Drive to watch: Friday night starter Teddy Stankiewicz (6-4, 200, age 20, bats and throws right, from Keller, Texas) leads Greenville in innings pitched (133 1/3), wins (10) and strikeouts (99). At 10-8, 3.85 over 24 starts, he has walked 29. A 2012 second-round draft pick of the New York Mets, he opted not to sign and went to Seminole State (Okla.) Junior College. The Red Sox took him in the second round of the 2013 draft, signing him for a bonus of $915,000. Coming into the season, Baseball America rated him as the 19th-best prospect in the Boston system. Last year, with Lowell of the New York-Penn League, Stankiewicz had no decisions and a 2.29 ERA over nine starts and 20 innings. He struck out 15 and walked two.

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300

 


Legends come home to take on Power

August 25, 2014

South Atlantic League baseball

sal-logo-wvalegends-logo-13West Virginia Power
at Lexington Legends

What: Three-game series

When: Tuesday through Thursday (7:05 each night)

Where: Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Tickets: Call (859) 422-7867

Major League affiliates: Pittsburgh Pirates (Power), Kansas City Royals

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Tuesday, RH Matt Alvarez (5-6, 4.70) vs. LH Cody Dickson (6-9, 4.05); Wednesday, RH Niklas Stephenson (0-0, 0.00) vs. RH Dovydas Neverauskas (6-10, 5.63); Thursday, LH Luis Rico (3-8, 4.27) vs. RH Luis Heredia (2-4, 3.98).

Isaac Sanchez

Isaac Sanchez

Power to watch: P Isaac Sanchez (6-foot, 184 pounds, age 21, bats and throws right, from Bronx, N.Y.) is 3-4, 4.53 and leads West Virginia with six saves in seven opportunities. He has made 39 appearances, all in relief, and worked 53 2/3 innings. Sanchez has struck out 44 and walked 20. Signed as a non-drafted free agent on June 17, 2010, he has played parts of two seasons each with the Dominican Summer League Pirates and Gulf Coast League Pirates. He also has had time with State College and Jamestown of the New York-Penn League. Last year, with Jamestown, he finished 1-1, 3.45 over 14 games, including 13 starts.

Niklas Stephenson

Niklas Stephenson

Legend to watch: P Niklas Stephenson (6-3, 197, age 20, bats and throws right, from San Diego) will make his Legends debut Wednesday, having been promoted from Burlington of the Appalachian League. At Burlington, he was 3-3, 2.14 over 11 games, including six starts. Working 59 innings, he struck out 47 and walked nine. Signed as a non-drafted free agent July 6, 2012, he is a graduate of Sunset High Schooll in Encinitas, Calif. He bypassed an opportunity to play for Hawaii by signing with the Royals. In 2012, he made seven relief appearances for Surprise of the Arizona League, with no decisions and a 5.63 ERA over eight innings. Last year, with Burlington, he finished 0-0, 8.10 over 12 relief outings and 23 1/3 innings.

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300

 


Legends on the road to face GreenJackets

August 22, 2014

South Atlantic League baseball

legends-logo-13sal-logo-augustaLexington Legends
at Augusta GreenJackets

What: Three-game series

When: Friday through Sunday (7 Friday and Saturday nights, 2 Sunday afternoon)

Where: Lake Olmstead Stadium (Augusta, Ga.)

Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends), San Francisco Giants

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Friday, RH Alec Mills (2-1, 1.09) vs. LH Christian Jones (5-8, 3.61); Saturday, LH Matt Tenuta (5-10, 5.80) vs. LH Steven Messner (7-3, 4.18); Sunday, LH Cody Reed (2-8, 6.04) vs. RH Joan Gregorio (2-5, 3.83).

Tim Hill

Tim Hill

Legend to watch: P Tim Hill (6-foot-2, 200 pounds, age 24, bats and throws left, from Muskogee, Okla.) is 2-0, 0.84, with five saves in six opportunities. In his 10 games with the Legends, spanning 10 2/3 innings, he has struck out 14 and walked five while holding opponents to a .114 batting average. He has allowed just one earned run. Hill also appeared in five games this season for Idaho Falls of the Pioneer League, going 1-1, 2.35. A 32nd round draft pick in June, out of Bacone College, he fanned 12 and walked two over 7 2/3 innings with Idaho Falls.

Luis Castillo

Luis Castillo

GreenJacket to watch: P Luis Castillo (6-2, 170, age 21, bats and throws right, from Bani, Dominican Republic) is 2-2, 3.33 with eight saves in 10 opportunities. Over 44 games and 54 innings he has struck out 58 and walked 25. Over his last 10 games, Castillo is 0-1 with a 2.51 ERA, 21 strikeouts and three walks. Signed as a free agent in 2011, he pitched the last two seasons for the Dominican Summer League Giants, combining to go 1-4 with 22 saves in 24 chances. He struck out 81 and walked 25 in the DSL.

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300

 


Legends wrap up homestand vs. Shorebirds

August 18, 2014

South Atlantic League baseball

sal-logo-delmarvalegends-logo-13Delmarva Shorebirds
at Lexington Legends

What: Three-game series

When: Monday through Wednesday (7:05 each night)

Where: Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Tickets: Call (859) 422-7867

Major League affiliates: Baltimore Orioles (Shorebirds), Kansas City Royals

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Monday, LH Luis Rico (3-8, 4.44) vs. RH Dariel Delgado (0-3, 6.46); Tuesday, LH Cody Reed (2-8, 5.87) vs. LH Mitch Horacek (5-10, 3.86); Wednesday, RH Luke Farrell (1-12, 5.17) vs. RH Janser Severino (3-2, 4.66).

Chance Sisco

Chance Sisco

Shorebird to watch: C Chance Sisco (6-foot-2, 193 pounds, age 19, bats left, throws right, from Corona, Calif.) is batting .332 with four homers, 54 RBI and 49 runs over 102 games. He’s batting .352 against right-handers, .247 versus lefties. A 2013 second-round draft pick out of high school, he came into the season rated by Baseball America as the 10th-best prospect in the Orioles system. Signed for $785,000, he broke into pro ball last year with the Gulf Coast League Orioles (.371, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 31 games) and Aberdeen of the New York-Penn League (1-for-5 over two games).

Andrew Brockett

Andrew Brockett

Legend to watch: RHP Andrew Brockett (6-0, 185, age 22, bats and throws right, from New Haven, Conn.) has been effective in limited action. Overall, he has no decisions and an 0.77 ERA over six games and 11 2/3 innings. He has struck out 10 and walked three. A  2013 22nd-round draft pick, he is a graduate of North Haven (Conn.) High School and the University of Richmond. At Richmond, he struck out 64 in 59 1/3 innings in 2012, earning a team-high six saves. A  year later, he went 3-2 with a 3.70 ERA and a team-best three saves. Last summer, he split time between Surprise of the Arizona League (1-1, 4 saves, 0.96) and Idaho Falls of the Pioneer League (1-0, 4.05). He also has appeared in five games this season for Burlington (3-1, 1 save, 2.16).

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300

 

 


Legends open homestand vs. Power

August 14, 2014

South Atlantic League baseball

sal-logo-wvalegends-logo-13West Virginia Power
at Lexington Legends

What: Four-game series

When: Thursday through Sunday (7:05 Thursday through Saturday nights, 2:05 Sunday afternoon)

Where: Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Tickets: Call (859) 422-7867

Major League affiliates: Pittsburgh Pirates (Power), Kansas City Royals

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Thursday, LH Cody Reed (2-8, 6.00) vs. RH Buddy Borden (7-7, 3.16); Friday, RH Luke Farrell (1-11, 5.11) vs. RH Dovydas Neverauskas (5-10, 5.79); Saturday, RH Pedro Fernandez (1-7, 5.04) vs. RH Luis Heredia (2-4, 3.96); Sunday, RH Alec Mills (1-1, 0.96) vs. TBA.

Isaac Sanchez

Isaac Sanchez

Power to watch: RHP Isaac Sanchez (6-foot, 170 pounds, age 21, bats right, from Bronx, N.Y.) leads the team with five saves and has not allowed an earned run over his last four appearances, spanning six innings. Overall, he is 3-3 with a 4.35 ERA over 36 relief appearances and 49 2/3 innings. He has struck out 41 and walked 17. Sanchez broke into pro ball with the Dominican Summer League Pirates in 2010, going 1-0, 1.04 over six relief outings. Last  year, with Jamestown of the New York-Penn League, he was 1-1, 3.45 over 14 games, including 13 starts. He struck out 47 and walked 26.

Kevin Perez

Kevin Perez

Legend to watch: RHP Kevin Perez (6-0, 210, age 21, bats right, from Coral Gables, Fla.) is 1-3 with two saves and 4.89 ERA over 27 relief appearances. Over 53 1/3 innings, he has struck out 58 and walked 29. A 17th round draft pick in 2013, he is a graduate of American Senior High in Hialeah, Fla., where he was coached by former Major Leaguer Ricky Gutierrez. Perez attended Florida Atlantic University before transferring to Miami Dade Community College South. Last year, with the Surprise Royals of the Arizona League, he had no decisions and a 3.52 ERA over 13 relief outings and 15 1/3 innings. He struck out 15 and walked eight.

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300

Promotions: Thursday is Bark in the Park Night. A $2 admission for each dog will benefit the Paris Animal Welfare Society; the first 300 dogs through the gates receive a bandana; there will be a pre-game Doggie Parade and several contests during the game, including best dressed, longest tail and Big L lookalike; and there will be a raffle for a chance to win a year supply of dog food. It’s also Thirsty Thursday, with beer and soft drinks on sale for $1. … Friday, Legends president and COO Andy Shea and catcher Chad Johnson will demonstrate their support for the fight against childhood cancers by having their heads shaved after the game. The Legends also will host Boy Scouts from around the region for an overnight campout. … Saturday is Hearing Loss Awareness Night, with 5,000 disposable earplugs to be given away. There will be a fireworks show to follow the game. … Sunday, a Latin Heritage celebration will feature the Kentucky Salsa All-Stars and Cardinal Valley Folk Dance Group. Radio Vida, 1440-AM, will provide a Spanish play-by-play broadcast of the game.