Trip Rogers joins Morehead soccer staff

March 2, 2015

A tip of the cap to Matt Segal, athletic media relations director at Morehead State, for the following.

Trip Rogers, who spent the past five seasons as head coach at NAIA member Midway College, has been hired as the top women’s soccer assistant at Morehead State.  He will work with several aspects of the program under the direction of head coach Warren Lipka.

Rogers led Midway from 2010-14.  He was as an assistant coach at Georgetown College in 2008 and 2009.

A native of Lexington, Rogers graduated from Bryan Station High School in 1991 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Kentucky in 2003.  He returned to his alma mater, Bryan Station, as an assistant girls’ coach from 2003-05 and was promoted to head coach for the 2006 and 2007 seasons.

Rogers has worked with the Bluegrass Soccer Club since 2007 and serves as its director of coaching for girls ages 14 and under.  He was also a coach for the Kentucky Olympic Development program from 2007-12.

Rogers and his wife, Jill, have one son, Chance, who is a freshman baseball player at Hanover College.

Morehead State has been to the NCAA Tournament three times in the past seven seasons.  The Eagles finished the 2014 campaign 11-6-5 overall and 5-3-2 in Ohio Valley Conference play.  MSU lost 12 players to graduation, but recently signed 12 to National Letters of Intent.

UK softball, baseball ready to swing away

February 2, 2015

The University of Kentucky held its annual Media Day for softball and baseball Monday morning in Commonwealth Stadium’s Wildcat Den and, as one might expect, there are high hopes.

Softball will be first to open its season, Thursday at Florida A&M. The Wildcats will stay in Tallahassee, Fla., through Sunday, with two games each against Florida State and Georgia Southern.

“We’re excited that the season’s opening this Thursday, especially because we just got this cold front,” said Rachel Lawson, who is starting her eighth season as coach of the Cats. “So we’re excited to get on a plane. … We’re expecting another good year for the Wildcats.

“Each year that this staff has been in Lexington, the team that we have has surpassed other goals that we had not hit on the previous years, so we’re excited for another good season. We have a really strong team coming back. We are coming back completely up the middle — we have our catcher back; we have our starting pitcher back, along with another couple of returning pitchers who are sophomores; we have our shortstop; our second baseman acquired a lot of time last year; and our center fielder.”

UK is coming off its first appearance in the College World Series.

UK baseball will open Friday, Feb. 13, by facing Ball State at Wilmington, N.C. The Cats will stay in Wilmington through Sunday, taking on Richmond and UNC-Wilmington.

UK must replace the national player of the year in A.J. Reed.

Candidates to take over the Friday starting pitching role include junior-college transfer Dustin Beggs, sophomores Zack Brown and Robert Zeigler, and junior Kyle Cody. Spencer Jack leads what Coach Gary Henderson thinks will be a deep bullpen.

“We’ve got a chance to match up left and right a little bit better than we have in the past, so those things are all exciting,” Henderson said. “We’ve got a bunch of strike-throwers that I think are going to give us a chance to have a very good pitching staff as it goes. There’ll be some growing pains until I figure out exactly what their strengths are and until they get comfortable. But I feel that’s a part of our club this year that I feel really good about.”

For more in-depth looks at the teams, see the Herald-Leader on Tuesday (softball) and later this week (baseball).


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