Jack Ebel, associate athletics director at Transylvania, was fired by the university Thursday when his position was eliminated.
Sallie Showalter, interim director of communications, confirmed the move Friday.
A 1977 Transylvania graduate, Ebel was named Transy’s first swimming and diving head coach in 1978, a position he held for 28 years. He has also coached men’s and women’s tennis and founded the school’s summer All-Sports Program.
He was inducted into the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005 and was the national NAIA Swim Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2000. He coached 74 national All-American swimmers.
Ebel has also served as assistant director of the William T. Young Campus Center and taught physical education. He was named associate athletics director in 2013.
Jack Ebel, associate athletics director at Transylvania, was fired by the university Thursday when his position was eliminated.
Angelo Warner scored a career-high 33 points Saturday to lead visiting Morehead State to an 86-79 victory over Eastern Kentucky.
The Eagles (16-9 overall, 7-3 Ohio Valley Conference) moved into second place in the league.
Warner hit 10 of 15 shots from the floor, including 3 of 6 three-pointers, and was perfect in 10 chances at the free-throw line.
Greg Dotson added 14 points for the Eagles, while Drew Kelly had 10.
Morehead dominated the rebounding 34-20, led by Chad Posthumus with 13.
Eastern (17-8, 7-4) was led by Glenn Cosey with 18 points. Tarius Johnson and Orlando Williams scored 14 each, while Eric Stutz and Corey Walden had 12 apiece. Walden led the Colonels in rebounds with eight.
Morehead sealed the win by sinking 25 of 31 free throws. Eastern finished 22 of 32 at the line.
Dezerea Bryant of Kentucky and Dani Bunch of Purdue were added to the February edition of the Women’s Watch List for The Bowerman – collegiate track & field’s highest individual honor – which was announced Thursday by The Bowerman Watch List Committee.
In addition, UK hurdler Kendra Harrison is on the “also receiving votes” list for the Bowerman
Bryant, a junior sprinter at Kentucky, and Bunch, a senior thrower at Purdue, parlayed collegiate-leading performances in January into inclusion on The Watch List. Both represent the first appearances by their respective programs on either the men’s or women’s Watch List.
Bryant is the collegiate leader at 60 meters in 7.19 with three of the four fastest times in 2014, and is second among collegians at 200 meters in 23.04.
Bunch is just ¾ of an inch shy of the all-time collegiate top-10 performers list in the weight throw with a nation-leading 73-4 (22.35 meters) with the four best throws among collegians, and is ranked third among collegians in the shot put at 56-4¾ (17.19m).
The duo bumped Florida’s Cory McGee and San Diego State’s Shanieka Thomas down to “also receiving votes” status.
The Bowerman women’s watch list, February 2014
Kamaria Brown (jr., Texas A&M) sprints
Dezera Bryant (jr., Kentucky) sprints
Dani Bunch (sr., Purdue) throws
Abby D’Agostino (jr., Dartmouth) distance
Phyllis Francis (sr., Oregon) middle-distance
Anna Jelmini (sr., Arizona State) throws
Shalaya Kipp (sr., Colorado) distance
Laura Roesler (sr., Oregon) middle-distance
Ashley Spencer (jr., Texas) sprints
Lindsay Vollmer (jr., Kansas) combined events
Also receiving votes — Natalia Bartnovskaya (Kansas); Ciarra Brewer (Florida); Emily Grove (South Dakota); Kendra Harrison (Kentucky); Cory McGee (Florida); Sami Spenner (Nebraska); Shanieka Thomas (San Diego State); Jasmine Todd (Oregon).
The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame announced it 2014 inductees Friday at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville.
They are former Manual and Michigan State running back Sherman Lewis, who served on the coaching staffs of the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions; former Louisville defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil, formerly of the Denver Broncos and now with the Baltimore Ravens; former Kentucky and Miami Dolphins star Larry Seiple, who later coached with Detroit, Tampa Bay and Miami; and former Louisville and Miami Dolphins and Green Bay Packers receiver Mark Clayton.
In addition, the Centre College football team will be inducted.
“We take delight in remembering that Centre was, in fact, a national power in collegiate sports between 1917 and throughout the 1920s,” said Dr. John Roush, president of Centre. “Bo McMillan and several of his teammates were among the best football players in the country during that time, and Centre’s 1921 team of C6HO fame stands as an important part of the college’s story as a place where extraordinary things occur on a regular basis.”
Frank Minnifield, out of Henry Clay and the University of Louisville and a former cornerback for the Cleveland Browns, will receive the eighth annual Blanton Collier Award for Integrity, named after the former UK and Browns coach.
The official induction ceremony weekend will take place in Louisville with a ring ceremony on Friday, June 19, followed by a golf-outing fundraiser at Covered Bridge, and the awards banquet at the Brown Hotel on Saturday, June 20.
Proceeds will support the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Norton Kosair Children’s Hospital and its Brave Hearts, a support group of local families united by their children’s fight for life after being born with complex congenital heart defects that require heart surgery.
The Cincinnati Reds annual winter Caravan will visit Lexington on Jan. 25 at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena.
In all, the Caravan will make 17 stops in five states (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and West Virginia), Jan. 23-26. Players and staff will be divided among four tours.
Lexington is part of the South tour. All Caravan fans stops are free to the public. At each stop, the Reds will raffle two tickets to the opening day game against the St. Louis Cardinals (Monday, March 31, 4:10 p.m.).
Scheduled to appear on the South tour are broadcasters Thom Brennaman and Jim Day, General Manager Walt Jocketty, catcher Corky Miller, minor-league outfielder Ryan LaMarre, Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini and mascot Mr. Redlegs. Also, Mat Latos will appear on the first day of the tour, with fellow pitcher Sam LeCure taking his place the final three days.
The South tour will open Thursday, Jan. 23, at Louisville Slugger Field, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Then it’s on to Bowling Green (Greenwood Mall) on Friday, Jan. 24, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; Nashville’s RiverGate Mall (10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) and Lexington’s Alltech Arena (4-7 p.m.) on Saturday, Jan. 25; and Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park for “Select-a-Seat” on Sunday, Jan. 26, noon-2:30 p.m.
The North tour includes broadcaster Jim Kelch, broadcaster and former pitcher Jeff Brantley, outfielder Billy Hamilton, Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning, minor league outfielder Jesse Winker, VP of Baseball Operations Dick Williams and mascot Rosie Red.
North tour stops, all in Ohio, are Columbus, Lima, Dayton, Hamilton and Cincinnati.
The East tour includes broadcaster Jeff Piecoro, broadcaster and former pitcher Chris Welsh, manager Bryan Price, pitcher Logan Ondrusek (Thursday only), pitcher Homer Bailey (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), 2013 Minor League Player of the Year Seth Mejias-Brean, Director of Player Development Jeff Graupe and mascot Mr. Red.
East tour stops will be at Athens, Ohio; Charleston, W.Va.; Parkersburg/Vienna, W.Va.; Ashland and Cincinnati. The Ashland stop, at Fannin Motors, is set for Jan. 25, 4-7 p.m.
The West tour includes broadcaster Marty Brennaman, catcher Brayan Pena, broadcaster and former player Doug Flynn, Assistant GM Bob Miller, minor league catcher Tucker Barnhart and mascot Gapper.
West tour sites are Muncie, Ind., Evansville, Ind., Bloomington, Ind., Indianapolis and Cincinnati.
Reds sales representatives will be at each stop to answer ticketing questions and discuss 2014 ticket plans, while the Reds Hall of Fame, the Reds Community Fund and Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network will attend selected stops.
For more information, see the Reds website: cincinnati.reds.mlb.com
The NCAA Volleyball first- and second-round matches at Kentucky, scheduled Friday and Saturday, have been postponed to Saturday and Sunday due to inclement weather.
Matches are set for 2:30 and 5 p.m. Saturday, and 4 p.m. Sunday.
Saturday’s opening match will pit No. 20 Michigan State (21-11) against Ohio (27-5). The second match will have No. 17 Kentucky (21-8) taking on Duquesne (20-9).
Saturday’s winners will meet Sunday at 4 p.m.
UK also will play host to NCAA regional play next weekend, Dec. 13-14.
Fans who have already purchased tickets for this weekend will be able to use their all-session and single-session tickets for the revised schedule. Tickets purchased for Friday’s originally scheduled first round will be admissible for Saturday and tickets purchased for Saturday’s originally scheduled second round will be admissible for Sunday.
Kentucky, Morehead State and Louisville have each received a bid to the NCAA Soccer Tournament.
The draw for the 64-team NCAA field was announced Monday afternoon.
Kentucky and Louisville earned at-large berths, while Morehead qualified as champion of the Ohio Valley Conference. Games will be played at campus sites Friday or Saturday.
UK (13-6-1) will play host to Ohio State (10-6-3) on Friday night at 7:30. Also, Morehead (10-10-1) will travel to Wake Forest (10-6-2) on Saturday at 7 p.m. U of L (12-5-1) will play host to Missouri Valley Conference champion Illinois State (14-6) Saturday at 1 p.m.
UK’s Wildcats will be making their third straight appearance in the NCAA, a school record.
UK lost in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. With wins over top 60 teams West Virginia, Louisville, Georgia, Dayton and Tennessee, the Wildcats were considered a shoo-in for the at-large NCAA berth they received.
The Cats played host to NCAA first-round matches each of the last two seasons.
Lexington boxer Samantha Kinchen won her second 3-0 bout Wednesday in the Women’s Junior/Youth World Championships at Albena, Bulgaria.
A Henry Clay graduate and now a freshman at the University of Kentucky, Kinchen decisioned Tetiana Ryzhenkova of Ukraine, thus advancing to Friday’s semifinal medal round. The Youth welterweight (152 pounds) won her opening bout Monday by the same score, over Ana-Roxana Patrascu of Romania.
Kinchen’s semifinal opponent will be Gauhar Yermekbay of Kazakhstan.
Kinchen is among six of 10 Team USA fighters to reach the medal round.
Also advancing were reigning Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields of Flint, Mich., at 165 pounds; Junior pinweight Caitlin Orosco of Anaheim, Calif.; Junior featherweight JaJaira Gonzalez of Glendora, Calif.; Junior lightweight Iesha Kenney of Alexandria, Va.; and Youth light flyweight Marisol Lopez of Stratford, Calif.
Junior light bantamweight Ashley Perez and Junior bantamweight Jessica Galvez, both from Sparks, Nev, dropped quarterfinal bouts.
Facing fourth-and-4 in the fourth quarter, Eastern Kentucky’s Jordan Berry dropped into punt formation Saturday at Morehead State.
Rather than kick away, though, the Australian executed a soft rugby-style kick to Trey Thomas, a defensive back who lined up as a wideout. Thomas snagged the kick and ran for a first down.
EKU Coach Dean Hood had researched the play and, yes, it is legal for either team to advance the ball when a punt does not cross the line of scrimmage.
EKU went on to score, increasing its lead to 49-24 en route to a 56-24 win.
Might the Colonels run the same fake again?
“If they don’t cover the wideout,” Hood said with a smile. “That’s the thing. I’ve had a lot of people ask ‘why’d you do that when it was that late in the game?’ I didn’t call that.
“That’s a check for us. If we put two wideouts out there and they only put one guy out there to cover him, our kids check to that. Now, they don’t always check to that because sometimes I’m in control. When I just call a formation and a protection, that’s on them — if they don’t cover the wideout, we check to it.”
Hood said the Colonels have worked on the play for two years, first with Berry throwing the ball. It was Berry’s idea to kick the ball because he was quicker and more accurate that way.
Hood said Berry was timed at 2.4 seconds when throwing the ball, 1.9 when kicking it.
“It had to be the perfect situation,” Hood said. “It had to be they (the players) had control of the call, meaning I just called a protection and a formation, and they check it if they look out and they’ve got it uncovered.”
A touch of the gloves to USA Boxing for providing this information.
Lexington boxer Samantha Kinchen opened competition Monday in the Women’s Junior/Youth World Champ-ionships in Albena, Bulgaria, with a dominating 3-0 victory.
Kinchen, a Henry Clay graduate and now a freshman at the University of Kentucky, won all four rounds from Ana-Roxana Patrascu of Romania, doling out a standing eight-count along the way in a youth welterweight (152-pound) bout.
Kinchen advances to the quarterfinals, where she will take on Ukraine’s Tetiana Ryzhenkova on Wednesday. Kinchen is trained by Lexington’s William “Sarge” Farris.
In addition to Kinchen, Team USA also advanced junior bantamweight (119-pound) Jessica Galvez of Sparks, Nev., and junior featherweight (125-pound) JaJaira Gonzalez of Glendora, Calif., both via walkovers as their Italian opponents failed to make weight.
One American was eliminated as youth flyweight (112-pound) Karina Sarabia of El Monte, Calif., lost 3-0 to England’s Crystal Louise Barker.
The Championships will be live streamed throughout the tournament at boxing.albena.bg and bgboxing.org. Preliminary round bouts will run through Wednesday, with junior competition taking place in the afternoon and the youth women boxing in the evening. The afternoon sessions are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET) and evening action will start at 7 p.m. local time (12 p.m. ET). All of the tournament participants will enjoy a rest day on Thursday, prior to semifinals on Friday and the event finals on Saturday, September 28. The junior division championship bouts will begin at noon local time (5 a.m. ET) and the youth final round contests will take place at 4 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET).
Coaches Farris, Jason Crutchfield (Flint, Mich.), Michael Newson (Las Vegas, Nev.), and Bienvenido “Benny” Roman (Brooklyn, N.Y.), will guide the U.S. boxers in Bulgaria with Dr. Larry Lovelace (Oklahoma City, Okla.) serving as the Team Physician.