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I'm going to try firing up the blog again for 2016, especially the nature/landscape side of things. It is in desperate need of a redesign so I will be working on that while shooting for KSTV.

Unfortunately slideshows on older posts have been disabled by flickr. You can find all of my work in my gallery.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Camp One KY

The inaugural Camp One Pro Player Basketball Camp was held in Lexington this week. The three-day skills camp saw former Kentucky stars and current NBA players DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Patrick Patterson and Darius Miller return to Lexington to teach campers, answer questions and sign autographs for the kids. For the players, it was a chance to give back and inspire young fans to work hard and dream big. For the campers, it was an experience of a lifetime spending time with their idols. The camp also featured former UK Hoops star Keyla Snowden and former Wildcat Perry Stevenson giving instruction.
Camp One KY

For information on upcoming Camp One events, visit Camp One

Special thanks to Terrence Commodore, Brandon Hutchison and everyone at @CampOneKY and to Andrew Rogers and Steve Newell for your kindness.  

Camp One 2014 
Camp One Lexington-2014

Thursday, April 11, 2013

UK vs. Austin Peay

Freshman RHP Kyle Cody worked 5.1 innings and eight of UK's nine starters got hits in Kentucky's 6-3 win over Austin Peay on a gorgeous night at The Cliff. Freshman Zack Storm recorded his first career hit. 

Kentucky vs. Austin Peay

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Walk-off Walk Lifts Cats to 3-2 Win over Georgia

A walk-off walk  with bases loaded in the 10th inning by Max Kuhn led Kentucky to a 3-2 win over Georgia in game one of the series Friday at Cliff Hagan Stadium. A.J. Reed pitched 8.1 innings, giving up six hits and only one run.

Kentucky vs. Georgia

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Cousino Walk-Off Gives Cats Series Win over No. 14 MSU

Austin Cousino hit a walk-off single with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to give the Cats a 4-3 win and claim the series over Mississippi State on Saturday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Kentucky vs. MSU-Game 3

Grundy Dominates in Opener vs. MSU

After losing the series opener against No. 14 MSU on Friday, the Cats got 8 innings of dominating pitching out of Jerad Grundy to take game two 3-2. Grundy struck out ten batters and allowed just two runs in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.
Kentucky vs. MSU- Game 2

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Open Practice

Well this is awkward... You won't see the Louisville Cardinals on the blog very often, but I stopped in at Rupp to check out open practice on Wednesday. Sorry to report the Cards looked relaxed and seemed to be enjoying themselves. The segment of CardNation that bothered to make the "long drive" from Louisville was polite and well-behaved.

When I covered John Calipari's fantasy camp last summer, I was disappointed Jamal Mashburn was not included. It was a dream come true to see him in Rupp! It was interesting watching Mash and Pitino on the floor and looking up to see their banners in the rafters. No matter what I think of Pitino as a person now, I have great respect for all he did for Kentucky in the past.

Louisville Cardinals Open Practice

Friday, March 15, 2013

UK Hoops Senior Day

A'dia Mathies and Brittany Henderson were honored before UK's 78-65 victory over Tennessee on Senior Day. In the post-game press conference, Coach Mitchell thanked the pair for choosing Kentucky when "we were just selling a dream." What an impact they have had on our program. Congratulations and best wishes ladies!

UK Hoops vs. Vols
Senior Day 2015 

UK Hoops Senior Day 2015

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Trevor Gott Becomes UK's All-Time Save Leader

Trevor Gott recorded save number 16 to become Kentucky's all-time save leader in a game v. Ohio University on Tuesday. Kentucky used nice performances from freshmen pitchers Ryne Combs, Tyler Cox and Zach Strecker and a two-run homer from senior Zac Zellers to to secure a 6-3 victory over the Bobcats.

Kentucky vs. Ohio Univ.

Back at the Cliff!!

Game 2 vs. Michigan St. didn't have much action due to Spartans starter David Garner's dominating day on the mound.  The Cats fell 6-1 to snap a 9 game win streak, but it is always great being back at the Cliff. UK third baseman Paul McConkey had two hits, including his first career homer.

Kentucky vs. Michigan St.

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Road To Rupp: Articles & Galleries

As I previously mentioned, I began covering Kentucky high school hoops in January for The Road To Rupp. I primarily work the 11th Region, which is one of the most competitive regions in the state. I have enjoyed it much more than I could have imagined.

Back in college, I worked for the Berea College News Service. I was responsible for press releases to hometown newspapers of Berea students and athletes. This led to being asked to send short basketball game summaries to be published a local newspaper. Seeing my words in print was exciting and I always felt comfortable in the athletic environment. It was definitely something I found interesting and rewarding. I regret I never pursued it further after leaving Berea, but life happens. Once I began shooting sports the interest was renewed, but years had passed. It has been fun having an opportunity to step out from behind the camera a little and write again. I love being able to interact with players, coaches and fans outside of photography.

Tournament time has been amazing so far. We are hoping to cover the Sweet Sixteen, which will be a thrill. I haven't had time to share photos here, but I've compiled an index of some of my Road To Rupp game articles and galleries.

Kentucky vs. Miss St./'96 Champs

I shot the Mississippi State game for Nation of Blue. This was one of the roughest games I have worked. We had more photographers than usual so I was seated behind the videographers for most of the game. Makes getting open shots difficult! I have definitely been spoiled by all of the 11th region high school games I have been shooting.

UK presented the 1996 Champions with commemorative rings during a special halftime ceremony. The team received gold rings from the NCAA in the past, but never received personalized rings like subsequent championship teams. One of the most special things Cal has done is to open UK's doors to former players and make them feel welcome anytime. He has created a fraternity and family feel which outwardly shows UK's commitment to players beyond their time at Kentucky. These former players have virtually become Kentucky ambassadors. Nurturing this relationship has been great for fans, the program, current players and especially the former players.

1996 Champs

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bang On 'Em, Flex On 'Em

I haven't had the opportunity to shoot many UK games this season, but at least it frees me up to catch more local high school action. I was asked to cover the Dunkin Donuts Shootout at Lexington Catholic High School for a friend over at The Road To Rupp. The event featured UK commit Derek Willis as well as Bellarmine signee Rusty Troutman. Last night I visited the Tates Creek vs. Dunbar game. One thing I have noticed is how much these kids bang on people. I saw 7 dunks, granted 4 were by Derek Willis who is listed at 6'9". I won't say how long ago I graduated, but I'm pretty sure the New Richmond Lions weren't throwing it down like that. Times have definitely changed!

Game galleries:

Friday, January 4, 2013

Top 12 of 2012

Month by month, some of my favorite UK moments of 2012
January: 2012 came in with a bang, or more like a thundering swat. Anthony Davis broke Kentucky's single season block record with block #84. Davis scored a career-high 27 points and blocked seven shots vs. Arkansas.

This was one of my favorite quotes of the year from Arkansas guard Mardracus Wade:

"I remember one time he just told his guys, `Just bring him in here, I'm going to block everything."'

February: UK Hoops claimed its first outright SEC title since the 1981-82 season and headed to Memorial for an impromptu celebration to cut down the nets. 

 SEC Champs

March: Junior catcher Luke Maile cracked a two-run walk-off homer in the 9th to seal the Cats' victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks in the opener. The Cats went on to sweep the two time defending champs. The victory in game two brought UK's record to 20-0, breaking a school record set by both the 2007 and 2008 teams.

April: There really aren't words to adequately describe the euphoria in the Big Blue Nation as we celebrated our 8th National Title. I will never forget the atmosphere in Rupp for the championship celebration and the deafening roar of the crowd. I watched through tear-filled eyes as the banner was unfurled from Rupp's rafters.

May: On Derby Day, Kentucky Baseball's Trevor Gott collected his ninth save to set a new school single-season record vs. the visiting Florida Gators.

June & July: I took a break from UK athletics for the summer, so here's a bonus spring baseball double-shot.  

After falling to LSU in game 1, the BatCats rebounded to win the series 2-1. The series victory helped the Cats recapture their #1 ranking from LSU. A school record 9496 fans turned out to support the Cats over the course of the weekend. 

Hands down the best atmosphere I have seen at the Cliff, with tailgating and even a Party Deck podcast by KSR College.

August:  Kentucky Volleyball defeated Long Beach in 4 sets to win the team's third match of the weekend and capture the Kentucky Classic title.

September: The John Calipari Fantasy Experience = the most surreal and amazing 3 days of my life. I could do a top 12 of shots from Cal Camp alone and another from the Alumni Game. It is impossible to single out one image. Here is one of the most endearing. Anthony Davis and UK legend Wah Wah Jones displaying their Olympic Gold Medals. 

October: One of my favorite moments from Big blue Madness... members of the seven teams that won national championships at UK before 2012 joined Coach Cal in re-raising the eight title banners.

November: UKVB took down the Ohio State Buckeyes in Round 2 of the NCAA Tournament in Memorial to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. The win was bittersweet as it marked the final appearance in Memorial by the Seniors, including three-time Libero of the Year Stephanie Klefot.

December: I can't think of a better way to end this than with the hope and promise of a new season in the new year! The Mark Stoops Era begins...

Happy New Year BBN. Go Cats!