Local Sports 4-15-2013

H.S. Baseball

Johnson Central - at Magoffin County - 5:30 PM
Shelby Valley - at Sheldon Clark - 6:30 PM
Leslie County - at Allen Central - 5:30 PM
Pikeville - at Perry County Central - 5:30 PM
Prestonsburg -     at Ashland Blazer - 6:30 PM
Lewis County - at Boyd County - 6:00 PM
Lee County - at Breathitt County - 5:30 PM
Belfry - at DeSales - 5:00 PM
Russell     - at East Carter - 5:30 PM
Clintwood, VA - at East Ridge     - 6:00 PM
Greenup County - at Fairview - 5:00 PM
Morgan County - at West Carter - 5:30 PM

H.S. Softball

Johnson Central - at East Ridge - 6:00 PM
Allen Central -     at Paintsville - 5:30 PM
Magoffin County - at Betsy Layne - 6:00 PM
Lawrence County - at Pikeville     - 6:00 PM
South Floyd - at Sheldon Clark - 6:00 PM
Russell     - at Ashland Blazer - 5:30 PM
Letcher County Central - at Belfry - 6:30 PM
Buckhorn - at Breathitt County     - 5:30 PM
Morgan County - at East Carter - 6:00 PM
Boyd County -     at Greenup County - 5:30 PM
Perry County Central -     at Pike County Central     - 6:00 PM

UK Football Holds Spring Game Saturday; Record Attendance

The Mark Stoops era as head coach of the Kentucky football team witnessed perhaps its greatest highlight yet as 50,831 rejuvenated fans attended the 2013 Blue/White Spring Game at Commonwealth Stadium Saturday night. Saturday night's crowd, the largest to attend a spring game in program history, saw the Blue squad squeak out a one-point victory over the White team in the annual scrimmage, 24-23. It was Stoops first time out on the Commonwealth Stadium turf with his new team in front of the fans after 14 spring practices installing offensive and defensive schemes. The evening marked the height of the growing excitement around Kentucky football which was sparked with the hiring of Stoops on Nov. 27 last year. Since that moment, a fan base had its attention turned to a new-look, new-attitude program. With very little decided in the way of starters and roles, all five of Kentucky's quarterbacks received reps during Saturday evening's scrimmage, with the majority of the opportunities going to Maxwell Smith, Patrick Towles and Jalen Whitlow. Coach Stoops and offensive coordinator Neal Brown have yet to determine who their starting quarterback will be going into the fall, and with very little chance to see them up-close and personal, there's no hurry to name one. Whitlow did a little bit of everything in the game, displaying a strong, accurate arm, finding multiple receivers, and showing off his speed which gives him a unique, additional element to his game. He finished the night 17-of-28 with 193 yards and two touchdowns through the air, while scampering for 49 net yards on seven attempts on the ground while toggling back and forth between the Blue and White squads.

Maxwell Smith, who was relatively quiet on the evening entering the fourth quarter, made one of the biggest throws of the game late in the fourth to try and pull the White team even. Smith hit Demarco Robinson on a 47-yard connection down the sideline for the longest play in the game and the potential game-tying score. At 24-23, the White team elected to try and take the lead with a two-point conversion attempt. The passing attempt fell incomplete, leaving the score at 24-23, which would be the final tally. As the night concluded, both teams met at the 50-yard line to meet with Stoops and the staff at the UK logo for the very first time and the last time until the 2013 season gets underway in August 31 in Nashville, Tenn., when the Stoops era officially gets underway. The night capped off an encouraging four-week, 15-practice stretch of schematic installation and improvement.