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Fifty years ago, March 1971, the Kentucky State Thorobreds wrapped up the second of their three consecutive NAIA basketball championships. Arthur Box, graduating early, had finished his senior year of high school in Cleveland in January 1971. He came to Frankfort the following season, when the Thorobreds earned their third straight national title. Box has become an unofficial historian for that great era, and has written a book called “Still Champions After All These Years,” a compilation of biographies, photos and statistics of the championship teams and others from the coaching tenure of Lucias Mitchell, as well as updates on the players' lives after basketball.


WUKY SportsPage Episode 38: J.R. VanHoose

Mar 18, 2021
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This week on the WUKY SportsPage Keith Elkins catches up with basketball great, J.R. VanHoose who in 1996 led the Paintsville Tigers to the state championship. He talks about that and many more experiences in the sport he loves.


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Tre Mann scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half and Florida pulled out a 71-67 victory over Kentucky, winning its third straight game and avenging a blowout loss to the Wildcats. Tyree Appleby’s wide-open 3-pointer with 3 1/2 minutes remaining put the Gators ahead for good at 65-63 in a game that had 14 lead changes and nine ties, the vast majority coming in the second half when neither team led by more than four. Davion Mintz tied a career high with 21 points in leading the Wildcats. Kentucky had beaten Florida 76-58 in January.

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Dan Issel’s basketball career at Kentucky and in the professional ranks has placed him in numerous Halls of Fame, including the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the UK Athletics Hall of Fame, Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame, Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and others.

He scored 2,138 points in three seasons at Kentucky, averaging just under 26 points a game for his career. That’s a record for the men's program that has stood for 50 years. He went on to play professionally with the Kentucky Colonels in the ABA and the Denver Nuggets of the NBA, and was an all-star in both leagues.  At the time of his retirement as a player in 1985, only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Julius Erving had scored more points as a professional player.  He has been an NBA coach and executive, and is currently president of the NBA2Lou initiative, an effort to bring NBA basketball to Louisville.

  

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Paul Rogers has been the voice of University of Louisville football since 1992 and basketball since 1995.  He was with WHAS in Louisville for 46 years, working in both radio and television. Name a famous sports arena, and it’s likely that Paul has called a game there. In addition to his work with U of L, he called the Sweet Sixteen, the Kentucky boys’ high school basketball tournament, many times. He called the Kentucky Derby on radio for 30 years. He is a member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, and a three-time winner of the Kentucky Sportscaster of the Year award. And he got his start in broadcasting at WBKY, now WUKY, when he was a UK student.

  

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This week on the WUKY SportsPage host Keith Elkins goes one on one with the Voice of the Wildcats, Tom Leach. The Paris, Kentucky native has been the radio play by play announcer for UK football for the past 24 seasons and he's now in his 20th season calling UK basketball games. Tom is also well known for his coverage of thoroughbred racing, especially at Keeneland, and the Triple Crown races. He's also a two-time Eclipse Award winner for Excellence in Racing Coverage. The UK alum has also won numerous other statewide and regional awards. 


WUKY SportsPage Episode 34: Heshimu Evans

Jan 8, 2021
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Basketball has given Heshimu Evans an opportunity to see the world, both before and after he played for Kentucky’s 1998 national championship team. A native of the Bronx, he played in several countries with the New York Gauchos AAU team before beginning his college career. After transferring to UK from Manhattan, he played in all 39 games for the Wildcats in 1997-98, averaging nine points and five rebounds per game.  He is remembered for his high-energy style of play that provided a spark whenever he entered a game for the “Comeback Cats.” The next year, as a starter, he averaged almost 12 points per game, just behind leading scorer Scott Padgett. Heshimu went on to a 15-year professional basketball career in Portugal, France, Japan, Angola and Spain before returning to Kentucky.

 

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This week on the WUKY SportsPage it's part one of Keith's conversation with UK Sports Network colleague Mike Pratt. Mike is a member of the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame. He was a basketball All-American in 1970, and a two-time All-SEC first team selection. He was part of a great run of success at Kentucky, including three  SEC championships and two Elite Eight appearances.  Mike played professionally for the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association.   He later was an assistant coach under Lee Rose at North Carolina-Charlotte,  and was in that position when UNCC made a Final Four run in 1977.  He served as the head coach at UNCC for four years.  He’s coached and scouted in the NBA, and had a long career in television and radio broadcasting. He has been the color analyst on radio for UK basketball since 2002.


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Passion Richardson is an Olympic medalist, a four-time All-American at the University of Kentucky, and a member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame.  She was also the silver medalist in the 60-meter dash at the 1997 USA Indoor Championships, and won medals at the World University games and Pan American games that same year. She set several records at UK, and was SEC bronze medalist at 100 meters in 1997.  She later served as an assistant coach for UK track and field and is currently an academic counselor for UK Athletics. In this interview, she talks about how she got started in track and field, her experiences in international competition, the fight to keep the medal she won in the 2000 Olympics, and more, including an adventure that could be described as her own personal version of the Monaco Grand Prix. 


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Marty Appel is an author, baseball historian, former television executive and former public relations director for the New York Yankees, where his boss was “the Boss” – Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.  Marty has worked closely with some of the greatest names in Yankees history, including Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio and Whitey Ford.  Even when they’re not in the World Series, the Yankees always have a presence through the many team and individual records they still hold.  Marty Appel probably knows more than anyone alive about the history of the Yankees and their long list of great stars.


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