Each Wednesday here at Cat Scratches, we're going to take a look back at the latest week's news in UK Athletics from around the web.
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Baseball - Two Bat Cats In Running For Prestigious Golden Spikes Award (Lex18.com)
University of Kentucky sophomore Trevor Gott and junior Luke Maile were named to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Watch List Tuesday.Making the 60-man watch list puts the Wildcat duo in contention for the most prestigious award in college baseball. USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award since 1978.
Football - Seahawks draft Guy; Broncos take Trevathan (Lexington Herald-Leader, Jennifer Smith)
He had started to drift off during the sixth round of the draft. He was nearing a dream-like state when his dream finally came true and his phone rang with a team official on the other end."Want to be a Seahawk?" the man on the phone asked."Yes, sir," was all Guy could reply.
Football - Five UK players sign NFL free-agent contracts (The Courier-Journal, Kyle Tucker)
The NFL draft is hardly the last chance college football players have to make their professional dreams come true. In the 24 hours that follow every draft, a frenzy of rookie free-agent signings happen - and several Kentucky players were part of that mad dash to snatch up less-heralded talent this year.Along with the Wildcats' two draft picks - safety Winston Guy to the Seattle Seahawks with the 181st pick and linebacker Danny Trevathan to the Denver Broncos with the 188th pick, both in the sixth round - five former UK players have signed rookie free-agent contracts.
Men's Tennis - Kentucky tennis standout Eric Quigley named SEC Player of the Year (The Courier-Journal)
University of Kentucky's Eric Quigley, who has set the school record for most wins in a season (47 and counting), has been named the Southeastern Conference Tennis Player of the Year by league coaches.Quigley is the second player in UK history to earn the title, joining former UK All-American Jesse Witten (2005).
Men's Tennis - UK men's tennis an at-large pick, will host first, second rounds of NCAA Tournament (Lexington Herald-Leader)
The sixth-ranked University of Kentucky men's tennis team, which won the Southeastern Conference regular-season title with an undefeated record in league play, has received an at-large selection into the NCAA Tennis Tournament, the NCAA announced Tuesday.
Men's Basketball - Kentucky basketball team invited to White House on Friday (The Courier-Journal, Kyle Tucker)
The University of Kentucky basketball team is headed to the White House, by invitation of President Obama, and the Wildcats had better hurry up and pack. Word of the invitation came Tuesday -- with the visit scheduled for Friday.UK's players and coach John Calipari will be honored by the president at 4:50 p.m. Friday for winning this year's NCAA championship, the program's eighth.
Men's basketball - UK Wildcat Eloy Vargas to hold youth basketball camps in Eastern Kentucky (WKYT.com)
University of Kentucky senior and National Champion Eloy Vargas will conduct five area youth basketball camps during the month of May.Vargas, who helped the University of Kentucky men's basketball program capture its eighth national championship earlier in the month, will hold five camps in as many days May 14-18. The Nation of Blue Championship Camp featuring Eloy Vargas will tip off on Monday, May 14 at Belfry High School. Each camp will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Women's basketball - UK's Mitchell, Winburn principal among teachers honored (Lexington Herald-Leader, Valarie Honeycutt Spears)
UK women's basketball coach Matthew Mitchell said he was the program's spokesman this year because he sees himself as a teacher first and a coach second. But Mitchell didn't know that he would be among those honored as a teacher who made a difference.Mitchell was presiding over the recognition ceremony at the UK Student Center when one of his players, senior guard Keyla Snowden, walked in to surprise him, representing the team.
Former Wildcats making Headlines
PRACTICE NOTEBOOK: ERIC BLEDSOE SHINES, CARON BUTLER UPDATE (Clippers.com, Eric Patten)
It was somewhat easy to forget amidst the controlled chaos that was the Clippers' 28-3 run to close Game 1 in FedEx Forum. But Bledsoe's hustle play along with several other moments from the second-year guard playing his first career playoff game, were essential to the 99-98 victory.Or as Paul said about Bledsoe and the rest of his teammates efforts prior to Monday's practice at the arena, "Each one of those plays had to be made in order for us to have a chance to win."
Former UK standout Roger Harden to coach Williamstown High (Lexington Herald-Leader, Mike Fields)
Harden met with the Williamstown players on Monday and "was very impressed with their enthusiasm."The Demons, who play in the 8th Region, haven't had a winning season since 2004-05, so Harden realizes the challenges ahead."It's going to be a building process, for sure," he said. "They've never had a strength or conditioning program, so we're going to introduce the players to that."
Iowa Cubs: Pitcher Rusin does it all in 2-1 win (IndyStar.com, Randy Peterson)
Chris Rusin walked from the Iowa Cubs' bullpen to the pitcher's mound Sunday, knowing the best thing he could do for his team was to work deep into the game.But going deep as a batter?"That one surprised me a little, too," the lefty said after a 2-1 Pacific Coast League victory against Cardinals affiliate Memphis at Principal Park
Johnson Tweet: Surgery a Success (WGRZ.com, Ben Hayes)
Bills receiver Stevie Johnson says the the groin surgery he underwent Tuesday in Philadelphia was a success.Johnson tweeted the above picture he says after surgery, and the tweet read as follows:"Thank Yall! Successful Op. Still Pretty as Ever maybe a bit more from after the Surgery... Ha What? RecoveryMode now."
News from UKAthletics.com
Women's golf - Women's Golf Selected to 2012 NCAA Championship Field
Softball - Chanda Bell Named SEC Pitcher of the Week
Swimming and Diving - 24 Swimmers and Divers Named to SEC Honor Roll
Track and Field - Tyson Finishes Second in 100m Dash Championship
Track and Field - Orta Runs Second-Fastest Steeplechase in UK History