The All-American Challenge

Aug. 20, 2009

Introduction Video Icon | Challenge I: HORSE Video Icon | Challenge II: Pool Video Icon | Challenge III: Croquet Video Icon | Challenge IV: Cornhole Video Icon | Challenge V: Ping Pong Video Icon | The Blooper Reel Video Icon

If you know anything about  All-Americans Molly Johnson and Sarah Rumely, you know they're two of the best at what they do.

But what happens when you pit two All-Americans against each other at sports they're not so familiar with? That's what did this summer in a five-sport video series called "The All-American Challenge."

The All-Americans were pitted against each other this summer in five backyard sports: Cornhole, Ping-Pong, pool, HORSE and croquet. The weekly videos, the first of which will debut Thursday, feature different elements to get to know the star athletes.

HORSE features a guest spot by former UK basketball player Scott Padgett, pool features a play-by-play from the volleyball and UK Hoops' PA announcer Donnie Hart, cornhole features "confessionals" from the athletes, croquet features pop-up bubbles and Ping-Pong has special guest appearances by softball's Meagan Aull and volleyball's Ann Armes.

The best-of-five series will air once a week and culminate with a blooper reel.

Johnson, arguably the best player to ever go through UK's program, ranks first in UK annals in batting average (.395) and slugging percentage (.648), and she ranks in the top five in several other categories, including RBI, doubles, home runs, total bases, stolen bases and assists. The senior-to-be was UK's first All-America selection after leading UK to the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance. Additionally, she was named to the United States Japan Cup team this summer.

Rumely's résumé is as equally impressive. In leading the Cats to a school-best fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, Rumely became the school's seventh All-American and the program's first Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. Among the senior-to-be's numerous accomplishments, she's charted over 4,000 assists  in her career, just the third player in school history to attain that figure.

Credit to Matthew Rasor from sports video and Deb Moore of UK media relations for putting the videos together.