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Georgetown’s NAIA championship run ends on Mid-America Christian overtime buzzer-beater

By Steve Wilson Special to KyForward KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Malcolm Mann nearly lost the basketball on his way to the cup as time ran out in the title game of the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship Tuesday, but the junior gathered himself to hit the game-winner with under a second left to lift No. 4-seed Mid-America Christian (Okla.) to its first NAIA national...

Georgetown men back in NAIA Championship game, but tourney runs end for Campbellsville, Pikeville

Georgetown College took a shot, trailing for most of the first half Monday in the 2016 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship semifinals. The No. 1 Tigers (32-3) went on a 14-4 second-half blitz behind great defensive pressure and although MidAmerica Nazarene University (28-9) did not go away, it could never fully recover in a 90-83 setback. This marks the sixth time overall...

Mid-South Conference expanding to 20 teams, creating largest college football league

The Mid-South Conference and The Sun Conference are merging to form the largest football conference in college sports. Conference officials announced Thursday that beginning with the 2017 season, the Mid-South Conference will include 20 teams which will compete in three divisions. The new, expanded football conference will allow three teams to earn an automatic bid to the NAIA Football Championship...

Sports Notes: UK still has a few milestones to reach during its quest for ninth national title

John Calipari gave his team a day off Monday before beginning preparations for Thursday’s NCAA Tournament opener in Louisville (UK Athletics Photo / Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)   Kentucky’s preseason check list of goals is just about complete:   Southeastern Conference championship? Check. SEC Tournament title? Check. Longest winning streak in school and conference...

High-scoring Georgetown guard Cottrill wins MSC Player of Week honors for the third time

Georgetown’s Noah Cottrill is the first player to win Mid-South Conference Player of the Week honors three times (Georgetown Athletics Photo)   Georgetown junior Noah Cottrill is the Mid-South Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced. Cottrill becomes the first player this season to earn the weekly award three times.   He also picked up the honor...

Kimbro turns up the heat for Georgetown as Tigers knock off No. 1 ranked Campbellsville

Tony Kimbro had a career night, missing only one shot, and Georgetown College knocked off top-ranked Campbellsville University in the NAIA Game of the Week.   The No. 17 Tigers (16-3) improved to 5-2 in the Mid-South Conference, while handing Campbellsville (19-2, 6-1) its second loss all season behind Kimbro’s career-high of 26 points, most made threes (6), most threes attempted (6) and most...

Former Georgetown athletics director Oldham among the officials for the Rose Bowl game

Former Georgetown College administrator and SEC official Ben Oldham will serve as the replay official for this year’s Rose Bowl Game (Georgetown College Photo)   Ben Oldham, a former Georgetown College director of athletics, professor, dean of education and associate vice president for academic affairs, has been selected to serve as replay official for the Rose Bowl, the inaugural NCAA Championship...

Gift of $150,000 from Hensley family leads to improvements for Georgetown softball facility

Major improvements will be made in the Georgetown College softball complex thanks to a recent $150,000 donation (Georgetown College Image)   The softball facility at the Georgetown College Lemmons Mill athletics complex is getting a major upgrade as the result of a $150,000 gift from the estate of the late Anna Mary Hensley and her family.   The family includes daughter Nell Jo Vick, granddaughter...

Acrobatics and tumbling to be added to Georgetown athletics programs next fall

Georgetown College athletics is adding acrobatics and tumbling to its varsity program beginning in the fall of 2015, athletics director Brian Evans said.   Acrobatics and tumbling is an emerging and growing sport nationally, attracting impressive numbers of female athletes, school officials said in a news release.   “This is an exciting time in athletics as we announce our second new...

Lindsey Wilson moves up two spots to No. 8 in football poll, Georgetown ranked fifth

A pair of the NAIA top 10 teams will meet this week when No. 5 Georgetown travels to No. 8 Lindsey Wilson (Georgetown College Athletics Photo)   Lindsey Wilson moved up two spots to No. 8 in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 football poll, the national office announced.   The Blue Raiders received 245 total voting points from the panel of national raters.   Lindsey Wilson (8-2, 5-0 Mid-South...

MSC preseason basketball coaches' polls favor defending champs Pikeville, Campbellsville

Mid-South Conference coaches have selected Pikeville as the favorite to win the men’s basketball regular season title in 2014-15, according to the MSC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, while defending champion Campbellsville is the choice on the women’s side.   The Bears — the defending men’s regular season and tournament champions — received 58 points and three first-place...

Lindsey Wilson moves up three spots in latest NAIA football poll; Georgetown rated No. 6

Lindsey Wilson is one of five Mid-South Conference teams included in the latest NAIA Top 25 football poll (Lindsey Wilson Athletics Photo)   Lindsey Wilson moved up three spots to No. 14 in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 football poll, the national office announced.   The Blue Raiders received 156 total voting points from the panel of national raters. For the full poll, click here.   The...

Blue Raiders move up to No. 17 in NAIA Coaches Poll; Haney named Player of Week

Two days after defeating No. 25 Kentucky Christian on the road, Lindsey Wilson moved up to No. 17 in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced.   The Blue Raiders received 128 total voting points from the panel of national raters, moving ujp three spots from last week after a decisive 31-7 win over then-No. 25 Kentucky Christian.   Joining the Blue Raiders in...

Georgetown rises to No. 3 in latest NAIA Football poll, Lindsey Wilson cracks Top 20

The Lindsey Wilson football team moved up two spots to No. 20 in the latest edition of the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced.   Joining Lindsey Wilson in the top 25 from the Mid-South Conference are No. 3 Georgetown, which moved up three spaces after defeating then-No. 4 Faulkner, 27-10, No. 9 Faulkner (Ala.), No. 12 Cumberland (Tenn.) and No. 25 Kentucky Christian.   The...

Sports Notes: For Wildcat fans dreaming about bowl games, it all begins with Vandy

The early season performance of coach Mark Stoops’ Wildcats has some fans revising their preseason predictions (UK Athletics Photo)   Coming off its bye week, Kentucky is exactly where most preseason prognosticators thought it would be: 2-1. What wasn’t anticipated in August was that the loss would be a highly competitive, three-overtime disappointment at Florida that most Wildcat...

Blue Raiders put 21-match Mid-South streak on the line as No. 12 Georgetown pays a visit

No. 22 Lindsey Wilson hosts No. 12 Georgetown with a 21-match Mid-South Conference winning streak on the line (Lindsey Wilson Athletics Photo)   The No. 22-ranked Lindsey Wilson volleyball team hosts its home-opener this evening when No. 12 Georgetown visits Biggers Sports Center for a 6 p.m. match.   After 15 matches away from their home court to begin the season, the Blue Raiders (13-2,...

UK exhibition game with Georgetown pushed back to Nov. 9, will be on The SEC Network

The Kentucky-Georgetown College men’s basketball exhibition game, initially slated for Nov. 7, will now be played Sunday, Nov. 9 in Rupp Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised live on The SEC Network.   In addition to the new date for the UK-Georgetown contest, Kentucky’s Nov. 2 exhibition opener against the University of Pikeville has been scheduled for 7 p.m. That...

NCAA upholds previous decision, denies Georgetown's move to join Division II

Following a teleconference on Tuesday, the NCAA upheld its earlier decision to deny Georgetown College membership into its Division II.   With Georgetown still working to correct its financial situation, the NCAA remained unwilling to accept Georgetown as a new member, the school said on its website.   Georgetown President M. Dwaine Greene acknowledged that he received the news with disappointment,...

Georgetown College suffers setback in effort to move from NAIA to NCAA Division II

By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor   Georgetown College’s move from the NAIA to the NCAA’s Division II has apparently hit a snag, although it’s still too early to tell whether it will derail the plan entirely.   The college has been told that the NCAA Membership Council will recommend denial to the NCAA Management Council.   According to a statement from the...

Lindsey Wilson outpoints Cumberlands, Campbellsville for Mid-South President's Cup

Mid-South Commissioner Eric Ward (left) presents athletics director Willis Pooler with the President’s Cup (Photo from Lindsey Wilson Athletics)   Lindsey Wilson College athletics director Willis Pooler was presented with the Mid-South Conference President’s Cup trophy on Wednesday at the conference’s annual summer meeting on the Campbellsville University campus.   The Blue Raiders...