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WKU volleyball picked to win Conference USA East Division; Matthews tabbed preseason POTY

After a 2019 season in which the Western Kentucky University volleyball program continued to climb to new heights, the Conference USA coaches have picked the Hilltoppers to win the league’s East Division this season. Lauren Matthews was selected as the Conference USA Preseason Player of the Year and was joined on the preseason team by teammates Paige Briggs and Nadia Dieudonne. Lauren Matthews Those...

Registration open for eighth annual IdeaFestival Bowling Green, hosted by Center for Gifted Studies

Registration has opened for the eighth annual IdeaFestival Bowling Green, to be held online from 9 a.m. to noon CST on Feb. 17. Hosted by The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University, this year’s celebration of ideas is open to middle and high school groups, individual students, members of the WKU community, and the general public. With a theme of “Re-start, Re-think, Re-imagine,”...

Western Kentucky stages furious rally, but Hilltoppers fall short in 63-58 loss to Louisiana Tech

Western Kentucky nearly dug out of a 21-point hole against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, but couldn’t quite complete the comeback in a 63-58 home loss at E.A. Diddle Arena. A 20-0 run by Louisiana Tech in the first half doomed the Hilltoppers (9-4 overall, 2-2 Conference USA), who pulled back within one in the final two minutes but didn’t get over the hump. WKU guard Taveion Hollingsworth...

WKU volleyball legend Alyssa Cavanaugh dead at age 24; earned All-America honors four times

Former Western Kentucky University volleyball standout Alyssa Cavanaugh died on Friday morning at Norton Hospital in Louisville. She was 24. A four-time All-American during her career from 2014-17, Cavanaugh is one of the most decorated players in WKU program history. Alyssa Cavanaugh “It is with profound sadness that we deal with the loss of Alyssa Cavanaugh,” WKU head coach Travis Hudson...

Western Kentucky pulls out 73-71 road victory at Alabama on goaltending call in final minute

KyForward staff Western Kentucky University made a loud statement this weekend with a road victory at Alabama of the Southeastern Conference. In a contest that seesawed back and forth through 14 lead changes and 18 ties, Western Kentucky pulled out a 73-71 win over Alabama at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa. Alabama’s Alex Reese (3) drives past Western Kentucky defender Carson Williams (22) during...

Gatton Academy, Craft Academy extend Class of 2023 admission deadline; offer ACT testing

The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science along with The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics announced their coordinated admissions deadlines will be extended from February 1 to March 1. The programs are taking steps to support prospective students in applying for admissions to the academies despite the current pandemic. In addition to extending the deadline, these measures...

Caboni highlights WKU’s progress toward strategic plan goals, calls campus work ‘extraordinary’

Western Kentucky University President Timothy Caboni has praised the work of the campus community in pursuit of its strategic plan goals. Addressing the school’s Board of Regents, Caboni called the work extraordinary. “Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends pressed forward toward the goals carefully-crafted goals detailed in our 10-year strategic plan, Climbing to Greater Heights.” Timothy...

WKU makes clutch plays in final minute, holds on for 68-65 win over visiting Rhode Island on Sunday

Charles Bassey’s basket with 10 seconds remaining in the game snapped a 64-64 tie and Western Kentucky pulled out a 68-65 win over Rhode Island on Sunday at E.A. Diddle Arena. Taveion Hollingsworth made two free throws with four seconds left on the clock to seal the win for WKU, which improved to 5-2. The Hilltoppers led the game for 34 minutes, but Rhode Island stayed within striking distance nearly...

Carpenter Foundation awards grant to Kentucky Museum to complete ‘buon fresco’ mural

The Kentucky Museum was awarded a $30,000 grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation to support the creation and installation of a “buon fresco” mural. This is in collaboration with artists Mike Nichols, a professor in the Western Kentucky University Department of Art & Design, and Alice Gatewood-Waddell, a local artist and WKU alumna who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in...

Hollingsworth nets 16 points, WKU sprints to 96-69 win over Mississippi Valley State in home opener

Senior guard Taveion Hollingsworth scored 16 points to lead Western Kentucky to a 96-69 victory over Mississippi Valley State in Sunday’s home opener at E.A. Diddle Arena. WKU junior forward Kevin Osawe chipped in 15 points and seven rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench. The reserves accounted for 50 of the Hilltoppers’ 96 points as WKU improved to 3-2. Taveion Hollingsworth scores a basket...

Unbeaten Louisville expects big challenge from talented Western Kentucky on Tuesday night

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Usually when college basketball coaches set up an invitational, their modus operandi is to invite a bunch of teams they can beat and call it a “classic.” Not Louisville’s Chris Mack, the impetus and organizer behind the Wade Houston Tipoff Classic being played with nine teams over 10 days in the KFC Yum! Center. True, the Cardinals opened with an easy...

WKU football standout DeAngelo Malone named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week

For the second time in his career, Western Kentucky University star defensive end DeAngelo Malone has been named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week.

 Malone recorded a career-high 12 total tackles to go along with two sacks – for 14 yards lost – and three quarterback hurries in the Hilltoppers’ 10-6 loss at Florida Atlantic on Saturday. His third hurry forced an errant throw,...

Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing contests open to students of all ages in Kentucky

Students of all ages can explore Kentucky’s mighty oaks through this year’s Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing contests.  The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in cooperation with the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts and the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation sponsor the annual contest and provide materials that can be used in classrooms or at home to help students learn...

New Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship campaign encourages adults to go to college

Never Underestimate You! That’s the mantra behind a new campaign for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, an effort to boost education and employability among adults. The scholarship, which West Kentucky Community and Technical College WKCTC) began offering in 2017, offers up to 60 hours of free tuition for anyone who has not yet earned an associate degree. It covers various technical programs...

WKU Food Recovery Network redirects 5,000 pounds of surplus food to address hunger in community

Since the spring of 2019, students in Western Kentucky University’s Food Recovery Network have kept more than 5,000 pounds of surplus food from landfills and directed it to those who need it. The effort began when WKU senior Elaine Losekamp of Bowling Green attended an Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference and brought back a plan to establish WKU’s first...

UAB cruises to 37-14 win over WKU; No. 4 Notre Dame slips by Louisville, 12-7, in defensive battle

Alabama-Birmingham dominated Western Kentucky in all three phases of the game en route to a 37-14 victory over the visiting Hilltoppers on Saturday at Legion Field. UAB (4-1 overall, 2-0 Conference USA) outgained WKU (1-4, 1-2 C-USA) 358-250 and scored three offensive touchdowns. The UAB defense forced four turnovers and had five sacks, while the special teams unit blocked a punt that was returned...

Sarah Harne of Liberty crowned Western Kentucky University’s 2020 Homecoming queen

Sarah Harne of Liberty was crowned Western Kentucky University’s 2020 Homecoming queen on Friday night. Harne, daughter of Toddy and Kristal Harne, is a Communication Sciences and Disorders major and was sponsored by Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Rho and Delta Tau Delta. She was one of 28 candidates for Homecoming queen. Left to right: WKU President Timothy C. Caboni, 2020 Homecoming queen Sarah Harne,...

Marshall remains unbeaten with 38-14 victory at Western Kentucky in C-USA showdown

Marshall built a 28-0 halftime lead Saturday night and coasted to a 38-14 win over Western Kentucky in a Conference USA showdown in Bowling Green. Brenden Knox scored three touchdowns in the first half for the unbeaten Thundering Herd (3-0, 1-0 C-USA) and finished with 107 yards rushing on 15 carries. Knox opened the scoring with a 45-yard touchdown run just 38 seconds into the game. He added two more...

Western Kentucky plays host to unbeaten Marshall in Conference USA showdown on Saturday night

Western Kentucky University plays host to unbeaten Marshall at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Bowling Green. The Thundering Herd enter that contest with a 2-0 record, while WKU is 1-2. Marshall freshman quarterback Grant Wells, who has generated considerable buzz with his play through two games, is 27 for 48 for 470 yards and four touchdowns against one interception. He also has 12 carries and 73 yards with...

WKU pulls out 20-17 win at Middle Tennessee State; Houston Baptist holds on for 33-30 win at EKU

KyForward staff Western Kentucky University began Conference USA play on Saturday by pulling out a 20-17 road victory at Middle Tennessee State. WKU quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome threw two touchdowns passes, including an 11-yard scoring toss to Joshua Simon for a 20-10 lead with six minutes left in the game. Middle Tennessee (0-4) responded by scoring a touchdown with 2:07 remaining, but WKU recovered...