A.J. Slaughter seeks some Magic

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By Josh Cook

Former Shelby County High School and Western Kentucky University basketball standout A.J. Slaughter had a tryout with the Orlando Magic earlier this week.


“First workout went great !!!!” he tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

“Another great workout. Hard work paying off !!!! #Orlando,” he tweeted later that day.

Slaughter has played professionally the past three seasons overseas since finishing up his collegiate career. This past season he averaged a team-high 13.5 points and 3.9 assists per game for Cholet, a team in France.

The Magic finished with the NBA’s worst record (20-62) this past season and have the second selection in next week’s NBA Draft.


All-star softball/baseball

Several high school athletes from Collins and Shelby County participated in all-star softball and baseball games within the past week:

  • Recent Collins graduate Bailey Rankin played for the West Senior All-Stars in last weekend’s Kentucky Softball Coaches Association’s 2013 East/West All-Star series at Ballard High School, and her former teammates, Lindsey Ketcham and Sydney Cloyd, played for the West Junior All-Stars. Collins Coach Suzanne Cates was also one of the coaches for the West Junior All-Stars. Cloyd went 3-for-6 in three games while Ketcham was 2-for-6 with three runs scored and one walk.
  • Shelby County rising junior Kyler Dugle played in the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association Sophomore All-Star games Tuesday at Pleasure Ridge Park. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the second of two games.
  • Shelby County rising senior Kipp Moore and Collins senior-to-be Zac Wiley played in the KHSBCA’s Junior All-Star games Tuesday night at Pleasure Ridge Park. Wiley went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk, and Moore went 0-for-2 with a trio of walks. 
  • Collins graduate Dan Sanders, who recently was named second-team All-State by the KHSBCA, played in the KHSBCA’s Senior All-Star games Wednesday night at PRP. Sanders, who has committed to play next season for Spalding University, helped the West All-Stars to a 2-game sweep, picking up the victory with one inning of relief in the first game. 


Sanner wins golf tourney

Shelbyville’s Brandon Sanner, a senior-to-be at Collins, fired a final-round, 2-over-par 74 to win the boys’ Championship Division of the Musselman-Dunne Golf Tour’s KIA Classic last Thursday and Friday at Long Run Park Golf Course.

Sanner finished with a 2-day total of 150 to beat Parker Harris of Fort Thomas by three shots and Owensboro’s Will Foreman by five shots. Sanner and Foreman shared the first-round lead with Louisville’s Burgess E. Clark after each carded 76s.


Cornerstone names new volleyball coach

Cornerstone Christian has hired Matt Hartman as its new volleyball coach.

“Matt is a young man who has played at the college level and is very excited to work with our school,” Cornerstone Athletic Director Matt Maxwell said.


Weekend events

  • The River City Rovers will be hosting the Michigan Bucks at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Shelby County Athletic Complex. Before that match the Rovers will have a reserve match against the Shelbyville Hispanic League All-Stars at 4:30 p.m. Admission for both matches is $5.
  • This is the bye week for the Kentucky Storm, the semipro football team that is playing its home games at Daniel Field this summer. The Storm is coming off a 14-8 loss to the Derby City Thunder last Saturday night. It is scheduled to host the Ohio Valley Nightowls at 6 p.m. next Saturday.