Shaver, Murphy earn MSC honors

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By Josh Cook

Georgetown College senior striker Taylor Shaver, a Shelby County graduate, recently was named to the All-Mid-South Conference second team in men’s soccer, and his teammate, sophomore defender Matthew Murphy, a Collins graduate, was named to the MSC All-Academic team.

Shaver scored a team-high eight goals and finished with a team-best 16 points in 17 matches for the Tigers, who finished 5-12-1 (including 3-6 in the MSC) and lost to Campbellsville 4-1 in the opening round of the conference tournament.  

“He had a great season and was very explosive,” Georgetown Coach Derek Willis said. “This is what we saw in him when we recruited him. He was thrown into the fire a bit early with so many injuries to upperclassmen his freshman year. I think that caused him to battle his confidence a bit, but this season he went out and did what he, and we as coaches, knew he could do.”

Murphy was one of four Tigers named to the all-academic team, which goes to those with a 3.25 grade-point average or higher. Murphy started all 18 matches for Georgetown and tallied two assists for the Tigers.


Davis, Kirby & No. 1 UK fall

The top-ranked University of Kentucky rifle team, which features Shelby County graduates Connor Davis and Heather Kirby, lost a pair of matches to No. 2 Alaska-Fairbanks on Saturday and Sunday in Alaska.

The Nanooks handed the Wildcats their first loss of the season (and their first since December of 2012) Saturday, beating them, 4702-4671. Davis, a sophomore, led the way for UK in the first smallbore relay with a 581, and Kirby, a freshman, shot a 576. Davis then led the Wildcats in air rifle for the fifth time in six matches this season, posting a 593. Kirby was seven points back with a 586.

Sunday Alaska-Fairbanks edged Kentucky, 4695-4689. Kirby was second on the squad in the smallbore with a 580, and Davis once again led the way in the air rifle, with a 595. Kirby shot a personal-best 593 in the air rifle.

Davis, Kirby and the Wildcats will be back in action Jan. 11, when they meet Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.


Slaughter helps Cards

Shelbyville’s Antonita Slaughter helped the University of Louisville women’s basketball team to a pair of victories during the past week.

She scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds in 20 minutes in the Cardinals’ 90-33 victory over Ohio University this past Thursday night at the KFC Yum! Center. She was 3-of-6 from the field, including 1-of-4 from 3-point range, and 1-of-2 from the free-throw line.

Then Slaughter tallied 10 points and had three rebounds in Louisville’s 69-59 overtime victory over visiting Florida State on Sunday, hitting 3 of 7 from the field, including 2 of 5 from 3-point range, and 2 of 2 from the free-throw line in 35 minutes.

The fourth-ranked Cards (6-0) play Western Kentucky University at 8 tonight in Bowling Green before playing archrival Kentucky at 1 p.m. Sunday in Lexington.


Wells continues to start

Recent Collins graduate Aaliyah Wells, a freshman wing for the Morehead State women’s basketball team, started her second and third games in the past week.

First she scored nine points and dished out two assists in the Eagles’ 77-69 victory at East Tennessee State in Johnson City, Tenn. last Thursday. Wells was 3-of-6 from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range, and also had one rebound in 23 minutes.

Then in her second start she went scoreless in Duquesne’s 83-35 victory over host Morehead on Sunday. Wells was 0-for-1 from the field and had one rebound, one foul, one turnover and one steal in eight minutes.

The Eagles (4-3), who are 3-0 on the road this season, play at Cleveland State this afternoon in Cleveland before playing at Western Kentucky on Sunday afternoon in Bowling Green.


Axlines, UT-Martin fall

The University of Tennessee at Martin football team, which includes Shelby County graduate Matthew Axline and Collins grad Ben Axline, lost its regular-season finale, falling to second-ranked Eastern Illinois, 70-22, in an Ohio Valley Conference game Saturday at Martin.

The Skyhawks ended their season with a 7-5 record, including 5-3 in the OVC.

Matthew Axline started at right guard for UT-Martin, and Ben Axline had one tackle on special teams.

For the season Matthew Axline started all 12 games on the offensive line for the Skyhawks, and Ben Axline played in 11, finishing with one catch for 10 yards and five total tackles.


Adams finishes 10th

Shelby County graduate Travis Adams, a senior at Centre College, finished 10th in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions this past weekend at the 10th House of Champions meet – which included several Division I schools – at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Adams, who previously had won the 3-meter competition in the Colonels’ 181-99 victory over host Transylvania on Nov. 16 in Lexington, rolled up 192.85 points in the 3-meter competition, which IUPUI’s Cody Watts won with 306.35. He then tallied 193.55 points in the 1-meter competition, which Watts won with 313.90.

Adams and the Colonels are off until they host the Colonel Classic on Jan. 10-11 in Danville.


Stone starting for Malone

Brian Stone, a 2012 Collins graduated, started the first two games of the season for the Malone (Ohio) men’s basketball team.

A 6-foot-8 sophomore, Stone scored nine points in 13 minutes in the Pioneers’ season-opening, 104-64 victory over Ohio Christian last Monday in Canton, Ohio. He was 4-of-4 from the field, 1-of-2 from the free-throw line, and had two rebounds, one steal, four fouls and one turnover.

Then he had two points in seven minutes in Malone’s 100-90 loss at Division II University of Indianapolis on Saturday night. He made his only shot and had one turnover and four fouls.

Malone (1-1), which hosted Waynesburg (Penn.) on Tuesday night, plays at the University of Akron tonight in an exhibition game.


Nakatani plays last home game for UofL

University of Louisville kicker Matthew Nakatanki, a Shelby County graduate, appears to have played his final game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

“Last home game for me tomorrow. It’s been a great ride,” Nakatani, a redshirt junior, tweeted Friday, the day before the Cardinals beat Memphis 24-17 in its home finale.

So far this season Nakatani is 3-for-3 kicking PATs for UofL (10-1), which is 20th in the BCS Standings, 16th in the USA Today poll and 21st in the Associated Press Top 25.

Nakatanki scored nine points for the Cards last season, hitting both of his field goal tries and all three of his PATs.