Boo on the heat, and the Heat

I have to say I'm already growing sick of the heat, and the (Miami) Heat.

First off the heat. Did I blink and miss spring? One day I'm wearing a jacket, the next I'm sweating in shorts. I don't hate hot weather, but all I'm asking Mother Nature for is a little bit more of a transition.

Brandon Brown ties for fifth

Shelbyville's Brandon Brown shot a final-round 5-under-par 67 Sunday to finish in a tie for fifth-place at the NGA Hooters Pro Golf Tour's Avoca Classic presented by Colony Tire at Scotch Hall Preserve in Windsor, N.C.

Brown finished the four-day tourney with a 6-under 282 (73-71-71-67) - six shots behind winner Erik Barnes - on the par-72, 7,254-yard course.  

Kregor plays Assumption girl in first round of State tennis tourney

Collins freshman Paige Kregor, the 8th Region runner-up, will play Assumption sophomore Abbie Mather, one of the 9-16 seeds, in the first round of the girls' 2011 KHSAA State Tennis Tournament that begins Thursday at the University of Kentucky's Boone/Downing Tennis Center.

If Kregor wins her first-round match she would play the winner between Prestonsburg junior Kelsey Hughes and eighth-grader Emily Whitnell from Graves County in the second round.

Brandon Brown to tee off at 12:39 p.m. Thursday in Georgetown

Shelbyville native Brandon Brown will tee off at 12:39 p.m. Thursday at the Cherry Blossom Golf & Country Club in Georgetown in the NGA Hooters Pro Golf Tour's Cherry Blossom Classic.

The Eastern Kentucky University grad is off to a great start so far this season - the fourth-year pro is fourth on the money list - and should be considered one of the favorites. He tied for fourth last year at Cherry Blossom and has finished 18th or better in all three of his starts there.

Kregor's 8th Region tennis final postponed

Collins freshman Paige Kregor will have to wait a day for her shot at the girls' 8th Region tennis title.

Her match, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today at Franklin County against top-seeded Katie Howard of Western Hills, has been postponed due to the weather.

The match will be made up at the same time, and place, Thursday afternoon.

Karas wins three events, Shelby boys finish third at track regional

Collins junior Caterina Karas won three events Tuesday night at the Class 2A, Region 3 meet at Christian Academy of Louisville.

Karas won the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs to help lead the Titans' girls' team to a fifth-place finish. Defending state runner-up Louisville Central won the meet. Shelby County tied for 14th place.

Meanwhile the Rockets' boys' team finished third.

Region tennis starts at 9:30 a.m. Monday with Watts

The 8th Region boys' and girls' tennis tournaments get underway Monday morning with Collins senior Ellie Watts playing one of the first matches.

Watts will meet Spencer County's Adrian Gregory at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow morning at Western Hills (the boys' tourney is at Franklin County High School).

Shelby County senior Patty Dempsey is the No. 5 seed in the girls' tourney, while Collins freshman Paige Kregor is the No. 6 seed. Kregor opens play tomorrow against Carroll County's Nina Kundic.

UK video

Here's a fun video for the day.

It's all the University of Kentucky athletic teams making a video to the song "Dynamite." Look for former Shelby County standout runner Stacey Eden around the 1:10 mark.

Liggins leaving & Archarcharch retiring

Sunday night nuggets:

*Reports coming out tonight have UK junior DeAndre Liggins staying in the NBA Draft. Somewhat of a surprise to me considering that teammate Terrence Jones, whose draft stock would seem considerably higher, pulled his name out Saturday.

*I've heard at least one report late tonight that Archarcharch is going to be retired following surgery today to fix the fracture in his left front leg. It's a shame.

Collins softball beats Shelby County 8-0

Jeneca Thomas pitched a complete-game shutout as Collins topped host Shelby County 8-0 Monday night in the first softball meeting between the two schools.

The Titans (7-6, 2-1 in the 30th District) pounded out 15 hits, including three each from Sara Chambers and Sydney Cloyd, in their first game since a 1-0 loss to fourth-ranked Mercy Academy. Rebecca Mouser and Bailey Rankin added two RBIs apiece for Collins, which is scheduled to play at No. 2 Ballard on Wednesday night.

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