Here’s another round-up of LouisvilleKY’s Kentucky Derby Festival’s latest news Monday, Apr 17 2017 

FUTURE CAT, CARDS AND HOOSIERS STAND OUT AT BASKETBALL CLASSIC

Louisville, KY. –  A crowd of 4,812 was on hand Saturday night at Freedom Hall as Team Lightning defeated Team Thunder 122-109 in the 44th Annual Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (University of Kentucky) was named Team Lightning MVP. WKU signee Taveion Hollingsworth was named MVP of Team Thunder. Xavier signee Naji Marshall was named the “Fan Favorite” in online voting by fans and spectators at the game.
This year’s game featured top rated recruits from the nation’s top college basketball programs, including University of Louisville signees Malik Williams, Darius Perry, Lance Thomas and Jordan Nwora; UK signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander; and IU signees Justin Smith and Aljami Durham. At halftime, it was announced that the team of Chuma Okeke (Auburn signee) and Taveion Hollingsworth (Western Kentucky University signee) won Friday night’s 2-on-2 finals at Indiana University Southeast Activities Building during the Horseshoe Foundation Derby Festival Night of the Future Stars.
“Tonight’s crowd got a sneak peek at players who will become household names among basketball fans over the next few years,” said Derby Festival President and CEO Mike Berry. “It was another great game with outstanding talent.”
The Finals for these competitions were held at halftime of tonight’s game.
3 POINT SHOOTING CONTEST
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Attending: University of Kentucky
SLAM DUNK CONTEST
Savion Flagg
Attending: Texas A&M
First held in 1973, the Derby Festival Basketball Classic is the oldest high school all-star game in the nation. The game has featured such players as Jamal Mashburn, Rex Chapman, Moses Malone, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Eric Bledsoe, Deron Williams and Nolan Smith, among many others.
The Basketball Classic is presented by Papa John’s, with Contributing Sponsor Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County.  Media Sponsors are 99.7 DJX, B96.5 FM, and SLAM Magazine. Supporting Sponsor: Dick’s Sporting Goods. The game was broadcast on WDRB.
kdf basketball stats
 
The Derby Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.  It entertains more than 1.5 million people annually. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.
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STOCK YARDS BANK AND DERBY FESTIVAL READY TO GIVE AWAY $1 MILLION HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTEST

OPENS THURSDAY

 

April 17, 2017. Louisville, KY.  – It’s time to take your shot at $1 million! The Stock Yards Bank Kentucky Derby Festival $1 Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest opens this Thursday, April 20, and runs through Sunday, April 30. The contest will take place at the Seneca Golf Course Driving Range off Pee Wee Reese Road. There will be 10 days of preliminary qualifying rounds and a Semi-final Round on Sunday, April 30.

 

The preliminary competition is open 10 AM to 8:30 PM every day from April 20 – April 30, except for April 22, when it will be closed for Thunder Over Louisville. The last day for preliminary competition is Sunday, April 30, from 10 AM to 5 PM, and then the Semi-Final round begins at 6 PM.  Competitors and spectators can relax in the refreshment tent located adjacent to the tee area.

 

During the preliminary rounds the 10 closest shots to the hole each day will advance to the Semi-final round, while hole-in-one shots, will advance directly to the Finals.  It’s $1 per shot daily, with 2 shots for $1 specials on the following days:

 

  • Senior Days (62+):  Weekdays 10 AM – 2 PM
  • Junior Day (under 18): April 23
  • First Responders & Veterans Day: April 24
  • Ladies Day:  April 25

 

There are a total of 56 positions in the Finals, which include all daily hole-in-one qualifiers, four female qualifiers from Ladies’ Day, plus two qualifiers under the age of 18 from Junior Day advance as well.  The Finals will be held on Tuesday, May 2, at 6 PM at Seneca Golf Course Hole #8. If no hole in one is awarded during the Grand Prize round, the participant coming closest to the hole during the Finals will receive a $5,000 first prize.

KDF Hole in One

Stock Yards Bank is the title sponsor of the event. Contributing Sponsor is Metro Parks & Recreation, joining Media Sponsors WLKY TV, 840 WHAS and Insider Louisville

 

Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.


TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO REGISTER FOR DERBY FESTIVAL ROAD RACES

Louisville, KY. – If you plan to run the Derby Festival’s Marathon or miniMarathon, but haven’t registered yet, your time is running out!  Registration for the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon Presented by Walmart and Humana will close at midnight on Thursday, April 20. There will be no late registration. The registration fees are $95 for the miniMarathon and $105 for the Marathon. Runners can register online at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com.

For runners who don’t want to go the distance of the mini or full Marathon, they can recruit friends and register as a team. In conjunction with the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon, the Marathon Team Relay option is again being offered. The Team Relay registration fee is $325. Teams can consist of up to 5 runners and have as few as 3 competing members. Relay Teams will run the same course as the Marathon, which has been divided into 5 separate legs consisting of two 5k, two 10k, and a 12.2k.

The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon is still the largest annual day of road racing in Kentucky. 2017 races are set for Saturday, April 29, and will again be capped at 18,000 runners. Both races will start simultaneously at 7:30 am on Main Street near Slugger Field and will finish at Preston and Witherspoon streets.

derby marathon

Walmart and Humana are Co-Presenting Sponsors of the Marathon and miniMarathon. The Official Race Medical Partner is Norton Sports Health and Contributing Sponsors are BB&T, Churchill Downs, Louisville Water Company, Powerade, and The Courier-Journal. Official Bourbon: Jim Beam®. Official Hotel: The Galt House. Official Pace Car: John Jones Auto Group.

The Derby Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.  It entertains more than 1.5 million people annually. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

 

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LouisvilleKy’s soccer team to get new Butchertown stadium Wednesday, Apr 12 2017 

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Louisville, Ky., – Three years ago, feeling Louisville needed professional sports to attract and retain talented young people in our community, 41 local residents launched a soccer club around which our town could rally. Aptly named Louisville City FC, the team has quickly built a reputation for winning and drawing some of the United Soccer League’s largest crowds.

A study conducted last year by the City of Louisville determined a soccer-specific stadium is needed to maintain and grow the game here. Now, after months of work with various property owners, Louisville City FC is a step closer to making that a reality.

Tracts of land are under option in the Butchertown Neighborhood, where the club plans to transform 40 acres into a 10,000-seat, soccer-specific stadium and adjacent development including space for offices, hotels and retail.

LouisvilleFC soccer stadium

“Since receiving the results of the study, our board has explored a number of potential stadium locations, but none measured up to this site as a longterm home for Louisville City FC,” said club chairman John Neace. “We’re ready to solidify the future of LouCity, an important community asset.”

Through public-private partnership, LouCity intends to continue the revitalization of downtown Louisville and surrounding areas in space occupied by the former Challenger Lifts headquarters, an above-ground oil tank facility, a storage space and auto salvage lot.

A 10,000-seat soccer-specific stadium would open in 2020 on a site that is, as with the club, a winner. It’s situated next to Interstates 64 and 71, blocks from Main Street; a close walk from the Big Four Bridge; and within view of the downtown Louisville skyline.

LouisvilleFC soccer stadium

LouCity is working with city government, Metro Council members and state economic development officials to make the project a reality. Construction of a stadium and nearby development, including office and retail space, would create jobs, drive tax revenues and spur economic growth beyond soccer.

“The concept of a master development agreement gives us the ability to build a stadium and commercial value around it that can assist in funding the stadium,” said LouCity board member Mike Mountjoy. “We want to thank Mayor Greg Fischer and his team for working side by side with us in planning this project.”

LouCity, which for now plays at Louisville Slugger Field, competes in the United Soccer League, sanctioned Division II in the United States below only Major League Soccer. The club has made back-to-back runs to the conference finals after starting play in 2015.

The USL has mandated that its members all move into soccer-specific stadiums by 2020. Additionally, LouCity pays rental fees at Slugger Field, which it splits with the Louisville Bats baseball team, as well as the cost of converting the field for soccer. Sponsorship opportunities are limited, and concession revenue does not go to the soccer club.

LouisvilleFC soccer stadium

LouCity commissioned global architecture firm HOK for stadium design of a facility expandable to 20,000 seats should the opportunity to move to Major League Soccer present itself. Initial renderings show seating within close vicinity of the pitch, a suite level and amenities including roofs and multiple video boards.

“I want to thank our owners for all of their work toward getting us into a home of our own,” said LouCity coach James O’Connor. “It’s vital we play on a proper pitch, and I know a soccer-specific stadium is something our fans deserve. It’s an exciting time to be a part of Louisville City FC.”

Last year, an average of 7,218 fans attended LouCity’s home games. Off to an unbeaten start, the club’s next game is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Slugger Field. Tickets are available by calling (502) 384-8799, emailing tickets@louisvillecityfc.com or online at LouisvilleCityFC.com/tickets. Current season ticket holders will receive seating priority in the new stadium.

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Kentucky Derby Festival is kicking into high gear in LouisvilleKY Wednesday, Apr 12 2017 

Here’s a roundup of the latest news from the Kentucky Derby Festival:

More information can also be found at kdf.org.

 

Task competition to determine winner of the 2017 Great Steamboat Race

 

Louisville, KY.   – The jousting has begun for the 2017 Great Steamboat Race set for Wednesday, May 3, on the Ohio River. Representatives of the Kentucky Derby Festival, the Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati also participated in a Four Roses Bourbon tasting to determine which single-barrel bourbons would be served aboard each vessel during the race.

The Four Roses barrel coded HW 48-4J was selected as the bourbon to represent the Belle of Louisville and the Four Roses barrel coded HW 48-4K was selected to represent the Belle of Cincinnati.

kdf derby festival logo

Passengers on board both boats will again have the opportunity to sample the two bourbons and vote for their favorite. The boat with the winning bourbon will receive a mini bourbon barrel trophy and bragging rights for a year. Great Steamboat Race private selection bottles will be available exclusively for sale at your local Louisville Kroger Wine and Spirits Shop in late April.

“We’re happy to once again be a part of Kentucky Derby Festival’s Great Steamboat Race. It’s an event steeped in rich history, much like Four Roses,” said Brent Elliott, Four Roses Bourbon master distiller. “The Bourbons selected to be served during the race are from our OBSV recipe, which is our high rye mashbill. I’m looking forward to Steamboat Race guests tasting both and deciding their favorite in May.”

The task and scoring system that was implemented eight years ago to determine the winner of the Great Steamboat Race will return again this year. Instead of the event winner being determined by the first boat to cross the finish line at the Clark Memorial Bridge, the winner will be the vessel which accumulates the most points from performing a series of nine tasks assigned to each competitor throughout the day and during the race.  The task competition starts at 2 p.m. race day at the 4th Street Wharf.

  • Task No. 1: Knot Tying Contest (10 points for 1st, 5 points for 2nd)
  • Task No. 2: Nautical Flag Word Puzzle (10 and 5 points)
  • Task No. 3: Handy Line Toss (10 and 5 points)
  • Task No. 4: Monkey fist Toss (10 and 5 points)
  • Task No. 5: Paddle Wheel Assembly (10 and 5 points)
  • Task No. 6: Calliope Competition (10 and 5 points)
  • Task No. 7: Buoy Flag Retrieval (25 points for successful retrieval, 0 points for failure)
  • Task No. 8: VIP Retrieval (25 points for successful retrieval, 0 points for failure)
  • Task No. 9: Four Roses Bourbon Barrel Retrieval (25 points for successful retrieval, 0 points for failure)
  • Task No. 10: Finish Line Order (29 points for 1st vessel under the bridge, 15 points for 2nd vessel)

The total potential points earned are 164. The vessel with the most points as determined by the judges will be declared the winner. Failure to perform a task will result in a “no score,” plus a 35-point penalty. The majority decision of the judges will be final. The winner will be presented with a set of 12-point Silver Antlers at the post-race ceremony.

Boarding for the Great Steamboat Race will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., with the boats departing the shore at 5:45 for a 6 p.m. start. Each boat will be assigned two judges, in addition to an overall event judge from the Derby Festival. The Awards Ceremony will take place immediately following the race at the Chow Wagon in Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront.

Limited Belle of Cincinnati tickets are still available: $60 Cruise Only; $95 Dinner, Four Roses Bourbon Tasting, and Cruise. For Belle of Cincinnati tickets call 800-261-8586 or visit BBRiverboats.com.

Sponsor: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 369. Contributing Sponsor: Four Roses Bourbon. Supporting Sponsor: IDD Therapeutic Services, PLLC. Media Sponsor: Q103.1

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Derby Festival Foundation Art Contest Recognizes Local Students

 

Louisville, KY.  30 Kentuckiana students from grades K-12 were honored Tuesday night at DuPont Manual High School for their artistic achievement in the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation Student Art Contest Presented by The Fillies, Inc.

A panel of local artists selected the winners. Of the hundreds of entries, some of the most popular themes among the winning artwork this year were the Great Steamboat Race, U.S. Bank Great BalloonFest, the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade, and Thunder Over Louisville. Seven students from Norton Commons Elementary, under the direction of Sarah Maxwell Miller, and seven students from Rangeland Elementary, under the direction of Christa Hudson, had winning and/or honorable mention entries. Five of Alana Alford’s students at duPont Manual High School had winning and/or honorable mention entries. In addition, there were four winning and/or honorable mention entries from the Catholic school system.

The first-place winners in all divisions receive a 2017 framed Festival Poster by 2017 Official Poster Artist Ron Jasin, as well as a chance to appear in the 2017 Republic Bank Pegasus Parade.  All winners receive a medallion, certificate, T-shirt, and a Student Art Contest winner’s pin. Teachers of the winning students will also be invited to the ceremony and will receive special recognition.

The original artwork by area students will be on display at the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade Preview Party beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2.

The Festival has offered this opportunity for area students to showcase their creative skills since 1977.  The Foundation’s Student Art Contest is sponsored by Fillies, Inc. The Fillies, Inc. was founded in 1959 kicking off a tradition of volunteer service to the local community.  They join Contributing Sponsor Kentucky College of Art + Design at Spalding University and Media Sponsor ARTxFM.

 

Division A:  Kindergarten & 1st Grade

 
1st Place:  Mariyah Miller – Price Elementary Teacher: Emily Jarboe
2nd Place:  Cody Seymour – St. Margaret Mary Teacher: Amy Burch
3rd Place:   Alexander Johns – Norton Commons Elementary Teacher: Sarah Maxwell Miller
Honorable Mention:  Ian Chism  – St. Agnes Teacher: Laura Dant
Honorable Mention:  Maddie Manning – St. Agnes Teacher: Laura Dant
Honorable Mention: Kyle Hunt – Norton Commons Elementary Teacher: Sarah Maxwell Miller
 

Divison B: 2nd & 3rd Grades

1st Place:  Jack Floyd – Norton Commons Elementary Teacher:  Sarah Maxwell Miller
2nd Place:  Ethan DeVille – Norton Commons Elementary Teacher:  Sarah Maxwell Miller
3rd Place:  Serin Yeo – Norton Commons Elementary Teacher: Sarah Maxwell Miller
Honorable Mention:  Anderson Calles – Rangeland Elementary Teacher: Christa Hudson
Honorable Mention: Merry Cung Nei Mawi – Rangeland Elementary Teacher: Christa Hudson
Honorable Mention: Valeria Lopez Vasquez – Rangeland Elementary Teacher: Christa Hudson

 

Division C:  4th & 5th Grades
1st Place:  Noah Ruwe – Norton Commons Elementary Teacher: Sarah Maxwell Miller
2nd Place:  Cody Stone – Rangeland Elementary Teacher: Christa Hudson
3rd Place:  Khaniece Kaltee – Rangeland Elementary Teacher: Christa Hudson
Honorable Mention: Erin Jacobs – Rangeland Elementary Teacher: Christa Hudson
Honorable Mention:  Andrea Zunun Garcia – Rangeland Elementary Teacher: Christa Hudson
Honorable Mention: Amelia Dries – Norton Commons Elementary Teacher: Sarah Maxwell Miller
 

Division D:  6th – 8th Grades

1st Place:  Caroline Hayden – Bloomfield Middle Teacher: Anita Rummage
2nd Place:  Maya Hardin – J Graham Brown School Teacher: Laura Sebastian
3rd Place:  Deklyn DeSpain – Jefferson County Traditional Middle Teacher: Sue Hall
Honorable Mention:  Molly Katherine Phelps – Eastside Middle Teacher: Hobbs
Honorable Mention:  Lily Becker  – J Graham Brown School Teacher: Laura Sebastian
Honorable Mention:  Brennan Stewart – St. Margaret Mary Teacher: Amy Burch
 

Division E:  9th – 12th Grades

1st Place:  Ashton Jones – duPont Manual High School Teacher: Alana Alford
2nd Place:  Jill Gries – duPont Manual High School Teacher: Alana Alford
3rd Place:  Lily Goben – Pleasure Ridge Park Teacher: Cheryl Wilhoit
Honorable Mention:  Amy Kim – duPont Manual High School Teacher: Alana Alford
Honorable Mention:  Emma Stephens – duPont Manual High School Teacher: Alana Alford
Honorable Mention:  Lake Steurer – duPont Manual High School Teacher: Alana Alford

 

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Basketball All-Stars to showcase skills Friday

Night of the Future Stars Event Moves to Indiana University Southeast

 

April 12, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – The Kentucky Derby Festival’s two-day basketball event tips off Friday night at 7 p.m. with the Horseshoe Foundation Night of the Future Stars. Hosted at a new location, the Indiana University Southeast Activities Building, admission will be free with a 2017 Pegasus Pin or a ticket to Saturday night’s Basketball Classic, at Freedom Hall.

Friday’s event is comparable to the NBA All-Star weekend, with players showcasing their special skills. Some of the nights most exciting moments have occurred during the Slam Dunk, 2-on-2 and 3-Point Shooting competitions. There will also be a one-hour autograph-signing session following the event, with a two-item limit for signing.

Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County is title sponsor of Friday’s event, joining Contributing Sponsors Papa John’s and SoIN. Supporting Sponsor is Dick’s Sporting Goods and Media Sponsors are B96.5 FM and SLAM Magazine.

derby classic

The 44th annual Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday night at Freedom Hall. This year’s game features several new recruits for the Cats, Cards and Hoosiers.

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE:  Basketball Classic Reserved Tickets $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets on sale at all TicketMaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000 or the Freedom Hall box office at (502) 367-5144 (Includes facility fee).

First held in 1973, the Derby Festival Basketball Classic is the oldest high school all-star game in the nation. The game has featured such players as Jamal Mashburn, Rex Chapman, Moses Malone, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Eric Bledsoe, Deron Williams and Nolan Smith, among many others.

The Basketball Classic is presented by Papa John’s, with Contributing Sponsor the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County and Supporting Sponsor Dick’s Sporting Goods. Media Sponsors include 99.7 DJX, B96.5 FM and SLAM Magazine. The event will be broadcast live on WDRB.

 

 

 

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Cards’ Center Matz Stockman to leave LouisvilleKY Tuesday, Apr 11 2017 

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville junior center Matz Stockman will transfer to the University of Minnesota at the conclusion of the spring semester.  Stockman will sit out the 2017-18 season as a transfer before playing his final collegiate season the following year.
 
“I’ve had a great time at Louisville the last three years,” said Stockman.  “I’ve learned a lot, gotten to know a great many people and have become very close with our coaches and players.  I’m incredibly grateful for my time here.  I’ve improved a lot since I first arrived on campus and I will be forever grateful to Coach Pitino, the coaching staff and for everyone involved around our team.  However, I’ve been looking for an opportunity to play quality minutes for a long time now and I think this will be a great situation for me.”
 Matz Stockman
“Matz has been a great team member with our basketball team and we appreciate his efforts,” said UofL Coach Rick Pitino.  “Transferring to Minnesota is a great move for him, as he’ll have an opportunity to make an immediate impact when he becomes eligible to play.”
 
Stockman participated in 18 games as a junior last season, grabbing a rebound in 11 of those.  In his most extensive action of the season, he averaged 8.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in the three December 2016 games teammate Anas Mahmoud missed with a concussion.  He scored a career-high 10 points at Grand Canyon, finishing the game 3-of-3 from the field and 4-of-5 from the foul line.
 
Stockman scored in 16 of his 23 appearances as a sophomore.  He was one of four players on the Cardinals’ roster this season with international ties.  A native of Oslo, Norway, Stockman (first name is pronounced Motts) attended and played basketball at the Canarias Basketball Academy in Gran Canaria in Spain’s Canary Islands during the 2013-14 season.
 
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LouisvilleKY among best places to live for those who love March Madness Wednesday, Mar 15 2017 

Philadelphia, Louisville and Los Angeles Lead the Field in Redfin report

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Philadelphia, Louisville and Los Angeles are the best U.S. cities to live in if you love March Madness, according to the latest report by Redfin (www.redfin.com), the next-generation real estate brokerage. Redfin looked at factors that would make cities more fun and livable for March Madness fanatics, including number of times the city hosted the NCAA tournament, NCAA tournament appearances and final four runs by nearby schools, bars in the area and average home prices.

Cities with traditional powerhouses nearby, such as Philadelphia (Villanova Wildcats), Louisville (Louisville Cardinals), Lexington (Kentucky Wildcats) and Los Angeles (UCLA Bruins) all cracked the top 10. Affordable areas in the midwest with a lot of bars also did very well, with Milwaukee (Marquette Golden Eagles), Cincinnati (Cincinnati Bearcats), Indianapolis (Butler Bulldogs) and Dayton (Dayton Flyers) beating out the rest of the field. Syracuse (Syracuse Orange) and Arizona (Arizona Wildcats) rounded out the top 10 thanks to their rich basketball history and relative affordability compared to the rest of the tournament teams and cities.

best places to live cardinals

The 10 best cities for March Madness fans are:

1. Philadelphia (Villanova Wildcats)
2. Louisville (Louisville Cardinals)
3. Los Angeles (UCLA Bruins)
4. Milwaukee (Marquette Golden Eagles)
5. Cincinnati (Cincinnati Bearcats)
6. Dayton (Dayton Flyers)
7. Syracuse (Syracuse Orange)
8. Lexington (Kentucky Wildcats)
9. Indianapolis (Butler Bulldogs)
10. Tucson (Arizona Wildcats)

The full report can be found here: https://www.redfin.com/blog/2017/03/these-are-the-best-places-to-live-if-you-love-march-madness.html

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Louisville Guard Donovan Mitchell Earns First Team All-ACC Honors Monday, Mar 6 2017 

 

 
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell has been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference five-man first team in a vote by league coaches and media.
 
The Greenwich, Conn. product was also selected to the ACC All-Defensive team after leading the conference in steals (66, 2.13 per game, 18th in the nation).  He is within eight steals of the UofL top ten for a season.
 
Joining Mitchell on the All-ACC first team are Duke guard Luke Kennard, North Carolina guard Justin Jackson, Wake Forest forward John Collins and Notre Dame forward Bonzie Colson.  Kennard was a unanimous selection, while Jackson was chosen as the ACC Player of the Year.
 
Mitchell leads the Cardinals in scoring (15.9 ppg), steals, three-point goals and minutes played (31.9 per game).  His 76 three-pointers is tied for the ninth-most in a single season at Louisville.  Since scoring 25 points against Indiana on New Year’s Eve, Mitchell has averaged 19.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and made 41.7 percent of his three point shots (55-of-132).  His 18.1 scoring average in ACC games is the sixth-best in the league.  He totaled 20 points, five rebounds and two steals in the Cardinals’ regular season finale against Notre Dame on Saturday, his ninth game this season with 20 or more points.
 Donovan Mitchell
Georgia Tech forward Ben Lammers was selected as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, NC State guard Dennis Smith was honored as the ACC Freshman of the Year, Virginia Tech guard Seth Allen was the ACC Sixth Man of the Year and Collins was recognized as the ACC Most Improved Player.  Georgia Tech Coach Josh Pastner was recognized as the ACC Coach of the Year.
 
The complete list of All-ACC basketball honors is listed below.
 
2017 All-ACC Basketball Honors
 
ALL-ACC                                                                   
First Team (name, school)
Luke Kennard, Duke
Justin Jackson, North Carolina
John Collins, Wake Forest
Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame
Donovan Mitchell, Louisville
 
Second Team                                                         
Dwayne Bacon, Florida State
Dennis Smith, NC State
Ben Lammers, Georgia Tech
Joel Berry II, North Carolina
London Perrantes, Virginia
 
Third Team                                                             
Michael Young, Pittsburgh
Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson
Andrew White, Syracuse
Davon Reed, Miami
Jayson Tatum, Duke
 
Honorable Mention                                              
Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina
Matt Farrell, Notre Dame
Zach LeDay, Virginia Tech
Jerome Robinson, Boston College
Jonathan Isaac, Florida State
Seth Allen, Virginia Tech
Jamel Artis, Pittsburgh
V.J. Beachem, Notre Dame
Steve Vasturia, Notre Dame
Tyler Lydon, Syracuse
                                       
All-Defensive Team
Ben Lammers, Georgia Tech
Isaiah Wilkins, Virginia
Donovan Mitchell, Louisville
Davon Reed, Miami
Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Florida State
Matt Jones, Duke
                                                                                  
All-Freshman Team   
Dennis Smith, NC State
Jonathan Isaac, Florida State
Jayson Tatum, Duke
Josh Okogie, Georgia Tech
Ky Bowman, Boston College
                                                                                  
ACC Player of the Year                                             
Justin Jackson, North Carolina
                                                                                  
ACC Freshman of the Year                                      
Dennis Smith, NC State
                                                                                  
ACC Coach of the Year                                             
Josh Pastner, Georgia Tech
                                                                                  
ACC Defensive Player of the Year                         
Ben Lammers, Georgia Tech
                                                                                  
ACC Most Improved                                             
John Collins, Wake Forest
                                                                                  
ACC Sixth Man of the Year                                      
Seth Allen, Virginia Tech
 
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LouisvilleKY’s Derby Basketball classic releases 2017 roster Thursday, Feb 16 2017 

Louisville, KY.   – Tickets for the 45th annual Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s go on sale tomorrow Friday, February 17. The high school all-star game will feature the next class of Cards, Cats and Hoosiers. The game is set for Saturday, April 15, at Freedom Hall. This year’s roster includes University of Louisville signees Malik Williams, Darius Perry, Lance Thomas and Jordan Nwora; UK signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander; and IU signees Aljami Durham, Clifton Moore, Jr. and Justin Smith.  The remainder of the roster will be Top 50 rated recruits from the Nation’s top college basketball programs and will released in the coming weeks.

“We are excited to announce that a University of Kentucky recruit will be joining both UL and IU’s entire recruiting classes in this year’s game,” said Keith Conrad, the event’s recruiting chair. “It will be great to have all three fan bases back in Freedom Hall supporting their newest additions. Cardinal fans should be ecstatic to see what Coach Pitino has labeled as the most talented recruiting class he has assembled during his tenure at the University of Louisville.” 
UK and UofL
Tickets, which cost $18 in advance ($20 at the door) and $50 for VIP Courtside seating, go on sale February 17, and are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com and by phone through TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets for the game and 2017 Pegasus Pins will allow for free admission to the Horseshoe Foundation Derby Festival Night of the Future Stars, which will be held on Friday, April 14, at Indiana University Southeast.
The Basketball Classic is presented by Papa John’s, with Contributing Sponsor Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County.  Media Sponsors are 99.7 DJX, B96.5 FM, and SLAM Magazine. Supporting Sponsor: Dick’s Sporting Goods.
First held in 1973, the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic has featured such players as Jamal Mashburn, Moses Malone, Rex Chapman, Pervis Ellison, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Darrell Griffith, Derek Anderson, Anfernee Hardaway and Michael Beasley, among many others.

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LouisvilleKY hosts WWE Smackdown LIVE for the first time Monday, Feb 13 2017 

Louisville, Ky,. – Pro-wrestling fans will be able to see WWE’s Smackdown Live for the first time ever in Louisville. Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 17 for the April 18, 2017, show at the KFC Yum! Center.

The card is expected to feature wrestling superstars Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt and many more.

Ticket prices start at $15 and go as high as $100.

More information can be found at www.wwe.com/shows

WWE Smackdown

 

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Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell Among Top Candidates for Naismith Trophy Thursday, Feb 9 2017 

 

 
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell is among the Top 30 players in consideration for the 2017 James. A. Naismith Trophy, presented to the nation’s most outstanding men’s college basketball player, in the list announced today.
 
Presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, Mitchell is among a nation-best seven ACC players on the list.  The 10 semifinalists for the national award will be announced March 1.
 
The Cardinals’ top scorer (15.0 ppg) in a balanced lineup, Mitchell is currently eighth in Ken Pomeroy’s national player of the year ratings.  He leads the ACC and ranks 16th in the nation in steals with 53 thefts this season (2.2 per game).
Donovan Mitchell
 
A 6-3 sophomore from Greenwich, Conn., Mitchell scored a career-high 29 points at Pittsburgh on Jan. 24 and enters Saturday’s 2 p.m. game against Miami needing 11 points for 600 in his career.  He was named the ACC and NCAA.com Player of the Week for games Jan. 23-29 when he averaged 28.5 points, five rebounds, four assists and shot 60 percent from the field, including 67 percent from the three-point line (12-of-18).
 
In his last 11 games, Mitchell has averaged 19.2 points 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.3 steals and made 32-of-74 three-pointers (.432).  Mitchell grabbed four steals in each of the last two games at Boston College and Virginia, the sixth time he had as many in a game this season.
 
The complete list of the Top 30 candidates is included below.
 
LAST
FIRST
CLASS
POSITION
SCHOOL
CONFERENCE
Bacon
Dwayne
Sophomore
G
Florida State
ACC
Ball
Lonzo
Freshman
G
UCLA
Pac 12
Berry II
Joel
Junior
G
North Carolina
ACC
Brooks
Dillon
Junior
F
Oregon  
Pac 12
Brunson
Jalen
Sophomore
G
Villanova
Big East
Colson
Bonzie
Junior
F
Notre Dame
ACC
Evans
Jawun
Sophomore
PG
Oklahoma State
Big 12
Foster
Marcus
Junior
G
Creighton
Big East
Fox
De’Aaron
Freshman
G
Kentucky
SEC
Fultz
Markelle
Freshman
G
Washington
Pac 12
Happ
Ethan
R-Sophomore
F
Wisconsin
Big Ten
Hart
Josh
Senior
G
Villanova
Big East
Jackson
Josh
Freshman
G
Kansas
Big 12
Jackson
Justin
Junior
F/G
North Carolina
ACC
Keene
Marcus
Junior
G
Central Michigan
MAC
Kennard
Luke
Sophomore
G
Duke
ACC
Landale
Jock
Junior
C
St. Mary’s
West Coast
Leaf
TJ
Freshman
F
UCLA
Pac 12
Markkanen
Lauri
Freshman
F
Arizona
Pac 12
Mason III
Frank
Senior
G
Kansas
Big 12
Mitchell
Donovan
Sophomore
G
Louisville
ACC
Monk
Malik
Freshman
G
Kentucky
SEC
Morris
Monte
Senior
G
Iowa State
Big 12
Motley
Jonathan
Junior
F
Baylor
Big 12
Peters
Alec
Senior
F
Valparaiso
Horizon League
Smith Jr.
Dennis
Freshman
G
NC State
ACC
Swanigan
Caleb
Sophomore
F
Purdue
Big Ten
Thornwell
Sindarius
Senior
G
South Carolina
SEC
Trimble
Melo
Junior
G
Maryland
Big Ten
Williams-Goss
Nigel
R-Junior
G
Gonzaga
West Coast

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Fundraising Efforts Accelerate LouisvilleKY Football Expansion Projects Thursday, Feb 9 2017 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville’s Cardinal Athletic Fund (CAF) has accelerated the completion of a $63-million project for Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and the Howard Schnellenberger Complex. With the aid of the football team’s successful 2016 season that saw the school’s highest finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference, a trip to the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, a top-20 ranking, and its first Heisman Trophy winner, the Louisville Athletics department has realized overwhelming fundraising success.

Originally scheduled for completion for the 2019 football season, the new expansion will be ready for opening in 2018. The expedited schedule is due to major gifts from Pepsi, the Kueber Family, and a recent $5 million pledge by Norton Healthcare. Additionally, within one year, fans and supporters donated approximately $47 million toward the project.
papa johns cardinal stadium
The Cardinals began construction on the new expansion in November 2016 after the final home game.

The Cardinal Athletic Fund’s staff has helped sell all 1,000 club seats, 70 premium boxes, and 12 exclusive field level suites.

“We are extremely appreciative for Norton Healthcare’s generous gift to allow this project to forge ahead,” Tom Jurich, UofL Vice President and Director of Athletics said. “They have always been a tremendous partner for our department, and this major gift certainly strengthens their commitment. The project is moving along steadily, and I’m very grateful for everyone who has contributed to the future of this program. Their gifts have enabled us to move up the completion date.”

“Norton Sports Health is happy to step up in support of this project, which includes a world-class training facility for student-athletes” said Russell Cox, President and CEO of Norton Healthcare. “We are pleased to partner with the University of Louisville Athletic Association in support of our shared commitment to sports health in this community.”

The first phase of the project that will be noticeable to the fans will be the seating structure for the interior bowl that will be in place for the start of the 2017 season. Approximately 10,000 seats will be added to the north end zone, which will go on sale to the public in early 2018.

Beginning January 1, 2018, renovations are scheduled to begin on the football complex, which includes dramatic changes to the training areas and improving the overall student-athlete experience. An additional 100,000 square feet of space will allow the team’s weight room and conditioning center to double in size, creating space for team workouts, conditioning, and an enhanced athletic training space equipped with a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy area.

A luxurious and spacious players’ lounge, improvements for coaches’ offices and the team locker room, and expansive theatre-style meeting areas also will be among the major improvements dedicated for student-athlete development.

The Cardinals open the 2017 season versus Purdue in a neutral-site game in Indianapolis, Ind., before beginning the 2018 campaign in the expanded Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

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