Louisville commits describe hometown legacy, excitement for future Thursday, May 26 2022 

By Louisville Male High School’s student paper, thebrooknbreck

Since 1856, Louisville Male High School has had an athletic legacy that extends past Preston Highway, to a school 10 minutes away: the University of Louisville.

Selah Brown, class of 2022, and Kaleb Glenn, class of 2023, are two athletes  attending Male and looking forward to continuing their athletic career as “Hometown Heroes.”

Both have expressed that they would like their legacy at Male to be left as one of the “greatest” football/basketball players to walk through Male, and have worked hard to both earn this title and continue it at Louisville.

Kaleb Glenn: One of the “Greatest to Ever Play at Male”

U of L commit Kaleb Glenn, from his Instagram

Tim Haworth, Glenn’s former basketball coach, said “[The] sky’s the limit for Kaleb. He’s one of the most humble and hardworking kids I’ve ever been around.”

Haworth had met with Glenn before and after school every day this year, bringing in trainers or personal coaches to work with him. Haworth is dedicated to coaching Glenn, saying he is going down as one of the greatest to ever play at Male. 

Haworth also believes Glenn has a chance to be an NBA player one day if he keeps working as he does. Glenn himself has similar goals while at Louisville, hoping to get better while enjoying his time and then hopefully get drafted.

Glenn values hard work and it is one of the things he prides himself on. One of his biggest role models is the 2021 Finals MVP and 2021 NBA Champion Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks because he is a good guy that values hard work. Glenn hopes to inspire people to work hard and is excited to continue this legacy of work ethic at Louisville. 

Selah Brown: “The Next Chris Redman From the Defensive Side”

Selah Brown has similar goals at Louisville, where he hopes to rep Louisville across his chest the best way he can. This includes both on and off the field. He wants not only an academic degree but also an ACC championship during his time at the university.

Chris Wolfe, Male’s head football coach said, “Selah is probably one of the most inspirational players that I’ve coached, as far as the

U of L commit Selah Brown, from his Instagram

way he interacts with his teammates, the way he interacts with his coaches, and even the faculty members. There seems to be true love for Selah. He has had a pretty remarkable run and it’s going to compare to the elite classes that we’ve had at Male.”

Wolfe compares Selah to being the next Chris Redman (former U of L quarterback from 1996-2000) from the defensive side saying, “Chris Redman is probably the most popular U of L player and Male graduate. Selah might be in that same category, but to do it from the defensive side would be pretty impressive.”

When talking to Chris Redman, he said Male was a great school to prepare him for Louisville. Redman is the third generation in his family to play football at Louisville, valuing this legacy of growth for the Louisville football program. In attending both Male and Louisville, Redman created valued relationships with his classmates, teammates, and coaches.

Continuing at U of L

Redman described the special relationship between college athletes who choose to stay in their hometown and their fans. “Fans appreciate athletes continuing their career in Louisville,” he said. “Utilize all the help and opportunities there.” This is something both Glenn and Brown have expressed excitement for.

Brown has worked with Coach Satterfield since his freshman year of high school and is thrilled to continue developing his relationship with Coach Satterfield at Louisville. “I know I am getting a good coach out of him,” he said.

Both Brown and Glenn value family-oriented programs and strong relationships, which is one of the main reasons Glenn chose Louisville. “Going into the recruiting process, I was open to everyone, but Louisville was that school that built a great relationship with me,” he said.

As Glenn continues to develop his relationship with the new head coach, Kenny Payne, he said he likes what he [Payne) brings to the table.

Brown and Glenn, like Redman and many other Male Alumni before them, are continuing on the transitional legacy that dozens of student-athletes take from Male High School to the University of Louisville.

The tradition is likely to be continued, as several underclass prospects at Male are also considering Louisville. It will be exciting and interesting to watch their journies. 

Editors Note: This story was written in collaboration with the students of Louisville Male High School. More stories from their newspaper can be accessed here. 

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Final Four Bound! Louisville Women’s Basketball beats Michigan, advancing to the national semifinals Wednesday, Mar 30 2022 

By Daniel Rankin —

Big smiles, tears of joy, and even bigger celebrations filled the Wichita night as the No. 1 seeded Louisville Cardinals defeated the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines Monday, 62-50, to advance to the Final Four.

Hailey Van Lith led the way late, finishing with 22 points on the night, marking her fourth straight game-breaking the 20 point threshold. However, it was an all-around team effort for the Cards, with multiple players contributing in a tough battle against Michigan.

Chelsie Hall stepped up early when the Michigan defense put substantial pressure on Van Lith, holding the Louisville offense down early. With Louisville’s best shooters covered, Hall stepped up and hit multiple shots to give the Cards the early momentum and finished with a critical 15 points on the night.

“We wouldn’t have won without her,” explained Van Lith. “She brought it on defense by pressuring their guards and was big-time tonight offensively.”

Although the Cardinals led for the entire first half, the game remained extremely tight, with their largest lead only hitting seven points. A late run from the Wolverines brought the game within one point with the chance to take the lead going into the half. However, Hall forced a crucial turnover in the closing seconds allowing Kianna Smith to extend the Cards’ lead to 30-27 going into the half.

In the third quarter, Louisville increased its lead up to nine with key jumpers from Van Lith and intense defense from the likes of Mykasa Robinson and Emily Engstler. But, the Wolverines continued to stay nearby and took advantage of foul trouble from Louisville’s starting forwards.

In a season that has been somewhat overshadowed by two fourth-quarter collapses, the game’s final ten minutes proved this team is ready for the next step forward.

Halfway through the quarter, the Louisville offense started to slow and gave Michigan the momentum. The Wolverines appeared to be on the brink of a game-ending run when Coach Walz called a timeout. The message in the huddle was clear, “We knew if we didn’t get stops in those last minutes, we wouldn’t win the game,” said Kianna Smith after the game. Coming off the timeout, the Cardinals did just that. In fact, more as Louisville held Michigan scoreless for the final 5:42 of the game.

Van Lith explained that their defensive intensity is something Walz has preached all year: “no matter what happens on the offensive end, we have to play tough defense and get stops down the floor.”

Forward Olivia Cochran, visibly exhausted, a foul away from exiting, and wearing an eye mask after getting elbowed against Tennessee, stepped up in a mighty way, icing the game and giving Louisville the Elite 8 victory.

For Head Coach Jeff Walz, it’s the program’s fourth Final Four appearance and first since 2018. The win also continues the trend of having every player under Jeff Walz appearing in the Final Four.

“‘I’m going to do whatever I can to win him a national championship,” stated Senior Emily Engstler, who shared what it means to play for Walz. Hailey Van Lith agreed, saying, “He always has our back and cares for us. It’s not just business or basketball; he works on the person you are off the court. Every girl on this team would run through a wall for him.”

While the team was rightfully excited about the win, they know it isn’t done yet. “We’ve accomplished something amazing, but I know we can go to the national championship and win,” stated Engstler confidently. Van Lith agreed, “We’ll do anything for each other, which makes us so dangerous; we’re doing this for our city.”

The Final Four begins this Friday, April 1, when the Louisville Cardinals face the defending National Champion South Carolina Gamecocks at 7 pm on ESPN.

Stay tuned here for more coverage as we preview and recap the final four and other U of L athletics news.

Photo by Daniel Rankin // The Louisville Cardinal

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Women’s Basketball advances to fourth straight Elite 8 Sunday, Mar 27 2022 

By Daniel Rankin —

On Saturday, March 26, the No. 1 seeded Louisville Cardinals took down the No. 4 Tennessee Volunteers, 76-64. 

With the win, the Cardinals move one win away from advancing to the Final Four held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and three away from a program’s first National Championship. 

Sophomore Guard Hailey Van Lith lead the way with 23 points, her third game in a row with 20+ points. Emily Engstler also hit 20 points capping off another double-double performance.

Kianna Smith and Chelsie Hall also contributed a solid on both sides off the ball. Like most of the season, the Cards’ elite defense was the night’s story holding Tennessee to a 22.2% field goal percentage in the second quarter and forcing 18 turnovers on the night.

After the Cardinals took the lead early in the game, the Volunteers never gained back the lead. However, the game remained close until the last minute. 

In the final minute, the Louisville crowd who made the journey to Wichita filled the arena with sound as the time expired, and Louisville confirmed its fourth straight trip to the Elite 8. 

After the game, Coach Walz was visibly pleased with the win. However, the expectations for this team are much higher, “It’s nice to still be playing.” The mood around the team yesterday was “energetic,” as described by Emily Engstler. Still, the sights quickly move to Monday night when the Cards face the University of Michigan at 9 pm on ESPN.

The two are no strangers after the Cards’ picked up a 70-48 win back in December. Jeff Walz and his team will undoubtedly be looking to repeat their appearance to return to the program’s Final Four since 2018.

Stay tuned for more coverage as we preview and recap the upcoming Elite 8 matchup.

Photo by Daniel Rankin // The Louisville Cardinal

 

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