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June 14, 2018

FORMER UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY AND NBA STAR REX CHAPMAN TO SPEAK ON CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY

LOUISA, KY.  – The City of Louisa and RISEabove will host its third-annual HOOPS FOR HOPE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT AT LOCKVIEW PARK ON JUNE 22-24.

The five-on-five tournament will feature a men’s and women’s division. A $3,000 cash prize will be awarded to the men’s championship team. A cash prize will be awarded to the women’s championship team as well. It will be based on the number of teams in the tournament.

“This event is much more than a basketball tournament,” said RISEabove Board Chair Matt Brown. “This is a community event that is aimed to bring people together. The tournament will help us raise money for renovations to the LockView Park and help provide a better space for our children and families to enjoy.”

Brown, chief of staff at Addiction Recovery Care and a member of the Louisa City Council, along with Derek Hinkle, Daniel Ward, James Keeton, and Scott Robinson started RISEabove in 2015. Since its inception, it has raised more than $85,000. Monies raised have helped a variety of programs in and around Louisa, including medical expenses, food for low-income families, community events, and has raised money for addiction treatment.

The LockView Park is an example of RISEabove’s impact on Louisa. The organization has helped to renovate city parks, assist with feeding programs, provide a Christmas toy giveaway, fund a community Thanksgiving celebration, and assist families in dealing with cancer and other illnesses. Monies raised also help to provide alcohol and drug prevention programs.

“RISEabove is not an organization, it is a movement,” added Brown. “It is about demonstrating the power in unity and numbers. Together, we are making our community a better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

Former University of Kentucky and NBA star Rex Chapman will speak to the public on Championship Sunday (June 24) at 1:30 p.m.

“We are so excited to have Rex attend our event,” said Brown. “When you think about basketball in Kentucky, Rex is one of a handful of names that top the list.”

For more information on the Hoops for Hope Basketball Tournament and the RISE ABOVE organization, contact Brown at (606) 615-2872 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

June 14, 2018

Greater Ashland Tennis Association announces US OPEN WILD CARD CHALLENGE involvement


The eyes of the tennis world will focus on Ashland, Kentucky on July 22-29 during the BRAIDY INDUSTRIES $60,000 USTA PRO CIRCUIT WOMEN’S TENNIS CLASSIC. Tournament chairman Dr. Jack Ditty has announced that this year’s tournament will take part in the US Open Wild Card Challenge and will be live streamed on the internet.

The Ashland, KY tournament will be one of three tournaments which will decide the winner of the US Open Main Draw Wild Card for 2018. This winner must be an American woman player who advances through the most rounds and earns the most points in the tournaments taking place in Stockon, CA; Ashland, KY; and Lexington, KY.

Further elevating the tournament to the global stage is the addition of live scoring for all Main Draw matches along with live streaming of matches by the USTA. Over a five-day span, viewers all over the world can watch their favorite players compete in Ashland by logging on to usta.com.

The USTA Pro Circuit Tournament brings international players to small communities and inspires new generations of players to take part in the game. Spectators will see top players from countries such as Germany, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Japan, Australia, and South Africa arrive in eastern Kentucky to compete.

 

The $60,000 prize money is the largest the Ashland tournament has ever had. Greater Ashland Tennis Association will donate proceeds from the tournament to improving courts at the Ashland Tennis Center.

 

Ditty shared the impact lead sponsor Braidy Industries and the USTA Pro Circuit Tournament will have on the community:

“...It is with great pride and pleasure to welcome the USTA Pro Circuit back to Ashland, Kentucky after our last five tournaments from 2004-2008. The Title Sponsor for those five tournaments was Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. This Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s USTA Pro Circuit Event is made possible by the enthusiasm and hope that has come to Ashland during the past year by Craig Bouchard, who is the CEO of Braidy Industries. In Ashland, Braidy Industries will manufacture the strongest and lightest metal in the world utilizing a highly skilled labor force in Eastern Kentucky. Our entire community has welcomed Braidy Industries for the hope that it has created for a greater future for our citizens. This tennis tournament will shine a national and international light on Ashland, Kentucky during the week of July 21 to July 29, 2018. This will present our community to the world through the professional world class tennis players, officials and administrators in a beautiful public tennis facility with an exceptional tournament committee, generous sponsors and enthusiastic fans.”

Craig Bouchard, CEO of Braidy Industries believes that this region is the ideal location for such an event:

“...Braidy Industries sees exceptional promise in Northeastern Kentucky. We are proud to sponsor this event that brings professional tennis players to Ashland. Soon tennis players and fans all over the world will turn their eyes to our community and experience the hospitality and professionalism that is commonplace in this area.”

Tournament title sponsor, Braidy Industries is a future-leaning advanced manufacturer of metals for the global transportation and defense industries. The company recently broke ground on a $1.5 billion aluminum rolling mill in Ashland, KY.

 

---Greater Ashland Tennis Association

 

 

June 13, 2018

LC BASEBALL WELL REPRESENTED IN POSTSEASON AWARDS; EIGHT BULLDOGS RECEIVE HONORS


LOUISA, KY -- The postseason accolades keep rolling in for the Lawrence Co. baseball team as Senior Peyton Cyrus was named KHSBCA Third team All State on Monday afternoon. It was the first All State performer since 2014 when LC'S Joe Wallen was named.

Peyton Cyrus was electric all season long after battling back issues the last couple years.Peyton Cyrus was electric all season long after battling back issues the last couple years.

Eight different Bulldogs received some type of postseason award in 2018 after Lawrence Co. went 31-8 one win shy of tying for the most wins in one season which is held by the 2008 State Runner up team.

Senior Peyton Cyrus who led the team with a .473 batting average, 60 runs scored, 6 triples and was tied in Home Runs with 6, was also named 15th Region PLAYER OF THE YEAR along with ASHLAND DAILY ALL AREA first team and 15TH REGION ALL TOURNAMENT team in 2018 as well as the 58TH DISTRICT MVP. Cyrus was a key component out of the bullpen with a 3-1 record and a 0.64 ERA.

Brad Parks making a throw from shortstop in the District tournament. Brad Parks making a throw from shortstop in the District tournament.

Senior Brad Parks made the ASHLAND DAILY ALL AREA FIRST TEAM, 58TH DISTRICT TEAM hit .377 with a team leading 18 doubles, he hit 3 home runs, knocked in 37 and scored 48 runs. He also seen time in the mound with a 3-1 record and 2.42 ERA.

Senior Jarrett Fairchild was named Ashland Daily honorable mention, 58TH DISTRICT TEAM hit .362 with a team leading 44 RBIs and tied for the home run lead at 6.

Austin Roe with the base knock vs Floyd Central.Austin Roe with the base knock vs Floyd Central.

Junior Austin Roe was named to the EAST/WEST JUNIOR TEAM, Ashland Daily honorable mention, 58TH DISTRICT TEAM hit .360 and had a team high 32 walks and was the everyday catcher.

Sophomore CJ Fairchild was named to the EAST/WEST SOPHOMORE TEAM and Ashland Daily Honorable Mention after missing some time early in the year. Fairchild was 4-1 on the mound with a 1.69 ERA.

Sophomore Jackson Feltner was named to the EAST/WEST SOPHOMORE TEAM, Ashland Daily honorable mention and 58th District team. Feltner had a team leading 53 hits and spotted a .417 batting average.

Sophomore Tyler Maynard was named to the 15TH REGION ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM, 58TH DISTRICT TEAM, Ashland Daily honorable mention. Maynard hit .364 and was good on the mound as well with a 5-1 record and a 2.37 ERA.

Southpaw 8th grader Bryce Blevins was the number one starter on a 31-8 Bulldog team.  image3.jpegSouthpaw 8th grader Bryce Blevins was the number one starter on a 31-8 Bulldog team. image3.jpeg

8th Grader Bryce Blevins was the top pitcher for the Dawgs this year and was named Ashland Daily honorable mention, ALL 58TH DISTRICT TEAM and was 9-2 on the mound with a 1.73 ERA.

 

 

 

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