bOYS' hIGH SCHOOL GOLF
Lexington Christian surges to 6-shot lead in state tourney
Lexington Christian is halfway home to repeating as boys' state golf champion. The Eagles, led by senior veterans Hager Collins and Chandler Fischer, had four players break 80 in the first round of the Leachman/KHSAA State Tournament at Bowling Green Country Club on Tuesday.
LCA's team total of 306 gave it a six-shot lead on St. Mary (312) and a seven-shot edge over Madison Central (313) going into Wednesday's final round. Louisville Christian (315) is in fourth place, followed by St. Xavier (317).
Never miss a local story.
West Jessamine (324), one of the tournament favorites, found itself 18 shots out of the lead.
Stephen Stallings of St. Xavier and Nick Thompson of St. Mary shot even-par 72s to share the individual lead.
LCA was hoping its experience would pay off this week.
Collins and Fischer, who helped lead the Eagles to the title last year, each shot a 75 on Tuesday. Scott Barnhart had a 77 for LCA, and Will Handshoe added a 79. Ethan Sprang's 85 did not count in the team score.
Madison Central, which beat LCA for the region title, was led by region medalist Kyle Congleton's 76. John Cornelison had a 77, Carter Skipworth 79 and Dylan Kelley 81.
West Jessamine, which won six invitational tournaments during the regular season and shot the lowest region score, had only one golfer break 80 — sophomore Fred Allen Meyer carded a 73.
The Colts' region medalist Connor Haas had an 80, Travis Rose an 83, Wes Skipworth an 88 and Byron Speech an 89.
Three Lexington golfers qualified for the state as individuals. Lexington Catholic's Matthew Mahle shot a 75, Henry Clay's Preston French a 78 and Chandler Morgan an 81.
Talks break down, games in jeopardy
Commissioner David Stern floated it as an idea more than a firm proposal: a 50-50 revenue split. Even so, the union's reply was unequivocal. "They said, 'We can't do it.'" according to Stern.
And with that, the remainder of the pre-season was lost and the first two weeks of the regular season moved to the brink of cancellation. The NBA shelved the rest of its exhibition schedule Tuesday and will wipe out the first two weeks of the regular season if there is no labor agreement by Monday.
"We were not able to make the progress that we hoped we could make and we were not able to continue the negotiations," Stern said after nearly fours of talks between owners and players ended without gaining ground on a new deal.
No further meetings were scheduled, making it even more likely the league will lose games to a work stoppage for the first time since 1998-99, when the season was reduced to 50 games.
Orta earns SEC cross country honor
After posting the fastest 8,000-meter time of his collegiate career, Kentucky cross country junior Luis Orta was named the Southeastern Conference's men's runner of the week. Orta finished 10th out of 240 runners at the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday with a time of 24:17.72.
■ Former Kentucky baseball star Andrew Albers pitched five shutout innings and earned the victory for Canada against Puerto Rico in the IABF World Cup on Sunday. The Saskatchewan native, who pitched for the Wildcats from 2005-08, ended the minor-league season at Double A in the Minnesota Twins' organization.
In 22 games with two starts at Class A Advanced Fort Myers, Albers went 4-1 with a 1.55 ERA with four saves. At Double-A New Britain, Albers was 4-1 with a 2.91 ERA in 13 games and five starts.
Summit to receive Maggie Dixon award
Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt will receive the Maggie Dixon Courage award when she brings her Lady Vols to the sixth annual Classic in New York that honors the former Army coach. Summitt surprised the sports world with her announcement in August that she had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. She will begin her 38th season when the Lady Vols start practice on Wednesday. Tennessee will face DePaul in the second game of the doubleheader at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 11. Six-foot-eight Brittney Griner and Baylor will take on St. John's in the opener.
■ Former Louisville star Angel McCoughtry, who plays for the Atlanta Dream, was named to the WNBA's first team after finishing second in MVP voting to Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings.
Catchings, who has been selected to nine All-WNBA teams, including six first teams, led the voting with 187 points. Joining Catchings on the first team were McCoughtry (172 votes), Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (168), Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles (166) and Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen (164).
high school Volleyball
Assumption star in Sports Illustrated
In this week's issue of Sports Illustrated, which was scheduled to go on newsstands Wednesday, Assumption volleyball player Katie George was to be featured as one of the magazine's "Faces in the Crowd." The 5-foot-10 senior setter—outside hitter, who has committed to play at the University of Louisville, was named MVP of the Durango Classic in Las Vegas after leading the Rockets to the tournament title. She had team highs in digs (24), assists (87) and kill percentage (.687).
IndyCar crew member injured at Sparta
Panther Racing crew member Eric Scheumann had surgery to repair fractures in his tibia and fibula after being injured during a pit road accident Sunday during the IndyCar race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Scheumann works on JR Hildebrand's car.
The last word
West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen said he's disappointed there were thousands of empty seats for the Mountaineers' most recent home football game. About 46,000 fans attended West Virginia's game with Bowling Green in a cold, steady rain Saturday in Morgantown. Holgorsen said:
"Whatever our expectations are with our players as far as preparing every week and going to the game and playing our best, I highly encourage our students and our support to take the same approach. You only get seven opportunities a year. What's so hard about it? Is it too cold? It wasn't too cold for our players. It wasn't too cold for our coaches, our managers and our trainers."