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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Saturday Cardinal Couple -- White visits UofL


-Jatarie White a 2014 prospect?

-Kentucky Girls High School Softball results

-Cardinal Couple Radio Today

-Belmont Stakes

Seeing tall girls on the UofL campus isn't all that uncommon. After all, the school does play college basketball and volleyball. Seeing one of the top recruits for 2014 in women's basketball is news, however...and Jatarie White paid a visit to the Cards campus Thursday.

The 6'4" Providence Day (NC) paint dweller was named North Carolina's Player of the Year by both Gatorade and the Associated Press as a junior. She averaged 19 points, 10.6 rebounds and Providence Day won the 3A Independent Schools Championship. The soon-to-be senior is listed as the #12 prospect in the nation in the ESPNW Hoop Gurlz Super 60 for the 2014 class.

She's been far as the college unofficial visit scene goes...with trips to South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Clemson, Florida, Miami and FSU.

Her coach at Providence Day, Josh Springer, is pretty high on her:

"Her magnetic personality attracts teammates to her and she lifts them up even though they aren't at the same talent level as she is. She's become more confident in herself, not just as a scorer and a rebounder but as a leader on our team and as a great ambassador for our program."

And, she's 6'4". Did we mention that? But, she has commented that she really doesn't want to be a center on the college level...preferring to go to a "4" or "3" spot.

No problem. The 2014 squad will have Sara Hammond, Cortnee Walton, Shawnta Dyer and Emmonnie Henderson in uniform. We're pretty sure Coach Walz can find a center in that bunch. 

Lease a billboard in her hometown, Coach Walz. Twitter and Facebook her up, Cardinal fans. This recruit has the potential to be a program changer. Let's see how she looks in red and black.


Kentucky Girls Softball Tournament action Friday saw about a thousand games played in between the raindrops in the double elimination format. Louisville Mercy beat Owensboro Catholic 3-2 in 12 innings to advance to the winners bracket final...where they'll play Greenwood, a 9-0 winner over Lone Oak to get there. Here's the whole list of Friday scores:

Mercy 1 - Boyle Co. 0
Lone Oak 5 - Scott Co. 0
Owensboro Catholic 5 - Ashland Blazer 1
Greenwood 13 - Notre Dame 0
Oldham Co. 10 - Estill Co. 0
Montgomery Co. 4 - South Laurel 2
Central Hardin 6 - Male 4
Livingston Cent. 11 - Magoffin Co. 3
Oldham Co. 4 - Scott Co. 3
Greenwood 9 - Lone Oak 0
Boyle Co. 9 - Central Hardin 1
Livingston Cent. 4 - Notre Dame 3
Ashland Blazer 2 - Montgomery Co. 0
Livingston Cent. 2 - Oldham Co. 1
Boyle Co. 3 - Ashland Blazer 0
Boyle Co. 5 - Lone Oak 2
Mercy 3 - Owensboro Catholic 2
Owensboro Catholic 4 - Livingston Central 2

Fighting it out in the losers bracket final game is Owensboro Catholic and Boyle Co. The winner of that one will await what happens in the winners' bracket.

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CARDINAL COUPLE RADIO HOUR today at 11 a.m. on Crescent Hill Radio. We expect a full broadcast crew and maybe even a studio visit from Sonja. (Someone has to keep Monkeyberry Moon Delight away from the banana rum and Sonja is wiry...).

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Paul, Jeff and Jenny. Talkin' UofL women's sports and other general nonsense. Link below.



The final leg of horse racing's Triple Crown goes today with the Belmont Stakes in soggy New York. Although there will be no Triple crown winner again this year, the winners of the Kentucky Derby (ORB) and the Preakness Stakes (Oxbow) will match up in the mile and a half test. Fourteen runners are scheduled to contest the Belmont dirt, which has been pounded by rain the last couple of days. If they can get this track to fast conditions, it'll be the eighth wonder of the world.

I like Peter Pan Stakes winner FREEDOM CHILD to pull off the minor upset. This one loves the off-going and won convincingly on the same track a couple of weeks ago. For exactas and trifectas, I'll figure in FREEDOM CHILD with ORB, PALACE MALICE, GOLDEN SOUL and filly UNLIMITED BUDGET.

Sonja says, just bet ORB and accept 5/2 odds if you can get it. They won't stop the Shug McGaughey/Joel Rosario combination today and ORB loves the Belmont surface...wet or dry.

Good luck!



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