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Kentuckiana’s Fittest

Four Barrel CrossFit hosted 6th annual event

Photos by Jason Applegate

Sept. 30

Four Barrel CrossFit

Four Barrel CrossFit hosted the 6th annual Kentuckiana’s Fittest competition at their New Albany location. The event – known as simply “KF” to the local CrossFit community brought out 180 competitors – and scores of spectators – who competed in five events throughout the day.

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Matthew Mitchell will start from scratch this year, without star power but with a lot of depth

John Calipari loses – and replaces – key players every year on his Kentucky men’s basketball team. But for Matthew Mitchell, coach of the UK women’s team, losing key players can be extremely disruptive.

And that is the case for this year’s squad. Gone by graduation from last year’s nationally ranked team that won 22 games and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament are Makayla Epps, the dynamic floor leader and shotmaker, and Evelyn Akhator, the imposing inside presence.

Epps scored 17.7 points a game and shot 35.5 percent from three-point range. Akhator added 16 points and nearly 11 rebounds a game. She was the third pick overall in the WNBA draft, by the Dallas Wings. The fiery Epps was drafted in the third round by the Chicago Sky.

So, in other words, much to replace.

The burden falls on two double-figure scorers from last year, juniors Taylor Murray and Maci Morris. Both are sweet-shooting backcourt players, and Murray, in particular, is as fast a player as anyone in the country. She also was a McDonald’s All-American (a reference all of Big Blue Nation is familiar with) while in high school in Odenton, Md.

Of all returning players from last year’s team, Murray carries over the most points per game (12.2), rebounds (4.9 a game), assists (3.9 a game) and steals (2.0 a game). Morris averaged 11.8 a game and led the team with 53 made threes.

Whether either one has the dynamic, aggressive floor leadership abilities that Epps brought to the court will have to remain to be seen. But the early season has produced a 3-0 record and a national ranking. And the two veterans combined for 34 points in the third win of the season, 71-54 over the University of Montana. Murray added 12 rebounds in that game.

Another returner, senior Jessica Hardin (a transfer from Bellarmine), was leading the team in three-point average a year ago before suffering a concussion that ended her junior season. Mitchell regards her value as more than just shooting. She’s an energetic hustler, as well.

As is Jaida Roper, a 5-6 sophomore whose slim statistics last year probably weren’t an indication of how much Mitchell hopes she’ll bring to the court this year.

And then there’s replacing Akhator. In early season play, 6-3 freshman Dorie Harrison has been asserting herself. She had nine rebounds in 20 minutes in the season opener, a 101-point effort over Sacramento State; and another eight rebounds against Montana.

But the team suffered a severe loss, even before the season began, with a knee injury to Ogechi Anyagaligbo, a 6-1 junior who transferred to UK from SUNY Stony Brook, where she was the America East Conference freshman of the year, averaging 10 points and nine rebounds.

Other bright spots in the season-opening win over Sacramento State were Makenzie Cann, a 6-1 senior guard who scored 17 points, making six of nine shots, four of six from three; and Tatyana Wyatt, a 6-2 freshman forward, who scored 13 points in 15 minutes off the bench.

Cann had another double-figure game against Gardner-Webb, scoring 10 points (with four-of-seven shooting) and with seven rebounds in the team’s 72-34 route. Last year, Cann played inside a lot, because of her height. The feeling is, the deeper talent on this year’s squad will enable her to roam the floor, where her height will make her a tough matchup for most teams.

And Roper, making the most of her off-the-bench opportunities, came in against Sacramento State and threw up six shots in 21 minutes, scoring nine points. She scored another 10 against Gardner- Webb, and 14 against Montana.

But the season’s early non-conference games in November are just that. Early games in November. Coach Mitchell will remind you it’s a long season, especially in the SEC, arguably the strongest women’s basketball league in the country. South Carolina is the reigning national champion, last year ending the Connecticut Huskies’ four-year reign. The Gamecocks beat another SEC school, Mississippi State (who knocked off the Huskies in the semifinals), in the national championship game.

Last year, Texas A&M, LSU, Missouri, Auburn and Tennessee also made the tournament (as well, of course, as Kentucky and the two championship finalists). And Tennessee, when coached by the late, legendary Pat Summitt, was probably the country’s most elite program, with eight national championships and five other losses in the championship game. Summitt’s gone, but Tennessee still brings the weird-colored magic.

But Kentucky is not looking in from the outside. Mitchell can do much more than dance like Elvis. His Kentucky teams have won 71 percent of their games. He has led them to eight straight NCAA tournament appearances, developing the games of such UK superstars as Victoria Dunlap and A’dia Mathies. His teams have reached three Elite Eights. He’d probably laugh at the notion, though, that this might be his toughest rebuilding year. He’d probably say that every year is tough and challenging.

Calipari’s teams are always loaded with promising freshmen. Mitchell is not without the same on his team this year. Keke McKinney, a 6-1 frosh from Knoxville, Tenn., is learning a new role. She played the 1 or 2 in high school, but Mitchell wants her out on the court, probably in the 3 position. Even as a freshman, though, on a team dominated by upperclassmen, she has shown the vocal, aggressive personality that made Epps such a compelling presence during her UK tour.

Ten players played double-figure minutes against Sacramento State, eight more against Gardner-Webb, and seven against Montana. That’s a preview of the depth Mitchell expects to get from his team this year. Of course, minutes on the floor tend to condense as players’ strengths and weaknesses emerge and the level of competition gets tougher. Kentucky basketball fans have become used to seeing every year how Calipari goes from 10 or 11 players early to a nucleus of seven or eight in the cauldron of the real season. But Mitchell has indicated just the opposite tendency, especially with this team.

Without a breakthrough, dominant player – like Dunlap, Mathies or Epps – he’s counting on the strength of this team being its depth. The ability to bring in fresh legs without losing competitiveness. It’s a factor that always plays well against less-deep teams, who begin gasping for breath and tugging on their shorts, especially in up-tempo games. It’s what he expects to see this year.

But is that how it will play out? Coaches who preach depth and balance are always hoping that somebody steps up and claims superstar status, providing the bulk of minutes, points and leadership to take their teams deep into the NCAA tournament.

Does Mitchell have that superstar? Might it be Murray, or Morris, or maybe Wyatt, or Cann, or Harrison? The beginning of every season is always rife with unknown possibilities. The fun of the season is seeing how all that plays out.

Even more fun than one of Mitchell’s stank legs or hammer-time dances, baggy Hammer pants and all.


Silver Creek Cheerleaders Win State Championship


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The Sellersburg community is still cheering after the Silver Creek High School Cheerleaders captured the Indiana State Championship in the Varsity C division Nov. 4.

“We’ve been so close at times in the past, and one of the worst feelings in the world is coaching a team up to that point and falling just a little short of that ultimate prize,” said Coach Jennifer Coffman. “You just hurt for the kids because you see the work they put in each day. In the moments leading into rankings that day, I just wanted it so badly for them. This is a special group of girls, as far as work ethic is concerned, and they had such a burning desire to capture the title this year – they worked so hard to see it through. I think when their name was called as the state champion, as a coach, there is just no greater joy than to see it all unfold and to see them be rewarded for all the work they’ve put in. It was a moment we will never forget, I am certain of that.”

In addition to winning the state title, the Dragons also placed fifth in the Time Out Division.


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Partner stunt group

A Silver Creek partner stunt group made up of five of the athletes also took home the state title in that division. And Bri Hudson was named to the 2017 Indiana All-state Team. She becomes only the second cheerleader from Silver Creek to receive the honor.

Silver Creek Cheerleading Team Members include:


Alexia Harris

Ally Nelson

Anna Whittinghill

Brailey Cassady

Braylin Trump

Bri Hudson

Briley Morris

Dayna Wilson

Destiny Ogden

Emma Long

Haley Robinson

Hunter Schnatter

Kenzie Mudd

Kiersten Jewell

Kylee Scott

Lexi McLemore

Taylor Shrout


Ally Nelson

Bri Hudson

Briley Morris

Kylee Scott

Lexi McLemore


Ally Nelson

Anna Whittinghill

Brailey Cassady

Braylin Trump

Bri Hudson

Briley Morris

Dayna Wilson

Destiny Ogden

Haley Robinson

Katie Simmons

Kiersten Jewell

Kylee Scott

Lexi McLemore



Fitness & Fashion at Finn’s

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Finn’s Southern Kitchen in Louisville Photos by David Harrison 

Thursday is indeed the new Friday at Finn’s Southern Kitchen. This new restaurant located directly behind the Germantown Mill Lofts is becoming the hotspot for fashion shows and philanthropy with a twist. Most recently, it was the venue for Fashion & Fitness at Finn’s, a 3-course dinner event June 29 that featured the year’s hottest fitness trends modeled by some of Kentuckiana’s favorite fitness instructors.
screen-shot-2017-08-05-at-5-25-59-pmAttendees saw fitness and athleisure looks from Modern Elegance, B.YOU, Dress & Dwell, Patti G’s Tennis Plus, Collections Boutique, Lululemon, Alo Yoga, Clodhoppers, A. St. Clair, and Peach.

The fashion show was styled by Shannon Kessler, owner of Primp Style Lounge, and emceed by Miranda Popp, and benefited Cure
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Sacred Heart Academy Swim Team Celebrates State Championship

Valkyries capture fifth straight team title

Louisville, Ky. – Sacred Heart Academy (SHA) in Louisville celebrated its state championship swimming team – and coach, Jim Luebbe, who was honored with the Tim Cahill Outstanding Coach Award – in late February after the Valkyries captured their fifth consecutive championship for SHA by winning six of 12 events and finishing with 372.5 points.

Senior Brooke Forde finished the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:39.87. Forde also set a state record in the 200 free with a time of 1:44.68. Forde was named both the outstanding meet competitor and the Midway University Kentucky High School Athletic Association Female Student Athlete of the Year.

Junior Tonner DeBeer won the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.02 seconds and the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.94 seconds.

Forde and DeBeer led the way for Sacred Heart, swimming legs on the victorious 200 medley and 400 free relay teams.

DeBeer, Sophia Miller, Allison Bauer and Forde won the 400-yard freestyle relay, and nearly broke the state record set by SHA last year.

SHA is a college preparatory school for girls founded in 1877 by the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville. A national Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, SHA is an International Baccalaureate School with 99 percent of the students pursuing higher education in hundreds of colleges and universities nationally and internationally. The class of 2016 earned more than $29 million in college scholarships. SHA has won 84 state athletic championships. The school has more than 10,000 alumnae.

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IU Southeast vs. Hanover

Grenadiers Split doubleheader with Hanover

Photos by David Harrison


The IU Southeast softball team split a close doubleheader with Hanover on March 8, defeating the Panthers 4-3 in game one before falling 1-0.

The Grenadiers surrendered the first two runs of the contest but used a four-run fourth inning to take the lead.

In the fourth, Justice Kline walked and Becca Schoenung and Emily Weiss followed with singles to load the bases. A wild pitch scored Kline and Morgan Keefer followed with an RBI single to bring in Weiss. Clara Shean laid down a squeeze bunt that brought in Schoenung and a wild throw from pitcher Sydney Griffin allowed Keefer to score.

Emily Gray was solid in her complete-game win. She allowed three runs, two earned on nine hits and struck out two.

Becca Schoenung and Emily Weiss each had two hits for the Grenadiers. In game two, Hanover starter Anna Phillippe shut down the Grenadier offense allowing just four hits and three walks in a complete-game shutout.


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Eventfully Yours with Christy and Laurie | Episode 8: Tips for (Wedding) Trips

Wedding trips, either for destination weddings or for the honeymoon, are blissfully made easy with Bliss Travel. In this edition of Eventfully Yours, Christy and Laurie sit down with Mark Bliss, owner of Bliss Travel, to talk tips and what a travel expert brings to the table. When planning the honeymoon or that special destination wedding, you will be intrigued on just how many things you can make easy by reaching out to a real, live person instead of searching online.

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Located in beautiful, historic New Albany, Indiana, Eventful 203 is a truly unique Meeting and Wedding Planning Resource Center focused on creating a relaxed and inspired way of planning your events.


Laurie Hagg | laurie@eventful203.com | 502.905.3054 | www.eventful203.com

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Mark Bliss | Bliss Travel | 1614 East Spring Street, New Albany, IN 47150 | (812) 949 1611 | markblisstravel@gmail.com

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Eventfully Yours | Episode 7: Him and Her

Kristy and Laurie dish Him and Her. From drinks by the Exchange to fashion by Him Gentleman Boutique, Weddings and what to wear and how to wear it. Ross Wallace (Parnter, Him Gentleman Boutique) and Matt Simpson (Marketing and Sales Manager, The Exchange) sit in with the dishing duo adding the ‘him’ to their ‘her’.


Also Please Join Laurie and Kristy at the Loft on Spring for Laurel Dreams | Bridal Fashion Show.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Doors @ 10: 30 a.m.
Fashion Show @ 11 a.m.
Vendor Mingle @ 11: 30 a.m.
(Saturday dress appointments from 1-6 p.m.)
Sunday, January 29 – Dress Appointments each hour from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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Eventfully Yours w/ Kristy and Laurie | The I Do’s and You Better Nots of Wedding Etiquette

Sallie Plass of Etiquette Enrichment politely discusses proper protocol with Kristy and Laurie.  Who chooses the color and length of dress for the Mother and Mother-in-Law? If you do not intend to invite someone to the wedding can you invite them to a shower?  Find out these answers and much much more on wedding etiquette.

Kristy, the socialite. Laurie, the expert. Together, we dish about all things event-related. From the current trends to the when, where and how to have it — along with whom to use.

Eventfully Yours with Kristy Miles-Pearson and Laurie Haag is brought to you by Eventful 203 and presented by Extol Podcasting.

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Located in beautiful, historic New Albany, Indiana, Eventful 203 is a truly unique Meeting and Wedding Planning Resource Center focused on creating a relaxed and inspired way of planning your events.

Laurie Hagglaurie@eventful203.com | 502.905.3054 | www.eventful203.com


About our Guest:

Sallie Plass has trained with Maria Everding, president and founder of The Etiquette Institute in St. Louis, MO. Sallie is certified to teach business and social etiquette. She can give group presentations, dining tutorials, individual consultations, as well as customized programs that meet the needs or desires of businesses, universities and professional organizations.

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Indulge yourself & your bridal party on you big day by renting our beautifully adorned and functional space for your event day Hair and Make-Up. Hire and bring in your own stylist team or get recommendations from our Stylist Association.  This is truly the way to have the room to spread out and relax and get all your beauty needs taken care of on such a special occasion.

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Eventfully Yours w/ Kristy and Laurie | Episode 3: Archways and Covered Bridges

Kristy and Laurie host their podcast at the beautiful Covered Bridge Golf Club and they dish about a trend becoming the new norm.  The backdrop is set and now all was needed is the archway, which Tara Dye from Occasions Splendid Event Rentals was happy to bring.

Kristy, the socialite. Laurie, the expert. Together, we dish about all things event-related…. From the current trends to the when, where and how to have it — Along with who to use!

Eventfully Yours with Kristy Miles-Pearson and Laurie Haag is brought to you by Eventful 203 and presented by Extol Podcasting.

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eventful203LOGO (3) webLocated in beautiful, historic New Albany, Indiana, Eventful 203 is a truly unique Meeting and Wedding Planning Resource Center focused on creating a relaxed and inspired way of planning your events.

Laurie Hagglaurie@eventful203.com | 502.905.3054 | www.eventful203.com

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Not planning an event, but love our pieces? We also have rental packages that are perfect for photography.  A vintage piece can be the perfect addition to your family or individual photos.

Our Stockroom is now open and we would love to show you around.  Scheduled by appointment only.

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