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Congratulations to all!
Press release from the University of Louisville Athletic Department:
SOUTH BEND, IND. – The University of Louisville track and field teams finished with five wins, including four on the women’s side to propel the Cardinal women to a first place finish. The men had recorded a win in the long jump to finish fourth on the day. Overall, the Cardinals finished with 17 top three finishes on Saturday afternoon.
“We were able to get a lot accomplished today,” said head coach Dale Cowper. “I was particularly pleased with the way our women’s squad came out and competed across all event areas. It was exciting to see some of our freshman begin to step forward. Brooke Raglin, Gabriela Leon, and Dorcas Wasike were each able to pick up their first of many collegiate victories today.”
Raglin and Wasike led the Cardinal women on the track while Emmonnie Henderson and Leon led the women in the field events. Raglin won the 60 meter prelim with a time of 7.59 before coming back and winning the finals with a season best time of 7.51. Wasike won the 3,000 meter run with a time of 9:43.82.
Henderson won her second straight shot put event. She won with a season best throw of 16.78m/55’3/4″. Leon won the pole vault, clearing a season best of 3.97m/13’1/4″ for the win.
“Freshman Donald McClinton stood out today for the men’s squad with a huge win in the long jump and then a runner-up finish in the 60 meter dash,” said Cowper. “Our men’s group has showed promise on the track and in the field events at different times this season. As we progress, we need to see all event areas clicking at the same competition.”
McClinton won the long jump with a collegiate best mark of 7.52m/24’81/4″. The freshman also recorded a second place finish in the 60 meter dash with a season best time of 6.83.
Other highlights on the day were second place finishes in the weight throw from Henderson with a throw of 19.50m/ 63′ 11¾”. Alexis Gibbons finished second in the long jump with a season best mark of 6.08m/19’111/2″. On the men’s side, the 4×400 meter relay team of Carlos Coleman, Josh Hall, Joe Delgado, and Langston Love finished second with a time of 3:15.36. Marcus Jegede finished second in the long jump with a career best mark of 7.41m/24′ 33/4″. Christian Buckley finished second in the shot put with a season best throw of 16.64m/57′ 71/4″.
The Cardinals had six athletes with third place finishes. Devin Valentine finished third in the triple jump with a mark of 14.56m/47’91/4″. Spencer Harris finished third in the weight throw with a season best toss of 16.75m/ 54′ 11½”.
On the women’s side, Morgan Zacharias and Jade Hawkins finished third in the pole vault with season best marks of 3.82m/12’61/4″. Freshman Makenli Forrest finished third in the weight throw with a career best mark of 18.86m/ 61′ 10½” while Veronika Karpenko finished third in the triple jump with a mark of 11.77m/38’71/2″.
Louisville will be back in action on Jan. 27, at the Illini Classic in Champaign, Ill.
Notre Dame Invitational
Jan. 20, 2018 | Loftus Sports Center
Men’s 60m (Final)
2. Donald McClinton, Jr., 6.83
8. Ben Ewert, 4:19.04
Men’s 4x400m Relay
2. Louisville A (Coleman, Hall, Delgado, Love), 3:15.36
6. Louisville B (Crandon, Fox, Dom. McClinton, Weaver), 3:28.59
Men’s Long Jump
1. Donald McClinton, Jr., 7.52m/24’81/4″
2. Marcus Jegede, 7.41m/24’33/4″
6. Joe Delgado, 7.02m/23’1/2″
7. Oliver Newport, 6.84m/22’51/4″
9. Chris Woody, 6.62m/21’83/4″
11. Dominic McClinton, 6.49m/21’31/2″
13. Eric Fox, 6.32m/20’9″
Men’s Shot Put
2. Christian Buckley, 16.64m/57’71/4″
Women’s 60m Hurdles (Final)
6. Holly Hankenson, 8.60
9. Kelsey Heyward, 58.34
1. Dorcas Wasike, 9:43.82
Women’s Triple Jump
3. Veronika Karpenko, 11.77m/38’71/2″
4. Renate Van Tonder, 11.65m/38’23/4″
UofL Defensive Coordinator Peter Sirmon resigned today. Sirmon lasted one year with the Cardinals after having spent one year at Mississippi State as defensive coordinator.
Sirmon had drawn the ire of UofL fans during the season as his defense was shredded by the likes of Wake Forest and Boston College.
Though they showed some improvement the last 3 games of the year with a healthy Jaire Alexander, they reverted in the bowl game when Alexander and starting LB James Hearns sat out.
Here is the official press release from UofL Athletics.
Louisville Football Defensive Coordinator Peter Sirmon Resigns
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville football defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon has resigned effective immediately.
“I would like to thank Peter Sirmon for all of his work this season at the University of Louisville,” head coach Bobby Petrino said. “I wish him and his family all the best.”
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Press release from the University of Louisville Athletic Department:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville baseball team received its third 2018 preseason ranking on Tuesday as the Cardinals were tabbed at No. 15 in the D1Baseball Top 25.
Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:
With the 2018 college baseball season on the horizon (29 days away for those of you who aren’t following the @UofLBaseball countdown on Twitter), listed below are some dates to remember for 14th-ranked Louisville. I’ll send more information on these as the dates approach, but I wanted to give you a heads up now in order to assist in planning your coverage of the Cardinals. We appreciate everything each of you do for our program and we look forward to another entertaining season at Jim Patterson Stadium.
The University of Louisville announced today that they have agreed to a three game series with the University of South Florida. The Bulls will be coming to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in 2022 and 2026, and the Cardinals will visit the bulls in 2024.
The ACC released the 2018 football schedule today! Louisville will be starting off the year on another neutral site, against Alabama in Orlando. They will be hosting, Indiana State, WKU, Florida State, Georgia Tech (on a Friday game), Wake Forest, North Carolina State and ending the home schedule with Kentucky. They will be visiting Virginia, Boston College, Clemson and Syracuse.
What game are you most looking forward to on the schedule?
Photo Courtesy of USA Basketball (usab.com)
UofL Women’s Basketball Coach Jeff Walz picked up a huge commitment yesterday from 2019 prospect Ramani Parker.
Parker is a 6’4 F/C from Central High School in Fresno, CA. She is ranked the 11th best F in the nation and is ranked 58th overall prospect in ESPN/HoopGurlz Super 60 rankings. She had offers from Notre Dame, Stanford, UCLA, and Duke, among others.
CSZ Recruiting Contributor/Evaluator Sam Basden had this to say about Parker after watching her highlights:
“She is a great shot blocker, really nice anticipation. (She) Can make the outlet passes to start breaks.”
“She can definitely be used as a stretch big, good lateral quickness for her size.”
“She’s also a quick second leaper.”
“(Parker) Does a great job of keeping the ball high so shorter defenders can’t get to it.”
I watched some of her highlights as well and I’ll add a couple of things to Sam’s observations:
Parker seems to be a really good shooter with a pure stroke, a tough rebounder, and good finisher down low. She also has pretty good ball handling skills. Parker reminds me a lot of current Card Myisha Hines-Allen.
All in all, Walz found another gem and continues to recruit at insane levels.
Check out some of Parker’s highlights below from Hudl.
Planet Fitness has announced that Lamar Jackson will be back for three more autograph signings this weekend. Saturday (1/20) Jackson will be at the Valley Station location from 10-noon. That same day, he will be at the Elizabethtown location from 5-7 pm. On Sunday, (1/21), he will be at the Hurstbourne pkwy location from 1-3 pm.
Softball Season is right around the corner. Coach Pearsall has the team ready to compete for an ACC Title. Here are some of the freshmen that make up this years team. The Cards open the season on February 9th in Orlando against UCF.
While Lamar Jackson will not be wearing a UofL jersey in the fall, that does not mean all hope is lost. UofL football still has some key players returning for the 2018-2019 season, and Bobby Petrino is really excited about how the team is already shaping up.
Ever since Jaylen Smith set foot on a football field in a UofL uniform, he’s been a big play receiver.
He’s the guy that stretches defenses, goes long, and catches deep balls. He’s also known to have a few spectacular catches.
One of those catches happened against Virginia this past year when he caught a beautiful Lamar Jackson TD pass with just one hand. It really was something to behold.
In honor of Jaylen announcing that he will return for his senior season at UofL, the ACC Digital Network released a video clip of that specific catch. It’s even more beautiful the second and third time around. You can check out the clip below.
We here at Cardinal Sports Zone agree with our brethren at the ACC Digital Network; we too hope to see more beautiful catches from Jaylen in his senior campaign.
Two Cardinal greats will be representing their teams in the German All-Star game today! Peyton Siva and Trey Lewis will both be starters in the game and you can catch it at 2 pm EST on the link provided below! Congratulations to both players, they deserve all the success in the world!
It is still yet to be determined who will be wearing the number 3 😉
After a holiday slumber, the Barbour Shop is back open. The hot topic in the shop today is UofL women’s basketball and I have to say that UofL women’s basketball is the best team at UofL right now. I repeat, UofL women’s basketball is the best team at UofL right now. That’s right, I just typed that. Not to mention that it’s hard to argue that Jeff Walz isn’t the best coach on campus right now because wait for it….he is!
The drubbing of 2nd ranked Notre Dame was the nation’s introduction to a very special team of young women. For some UofL fans, it may have been their introduction as well. It was exciting basketball. The player movement, the passing, the shooting, the incredible defense; it was a gorgeous display of the game of basketball.
Cardinal forever, and Louisville native, Reggie Bonnafon gave his all to CardNation for four years. No fan will ever forget his epic game at Notre Dame when he took down the Irish (as a true freshman)! Take a look at some of his career highlights below!
Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:
Louisville Baseball Ranked 14th in Perfect Game Preseason Top 25
Cardinals among seven ACC teams in the Perfect Game preseason poll
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville baseball team landed at No. 14 in the Perfect Game Preseason Top 25 released Wednesday morning, the second 2018 preseason ranking for the Cardinals.
Louisville picked up another great quarterback when Jordan Travis signed during the early signing period. Travis is rated as the top dual-threat quarterback in Florida by Scout.com. He was named Palm Beach County High School Player of the Year ( Lamar Jackson won the award in 2014). He completed 130-of-213 passes for 2,190 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 905 yards (on 70 carries – an average of 11.8 yards) and 16 more scores in his senior year. Read the rest of this entry
Despite trailing by 13 points at halftime the Louisville Cardinals found a way to leave Tallahassee with a much-needed and well deserved ranked road win. Louisville fought the whole second half and continually chipped away at the Seminoles’ lead. Late in the game, the Cardinals scored to take their first lead and never looked back en route to a 73-69 win.
Louisville was led by Deng Adel with 16 points. In my opinion, it was the best game Adel has played all season and looked the leader this team needs him to be. Ray Spalding continued his good play with 15 points. Ryan McMahon was the spark the Cardinals needed, big props to Padgett for subbing him in late for VJ King. McMahon hit some huge threes down the stretch, including the two free throws that iced the game, he finished with 11 points. Anas Mahmoud came up huge for the Cards, specifically on the defensive end. He caught a monster alley-oop and had some big time blocks in the final moments.
This was the win Louisville needed, and needed badly. Padgett did a great job keeping his team focused on the game and staying resilient. This one was big people. The Cards host Virginia Tech on Saturday at 4pm on ESPN2.
The Louisville Cardinals (11-4) travel to Tallahassee for tonight’s game at 9pm to take on the No. 23 Florida State Seminoles (12-3). FSU is currently a 6-point favorite and the game can be seen on the ACC Network.
Both teams enter tonight’s game coming off road losses to top-25 opponents. Louisville fell to Clemson and FSU lost to Miami. However, FSU has something Louisville doesn’t, a top-25 victory. Florida State knocked off UNC in the game before their loss at Miami, so the Seminoles are not to be taken lightly.
Florida State is led by guard play. Terance Mann leads the team with 14.5 points per game and fellow backcourt member Braian Angola isn’t far behind him at 13.3 points per game. Forward Phil Cofer carries his own load with 13.7 points per game. Angola is the X-factor in this game. He’s a solid shooter and worthy defender that can get hot from deep and change an entire game, however if his shot is off, he will continue to shoot right into the defense’s hands. If the Cards can force contested shots and get the Seminoles out of their rhythm then they will have a chance at the end to win this game.
Louisville hasn’t beaten a ranked road team in an unacceptable amount of time (I think back to 2014). People thought the Clemson loss was a bad one but in all reality it wasn’t at all. Louisville fought and led against a top-25 team on the road, but couldn’t finish the job. Tonight, the Cards break the losing streak against ranked road opponents.
Louisville 74- Florida State 72.
One of the greatest players to ever wear the University of Louisville will be back in town this weekend to sign autographs.
According to the Courier Journal, Jackson will sign autographs at the Planet Fitness next to Jefferson Mall (7450 Jefferson Blvd.) on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. and at the Planet Fitness in New Albany (3527 Grant Line Road) on Sunday from 1-3 p.m.
Guests can receive an autograph by showing a Planet Fitness membership or by donating $25 to Blessings in a Backpack on the day of the event.