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B THE ADVOCATE-MESSENGER | WWW.AMNEWS.COM LARRY VAUGHT, SPORTS EDITOR (859) 936-0353 | FAX (859) 236-9566 SPORTS DEPT. (859) 236-2551 or (800) 428-0409, extension 137 or 246 | To report a score, use extension 305. SPORTS MONDAY APRIL 23, 2012 Ellis accepts change Larry Vaught Sports Editor larry@amnews.com Brown praises Davis, Calipari By HAL MORRIS hmorris@amnews.com W hen former LSU coach Dale Brown saw Kentucky coach John Calipari and his star player, Anthony Davis, in New Orleans at the Final Four, he gave Calipari a copy of a letter he gave to Shaquille O’Neal when he was about to embark on his professional career. “Anthony is a great, spiritual young man. I just wanted him to see the financial advice I had for Shaq about all the new friends and people that were going to want to get to his money,” said Brown. “ere’s only one word to describe Davis from all I’ve seen. It’s class. He’s not selfish. My mentor, John Wooden, told me that when you can get a great player that puts the team above himself, then you have a winner. Kentucky had a great winner in Anthony Davis.” Davis proved to be a more prolific shot blocker than O’Neal. But Brown said everyone who watched Davis play quickly realized he was more than a shot blocker and destined to be the No. 1 pick in the June NBA draft. “What can’t he do? He can bring the ball up on a press. He can shoot from outside. He has a good inside game. He is a great rebounder. He is a shot blocker. He can run the court. He is unselfish. He is not narcissistic. I am not sure there has been any player better than him. Obviously you can’t pick one player and say he is the best. He is as good, if not the best, ever to play in this league in my opinion. Who is better?” Brown said. “Great attitude. Hard Victoria Graff/dr.victoriagraff@gmail.com Kentucky basketball star Anthony Davis, right, threw out the first pitch at Sunday’s UK-LSU baseball game and then stopped to pose with baseball coach Gary Henderson, above, before hugging freshman Austin Cousino, top photo. Kentucky beat LSU 7-6 as Cousino had team-best three hits and Zac Zellers hit his fifth homer of the year in front of 3,086 fans. fouls, he gets back up. He is what you call a model gentleman. He is a different kind of shot blocker than Shaquille, who had a lot of those same characteristics. is is a good kid. He always has a nice smile. He is the best player, it not the best, I have seen and I have seen some really good players.” Brown was not one disappointed to see Kentucky win the national championship. He was once considered a coach who pushed NCAA limits and had a players’ first mental- ity even when the NCAA had other ideas. “I think John has done a great job. I heard criticism that John invented the oneand-done. at’s a bunch of baloney. e NCAA invented it,” Brown said. “I would do the same thing as John if I was coaching today. Who wouldn’t? John does not get credit for player development and recruiting. He truly probably has the prestige program in the country now. UCLA has won 11 titles, but as far as fan knowledge, interest, power, it’s all Washington has passion to coach Cats’ receivers By LARRY VAUGHT larry@amnews.com ‘Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.’ “Knock John all you want because with Kentucky on top of the mountain, critics are coming after you. e bottom line is that Kentucky is a great program and I applaud the people of Kentucky for the way they support John and that program. Even those people who used to always tell me to sit down when I was coaching, I forgive them. But John’s critics better get used to him winning. is won’t be his last national title at Kentucky.” Hunn back on fast track By MIKE MARSEE marsee@amnews.com about this game and he has passion about being here which is important. “e guy who doesn’t have passion about being here, we don’t want him here and that’s not saying anything about Tee. Don’t get me wrong. I’m just talking about, the guy (Washington) has passion. at’s the thing that I’m really proud of about the guys that we have on this staff want to be here and they coach like it.” Here’s what Washington had to say about UK’s receivers now that the Wildcats have completed spring practice. LEXINGTON — Kentucky lost a dynamic recruiter and recognizable name when receivers coach Tee Martin, a starting quarterback on a national championship team at Tennessee, left to join the Southern California staff. However, UK coach Joker Phillips thinks Pat Washington, a veteran coach with Southeastern Conference experience, showed in spring practice that he could develop talent. “Pat is a ball coach. He is a good motivator, he gets after it. People talk about age, come on, age is nothing but Question: How was a number.You guys saw how Pat and (new secondary) spring practice for you and coach (Mike) Cassity, those your players? Washington: “It was a guys have energy,” said Phillips. “It isn’t about age. It good experience. Number is about passion and Pat Washington has passion See UK, on B4 Kentucky. Teams have to be wondering how we are ever going to beat them now.” Brown says Calipari is similar to him in one other important way — he doesn’t hide his feelings for his players. “e best way to describe John is that it isn’t where or who he coaches, but why. John genuinely loves his players and he gets knocked for that,” Brown said. “What I would say to the critics of John is to follow the guidance of Oscar Wilde who said, LANCASTER — It’s not the position Logan Ellis expected to find herself in at the beginning of the season, but she it taking it on the best she can. rough a series of transfers, attrition and injury, Ellis found herself as the only player back from last year’s Garrard County softball team. But the sophomore said her team of mostly eighth graders and freshmen, while struggling this season at 2-13, will grow from this experience. “It’s kind of tough, but it is what it is,” said Ellis, who admits she was upset with the mass exodus of players shortly before the season started. “I was mad, but you can only control the controllable. You can’t help it. We’re young and we’ll take our lumps.” Ellis said she has also had to change her role on and off the field and become the team’s leader. “I just feel I have to step up my game because they’re watching you,” she said. “You can’t ever hold your head down. It’s a lot to take on, but they’re good and they’re working hard.” What Ellis does like is how well the team has banded together in a “we’re-all-in-thisthing-together” sort of way. “e chemistry is good. ey’re aren’t any cliques or anything,” Ellis said. While she has played all over the field in her four years on the team, Ellis has moved to third base this year. “At first, I didn’t like it, but now I like it a lot,” she said. And Ellis is finding a sliver lining in the clouds. “I feel like I have to play harder, and it has helped me because I feel like I’m working harder this year,” she said. She doesn’t want to write off this season just because the Golden Lions are struggling and says there are ways in which success can be judged with her young teammates. “It can’t be on wins and losses, but we’re improving every game,” she said. “We have a couple of bad innings every now and then, that’s what gets us. But we’re learning, and we’ll get it.” A Q‘n Victoria Graff/dr.victoriagraff@gmail.com New UK receivers coach Pat Washington likes the potential he sees at his position, but says players must become more consistent. They told her she needed to get back on track, and Donnesia Hunn is so glad she listened. The Danville sophomore walked away from track and field after her eighth-grade year, but she has come running back this season. Success has quickly followed, as Hunn has emerged as arguably the area’s top female sprinter. She won the girls 100- and 200-meter dashes Friday in Danville’s E.G. Plummer Invitational, just as she had done the previous week in the All “A” Classic, and she is setting her sights on success at next month’s regional and state meets. “Each day I see some improvement in her,” Danville coach Sadie Gambrel said. “If she had stuck with it in eighth grade, she could’ve even been farther (along) than what she is, but it’s a learning experience.” What Hunn has learned since she started to run again is that she can be pretty good at this sport. The Advocate-Messenger | www.amnews.com Mike Marsee/marsee@amnews.com Danville sophomore Donnesia Hunn, left, has established herself as the area’s top female sprinter after deciding to join the track team again this year. “I am glad (I came though she had had success back),” Hunn said. “I am ac- on the track at the middletually surprised. I thought I school level. would actually be slower, But her sister, Candice but my coach says I have Taylor, a two-time Class A improved.” girls long jump champion Hunn had joined the at Danville who is currently Danville volleyball team as a jumper at Kentucky, tried an eighth-grader, and she to talk her into giving it andecided to stick with volley- other shot. ball and step away from “My sister encouraged track when she entered high school in 2010, even See HUNN, on B4

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