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NOTEBOOK: Noel, Mays in town Sunday (04/18)

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University of Kentucky fans will get to meet former stars Nerlens Noel and Julius Mays at Towne Mall on Sunday afternoon.

Noel, who announced earlier this week his intent to declare for the NBA draft in June, and Mays will be at the mall’s center stage from 1-3 p.m.

A minimum purchase of $30 is required. For information, visit the mall’s Facebook page.

In his only season at Kentucky, Noel averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.4 blocks en route to being named an All-American. Noel led the nation in blocks and was among the top 10 in steals per game, defensive rebounds per game, offensive rebounds per game and minutes played per game.

“I have loved my time at Kentucky, but I feel that I’m ready to take the next step to the NBA,” Noel said in a Kentucky-issued release. “I’ve learned so much here at UK and am thankful for Coach (John) Calipari, the staff and my teammates for all of their support. I especially appreciate the Big Blue Nation and all of the support, prayers and well-wishes I’ve received from them during my rehab and decision-making process. I’ll always be a Wildcat.”

Mays, meanwhile, averaged 9.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and shot 84.6 percent from the foul line in 33 games.

MITCHELL THROWS 2 TD PASSES IN CU SPRING GAME. Former John Hardin quarterback Eli Mitchell, a Campbellsville University freshman, threw a 32-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of Monday’s spring game.

Mitchell, who took over after Taylor Davis left the game, connected with sophomore wideout Demytreus Gipson on a 44-yard strike before finding him again on the TD pass.

Mitchell completed 5-of-9 passes for 120 yards and two scores.

SALLEE NAMED CU CHAMPION OF CHARACTER. Jenna Sallee, a Campbellsville sophomore, was 1-of-23 student-athletes recognized Wednesday as a “Champion of Character” by the school’s athletic department.

Sallee, a former Elizabethtown tennis standout, was nominated for the award by Campbellsville coach and former LaRue County standout Kyle Caven. The award honors student-athletes for displaying the five core character values of the NAIA: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

WILKERSON, KINCER HELP CU GOLF FINISH FOURTH. Former area prep golfers Caitlyn Wilkerson (Central Hardin) and Kayla Kincer (Elizabethtown) helped Campbellsville’s women’s golf team finish fourth in the Bluegrass Spring Classic at Cherry Blossom Golf Club in Georgetown on Tuesday.

Wilkerson shot a two-day total of 176 (91-85), while Kincer was at 177 (88-89).

KRUPINSKI HAS 5-RBI GAME; WHELAN GOES 3-FOR-4. Two former area softball stars helped the Lindsey Wilson College Blue Raiders to a doubleheader sweep of Mid-South Conference foe Cumberlands on Tuesday.

Sophomore Kristina Krupinski (Central Hardin) homered and drove in five runs as Lindsey Wilson (37-5, 21-3 MSC) rolled in Game 1, 14-2.

Sophomore Andi Whelan (North Hardin) went 3-for-4 with an RBI as the Blue Raiders won Game 2, 6-2.

In 39 games, Krupinski is batting .415 with a team-best 18 homers, 47 RBIs and 42 runs scored. Her slugging percentage is a team-best .983 and her on-base percentage (.465) is second on the team. In 42 games, Whelan is batting .404 with four homers and 37 RBIs.

Krupinski has also pitched for the Blue Raiders. She is 3-1 with a 0.87 ERA in seven games – including five starts – and has struck out 22 in 25 2/3 innings.

ADDESA STANDS OUT IN U OF L SPRING GAME. Former Meade County football player Michael Addesa, a University of Louisville senior linebacker, shined in the Cardinals’ annual spring game.

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Addesa made five tackles, including three for a loss and one sack.