Saturday’s “Crestline Scores & Events”

Known for her consistency and team-first attitude through a high school career that included back-to-back district championships in 2013 and 2014, Whitney Stevens wasn’t ready to give up volleyball as she entered college.  Stevens will be able to achieve that goal and continue her volleyball career this fall as a member of the University of the Cumberlands team.  Harlan County coach Donna Vicini said Stevens has been a crucial part of the Lady Bears’ success and she’s confident she can contribute on the next level.

Scrimmages like the Southeastern Kentucky Conference Gridorama are designed to provide a look at what high school football teams need to work on before the games start counting. Harlan County coach Tom Larkey found plenty of areas to place on his to do list before the Black Bears play Bryan Station next Saturday. The Bears played defending 3A state runner up Wayne County to a scoreless tie at halftime and a 6-6 tie midway through the second half when the starters for both teams went out. A late touchdown pass gave the Cardinals a 13-6 win.  Harlan County will play Bryan Station on Aug. 23 at Madison Central in the Roy Kidd Bowl.

A strong start to Thursday’s scrimmage against Corbin was erased by five Middlesboro turnovers as the Redhounds scored the final 27 points to take a 34-12 win over the Jackets in an SEKC Gridorama. Middlesboro opens the regular season next Saturday at Grant County.

Bell County’s running game was in mid-season form Thursday at the SEKC Gridorama. The Bobcats got touchdown runs of two and 11 yards from Austin Caldwell and short plunges from Nathan Collett and Josh Allen as they outscored Clay County 25-7 in their scrimmage. Bell County opens the regular season next Friday at South Pittsburg, Tenn.

In other sports news, the next UK football game will be it’s season opener on Saturday, August 30th in Lexington at 12 p.m. where they will play against the UT Martin Skyhawks.

Jeff Gordon, the four-time Cup champion, second in the Cup standings, followed last weeks pole with another one, this time with a blistering lap Friday of 206.558 mph on the 2-mile oval at Michigan. He’ll have Joey Logano next to him on the front row of the Sprint Cup Pure Michigan 400 race this Sunday starting at 1pm at the Michigan International Speedway. Carl Edwards, whose Roush Fenway Racing team struggled so badly in June that it tested at MIS in July, will start third.  NASCAR, in reaction to three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart striking and killing Kevin Ward Jr. in a non-NASCAR sprint-car race last Saturday night, will prohibit drivers from walking onto the track and approaching other cars following accidents in a new rule issued Friday. Tony Stewart, a three-time Cup champion known for his fierce intensity and focus, remains overcome with grief and is unable to mentally focus on racing, he will not race in this Sundays. Ward, 20, had gotten out of his car, walked onto the track and approached Stewart’s car when he was struck and killed during an Empire Super Sprints race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. The Ontario County Sherrif’s department is still investigating the accident and Stewart so far does not face any criminal charges.

(Some items from Saturday’s, August 16th  Scores & Events courtesy of  Harlan Daily Online,  Middlesboro Daily Online, Sporting News/NASCAR, ukathletics.com)