Now Sestina is coming to Kentucky as a graduate transfer and O’Reilly says the 6-9 Sestina is someone Kentucky fans are going to love.
“He is super family oriented and generated his values through his love for his family and God and that shows. He’ll do anything for you if he loves you and he has a pretty infectious attitude,” O’Reilly said. “He’s from a very small town (Emporium, Pa.) and that frequently shows, but that’s not a negative thing by any means.
“He’s very down to earth, values the important things in life, and is a really fun guy to be around. He used to be incredibly shy, but he’s grown a lot as an individual and his personality and warmth has become one of his strongest traits. Can’t say enough good things about the guy.
“If you’re looking for a media darling and fan favorite, Sesti is your guy! He’s warm, humble and definitely isn’t hard on the eyes. He will most definitely fill that role.”
O’Reilly is from California but knows plenty about Kentucky basketball because he played his senior season at Prolific Prep, a team that came to Kentucky to play in several basketball showcases while he was there.
“We played in a couple of tournaments, playing primarily at McCracken County High School. We were met with ridiculous hospitality — credit to Melanie Burkeen, a member of BBN, and the entire Burkeen family who welcomed us with open arms and made us feel like family,” O’Reilly said.
“One of my teammates and close friends Josh Jackson actually took an unofficial visit to Kentucky on one of our trips and I joined him. I have had a couple of close friends join BBN, like Skal Labissiere for example, and have seen the ways in which it can change your life.”
Sestina was redshirted his freshman year due to an injury and then played behind Zach Thomas and Nana Foulland for two years before averaging 15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season while shooting 53.6 percent from the field and 38 percent (41 of 108) from 3-point range. He scored in double figures in 27 of 31 games.
“What impressed me the most about Nate over his time at Bucknell has been his patience and his diligence. He has been steadily on his grind, working hard to achieve great things, yet he remained patient waiting for his time to showcase the hard work he put in,” O’Reilly said.
“He never got down or pouted playing behind two amazing players in Zach Thomas and Nana Foulland, just remained patient and worked and ultimately you can see the ways it worked out for him. Thats very rare in a guy as gifted and hard working as Nate is.”
That’s why Sestina’s teammate doesn’t say his decision to comet to Kentucky as much as a transfer from Bucknell as it is a “decision to set himself up for success” in the future.
“He didn’t choose to leave Bucknell. He loves the school and our teammates unconditionally and every player and coach that he’s been around in his time here understands that,” O’Reilly said. “He chose to take a chance on himself, knowing he’s given everything he had to Bucknell for four amazing years.
“It is always surprising to see someone go to Kentucky. However, he deserves it, and any real fan of Bucknell knows that!”
Kentucky’s roster again will be in flux. Reid Travis, last year’s graduate transfer, has graduated. Sophomore PJ Washington along with freshmen Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro have left for the NBA. Sophomore Jemarl Baker is transferring. Kentucky has five freshmen coming in along with Sestina to go with returning players Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery.
“Sesti has learned a lot from some incredible leaders here at Bucknell and is ready and able to take on that same role at Kentucky,” O’Reilly said.
Some wonder exactly how he will fit in at UK after playing in the Patriot League. Travis was a two-time all-conference selection at Stanford. Sestina was a second team all-conference pick last year.
“I think that Nate provides coach Cal with a talent that is quite different from what Kentucky has seen recently. He is tall, unexpectedly strong and no doubt a front court player. However, his ability to really stretch the floor while also rebounding at an extremely high level will greatly benefit Kentucky, as coach Cal knows,” O’Reilly said.
“He will also be a huge addition in regards to experience and leadership. Seeing the ways in which Travis was a key for this year’s Kentucky team, Nate is a great fit to continue that trend. He is experienced, wants to win, loves his teammates and works extremely hard. His presence in a locker room full of young lottery talent is extremely valuable.”
Travis had to adjust to the enormous spotlight that is one Kentucky basketball daily. O’Reilly knows Sestina will have some of the same adjustments to make after playing at Bucknell and not being highly recruited out of high school.
“Coming from a tiny town, moving towards a small school in Bucknell, Nate had to make a number of adjustments. These adjustments will be far greater as he moves to Kentucky,” O’Reilly said. “However, Nate has matured steadily every year that I’ve known him, and he has the drive and support system to be successful regardless of the circumstance.”
Because he wants to focus on his senior season and helping Louisville Christian Academy win a state championship, offensive lineman John Young has decided to make his college choice on April 29.
“I have visited all the schools I want to see,” the 6-6, 285-pound Young said. “I have never been close to committing to any school. I never wanted to rush. I wanted to take all my visits so I could make an informed decision. I haven’t exactly made my final decision. I just put a deadline on it to get it done. I have found a couple of schools with great academics, great football, great coaching staff. So I’ve got an idea about what I want to do.”
Young is a four-star recruit ranked among the nation’s top 25 offensive tackles and one of the top five players in Kentucky. His final six schools are Kentucky, Louisville, Purdue, Ohio State, Georgia and Michigan.
Young says he has “always been a Kentucky fan” and has watched UK football his whole life, including going to games. His father is a former Louisville cheerleader, his mother went to Western Kentucky and his 21-year-old sister, Sarah, goes to Louisville.
“I have got a lot of phone calls from fans, people that have been important in my life,” Young said. “I love all the supporters. Fans of all the teams have been very gracious. The final decision will be mine but my parents and sister have been a big part of this process. I would never go where my family didn’t want me going.”
Young says his sister is “really important” in his life. That’s why she’s been a vital part of his recruiting process and has gone on a couple of official visits with him.
“I am seriously listening to her. She has always been someone I can talk to about stuff I might not be comfortable talking to my parents about,” the offensive lineman said. “She’s a huge part of this process. She’s not a big sports person but she knows football. Having her around is such a great asset for me. I love having her around. She is leaving me alone and not pushing any one school. She’s just there to help.”
Most recruiting analysts consider Young a lock for Kentucky. But he says new Louisville coach Scott Satterfield has impressed him.
“I have hit it off with the new coaching staff. I was not a huge fan of the old one (Bobby Petrino),” Young said. “They have talked to me a lot and I think they can turn the program around.”
He says he is “comfortable” around Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and his staff — and notes again that he’s always been a Kentucky fan.
“I am just going to do it on social media. I am not a real showy guy, so that will be enough for me,” Young said.
It was an April exhibition match but it still was significant that Kentucky beat Tennessee in four sets last week in Lexington.
Kentucky went through Southeastern Conference play unbeaten last year to claim a second straight SEC volleyball title. Tennessee was second last year and will have a senior-dominated team next season.
“I definitely think when we saw Tennessee was coming it lit a fire but at the same time wins in the spring are a little less important because we have been focused on individual development,” sophomore Madison Lilley said. “ Obviously we want to win and we saw improvements on things we have been trying to improve since the fall, so that was good to see and the win was exciting.
“Obviously Tennessee is really good and will be really good next year. It excited us to compete against them and it was nice to win just to show we could.”
“It is more just a grind. We have been talking all spring about embracing the grind and just doing it together,” Lilley said.
Kentucky played four exhibition matches and she said having the final one at home helped to “rally the troops and got a fire underneath us.” She had 40 assists in the win.
“We have had a really good spring and wanted to show everybody what we have been working on, so that kept us motivated,” Lilley said.
Kentucky signee Emma King had 21 points, five rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot despite playing just half the game to help the East beat the West 165-99 in the KABC All-Star Game.
King missed only two shots from the field and was named game co-MVP along with Ashlee Harris of Sacred Heart for the West.
The next day she was named to the Kentucky team that will play Indiana in the all-star series in June along with her Lincoln County teammate Kaitlyn Wilks. It’s the first time Lincoln has had a player named to the Kentucky all-star team that will face Indiana twice in June.
Quote of the Week 1: “Don’t give me that crap. When I was sitting there at SEC Media Days a year ago, not one person was talking about us. Everybody’s like, now you lose these guys, you’re going to take a step back,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops on SiriusXM about Kentucky taking a step back next season due to losing key contributors off a 10-3 team.
Quote of the Week 2: “It’s tough, got to grind and make the most of your opportunities. Wish he would have stayed but best of luck wherever he ends up,” former UK player Derek Willis on Jemarl Baker’s decision to transfer from Kentucky after two seasons.
Quote of the Week 3: “It is hard to replace a scorer like him, but they are bringing in a great player in Tyrese Maxey who has a great burst of energy and is now in the best shape of his life. That’s just what Kentucky does,” 247 Sports recruiting analyst Evan Daniels on UK replacing Tyler Herro.
LOUISVILLE — The top teams in the Kentucky Associated Press high school football polls, with first-place votes, records, total points and previous rankings:
Others receiving votes: Lynn Camp 18. Hazard 10. Lou. Holy Cross 8. Bellevue 7. Eminence 6. Fulton Co. 6. Frankfort 5. Fairview 3. Paris 2.
Others receiving votes: Newport 22. Lloyd Memorial 19. Middlesboro 11. Cov. Holy Cross 8. Carroll Co. 4. Danville 3. Leslie Co. 3. Shelby Valley 3.
Others receiving votes: Mercer Co. 11. Casey Co. 7. Estill Co. 6. Pike Co. Central 4. Russell 4. Western Hills 3. Powell Co. 2. Fleming Co. 1. Bardstown 1.
All Associated Press members in Kentucky are eligible to participate in the high school football poll. Those who voted for this week’s poll are: The Daily Independent, Ashland; Daily News, Bowling Green; Times-Tribune, Corbin; The News-Enterprise, Elizabethtown; KPG Football, Owensboro; Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow; The Gleaner, Henderson; Kentucky New Era, Hopkinsville; Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington; The Courier-Journal, Louisville; The Ledger Independent, Maysville; The Middlesboro Daily News, Middlesboro; Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro; The Paducah Sun, Paducah; WDKY, Lexington; WKYX, Paducah; WSON, Henderson.
The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 7, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:
Others receiving votes: Iowa St. 96, California 95, Mississippi St. 73, TCU 66, North Carolina 48, Army 42, Colorado 21, Oklahoma St. 20, Memphis 12, Arizona St. 4, Boston College 2, Kentucky 2, Appalachian St. 2, Syracuse 2, Minnesota 1.
SEATTLE — Russell Wilson hit Tyler Lockett for a 44-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Seahawks withstood a career day from Andy Dalton to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 21-20 on Sunday.
Wilson and the Seahawks struggled offensively for most of the game, but got the big plays they needed on a day Dalton looked great running new coach Zac Taylor’s offense. Wilson was 14 of 20 for 196 yards and two scores, including a 10-yard TD pass in the first half to Chris Carson, who broke three tackles on his way to the end zone.
Wilson’s numbers were pedestrian compared to Dalton’s. The veteran threw for a career-high 418 yards and two first-half touchdowns to John Ross. But the Bengals failed to score on three possessions inside Seattle’s 36-yard line in the third quarter.
Ross, who had 210 yards receiving all of last season, finished with seven catches for 158 yards. He caught a 33-yard touchdown on a flea-flicker midway through the second quarter and hauled in a 55-yard TD pass with 7 seconds left in the first half after Seattle safety Tedric Thompson misjudged Dalton’s pass.
Carson fumbled on the first play of the second half, but three plays later at the Seattle 12, Dalton lost control of a wet ball and gave it back to the Seahawks. Kicker Randy Bullock, who hit from 39 yards in the first half, hooked a 45-yard attempt. And the Bengals were stopped on fourth-and-1 at the Seattle 36 late in the quarter when Giovani Bernard was stuffed for no gain.
For all the statistical advantages Cincinnati had, it was only a three-point lead going to the fourth quarter.
After going without a target for the first three quarters, Lockett came free down the seam on a play-action fake and hauled in a touchdown catch on the first play of the fourth quarter to give Seattle a 21-17 lead. Cincinnati again failed to find the end zone and settled for a 27-yard field goal from Bullock with seven minutes left to pull within 21-20.
Seattle went three-and-out on its next possession and Dalton had 5:30 to work with. He converted one third down but had another third-down pass batted down by Quinton Jefferson, and Cincinnati punted back to Seattle with 3:22 left. Carson rumbled for 21 yards on third-and-1 with 3:13 left and Cincinnati out of timeouts. The Bengals got the ball back with 21 seconds left, but Dalton was sacked and fumbled.
Dalton was 35 of 51 passing and connected with eight different receivers. His previous career high was 383 yards passing against Baltimore in 2015, a game the Bengals won 28-24.
Jadeveon Clowney had a sack in his Seattle debut, chasing down Dalton along the sideline in the fourth quarter. Clowney’s presence opened up opportunity for Quinton Jefferson and Al Woods, who both had big games on Seattle’s defensive line.
Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon left in the third quarter with a left ankle injury and did not return. Mixon had just six carries for 10 yards. Seattle lost tight end Will Dissly to a right knee injury in the fourth quarter and special teams standout Neiko Thorpe in the first half with a hamstring injury.
Seattle also kept Ziggy Ansah inactive, delaying his debut. Ansah appeared on Friday’s injury report as questionable after practicing all week.
Lap Leaders: K.Harvick 0-12; R.Chastain 13; K.Harvick 14-42; J.Logano 43-52; K.Larson 53-56; K.Harvick 57-84; K.Larson 85; W.Byron 86; J.Logano 87; J.Johnson 88-91; P.Menard 92; K.Harvick 93-111; R.Blaney 112-130; K.Harvick 131-160
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): K.Harvick, 6 times for 118 laps; R.Blaney, 1 time for 19 laps; J.Logano, 2 times for 11 laps; K.Larson, 2 times for 5 laps; J.Johnson, 1 time for 4 laps; W.Byron, 1 time for 1 lap; P.Menard, 1 time for 1 lap; R.Chastain, 1 time for 1 lap.
Wins: Ky.Busch, 4; D.Hamlin, 4; M.Truex, 4; K.Harvick, 3; B.Keselowski, 3; J.Logano, 2; C.Elliott, 2; Ku.Busch, 1; A.Bowman, 1; E.Jones, 1.
Top 16 in Points: 1. Ky.Busch, 988; 2. J.Logano, 971; 3. K.Harvick, 922; 4. D.Hamlin, 911; 5. M.Truex, 872; 6. B.Keselowski, 833; 7. C.Elliott, 808; 8. Ku.Busch, 801; 9. R.Blaney, 755; 10. K.Larson, 736; 11. W.Byron, 718; 12. A.Bowman, 712; 13. A.Almirola, 698; 14. E.Jones, 695; 15. C.Bowyer, 663; 16. R.Newman, 652.
LEXINGTON – Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson will miss the remainder of the 2019 season because of a torn patellar tendon in his left knee that will require surgery, Coach Mark Stoops announced Sunday.
“I’m very sorry about Terry’s injury,” Stoops said. “He has done so much for our program over the last two seasons, both in leadership and his production on the field. As a team captain, he will continue to be an important part of our team and we look forward to him returning to the field when he has recovered.”
Wilson was injured late in the third quarter of Saturday night’s 38-17 win over Eastern Michigan. In two games this season, Wilson completed 33 of 52 passes (63.5 percent) for 360 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 44 net rushing yards and a TD. In the 2018 season, he completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 1,889 yards and 11 touchdowns, also running for 547 net yards and four TDs.
The junior from Oklahoma City, Okla., has started all 15 games since his arrival last season. He has led Kentucky to a 12-3 record, including UK’s first winning Southeastern Conference mark since 1977 and a VRBO Citrus Bowl championship. He is one of the most historically significant quarterbacks in Kentucky annals. Starting lineups are available since 1993, however it is likely that Wilson’s 12-3 record in his first 15 starts is matched only by College Football Hall of Famer Vito “Babe” Parilli. As Kentucky’s quarterback in 1949-51, Parilli likely led his Wildcats to a 12-3 record in his first 15 starts – a 9-3 record in 1949 and a 3-0 mark to begin the 1950 season.
6th place — 320 (Kaden Grooms 78, Logan Shepherd 79, Spencer Magee 80, Mason Butler 83, Evan Schumacher 83)
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