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Local athletes thriving on the college scene

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Butler stars for Thomas More; Paynter starts for the Cumberlands

By Greg Woods

As the fall sports season winds down it is time to catch up with local athletes who are competing at the collegiate level.

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Thomas More football foursome

Eric Butler, Cody Hinkle, Luke Magness and Nick Magness are playing football for a Saints team that is having a stellar season.

Thomas More finished the season with a 9-1 record and were 22nd in NCAA Division III as of Nov. 16.

Butler, a junior defensive end, was third on the team in tackles with 51 including five sacks for 39 yards and 15 tackles for loss for 74 yards. The sacks and tackles for loss were tops on the team. He also had one forced fumble and five pass breakups.

Butler was named the President’s Athletic Conference defensive player of the week twice. The first came in a 20-0 win over Capital University on Sept. 9, when he had 10 tackles and 3.5 for loss. The second came in a 31-0 win over St. Vincent College on Nov. 4, when he had seven tackles and two sacks.

Butler’s season was capped by winning first team all-PAC honors last week.

Luke Magness, a junior, played as the backup quarterback for the Saints this season and completed 21 of 35 passes for 200 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

Hinkle, a sophomore tight end, had five receptions for 40 yards and one touchdown.

Nick Magness, a freshman linebacker, saw limited action and had one tackle on the season.
Victoria Paynter scores three goals for the University of the Cumberlands

The young Patriots team struggled this year with a 2-15 record, but with a lineup loaded with freshmen and sophomores the team’s prospects look bright for the future.

Paynter played in all 17 games and started 12. She tied for the team lead in goals with three on the season, including the game-winner against the University of Rio Grande on Oct. 26.

Paynter was one of seven Patriots named to the Mid-South Conference All-Academic team. In order to be nominated to the team, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.25 grade-point average on a scale of 4.0.
Phillips competes in third season for the University of the Cumberlands cross country team

Eric Phillips, a junior on the Patriots cross country team recently completed his third season as a varsity runner.

Phillips started the season slowly but came on to be the Patriots seventh runner at the end of the season. Phillips equaled his personal record of 27:35 for an 8k race at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge on Oct. 26 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

UK Shotgun threesome winning awards

SophomoresJacob Yount, Connor Toole and Jordan Campbell have been key parts of a successful season for the University of Kentucky shotgun team.

Yount had a perfect score in trap shooting at the Jacksonville Invitational and then hit 25 in a row to win in a shoot-off and earn his first collegiate medal.

Yount and Campbell’s performance in the meet helped the team to a third place overall finish. Campbell finished fifth in the overall individual competition.

Campbell and Toole were part of the team that finished 2nd in the overall team competition at the Purdue Invitational while Yount and Campbell were part of the team that finished second in the team trap event.

Toole and Campbell were part of the skeet team that finished second in skeet at the same competition and all three were part of the team that finished third in the sporting team competition.

When UK hosted the Southeast Regional competition Yount and Campbell were part of the team that won overall honors in Division 2. They were also part of the team that won the team trap shooting event.

Yount was second in team sporting and Toole and Campbell were on the team that won first in the international trap event.

Finally Yount and Campbell were part of the team that won first in the team five stand event.
Ben Ingabrand is redshirting at Morehead State University this season

 Ingabrand, a freshman football player at Morehead University is redshirting and working on getting bigger and stronger for next season.

McKenzie Clifford is competing again for the U of L rowing team

Her season is split between the fall and spring seasons. A full account of her season will appear after the spring sports season s completed along with other local athletes who compete in the spring.