Final Four Set

The second half of the NCAA Tournament's Final Four was decided today with
regional final games from the East and Midwest. The first two teams qualified
on Saturday, as Florida won the South Region and Wisconsin captured the West
Region.

In 2011, Connecticut rode an incredible individual stretch from their point
guard all the way to a national championship. Three years later, the Huskies
are back in the Final Four, and in no small part due to the efforts of their
current floor general. Shabazz Napier put up 25 points and six rebounds while
carrying Connecticut in the second half, and the Huskies punched their ticket
to North Texas with a 60-54 decision over Michigan State in the East Region
final in front of a pro-Huskies crowd at Madison Square Garden.

Aaron Harrison and the Kentucky Wildcats proved once again they've finally
come of age, advancing to the Final Four with a thrilling 75-72 victory over
Michigan on the freshman guard's tie- breaking 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds
remaining. Harrison's incredibly clutch basket gave the rookie-dominated
Wildcats a surprise Midwest Region title as an eighth seed in which they
knocked off a trio of 2013 Final Four participants to get there. Kentucky
(28-10) earned a trip to the Elite Eight with wins over previously unbeaten
Wichita State and defending national champ Louisville, then punched its ticket
to the national semis by outlasting the 2013 runner-up Wolverines in a down-
to-the-wire nail-biter. Michigan's Nik Stauskas topped all scorers with 24
points, but his desperation 3-point try from halfcourt at the buzzer landed
well off the mark as the Wolverines' (28-9) bid for a second straight Final
Four berth came up just short.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

14 hours 58 min ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Senior Legion Baseball Player Spencer Juergens from Washington Post 218. As a pitcher, Spencer is currently 6-0 with 32 strike outs and only four walks. He's given up seven runs, three earned over 36 innings and his ERA is .736. As a hitter, Spencer's average is .500 with 14 rbi's and 11 runs scored. In 44 official at bats, Spencer has struck out just five times with two walks.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

1 week 3 days ago

Over the course of the past 16 years doing commentary on air and in print, there have sadly been many mass shootings and many predictable politicized reactions.

The shootings at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, however, stands out for two main reasons.

It involved race, and it was done it a church.

OFF THE CUFF ARCHIVE

SPORTS CORNER

13 hours 20 min ago

Seniors
Washington Post 218 improved to 16-1 overall and 11-1 in the 9th district with a doubleheader sweep of O'Fallon Sunday at Ronsick Field. In game one, Washington jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first inning on route to an 11-4 win. Matt Miller made it stand with a complete game three hitter with 13 strike outs and three walks. Justin Baylard doubled twice and Ross Seitter had a pair of singles.
Game two final 7-1.