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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Where we are and where we are headed -- Thursday Cardinal Couple




Now that CHR is finally in the FCC’s window to amend our application for a new Low Power FM (LPFM) channel, and the reality of an FM broadcast is finally within reach, as founder, I feel the need to reiterate my reasons for starting Crescent Hill Radio and where I hope to see it make a difference in our community

Primarily, I started CHR in March of 2010 to create a playlist of local music that could get some exposure where it previously had none.  As a musician myself, I was well aware of how hard it is to get your music any airplay, after you and fellow band mates had poured so much time, energy and money into creating a recording.  Once CHR got a little notice, the amount of local music that I received was overwhelming and confirmed my reason for starting the internet and Part 15 AM station.  As it grew local folk presented me with other ideas for shows that focused on not only music but other community concerns,  ideas and educational programs that I also felt CHR could help with.  I also started running community announcements for local organizations, which I continue to do.  I feel we have done a lot in the past 4 years to achieve many of these goals and I thank everyone involved who has helped, including show hosts, board members and technicians and other volunteers for their contributions.  I am very, very pleased with the present state of our little radio station. 

The Community Radio Act was created in the year 2000 and was strengthened in 2010 when President Obama signed an amendment to it, which opened up frequencies in urban areas.  This amendment made it possible for LPFM stations to exist inside cities, where before only rural areas could take advantage of it.  The Community Radio Act’s purpose is to strengthen communities and help build relationships among various organizations inside those communities and make citizens aware of events and programs in the arts and charitable organizations.  Only non-profit organizations can receive an LPFM frequency.

So far, even without that LPFM signal, I think CHR has been a perfect example of what the Community Radio Act was meant to do.  It has taken four years for the FCC to finally start giving out these LPFM licenses, and now I hope we will be a real force in the whole “local movement”.

My hope is that CHR continues to bring together community, not only in Crescent Hill, but Louisville and Kentucky and Southern Indiana.  Community that includes artists, musicians, organizations, businesses that help charitable organizations, and more.



Giving back -- Wednesday Cardinal Couple


The University of Louisville Lacrosse team recently participated in the CureSearch Walk for Children cancer at the Big Four Lawn at Waterfront Park on Sept. 13th.

The walk provided the opportunity to reach out to those children and families affected by pediactric cancer from the Louisville area. The LAX Cards assisted in the walk by staffing volunter stations and participating in children's activities while helping to create a fun and lighthearted environment.

The Cardinals' lacrosse team takes great pride in its ongoing efforts to provide service to the community and has won the CARDSCARE award for the past two years. The award is given to the team that finshes with the most community service hours. In the 2013-14 season, the LAX Cards completed an awesome 1300 hours of service.

"We had so much fun helping out at the CureSearch walk" said senior midfielder Carissa Corbett. Some of us dressed in superhero costumes but the real superheroes were the kids. It was a humbling eperience seeing all of those young children fighting cancer there with smiles on their faces."

Hats of to Kellie Young's Lacrosse squad and all the UofL student-athletes and squads that take the time to share, care and give back to the community! CARDSCARE is just as important as any game.

Field hockey dons the "green" to show their support of non-violence in the picture here. A rare picture of Coach Sowry sans the hat. (I'm sure I'll hear about that last sentence...) Another shining example of the CARDSCARE philosophy alive and strong on campus.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tennis Update, Our Condolences and Walz -- Tuesday Cardinal Couple


Tennis Results

The UofL Women's Tennis team spent the weekend in South Bend, IN at Notre Dame participating in the Notre Dame Invitational.  Results for this extremely young team were generally good.  The format of this event is not the same as a typical head-to-head competition between two teams.  Only four players competed for each team, compared with the typical 6 or 7, and each team competed in four singles matches and four doubles matches against opponents from various of the other five schools at the event.  A typical college tennis competition features three doubles matches and six singles matches.

The Cards showed steady improvement through the weekend across both singles and doubles matches each day.  Starting off with an average day on Friday...The Cards went 2-2 in both the singles matches and the doubles rounds.  Saturday saw an improvement to 3-1 in both singles and doubles.  Sunday didn't have any doubles competitions, but Mark Beckham's youngsters cleaned up the singles matches with an unblemished 4-0.

The other teams in the event were host Notre Dame, Akron, Illinois, Purdue, and Tulane

The Women's Tennis roster only has a single senior listed, Manuela Velasquez, with all of the rest of the players being freshmen and sophomores.  The four players that competed at Notre Dame were freshmen Ellie Gerlach and Aleksandra Mally, along with sophomores Olivia Boesing and the lone international player on the team, England's Elle Stokes.

Women's Tennis will continue their play in Indiana this coming weekend, October 3rd through 5th at Purdue in West Lafayette, IN.

North Central Texas College Softball

We mentioned, briefly, at the end of the Cardinal Couple Radio Show on Saturday the tragedy that occurred in southern Oklahoma to the North Central Texas College Softball team.  The team was returning from a scrimmage with Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma City when a semi truck crossed the median from northbound I-35 and impacted the driver's side of the passenger section of the NCTC team bus.  At air time, details were scarce, with the most important being that 4 people from the team bus had been killed.

The NTSB has a team in the area investigating, but the four dead have since been identified, and all were players on the team.  The four players were Meagan Richardson, Brooke Deckard, Katelynn Woodlee and Jaiden Pelton.  North Central Texas is a community college, so all of the team are freshmen and sophomores.  Of those killed, Katelynn Woodlee was a freshman, while the other three were sophomores.

There is no determination, as of yet, as to why the semi crossed the median into the oncoming lanes.

The thoughts of us here at The Cardinal Couple are with the families of these young women that were killed, as well as the rest of the NCTC community affected by this tragedy.




We get e-mails. A couple of days ago, they started rolling in about the possibility of Jeff Walz leaving Louisville to take the UT...or possibly some other job...

I think that Walz's tweet pretty well summed it up when he said he'd like to retire at UofL. In conversations with him...he always expresses a desire to make the program better each year. 

And, a million bucks a year can go a very long way in Louisville. 

Jeff Walz leaving Louisville? go recruit, ski, visit friends and family, coach USA squads,
watch his WNBA kids and attend away games. To take another job? The chances of that are just as likely as me being named his successor. Zero. I do expect him to get more involved in lawn care around 2025 or so. Maybe he'll let me operate the leaf blower. I got skills...


Monday, September 29, 2014

Volleyball takes Ga. Tech in 5 -- Monday Cardinal Couple


The University of Louisville Volleyball team improved their ACC record to 1-1 and 9-5 overall with a exciting five set win over Georgia Tech Sunday at the KFC YUM CENTER. The Cards took the first two sets 25-22 and 25-18 and appeared to be on their way to a three set sweep but the Ramblin' Wreck came back to capture the next two 18-25 and 24-26.

That led to set five...the Cards prevailing 15-10. Louisville's Janelle Jenkins led the squad with 19 kills and Tess Clark (18) and Maya McClendon (15) also paced the Cards.

Anne Kordes was pleased with the "W":

"Our middle blockers were unbelievable and we lived and died on what they did. Janelle

Jenkins and Tess Clark imposed their will in the fifth set and it gave us such a lift and confidence,"

said UofL head coach Anne Kordes. "Georgia Tech was a scrappy team and they came at us
y the score relentlessly.

 Every match will be like this in the ACC, so we will be excited for the rest of the day today and then concentrate on two tough matches we have coming up at Virginia and Virginia Tech."



Louisville Field Hockey has had trouble in Sunday games following Friday ACC contests. Yesterday was no exception...the Cards falling to 6-4 Liberty by the score of 2-1. 

Alyssa Voelmle scored six minutes into the contest, but Louisville was shut out the rest of the way. The Cards had two chances to tie at the end of the game but could not convert on a Voelmle shot and subsequent penalty corner attempt by Mallory Mason.

Coach Sowry discusses the loss:

"Of course it's disappointing we didn't get the outcome we desired today, however we controlled the tempo for the majority of the game," said UofL head coach Justine Sowry. "Our passing patterns and possession rates were excellent which was a drastic improvement from our previous game. We let ourselves down with a couple of defensive lapses and the inability to finish up front. Liberty was able to capitalize on their opportunities and we didn't - and that ultimately was the difference in today's game."

The Cards host Duke Friday night.



Louisville women's soccer got defeated by Miami, OH earlier in the season. They fared a little better against the Florida version...battling to a tie yesterday against the 'Canes. 

The University of Louisville (4-5-1, 1-1-1) women's soccer team played Miami (2-8-1, 0-1-1) to a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon at Cobb Stadium. The Cardinals came from behind when freshmanAlison Price scored the equalizer in the 86th minute, Louisville was unable to capitalize in overtime.

The Cardinals' offense bounced back after being held to just one shot on Thursday night, finishing the first period with five shots. Louisville held possession early in the first period, with a shot from freshman Kaela Dickerman in the fifth minute that went high. Senior Erin Yenney's shot went high in the 11th minute then Victoria Martinis had a shot go just wide in the 12th minute.

In the 26th minute, junior Lexie Niedoba's shot was saved by Miami goalkeeper Emily Lillard. Miami had a shot on goal in the 39th minute by Cardinal keeper Paige Brown made the save. Niedoba had another shot at the goal in the 44th minute but Lillard made the save.

Louisville finished the first half with a 5-3 shot advantage, while Miami finished with a 3-1 corner kick advantage. Brown finished with one save while Lillard finished with two.

Neither team was able to really get into an offensive flow early in the second period. Miami had the first opportunity in the 62nd minute with a shot from but Brown came up with the save. In the next minute, Yenney had a header go high.

The Hurricanes jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 74th minute, off a free kick from Natalie Moik from just outside the 18-yard box. 11 minutes later the Cardinals' Chatham DeProspo took a corner kick and sent it into the box, where Price was able to finish off a scrum with a shot into the back corner of the net, beating Lillard and knotting the score at 1-1.

Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the two overtime periods, ending in a 1-1 draw. Louisville finished the game with an 11-8 shot advantage, while Miami finished with a 5-3 corner kick advantage. Brown finished with three saves while Lillard finished with two.



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Making the grade -- SUNDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Now that the UofL women's fall sports squads are well into their schedules and conference play has started in three of the sports...let's take a little Sunday look at how well Louisville Field Hockey, women's Soccer, Volleyball and women's golf are doing...


At 8-1 and facing a Liberty opponent today that they should handle with ease...Justine Sowry's teams gets an "A". Their only loss is to a very good Virginia/ACC team. The Cards beat the #1 team in the rankings....North Carolina. They have a 14 game winning streak at the Trager. Impressive.


Now 4-5 and facing Miami on the road today, I'm giving the kicking Cards a C-. #5 FSU demolished them 6-0 in a game where it was 1-0 at the half. Youth galore on this squad that starts six freshmen. Good freshmen...but still learning. Wins over Ole Miss and Syracuse don't cancel out losses to Morehead, UK or Miami (OH). ACC Soccer could be very unkind to Karen Ferguson Dayes' babes on the pitch.


With a 8-5 record and game today against Ga. Tech...Anne Kordes' Wide Netters have performed about average, so they get a "C". Passing woes and inconsistent middle play have plagued this young squad and despite inspired play from Katie George, Janelle Jenkins and Maya McClendon...UofL Volleyball will be hard-pressed to achieve a .500 record in the talent rich ACC.


The "chip and putt" Cards have taken part in 3 tournaments and have two first place finishes and a fifth. They'll see the cream of the crop in the upcoming TarHeel Invitational and we'll see how Emily Haas, Katie Petrino and their eight teammates fare against the powerful ACC fivesomes. I'll give them a "B" so far...a strong finish in Chapel Hill would solidify that grade.

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The latest CARDINAL COUPLE Radio Broadcast should be available for listening later today at Crescent Hill Radio. We have almost 40 minutes of recorded interviews from Field Hockey, Soccer and Lacrosse and Worldwide breaks down Louisville Volleyball. Link below:



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Field Hockey wins...Volleyball falls -- Saturday CARDINAL COUPLE

Junior Elisa Garcia's unassisted goal in the sixth minute of overtime lifted the No. 11 University of Louisville field hockey team to a 2-1 win over host 16th ranked Wake Forest Friday evening. The Cardinals improve to 8-1 (2-1 ACC) while the Demon Deacons drop to 6-4 (0-2)
"To get a second win in the ACC says a lot about our team right now," said UofL head coach Justine Sowry. "Wake was the better team tonight but it shows our grit, toughness and resilience. We were pressured hard and didn't handle that very well. We will review the game and continue to grow as individuals and as a team. These ACC games are tough on so many levels and we have to recover well and get refocused for another challenging opponent on Sunday."

The teams battled through a scoreless first half in which the Demon Deacons outshot the Cardinals 4-1 and held a 2-0 advantage in penalty corners.

The Cards broke through at the 47:53 mark in the game. Senior Alyssa Voelmle's penalty corner shot was stopped by Wake's Valerie Dahmen, but sophomore Lotta Kahlert sent the rebound into the cage for her third goal of the season to give Louisville a 1-0 lead.

The Demon Deacons answered less than four minutes later when Krysta Wangerin connected on a feed from Madi Julius to tie the game at 1-1 at the 51:11 mark.

In the second half, Louisville outshot Wake Forest 5-2 and held a 3-1 lead in penalty corners, but the scored remained tied at the end of regulation. The teams entered a 15-minute sudden victory overtime period with the field cut down to seven players per side.

Each team registered two shots in the overtime period, but the Cardinals broke through when Garcia dribbled into the circle and delivered a shot past Dahmen for her third score of the season to give Louisville the 2-1 win.

(Thanks to Louisville SID department for the story)


The University of Louisville volleyball team dropped its ACC opener to Boston College
 in a five set loss (25-19, 25-22, 16-25, 17-25, 15-8). This was the first conference
 opening loss for UofL in five seasons and snapped a 34-conference match winning
 streak dating back two different conferences in a Big East loss to Notre Dame
 Sept. 23, 2012.

Sophomore Janelle Jenkins finished with 18 kills, while junior Roxanne McVey
 totaled 24 digs. Despite the loss, the Cardinals held a .164 to .152 hitting advantage.
 The Cardinals also outblocked the Eagles 10-5 but were aced five times.
Tess Clark led the block with six. Setter Katie George had seven kills and 14 digs
 and a block. The Eagles were led by Katty Workman's 21 kills.

"Without Katie George's heroics, we wouldn't have even been in the position to
 get to the fifth set and try to salvage the match," said UofL head coach Anne Kordes
 "We had some injuries and made some lineup changes but that is no excuse
 because we looked like we have never played volleyball together before.
 I am really leaning on Janelle JenkinsMaya McClendon and Roxanne McVey
 on defense so we can stay in system."

The Cardinals struggled with the Eagles' serve, getting aced three times in
 the first set. BC was able to keep UofL out of a rhythm and held them to
 a .167 hitting percentage. The Eagles hit .279 and used a 9-2 run late in the
 first set. Boston College went on two five-point runs in the set, as the Cards
 were unable to push back and eventually fell 25-19.

In the second set, UofL fell behind 8-1 early and tried to play catch-up.
 The Cards made it 17-19 at one point late in the set, before BC got to
 set point at 24-18. The Cards scored four points before a kill by Julia Topor
gave the Eagles the 25-22 win and a two-set lead going into the break.

In the third set, the Cards went on a six-point run early on to go up 8-3.
 BC was hampered by a .047 hitting percentage as the Eagles tried to
come back, but only got as close as 10-5. Janelle Jenkins had five kills
 in the set as the Cardinals rolled 25-16.

In the fourth set, a 14-6 Cardinal lead early proved to be insurmountable for
 the Eagles as the Louisville outhit BC .250 to .027 in the set. The Cards
 registered their first two aces of the match, one from McClendon and the
 other from Lyndsay Palmer. But the turning point was the eight Cardinal
 blocks as BC fell 25-17 to even the set score at two.

The decisive fifth set was close before the switch as the teams went
 back and forth. The score was tied at eight when Boston College pulled
away on a seven-point run to take the set and match.

The Cards will stay at home, and host Georgia Tech on Sunday at 2 pm.
in the KFC Yum! Center.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Women's Soccer Cards scalped by Noles 6-0 -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

The fifth-ranked Florida State (9-1-0, 2-0-0 ACC) soccer
 team defeated Louisville 6-0 in Talahassee last night. (4-5-0, 1-1-0 ACC) 6-0 on Thursday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex. The Cardinals
 The Cards were held to a season low with one shot in the match.
 Florida State had 21.

Florida State held most of the possession in the first half
fwhich paid off with a goal by Megan CampbellMegan Campbell in the 16th minute of play.  The Cardinal defense held tight and Cardinal keeper
Paige Brown collected four saves in the first half.

Florida State held a 10-0 shot advantage in the first half.
  They also held a 3-1 corner kick advantage.
Could the Louisville defense keep the opportunistic FSU 
offense out of the goal in the final
45 minutes and find a way to break through the iron curtain
 the Noles were representing with their
back four? 

Sadly it didn't happen for Louisville

Cheyna Williams scored two goals in the first three
 minutes of the second half to break the game
 open for the Seminoles.  The Seminoles continued
 to dominate possession and control the clock
 throughout the second half.

 Brown finished with a season-high six saves.
 She needed 14 more.

A first test against one of the elite ACC women's 
soccer teams and a tutorial on what it will
take to climb onto that top rung of the ladder.
 The Seminoles seemed a step quicker, were
organized in their offensive attack and had little
 trouble breaking up any Cardinal attempt
to move to the goal. We've said it many times
 this season and we'll repeat it again. This
is a very young squad Karen Ferguson Dayes
 coaches...with 12 freshman on the roster. 

The question is...does Louisville learn and 
improve from this slaughter on national television
or do they sink even further down as the stakes
 and the opponent level increases?

The Cardinals will continue road play at Miami 
on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 1:00 p.m.

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Louisville Volleyball gets the ACC slate

 started tonight with a 7 p.m. match

against Boston College. The Eagles are 

5-6 on the season. The Cards ran the

table in the AAC last year (18-0) but 

the odds are astronomical that they can

do that in the tougher ACC. 

Maya McClendon and Janelle Jenkins
lead Louisville in kills this season.