Rick Howlett

Broadcast Managing Editor

Rick has been a member of the WFPL News team since 2001 and has covered numerous beats and events over the years.   Most recently he’s been tracking the Indiana General Assembly and the region’s passion for sports, especially college basketball.


Local News
11:44 am
Tue April 1, 2014

UK's Aaron Harrison Not Suprised by Wildcats' NCAA Success

Aaron Harrison
Credit University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky Wildcats are preparing for their matchup against Wisconsin Saturday night in the men’s NCAA Final Four.     

UK advanced to the national semifinals Saturday with a three-point victory over Michigan.   

Some had begun to give up hope of any UK tournament success as far back as early March, when the slumping Wildcats lost at 10-18 South Carolina.        

But guard Aaron Harrison predicted after that game that his team was going to be “a great story.”    He talked about it after Sunday’s NCAA victory.

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Local News
3:48 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Pitino Says Harrell to Assess Draft Projections Before Declaring for NBA

Montrezl Harrell
Credit University of Louisville

University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino says  Montrezl Harrell hasn’t decided yet if he will return for his junior season with the Cardinals.

Pitino has been holding meetings with his players since the Cards were eliminated from the NCAA tournament Friday, and is advising Harrell to wait for projections on where he might be picked in the NBA draft before making a decision on turning pro.       

Harrell was the Cards' leading rebounder this past season and was second in scoring average. 

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Local News
1:30 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Schimmel, Teammates "Enjoying the Game of Basketball," as U of L Aims for Final Four Berth

U of L Senior Guard Shoni Schimmel
Credit University of Louisville

In college basketball, the Louisville Cardinals will try to reach their second straight women’s NCAA Final Four Tuesday night when they take on Maryland at the KFC Yum Center.     

The Cards, led by senior guard Shoni Schimmel, are seeded third in the tournament and have soundly defeated their first three opponents.  

"I’m just letting the game come to me.   I’m having fun.  It’s been a blast these past couple of games.   We’re just enjoying the game of basketball.  I’m having fun just playing what I love to do," Schimmel said Sunday.

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Local News
7:33 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

NCAA Men: Kentucky Wildcats Headed to Final Four

Aaron Harrison made a 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left Sunday to lift Kentucky to a 75-72 win over Michigan and a trip to the Final Four in the men's NCAA basketball tournament.

Harrison, one of five freshmen on eighth-seeded Kentucky's starting lineup, elevated over Caris LeVert, and drained it. He scored all 12 of his points over the last 8:05.

Nik Stauskas missed a heave at the buzzer and the Wildcats (28-10) rushed off the bench and dogpiled Harrison at midcourt.

Local News
1:06 am
Sat March 29, 2014

NCAA: Kentucky Beats Louisville 74-69; Will Face Michigan for Final Four Berth

Aaron Harrison made a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left to give Kentucky the go-ahead points Friday night in a 74-69 victory in the men’s NCAA Midwest Regional over rival Louisville. Harrison, Julius Randle and Dakari Johnson, all finished with 15 points for the eighth-seeded Wildcats, who will play Michigan in Sunday's regional final.   

Fourth-seeded Louisville got 23 points from senior Russ Smith, who missed a late 3 with a chance to tie.

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Local News
3:17 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Latest 'Battle of the Bluegrass' to be Fought in Indianapolis

For the second time in three years, the Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats will play each other in the men’s NCAA tournament Friday night. The teams will face off in the tournament’s Sweet Sixteen round in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

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Local News
6:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Richie Farmer's Path From Kentucky Wildcats Star to Politics to Prison

Richie Farmer in 2010
Rick Howlett

As the University of Kentucky Wildcats prepare for their NCAA  basketball tournament showdown with Louisville on Friday, one of the most popular players from UK’s storied past is reporting to federal prison.

Richie Farmer is scheduled to begin serving a 27-month sentence Tuesday at a facility in West Virginia

The former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner pleaded guilty last year to corruption charges related to his two terms in that office.

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Local News
1:16 am
Fri March 21, 2014

NCAA: Louisville Cardinals Escape Manhattan, 71-64

Luke Hancock sank two three-pointers late in the game to help the Louisville Cardinals pull away from Manhattan 71-64 in the men’s NCAA tournament.

The 13th seeded Jaspers kept it close against the defending champs and appeared poised to pull off an upset, but a Russ Smith three-pointer and Hancock’s clutch shots in the final minutes allowed the Cards to advance to Saturday’s third round.

Today’s (Friday’s) tournament action has Eastern Kentucky facing Kansas at 4:10pm, and Kentucky meeting Kansas State at 9:40pm. Both games are in St. Louis.

Local News
2:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

'Louisville and the Great War' Exhibit Recalls Camp Zachary Taylor Army Installation

Camp Zachary Taylor in 1917. The view is to the north from what is now Poplar Level Road and Taylor Avenue. The farmhouse in the foreground was the residence of Camp Taylor Commander Gen. Henry Hale and stll stands.
Ken Maguire/Camp Zachary Taylor Historical Society

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

Three years after it started, the United States joined the fighting. And Louisville played an important role in the massive mobilization effort that was launched to get soldiers ready for the battlefield.

That role is the focus of an exhibit at the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum in Old Louisville.

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Local News
7:23 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Kentucky Comes Up Short in SEC Basketball Tournament Final, 61-60

Top-ranked Florida capped a perfect run through the Southeastern Conference when Kentucky failed to get off a shot on its final possession, allowing the Gators to escape with a 61-60 victory in the league championship game Sunday.

Florida (32-2) built a 16-point lead early in the second half, but Kentucky nearly pulled off an improbable comeback to hand the Gators their first loss since early December. Two missed free throws gave the Wildcats (24-10) a final possession, but James Young slipped trying to drive into the lane.

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