The 2013 high school soccer and volleyball seasons begin today.
Girls Soccer: University Heights hosts Logan County, Dawson Springs welcomes Union County, Lyon County travels to Crittenden County, Muhlenberg County hosts Butler County, Paducah Tilghman hosts Marshall County, McCracken County at St. Mary.
Boys Soccer: University Heights meets Christian County, Hopkinsville entertains Mayfield, Fort Campbell hosts Trigg County, Dawson Springs hosts Union County, Logan County hosts Butler County, Marshall County hosts Paducah Tilghman, Community Christian is at Ballard Memorial.
Volleyball: Hopkinsville opens the season hosting Muhlenberg County, University Heights goes to Crittenden County, Fort Campbell welcomes Madisonville, Todd Central travels to Webster County, Graves County at Community Christian, Livingston Central at Paducah Tilghman, Mayfield hosts Fulton City.
High School Football: The 2013 season begins this Friday night, with Christian County playing its season opener at Caldwell County. Heritage Bank pre game show coverage begins at 6:35 on Lite 98.7 and online at lite987whop.com.
Hopkinsville opens its season Friday night at Greenwood, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 8:05 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Weekend wrap: Heritage Christian Academy’s volleyball team won the Volley Jam Tournament in Smyrna, TN. HCA defeated Watertown, TN, Middle Tennessee Christian and Goodlettsville Christian in pool play and defeated Middle Tennessee Christian and Watertown a second time to win the championship. The Lady Warriors are 5-0 on the season and host North Hardin Christian Tuesday afternoon.
Hopkinsville’s Lady Tiger golf team participated in the Lady Trojan Invitational at Webster County Saturday. The Lady Tigers finished with a 368 team score to finish third behind winner Henderson County who fired a 320 score.
Dacie Bolton led Hopkinsville with an 86, Jessica Shelton had 87, Bailey Downs had 93, Mattison Lawrence had 102 and Caitlyn Shelton had 103. Taylor Church of Henderson County was the medalist with 74.
College Football: The Associated Press released its pre season top 25 poll over the weekend. Defending national champion Alabama is ranked number one, with Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford and Georgia rounding out the top 5. South Carolina is 6th, followed by Texas A&M, Clemson, Louisville and Florida in the top 10.
LSU is ranked 12th. In all, six teams from the Southeastern Conference are in the top 25.
Despite their recent success, season ticket sales for Vanderbilt football games are down. The Tennessean reports coach James Franklin as saying he’s tired of hearing excuses to why fans are not buying tickets. Last year, 18,500 season tickets were sold, with that number for this year at 16,200. The Commodores open the season hosting Ole Miss August 29th.
NFL: The Tennessean reports a sprained right knee will keep Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright out of action for the final two pre season games and a few weeks of practice. Wright suffered the injury during Saturday night’s 27-19 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Titans return to action Saturday night at LP Field hosting the Atlanta Falcons.
Golf: Patrick Reed defeated Jordan Spieth on the second playoff hold to win the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour. It was Reed’s first victory on tour. Both finished regulation at 14 under par.
Paducah’s Russ Cochran finished tied for second at the Champion Tour’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, NY. Cochran closed with a final round 67 to finish the event at 15 under par 201, one stroke back of winner Bart Bryant.
Franklin’s Kenny Perry finished seventh in the event at 12 under par.