High School Basketball
Boys: Hopkinsville’s Jaqualis Matlock had a double-double with 19 points and 22 rebounds as the Tigers defeated University Heights 76-68 in 8th district action Thursday night. Darius White added 16 for the Tigers who are now 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in district play. University Heights was led in scoring by Jake Hopper with 14, with KQuan McNeese and Quadre White each scoring 11. The Blazers are 2-2 and 0-1 in district competition.
Elsewhere: Hopkins Central over Caldwell County 58-50, Dawson Springs edged Christian Fellowship 45-43, Henderson County over Union County 64-58.
Girls: Caldwell County over Hopkins Central 72-60, Livingston Central over Community Christian 79-53, Muhlenberg County defeated McLean County 68-46, Graves County over Webster County 42-36, Ohio County over Warren Central 58-40.
Christian County’s boys and girls play Paducah Tilghman as part of the Heritage Bank/Christian County Athletics Hall of Fame activities. Coverage of both games begins with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Boys: Todd Central at Russellville, Fort Campbell at Webster County, Trigg County at Livingston Central, Logan County at Franklin Simpson, Crittenden County at Lyon County, Madisonville meets Muhlenberg County, Calloway County hosts Ballard Memorial, Bowling Green hosts South Warren, Murray welcomes Heath and Marshall County hosts an Australian travel team.
Girls: Hopkinsville entertains University Heights in 8th district action, with both teams 1-0 in district competition. Tip off at Tiger Gym is at 7:30. Elsewhere: Todd Central at Russellville, Trigg County at Livingston Central, Logan County at Franklin Simpson, Crittenden County at Lyon County, Greenwood hosts Muhlenberg County, Hopkins Central hosts Valley, Bowling Green hosts South Warren.
High School Football
The Kentucky New Era reports five local players will participate in the 2011 Best of the Bluegrass All Star Football Classic Sunday at St. X High School in Louisville. Christian County’s Dayshaun Matlock, along with Fort Campbell’s Marcus Tucker, Aaron Hills, Martenez Smith and Brady Jorstad will play in the game which kicks off at 1 pm Hopkinsville time.
10th rated Kentucky knocked off number six Duke in women’s play at Rupp Arena Thursday night 72-65 in front of 14, 508 fans.
There are two women’s games on the schedule this evening with Austin Peay taking on Bowling Green and Western Kentucky meeting Illinois State.
Top ranked Kentucky returns to action Saturday evening at Indiana, with pre game coverage beginning at 2:30 on Lite 98.7.
The Courier Journal reports Louisville coach Charlie Strong spoke to the media Thursday in regards to his name popping up as the possible new coach at Texas A and M and Penn State. Strong said he has not talked with any schools, nor does he have the desire. The Cardinals are in the post season for the second straight year under Strong, meeting North Carolina State in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, December 27th.
The Atlantic Sun conference will have a new member. The Lexington Herald Leader reports Northern Kentucky University will become the 10th member beginning the 2012-13 season in its first year of transitioning from Division two to Division one status. Northern Kentucky will replace Belmont, who is leaving the A-Sun to join the Ohio Valley Conference next year.
NKU is the second school leaving the Great Lakes Valley Conference after this season, with Kentucky Wesleyan to join the newly formed Division two Great Midwest Athletic Conference beginning in the 2012-13 school year.
The Nashville Predators scored two goals in the last two minutes of regulation, then won on a Colin Wilson goal in overtime in Columbus against the Blue Jackets 4-3. The Predators are back in action tomorrow night hosting the Anaheim Ducks at seven in Bridgestone Arena.