Sports Weekly presented by Toyota of Hopkinsville returns from holiday break this evening at 5:08 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Todd Hamilton’s guests include Christian County boys basketball coach Tyler Smithart, Hopkinsville boys basketball coach Tim Hayworth and UHA girls basketball coach Taylor Sparks.
Hopkinsville High School will announce its new baseball coach during a news conference to be held at 10:15 Thursday morning at the school. The new coach will replace Randy Harrell who resigned after the 2011 season. Harrell led the Tigers to two consecutive regional championship game appearances, winning the championship in 2010. The new coach will be the fourth for the Tigers in the last six seasons.
Tuesday’s High School Basketball Results
Girls: Hopkinsville improved to 10-2 on the season with a 56-35 win over Madisonville. The Lady Tigers led the game 40-11 at half, thanks in part to a 20-0 run in the first half. Madison Duvall led a quartet of Lady Tigers with 13 points, Haley Cook added 12, Ashlee Cole pitched in 11 and Christy Soldo added 10.
University Heights got 29 points from Dannika Prater, 20 from D’Nayia Holmes and a double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds from Cache Richardson in defeating Russellville 76-45. The Lady Blazers have won eight games in a row and are 11-1 on the season.
Christian County won at Webster County 60-48 behind 18 points each from Desherrica Edwards and Jamesha Mosley, with Kimberly Hyde adding 13. The Lady Colonels are 5-6 on the season.
Elsewhere: Fort Campbell routed Jo Byrns, TN 62-26, Todd Central rolled over South Warren 62-37, Trigg County defeated Crittenden County 62-44, Caldwell County nipped Hopkins Central 59-57, Livingston Central over Lyon County 66-44, Marshall County over Lone Oak 56-36, Paducah Tilghman over Reidland 81-32, Calloway County over Graves County 65-60 in double overtime.
Boys: Hopkinsville and Madisonville went to the wire, with the Tigers leaving Maroon Gym with a 70-68 win. Jordan Majors led the Tigers with 20 points, followed by freshman JaQualis Matlock with a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds. The Tigers are now 13-1 on the season.
Elsewhere: Jo Byrns defeated Fort Campbell 68-59, Trigg County edged Crittenden County 70-67, Hopkins Central over Dawson Springs 63-56, Livingston Central slid by Lyon County 57-55, Union County nipped Henderson County 54-53, Marshall County over Lone Oak 50-48, Mayfield defeated Calloway County 50-41, Paducah Tilghman routed Reidland 68-44.
Heritage Christian Academy’s Lady Warriors lost to Bethel Christian 42-40. Lydia Hite had 12 points and Grace Waldron pitched in 10 for HCA, now 4-5 on the season. The Lady Warriors play North Hardin Christian Friday night.
Hopkinsville High’s boys basketball team will not face Rowan County Sunday evening at Rupp Arena. Coach Tim Hayworth told WHOP Sports Tuesday night the game—part of the Blied Sports Rumble—has been cancelled because of a new NCAA bylaw stating the game could not be played in Rupp Arena because the University of Kentucky plays there.
Number two Kentucky got off to a sluggish start, but was able to roll over Arkansas Little Rock 73-51 at Freedom Hall. Freshman Anthony Davis had 22 points and 16 rebounds to pace the Wildcats, with Darius Miller adding 15 points and Terrence Jones with 10. The 14-1 Wildcats play South Carolina Saturday, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
A programming reminder, Coach John Calipari’s call in show at 5 this evening, followed by Sports Nightly at 6 on Lite 98.7.
Number 11 Louisville snapped a two game losing streak with a 73-58 win over St. John’s in New York. Russ Smith led the Cardinals with 17 points, Kyle Kuric added 15 and Gourgi Deng had 12 for the 13-2 Cards.
Tonight’s games: 18th ranked Murray State hosts Eastern Kentucky at 7 at the CFSB Center and Tennessee takes on Memphis.
Women’s action: Western Kentucky hosts Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns.
Former Christian County standout Keith Tandy leads 23rd ranked West Virginia into tonight’s matchup with number 15 Clemson in the Orange Bowl in Miami. West Virginia brings a 9-3 record into the contest, while Clemson is 10-3.
Kentucky coach Joker Phillips announced Tuesday Mike Cassity has been hired to coach defensive backs. Cassity has 37 years of coaching experience, including 22 as a defensive coordinator. Cassity began his career at Kentucky as a student coach in 1975, and was a part time assistant coach in 1979 and was defensive backs coach in 1980-81. Cassity also spent five seasons from 1983-88 at Western Kentucky. Cassity most recently was at Louisville from 2004-07 and at Marshall from 2009-11.
Western Kentucky freshman running back Quartterrio Morgan is leaving the Hill. The Bowling Green Daily News reported Tuesday the Jonesboro, Georgia native will be transferring to Appalachian State. Morgan did not appear in a game for the 7-5 Hilltoppers in the 2011 season.
The Courier Journal reports the University of Louisville has picked up a commitment from linebacker James Burgess of Homestead, Florida. Burgess played only three games last season because of a broken hand. He is planning to enroll in classes at U of L and participate in spring practice.
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley has changed his mind about allowing freshman wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett to transfer to either Michigan or Michigan State to be near his ailing father. Dooley made the announcement during a news conference Tuesday in Knoxville. Last week, Dooley had said he would not allow Arnett to go to either of the schools, using the same policy he uses with other players who transfer.
The Tennessee Titans have learned their opponents in the 2012 season.
Home games include: Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New England, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Detroit.
Away games: Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Buffalo, Miami, San Diego, Green Bay and Minnesota.
The official schedule with playing dates and times will be announced this spring. The NFL Kickoff 2012 Weekend will begin Thursday night September 6th, with the regular season concluding December 30th. Super Bowl 47 will be played in New Orleans February 3, 2013.
Former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher was interviewed by the Miami Dolphins Tuesday. Fisher is believed to be the Dolphins top choice, however, other teams are also expected to be interested in Fisher. St. Louis and Tampa Bay also fired their coaches this week.
Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber was back in practice Tuesday, participating in non contact drills. Weber suffered a concussion in a game December 23rd at Dallas and has missed the last four games. Coach Barry Trotz says there is still no timetable on when Weber will return to action. The Predators host Dallas Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena.