High School Basketball
University Heights Academy defeated Louisville Holy Cross in boys action 69-66.
Tonight’s games: Heritage Christian Academy’s Warriors are back in action this evening hosting the Glasgow Christian Warriors. Coverage with the Heritage Bank pre game show around 5:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Other boys games: Fort Campbell at Hopkins Central, Todd Central at Clarksville Academy, Dawson Springs goes to Crittenden County, Union County hosts Community Christian and South Warren hosts Franklin Simpson.
Girls: Hopkinsville hosts Ohio County, Fort Campbell at Caldwell County, Todd Central at Clarksville Academy, Union County hosts Community Christian and South Warren welcomes Franklin Simpson.
Pairings for the upcoming 8th district basketball tournament will be announced during a meeting to be held Friday morning at 7:30 at Christian County High School. Christian County will host both tournaments this year. The 2nd region girls tournament will also be played at Christian County, with the boys set to be played at Madisonville.
Christian County has named a new tennis coach. The Kentucky New Era reports David Chase was named to the position Wednesday. Chase played tennis for the Colonels from 1999-2001. Chase was the assistant coach for the last two years.
Vanderbilt snapped a two game losing skid in defeating LSU 76-61. Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey, Jr. scored 12 points in the loss for the Tigers, who fall to 13-10 and 3-6 in the SEC.
Tennessee defeated South Carolina 69-57 and in women’s action, Middle Tennessee got by Western Kentucky 67-64.
Tonight’s games: 7th ranked Murray State entertains Tennessee State, Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee, former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and Manhattan meet Fairfield.
Women’s game: Number 11 Tennessee meets number 25 Vanderbilt.
The Courier Journal reports University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino said on his radio show Wednesday night, heralded freshman Wayne Blackshear has been medically cleared to play. However, Pitino says he won’t use Blackshear right away. Blackshear suffered a torn labrum in practice last October and had surgery in November.
Former University of Kentucky basketball player Jim Dinwiddie is dead at 63. The Lexington Herald Leader reports Dinwiddie was found dead Tuesday in his home above his law practice office in Leitchfield. The Grayson County coroner Joseph Brad Hudson says Dinwiddie was found with a single gunshot wound in an apparent suicide. Dinwiddie grew up in Grayson County and returned there after his UK career. He played for the Wildcats from 1968-1971.
The University of Tennessee plans to mix up its defenses during the 2012 season. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports new defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri says there will be elements of the 3-4, along with 4-3 looks, multiple fronts, and a pro style approach.
The University of Kentucky—featuring former Christian County standout Griffin Joiner—opens its season today. The Wildcats—ranked 13th and 18th in two national polls—meet UCLA at 8 pm this evening in the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament in Los Angeles. Kentucky plays its second game against Pacific at noon Friday.
The Nashville Predators are back in action this evening at the Ottawa Senators. It’s a homecoming for Mike Fisher, who played 13 seasons in Ottawa before being traded to the Predators last season. First puck drops at 6:30 this evening.