High School Basketball
Post season play begins with district tournaments all across the Commonwealth this evening.
8th district boys at Christian County: Hopkinsville meets Fort Campbell at 6, followed by Christian County and University Heights. Coverage of both games with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
5th district boys at Lyon County: Livingston Central meets Crittenden County at 6, with Trigg County and Lyon County to follow.
6th district girls at Henderson County: Union County meets Webster County.
7th district at Caldwell County: Madisonville meets Hopkins Central in girls action at 6 and Hopkins Central meets Caldwell County in boys action at 8.
13th district at Russellville: Todd Central meets Franklin Simpson in girls action at 6, with Todd Central meeting Logan County in boys action at 8.
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Campbell County won the state championship this weekend at the Alltech Arena at Kentucky Horse Park. Union County finished second, Christian County finished 14th, University Heights 32nd, Fort Campbell 33rd, Trigg County 40th, Caldwell County 44th and Hopkinsville 68th.
Christian County had three medalists with JJ Killebrew second in the 113 division, Kory Polley third in the 145 division and Caleb Austin sixth in the 106 division. University Heights Wade Willen finished 4th in the 126 division.
ESPN’s Dick Vitale was at Murray State Saturday for the Bracketbuster game against St. Mary’s, which the 14th ranked Racers won 65-51. Vitale said he appreciated the outpouring from Racer Nation and added the Racers were having a special season and praised coach Steve Prohm on the job he has done. Vitale also said top ranked Kentucky would be one of his choices to win the national championship.
Speaking of Kentucky, Coach John Calipari’s call in show and Big Blue Insider move to Wednesday night this week beginning at 5 on Lite 98.7. Kentucky plays at Mississippi State tomorrow night, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on Lite 98.7.
Ray Harper is no longer the interim basketball coach at Western Kentucky University. Harper—who replaced Ken McDonald January 6th—will be officially introduced during a pep rally in Diddle Arena this evening. Harper is 4-7 since taking over the Hilltoppers. Harper was also head coach at Kentucky Wesleyan and Oklahoma City College.
Tonight’s action has 8th ranked Kentucky meeting 24th ranked Vanderbilt and number four Notre Dame at number 19 Louisville in women’s games.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports CBS may not carry the Tennessee-Florida matchup this fall. It would be the first time in the 16 year history of the SEC on CBS the game would not be carried. The teams are scheduled to play September 15th, the same day Alabama meets Arkansas, which the network may carry.
Former UK golfer JB Holmes finished three shots off the lead at the Northern Trust Open, finishing the four day event at four under par, while Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker finished at one under par. Bill Haas won a two hole playoff over Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley. The three finished regulation at seven under.
After setting the Champions Tour scoring record in the first two rounds, Kenny Perry breezed to a five shot win over Bernhard Langer at the ACE Group Classic. Perry finished the three day event at 20 under par. Paducah’s Russ Cochran finished at 10 under par.
The Nashville Predators picked up a 3-2 over the Dallas Stars Sunday night. Colin Wilson had what proved to be the game winner late in the 2nd period.