High School Basketball
Girls 2nd region final: For the first time in school history, the Hopkinsville Lady Tigers are headed to the Girls Sweet 16 following a 51-35 win over Livingston Central. The Lady Tigers got 25 points from senior Christy Soldo and 12 from sophomore Haley Cook in leading Hopkinsville to its 31st win of the season to go with four losses. Livingston Central was led in scoring by Aneta Sloma who had 15 for the Lady Cardinals who finish the season 25-6.
Those making the 2nd region all tournament team included: Christy Soldo, Ashlee Cole and Haley Cook of Hopkinsville, Aneta Sloma and Hailee Lampley of Livingston Central, Ellie Fruit, Brooke Tapp and Breyn Cooper of Henderson County, Mariah Herrera of Webster County, Dannika Prater and Denayia Holmes of University Heights, and LeLe Rodgers of Caldwell County.
Hopkinsville will face region one winner Marshall County at noon Thursday in EA Diddle Arena at Western Kentucky University, with coverage of the game at 11:40 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Girls 1st region: Marshall County defeated Murray High 60-50 to improve to 27-8 on the season.
Girls 4th region: Glasgow defeated Monroe County 51-41 and will open the Girls Sweet 16 against Louisville Butler, the 6th region winner at noon Wednesday.
Girls 3rd region: Muhlenberg County defeated Grayson County 56-46 and will face 10th region winner Montgomery County at 8 pm Wednesday.
Boys 2nd region at Madisonville: Christian County meets Madisonville in the first semi final at 6, followed by Hopkinsville and Henderson County. 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.
4th region semi finals at WKU: Bowling Green meets Russell County and Glasgow goes against Warren Central.
1st region semi finals at Murray State: Fulton City meets Marshall County, followed by Paducah Tilghman against St. Mary.
3rd region final at Owensboro Sportscenter: Muhlenberg County meets Apollo.
Hopkinsville High forward Christy Soldo has made a verbal commitment on where she will play her college basketball. Coach Tonya Wells told WHOP Sports during a post game interview following Sunday’s win over Livingston Central that Soldo has committed to Murray State.
Soldo was named the 2nd Region Coaches Association player of the year, along with making that regional team and was named to the 2nd region all tournament team on Sunday.
Heritage Christian Academy’s basketball teams both lost in the KCAA State Tournament over the weekend in Georgetown. The Lady Warriors were knocked out in the semifinals by Lakeside Christian 51-24 to finish the season 11-13. HCA’s Amanda Shemwell was named to the all tournament team.
Meanwhile, the Warriors were dispatched in the quarterfinals by Community Christian 72-46. HCA finished the season 27-5 under first year coach Darryl Hallmark.
Hopkinsville High’s power lifting team won the state title Saturday in Bowling Green. Three Tigers broke individual state records and won three classes in winning the school’s first championship. Quay Coleman won at the 125 pound class, Markail Bennett won at 175 and Donovan Bussell won at the 250 pouns class. The Tigers also won the National Guard Sportsmanship and Character Award.
Hopkinsville High senior golfer Dayton Jones finished tied for 12th at the Golfweek Junior Tour event held over the weekend at Greystone Golf Club in Dickson, Tennessee. Jones fired a 159 score for the two day event. Christian County High golfer TJ Ferry finished 18th in the event with a 162 total. The Golfweek Junior Tour plays this weekend at Cherry Blossom Golf Course in Georgetown.
Top ranked Kentucky got 22 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks from freshman Anthony Davis and 19 points from Terrence Jones in downing Florida 74-59 Sunday. The Wildcats picked up their 30th win of the season Sunday to go with one loss and finished 16-0 in Southeastern Conference play.
Kentucky is the top seed in this week’s SEC tournament in New Orleans and will face the winner of Thursday’s LSU-Arkansas game at noon Friday, with pre game coverage at 10:30 am on Lite 98.7.
Tennessee is the two seed and will face the Ole Miss-Auburn winner at 6:30 Friday night, while third seed Vanderbilt gets the winner of Mississippi State-Georgia at 9:30 Friday night. The semi finals are Saturday, with the championship game on Sunday at New Orleans Arena.
A reminder Kentucky coach John Calipari will have his weekly call in show at 5 this evening, followed by Big Blue Insider at 6 on Lite 98.7.
SEC Women’s final: Tennessee defeated LSU 70-58 to win its third straight conference championship and 16th in school history. The Lady Vols received the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Sun Belt Tournament: Western Kentucky’s Lady Toppers saw their season end Sunday at the hands of top seed Middle Tennessee 65-57. The Lady Toppers finished 9-21 on the season.
Meanwhile, the Hilltoppers defeated Arkansas Little Rock 68-63 last night and will play Denver in a semi final game this evening. Western trailed by as many as 13 before scoring 17 unanswered points to get the win, which was the 350th in the career of new Hilltoppers coach Ray Harper.
The Tennessean reports members of the Tennessee Titans and Houston Oilers say there were bounties for taking out players on opposing teams. Current and former Titans and Oilers say the practice went on while Gregg Williams was defensive coordinator and says it’s a common practice.
Williams has come under heavy scrutiny by the NFL after it was learned late last week that the program was administered while Williams was defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints.
Franklin’s Kenny Perry finished the four day Honda Classic event at five over par, while fellow Kentuckian JB Holmes was six over par. Rory McIlroy was the winner at 12 under par, two shots better than former world number one Tiger Woods who shot a blistering 62 Sunday. McIlroy is the new top golfer in the world rankings due to Sunday’s win.