Sports Weekly presented by Toyota of Hopkinsville comes your way at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. We’ll have a report on the first day of play from the Girls Sweet 16 and get a preview of Hopkinsville’s game with Marshall County Thursday from Lady Tiger coach Tonya Wells.
High School Basketball
2nd region final: For the first time since 2003, the Hopkinsville Tigers are headed to the Boys Sweet 16.
The Tigers led by as many as 17 in the 2nd half and let Madisonville get as close as 2, before pulling out the game 65-54. Jordan Majors led the Tigers with 19 points, followed by Jaqualis Matlock added 16. Madisonville was led by Byron Dulin with 14. The Maroons finish the season 23-9, while the Tigers move to the state tournament with a 32-2 record.
Hopkinsville will face 12th region winner Southwestern in their opening game next Wednesday at 12:30, with the broadcast on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Hopkinsville’s Jordan Majors, Lawrence Smith and Jaqualis Matlock were named to the 2nd region all tournament team, along with Christian County’s CJ Cotton and Jarvis Irby. Madisonville was represented by Daylyn Jones, Tray Carr, Josiah Powell and Jawan Combs, Henderson County as represented by Jermaine Langley, Webster County by Jacob Scott and Livingston Central by Lucas Croft.
4th region final: Bowling Green defeated Warren Central 60-47 and will face Oldham County next Thursday at 11 am local time in the Sweet 16.
1st region final: Marshall County defeated Paducah Tilghman 58-52 and will face Scott County next Thursday at 5:30 local time in the Sweet 16.
Girls Sweet 16
Play begins today at noon as 4th region winner Glasgow meets Louisville Butler, with Boone County and Dunbar playing the second game of the afternoon session. Manual meets Perry County Central at 6:30 this evening, with third region winner Muhlenberg County meeting Montgomery County in the nightcap.
Hopkinsville’s Lady Tigers play their first game Thursday at noon against Marshall County from the 1st region, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 11:40 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
There are tickets available for Hopkinsville’s game in the Girls Sweet 16 at Hopkinsville High School. Student tickets will be on sale at 8 am this morning, with general public tickets going on sale at 9 am. Tickets are eight dollars at the school or 11 dollars at the door.
The Madisonville Messenger reports Madisonville girls basketball coach John Cummings has resigned from his position. Cummings says his resignation is immediate and is stepping down to spend more time with his family. Cummings was 61-58 in his four seasons as coach, including an 11-22 record this season in making the 2nd region tournament.
High School Football
Christian County football coach Steve Lovelace has released the Colonels 2012 schedule and all games but one will be played within 10 miles of Hopkinsville.
Home dates include: Madisonville August 17th, Clarksville August 25th, Henderson County August 31st, Lone Oak September 7th, Ohio County September 28th, Apollo October 5th and Graves County October 12th.
Away dates: Fort Campbell September 14th, Hopkinsville September 21st and Pulaski County in the Don Franklin Bowl in Somerset October 26th.
The Kentucky High School Athletics Association has announced Ebonite International has agreed to be the sponsor for the KHSAA State Bowling Championships for the next three years. The first state championship will be held March 22-23 at the Executive Strike and Spare Lanes in Louisville, with regional competition beginning March 17th.
Four wins in four nights, and that’s just what the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers did in taking the Sun Belt Conference tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
The Hilltoppers defeated North Texas 74-70 last night to advance to its 22nd appearance in the NCAA tournament. Teeng Akol scored 22 points and George Fant added 17 as the Hilltoppers rallied from a 13 point second half deficit. The Hilltoppers head to the NCAA tournament with a 15-18 record.
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari is not a fan of conference tournaments, and says playing three games in three days does not prepare you for anything. The 30-1 Wildcats open play in the SEC tournament Friday in New Orleans against Arkansas or LSU. Pre game coverage at 10:30 Friday morning on Lite 98.7.
The Southeastern Conference announced its post season awards Tuesday and several Kentucky players were honored. Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd Gilchrist were named first team All SEC and to the All Freshman Team along with LSU’s Anthony Hickey and Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes.
Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones were named to the second team All SEC. Anthony Davis was also named the Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, All Defensive Player of the Year, with Darius Miller the 6th man of the year and John Calipari was named the Coach of the Year.
Former University of Kentucky basketball coach Joe B. Hall will be among the inductees into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame later this year in Kansas City. Hall led Kentucky to the 1978 NCAA national championship.
Hall, along with such notables as Patrick Ewing, Phil Ford and Willis Reed, along with former LSU athletics director and SEC television analyst Joe Dean along with Lexington businessman Jim Host will be inducted November 18th.
The Nashville Predators lost to the Los Angeles Kings 5-4. The Predators return to action tomorrow night hosting Colorado in a game you can hear at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.