For the second time in as many years, Christian County will begin the search for a new boys basketball coach. Tyler Smithhart will be officially introduced at a news conference this morning as the new coach at his alma mater, Henderson County High School.
Smithhart was an assistant under former Colonel head coach Kerry Stovall before leading the Colonels to a 9-22 record this season and a berth into the semifinals of the 2nd region tournament. Smithhart replaces Mark Starns, whose contract was not renewed by the school after five seasons.
Another high school coach who got his start in Western Kentucky is leaving one of the top programs in Louisville. Jason Couch, who began his career at Greenwood High in Bowling Green, is leaving Louisville Eastern to become the new coach at Shelby County.
According to the Courier Journal, Couch was 206-83 in his tenure at Eastern, winning three Louisville Invitational Tournament titles and made two state tournament appearances in 2009 and 2011, where the heavily favored Eagles lost to eventual state champion Christian County in the semi finals.
WHOP Sports has learned Hopkinsville High girls basketball player Christy Soldo is slated to announce Monday her plans to play collegiately for Murray State. The Kentucky All Star will make her announcement at 1 pm at Hopkinsville High.
High School Baseball: University Heights goes to Lyon County, Christian County is at Henderson County, Hopkinsville hosts senior night against Crittenden County, Todd Central hosts Edmonson County, Trigg County welcomes Russellville, Logan County at Allen County Scottsville, Caldwell County at Marshall County, Madisonville at Whitesville Trinity, Webster County hosts Union County.
High School Softball: Christian County at Henderson County, Hopkinsville at Livingston Central, University Heights travels to Mayfield, Fort Campbell hosts Madisonville in a doubleheader, Trigg County at Logan County, Dawson Springs hosts Todd Central, Lyon County entertains Webster County.
High School Tennis: Both boys and girls play continued Wednesday at the 2nd region tournament being held at Ruff Park. Hopkinsville’s Grey Campbell advanced to the boys singles semifinals today with a win Wednesday. In boys doubles, the University Heights team of Gordon Kaye and Blake Edmonson moved to the semi finals today.
Girls singles saw Hopkinsville’s Mallory Perkins win two matches to move to the semi finals today. Semi final and finals matches begin at 4:45 today.
Pairings for the 8th district baseball and softball tournaments to be played at Christian County High School May 21-23 were announced Wednesday.
Baseball: Monday May 21st at 5:30 Hopkinsville plays Fort Campbell, with Christian County to meet University Heights at 8 pm.
The championship game will be played Wednesday May 23rd at 7:30 pm.
Softball: Tuesday May 22nd at 5:30 Christian County plays Fort Campbell, with University Heights playing Hopkinsville at 7:30 pm.
The championship game will be played Wednesday May 23rd at 5:30.
Admission for the games is $5 for everyone and fans are asked use the Glass Avenue entrance at Christian County High School for parking.
All games in the 8th district tournaments will be broadcast on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
District 5’s softball and baseball tournament pairings have been announced. Softball begins Monday May 21st with Trigg County meeting Livingston Central at 5, followed by host Lyon County taking on Crittenden County at 7. The championship game will be May 22nd at 6 pm.
The baseball tournament also begins May 21st with Crittenden County meeting Lyon County at 5, followed by Trigg County and Livingston Central at 7:30. The championship game will be May 22nd at 6 pm.
Western Kentucky University has removed the interim tag from Todd Stewart and has named him the school’s athletics director. Stewart replaces Ross Bjork, who recently resigned to become the athletics director at Ole Miss.
Stewart came to Western in 2008 after serving as associate commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference. He had served as senior associate athletics director and two years as associate athletics director of communications and media relations. Stewart will be officially introduced at a news conference this morning.
College Softball: Former Christian County standout Griffin Joiner has received All Freshman honors from the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky begins play in the SEC tournament today against Georgia at 4 this afternoon in Tuscaloosa, AL. The game will be televised on ESPN U.