The Madisonville Messenger reports pairings for the 7th district baseball and softball tournaments have been announced. Both tournaments begin Tuesday May 22nd with Hopkins Central meeting Caldwell County and Madisonville meeting Dawson Springs in first round matchups in both sports.
The softball tournament will be played at Caldwell County with game times at 4 pm and 6 pm on the 22nd, with the championship game on Thursday May 24th at 6 pm.
The baseball tournament will be played at Madisonville on the 22nd with games at 4 and 7 pm, with the championship game on Wednesday May 23rd at 6 pm.
The Henderson Gleaner reports Union County has hired Shane Smith as its new girls basketball coach. Smith was an assistant for the boys’ team last season. The Lady Braves were 11-16 under Kevin Furtado, who resigned to return to his native Georgia.
The Associated Press reports the NCAA has released attendance figures for the just completed basketball season and for the 16th time in the last 17 years Kentucky led the nation in average attendance. 23-thousand 731 fans showed up for Kentucky’s 18 home dates at Rupp Arena, while a record total of 885 thousand 953 watched the Wildcats 40 games this past season.
The University of Louisville ranked third in home attendance average with 21-thousand 502 per game. It marks the 32nd consecutive season the Cardinals have been in the top five nationally in home attendance.
The NCAA has also announced the city of Atlanta will host three national championship games next year. The Division Two and Three games will be played the same weekend as the Final Four. The D-2 and 3 title games will be held Sunday April 7th tentatively in Philips Arena, with the Final Four April 6th and 8th at the Georgia Dome.
It’s the first time in history all three championships will be played in the same city and weekend. The NCAA says the moves are being made to coincide with the 75th anniversary of college basketball’s annual championship tournament.
College Baseball: Austin Peay opens a three game series with Morehead State this evening at Raymond C. Hand Park in Clarksville, while Murray State opens an Ohio Valley Conference series at Southeast Missouri.
Western Kentucky opens a series at South Alabama, with former Hopkinsville High pitcher Justin Hageman starting the finale on Sunday.
MLB: A full slate of games tonight include: Cincinnati hosting Washington, Chicago at Milwaukee and St. Louis hosting Atlanta.
NBA: One playoff game tonight has Memphis at the LA Clippers, with the Clippers leading the series 3-2.