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Hoppers Baseball: It took 11 innings, but the Hoptown Hoppers defeated Madisonville 8-3 at Riverside Park in Dawson Springs.
The game was tied 3-3 in the 9th inning, before the Hoppers scored five times in the top of the 11th to get the win. No other information was available on the Ohio Valley League website. Hoptown is now 17-8 on the season and leads idle Fulton three games and Madisonville by four games in the OVL race.
Other action last night saw Owensboro hand Marion its fourth straight loss 8-3.
Tonight in the OVL: Hoptown travels to Marion for the first of a two game series, while Madisonville travels to Owensboro.
Golf: Christian County 2012 grad Jonathon Grabara finished tied for 3rd in the Boys 17-18 division at the Kentucky Junior Amateur championship which concluded Tuesday in Fort Knox.
Grabara fired a final round 72 to finish at 146. Hopkinsville High grad Dayton Jones fired his second consecutive 77 to finish tied for 18th at 154. Jack Gardner tied for 22nd with a 155. Cameron Allen finished tied for 38th with a two day total of 161.
TJ Ferry finished tied for 5th in the Boys 15-16 division with a two day score of 147.
College Basketball: The Kentucky New Era reports former Hopkinsville Lady Tiger basketball player Ashlee Cole is signing a scholarship with Wentworth Military College in Lexington, MO.
Cole averaged 10.6 points and 9.6 rebounds her senior year in leading Hopkinsville to the 2nd region championship and a quarterfinal round appearance in the Girls Sweet 16.
Austin Peay has released its women’s basketball schedule for the 2012-13 season. The Lady Governors will play seven teams that played in the post season in 2012. The Lady Govs open the season at UAB Friday November 9th, before opening the home portion of the schedule with Louisville on Thursday, November 15th.
The Lady Govs will open Ohio Valley Conference play at Southeast Missouri January 5th and open the home portion of OVC play against Murray State January 12th.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt has made a change on its men’s basketball staff. Coach Kevin Stallings announced Tuesday he will promote Dan Cage to director of basketball operations and reintroduce recruiting duties to coach Tom Richardson’s role.
Vandy also announced women’s coach Melanie Balcomb has received a two year contract extension which will take her through the 2016-17 season. Balcomb is the second longest tenured women’s coach in the SEC behind Georgia’s Andy Landers.
College Football: The Courier Journal reports Kentucky has landed another commitment for 2013. Fort Lauderdale University School safety Jalen Battle became the 9th commitment for the Wildcats. Battle chose Kentucky over a number of schools and is the fourth commitment from Florida.
College Baseball: The Lexington Herald Leader reports Kentucky baseball coach Gary Henderson has signed a new contract. Henderson has received a five year deal worth $2.1 million plus incentives. Henderson led Kentucky to a school record 45 wins in the 2012 season.
College Softball: Murray State has hired Kara Amundson as its new softball coach. Amundson was an assistant for the Lady Racers the last two seasons.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans have announced their training camp schedule. The Titans will report to Baptist Sports Park July 27th, with the first workout July 28th.
Fans can watch workouts beginning July 29th from 6:30-8:30 pm. The Titans will have a public workout with the Atlanta Falcons on August 6th in Dalton, GA.
NHL: Nashville Predator free agent Ryan Suter still has not decided if he will stay with the Preds or go to another NHL team. Teammate Shea Weber is a restricted free agent and he would like to know Suter’s decision as well.
Reports out of Minneapolis indicate Wild representatives met with Suter Tuesday and reports out of Detroit indicated Red Wing representatives did the same. Minnesota, Detroit and Philadelphia are reportedly on the short list along with the Predators.
Suter’s agent told the Tennessean in an email last night no decision would be forthcoming.