Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers saw a four game win streak come to an end last night, falling to the Madisonville-Tradewater Pirates 7-2.
The Hoppers were outhit 12-6 in the contest, with Matt McGowan having two hits including a home run in the 9th inning. The Hoppers are now 23-11 on the season, and still hold a 4 ½ game lead on Fulton heading into tonight’s regular season home finale against Owensboro.
It’s Fan Appreciation Night at the game which begins at 7:05, with the Hoppers pre game show at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Elsewhere in the OVL last night: It took almost four hours to play, but Fulton defeated Owensboro 15-9 in Fulton. Fulton is now 18-15 on the season in second place, while Owensboro is in the basement at 12-23.
Tonight in the OVL: Fulton travels to Marion.
High School Basketball: The Madisonville Messenger reports Madisonville will begin searching for a new boys basketball coach following the resignation last week of Marty Cline. Cline resigned to take an assistant principal’s position at the high school. Cline was 66-44 in his four seasons as Maroons coach.
High School Football: The TSSAA voted Monday to keep its playoff system the same for the next three years. The Tennessean reports there will still be six state champions, despite a proposal from the state association to reduce the champions crowned. Currently, the state plays in three regular season classes, with those split for the post season. The format will remain in place through at least the 2016 season.
College Football: Western Kentucky is picked fourth in the Sun Belt Conference pre season poll announced during the Sun Belt media day held Monday in New Orleans. Florida International was picked as the favorite, followed by Arkansas State and Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns. Western opens the 2012 season hosting Austin Peay September 1st.
Game times have been announced for Kentucky’s first three football games. The Wildcats play Louisville Sunday September 2nd at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 2:30, Hopkinsville time, with the Kent State game September 8th at 6:30 and the Western Kentucky game September 15th at 6 pm. You can hear Kentucky football throughout the season on Lite 98.7.
The Tennessean reports Tennessee’s game with Florida September 15th, which is normally an afternoon game, will be moved to a 5 pm Hopkinsville time kickoff on ESPN, with CBS showing as its season opener Alabama and Arkansas on that date with a 2:30 air time.
Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive says he plans to stay as commissioner. In a pre media day interview in Birmingham, Slive tells the Associated Press he plans to stay a couple of more years. Slive’s contract was to expire July 31st, five days after turning 72.