Hoppers Baseball: The magic number is one for the Hoptown Hoppers to clinch the top seed and regular season championship in the Ohio Valley League after a 2-1 win in Owensboro Thursday night.
Brad Sevenish got what proved to be the game winning hit when he doubled home Jake Sandlin in the 7th inning. Josh Tanski pitched seven innings, allowing a run on eight hits, and striking out six to pick up his second win of the season.
The Hoppers are off this evening and will have a doubleheader Saturday night in Marion.
Fulton won a doubleheader 9-3 and 3-2 over Marion last night at Lohaus Field. The Railroaders are four games behind the Hoppers, with Madisonville in third six games back.
Tonight in the OVL: Madisonville hosts Fulton and Owensboro travels to Marion.
Golf: Hopkinsville’s Dayton Jones won for the sixth time in his last seven appearances on the Pepsi Junior Tour, shooting a 74 Thursday at Tates Creek Golf Course in Lexington. Jones has a 45 point lead in the tour’s points race in the Boys 17-18 division. He is scheduled to play the Irvin Cobb tournament this weekend in Paducah.
Several local junior golfers competed in the Hopkinsville Championships of the GO Junior Golf Tour Thursday at Hopkinsville Golf and Country Club. Austin Knight fired a 74 to win the Boys 13-15 championship. Knight also took the series overall championship.
In the 1st flight, Dylan Henderson won with 84, Grant Stamper 86, Wade Perry also shot 86, Jay Camp 87, John Langhi 89 and Nathan Frost had 96.
2nd flight was won by Hendley Traughber with 82, he was also the series runner up. TJ Janes had 83 and Tadd Switzer fired an 84.
Adam Stone won the Boys 13-15 nine hole title with a 50, he was also the series winner.
Hunter Traughber was third in the Boys 11-12 division with a 54.
Kyler Jones fired an 92 in the Boys 16-18 championship to finish second. Jones was also the series runner up for the season.
Dacie Bolton won the Girls 13-15 championship, with Jessica Shelton 2nd. The two were also co champions of the series.
Caitlyn Shelton finished second in the Girls 11-12 division.
College Football: The Southeastern Conference wrapped up Media Days Thursday in Birmingham. Kentucky was picked to finish last in the SEC East, with Georgia picked to win the East, followed by South Carolina, Florida is 3rd, newcomer Missouri 4th, Tennessee 5th and Vanderbilt 6th.
In the SEC West, LSU is picked first, followed by Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, newcomer Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
LSU was also picked to be the overall league champion.
College Softball: Austin Peay has named Stephanie Paris as its new softball coach. Paris played for OVC member UT-Martin earlier this decade and later became a successful high school and collegiate coach. She replaces Casey Dickson, whose contract was not renewed following the 2012 season.
NHL: The Tennessean reports Shea Weber’s agent as saying the restricted free agent wants to play in Philadelphia. Jarrett Bosquett told a Toronto radio station Weber feels he would be another piece in the Flyers puzzle to take them to the next level and doesn’t want to go through a rebuilding process in Nashville again.
Weber signed a 14 year $100 million offer sheet from the Flyers earlier this week. The Nashville Predators now have seven days to match the offer. Predators general manager David Poile says they plan to do everything possible to retain Weber