Pairings have been set for the 2nd region Boys and Girls basketball tournaments that are scheduled to begin Monday.
Girls 2nd Region at Henderson County
Monday March 3rd: University Heights meets Union County at 6 pm, with Livingston Central facing Madisonville in the nightcap.
Tuesday March 4th: Caldwell County meets Lyon County at 6 pm followed by host Henderson County and Christian County.
Semifinal games are Friday March 7th beginning at 6 pm, with the championship game Saturday March 8th at 7 pm.
Boys 2nd region at Madisonville
Wednesday March 5th: Trigg County faces University Heights at 6 pm, followed by Henderson County and Caldwell County.
Thursday March 6th: Hopkinsville meets Union County at 6 pm, with Madisonville facing Crittenden County in the nightcap.
Semifinal games are Monday March 10th at 6 pm and the championship game is Tuesday March 11th at 7 pm.
You can hear all games in the Boys 2nd region tournament and the University Heights and Christian County girls games on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
High School Basketball: Several district champions were crowned in games last night.
Boys: Trigg County won the 5th district championship defeating Crittenden County 54-42 in overtime, Henderson County took the 6th district crown defeating Union County 73-49, Russellville over Franklin Simpson 55-48 in the 13th district championship, Hickman County edged Carlisle County 49-45 to win the 1st district title and Graves County defeated Mayfield 48-32 to win the 3rd district championship.
Girls: Bowling Green defeated South Warren 50-40 in the 14th district championship.
Tonight’s games: Bowling Green meets Warren Central in the 14th district boys championship.
Pairings for the 2nd region Boys and Girls basketball tournaments will be announced in Madisonville this morning. WHOP Sports will be on hand and the pairings will be on our websites later today.
A pair of high school coaches announced their resignations Friday. Following one season as girls basketball coach at Webster County, Tonya Wells resigned her position. Wells led the Lady Trojans to a 17-14 record this season. Webster County lost to Union County in the semi finals of the 6th district tournament.
Before this year’s stint at Webster County, Wells coached several seasons at Hopkinsville, leading them to the school’s only appearance in the Girls Sweet 16 in the 2011-12 season where they Lady Tigers lost to eventual state champion Marion County in the quarterfinals.
Marshall County is searching for a new football coach following the resignation of Ron Barnard. Barnard spent four seasons as Marshalls coach and went 16-28 in that time. The Marshalls were 1-10 in the 2013 season.
College Basketball: Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates scored three points in Manhattan’s 80-77 overtime win over Iona. The Jespers improved to 21-7 on the season with the win.
Today’s games: Kentucky looks to bounce back from Thursday night’s loss to Arkansas as the Wildcats travel to South Carolina, with pre game coverage at 3:30 on Lite 98.7. Other SEC action has Vanderbilt at Tennessee and LSU plays at top ranked Florida.
OVC action has Murray State at Southeast Missouri in a men’s/women’s doubleheader, Austin Peay travels to Austin Peay for a men’s/women’s twin bill.
7th ranked Louisville travels to Memphis. Western Kentucky is at Texas Arlington for a men’s/women’s doubleheader, with coverage of the men’s game at 7 this evening on News/Talk WHOP.
Women’s action has 3rd ranked Louisville at Cincinnati.
College Football: The Courier Journal reports new Louisville coach Bobby Petrino’s contract has a number of incentives which can make him wealthy. According to records obtained by the newspaper, Petrino’s base salary is three million dollars, but certain incentives can raise the total to more than four million per year.
The contract also includes a 10 million dollar buyout and morality clause. The base salary makes Petrino the 18th highest paid coach in the nation.
College Softball: Kentucky defeated Butler 9-7 in their opening game of the UK tournament Friday. Former Christian County standout Griffin Joiner went 1-3 in the game. Kentucky faces Pitt and Eastern Kentucky in action today.
College Baseball: Western Kentucky lost to East Carolina 2-1 in 10 innings in the opening game of the Keith LeCuire Classic at East Carolina. Former Hopkinsville High pitcher Justin Hageman went six strong innings allowing one run on three hits with six walks and two strikeouts in 108 pitches. Hageman did not pick up a decision. WKU returns to action today facing Ohio State.
Austin Peay had four home runs in an 8-5 win over Dayton in the opening game of the Riverview Inn Classic in Clarksville. Austin Peay plays Bradley in today’s action.
Murray State lost the first of a four game series with North Dakota State 4-1. The teams will play a doubleheader in Murray today.
NHL: The Nashville Predators host the Winnipeg Jets this afternoon in Bridgestone Arena, with coverage of the game at 2 on News/Talk WHOP.
College Basketball: Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings spoke up in defense of Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin Thursday. According to a story in the Tennessean, Stallings said those who are calling for Martin’s ouster in Knoxville are “idiots”.
Tennessee sports a 17-11 record and is in danger of missing the NCAA tournament for the third straight year. Stallings says he thinks the Vols will make the Big Dance and said for the school to give up on Martin just a short time after hiring him would be “ridiculous”.
Vanderbilt’s women’s program will be without sophomore Heather Bowe for the remainder of the season due to a violation of academic policy. The nature of the violation was not disclosed. Bowe started 21 of 27 games played thus far averaging 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds.
Kentucky doesn’t have much time to lament on last night’s overtime loss to Arkansas as the Wildcats are back in action tomorrow at South Carolina, with pre game coverage at 3:30 on Lite 98.7.
Western Kentucky concludes a two game Texas road swing at Texas Arlington tomorrow night, with pre game coverage at 7 on News/Talk WHOP.
College Football: Two time defending OVC champion Eastern Illinois has released its 2014 schedule. The Panthers will host both Austin Peay and Murray State this year, with the Governors going to Charleston, IL September 20th and the Racers on November 8th. EIU’s schedule also includes an FBS games at Minnesota in the season opener and at Ohio University.
NFL: The Carolina Panthers have signed kicker Graham Gano to a four-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal will keep the five-year veteran off the free agent market. Gano converted 24-of-27 field goal tries last year and set a franchise record with six made kicks of at least 50 yards. He also drilled 76 of his 82 kickoffs into the end zone with 63 touchbacks and led the NFL with a 77.8 touchback percentage.
MLB: Grapefruit League action today has the St. Louis Cardinals meeting the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves facing the Houston Astros. The Cincinnati Reds meet Cleveland again in Cactus League action with the Chicago Cubs going against the LA Angels.
High School Basketball-Thursday’s scores
8th district finals: University Heights won its second consecutive 8th district girls championship by defeating Christian County 65-52. The Lady Blazers used a 22-14 4th quarter run to win for the 23rd time this season to go with three losses. Denayia Holmes had a game high 28 points to lead a trio of double figure scorers for University Heights. Christian County also had three players in double figures led by Dannika Prater’s 18 as the Lady Colonels fell to 12-13 on the season.
The girls All District team was announced following the game. University Heights was represented by Denayia Holmes, LeLe Grubbs, Meg Starling and Demetria Snorton. Christian County was represented Dannika Prater, Janiya Davis and Ge’Nashia Robinson. Hopkinsville was represented by Haley Cook and J’Lynn Majors, with Fort Campbell represented by Angie Rangel and J’Mani Ingram.
Top ranked Hopkinsville held on to win the school’s 15th district title with a 66-63 win over University Heights. Dee Henry’s two free throws with 8.9 seconds left proved to be the game winner for the Tigers who improved to 27-2 on the season. Hopkinsville was led in scoring by Tra Edwards with 16 points. University Heights, now 15-11 on the season was led in scoring by Dashjon Brown’s 21 points.
The boys All District team was announced following the game. Hopkinsville was represented by Jaqualis Matlock, Tra Edwards, Demarius Cager and Quan Poindexter. University Heights was represented by Dashjon Brown, Ledonald Gray and Jordan Gary. Christian County was represented by Tyrik Edwards and Isaiah Pollard and Fort Campbell by Jonathan Jethroe and Anil Cole-John.
7th district finals: Madisonville defeated Caldwell County 57-44 in the boys championship, with Caldwell County winning the girls title over Madisonville 63-46.
Elsewhere: 5th district girls final saw Livingston Central defeat Lyon County 57-50, Henderson County rolled Union County 72-39 in the 6th district girls final, Logan County over Franklin Simpson 47-38 in the 13th district girls final.
Boys 14th district action saw Bowling Green defeat Greenwood 63-37.
Girls: 14th district championship action has South Warren taking on Bowling Green. Muhlenberg County meets Ohio County in the 10th district title game.
Boys: Trigg County plays host Crittenden County in the 5th district title game, Henderson County hosts Union County in the 6th district final, Russellville meets Franklin Simpson in the 13th district championship, Muhlenberg County faces Ohio County in the 10th district final, St. Mary faces McCracken County in the 2nd district title game and Graves County meets Mayfield in the 3rd district championship.
College Basketball: Arkansas completed a season sweep of Kentucky defeating the Wildcats in overtime 71-67. It’s only the third loss in the John Calipari era for UK in Rupp Arena. Willie Cauley-Stein led a quartet of double figure scorers for Kentucky with 16 points. The Wildcats are back in action tomorrow at South Carolina, with pre game coverage at 3:30 on Lite 98.7.
Other action last night: In the OVC, Austin Peay trailed by 11 with 1:16 remaining, but their rally fell short at Southeast Missouri 83-80. Murray State kept its hopes of winning the OVC regular season championship alive with a 86-72 win at UT Martin.
7th ranked Louisville cruised to an 88-66 win over Temple, while Western Kentucky edged Texas State 51-50.
Women’s action saw 12th ranked Kentucky win over Mississippi State in overtime 81-74, 10th ranked Tennessee defeated LSU 72-67 and Florida edged Vanderbilt 73-68.
Tonight’s game: Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and Manhattan host Iona.
University of Louisville senior guard Russ Smith and Kentucky freshman forward Julius Randle have been named as two of 15 finalists for the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year presented by the US Basketball Writers Association. The Oscar Robertson Trophy will be presented April 4th as part of the Final Four in Arlington, TX.
College Baseball: Austin Peay begins play today in the Riverview Inn Classic hosting Dayton, Murray State hosts North Dakota State and Western Kentucky meets host East Carolina at the Keith LeClaire Classic, with former Hopkinsville High pitcher Justin Hageman getting the start.
College Softball: 8th ranked Kentucky-led by former Christian County standout Griffin Joiner-faces Butler today in their opening game in the UK Tournament. Kentucky will also meet Eastern Kentucky and Pittsburgh in the round robin event this weekend.
Western Kentucky faces Green Bay and Northern Iowa in the Hilltopper Spring Classic today and Austin Peay faces Trevecca in a doubleheader in Clarksville.
NHL: The Nashville Predators erased a 2-0 first period deficit to grab a 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Matt Cullen and Roman Josi's power play goals in the second period tied the game. Patric Hornqvist tallied the game winner in the third period with a man advantage.
The Predators ended a three game losing streak and will return to action tomorrow afternoon hosting Winnipeg in a game you can hear beginning at 2 on News/Talk WHOP.
Golf: The Courier Journal reports PGA of America president Ted Bishop as saying Valhalla Golf Club would make a great permanent site in America for the Ryder Cup. Bishop made the comment after speaking with the Louisville Rotary Club Thursday.
Valhalla has hosted one Ryder Cup back in 2008, which was the last time the USA won and will host this year’s PGA Championship.
High School Football: The Ohio County Monitor reports Ohio County High School has named a new football coach. Former Eagles standout Jody Ashby has been named to replace Todd Houston who resigned recently. Ashby most recently worked as an assistant coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College and has been an assistant at several high schools including Owensboro and Trinity.
College Basketball: Top 25 games this evening have 10th ranked St. Louis hosting Duquesne, 20th ranked Iowa at Indiana, 21st ranked Memphis goes to Houston and 22nd ranked Ohio State at Penn State.
Horse Racing: Churchill Downs and NBC Sports announced Wednesday the extension of their contract for televising the Kentucky Derby for another 10 years. The first jewel of the Triple Crown will now be televised by the Peacock Network through the year 2025.
Golf: First round play is underway at the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic at PGA National in Florida. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy are all in this week’s field.
MLB: Exhibition games today include Atlanta meeting Detroit in Grapefruit League action, while Cincinnati plays Cleveland again and the Chicago Cubs meet Arizona in Cactus League action.
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny tells the St. Louis Post Dispatch many of the regulars will play in tomorrow’s Grapefruit League opener against the Miami Marlins. Matheny adds Carlos Martinez and Tyler Lyons will be the first two pitchers used tomorrow.
Meanwhile, left hander Jaime Garcia got a cortisone shot in his shoulder Wednesday, but when he will pitch and in what capacity is yet to be determined.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak tells the St. Louis Post Dispatch there’s nothing wrong structurally with Garcia’s shoulder, but he does have the inflammation in it. He added determining how Garcia feels will determine the next step on where he fits in the Cardinals rotation.