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Girls 4th region All A Scores: Glasgow defeated Todd Central 67-48 and Monroe County defeated Russellville 63-25.
Girls 2nd region All A: University Heights plays Crittenden County in the second semifinal game at Dawson Springs, with Heritage Bank pre game coverage around 7:40 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. The opening game at six has Webster County going against Livingston Central, with the two winners this evening to play in the championship game Saturday night.
Other girls games: Hopkinsville travels to Hopkins Central, St. Mary meets Ballard Memorial in the 1st region All A final, Murray goes against Mayfield.
Boys: Hopkinsville plays at Fort Campbell, Christian County meets New Rochelle, NY in the Toyota Classic at Scott County, Todd Central at Caldwell County, Graves County at South Fulton, TN.
Former Christian County basketball coach Kerry Stovall is one of three Kentucky coaches that received national honors last year. According to a news release from the KHSAA, Stovall was named the National Federation of State High School Association Section 2 coach of the year for basketball. Stovall led Christian County to its first state championship last year and stepped down as coach after winning the title.
10th ranked Murray State defeated Morehead State 66-60 in Johnson Arena. The 19-0 Racers got 20 points from Isaiah Cannan in snapping a three game losing streak to the Eagles in Morehead. Murray State and Syracuse remain the only two unbeaten teams in Division One basketball. The Racers next face SIU-Edwardsville Saturday night.
Tennessee lost at Georgia 57-53 in overtime, with the Vols squandering a five point lead over the last five minutes of regulation and commiting a season high 20 turnovers.
Tonight’s games: Austin Peay is at SIU Edwardsville, Vanderbilt is at Alabama.
Women’s games: Kentucky meets Georgia, Tennessee tangles with LSU, Vanderbilt plays Arkansas.
The Tennessee Titans announced some restructuring in their front office Wednesday. General Manager Mike Reinfeldt has been named senior executive vice president and chief operating officer, while Ruston Webster has moved from vice president of player personnel to general manager, with Lake Dawson being promoted to vice president of player personnel.
The Nashville Predators wrap up a three game Eastern road swing in Columbus tonight against the Blue Jackets. First puck at Nationwide Arena drops at 6 pm.
The Tennessean reports the NHL is eyeing Bridgestone Arena as a future site of the NHL All Star game. NHL commissioner Gary Betteman says Nashville won’t be considered for the game until at least 2013, when most of the pieces are to be in place and the final chip—the Music City Center, currently under construction—is scheduled to be completed.
The Ohio Valley Conference has released its pre season poll, with Jacksonville State picked to win the league, UT Martin is picked third, Murray State 7th and Austin Peay is picked 10th.
Sports Weekly presented by Toyota of Hopkinsville at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Todd Hamilton’s guests include ESPN.com senior writer Gene Wojciechowski on his new book: The Last Great Game, Duke vs. Kentucky and the 2.1 Seconds that Changed Basketball, Trigg County boys basketball coach Mike Wright and UHA girls basketball coach Taylor Sparks.
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Boys 2nd region All A Classic
University Heights kept its undefeated streak in first round regional play intact with a 54-38 win over Lyon County. The Blazers jumped out to a 21-2 lead after the first period and never looked back. Austin Byrum led the Blazers with 14, while Dashjon Brown added 10 points. UHA is now 9-7 on the season and moves to the semifinals Friday night.
The Blazers will face Trigg County who defeated Dawson Springs 92-52. Webster County defeated Caldwell County 81-35 and Livingston Central edged Crittenden County 53-51.
Elsewhere: Hopkinsville won its 10th consecutive game 74-46 over Lone Oak, Christian County lost at Bowling Green 65-52, Heritage Christian Academy got a game winning shot from Nathan Workman in defeating Majesty 59-57.
Madisonville rolled over Union County 73-38, Logan County over Allen County Scottsville 65-50, Ohio County defeated Muhlenberg County 58-48, Daviess County over Henderson County 62-51, Paducah Tilghman over Madison, IL 58-52, Franklin Simpson over Greenwood 45-41, Warren Central nipped South Warren 47-45 and Warren East defeated Apollo 59-52 also in overtime.
Girls: Hopkinsville defeated Marshall County 60-49, Bowling Green over Christian County 50-43, Ohio County defeated Madisonville 63-47, Allen County Scottsville over Logan County 41-19, Henderson County over Evansville North 67-45, Paducah Tilghman defeated Massac County, IL 56-49, Daviess County over Union County 56-51, Franklin Simpson defeated Greenwood 58-51, Warren Central over South Warren 42-30.
Boys: Ballard Memorial meets Fulton City in the 1st region All A Tournament
Girls: Todd Central plays Glasgow and Russellville meets Monroe County in the 4th region All A tournament.
Freshman Anthony Davis set the school record for blocks in a season and had a career high 27 points as 2nd ranked Kentucky rolled over Arkansas 86-63. The Wildcats won their 10th straight game and extended the nation’s longest home winning streak to 46 games. Alabama is next for Kentucky Saturday, with pre game coverage at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7.
Anthony Hickey, Jr. had a team high 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists as LSU defeated Auburn 65-58 in overtime. The Tigers improved to 12-6 on the season and 2-2 in the SEC.
Tonight’s games: 10th ranked Murray State is at Morehead State in Ohio Valley Conference action, and in the SEC, Tennessee meets Georgia.
Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings is calling for Kentucky to have the same SEC scheduling standards as the rest of the teams in the league. According to a story in the Tennessean, Stallings is not bothered by having a one day rest break between a Thursday game at Alabama and a Saturday home game with Mississippi State, but wants to know why Kentucky is not playing a Thursday-Saturday swing for the second straight season. The Wildcats play four games against SEC opponents coming off Thursday games.
Former Western Kentucky basketball coach Ken McDonald says he disagrees with his firing, but wasn’t surprised. McDonald told the Bowling Green Daily News in a story Tuesday he would have done a ton of things differently and says it was a learning experience. McDonald also says he has reached out to a number of people concerning future employment. McDonald was fired January 6th and replaced on an interim basis by assistant Ray Harper.
McDonald also issued a statement to the media via email saying he appreciated the opportunity to be WKU’s coach and says he will hold the school dear and adds he hopes the freshman class can stay together and says if they do, they can be a special group for WKU.
The Nashville Predators saw their five game winning streak end as the New York Rangers got a 3-0 shutout at Madison Square Garden. The Predators are back in action Thursday night at Columbus.
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Girls 2nd region All A tournament scores: University Heights moved to the semifinals with a 53-45 win over Trigg County. The Lady Blazers had three players in double figures led by Dannika Prater with 18, Kiki Smith 12 and DeNayia Holmes with 11. Trigg County was led by Alyssa Maxey with 17 points. UHA has now won 12 of its last 13 games in improving to 15-1, while Trigg County has lost four of its last five games in falling to 9-8.
UHA will face Crittenden County in the second semi final game Thursday night at Dawson Springs. The Lady Rockets defeated Dawson Springs 57-44. Livingston Central defeated Lyon County 59-39 and Webster County over Caldwell County 66-27. Livingston Central meets Webster County in the first semi final game Thursday night at 6.
Elsewhere: 4th region All A scores saw Russellville defeat Cumberland County 49-46, Todd Central over Metcalfe County 49-37. 1st region All A scores saw Murray win over Reidland 56-26 and Ballard Memorial over Fulton County 60-34. Central Hardin defeated Warren East 75-46.
Boys: 1st region All A action saw St. Mary defeat Murray 61-46, 4th region All A—Russellville defeated Cumberland County 64-59. At the Superman Classic—Massac County defeated Calloway County 49-37.
Boys: 2nd region Touchstone Energy All A Classic games take place including University Heights hosting Lyon County. Tip off at 7, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Other first round games have Dawson Springs hosting Trigg County, Caldwell County welcomes Webster County and Livingston Central hosts Crittenden County.
Elsewhere: Christian County plays at Bowling Green, Hopkinsville entertains Lone Oak, Madisonville at Union County, Logan County at Allen County Scottsville, Muhlenberg County welcomes Ohio County, Henderson County hosts Daviess County, Greenwood at Franklin Simpson, South Warren at Warren Central, Warren East hosts Apollo.
Girls: Hopkinsville travels to Marshall County, Christian County at Bowling Green, Logan County at Allen County Scottsville, Madisonville at Ohio County, Union County at Daviess County, Henderson County at Evansville North, Paducah Tilghman at Massac County, IL, South Warren at Warren Central, Greenwood at Franklin Simpson.
Austin Peay defeated Tennessee State 69-63. Four Governors were in double figures led by former Heritage Christian Academy standout John Fraley who had 16 points and former UHA standout Tyshwan Edmondson added 10. Austin Peay is now 6-13 overall and 3-3 in the OVC and riding a three game winning streak.
Louisville loses for the third time in its last four Big East games at Marquette 74-63. The Cardinals are now 14-5 overall and 2-4 in Big East play.
Women’s scores: Austin Peay lost to Eastern Kentucky 61-59 and Murray State defeated Jacksonville State 73-57.
Tonight’s games: Second ranked Kentucky hosts Arkansas for an 8 pm tip off at Rupp Arena, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere in the SEC: LSU meets Auburn
Women’s: Western Kentucky takes on Tennessee Tech.
Murray State’s men’s team is ranked 10th in the newest ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, with the Associated Press poll ranking the Racers 12th this week. Kentucky is ranked second in both polls behind Syracuse. Louisville is 21st in the AP poll, 23rd in the ESPN poll.
Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis was named the SEC freshman of the week Monday. Davis averaged 16 points, seven rebounds, four blocks, two and a half steals and two assists in wins over Auburn and Tennessee. It’s the third time this season Davis has won the award.
The Courier Journal reports Kentucky’s third all time leading high school rusher—Anthony Wales of Louisville Central—has committed to play collegiately at the University of Louisville. Wales led Central to back to back Class 3-A state titles and rushed for 82-hundred and 13 yards during his high school career.
The Tennessee Titans announced the hiring of Brent Maxie as the team’s new secondary coach. Maxie has spent the last four seasons coaching the Dallas Cowboys secondary and has 14 years of NFL coaching experience. Maxie replaces Marcus Robertson who was not retained at the end of the 2011 season.
The Nashville Predators scored three times in the first period in defeating the New York Islanders 3-1. The Preds face the New York Rangers this evening at Madison Square Garden.
Murray State University's basketball team has reached number 10 in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. The Racers are ranked 12th in the Associated Press poll. Both polls still have Syracuse number one, followed by Kentucky in the second spot. Louisville is ranked 23rd in the Associated Press poll and 21st in the ESPN poll.
Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis has won the SEC Freshman of the week award for the third time this season. The rookie averaged 16 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and two and a half steals in wins over Auburn and Tennessee. Kentucky returns to action tomorrow night hosting Arkansas, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on Lite 98.7.
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Regional play begins in the Touchstone Energy/All A state tournament this evening.
Region Two Girls: University Heights hosts Trigg County at Blazer Gym, with tipoff at 7. Pre game coverage with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Other first round games: Lyon County at Livingston Central, Webster County at Caldwell County and Crittenden County at Dawson Springs.
Region Four Girls/Boys: Todd Central hosts Metcalfe County, Russellville goes to Cumberland County.
Boys: Calloway County and Paducah Tilghman are playing in the Superman Classic at Massac County, IL.
Girls: Warren East at Central Hardin
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari has his weekly call in show at 5 this evening, followed by Sports Nightly at 6 on Lite 98.7. The Wildcats are back in action tomorrow night hosting Arkansas, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on Lite 98.7.
Men’s: Denver hands interim coach Ray Harper and Western Kentucky its third loss 78-65.
Women’s: Denver defeated Western Kentucky 69-62, number eight Kentucky defeated South Carolina 66-58 and number seven Tennessee rolled over 24th ranked Vanderbilt 87-64.
15th ranked Louisville takes on 24th ranked Marquette and Austin Peay meets Tennessee State.
Women’s games: Austin Peay meets Eastern Kentucky and Murray State goes against Jacksonville State.
The University of Tennessee is reportedly about to lose its sixth assistant coach. The website Tidesports.com reports Lance Thompson has told acquaintances he will join the University of Alabama staff replacing departed linebackers coach Sal Sunseri.
The Nashville Predators are in action, with a matinee game against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum at noon today.