Could minor league baseball make a return to Hopkinsville? Christian County Chamber of Commerce president Carter Hendricks says after the success of last summer’s Ohio Valley League game featuring the Tradewater Pirates and Owensboro Oilers played at Christian County High School, baseball enthusiasts began exploring the possibility of bringing an Ohio Valley League team here. The local team would bring back the historic name of the team which once played in the Kitty League—the Hoptown Hoppers. Hendricks says there’s a possibility the local team could begin play in 2012.
The Ohio Valley League—which gets its players from the collegiate ranks currently has four teams in Dawson Springs, Marion, Fulton and Owensboro. If the local team materializes, tenative plans are to play home games at Christian County High and Hopkinsville High's baseball facilities. The Ohio Valley League plays a 50 game scheduled from June through early August.
Christian County’s wrestling team participated in two different events over the weekend. One team finished fifth at the Tiger Classic in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, while the other team participated in the Armstrong Tiger Classic at Caldwell County, along with University Heights and Hopkinsville.
High School Basketball
Heritage Christian Academy’s boys and girls teams are in action this evening hosting Jo Byrns. Tip off for the girls game at 5, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 4:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other games this evening:
Boys: University Heights meets Morristown East, TN at the Apollo-Kentucky 811 Holiday Classic where Apollo plays Kentucky Country Day and Henderson County meets Seneca. Caldwell County plays in the Citizens First Holiday Classic at Bowling Green High, Muhlenberg County plays Dunbar at the iHigh Fayette County Invitational, Livingston Central at Dawson Springs, Hopkins Central hosts McLean County.
Girls: Webster County at Daviess County, Graves County meets Nelson County, Lyon County meets Covington, TN, Apollo goes against Union County and Marshall County hosts Pleasure Ridge Park at the Marshall County Christmas Tournament, Paducah Tilghman meets Ballard Memorial at the Lady Bomber Classic, Russellville plays Bardstown and Greenwood meets Metcalfe County at the Caverna Lady Colonel Christmas Tournament,
Third ranked Kentucky returns to action tomorrow night hosting Samford with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7. This evening, coach John Calipari has his weekly call in show at 5, with Sports Nightly at 6 on Lite 98.7.
Games tonight include LSU taking on 11th ranked and undefeated Marquette, while Vanderbilt entertains Longwood. Murray State’s women are in action this evening taking on Ole Miss at the Magnolia Classic in Oxford.
Sunday scores: Austin Peay’s Lady Governors snapped an eight game losing streak with a 58-56 overtime win at Belmont. Whitney Hanley’s jumper with 1.8 seconds left gave Austin Peay the win. The Lady Governors have home games with Florida A& M Tuesday and Alabama A&M Wednesday.
Number three Notre Dame handed number eight Kentucky's women their first loss of the season, 92-83.
The Bowling Green Daily News reported over the weekend Western Kentucky football coach Willie Taggart’s new contract is one step closer to reality. The executive committee of WKU’s Board of Regents approved the package on Friday. The package—announced December 7th—calls for Taggart’s base salary to increase from 225-thousand to 475-thousand dollars. WKU’s Board of Regents will vote on the proposal January 20th.
Monday Night Football has Pittsburgh at San Francisco, with coverage following HCA basketball this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
High School Basketball
Boys: Russellville defeated Barren County 76-70, Mayfield over Lone Oak 55-39, Graves County over Calloway County 41-37.
Girls: Ashlee Cole had 19 points and Christy Soldo added 14 as Hopkinsville defeated Franklin Simpson 56-36.
For the second straight game, Kimberly Hyde led Christian County in scoring with 10 points, but the Lady Colonels fell at Daviess County 38-30.
Elsewhere: Hopkins Central defeated Trigg County 65-58 in overtime, Paducah Tilghman over Caldwell County 60-38, Calloway County edged Graves County 56-54, Lone Oak over Mayfield 45-41, McLean County over Warren East 61-48.
Boys: The Toyota of Hopkinsville Shootout begins at Hopkinsville High School’s Tiger Gym. The first game at 5:30 matches Hopkinsville against Warren Central, with Christian County to play University Heights at 7, with Bowling Green to meet Muhlenberg County at 8:30. Coverage of the first two games begins with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Other games: Trigg County hosts Lyon County, Todd Central at Logan County, Russellville at Warren East, Caldwell County hosts Union County, Dawson Springs welcomes Madisonville, Livingston Central at Crittenden County, Henderson County hosts Webster County, South Warren is at Greenwood, Mayfield hosts Carlisle County, Ohio County entertains Christian Fellowship, Marshall County at Murray,
Girls: University Heights hosts Fort Campbell in 8th district action, Trigg County welcomes Lyon County, Todd Central at Logan County, Russellville hosts Springfield, TN, Dawson Springs hosts Madisonville, Crittenden County hosts Livingston Central, Ohio County at Muhlenberg County, Marshall County at Murray, South Warren at Greenwood, Community Christian hosts Ballard Memorial.
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Christian County offensive lineman Rayshawn Wallace was named to the second team Associated Press All State offensive team announced Thursday.
Kentucky Mr. Football for 2011 is Kentucky commitment Patrick Towles of Fort Thomas Highlands. The grandson of former major league pitcher and U-S Senator Jim Bunning threw for 3,820 yards and 42 touchdowns and only one interception in 15 games as Highlands won its 21st state championship.
Ed Daniel and Ivan Aska each scored 16 points as 24th ranked Murray State rolled over Lipscomb 89-65. The win was the 14th consecutive non conference victory for the Racers dating back to February, 2009.
Anthony Hickey, Jr. scored four points for LSU in its 66-59 win over Cal Irvine. The Tigers improved to 7-3 on the season with the victory.
Following a week off, the Kentucky Wildcats return to action tomorrow hosting Chattanooga, with pre game coverage at 5:30 on Lite 98.7.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino says newcomer Kevin Ware will see playing time tomorrow when the Cardinals face Memphis. Ware had been declared ineligible by the NCAA in August, but was cleared last month and had to wait for the first semester to end before joining the team.
Tennessee Titans cornerback Courtland Finnegan says he thinks his time with the Titans is over. Finnegan tells the Tennessean his agent has not been contacted about a new contract. Finnegan can become a free agent following this season.
Meanwhile, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was back in practice Thursday and says he expects to start Sunday when the Titans play at Indianapolis. Hasselbeck missed practice Wednesday due to a left calf injury suffered in the first half of last week’s game against New Orleans.
Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber scored two goals in a three minute span of the third period to rally the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 come from behind win over the Detroit Red Wings at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators are back in action tomorrow night in St. Louis against the Blues.
While we’re on the Predators, they along with Bridgestone Americas announced Thursday a five year extension on the naming rights for Bridgestone Arena. The Bridgestone name will be on the downtown arena through 2019.
The Tennessean reports the Predators and Bridgestone Americas are pursing bringing the NHL All Star game to Bridgestone Arena. The Predators have already had informal discussions about hosting the game in 2014 or 2015.
High School Basketball
Boys: Russellville hosts Barren County, Lone Oak welcomes Mayfield, Graves County travels to Calloway County.
Girls: Christian County plays at Daviess County, Hopkinsville travels to Franklin Simpson, Trigg County welcomes Hopkins Central, Caldwell County hosts Paducah Tilghman, Calloway County hosts Graves County and Lone Oak hosts Mayfield.
The Tennessee Vols lost their fourth straight game at Charleston 71-65. Jordan McRae led the Vols with 19 points. Tennessee lost for the sixth time in their last seven games.
Tonight’s games: 24th ranked Murray State puts its 10-0 mark on the line hosting Lipscomb, LSU welcomes Cal Irvine to the Maravich Assembly Center.
The Bowling Green Daily News reported Wednesday Western Kentucky junior guard Caden Dickerson is done for the season due to injury. Coach Ken McDonald says Dickerson will have surgery on his left shoulder. Dickerson played in every game for the Hilltoppers the past two seasons. McDonald says Dickerson will apply for a medical redshirt and have two years of eligibility remaining.
Former Christian County High three sport star Keith Tandy has been named to the All Big East first team defense. Tandy had three interceptions from the cornerback position for West Virginia during the regular season. The senior will lead the Mountaineers against Clemson in the Orange Bowl to be played January 4th. The game will be televised by ESPN.
The Courier Journal reports Western Kentucky has received a commitment from linebacker Daqual Randall from Palmetto, Florida. Randall had announced earlier this week he was not coming to the University of Louisville. The six foot 230 pound linebacker had committed to the Cards in July.
WPSD-Paducah—citing a report from a Hattiesburg, Mississippi TV station—says Southern Mississippi athletic officials will interview Murray State football coach Chris Hatcher about its head coach opening. Larry Fedora left Southern Miss to become the new coach at North Carolina. Hatcher’s interview is expected to take place sometime next week. Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is also expected to be interviewed. WPSD was not able to reach Hatcher for comment.
The Kentucky New Era reports former Fort Campbell and University of Kentucky standout Micah Johnson has signed a contract to play on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad. Johnson was signed earlier this year by Kansas City, but was released in early September. Johnson played briefly for the Miami Dolphins in the 2010 season after being signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Giants.
The Tennessee Titans did not have either Matt Hasselbeck or Jake Locker in practice Wednesday according to the Tennessean. Third stringer Rusty Smith took snaps during workouts, however coach Mike Munchak is optimistic Hasselbeck’s calf injury—suffered in Sunday’s loss to New Orleans--will improve enough for him to start Sunday at Indianapolis. Locker sat out after a hit he received in the chest in Sunday’s loss to New Orleans.
The Nashville Predators are back in action this evening, hosting Central division rival Detroit at the Bridgestone Arena. First puck drops at 7 pm.
Heritage Christian Academy's boys basketball team is ranked number one in this week's Kentucky Christian Athletic Association PowerPoll. The Lady Warriors are ranked third in the girls KCAA PowerPoll this week. Both teams host Jo Byrns Monday night, with the broadcasts on NewsTalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com.
Christian County boys basketball coach Tyler Smithart has informed WHOP Sports the Colonels game with Dyer County, TN December 21st at Kenwood High School has been changed from a 6:30 pm tip off to a 5 pm tipoff.
Arkansas State has named Gus Malzahn as its new football coach today. Malzahn has been Auburn's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach the last three years. He was part of last year's national championship team. Malzahn replaces Hugh Freeze who left A-State last week to become the new coach at Ole Miss. The 10-2 Red Wolves will meet Northern Illinois in the GoDaddy.com Bowl January 8th.