High School Baseball
Friday scores: Daviess County defeated Christian County 10-7, Russellville shutout West Creek, TN 10-0, Union County over Lyon County 9-1, Henderson County run ruled Madisonville 16-0 in 5 innings, Webster County blanked Paducah Tilghman 2-0.
Tiger Classic at Murray High: Murray defeated Trigg County 2-0, Dawson Springs lost two games 5-2 to Fulton City and 12-7 to Fulton County.
Today's games: University Heights meets Warren Central and Breckinridge County at Red Devils Round Robin in Owensboro, Hopkinsville plays a doubleheader at Barren County, Fort Campbell meets Dawson Springs at the Tiger Classic in Murray, where Trigg County will also face Ballard Memorial and Fulton City, Russellville hosts Monticello.
High School Softball
Friday scores: Christian County defeated Daviess County 9-2 behind three home runs from Maggie Glass, Maidsonville defeaed Hopkinsville 9-0, Dawson Springs run ruled Trigg County 12-1 in five innings.
Today's games: Christian County goes to Apollo, Trigg County travels to Madisonville, Caldwell County meets Reidland and Paducah Tilghman at the Lone Oak Invitational, Todd Central plays in the South Warren Spartan Invitational.
Christian County High student athlete Courtney Baker signed a collegiate letter to play volleyball for Asbury University. Baker is the fourth student/athlete this week to sign to play athletics at the collegiate level, joining golfer Jonathan Grabara, softball's Zatoria Leavell and soccer's Kim Hyde.
Kentucky advanced to the finals of the South Region of the NCAA tournament after defeating Indiana 102-90. Six Wildcats were in double figures led by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's 24 points and 10 rebounds. Kentucky meets Baylor Sunday in Atlanta, after the Bears defeated Xavier 75-70. Tip off Sunday afternoon at 1:20, with airtime at noon on Lite 98.7.
North Carolina defeated Ohio 73-65 in overtime in the Midwest Region semifinals in St. Louis, where Kansas defeated North Carolina State 60-57. North Carolina and Kansas play in the final Sunday afternoon.
The first two teams for the Final Four will be determined today as Louisville meets Florida in the West Regional final in Phoenix and Syracuse tangles with Ohio State in the East Regional final in Boston. Coverage of both games at 3 this afternoon on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
In the women's NCAA Tournament: Tennessee meets Kansas in semifinal action of the Des Monies regional this afternoon. Kentucky returns to action tomorrow in the Kingston regional semifinals against Gonzaga.
High School Baseball: Bowling Green over Logan County 12-3, Calloway County over Dyer County, TN 9-2, Murray over Watertown, TN 13-3.
Today’s games: Fort Campbell meets Carlisle County, Trigg County meets Murray, Dawson Springs goes against Fulton City at the Tiger Classic, Russellville travels to West Creek, TN, Caldwell County at Reidland, Madisonville hosts Henderson County, Union County at Lyon County, Hopkins Central at Muhlenberg County.
High School Softball: Barren County run ruled Logan County 22-8 in 5 innings, Henderson County over Webster County 6-2.
Today’s games: Hopkinsville at Madisonville, Caldwell County at Murray, Trigg County hosts Dawson Springs, Russellville at Edmonson County.
Representatives for the Hoptown Hoppers were on hand at the Kiwanis Club meeting Thursday to tell the history of Hoppers baseball and tell about the new Ohio Valley League coming to town this summer. Team president Carter Hendricks says sponsorships are still needed, along with those who would be interested in housing players this summer and that season passes are now available.
If you need more information, contact Carter Hendricks at 348-6226. Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP will be the voice of Hoppers baseball, broadcasting all 20 home games and playoff games this season.
The Louisville Cardinals got 15 points and eight rebounds from Chane Behanan in defeating Michigan State 57-44 in West Regional action in Phoenix. Russ Smith added 11 for the Cards who now face Florida who defeated Marquette 68-58 in the other semi final. Louisville and Florida play Saturday.
In the East Regional, top seed Syracuse held off Wisconsin 64-63 and Ohio State defeated Cincinnati 81-66. Syracuse and Ohio State meet in Boston tomorrow in the East Regional final.
Top seed Kentucky meets Indiana in a rematch of one of the two losses for the Wildcats this season in a South Regional semi final tonight in Atlanta. Tipoff at 8:45, with pre game coverage at 7 on Lite 98.7. The winner meets either Baylor or Xavier, who play in the first game on Sunday.
In the Midwest region semifinals in St. Louis, North Carolina meets Ohio University, without the services of guard Kendall Marshall who broke the wrist in his non shooting hand against Creighton Sunday, with the other game featuring Kansas and North Carolina State. Coverage of tonight’s action begins at 6 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
ESPN reported Thursday Kentucky freshman Michael Kidd Gilchrist is going to the NBA Draft, however the Courier Journal reports Kidd Gilchrist said on Twitter that he does not know where the report is coming from and that it was his decision whether he would return or go pro. Earlier this month, Kidd Gilchrist said he planned to stay all four years at Kentucky.
UK signee Alex Poythress was named Tennessee’s Gatorade Player of the Year Thursday. The Clarksville Northeast senior averaged 28 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks this past season. Poythress is also a McDonald’s All American selection.
Western Kentucky University hired a new women’s basketball coach Thursday. Former Lady Topper Michelle Clark-Heard will replace Mary Taylor Cowles. Clark played for Western from 1987-90. She has been an assistant coach at Louisville the last five seasons and before that served two years as head coach at Division Two Kentucky State.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck says he understands why the Titans tried to sign free agent quarterback Peyton Manning. Hasselbeck sais Thursday he has a ton of respect for Manning and expected there would be interest from the Titans. Hasselbeck says he plans to move on and take care of what he controls.
The Nashville Predators lost at Pittsburgh 5-1 Thursday night, with Alexander Radulov—playing in his first game since 2008—scoring Nashville’s lone goal. The Predators are back in action tomorrow night hosting the Winnipeg Jets at 6 in Bridgestone Arena.
Western Kentucky University has hired another of its former players to be the new coach for Lady Topper Basketball. Michelle Clark-Heard, who played for the Lady Toppers from 1987-90 was named today to replace Mary Taylor Cowles.
Clark-Heard had been an assistant the last five years at the University of Louisville, and before that was head coach at Division II Kentucky State for two years. Clark began her coaching career for former Western women's coach Paul Sanderford when he was the head coach at the University of Nebraska.
High School Baseball: University Heights hosts Crittenden County, Christian County entertains Hopkins Central, Fort Campbell travels to Houston County, TN, Trigg County entertains Graves County, Russellville welcomes West Creek, TN, Logan County hosts Bowling Green, Caldwell County hosts Dawson Springs, Madisonville travels to Muhlenberg County, Livingston Central entertains Union County.
High School Softball: University Heights is in 8th district action at Fort Campbell, Todd Central at Russellville, Logan County hosts Barren County, Caldwell County welcomes Lyon County, Hopkins Central goes to McLean County, Henderson County entertains Webster County, Madisonville at Union County, Mayfield battles Graves County, Paducah Tilghman at St. Mary and Murray is at Reidland.
High School Tennis: University Heights met Henderson County on Wednesday, with the Blazers losing their match 3-6, while the Lady Blazers won 6-3.
Christian County student/athlete Kimberly Hyde signed a collegiate letter Wednesday to play soccer for Brescia University. Hyde is the second Lady Colonel player to sign with Brescia for the 2012-13 school year, joining teammate Brittany Mason.
The NCAA Tournament continues tonight with play in the East and West Regionals. In the West at Phoenix, Louisville meets top seed Michigan State, with Marquette playing Florida in the second game.
East Regional action in Boston has Syracuse going against Wisconsin, while Ohio State meets Cincinnati. Coverage of all four games begins at 6 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Kentucky plays Indiana in the South Regional tomorrow night in Atlanta, with tip off at 8:45. Pre game coverage begins at 7 on Lite 98.7. Baylor and Xavier play in the opening game of the evening at the Georgia Dome.
Western Kentucky University athletics director Ross Bjork has confirmed he will be leaving to accept a similar position at Ole Miss. The 39-year-old Bjork has served as Western’s AD since 2010. Bjork will replace Pete Boone who is retiring after 13 years as Ole Miss AD.
College Softball: Former Christian County standout Griffin Joiner and the Kentucky Wildcats defeated Western Kentucky 4-2 in Bowling Green Wednesday night. Joiner was 1 for 2 at the plate with a run scored and threw out a base runner. Kentucky is 13-15 on the season and plays at Auburn this weekend.
College Baseball: Western Kentucky used a six run inning in downing Austin Peay 12-8 at Raymond C. Hand Park in Clarksville.
NHL: The Nashville Predators are back in action this evening at the Pittsburgh Penguins. First puck drops at 6 pm.
PGA Tour: The Arnold Palmer Invitational begins today at Bay Hill near Orlando, with Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker and former UK golfer JB Holmes in the field.
Sports Weekly presented by Toyota of Hopkinsville comes your way at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com. Todd Hamilton visits with University of Kentucky radio voice Tom Leach and University of Louisville radio voice Paul Rogers, along with interviews with some of the area high school baseball coaches.
High School Softball: Christian County opened the season with a 6-2 win over Lone Oak, Hopkinsville over Logan County 4-3, UHA rolled over Ohio County 12-4, Todd Central routed Dawson Springs 10-2, Trigg County defeated Russellville 8-2, Muhlenberg County edged Madisonville 2-1, Calloway County over Carlisle County 4-1.
High School Baseball: Caldwell County shutout University Heights 7-0, Hopkins Central defeated Todd Central 7-2, Muhlenberg County defeated Trigg County 13-3, Greenwood shutout Logan County 2-0, Russellville defeated Butler County 15-8, Webster County clubbed Madisonville 9-2, Murray shutout Carlisle County 17-0.
High School Tennis: University Heights hosted Fort Campbell’s boys and girls teams at Ruff Park and won both sets of matches by 9-0 scores.
Christian County softball player Zatoria Leavell signed to play college softball Tuesday for Campbellsville University. Leavell was a member of the Kentucky Junior All Star team and has led the Lady Colonels in runs scored and stolen bases the last two seasons. Leavell plans to major in sports management.
Hoppers Baseball: Two more local players are on the roster for the Hoptown Hoppers, who open Ohio Valley League play at Fulton June 1st. Former Hopkinsville High pitcher Josh Drake and former Christian County pitcher Kyle Spencer will join former University Heights star Matt McGowan on the club.
Season passes are now on sale by contacting the Christian County Chamber of Commerce at 885-9096, where you can also learn more information about housing players coming to town for the season.
The finalists have been announced for Kentucky high school Mr. Basketball. This year’s finalists are Matt Day of Buckhorn, Nathan Dieudonne of Trinity, Tamron Manning of Scott County, Mekale McKay of Louisville Moore and Adam Wing of Rowan County. The winners for Mr. and Miss Basketball will be announced at a dinner April 28th in Louisville.
College Basketball: Vanderbilt’s women’s team lost to Duke in the second round of the NCAA tournament by the score of 96-80. Vanderbilt finishes the season 23-10.
Play continues tomorrow night in the men’s tournament including Louisville meeting Michigan State in West regional action. You can hear coverage beginning at 6 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Sources tell WHOP Sports Western Kentucky University began interviews Tuesday for a new women’s basketball coach to replace Mary Taylor Cowles. However, not only is there a search for that job, there will also apparently be a search for a new athletics director.
Reports indicate Ross Bjork is headed for a similar position at Ole Miss. However, Western officials have not confirmed or denied Bjork has accepted the job according to WBKO-TV.
The University of Kentucky begins spring practice today, and will hold 14 practices before the annual Blue-White scrimmage on April 21st. Coach Joker Phillips tells the Lexington Herald Leader he is excited to begin the spring, especially after the way the Wildcats finished off the 2011 season. The Wildcats were 5-7 last year.
The Tennessee Titans signed defensive end Kamerion Wimbley to a five year, 35 million dollar deal Tuesday. Wimbley played the last two seasons for the Oakland Raiders and is expected to significantly help a defense that was 31st in quarterback sacks in the NFL last season.
The Nashville Predators fell to the Edmonton Oilers 6-3 at Bridgestone Arena last night. The Predators are back in action Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.