Girls Sweet 16
The Hopkinsville Lady Tigers won their first ever game in the Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls Sweet 16 in defeating 1st region winner Marshall County 56-52.
Hoptown was led by Christy Soldo’s 24 points, with Haley Cook adding 12 for the 32-4 Lady Tigers. Marshall County was led by Mariah McKenty’s 15 points in finishing 27-9.
Hopkinsville is in the quarterfinal round this evening against second ranked Marion County of the 5th region, who defeated Walton Verona 58-49. The Lady Knights will also bring a 32-4 record into tonight’s game which tips at 6:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:10 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
In the Thursday evening games: Magoffin County defeated Ashland Blazer 63-59 and Lincoln County beat Clay County 56-50 in the second overtime game of the tournament. Magoffin County and Lincoln County will play in the evening’s second quarterfinal game.
This afternoon’s quarterfinal games will have Butler meeting Dunbar at noon, with Manual and Montgomery County to play in the second game.
High School Baseball
Hopkinsville’s season opening game with Henderson County was rained out Thursday and today’s game with Madisonville has been postponed because of the Girls Sweet 16 game this evening. It will be rescheduled for a later date.
Elsewhere on the baseball schedule today: Russellville travels to Greenwood.
Top seeded Kentucky will face LSU in its first game of the SEC Tournament at noon today in New Orleans. The Tigers defeated Arkansas 70-54 in first round action Thursday. Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey scored seven points, had seven assists and grabbed three rebounds in the win. Pre game coverage for UK-LSU is at 10:30 this morning on Lite 98.7.
Other games in the SEC Tournament Thursday: Alabama defeated South Carolina 63-57 and will face Florida today, Ole Miss over Auburn 68-54, with the Rebels meeting Tennessee this evening and Georgia over Mississippi State 71-61, with the Bulldogs to face Vanderbilt this evening.
The Louisville Cardinals forced ninth ranked Marquette into a season high 26 turnovers in a 84-71 in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament in New York. Kyle Kuric scored 20 points for the Cards, followed by Peyton Siva’s 18 and Chane Behanan pitched in 12. The Cardinals face 23rd ranked Notre Dame in semifinal action this evening.
Western Kentucky University relieved Lady Topper coach Mary Taylor Cowles of her duties on Thursday. Athletics director Ross Bjork in a statement thanked Cowles for her 10 years of service as head coach and for her 21 year association with Lady Topper basketball. Cowles was 199-119 in her 10 seasons as head coach.
Western had 21 losses this season, the most ever for a Lady Topper team and finished without a winning record at home for the first time in 32 seasons. Bjork also said moving forward, the school must restore confidence, public support and energy into the women’s program. The search for Cowles’ replacement will begin immediately.
Murray State fans are invited to come to the CFSB Center to watch the NCAA bound Racers in a scrimmage Saturday. The team will scrimmage from 11:45-12:30 and then sign autographs for fans. Fans are also invited to the Racer Dance Party, which begins at 3 Sunday afternoon at the CFSB Center.
Austin Peay puts a four game winning streak on the line this weekend in hosting the Riverview Inn Classic, meeting Northern Illinois, Dayton and Arkansas State in the round robin event. The Governors first meet Northern Illinois at 5 this afternoon.
Murray State’s baseball team opens a weekend series with Purdue at Reagan Field this afternoon, with first pitch at 2 pm.
Western Kentucky plays its final non conference series this weekend hosting Western Illinois. The opener is tonight at 6 at Nick Denes Field. Former Hopkinsville High hurler Justin Hageman will start game two of the series tomorrow afternoon at 1 pm.
Kentucky led by former Christian County standout and SEC freshman of the week Griffin Joiner opens SEC play this weekend hosting Alabama. The first game of the series is this evening.
Murray State plays at Tennessee State in Ohio Valley Conference action Saturday, while Austin Peay hosts Tennessee Tech in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon.
The Nashville Predators defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators are back in action tomorrow night, hosting the Detroit Red Wings at 7, a game you can hear on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker fired a three over par 75 at the first round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship Thursday in Miami. Adam Scott and Jason Dufner share the lead at six under 66.
High School Basketball
The Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls Sweet 16 began Wednesday in Bowling Green.
4th region representative Glasgow lost to Butler 54-49, 11th region winner Dunbar had to go to overtime to defeat Boone County 72-70, 7th region representative Manual—one of the pre tournament favorites--held off Perry County Central 50-41 and 3rd region representative Muhlenberg County fell to Montgomery County 60-43.
Today’s games: 2nd region representative Hopkinsville makes its first ever appearance in the Sweet 16 against 1st region winner Marshall County. The Lady Tigers are 31-4, while Marshall County is 27-8. The teams played during the regular season with Hopkinsville winning 60-49.
Tip off at noon at EA Diddle Arena, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 11:40 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Other games have Marion County meeting Walton Verona this afternoon, with Magoffin County going against Ashland Blazer and Lincoln County meeting Clay County this evening.
The Kentucky High School Athletics Association announced Wednesday Houchens Industries has signed a five year extension to remain the sponsor of the Girls Sweet 16. The new deal runs out in 2015. Houchens has been the corporate sponsor of the Girls Sweet 16 since 2000.
The Louisville Cardinals got off to a flying start in the Big East tournament in New york defeating Seton Hall 61-55. Peyton Siva led the Cards with 14 points. Louisville meets second seed Marquette this evening at Madison Square Garden.
The Southeastern Conference tournament begins today at the New Orleans Arena.
LSU meets Arkansas at noon, with the winner to face top seed Kentucky at noon Friday. Alabama meets South Carolina, Ole Miss plays Auburn this evening with the winner to face second seed Tennessee tomorrow, while Mississippi State meets Georgia in the nightcap, with the winner to meet Vanderbilt Friday night.
Former Tennessee assistant Eric Russell—who left the Vols in December to accept a coaching position at Washington State—says uncertainty contributed toward his decision to leave Knoxville. The Knoxville News Sentinel—citing a report from the Spokane Spokesman Review—says Russell claims being closer to his hometown in Idaho had nothing to do with leaving UT.
The Nashville Predators are back in action this evening, hosting the Colorado Avalanche at Bridgestone Arena. Coverage of the game begins at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Nashville native Brandt Snedeker is in the field for the WGC-Cadillac Championship which begins today at TPC Blue Monster at Doral in Miami, Florida. New world number one Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are also 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. We’ll have a report on the first day of play from the Girls Sweet 16 and get a preview of Hopkinsville’s game with Marshall County Thursday from Lady Tiger coach Tonya Wells.
High School Basketball
2nd region final: For the first time since 2003, the Hopkinsville Tigers are headed to the Boys Sweet 16.
The Tigers led by as many as 17 in the 2nd half and let Madisonville get as close as 2, before pulling out the game 65-54. Jordan Majors led the Tigers with 19 points, followed by Jaqualis Matlock added 16. Madisonville was led by Byron Dulin with 14. The Maroons finish the season 23-9, while the Tigers move to the state tournament with a 32-2 record.
Hopkinsville will face 12th region winner Southwestern in their opening game next Wednesday at 12:30, with the broadcast on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Hopkinsville’s Jordan Majors, Lawrence Smith and Jaqualis Matlock were named to the 2nd region all tournament team, along with Christian County’s CJ Cotton and Jarvis Irby. Madisonville was represented by Daylyn Jones, Tray Carr, Josiah Powell and Jawan Combs, Henderson County as represented by Jermaine Langley, Webster County by Jacob Scott and Livingston Central by Lucas Croft.
4th region final: Bowling Green defeated Warren Central 60-47 and will face Oldham County next Thursday at 11 am local time in the Sweet 16.
1st region final: Marshall County defeated Paducah Tilghman 58-52 and will face Scott County next Thursday at 5:30 local time in the Sweet 16.
Girls Sweet 16
Play begins today at noon as 4th region winner Glasgow meets Louisville Butler, with Boone County and Dunbar playing the second game of the afternoon session. Manual meets Perry County Central at 6:30 this evening, with third region winner Muhlenberg County meeting Montgomery County in the nightcap.
Hopkinsville’s Lady Tigers play their first game Thursday at noon against Marshall County from the 1st region, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 11:40 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
There are tickets available for Hopkinsville’s game in the Girls Sweet 16 at Hopkinsville High School. Student tickets will be on sale at 8 am this morning, with general public tickets going on sale at 9 am. Tickets are eight dollars at the school or 11 dollars at the door.
The Madisonville Messenger reports Madisonville girls basketball coach John Cummings has resigned from his position. Cummings says his resignation is immediate and is stepping down to spend more time with his family. Cummings was 61-58 in his four seasons as coach, including an 11-22 record this season in making the 2nd region tournament.
High School Football
Christian County football coach Steve Lovelace has released the Colonels 2012 schedule and all games but one will be played within 10 miles of Hopkinsville.
Home dates include: Madisonville August 17th, Clarksville August 25th, Henderson County August 31st, Lone Oak September 7th, Ohio County September 28th, Apollo October 5th and Graves County October 12th.
Away dates: Fort Campbell September 14th, Hopkinsville September 21st and Pulaski County in the Don Franklin Bowl in Somerset October 26th.
The Kentucky High School Athletics Association has announced Ebonite International has agreed to be the sponsor for the KHSAA State Bowling Championships for the next three years. The first state championship will be held March 22-23 at the Executive Strike and Spare Lanes in Louisville, with regional competition beginning March 17th.
Four wins in four nights, and that’s just what the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers did in taking the Sun Belt Conference tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
The Hilltoppers defeated North Texas 74-70 last night to advance to its 22nd appearance in the NCAA tournament. Teeng Akol scored 22 points and George Fant added 17 as the Hilltoppers rallied from a 13 point second half deficit. The Hilltoppers head to the NCAA tournament with a 15-18 record.
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari is not a fan of conference tournaments, and says playing three games in three days does not prepare you for anything. The 30-1 Wildcats open play in the SEC tournament Friday in New Orleans against Arkansas or LSU. Pre game coverage at 10:30 Friday morning on Lite 98.7.
The Southeastern Conference announced its post season awards Tuesday and several Kentucky players were honored. Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd Gilchrist were named first team All SEC and to the All Freshman Team along with LSU’s Anthony Hickey and Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes.
Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones were named to the second team All SEC. Anthony Davis was also named the Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, All Defensive Player of the Year, with Darius Miller the 6th man of the year and John Calipari was named the Coach of the Year.
Former University of Kentucky basketball coach Joe B. Hall will be among the inductees into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame later this year in Kansas City. Hall led Kentucky to the 1978 NCAA national championship.
Hall, along with such notables as Patrick Ewing, Phil Ford and Willis Reed, along with former LSU athletics director and SEC television analyst Joe Dean along with Lexington businessman Jim Host will be inducted November 18th.
The Nashville Predators lost to the Los Angeles Kings 5-4. The Predators return to action tomorrow night hosting Colorado in a game you can hear at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The Sporting News has announced its All American teams along with the national player and coach of the year for college basketball.
Kentucky’s Anthony Davis was named as first team All America along with being named as a Freshman All America, Freshman of the year and national player of the year.
Davis’s teammate Michael Kidd Gilchrist was named 2nd team All America along with Freshman All America honors.
Also on the first team All America was Murray State’s Isaiah Cannan.
Kansas coach Bill Self was named as Coach of the Year.
High School Basketball
Boys 2nd region semifinals: Hopkinsville advanced to the championship game with a 66-54 win over Henderson County. The Tigers had a quartet of players score in double digits, led by Jordan Majors with 16, Robert Bell added 14 and Tre Edwards and Jaqualis Matlock had 12 each. Henderson County was led by Rick Armstead’s 15 points. Hopkinsville is 31-2 on the season, while Henderson County finishes 18-15.
Christian County saw its season come to an end as the Colonels lost to Madisonville 70-56. CJ Cotton led Christian County and all scorers with 25 points, followed by Korey Mosley with 12. Madisonville had three players in double figures led by Jawan Combs with 19, Daylyn Jones added 16 and Cameron Tandy pitched in 13. Christian County finishes the season 9-22, while Madisonville improves to 23-8.
4th region semifinals: Bowling Green defeated Russell County 66-56 and Warren Central defeated Glasgow 72-66 in overtime.
1st region semifinals: Marshall County defeated Fulton City 49-30 and Paducah Tilghman drilled St. Mary 70-56.
3rd region final: Apollo punched its ticket to Rupp Arena with a 64-62 win over Muhlenberg County.
2nd region final: Hopkinsville meets Madisonville at 7 in Maroon Gym, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
4th region final: Bowling Green meets Warren Central in EA Diddle Arena.
1st region final: Marshall County goes against Paducah Tilghman at the CFSB Center.
Western Kentucky has played its way into the championship game of the Sun Belt Conference tournament with a 67-63 win over Denver. Freshman George Fant led the Hilltoppers with 19 points, followed by Khalil McDonald off the bench with 14. The Hilltoppers—who have won five games in a row face North Texas at 6 this evening.
Kentucky stays number one in both the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and the Associated Press poll, while Louisville drops out of both polls this week. Murray State is ranked 10th in the ESPN poll and 11th in the AP poll.
Kentucky’s Anthony Davis was named the SEC freshman of the week Monday. Davis averaged 15 and a half points, ten rebounds and four blocks in wins last week over Georgia and Florida. It’s the sixth time Davis has won the award this season.
Meanwhile, Tennessee freshman Jarnell Stokes was named the SEC player of the week. Stokes shot 76 percent from the field and averaged 14 and a half points, 10 and a half rebounds and three blocks in wins last week over LSU and Vanderbilt.
University of Kentucky freshman and former Christian County standout Griffin Joiner has been named the SEC freshman of the week. Joiner hit .571 enroute to All Tournament team honors in the Ragin Cajun Invitational hosted by Louisiana Lafayette. Joiner went 8-14 in the tournament and had three hits in one game. Joiner is the first Wildcat to receive SEC freshman of the week honors since 2009.
The Tennessean reports the Tennessee Titans have used the franchise tag on safety Michael Griffin. This means the team and cornerback Courtland Finnegan will part ways. Finnegan says he was told by the Titans there would be no contract before March 13th, the day he becomes a free agent. Finnegan spent six seasons with the Titans and was one of the team’s most popular players.
The Nashville Predators look to extend a streak started in early January, having not lost a game in regulation on home ice. The Predators open a three game home stand with the Los Angeles Kings tonight at 7 in Bridgestone Arena.