Happy Valentine’s Day!
Hopkinsville High School golfer Dayton Jones signed to play collegiate golf with Rend Lake College during a ceremony Monday afternoon. Jones says he will continue his work with instructor Todd Trimble in Paducah and play the Pepsi Tour and other events during the spring and summer before heading to Rend Lake in the fall.
High School Basketball
Heritage Christian Academy had four players in double figures and rallied from a 12 point third quarter deficit to defeat South Haven 71-60 Monday night at Warrior Gym. Alex Walker and Kenneth Morris led the scoring with 20 points each, while Jameson Murray added 12 and Alex Little 10 for HCA, now 25-2 on the season.
Other boys games: Fort Campbell edged Todd Central 70-68, Grayson County got by South Warren 51-47.
Girls: Todd Central over Fort Campbell 54-26, Henderson County defeated Owensboro Catholic 67-60.
University Heights hosts Senior Night as the Blazers and Lady Blazers host Logan County. Coverage of both games with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Boys: Christian County travels to Muhlenberg County, Fort Campbell hosts Crittenden County, Russellville hosts Bowling Green, Todd Central goes to Trigg County, Caldwell County at Webster County, Hopkins Central at Henderson County, Dawson Springs at Community Christian, Calloway County hosts Paducah Tilghman, Union County at Daviess County, Marshall County hosts Mayfield, Warren Central hosts Allen County Scottsville, Warren East hosts Franklin Simpson.
Girls: Hopkinsville hosts Madisonville, Dawson Springs at Community Christian, Trigg County hosts Todd Central, Hopkins Central hosts Crittenden County, Russellville hosts Bowling Green, Henderson County at Murray, Livingston Central at Lone Oak, Calloway County hosts Paducah Tilghman, Marshall County hosts Ballard Memorial, Warren Central hosts Allen County Scottsville and Warren East welcomes Franklin Simpson.
Second ranked Syracuse nipped 18th ranked Louisville 52-51.
Women’s scores: In the OVC—Austin Peay defeated Murray State 85-72. In the SEC—number 11 Tennessee rolled over 7th ranked Kentucky 91-54.
Tonight’s games: Manhattan meets Siena, LSU takes on Mississippi State.
Kentucky remains number one in both the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and the Associated Press poll, with Murray State diving to 14th in the ESPN/USA Today poll and 16th in the AP poll. Louisville is ranked 18th in the ESPN/USA Today poll and 19th in the AP Poll.
Dickie V is coming to Murray State. ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale announced over the weekend he will be doing the ESPN Bracketbuster game between the Racers and St. Mary at 5 pm Saturday. It will be Vitale’s first trip to the CFSB Center and he will be joined by play by play man Dave O’ Brien. The game will be on either ESPN or ESPN 2.
Murray State’s Isaiah Cannan was named co-OVC player of the week Monday. Cannan had averaged 27 points and shot 68 percent in games last week against Tennessee State and Austin Peay. Cannan is sharing the honor this week with Tennessee State’s Robert Covington.
Kentucky’s Marquis Teague was named the SEC Freshman of the Week Monday. Teague averaged 12 and a half points and nine and a half assists in wins over 8th ranked Florida and Vanderbilt.
The Courier Journal reports Western Kentucky University appears to be assembling a group of finalists for the men’s basketball coaches position.
Despite the fact interim coach Ray Harper has won three of six games he’s coached and fans are coming back to Diddle Arena, president Gary Ransdell and athletics director Ross Bjork are assembling a group of finalists, with Ransdell and Bjork to make the final decision on whether to let Harper stay permanently or hire a new leader.
Ransdell says he prefers someone with head coaching experience, which Harper has with Kentucky Wesleyan and Oklahoma City. Some other names that have been mentioned include Louisville assistant Richard Pitino, Florida assistant and Kentucky native John Pelphrey and UK assistant Orlando Antigua.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt coach James Franklin will not comment if Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien is transferring to play for the Commodores. Maryland announced the transfers of three players, including O’ Brien on Monday. O’Brien was the 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year, when Franklin was the Terrapins offensive coordinator.
The Nashville Predators are back on the ice this evening, hosting the Chicago Blackhawks. First puck at the Bridgestone Arena drops at 7.
Murray State's basketball team took a nose dive in both major college basketball polls following their loss last week to Tennessee State. The Racers are 14th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and 16th in the Associated Press poll.
Kentucky is still ranked first in both polls and Louisville made moves this week. The Cardinals are 18th in the ESPN/USA Today poll and 19th in the Associated Press poll.
When Murray State hosts St. Mary's in the ESPN Bracketbuster game Saturday, it will have none other than Dick Vitale calling the game. Vitale--who will make his first appearance at the CFSB Center--will be joined by Dave O' Brien for the 5 pm game, which will air on either ESPN or ESPN 2.
Randy Moss is talking about a comeback in 2012. The wide receiver retired last August after 13 NFL seasons, but told an audience on UStream.TV he is considering a return. Moss last played in 2010 with three different teams, the last being the Tennessee Titans. Moss has 153 career touchdowns, second only to Jerry Rice and has caught 954 passes for 14, 858 yards in his career, mostly with the Minnesota Vikings.
Hopkinsville High golfer Dayton Jones will sign a letter of intent this afternoon to play for Rend Lake Junior College. The ceremony takes place at 2:30 at Hopkinsville High School’s library.
Union County won the Region One wrestling meet at Caldwell County High School. Christian County was second, Fort Campbell fourth, University Heights fifth and Hopkinsville ninth. Christian County had eight wrestlers qualify for the state meet, Hopkinsville and University Heights had three and Fort Campbell had four. The state tournament begins Friday in Frankfort.
Favorite Bowling Green won both the boys and girls Western Kentucky regional swim meet in Owensboro, with Hopkinsville’s boys finishing seventh and the Lady Tigers finishing eighth. Hopkinsville did have several swimmers make the state meet according to a story in today’s Kentucky New Era.
Christian County Little Lady Colonels 12U softball team went 3-1 and finished as runner ups at an indoor tournament held this weekend in Owensboro.
High School Basketball
Heritage Christian Academy’s Warriors are back in action this evening against South Haven, with the Heritage Bank pre game show from Warrior Gym at 6:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Other boys games: Todd Central hosts Fort Campbell, Dawson Springs travels to Union County, Madisonville at Apollo, South Warren welcomes Grayson County, Murray at Heath, Reidland at Community Christian, Graves County hosts Carlisle County, Livingston Central entertains Hickman County.
Girls: Christian County at Apollo, Fort Campbell goes to Todd Central, Lyon County hosts Union County, Henderson County hosts Owensboro Catholic, Murray travels to Heath, Reidland at Community Christian, Bowling Green goes to Caverna.
23rd ranked Louisville takes on Syracuse and in women’s action Murray State entertains Austin Peay and 7th ranked Kentucky plays at 11th ranked Tennessee.
Kentucky coach John Calipari’s weekly call in show and Sports Nightly move to Wednesday night this week, beginning at 5 on Lite 98.7. The top ranked Wildcats play against Ole Miss Saturday, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt University wants to host high school football games including the state championships once again. The school is installing a new artificial turf this summer according to Vice Chancellor of Athletics David Williams. Vanderbilt hosted the state high school football championship games in Tennessee from 1981-1999. The games are currently being played in Cookeville, with that contract not expiring until 2012.
Paducah’s Russ Cochran finished tied for 10th at seven under par 210 and Franklin’s Kenny Perry finished tied for 31st at two under 214 at the Champions Tour Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Florida Sunday. Corey Pavin defeated Peter Senior on the first playoff hole for his first Champions Tour title.
The brackets have been set for the 8th district boys and girls basketball tournaments to be played at Christian County High School.
MONDAY FEB. 20TH
6:00 pm Hopkinsville vs. Fort Campbell
7:30 pm Christian County vs. University Heights
FINAL-- Friday Feb. 24th 8:00 pm
TUESDAY FEB. 21ST
6:00 pm Hopkinsville vs. Fort Campbell
7:30 pm Christian County vs. University Heights
FINAL-- Friday Feb. 24th 6:00 pm
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.
High School Basketball
Boys: Heritage Christian Academy rolled over Glasgow Christian 57-38. The Warriors were led by Alex Walker with 18 points and Kenneth Morris scored all 10 of his points in the third period. HCA improved to 21-2 on the season and plays at Bluegrass Baptist Saturday.
Elsewhere: Hopkins Central defeated Fort Campbell 88-62, Crittenden County over Dawson Springs 60-39, Todd Central over Clarksville Academy 62-55, Union County over Community Christian 68-44, South Warren defeated Franklin Simpson 48-38.
Girls: Hopkinsville defeated Ohio County 58-40, Fort Campbell over Caldwell County 52-48, Todd Central defeated Clarksville Academy 56-27, Henderson County over McLean County 56-30, Franklin Simpson over South Warren 50-35.
Hopkinsville holds Senior Night activities as the Tigers and Lady Tigers host Lyon County. Coverage of both games with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Boys: University Heights at Shelby County, Todd Central at Russellville, Fort Campbell hosts Madisonville, Trigg County at Caldwell County, Logan County at South Warren, Henderson County at Webster County, Murray entertains Livingston Central, Calloway County at Marshall County, Graves County at Mayfield, Crittenden County at St. Mary, Lone Oak at Paducah Tilghman, Franklin Simpson at Allen County Scottsville, Warren East at Bowling Green, Greenwood at Warren Central.
Girls: Christian County at Hopkins Central, University Heights entertains Dawson Springs, Fort Campbell hosts Madisonville, Trigg County at Caldwell County, Russellville hosts Todd Central, Logan County at South Warren, Crittenden County at St. Mary, Lone Oak at Paducah Tilghman, Murray hosts Livingston Central, Calloway County at Marshall County, Graves County at Mayfield, Franklin Simpson at Allen County Scottsville, Warren East at Bowling Green, Greenwood at Warren Central.
Pairings for the 8th district basketball tournaments being hosted by Christian County are being announced this morning. We will have a full report on air and online on the WHOP family of stations later this morning.
High School Wrestling/Swimming
The Region 1 wrestling meet begins this evening at Caldwell County, with Union County the favorite to repeat as regional champions. The Western Kentucky regional swim meet takes place today in Owensboro with Bowling Green the favorite to take both the boys and girls titles.
There are no more unbeatens in the nation after Tennessee State upset 7th ranked Murray State 72-68. The Racers got 31 points from Isaiah Cannan, but TSU matched Cannan shot for shot in getting the win. Murray State is now 23-1 and 11-1 in the OVC and will host Austin Peay Saturday night at 7:30.
Middle Tennessee defeated Western Kentucky 72-64 and Fairfield defeated Manhattan 60-54, with former Christian County standout Donovan Kates scoring two points and grabbing one rebound.
Women’s action saw number 25 Vanderbilt upset number 11 Tennessee 93-79.
Top ranked Kentucky returns to action tomorrow night at Vanderbilt, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on Lite 98.7.
Hopkinsville native and Oklahoma State assistant basketball coach Tommy Wade was on Sports Weekly presented by Toyota of Hopkinsville Wednesday night. He says the Cowboys have had a tough season. After holding off Iowa State Tuesday night, OSU travels to play at Kansas Saturday.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports two Kentucky men’s basketball signees and one women’s signee were named McDonald’s All Americans Thursday. Clarksville Northeast standout Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin of Little Rock were selected to play in the game along with women’s signee Janee Thompson. The McDonald’s All American game will be played March 28th in Chicago.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports the University of Memphis wants to end its basketball series with the University of Tennessee. Coach Josh Pastner says playing Tennessee gives the Vols an unfair recruiting advantage in Memphis. Memphis athletics director R.C. Johnson had been negotiating to continue the series. Memphis is set to become a member of the Big East in 2013.
The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a multi year deal with offensive tackle Mike Otto. Otto had been set to become a free agent March 13th. Otto was selected in the seventh round out of Purdue in 2007 and has played in 41 games in five seasons with the Titans.
The Ottawa Senators edged the Nashville Predators 4-3 Thursday night. The Predators play at defending Stanley Cup champion Boston tomorrow, with coverage at noon on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Kentuckians Steve Flesch and JB Holmes stand at even par after the first round of the AT and T National Pro Am at Pebble Beach. Dustin Johnson is among three golfers tied for the lead at nine under par. Tiger Woods—making his PGA Tour debut—is at five under, four shots off the lead.
Franklin’s Kenny Perry and Paducah’s Russ Cochran are playing in the Champions Tour’s Allianz Championship which begins today.