High School Basketball
The 2011-12 season tips off for several teams this evening.
Girls: Christian County plays at Muhlenberg County, Fort Campbell plays at Trigg County, Hopkins Central at Livingston Central, Murray High at Reidland, Crittenden County at Community Christian and Owensboro plays at Bowling Green.
Boys: Hopkins Central at Livingston Central, Murray High at Reidland, Graves County at Hickman County, St. Mary at Lyon County, Crittenden County at Community Christian.
Tuesday night, Hopkinsville opens its season hosting Logan County, with tipoff at 7:30. The Heritage Bank pre game show airs at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The Lexington Herald Leader has released its pre season top 25 boys basketball poll. Trinity is ranked number one, followed by Ballard, Scott County, Rowan County and Bullitt East in the top five. Muhlenberg County is ranked 14th, Glasgow 17th and Marshall County is ranked 21st.
High School Football
The pairings are set for the Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl state championship games to be played Friday and Saturday at LT Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.
Class A Mayfield meets Hazard at 11 am
Class 2A: Glasgow takes on Covington Holy Cross at 3 pm
Class 6A: Trinity goes against Scott County at 7 pm
Class 3A: Louisville Central meets Belfry at 11 am
Class 4A: Franklin Simpson meets Highlands at 3 pm
Class 5A: Bowling Green takes on Anderson County at 7 pm
Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips has his final talk show of the season tonight at 5, followed by basketball coach John Calipari’s call in show at 6 on Lite 98.7.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt athletics officials will work “proactively” in retaining first year coach James Franklin after he led the Commodores to bowl eligibility in his first season. Chancellor of Athletics David Williams says there is not a deal in place yet, but he is hopeful of solidifying a good situation. Williams also says Vandy wants to make sure Franklin remains as football coach. The Commodores finished the regular season 6-6 after a win Saturday over Wake Forest.
Tonight’s games: Austin Peay—still winless in seven tries this season—plays at Lipscomb. Louisville puts its 5-0 mark on the line against Long Beach State, Vanderbilt takes on Xavier and Tennessee plays at Oakland.
Monday Night Football has the New York Giants in New Orleans this evening to meet the Saints. Pre game coverage begins at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
High School Football
Several local teams are one win away from making the Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl championship games.
Tonight’s action includes Fort Campbell meeting number one Louisville Central in a Class 3-A semi final at Fryar Stadium, with kickoff set for 7:30. In Class 2-A, Murray High hosts Glasgow, Class A action has Mayfield taking on Beechwood, Class 4-A has Franklin Simpson meeting Collins High and in Class 5-A Bowling Green host John Hardin.
Catch up on all the scores on the Kentucky High School scoreboard show tonight at 9 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
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The Courier Journal reports the NCAA has stopped two days of high school basketball games that were to be played in Rupp Arena this weekend. The Rumble in Rupp pre season event will instead be played at Lexington Christian Academy because of a new rule implemented this week which prohibits non scholastic events to be played on a collegiate campus or main practice facility.
The head of Bleid Sports—which organized the event—said they had received permission twice to hold the event in Rupp Arena and has signed documents with the facility. Bleid Sports officials say they will continue to fight the NCAA on the matter. One of the games Saturday involves a local team, as University Heights plays Nicholas County at 3:15 Hopkinsville time.
Princeton’s Emma Talley lost to Nicole Morales 2 and 1 in quarterfinal play at the Polo Golf Junior Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on Thursday.
The Louisville Cardinals—already bowl eligible—meet South Florida today in Tampa.
Other games today include Iowa at Nebraska, with pre game coverage at 10:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The game of note in the SEC today has LSU taking on Arkansas, with a trip to the national championship game potentially on the line.
Saturday’s games include Kentucky closing out the regular season hosting Tennessee, with a bowl trip for the Vols on the line, and for Kentucky, the chance to break a 26 game losing streak to the Vols. Pre game coverage at 9:30 on Lite 98.7.
Western Kentucky can solidify its bowl opportunity with a win over Troy in Bowling Green Saturday. Kickoff at 11:30 am.
Vanderbilt can become bowl eligible if they get a win Saturday at Wake Forest.
Murray State is in action this evening as the Racers meet San Francisco in the quarterfinal round of the Great Alaska Shootout. Louisville is also in action this evening, hosting Ohio University and Vanderbilt entertains Monmouth.
Austin Peay’s Lady Governors open play this evening in the Cal Poly Thanksgiving Classic taking on American University.
The championship game of the Pre Season NIT has Syracuse taking on Stanford, with pre game coverage at 3:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Kentucky puts its 5-0 mark on the line tomorrow night hosting Portland, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Other games tomorrow include Austin Peay hosting Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky hosting Southeastern Louisiana.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck passed the practice test on Thanksgiving Day and will start Sunday for the Titans when they host Tampa Bay at noon in LP Field.
Following the Thanksgiving holiday, the Nashville Predators are back in action Saturday night at Detroit, with coverage at 6 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Kentucky rolled with ease over Radford, winning 88-40 to improve to 5-0 on the season. Terrence Jones led the Wildcats with 17 points. Kentucky returns to action Saturday night against Portland, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
OTHER SEC SCORES: Tennessee finishes 7th at the Maui Invitational, defeating host Chaminade 86-60 behind 25 points from Jordan McRae. Anthony Hickey had another big night scoring 12 points and collecting a career high six assists, though LSU lost to South Alabama in overtime 79-75.
Austin Peay overcame a 17 point second half deficit, but lost in overtime to Detroit 94-93 in the CBE Classic in Bowling Green, Ohio, Former UHA standout Tyshwan Edmondson led the 0-6 Governors in scoring with 26 points. Austin Peay plays its home opener Saturday night against Middle Tennessee.
Murray State opened play in the Great Alaska Shootout, edging host Alaska Anchorage 64-62. Isaiah Cannan led the 5-0 Racers with 19 points. Murray State will face San Francisco Friday night.
Western Kentucky loses its fourth straight game and the second in four days to Virginia Commonwealth 68-45 in Bowling Green. The Rams went on a 15-0 run late in the second half to secure the victory.
Kentucky coach Joker Phillips expects freshman quarterback Maxwell Smith to start against Tennessee Saturday. Both Smith and Morgan Newton practiced for the Wildcats on Wednesday. However, defensive starters Martavious Neloms and Ridge Wilson will not play Saturday due to injuries. Coverage of the game begins at 9:30 Saturday morning on Lite 98.7.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports four Tennessee Vols will not play against Kentucky Saturday. Nick Branum, CJ Fleming, Matt Milton and Robert Nelson are all suspended for violation of team rules. None of the players appear on the Vols two deep chart for this game.
The Tennessean reports the Music City Bowl, the BBVA Compass Bowl and the Liberty Bowl will all have rooting interests this weekend for Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Mississippi State. The three teams must win for the three remaining bowls with SEC tie ins to have a chance for teams from the conference. The Music City Bowl gets the first pick of the three bowls and likely needs for one team to win this weekend.
The Minnesota Wild scored all three of its goals in the third period in downing the Nashville Predators 3-2. The Preds are back in action Saturday night at Detroit, with coverage at 6 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Thanksgiving Day means plenty of action. The tripleheader begins with the traditional game in Detroit as the Lions host undefeated Green Bay, followed by Dallas hosting red hot Miami and the finale—the Harbaugh Bowl—as San Francisco(coached by Jim Harbaugh) play at Baltimore (coached by John Harbaugh). Coverage of all three games begins at 11 this morning on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Princeton’s Emma Talley won two matches Wednesday at the Polo Golf Junior Classic. Talley defeated Samantha Wagner 4 and 3 after winning a 19 hole match 1 up over Jaye Marie Green. Talley meets Nicole Morales in a quarterfinal match this morning in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
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Heritage Christian Academy’s teams played against Victory Christian. The Warriors improved to 5-1 on the season and 5-0 in conference play with an 81-11 victory. Alex Walker had 21 to lead HCA, who had three players in double figures. The Warriors meet White House this evening.
HCA’s Lady Warriors were also victorious, defeating Victory Christian 60-8. Grace Waldron led the Lady Warriors with nine points.
Austin Peay lost for the second straight night in the CBE Classic in Bowling Green, Ohio to George Washington 54-52. Tyshwan Edmondson led the Governors with a game high 17 points.
Tennessee and Memphis battled to a double overtime affair, before Memphis came away with a 99-97 victory at the Maui Invitational.
Louisville defeated Arkansas State 54-27. The Cards held their fourth straight opponent to less than 55 points in going to 4-0 on the season.
Women’s scores: Austin Peay lost at Louisville 78-60, Murray State fell at Alabama A&M 76-71 and Western Kentucky lost to Wright State 86-66.
Tonight’s games: Kentucky is back in action hosting Radford, with pre game coverage beginning at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere in the SEC: Tennessee meets host Chaminade at the Maui Invitational and LSU takes on South Alabama.
Austin Peay meets Detroit in their final game of the CBE Classic, Murray State takes on Alaska Anchorage at the Great Alaska Shootout, and for the second time in four days, Western Kentucky hosts Virginia Commonwealth.
Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips says Maxwell Smith will be the starting quarterback if he can go when the Cats close out the regular season Saturday against Tennessee. Smith suffered a shoulder strain in last Saturday's loss at Georgia. Kentucky Sports Radio reports on its website wide receiver Matt Roark--who last played quarterback in high school--is taking snaps out of the Wildcat formation this week in case Smith nor Morgan Newton cannot go Saturday. Pre game coverage begins at 9:30 Saturday morning on Lite 98.7.
The Ohio Valley Conference released its post season All-OVC teams Tuesday. Murray State quarterback Casey Brockman and running back Mike Harris were named first team offense, while Austin Peay defensive back Amius Smith was named first team defense. Austin Peay’s Ryan White was named as a running back on the second team, with Murray State offensive tackle Raymond Hopson also named to the second team offense.
Murray State linebackers Sam Small and Qua Huzzie were named second team defense, along with Racer defensive back Dontrell Johnson. Johnson was also named second team return specialist. He was joined on that team by kicker Kienan Cullen.
Murray State’s Sam Small and Qua Huzzie were also named to the all Newcomer team.
The Nashville Predators gave up three first period goals in falling to the Edmonton Oilers 6-2. It was only the fourth road win for the Oilers this season. Nashville plays a pre Thanksgiving game this evening at Minnesota, with coverage at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The Princeton Times Leader reports Princeton's Emma Talley just barely got into the match play portion of the Polo Junior Classic in Palm Beach Garden, Florida. Talley had a two day stroke play total of 152, which concluded Tuesday. Talley is facing Jaye Marie Green in match play this morning and if she wins, she will play a second match today. The quarterfinal and semifinal matches will take place Thanksgiving Day, with the championship match on Friday.
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Fort Campbell coach Shawn Berner has been named the Kentucky Football Coaches Association Class 3-A District 1 Coach of the Year according to an online story on the Kentucky New Era's website. Berner won his 100th game as Falcons coach in the regular season finale against Hopkinsville. Fort Campbell puts its 9-4 record on the line Friday night against top ranked Louisville Central Friday night at Fryar Stadium.
High School Soccer
The Kentucky High School Athletics Association is proposing realignment for soccer playing schools. The measure, proposed at last week’s Board of Control meeting, calls for the revamp of the 16 regions, using the current basketball alignment as its model. The 8th district would consist of the four local schools, Hopkinsville, Christian County, Fort Campbell and University Heights. If the realignment measure passes, it would go in effect next school year.
Turnovers and poor free throw shooting plagued Austin Peay as they fell to Bowling Green 82-72 in the second round of the CBE Classic Monday night. Former University Heights player Tyshwan Edmondson had 9 points and 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. The Governors face George Washington in today’s action at 4 pm.
Tennessee lost to Duke 77-67 in the first round of the Maui Invitational. The Vols will meet the Memphis Tigers in action today.
Vanderbilt gets a last second shot in defeating Oregon State 64-62. Brad Tinsley hit the game winner with 4.5 seconds left.
The Louisville Cardinals host Arkansas State, with tipoff at 6 Hopkinsville time.
Austin Peay’s Lady Governors are back in action, playing a matinee game at 11th ranked Louisville.
During his Monday news conference, Kentucky coach Joker Phillips told reporters there was a bright side to not going to a bowl game this season. Phillips says without an extra month of practice and game preparation, the Wildcat coaching staff can hit the road for recruiting. Kentucky closes out the season hosting Tennessee Saturday, with pre game coverage at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7.
The Louisville Cardinals take on South Florida Saturday, with coach Charlie Strong telling his players their focus at hand is on defeating the Bulls, and not worrying about which bowl game the Cards will play in.
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin says he will use a video of Tennessee coach Derek Dooley’s post game talk to his team following the Vols 27-21 overtime win last Saturday as motivation. Franklin says the video and the words will be talked about a lot before the Vols play in Nashville next season. Vols coach Derek Dooley says he is disappointed a video of the post game celebration is out, but says it’s the world in which we live in.
Western Kentucky running back Bobby Rainey was named the Sun Belt Offensive player of the week Monday. The Hilltopper senior rushed for a season high 214 yards in last Saturday’s win at North Texas. It was Rainey’s second 200 yard rushing game of the season.
Meanwhile, Hilltopper coach Willie Taggart wants Houchens LT Smith Stadium full when the Hilltoppers host Troy at 11:30 am Saturday. Western Kentucky is bowl eligible, but a win over the Trojans would help solidify bowl chances.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is expected to start Sunday when the Titans host Tampa Bay. The Tennessean reports it’s believed a few days of rest will rejuvenate Hasselbeck’s injured right elbow which he suffered in Sunday’s loss at Atlanta.
The Edmonton Oilers face the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena this evening, with coverage beginning at 7 PM on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.