High School Softball
Today’s games: An early season 8th district showdown takes place between University Heights and Hopkinsville at Lady Blazer Field. First pitch at 5:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Other games include: Todd Central hosts Jo Byrns, TN, Russellville goes to South Warren, Logan County welcomes McLean County, Caldwell County hosts Webster County, Dawson Springs meets Lyon County, Madisonville entertains Daviess County, Murray welcomes Paducah Tilghman and Muhlenberg County hosts Butler County.
High School Baseball
Today’s games: Christian County welcomes Trigg County, Hopkinsville travels to Muhlenberg County, Fort Campbell entertains Russellville, Todd Central hosts Springfield, TN, Caldwell County goes to Calloway County, Henderson County hosts Crittenden County, Webster County entertains Reidland, Madisonville goes to Owensboro Catholic, Livingston Central entertains Heath.
Hopkinsville High golfer Dayton Jones finished tied for 10th at this week’s Golfweek Junior Tour stop at Champions Trace in Lexington. Jones had a two day total of 160, 11 shots behind winner Ashton Van Horne of Georgetown. The tour moves to Covered Bridge in Sellersburg, Indiana this weekend.
Christian County High golfer Jonathan Grabara will sign today to play his collegiate golf for Lindsey Wilson College. The ceremony is scheduled for 2:30 at Christian County High School.
The Ohio Valley Summer Baseball League has released its schedule for the season, with the Hoptown Hoppers opening on the road June 1st at Fulton, with the first of 20 home dates scheduled for Colonel Field at Christian County High School scheduled for June 6th also against Fulton. Home games are scheduled for 7:05 pm.
Season passes are now available by contacting the Christian County Chamber of Commerce at 885-9096, where you can also get more information on providing housing for players who are coming to town for the months of June and July.
Kentucky and Louisville are the only two in state teams remaining in this year’s NCAA Tournament. The top ranked and top seed in the South Region Kentucky gets a rematch with Indiana—one of its only two losses of the season—Friday night in Atlanta. Tip off time is scheduled for 8:45, with pre game coverage at 7 on Lite 98.7.
A reminder that Coach John Calipari’s call in show is at 5 this evening, followed by Big Blue Insider at 6 on Lite 98.7.
Louisville moves from Portland to Phoenix to continue West Regional play Thursday night against Michigan State, with tipoff for that game at 6:47 Hopkinsville time.
Women’s Tournament: Tennessee and Kentucky both continue play this evening, with the Lady Vols meeting DePaul in Chicago and Kentucky goes against Green Bay at Iowa State, with coverage of the UK game at 8:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Sunday score: Vanderbilt defeated Middle Tennessee 60-46 and will meet Duke Tuesday in Memorial Gym in Nashville.
NIT: The Tennessee Vols are back in action, hosting Middle Tennessee.
The Nashville Predators rallied in the third period thanks to goals from David Legwand, Mike Fisher and Patric Hornqvist in completing a season series sweep of Anaheim in taking a 3-1 win Sunday night. The Predators return to action Tuesday night against the Edmonton Oilers in Bridgestone Arena, with coverage at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Franklin’s Kenny Perry and Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker finished tied for 29th at the Transitions Championship with six under par scores. Luke Donald birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Jim Furyk, Robert Garrigus and Sang Moon Bae. The win also returned Donald to the top of the World Golf Rankings.
Paducah’s Russ Cochran finished tied for 29th at two over par at the Champions Tour’s Toshiba Classic. Loren Roberts won the event at eight under, two shots better than Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer and Mark Calcavecchia.
PNC/KHSAA Boys Sweet 16
All but one team west of I-65 are eliminated following Thursday’s first round play. Bowling Green lost to Oldham County 55-48, while Knott County Central defeated Boone County 71-54. First region winner Marshall County was routed by Scott County 59-43 with 5th region winner John Hardin defeating Johnson Central 49-36.
Today’s quarterfinal games: Rowan County meets Southwestern at 11 am Hopkinsville time, followed by Trinity and Clark County.
The evening games have Oldham County meeting Knott County Central and Scott County meets John Hardin. Coverage at 5:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The clock struck midnight for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers as their seven game winning streak came to an end to top seed Kentucky in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament 81-66 in Louisville. Terrence Jones had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the 33-2 Wildcats. Western Kentucky was led by TJ Price’s 21 points in ending the season 16-19.
Next for Kentucky is a Saturday date with Iowa State, who upset Connecticut 77-54. Pre game coverage begins at 5 on Lite 98.7, with tip off at 6:45.
Also in Louisville Thursday, Murray State improved to 31-1 on the season with a 58-41 win over Colorado State. Isaiah Cannan pitched in 15 points to lead the Racers, with Donte Poole adding 13. Murray State faces Marquette who defeated BYU 88-68. Tip off at 4:15 on Saturday.
The Louisville Cardinals defeated Davidson 69-62 in its first game of the West Regional in Portland, Oregon. The Cards got 17 points from Peyton Siva and 14 from Chane Behanan as they improved to 27-9. Louisville meets New Mexico at 8:40 pm on Saturday.
Vanderbilt defeated Harvard 79-70 behind John Jenkins 27 points. The Commodores will face Wisconsin who defeated Montana 73-49 at 5:10 Saturday.
NCAA tournament action continues today including games in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. In the East regional: Cincinnati meets Texas at 11:15 am, followed by Florida State and St. Bonaventure. In the Midwest regional: Michigan plays Ohio at 6:20 pm, followed by Temple and South Florida.
Belmont of the Atlantic Sun plays in Columbus, Ohio in the Midwest regional meeting Georgetown this afternoon.
Another Southeastern Conference school is looking for a new basketball coach. Mississippi State’s Rick Stansbury announced his retirement after 14 seasons on Thursday. Stansbury led the Bulldogs to a 293-166 record including 11 post season appearances. However, Mississippi State collapsed at the end of this season, losing seven of its last nine games.
The Tennessee Titans bolstered their offensive line by signing all pro guard Steve Hutchison to a multi year contract on Thursday. The Tennessean reports the deal is for three years, worth about 16 million dollars.
The Nashville Predators lose in a shootout at San Jose 2-1. Nashville is back in action Saturday night at Los Angeles.
Franklin’s Kenny Perry fired a 66 in the opening round of the Transitions Championship in Tampa, Florida. Padraig Harrington is the leader after shooting a blistering 10 under 61 in setting the course record.
Boys Sweet 16
Poor shooting and turnovers sent the Hopkinsville Tigers out of the PNC/KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 Wednesday. The Tigers fell to Southwestern 51-42. Hoptown shot 28.3 percent for the game and turned the ball over 25 times.
Hopkinsville was led in scoring by Jordan Majors with 18 and Demarius Henry with 10 in finishing the season 32-3, while Southwestern moves to the quarterfinals with a 28-8 record and will face Rowan County in the first quarterfinal game Friday. The Vikings defeated North Laurel 64-46.
The evening session Wednesday saw Trinity defeat Bullitt East 52-32 and Clark County win over 3rd region representative Apollo 56-36. Trinity and Clark County will play the second quarterfinal game Friday afternoon.
Today’s games: 4th region winner Bowling Green meets Oldham County of the 8th region at 11 am Hopkinsville time, with Boone County and Knott County Central in the second afternoon game.
Tonight’s games have 1st region winner Marshall County meeting Scott County at 5:30, with John Hardin and Johnson Central in the nightcap. Coverage of both games begins at 5:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
High School Baseball: University Heights hosts Russellville, Fort Campbell at Stewart County, TN, Trigg County welcomes Mayfield, Madisonville hosts Muhlenberg County, Caldwell County entertains Henderson County.
High School Softball: University Heights hosts Paducah Tilghman,
The NCAA tournament begins today across the nation.
Louisville: Murray State meets Colorado State in opening round play in the West Region at 11:15 am. The Racers bring a 30-1 record into the contest, while Colorado State of the Mountain West Conference is 20-11.
Top seed Kentucky meets instate rival Western Kentucky in the opening game of the South Region at 5:50 pm. The Wildcats bring a 32-2 record into the game, while Western is 16-18. Pre game coverage begins at 4 on Lite 98.7.
Portland: The Louisville Cardinals meets Davidson in their first game of the West Regional. The Cards are 26-9, while Davidson is 25-7. Tip off is at 12:40 pm Hopkinsville time.
Albuquerque: Vanderbilt meets Harvard in its first game of the East Regional. The Commodores are 24-10, while Harvard is 26-4. Tip off at 3:40 pm Hopkinsville time.
Last night in the First Four in Dayton: Vermont defeated Lamar 71-59 and South Florida defeated Cal 65-54.
The Courier Journal reports Western Kentucky is showing interest in Rowan County High senior guard DJ Townsend. Townsend is averaging 18 points per game and scored 11 for the Vikings in their win over North Laurel at the Sweet 16 Wednesday. Teammate Adam Wing has already signed with Evansville.
As the Tennessee Lady Vols get set to face UT Martin in the first round of the Women’s NCAA Tournament, coach Pat Summitt says she has made no decision about her coaching future.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Summitt said following practice Wednesday her focus was on winning another national championship. Summitt announced last August she had early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt has completed its investigation into tampering charges against former Maryland quarterback Danny O’ Brien. Coach James Franklin said Wednesday it would be inappropriate for him to say anything on the matter.
Vice Chancellor of Athletics David Williams says the report has been forwarded to the Southeastern Conference and the report was done internally because at worst it would be a secondary NCAA violation.
Free agent quarterback Peyton Manning spent eight hours Wednesday meeting with Tennessee Titans officials. Now the waiting begins to see if Manning will choose the Titans or Denver, Arizona or Miami as his next destination. Manning reportedly has no time table to make a decision, but could make it in the next few days.
The Nashville Predators return to action this evening at San Jose, with first puck to drop at 9:30.
Southwestern used a 22-2 scoring spurt from late in the 2nd quarter to early in the 3rd period in downing Hopkinsville 52-41 at the Boys Sweet 16 in Lexington. Southwestern was led in scoring by Justin Epperson with 18 points off the bench. He was one of three Warriors in double figures. Hopkinsville was led by Jordan Majors with 18, followed by Demarius Henry with 10.
The Tigers finish the season 32-3, while Southwestern improves to 28-8 and will face Rowan County in the first quarterfinal game Friday at 11 am Hopkinsville time. Rowan County defeated North Laurel 64-46 earlier today.
Tonight's games have Bullitt East meeting Trinity at 5:30, followed by Apollo and Clark County. Both games air at 5:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
South Carolina Tuesday fired men's basketball coach Darrin Horn.
The Gamecocks finished last in the Southeastern Conference at 2-14, their worst record in 20 years in the league. South Carolina's overall 10-21 record marked just the fourth 20-loss season in more than a century of basketball.
Horn, who just completed his fourth season as the Gamecocks' coach, has three years remaining on his contract and is owed a total of $2.4 million.
Horn was hired from Western Kentucky after leading the Hilltoppers to the Sweet 16 in 2008.
His first team at South Carolina went 21-10 and 10-6 in the SEC, winning the Eastern Division. But it wasn't enough to get the team's first NCAA tournament bid since 2004, and his teams won fewer games each season after that.
Horn issued a statement thanking fans for their support. "My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time in Columbia and wish nothing but the best for the Gamecocks," Horn said.
Horn has been a head coach for nine seasons, with an overall record of 171-111.