Today’s games: Christian County meets Lincoln County at the Steve Leach Memorial Classic, Hopkinsville travels to Henderson County.
High School Softball: Hopkins Central defeated University Heights 8-4 and Heritage Christian defeated Lakeside Christian 11-7 in 8 innings.
Pairings for the first round of the KHSAA Softball and Baseball state tournaments were announced Friday.
Softball: Region 2 will face Region 9 in its first game, Region 1 faces Region 5, Region 3 meets Region 15 and Region 4 takes on Region 11. The state tournament will be played June 7-9 at Jack Fisher Park in Owensboro.
Baseball: Region 2 faces Region 8, Region 1 faces Region 3 and Region 4 faces Region 5. The state tournament will be played June 4-9 at Whitaker Bank Park in Lexington.
College Football: Kentucky concludes spring practice today with the Blue-White game at Commonwealth Stadium. You can hear the game this afternoon at 4:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The Courier Journal reports Kentucky tailback Brandon Gainer is leaving the team. A UK athletic department spokesman confirmed it Friday afternoon. Gainer is the eighth player to leave the team since the end of last season. Gainer would have been a red shirt sophomore this fall and did not participate in spring practice in order to concentrate of academics.
The Tennessee Vols also conclude spring practice today with the Orange-White game at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville.
College Basketball: The University of Pikeville announced Friday Elisha Justice will transfer from the University of Louisville to join their program. Justice, who will have two years eligibility remaining, was the 2010 Kentucky Mr. Basketball and the Gatorade Player of the Year.
Western Kentucky’s women’s team received its third commitment this week according to the Bowling Green Daily News. Kendall Noble from Perry County Central chose Western over Middle Tennessee and Xavier.
College Baseball: Austin Peay defeated Eastern Kentucky 10-9, with game 2 of the series this afternoon in Richmond. Murray State held on to beat Jacksonville State 5-4, with game two of the series this afternoon at Jacksonville State .
Western Kentucky lost to Troy 13-3. Former Hopkinsville High pitcher Justin Hageman took the loss. Hageman allowed six earned runs on five hits and walked seven in 4 2/3 innings. The teams play again this afternoon in Bowling Green.
NHL: The Nashville Predators eliminated the Detroit Red Wings from the Stanley Cup playoffs with a thrilling 2-1 in front of a sold out Bridgestone Arena Friday night. David Legwand’s goal 13 seconds into the third period proved to be the game winner for Nashville. The Predators advance to the second round and will await to see who their opponent is.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods won a rain shortened game over Cedar Rapids 6-2. The Hot Rods conclude their series with Cedar Rapids this evening.The Nashville Sounds lost the finale of their series to Oklahoma City 2-1. The Sounds open a four game series tonight at Omaha.
PGA Tour: Neither Kentuckians Steve Flesch or JB Holmes made the cut at the Texas Valero Open. Former British Open winner Ben Curtis has a two shot lead heading into today’s third round.
Champions Tour: Kenny Perry and Russ Cochran fired a 10 under par 62 in the first round of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in Savannah, Georgia. They trail leaders Brad Bryant and Tom Purtzer by two shots heading into today’s second round.
The Henderson Gleaner reports Henderson County basketball coach Mark Starns contract will not be renewed. Starns was 99-45 during his five year tenure with the Colonels. But in each of those years, Henderson County lost to the eventual regional champion. In making the decision, Henderson County High principal Sally Sugg wanted to take the basketball program in a different direction.
Western Kentucky basketball coach Ray Harper has announced the signing of junior college point guard Brandon Harris. Harris comes to Bowling Green from Otero Junior College in Colorado. Harris is an Oklahoma City native and the first recruit in Western’s 2012 recruiting class.
South Carolina has cancelled the final two games of a contract with Western Kentucky. The contract was part of deal made when Darrin Horn left the Hilltoppers to coach the Gamecocks. South Carolina recently hired Kansas State’s Frank Martin as its new coach. The Gamecocks won the two games that were played in the series.
Murray State’s women’s basketball program has announced the signing of 5-7 guard Alyssa Like from Olney Central Junior College. Like—who will be a junior this fall—averaged 16.6 points and 5 and a half rebounds per game last season. Like is a native of Poseyville, Indiana.
College Baseball: Austin Peay opens a three game Ohio Valley Conference series at Eastern Kentucky this afternoon, Murray State opens a three game OVC set at Jacksonville State this evening.
Western Kentucky begins a three game Sun Belt Conference series with Troy this evening. Former Hopkinsville High pitcher Justin Hageman gets the start for the Hilltoppers.
MLB: The Cincinnati Reds open a weekend series this afternoon in Chicago against the Cubs, while St. Louis plays at Pittsburgh this evening and Atlanta plays again at Arizona later tonight.
The St. Louis Cardinals are set to place first baseman Lance Berkman on the 15 day disabled list. Berkman aggravated a calf injury chasing a pop up. Utility infielder Skip Schumaker will be activated from the DL and join the club this evening in Pittsburgh.
High School Baseball: Hopkinsville got revenge on Fort Campbell last night, winning the second game of their 8th district series 10-1. The Tigers got 6 runs in the 5th inning to propel them to the win. Winning pitcher Clayton Smithson was 2-3 at the plate and struck out eight to get the win. Hopkinsville improved to 10-8/3-1 in district play, while Fort Campbell fell to 7-9/1-3 in district action.
Elsewhere: University Heights lost to Marshall County 7-4, Caldwell County won the 2nd region All A Classic with a 17-0 win over Crittenden County, Bowling Green over Madisonville 6-2, Dawson Springs over Christian Fellowship 15-0 in 5 innings, Logan County over Muhlenberg County 11-1 in 6 innings, Union County over Hopkins Central 14-0 in 5 innings, Henderson County over Webster County 12-1.
Today’s games: Christian County faces Lone Oak in the Steve Leach Memorial Classic, which also features Lincoln County against Logan County. Todd Central hosts Hopkins Central, Trigg County welcomes Crittenden County, Union County hosts Lyon County.
High School Softball: Christian County defeated Marshall County 5-2, Hopkinsville defeated Fort Campbell 10-6, Crittenden County defeated Trigg County 19-4, Barren County defeated Logan County 9-5, Hopkins Central over Dawson Springs 11-1 in 5 innings, Madisonville shut out Caldwell County 7-0, Kenwood, TN over Todd Central 14-0 in 4 innings.
Today’s game: University Heights at Hopkins Central.
Three local student athletes signed letters of intent Thursday. Hopkinsville basketballer CJ Childress signed with Western Kentucky Tech, while Christian County’s Travis Brown signed to play golf for Brescia University and softball pitcher Jasmine Matchen signed with Lindsey Wilson College.
Christian County football player Chuck Hughes is scheduled to sign a collegiate letter today with Lindsey Wilson College.
The 2nd region Athletic Directors Association has named its female and male Athletes of the Year. The female athlete is Hopkinsville’s Christy Soldo, who led the Lady Tigers to the 2nd region basketball championship and the school’s first appearance in the Girls Sweet 16. Soldo was also a member of Hopkinsville’s Region 2 girls championship soccer team.
The male athlete is Avery Pitt of Henderson County, who will play his college football at Eastern Kentucky University. Pitt is also a member of the Colonels baseball team.
College Baskeball: Pat Summitt is officially head coach emeritus at the University of Tennessee. Summitt passed the whistle to long time assistant coach Holly Warlick who will guide the women’s program. Summitt was diagnosed with early onset dementia late last summer.
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari tells the Courier Journal recruit Merlens Noel is a long way from a finished product. Calipari says Noel is a player that can change the game and there is work to do to get him where Calipari thinks Noel is capable of being. Noel was named the USA Today player of the year Thursday.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports the Rupp Arena locker room upgrade is to begin next month, with the 2.9 million dollar project expected to be done by Big Blue Madness in early October. Renovations will include training room improvements, team meeting room, a second coaches office, team lounge, food service area and a new media area.
The Tennessean reports Middle Tennessee basketball coach Kermit Davis is slated to interview for the vacancy at Southern Miss. The interview is reportedly to take place either Monday or Tuesday. Davis is a close friend of former coach Larry Eustachy, who left the Golden Eagles program to become head coach at Colorado State.
NHL: The Nashville Predators can wrap up their series with the Detroit Red Wings tonight at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators lead 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. First puck drops just after 7 and you can hear the game on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds lost two games to Oklahoma City 4-3 and 4-2 at Greer Stadium. The Sounds conclude their series with Oklahoma City this evening.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods opened a three game series with Cedar Rapids winning 5-1. Game two is this evening at Bowling Green Ballpark.
PGA Tour: Kentuckian Steve Flesch is at 5 over par, while JB Holmes is at 6 over par following round one of the Valero Texas Open. Matt Avery opened at nine under and has a three shot lead.
Champions Tour: The Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf begins today in Savannah, Georgia. Franklin’s Kenny Perry and Paducah’s Russ Cochran will play together in the event.
US Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and junior Senator Rand Paul introduced a measure passed by the Senate Wednesday honoring Kentucky’s basketball team for its 8th national championship. The bill named players Anthony Davis, Darius Miller, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doron Lamb and Coach John Calipari. It also calls Kentucky the basketball capital of the world.
The Lexington Herald Leader, citing a Zagsblog.com report says power forward Anthony Bennett, the 7th ranked basketball recruit in the nation according to Rivals.com, has narrowed his list of schools to four. Bennett has narrowed his list to Kentucky, Florida, Oregon and UNLV, but will make only three official visits.
The torch is being passed in Knoxville this afternoon as Pat Summitt steps down as head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols following 38 seasons and eight women’s national championships. Holly Warlick, a long time assistant, is being introduced at a news conference as Summitt’s replacement. Summitt will remain with the women’s program as head coach emeritus and work with UT’s athletic department.
Kentucky’s football team had its final true practice of the spring Wednesday and will workout in shorts and pads tomorrow to fine tune for Saturday’s Blue-White game. Coach Joker Phillips says the team had a strong practice Wednesday. Saturday’s Blue-White game will have a regular game format just like last season and Phillips says he mainly wants to see players compete. You can hear the game Saturday afternoon at 4:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Major League Baseball action includes the Miami Marlins hosting the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals hosting Cincinnati this afternoon, while the Atlanta Braves play at the Arizona Diamondbacks this evening.
Following an off day, the Nashville Predators are back to work today as they get set to host Detroit in game 5 of their Stanley Cup playoff series tomorrow night at Bridgestone Arena. Coverage of the game airs at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
High School Baseball: For the first time since the mid 90’s, Fort Campbell has won an 8th district game. The Falcons knocked off Hopkinsville 3-0 on Wednesday. The Falcons improved to 7-8 on the season and 1-2 in 8th district play, while Hopkinsville fell to 9-8 overall and 2-1 in district action.
The two teams meet again this afternoon at Tiger Stadium at 5:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show beginning at 5:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Other games today: University Heights hosts Marshall County, Russellville welcomes Kenwood, TN, Logan County goes against Muhlenberg County, Caldwell County meets Crittenden County in the 2nd region All A final at Lyon County, Dawson Springs hosts Christian Fellowship, Madisonville hosts Bowling Green.
High School Softball: Christian County entertains Marshall County, Hopkinsville and Trigg County play at Crittenden County, Logan County goes to Barren County, Hopkins Central welcomes Dawson Springs, Madisonville hosts Caldwell County.
Hopkinsville High basketball player Laurence Smith signed to play collegiately for Lincoln Trail College on Wednesday. Smith helped lead the Tigers to a 32-3 record this season, along with an 8th district and 2nd region championship.
One of Smith’s teammates, CJ Childress, will sign a letter today with Western Kentucky Tech to play basketball. Also signing collegiate letters today are Christian County’s Travis Brown, who will play golf for Brescia University and Jasmine Matchen, who is scheduled to sign with Lindsey Wilson College to play softball.
College Basketball: Following a 38 year career that has seen her win 1,098 games, the most in NCAA basketball and eight women’s national championships, Tennessee’s Pat Summitt is becoming head coach emetrius.
Summitt will be replaced on the bench by long time assistant Holly Warlick. The official announcement will be made today in Knoxville. Summitt will still be involved with the women’s basketball program and with UT’s athletic department. Summitt as you may recall was diagnosed with early onset dementia last fall.
Western Kentucky women’s coach Michelle Clark-Heard announced Wednesday Leasia Wright from Manual has signed a letter to play for the Lady Toppers next season. Clark-Heard also announced junior college guard Bianca McGee from Kilgore Junior College will join the program.
Clark-Heard also announced the hiring of Greg Collins as an assistant coach. Collins, a Louisville native, has spent the last five seasons as an assistant at Arkansas.
University of Kentucky signee Alex Poythress of Clarksville Northeast has been named a USA Today All American. Poythress was selected on the third team. Poythress just played in the Jordan Brand Classic and played in the McDonalds All American game. Fellow Kentucky signee Merlens Noel was selected to the USA Today first team.
Austin Peay picked up a basketball signee Wednesday. AJ Lynch, a 6-2 guard from Mobile, Alabama will join the Governors this season. Lynch averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds for Blount High School during his senior season. Lynch is the fourth incoming freshman joining the Governor program.
College Football: Former University of Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer is denying a radio report out of Nashville earlier this week he has been contacted by Arkansas about its vacancy.
The 61-year-old Fulmer tells the Knoxville News Sentinel he has not been contacted about replacing Bobby Petrino, but says Arkansas is a great place. Fulmer has not coached since leaving the Vols program in 2008.
PGA Tour: Kentuckians Steve Flesch and JB Holmes are playing in the Valero Texas Open which begins today at the TPC San Antonio.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds lost to Oklahoma City 7-5 Wednesday. The two teams conclude their series with a doubleheader at 6:05 tonight at Greer Stadium.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods defeated Great Lakes 5-4 in the series finale Wednesday at Bowling Green Ballpark. The Hot Rods open a series with Cedar Rapids this evening.