Western Kentucky University has removed the interim tag from basketball coach Ray Harper. Harper will be officially introduced in a pep rally Monday evening at 6 pm in Diddle Arena. Harper had been serving as interim coach since Ken McDonald was fired January 6th. Harper was previously an assistant for the Hilltoppers and before that was head coach at Kentucky Wesleyan and Oklahoma City. Todd Hamilton will have more on sports Monday morning, along with some comments from ESPN's Dick Vitale who worked the Murray State-St. Mary's game Saturday.
Baseball is coming to Hopkinsville this summer. The Ohio Valley League’s Hoptown Hoppers will play at Christian County High’s Colonel Field after the Christian County Board of Education approved letting the Hoppers use the field during their meeting Thursday evening. Christian County Chamber of Commerce president Carter Hendricks says there will be at least one local player on the roster, with former UHA standout Matt McGowan playing for the Hoppers.
There is still one roster space left, and those involved with bringing the Hoppers to town are looking for families to host players and for sponsors. Hendricks says the response thus far has been very positive. The Hoppers will play a 40 game regular season schedule beginning in early June, with 20 home games then the playoffs. Hoptown becomes the fifth team in the league, joining the Tradewater Pirates and teams in Owensboro, Marion and Fulton.
High School Basketball
Boys: Christian County fell in its regular season finale to Marshall County 62-41. CJ Cotton was the only double figure scorer for the Colonels with 11 points. Christian County has lost five games in a row heading into the post season with a 7-20 record, while Marshall County improved to 27-2.
Hopkinsville improved to 26-2 with a 96-55 win at Trigg County, Bowling Green rolled over University Heights 96-55, Russellville defeated Fort Campbell 88-42, Webster County defeated St. Mary 56-50, Heath over Lyon County 62-48, Muhlenberg County over Owensboro Catholic 49-41, Calloway County defeated Fulton City 56-44, Lone Oak over Graves County 40-30, Monroe County over Warren East 55-49, Glasgow rolled over Franklin Simpson 67-33, Warren Central over Daviess County 72-65.
Girls: Hopkinsville routed Owensboro Catholic 71-42, McLean County over Dawson Springs 64-51, Greenwood over Logan County 46-36, Muhlenberg County over Daviess County 51-44, Paducah Tilghman defeated Community Christian 84-45, Lyon County got by Heath 52-47, Lone Oak edged Graves County 47-45,Monroe County over Warren East 83-17, Glasgow defeated Franklin Simpson 63-28.
Boys: Hopkinsville closes out the regular season at Logan County, with tipoff at 7:30. The Heritage Bank pre game show begins at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Elsewhere: University Heights hosts Crittenden County, Dawson Springs hosts Fort Campbell, Caldwell County welcomes Livingston Central, Hopkins Central entertains Apollo, Henderson County at Owensboro, Murray at Carlisle County, Greenwood entertains Edmonson County.
Girls: University Heights travels to Union County, Christian County entertains Russellville, Fort Campbell at Dawson Springs, Caldwell County hosts Livingston Central, Hopkins Central goes to Lyon County, Madisonville at Apollo, Webster County welcomes Crittenden County, Henderson County at Owensboro, Murray at Carlisle County, Warren Central hosts John Hardin.
Western Kentucky defeated Florida Atlantic 64-57 behind 20 points and 10 rebounds from freshman George Fant. Vanderbilt routed Ole Miss 102-76.
Women’s scores: Alabama edged 8th ranked Kentucky 77-75, UT Martin defeated Murray State 91-67, number 24 Vanderbilt edged Florida 75-69, number 10 Tennessee defeated Mississippi State 57-41.
Top ranked Kentucky is back in action tomorrow hosting Ole Miss, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7. Other games tomorrow include 14th ranked Murray State hosting St. Mary’s in an ESPN Bracketbuster game at 5 at the CFSB Center.
The Ohio Valley Conference announced Thursday beginning with the 2012-13 basketball season, the league will play in divisions. Belmont University becomes the 12th school to join the league July 1st.
The divisions will be as follows:
East—Belmont, Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State
West—Austin Peay, Murray State, UT Martin, Eastern Illinois, SIU Edwardsville and Southeast Missouri.
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin defended himself Thursday after reports indicate he improperly contacted three University of Maryland players who announced their transfers earlier this week.
The Tennessean reports Franklin went on a Nashville sports talk show and denied the allegations. The three players included quarterback Danny O’ Brien, who was the ACC 2010 Rookie of the Year. Franklin was the Terrapins offensive coordinator during O’Brien’s first season.
Tennessee State University officials say Hale Stadium will be used for the first time since 1998 this coming season. The Tigers will play Austin Peay September 15th. The Tennessean reports two other games, Eastern Kentucky October 6th and Tennessee Tech on October 27th will be played at the historic stadium. Hale Stadium is currently under going a renovation.
The Nashville Predators will try to clip the Detroit Red Wings in Joe Louis Arena this evening, where the Red Wings have won a league record 21 consecutive games.
Campbellsville native JB Holmes fired a four under par score in the first round of the Northern Trust Open Thursday and trails leader Phil Mickelson by one stroke. Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker finished the opening round at four over par.
The Champions Tour Ace Group Classic tees off today in Naples, Florida with Kenny Perry and Russ Cochran in the field.
The Christian County Board of Education will vote this evening on whether to allow the proposed Hoptown Hoppers Ohio Valley League baseball team to use Christian County High School's baseball field for its home games this summer. Hoppers officials are optimistic the board will approve the measure.
The Ohio Valley Conference today announced beginning with the 2012-13 season, basketball will go to divisional play. The OVC will add a 12th school, Belmont University, on July 1st. The divisions will be as follows:
East: Belmont, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Morehead State, Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech.
West: Austin Peay, Murray State, UT Martin, Southeast Missouri, Eastern Illinois and SIU Edwardsville.
The OVC also says softball and volleyball will use schedules based on a divisional format but have not determined those sports will formally recognize divisions. Baseball, women's soccer and men's and women's tennis will not use divisional play because there are currently less than 12 participating teams.
High School Basketball
Boys: Christian County closes out the regular season facing the team with the best record in the 1st region in Marshall County. The Marshals bring a 26-2 record to Colonel Gym for a 7:30 game, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Hopkinsville plays at Trigg County, University Heights closes out the regular season at Bowling Green, Russellville hosts Fort Campbell, Muhlenberg County welcomes Owensboro Catholic, Lyon County at Heath, Graves County at Lone Oak, Paducah Tilghman at Ballard Memorial, Calloway County hosts Fulton City, Warren East at Monroe County, Warren Central at Daviess County, Franklin Simpson hosts Glasgow.
Girls: Hopkinsville hosts Owensboro Catholic, Dawson Springs hosts McLean County, Logan County at Greenwood, Muhlenberg County hosts Daviess County, Calloway County goes to Ballard Memorial, Paducah Tilghman hosts Community Christian, Mayfield entertains Fulton City, Warren East at Monroe County and Franklin Simpson hosts Glasgow.
Number 14 Murray State clinched its third straight Ohio Valley Conference title with a 75-66 win at Southeast Missouri. Donte Poole had 25 points for the 25-1 Racers, while former Christian County player Corey Wilford had 12 points for the Redhawks.
Austin Peay led by four points with 2:49 left in the game, but saw Morehead State score seven points in 31 seconds and lost to the Eagles 52-48 in Clarksville. After being held scoreless in the last two games, former UHA player Tyshwan Edmondson had 15 for the Governors.
In the SEC: Tennessee defeated Arkansas 77-58. Women’s action saw Western Kentucky defeat Florida Atlantic 71-60.
Tonight’s games: Western Kentucky meets Florida Atlantic and Vanderbilt plays Ole Miss.
Women’s action has Murray State meeting UT Martin, 8th ranked Kentucky plays Alabama, 24th ranked Vanderbilt meets Florida and 10th ranked Tennessee goes against Mississippi State.
The Courier Journal reports University of Kentucky assistant football coach Tee Martin is leaving Joker Phillips staff to go to Southern California. Martin, who coached wide receivers for Kentucky, will also coach receivers at USC. He interviewed for the USC position Monday. Martin—who was seen as Kentucky’s top recruiter during his two year tenure—spruned offers from several SEC schools including his alma mater Tennessee.
The Northern Trust Open begins today at Rivera Country Club in Los Angeles. Campbellsville native JB Holmes and Nashville native Brandt Snedeker are in the field.
Sports Weekly presented by Toyota of Hopkinsville airs at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Todd Hamilton’s guests include Hopkinsville High golfer Dayton Jones who signed Monday with Rend Lake College.
Also, Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari’s call in show and Sports Nightly air tonight on Lite 98.7 beginning at 5.
High School Basketball
Girls: University Heights fell to Logan County 40-38 on Senior Night at Blazer Gym. UHA was led in scoring by Dannika Prater with 14 points, followed by Denayia Holmes with 10 in falling to 20-5 on the season. Logan County was led by Shannon MacAllister with 12 in improving to 11-13 on the season.
Hopkinsville won its 25th game of the season in downing Madisonville 69-43, Christian County defeated Apollo 56-52, Todd Central over Trigg County 52-36, Community Christian over Dawson Springs 56-47, Crittenden County edged Hopkins Central 56-54 in double overtime, Graves County over Hickman County 67-38, Livingston Central over Lone Oak 57-53, Paducah Tilghman over Calloway County 68-48, Murray defeated Henderson County 60-46, Marshall County defeated Ballard Memorial 57-44.
Boys: University Heights trailed by as many as 14 in the second half, rallied to within 2 but lost to Logan County 69-66. The Blazers were led in scoring by Jake Hopper with 15, Boo Johnson added 13 and Nick Allen had 12. UHA falls to 13-10 on the season, while Logan County goes to 20-8.
Muhlenberg County defeated Christian County 67-48, Crittenden County edged Fort Campbell 63-62, Todd Central defeated Trigg County 52-36, Webster County defeated Caldwell County 83-56, Community Christian over Dawson Springs 67-34, Bowling Green routed Russellville 82-58, Henderson County defeated Hopkins Central 77-46, Madisonville over Apollo 55-46, Lyon County defeated Ballard Memorial 63-53, Paducah Tilghman over Calloway County 70-57, Warren Central defeated Allen County Scottsville 72-63.
Anthony Hickey Junior was the hero for LSU, scoring the last four points for the Tigers including the game winner with 1.4 seconds left in overtime in defeating Mississippi State 69-67. Hickey scored eight points, three rebounds and an assist.
Donovan Kates had five points and four assists, but Manhattan fell to Siena 70-64.
Tonight’s games: Ohio Valley Conference action has 14th ranked Murray State at Southeast Missouri, Austin Peay meets Morehead State. In the SEC: Tennessee takes on Arkansas.
Women’s action has Western Kentucky taking on Florida Atlantic.
The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame announced 44 players were named to the 2011 Collegiate All Commonwealth team Tuesday. Five of them came from the University of Kentucky with defensive back Winston Guy, wide receiver La’ Rod King, linebacker Danny Trevathan, punter Ryan Tydlacka and offensive lineman Larry Warford.
Murray State was represented by quarterback Casey Brockman, offensive lineman Raymond Hopson and wide receiver Dontrell Johnson.
Western Kentucky placed running back Bobby Rainey among six players. Rainey was named the offensive player of the year, while UK’s Danny Trevathan was named the defensive player of the year.
The Tennessean reports the Tennessee Titans have signed defensive lineman Lamar Divens to a one year contract. Divens—who played collegiately at Vanderbilt and Tennessee State—rejected a contract from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following the 2011 season, after spending a few weeks on the practice squad.
The Nashville Predators got back on the winning ways last night with a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Ryan Ellis had the game winner for Nashville with 5:42 left in the third period, snapping a three game losing skid.