High School Basketball
Boys: Fort Campbell travels to Caldwell County, Murray hosts Fulton City, Bowling Green hosts Monroe County.
Girls: Hopkinsville goes to Calloway County, Trigg County is at Union County, Dawson Springs hosts Crittenden County, Muhlenberg County at McLean County, Murray welcomes Heath, Lone Oak hosts Hickman County, Mayfield entertains Hickman County.
Our next high school broadcast will be Tuesday night as Christian County’s boys travel to Henderson County. Tip off at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Bowling Green is ranked 15th, Marshall County 16th and Warren Central 17th in the latest Cantrall boys basketball rankings on Kentucky.com. Trinity is number one in the poll again this week. Hopkinsville is first in the 2nd region, with University Heights 3rd and Christian County 6th.
Bowling Green is 15th, Henderson County is 20th in the latest Cantrall girls basketball poll. Henderson County is first in the 2nd region poll, with Hopkinsville 2nd, University Heights 4th and Christian County 6th.
Kentucky coach John Calipari has his weekly call in show at 5 this evening, followed by Sports Nightly at 6 on Lite 98.7. Kentucky is back in action Wednesday night at Auburn, with pre game coverage at 5:30 also on Lite 98.7.
Sunday scores: Manhattan defeated Fairfield 53-51. Former Christian County star Donovan Kates had one point and two assists.
Women’s scores: Number nine Kentucky defeated Mississippi State 88-40, number seven Tennessee defeated Arkansas 69-38 and number 24 Vanderbilt routed Ole Miss 68-52.
Tonight’s game: Murray State meets Eastern Kentucky in women’s OVC action.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Maryville, TN quarterback Patton Robinette has decided to play his collegiate days for Vanderbilt. Robinette was attending a school orientation at the University of North Carolina Saturday, when he decided to back out of his commitment and head to Nashville. Robinette was Tennessee’s Gatorade player of the year in 2011.
Western Kentucky University athletics director Ross Bjork has announced Ken McDonald has been released from his duties as men's basketball coach. Ray Harper, who has been an assistant during McDonald's tenure, will be the interim coach for the remainder of the season. McDonald had served as head coach for the last four seasons in his second tenure at Western. He was once an assistant coach on the Hill.
Harper coached 12 seasons at Kentucky Wesleyan and Oklahoma City University, compiling a 342-63 record in that time and won four Division Two national championships at KWC and a NAIA national title at Oklahoma City.
A news conference will be held this afternoon in Bowling Green in regards to Harper's hiring.
Meanwhile, ESPN.com reports the officials who worked last night's WKU-Louisiana game could face a suspension for not calling a technical foul on the Ragin Cajuns for having six men on the court prior to the Cajuns winning basket. Sun Belt Conference coordinator of officials Mike Wood said he watched video of the final possession and could see six players were on the floor. Wood also says he received a call from the game site asking if they could call a technical foul after the game ended.
Wood says it was not a correctable error, but officials could have stoped play before the winning score by Elfrid Payton and called a technical foul if they had counted six red jerseys on the floor. The conference office will review the situation and make a determination what they will do next.
High School Basketball
Christian County swept a pair of games from Fort Campbell at Colonel Gym Thursday night.
The Lady Colonels got the night started with a 55-29 win over the Lady Falcons. Desherica Edwards led a trio of double figures scorers with 14, Jaquasha Nicholas added 11 and Kimberly Hyde had 10. Fort Campbell was led by Alli Tellez with eight points. Christian County is now 6-6 on the season and 1-0 in 8th district action, while Fort Campbell falls to 1-8 and 0-4 in district play.
In the nightcap, Christian County built an early 9-0 lead and never looked back in a 100-43 win over Fort Campbell. Five Colonels were in double figures led by DeAndre Mosby with 16, Quan Poindexter, TJ Small and Jamarius Taylor each added 12 and Jarvis Irby had 10 points. Fort Campbell was led by Michael Clayton with 11 points. Christian County is now 4-8 on the season, while Fort Campbell goes to 1-7.
Madisonville defeated University Heights 69-62. UHA was led in scoring by K’Quan McNeese with 16 points, Boo Johnson pitched in 14. Madisonville was led by Byron Dulin’s 14 points. Madisonville improved to 8-5 with the win, while UHA is now even on the season at 6-6.
Boys: Christian County and Hopkinsville renew their rivalry at Tiger Gym. Hopkinsville brings a 13-2 record into the game against Christian County who is 4-8 on the season. Tip off at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:06 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Elsewhere this evening: Fort Campbell hosts Christian Fellowship, Dawson Springs at Caldwell County, Trigg County at Lyon County, Russellville at Logan County, Henderson County at Ohio County, Livingston Central welcomes Crittenden County, Mayfield at Graves County, Union County at Webster County and Marshall County at Ohio County.
Girls: Christian County travels to Henderson County, University Heights hosts Madisonville, Fort Campbell plays at Hopkins Central, Trigg County at Lyon County, Dawson Springs at Caldwell County, Russellville at Logan County, Mayfield at Graves County, Livingston Central hosts Crittenden County, Union County at Webster County and Marshall County at Calloway County.
Hopkinsville has named Jeff Gillespie as its new baseball coach. The 62-year-old Gillespie comes here from Tallahassee, Florida where he coached at six different high schools in a 23 year career there. Gillespie takes over from Randy Harrell, who led the Tigers to a 32-5 record last season.
The Kentucky New Era reports Trigg County High School has named Ken Oakley as its new athletics director. Oakley replaces Dennis Walls, who resigned unexpectedly last month. Oakley currently works as a Kentucky Teacher Internship Program Teacher educator. He has also worked in his past as a school administrator and was one time the sheriff in Trigg County and served as the county’s circuit clerk.
Former Hopkinsville football coach Craig Clayton was relieved of his duties as football coach at Franklin, TN High School. The Tennessean reports Franklin principal Willie Dickerson as saying the school has been instructed to say they are going in another direction, while Clayton told the newspaper that an assistant coach tried to force his dismissal following the 2009 season.
The 61 year old Clayton was 65-22 at Franklin and led the school to an 8-4 record in 2011. Clayton guided Hopkinsville to the 1996 and 97 Class 3-A championship games and left Hopkinsville as the Tigers winningest coach.
Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns defeated Western Kentucky 73-70 in overtime at Diddle Arena. Former Christian County Colonel Donovan Kates had two points in Manhattan’s 61-60 loss to Loyola-MD.
Women’s scores: Number seven Tennessee defeated number 15 Georgia 80-51, number nine Kentucky defeated Arkansas 84-72 and South Carolina defeated Vanderbilt 66-55.
The Kentucky Wildcats open Southeastern Conference play against South Carolina Saturday, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7. Also tomorrow, number 18 Murray State plays Austin Peay in Clarksville.
Murray State University has extended the contract of coach Chris Hatcher. Hatcher received a two year extension to his current deal which now expires in December 2015. Hatcher is 13-9 in two seasons as Racers coach, including a 7-4 mark in the 2011 season.
Former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher will interview for the St. Louis Rams coaching job. Steve Spagnuolo was fired earlier this week after going 10-38 in three seasons with the Rams. Fisher also interviewed with the Miami Dolphins about their head coaching vacancy earlier this week.
Shea Weber returned to the Nashville Predators lineup last night, but it wasn’t enough as the Dallas Stars beat the Predators 4-1. Nashville hosts the Carolina Hurricanes at Bridgestone Arena tomorrow night at 7.
The Bowling Green Daily News reports former Seneca High School quarterback DaMarcus Smith will enroll at the school and join the football program. The four star recruit from the 2011 class first committed to the University of Louisville, before switching to the University of Central Florida. Smith was reportedly never cleared to play at Central Florida for the 2011 season, did not enroll in school and returned to Louisville. Smith could not comment on the situation. Smith threw for 2,664 yards and 26 touchdowns during his senior year at Seneca, and also rushed for 204 yards and four touchdowns.
Jeff Gillespie has been named as the new baseball coach at Hopkinsville High School. Gillespie comes to Hopkinsville from Tallahassee, Florida where he coached at six different high schools during his 23 year career. Gillespie replaces Randy Harrell who resigned following the 2011 season. Gillespie will also teach physical education at Hopkinsville High.