High School Basketball
Hopkinsville defeated Henderson County 76-70 Wednesday night in Tiger Gym. The Tigers built up a 12 point halftime lead and held on to get its second win of the season. Four Tigers were in double figures led by Tra Edwards with 17 points, followed by Jamonte Davis with 14. Henderson County was led by David Simmons 19 points in falling to 3-1 on the season.
Boys: Caldwell County hosts Hopkins Central, Henderson County at Muhlenberg County, Livingston Central welcomes Community Christian.
Girls: Warren Central hosts Ohio County, Livingston Central entertains Community Christian, Muhlenberg County at McLean County, Graves County at Webster County, Bowling Green hosts Russell County.
Christian County Lady Colonel senior softball standout Maggie Glass signed a letter of intent recently to play collegiately for Murray State. Glass tells what led her to Murray State:
Glass has been a member of the Lady Colonels squad since 8th grade. She will join former teammate Casey Castille in Murray. Castille was named the Ohio Valley Conference freshman of the year last year.
Wednesday’s scores: Western Kentucky held off Southern Illinois 58-57. The Hilltoppers were led in scoring by TJ Price’s 17 points in improving to 7-2 on the season. WKU returns to action Saturday afternoon hosting IUPUI.
Austin Peay defeated Oakland College 88-63. The Governors were led in scoring by Chris Horton’s 21 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Travis Betran added 18 for the 4-4 Governors who play at Memphis Saturday.
Tennessee fell to Virginia 46-38. Trae Golden led the Vols with 11 points. Tennessee is now 4-3 on the season.
Tonight’s games: Women’s action has Western Kentucky at Morehead State and Murray State hosts Mid Continent.
College Football: Louisville coach Charlie Strong will hold a press conference this morning to announce whether he will remain as Cardinals coach. Media reports have been swirling over the last couple of days whether he will stay or accept the head coaching position at the University of Tennessee.
Sports Illustrated is reporting on its website that Strong has turned down the Tennessee job and is working towards a contract extension in Louisville.
Multiple media outlets are reporting Kentucky has hired DJ Eliot as its new defensive coordinator. He comes from Florida State where he worked under new head coach Mark Stoops. However, a UK spokesman says the announcement will not be made official until sometime today.
Sports Tonight airs at 5:08 this evening on News/Talk 95.3 FM-1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com. Todd Hamilton will originate his show from Tiger Gym at Hopkinsville High School before Hopkinsville meets Henderson County in boys’ basketball action this evening. The game tips off at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15.
College Football: Multiple media sources are reporting that Charlie Strong is the leading candidate to become the new coach at the University of Tennessee. However, Yahoo Sports is reporting that Strong may stay at Louisville.
Strong said on Monday whether he will return to the Cardinal program next year will be announced at the right time. Louisville is playing in its third bowl game in as many years under Strong when they meet Florida in the Sugar Bowl, January 2nd in New Orleans.
Meanwhile, reports are surfacing that Wisconsin athletics director Barry Alvarez, who once coached the Badgers, may return to the sidelines to coach the team in the Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Day. Bret Bielema announced Tuesday he is leaving Wisconsin to become the new coach at Arkansas.
Soon to be Conference USA member Florida International has fired Coach Mario Cristobal. The Golden Panthers were 27-47 in Cristobal’s six seasons on the job. FIU was 3-9 and 2-6 in Sun Belt Conference play this past season.
College Basketball: Tonight’s action includes Austin Peay hosting Oakland College at 7 in the Dunn Center, while Western Kentucky entertains Southern Illinois at 7 in EA Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.
Top 25 action has number 5 Florida meeting Florida State, 10th rated Gonzaga at Washington State, 17th rated Michigan State welcomes Arkansas Pine Bluff, 20th ranked New Mexico hosts Southern California and 23rd ranked Oklahoma State entertains South Florida.
NFL: The quarterback carousel continues for the New York Jets, as Coach Rex Ryan today announced Mark Sanchez will be the starter Sunday when they meet the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Sports Tonight comes your way at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com. Host Todd Hamilton will originate his show from Tiger Gym at Hopkinsville High School and preview tonight’s game between Hopkinsville and Henderson County.
Tuesday’s High School Basketball Scores
Boys: Christian County picked up its first win of the season with a 77-63 victory over Madisonville. The Colonels had only two players in double figures, with Quan Poindexter leading the way with 22 points.
Jarvis Irby had 19 points all in the second half, with 15 of those coming in the fourth quarter. Madisonville had three players in double figures led by Daylyn Jones with 16. Christian County evened its record to 1-1 while Madisonville fell to 2-2.
Elsewhere: Russellville edged University Heights 69-66, Crittenden County over Caldwell County 52-43, Fort Campbell defeated Lyon County 76-72, Trigg County over Hopkins Central 81-64, South Warren over Franklin Simpson 49-45, Muhlenberg County got by Union County 65-63, Ohio County over Marshall County 67-54, Webster County defeated Livingston Central 70-35, Warren Central nipped Owensboro 69-68, Greenwood over Daviess County 73-69, Bowling Green over Elizabethtown 66-58, Murray rolled over Community Christian 64-24.
Girls: Christian County saw its two game win streak come to an end as they lost to Madisonville 52-49. Dannika Prater had 24 points to lead all scorers for Christian County, with Alexis Davie adding 10.
Madisonville was led by Shaniya Whitsell with 13, with Punkin McNary and Adarian Gray each adding 11. Madisonville is now 3-0 on the season, while Christian County falls to 2-2.
Elsewhere: University Heights defeated Lyon County 61-26, Caldwell County over Crittenden County 57-39, Franklin Simpson over South Warren 58-52, Muhlenberg County over Owensboro 55-50, Paducah Tilghman got by Mayfield 53-51, Webster County over Livingston Central 65-24, Henderson County over Castle, IN 65-57.
Tonight’s game: Two of the top teams in the 2nd region meet in boys action as Hopkinsville hosts Henderson County. Tip off at 7:30 from Tiger Gym, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
College Basketball: Kentucky snapped a two game losing streak with a convincing 88-56 win over Samford in Rupp Arena. Six Wildcats were in double figures led by Archie Goodwin’s 18 points and 11 rebounds. Clarksville’s Alex Poythress added 16 for Kentucky who improves to 5-3 on the season. Next up for Kentucky is a Saturday date with Portland, with pre game coverage at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7.
Murray State rolled past Bethel 76-54 thanks to a career high 23 points from Ed Daniel, who also added 14 rebounds. Stacy Wilson added 16 and Isaiah Cannan pitched in 15 for the 6-1 Racers who play next at Evansville Saturday.
5th ranked Louisville got 18 points from Wayne Blackshear as the Cardinals defeated College of Charleston 80-38 to improve to 7-1 on the season.
Women’s action: Austin Peay lost to Middle Tennessee 70-56, while Vanderbilt edged Western Kentucky 77-67.
Tonight’s action: Austin Peay hosts Oakland College, while Western Kentucky entertains Southern Illinois.
Kentucky got some good news yesterday as the top recruit for 2015, Karl Towns, made a verbal commitment to the Wildcats. Towns also announced he is reclassifying himself where he can graduate in 2014 and be eligible for Kentucky in the fall of that year.
College Football: ESPN reports that Louisville’s Charlie Strong is reportedly the front runner for the head coaching position at the University of Tennessee. Strong didn’t help his cause at Louisville Monday by criticizing fans for not coming to games and encouraged them to be more like Kentucky fans. The Cards will play Florida in the Sugar Bowl January 2nd in New Orleans.
Heritage Christian has changed its schedule of games this evening against Lighthouse Christian. There will be no JV games for the boys or girls, meaning the girls varsity game will begin at 4:30, with the boys game to follow at Warrior Gym.
College Basketball: Kentucky has received a commitment from the top recruit in the 2015 class. The Lexington Herald Leader reports Karl Towns this morning announced he is coming to Lexington.
The 7 foot center from New Jersey also announcing he is reclassifying and skipping his senior year of high school, meaning he will be eligible beginning in the fall of 2014. Towns played for Kentucky coach John Calipari this past summer as a member of the Dominican Republic national team.
As Kentucky gets set to play Samford this evening, there will be one familiar face on the Samford bench. Former Wildcat Scott Padgett is an assistant for the Bulldogs. Tip off from Rupp Arena at 6, with Countdown to Tipoff at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
WPSD-Paducah reports on its website that Murray State’s basketball program has landed a key player for the future. 6-4 guard DeMarcus Croaker of Orlando, FL is the 27th best shooting guard in the nation according to some recruiting services. Croaker reportedly made his verbal commitment to the Racer program over the weekend.
College Football: As WHOP Sports reported this morning, Kentucky Sports Radio.com says new Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops is interviewing former Wildcat player and current Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown for the same position in Lexington today. KSR also reported that former Wildcat running back Chad Scott, also on the Texas Tech staff, is being considered for running backs coach for the Wildcats.
Former University of Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer is being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame during ceremonies this evening in New York. Fulmer will be joined by former Miami coach Jimmy Johnson, along with Texas A& M’s RC Slocum and 14 players in being honored. Fulmer was head coach at UT from 1992-2008 and won the 1998 national championship.