Hopkinsville High graduate to be Christy Soldo has announced she will play college basketball for Murray State. The Kentucky All Star will attend Murray State on a presidential scholarship as opposed to an athletic scholarship.
Soldo leaves Hopkinsville as the girls all time leading scorer. She led Hopkinsville to a 32-5 record this past season, winning the school’s first 2nd region title and making an appearance in the Elite Eight at the Girls Sweet 16.
Trainer Bob Baffert tells the Courier Journal Kentucky Derby runner up Bodemeister is headed to Baltimore for The Preakness Stakes to run this Saturday. Bodemeister led the Derby until the last stretch when I’ll Have Another passed Bodemeiser to take the first leg of the Triple Crown.
The Tennessean reports former Tennessee State basketball coach Nolan Richardson the Third has died at age 47. Tulsa, Oklahoma police say Richardson—the son of former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson—was found dead in his home Sunday afternoon. The cause of death has not been released, but is believed to be natural causes. Richardson was 23-41 during his tenure at TSU.
CBS Sports.com reports Virginia Commonwealth University will leave the Colonial Athletic Association to join the Atlantic 10 beginning in 2013. VCU joins Butler as the second school in recent weeks to announce they are joining the A-10.
Hopkinsville High graduate to be and Kentucky Girls All Star basketball team member Christy Soldo will announce her choice for college basketball. The ceremony will take place at 1 this afternoon at Hopkinsville High School.
Former Kentucky basketball player Anthony Davis will be at Toyota of Hopkinsville Tuesday afternoon. College basketball’s National Player of the Year will be joined by former UK All American Kenny “Sky” Walker and will sign autographs from 5-7:30 pm.
Riverside Park in Dawson Springs will have the sounds of baseball this summer, after all.
The Madisonville Messenger reports the independent Riverside Buccaneers will play a 21 game regular season schedule following a tournament this coming weekend.
The Buccaneers are the brain child of Henderson County native Dan Grass, who will be the team’s general manager and coach. The original Tradewater Pirates team began as an independent team in 1999 and played in the Ohio Valley League last year. The franchise has moved to Madisonville for the 2012 season.
Former Christian County softball standout Griffin Joiner and her Kentucky Wildcat teammates have received an at large bid to the NCAA tournament. Kentucky will play Michigan Friday in the Louisville regional, with the game to be televised by ESPN 2.
Julius Mays’ former high school coach says going to Kentucky is the wrong choice. Mays who transferred from Wright State, committed Sunday to Kentucky. Coach Joe Luce of Marion High School vented on Twitter saying Mays is a bad fit for Kentucky and that the UK coaches aren’t familiar with Mays.
ESPN college basketball writer Andy Katz says Kentucky and Georgetown may possibly play this coming season in the SEC-Big East showdown in the nation’s capital. Katz says the matchup will depend upon whether if the Big East allows 14 schools, instead of 12, to play in the event.
A full state of games in Major League Baseball tonight includes the Chicago Cubs at St. Louis and Cincinnati is at Atlanta.
Two games in the NBA playoffs with Philadelphia at Boston and the LA Lakers at Oklahoma City. One game in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs has New Jersey at the New York Rangers.
High School Baseball: University Heights hosts Madisonville, Christian County goes to Calloway County, Fort Campbell is at Hopkins Central, Trigg County travels to Mayfield, Caldwell County hosts Marshall County, Muhlenberg County goes to Webster County.
High School Softball: Hopkinsville at Todd Central, University Heights hosts Trigg County, Caldwell County goes to Livingston Central, Russellville hosts Wayne County in a doubleheader, Logan County welcomes Hart County.
Weekend wrap: Christian County’s Lady Colonel softball team took the rain shortened Lady Colonel Classic on Saturday, defeating Lone Oak 10-8 to go 4-0 in the tournament. Hopkinsville won its Friday night game with St. Mary, but lost three games Saturday.
University Heights won three games Saturday in the Lady Blazer Invitational, including a 3-2 win over Todd Central to take the championship.
Hopkinsville Golf and Country Club hosted the Two Lady Alternate Shot tournament Saturday, which was won by Heather Blane and Jane Woodard.
Hopkinsville High graduate to be Dayton Jones pulled out a one stroke victory Sunday at the Early Bird Classic held in Calvert City.
Former University Heights baseball standout Kyle Barbee helped Spalding University win the 2012 USCAA World Series. Spalding finished the season 27-10-1 and Barbee hit .329 with 8 doubles and 16 RBI. Spalding University is a Division Three school located in Louisville.
Barbee will be playing for the Ohio Valley League’s Hoptown Hoppers along with former Blazer teammate Matt McGowan and Christian County’s Kyle Spencer beginning June 1st.
Former Hopkinsville High pitcher Justin Hageman took the loss for Western Kentucky in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday at South Alabama 8-7. Hageman pitched just 3 2/3 innings, allowing 6 runs, 5 earned on 4 hits and walked 4 along with 3 strikeouts. Hageman is now 3-5 on the season.
High School Basketball: Kyle Eades has been named as interim boys basketball coach at Christian County High School. Eades has been an assistant for the Colonel program the last two seasons and replaces Tyler Smithhart, who resigned last week to become the new boys coach at Henderson County.
Meanwhile, the Princeton Times Leader reported over the weekend Steve Smiley has resigned as Caldwell County’s boys head coach. Smiley was 16-66 in his two seasons for the Tigers, including a 4-25 record this past season.
College Basketball: The Courier Journal reports Kentucky has landed Wright State transfer Julius Mays. Mays—a 6-2 combo guard from Marion, Indiana—is a fifth year senior transferring from Wright State after beginning his career at North Carolina State. He will have one year of eligibility remaining and use it this coming season.
College Football: With the Southeastern Conference adding Missouri and Texas A&M to the landscape this fall, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin tells the Tennessean he is in favor of using divisional records to determine the teams that play in the SEC championship game, instead of overall records.
Franklin agrees with South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier and LSU’s Les Miles that unbalanced conference schedules can lead to unbalanced results as opposed to divisional play.
Western Kentucky University president Gary Ransdell tells the Bowling Green Daily News the Hilltopper athletic program plans to stay in the Sun Belt Conference at least for now.
Internet rumors have popped up that Western may join Conference USA, however Ransdell says the school has not been in formal talks on the matter, nor have any conferences spoken with the school about joining their leagues.
The Madisonville Messenger reports pairings for the 7th district baseball and softball tournaments have been announced. Both tournaments begin Tuesday May 22nd with Hopkins Central meeting Caldwell County and Madisonville meeting Dawson Springs in first round matchups in both sports.
The softball tournament will be played at Caldwell County with game times at 4 pm and 6 pm on the 22nd, with the championship game on Thursday May 24th at 6 pm.
The baseball tournament will be played at Madisonville on the 22nd with games at 4 and 7 pm, with the championship game on Wednesday May 23rd at 6 pm.
The Henderson Gleaner reports Union County has hired Shane Smith as its new girls basketball coach. Smith was an assistant for the boys’ team last season. The Lady Braves were 11-16 under Kevin Furtado, who resigned to return to his native Georgia.
The Associated Press reports the NCAA has released attendance figures for the just completed basketball season and for the 16th time in the last 17 years Kentucky led the nation in average attendance. 23-thousand 731 fans showed up for Kentucky’s 18 home dates at Rupp Arena, while a record total of 885 thousand 953 watched the Wildcats 40 games this past season.
The University of Louisville ranked third in home attendance average with 21-thousand 502 per game. It marks the 32nd consecutive season the Cardinals have been in the top five nationally in home attendance.
The NCAA has also announced the city of Atlanta will host three national championship games next year. The Division Two and Three games will be played the same weekend as the Final Four. The D-2 and 3 title games will be held Sunday April 7th tentatively in Philips Arena, with the Final Four April 6th and 8th at the Georgia Dome.
It’s the first time in history all three championships will be played in the same city and weekend. The NCAA says the moves are being made to coincide with the 75th anniversary of college basketball’s annual championship tournament.
College Baseball: Austin Peay opens a three game series with Morehead State this evening at Raymond C. Hand Park in Clarksville, while Murray State opens an Ohio Valley Conference series at Southeast Missouri.
Western Kentucky opens a series at South Alabama, with former Hopkinsville High pitcher Justin Hageman starting the finale on Sunday.
MLB: A full slate of games tonight include: Cincinnati hosting Washington, Chicago at Milwaukee and St. Louis hosting Atlanta.
NBA: One playoff game tonight has Memphis at the LA Clippers, with the Clippers leading the series 3-2.
High School Baseball: Hopkinsville defeated Crittenden County 4-1 behind a one unearned run, three hit performance from Hutton White, Christian County gave up four runs in the fifth inning in falling at Henderson County 7-2, Russellville over Trigg County 10-3.
Today’s games: Christian County entertains Union County, Fort Campbell welcomes Livingston Central, University Heights hosts Owensboro, Trigg County at Webster County, Logan County hosts Glasgow, Crittenden County hosts Murray.
High School Softball: Christian County defeated Henderson County 8-2, University Heights over Mayfield 9-1, Livingston Central over Hopkinsville 9-0, Trigg County beat Logan County 10-0 in 5 innings and Todd Central over Dawson Springs 10-3.
Today’s games: Heritage Christian Academy entertains Christian Community at Lady Warrior Field. First pitch at 4:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 4:20 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Christian County is hosting the Lady Colonel Classic this weekend at Christian County High School. Six teams including the Lady Colonels and Hopkinsville are in the event and the tournament will be round robin in nature.
Today’s action begins at 5:30 with Christian County playing Marshall County, with Hopkinsville meeting St. Mary at 6:45, followed at 8:00 by Lone Oak and Union County with Christian County returning for the 9:15 game against St. Mary.
Other games: University Heights at Franklin Simpson, Fort Campbell entertains McLean County in a doubleheader, Dawson Springs hosts Butler County, Todd Central at Bowling Green, Caldwell County entertains Murray.
College Basketball: The Paducah Sun reports Murray State University will open a new four million dollar basketball only facility in January. The new 20-thousand square foot facility will include a court, coaching offices, lobby space and a hall of fame. Athletics director Allen Ward says the facility will take Murray State’s men’s and women’s programs to another level.
College Softball: Murray State’s softball team defeated Eastern Kentucky 3-1 in its first game of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament Thursday in Martin, TN. Former Christian County standout Casey Castille went 0-3 in the game. The Racers will face Jacksonville State today.
Kentucky scored three times in the top of the 7th, but fell to Georgia in its first game of the SEC tournament 6-4. No individual stats were available on the game for former Christian County standout Griffin Joiner. Kentucky finishes the season 29-28 and will be eligible for an at large bid to the NCAA tournament.
NHL: Nashville Predators general manager David Poile and coach Barry Trotz held a season ending news conference on Thursday. Poile says All Star defenseman Ryan Suter has told him he would like to return to the Predators. Suter becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1st.
Poile also says it’s important to get captain Shea Weber resigned as well as he considers Weber and Suter the building blocks of the team. As for Alexander Radalov, he has indicated he would like to return to Nashville. However, coach Trotz says Radalov has to change some of his ways on and off the ice, his training and other aspects.
NFL: Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt tells the Tennessean he’s matured this off season following rehab from a knee injury suffered early last season. The 23 year old has also had a trouble free off season after seven involving police in his first two NFL seasons. Those who know Britt say he has made some changes to help in his maturity, including fewer trips to his native New Jersey and getting a new agent.
PGA Tour: Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker fired a four over par, while former UK golfer JB Holmes had a two over par score at the Players Championship Thursday. Ian Poulter and Martin Laird are tied for the lead at seven under, with Phil Mickelson one under, Rory McIlroy at even par and Tiger Woods at two over par.