Christian County Chamber of Commerce President Carter Hendricks says after the success of last summer’s Ohio Valley League baseball game between the Tradewater Pirates and Owensboro Oilers held here, baseball enthusiasts began exploring the possibility of bringing a team to Hopkinsville.
The local team would use the historic name of the team which once played in the Kitty League—the Hoptown Hoppers. Hendricks says there’s a good possibility the team would begin play in 2012.
The Ohio Valley League—which gets its players from the collegiate ranks—currently has four teams. The Christian County School Board last week passed a measure to explore letting the proposed team use Christian County and Hopkinsville High’s baseball facilities for its home games. The 50 game season would take place from early June until early August.
High School Basketball
Heritage Christian Academy hosted Jo Byrns in a doubleheader at Warrior Gym Monday night. The Warriors rolled to a 79-46 win behind Alex Little’s 19 points. Little was one of four players who scored in double figures for HCA, now 9-1 on the season. The Lady Warriors lost to Jo Byrns 39-26. Grace Waldron led HCA with 19 points. The Lady Warriors are now 4-4 on the season.
Boys: University Heights lost to Morristown East 68-40 at the Apollo-Kentucky 811 Holiday Tournament, where Henderson County defeated Seneca 64-52 and host Apollo lost to Kentucky Country Day 65-37. Caldwell County lost to South Warren 62-59 at the Citizens First Holiday Classic, Muhlenberg County defeated Dunbar 73-59 at the iHigh Fayette County Invitational, Hopkins Central over McLean County 52-47, Livingston Central over Dawson Springs 74-44.
Girls: Marshall County lost to Pleasure Ridge Park 54-49 at the Marshall County Christmas Tournament, where Graves County fell to Nelson County 49-37, Apollo edged Union County 42-40, Covington, TN over Lyon County 75-44, Paducah Tilghman defeated Ballard Memorial 79-59 at the Lady Bomber Classic, Daviess County defeated Webster County 53-42, Greenwood over Metcalfe County 65-41 at the Caverna Lady Colonel Holiday Classic.
Boys: Christian County hosts Murray—tip off at 7:30 with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Fort Campbell meets Dawson Springs, University Heights meets Kentucky Country Day at the Apollo-Kentucky 811 Holiday Tournament, where Henderson County faces Oakland, TN, Logan County plays Owensboro and Franklin County at the Citizens First Holiday Classic, where Bowling Green meets Shelby Valley, Muhlenberg County meets Knott County Central at the iHigh Fayette County Invitational, Calloway County meets Henry County, TN and Lyon County travels to Calloway County.
Girls: University Heights hosts Hopkins Central, Logan County welcomes West Creek, TN, Graves County meets Lyon County and Marshall County takes on Union County at the Marshall County Christmas tournament, Russellville meets Bardstown at the Caverna Lady Colonel Christmas Tournament, Paducah Tighman meets Dyersburg, TN and Beech at the Lady Bomber Shootout at Ballard Memorial.
Kentucky returns to action this evening hosting Samford, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere this evening—Tennessee takes on North Carolina-Asheville, Manhattan meets Towson. Murray State’s Lady Racers meet Cleveland State at the Magnolia Classic at Ole Miss, while Austin Peay’s Lady Governors hosts Florida A and M
Monday scores: LSU handed 10th ranked Marquette its first loss of the season 67-59 in Baton Rouge. Anthony Hickey scored eight points and had five rebounds, six assists, and two blocks. Jeffery Taylor had 29 points as Vanderbilt defeated Longwood 99-71. Murray State’s Lady Racers lost to Ole Miss 64-59 at the Magnolia Classic.
Austin Peay will play a game in the 2012 season at national power Virginia Tech. The Hokies will host the Governors September 8th at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech is representing the Atlantic Coast Conference at the Allstate Sugar Bowl January 3rd in New Orleans. Virginia Tech is one of two BCS teams Austin Peay will play in 2012, with the other being Western Kentucky in its season opener September 1st.
Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak says if quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is healthy, he will start Saturday against Jacksonville at LP Field. Hasselbeck left Sunday’s loss at Indianapolis due to a left calf injury sustained in the December 11th game against New Orleans.
Meanwhile, Titans running back Chris Johnson is also expected to play Saturday against Jacksonville according to the Tennessean. Johnson sprained his ankle in Sunday’s loss to Indianapolis. Coach Mike Munchak says Johnson could miss some practice time this week, but could play Saturday.
The Nashville Predators return to action this evening in the nation’s capitol against the Washington Capitals.