High School Basketball
Boys: Hopkinsville won a pair of games at the Paducah Tilghman Christmas Classic, defeating Mayfield 73-54 and Reidland 78-50, Christian County lost to Dyer County, TN 92-48 at the Kenwood Christmas Classic, University Heights defeated Apollo 68-59 at the Apollo-Kentucky 811 Holiday Classic.
At the Kentucky Machine and Engineering Christmas Classic at Trigg County: Murray went to triple overtime to defeat Todd Central 62-57, with Trigg County defeating Murray 68-59. Crittenden County over Stewart County, TN 52-51
Elsewhere: Caldwell County lost to Owensboro 64-42 and to Silver Thorne, Canada 68-59 at the Citizens First Holiday Classic in Bowling Green, where Bowling Green beat South Warren 63-48, but lost to Spring Hill, TN 71-58, Graves County over Leslie County 59-56 and Russellville defeated Garrard County 65-54 at the Hardee’s Classic, Warren Central defeated Madisonville 82-70 and Marshall County over Union County 69-40 at the Hancock Bank/Brand 40 Classic.
Girls: At the Kentucky Machine and Engineering Classic at Trigg County: Caldwell County defeated Dawson Springs 51-27, but lost to Trigg County 65-50.
Heath over Hickman County 46-30, Ohio County defeated Todd Central 48-45, Bowling Green over Henderson County 62-51, Muhlenberg County over Wayne County 48-47 at the Mustang Christmas Classic, Graves County defeated Apollo 61-47, Marshall County over Nelson County 74-61 and Union County over Lyon County 50-38 at the Marshall County Christmas Classic.
Boys: Hopkinsville plays Paducah Tilghman at the Paducah Tilghman Christmas Classic, Trigg County plays Todd Central and Crittenden County at the Kentucky Machine and Engineering Classic, with Murray meeting Stewart County, TN, Dawson Springs is at Frederick Fraize.
Girls: At the Kentucky Machine and Engineering Classic: Trigg County meets Hickman County and Dawson Springs, with Heath meeting Dawson Springs and Caldwell County.
22nd ranked Murray State opened Ohio Valley Conference play with a 78-54 win over UT Martin to improve to 13-0 on the season. Austin Peay lost to Belmont 77-67, despite 20 points from former University Heights standout Tyshwan Edmondson. Vanderbilt hit 15 three pointers in downing Lafayette 89-58.
Women’s scores: Alabama A&M over Austin Peay 80-68, Texas Tech over Western Kentucky 75-38 and 8th ranked Kentucky downed Samford 90-61.
3rd ranked Kentucky meets Loyola-Maryland, with pre game coverage from Rupp Arena at 10:30 on Lite 98.7. LSU plays its final game before Christmas against North Texas.
The Courier Journal reports high school junior Anton Gill of Raleigh, North Carolina has verbally committed to play for Louisville. The 6-2 Gill is one of the highest rated shooting guards in the 2013 class.
Kentucky coach Joker Phillips says he feels good about Wildcat football in 2012. Phillips tells the Lexington Herald Leader seeing a lot of young guys making plays next season will make things exciting, despite missing out on a bowl game this season. Phillips referred to the 5-7 2011 season as a series of ups and downs, despite ending a 26 year losing streak to Tennessee.
Meanwhile, quarterback Morgan Newton will not participate in spring practice following surgery on his right shoulder according to coach Phillips, who also says linebacker Ridge Wilson will only be allowed in non contact drills in the spring because of surgery on his left shoulder.
Austin Peay has received a transfer from the Naval Academy. Jeremiah (JJ) Rutledge is a former star receiver and defensive back from Clarksville Northeast. He will have four years of eligibility and has enrolled for classes in the springs semester. Rutledge is projected to be a cornerback and possibly a kick returner according to coach Rick Christophel, who says Rutledge will work out with the team this spring.
Murray State coach Chris Hatcher announced the addition of four players during the first day of the mid year signing period Wednesday. The Racers strengthened their interior lines with the addition of offensive lineman Hunter Hogan of Tyler, Texas, defensive end Adrian Dinkins of Ridgeland, Mississippi, and defensive tackles Kamalie Matthews of Lithonia, Georgia and Anthony Payne of Leroy, Alabama. All four will be enrolled in classes next month and go through spring practice with the Racers.
The Indianapolis Colts look for their second win in as many games as they host Houston, with coverage at 7 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The Nashville Predators host Columbus this evening, with first puck dropping at 7 in Bridgestone Arena. The Tennessean reports forward Kevin Klein will miss his second straight game because of the flu.