|SPORTS HEADLINES 11/16/12|
High School Basketball: Heritage Christian Academy met Pleasant View Christian in a doubleheader last night at Warrior Gym. It took overtime for HCA’s girls to defeat Pleasant View 44-40 to get its first win of the season. Nicole Dimattes led HCA with 19 points, with Grace Waldron adding 17.
HCA’s boys built up a 26-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and cruised to a 74-37 win. Alex Walker had a game high 29 points, with Nathan Workman adding 19. The Warriors are now 2-2 on the season.
Micah Christian will be in town for a doubleheader Saturday afternoon, with coverage of the girls game at 2:35 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Christian County High School is having its “Meet the Colonels” basketball event Saturday night beginning at 6 at Colonel Gym at Christian County High School. The boys and girls teams from Christian County Middle and High schools will be involved in the event. Admission is $2
High School Football: Regional final action takes place tonight in the Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl with several area teams still in action:
Class A: Mayfield travels to Kentucky Country Day
Class 2-A: Caldwell County host Murray High
Class 3-A: South Warren goes to Monroe County
Class 4-A: Owensboro travels to Warren East
Class 5-A: Bowling Green hosts Warren Central
Find out the winners of these and other games across the state on the Kentucky High School scoreboard show at 9:06 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
A couple of local student/athletes are signing collegiate letters of intent in the next few days.
Christian County golfer TJ Ferry will sign to play for Murray State during a ceremony to be held this afternoon at 2:30 at Christian County High School.
University Heights Academy wrestler Wade Willen will sign to wrestle collegiately next Tuesday morning at 9:40. It’s believed Willen will be the first wrestler to ever sign a Division One scholarship that’s from Hopkinsville and from University Heights.
College Basketball: Isaiah Cannan had a game high 26 points as Murray State defeated Auburn in the first round of the Charleston Classic 79-59. Stacy Wilson added 18 for the Racers who play St. John’s this afternoon.
Russ Smith had 18 points and Chane Behanan had a double-double with a career high 18 rebounds and scored 12 points as second ranked Louisville defeated Samford 80-54 in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. The Cards host Miami of Ohio in their next game Sunday.
Tennessee defeated UNC Asheville 75-68 in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff. The Volunteers return to action today against Oklahoma State, who defeated Akron 69-65 in overtime. Tip off for the game is at 10:30 this morning.
Women’s scores: Austin Peay had a poor second half in losing to 8th ranked Louisville 90-52. The Lady Governors host Binghamton Sunday afternoon in the Dunn Center.
Murray State lost at James Madison 71-51. Former Hopkinsville Lady Tiger Christy Soldo played five minutes but did not score. The Lady Racers are back in action tomorrow at Longwood.
24th ranked Tennessee rolled over Rice 101-48, while 13th ranked Vanderbilt defeated UAB 69-54.
Kentucky looks to rebound from Tuesday night’s loss to Duke as they host Lafayette in Rupp Arena. Coach John Calipari said Thursday Ryan Harrow will likely not play again this evening. Pre game coverage this afternoon begins at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Kentucky announced Thursday that all five of the 2013 basketball recruits had signed their letters. Andrew and Aaron Harrison and James Young joined Derek Willis and Marcus Lee in becoming what will be the best recruiting class for the fifth straight year.
Murray State announced the signing of two players for next year’s men’s team on Thursday. Coach Steve Prohm says 6-2 guard Cameron Payne from Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis and 6-8 forward Jarvis Williams from Gordon State College will join the Racers. Payne will be a true freshman, while Williams will have two years of eligibility remaining.
College Football: Joker Phillips coaches his final home game as Kentucky’s head coach Saturday evening as the Wildcats host Samford. Pre game coverage from Commonwealth Stadium begins at 5 on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere in the SEC: Tennessee meets Vanderbilt, as the Vols try to win their first SEC game of the season, while Vandy looks to get into a bowl game.
In the Ohio Valley Conference: Murray State closes out the regular season hosting Southeast Missouri, while Austin Peay entertains Tennessee Tech.
Other games include Western Kentucky at Louisiana and Oklahoma meets West Virginia in a Big 12 matchup you can hear beginning at 6 Saturday night on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The Lexington Herald Leader reported Thursday a new name has surfaced in the Kentucky football coaches search. Gary Andersen has been at Utah State the last three years, leading them to back to back winning seasons the last two years.
The Aggies are currently 8-2 and 4-0 in Western Athletic Conference play as they head to Louisiana Tech this weekend. Tech’s coach, Sonny Dykes has also been mentioned for the Kentucky job.
Meanwhile, Kentucky Sports Radio.com reported another name surfacing in the Kentucky coaching search is University of San Diego coach Ron Caragher. Caragher was a running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Kentucky from 2003-06 and recruited current Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson to Kentucky.