|SPORTS HEADLINES 12/11/12|
High School Basketball
Hopkinsville had five players in double figures as they defeated University Heights 78-45 at Tiger Gym. Jordan Majors led the five with 18 points, with Jaqualis Matlock adding 12 for the 3-1 Tigers who got their first district win of the year. University Heights was led by Boo Johnson’s 10 points in falling to 0-4 and 0-1 in 8th district play.
Other boys’ action saw Heath edge Mayfield 63-62.
Girls: Warren Central over Todd Central 45-41, McLean County over Logan County 87-60, Massac County IL edged Marshall County 47-45, Muhlenberg County over Ohio County 51-46, Greenwood over Butler County 59-47.
Boys: Fort Campbell at Community Christian, Caldwell County hosts Lyon County, Russellville at Allen County Scottsville, Logan County at Glasgow, Hopkins Central hosts Madisonville, Dawson Springs at Livingston Central, Muhlenberg County at Ohio County, Union County at Evansville Day School, Webster County at McLean County, Warren Central hosts Apollo, South Warren at Warren East, Bowling Green hosts Franklin Simpson.
Girls: University Heights welcomes Caldwell County, Christian County goes to Franklin Simpson, Hopkinsville travels to Crittenden County, Fort Campbell at Community Christian, Todd Central hosts Bowling Green, Logan County at Glasgow, Trigg County entertains Webster County, Dawson Springs is at Lyon County, Hopkins Central at Madisonville, Union County hosts Apollo, South Warren at Warren East, Graves County at St. Mary, Marshall County at Carlisle County.
Western Kentucky announced Monday the hiring of former Louisville and Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino. The 51-year-old Petrino becomes the 18th football coach in Hilltopper history. Petrino replaces Willie Taggart who was hired by South Florida over the weekend.
Petrino will not be involved much in the Hilltoppers game with Central Michigan in the Little Caesar’s Bowl December 26th. Lance Guidry will coach the Hilltoppers in that contest.
Kentucky hired former Wildcat Neal Brown as its new offensive coordinator. The Wildcats also announced Monday the hirings of Chad Scott as running backs coach and John Schlarman as the Wildcats offensive line coach.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports former UT player and current Southern California assistant Tee Martin met with new coach Butch Jones Monday and left with an offer to return to his alma mater.
Martin said to reporters after touring the facilities that he felt Tennessee had things going in the right direction. If Martin turns down the job, speculation is that new coach Butch Jones will try to bring Cincinnati receivers coach T J Weist aboard. Weist was a one time assistant at Western Kentucky.
Indiana is still the top team in both major polls. Louisville is ranked 6th in the USA Today Coaches poll and the AP poll. Kentucky is 19th in the USA Today poll, but still out of the top 25 this week in the AP poll.
Members of Murray State and Austin Peay’s basketball programs have been honored by the Ohio Valley Conference.
Murray State’s Ed Daniel has been named the OVC player of the week. Daniel averaged 22 points and 14.5 rebounds in two wins for the Racers last week. Daniel had 23 points and 14 rebounds against Bethel and followed up with 21 points and 15 rebounds against Evansville. Daniel is currently fourth in the nation in rebounding.
Austin Peay’s Travis Betran was one of two OVC newcomers of the week. Betran averaged 22.5 points in two games including a career high 27 in the Governors loss at Memphis on Saturday.