|SPORTS HEADLINES 3/15/13|
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Lower bracket opening round games Thursday saw Owensboro Catholic defeat Lincoln County 66-55, Manual over Mercy 74-60, Marshall County defeated Letcher County Central 56-52 and Notre Dame edged Madison Central 57-53.
Today’s games: Top ranked Marion County meets Montgomery County at noon, followed by Anderson County and Shelby Valley. The evening session has Owensboro Catholic and Manual at 6:30, with Marshall County meeting Notre Dame in the nightcap.
High School Baseball-Thursday’s scores: Christian County blanked Trigg County 11-0 in 5 innings, University Heights defeated Crittenden County 7-0, Lyon County over Fort Campbell 10-7, Logan County edged Warren East 3-2, Russellville over Caverna 17-6, Caldwell County over Henderson County 7-4.
Today’s games: Hopkinsville hosts Clarksville Northwest, Fort Campbell hosts Stewart County, TN, Todd Central entertains Warren Central, Russellville goes to Bowling Green, Dawson Springs at Livingston Central, Madisonville travels to Grayson County, Trigg County is at Paducah Tilghman, Webster County hosts Ohio County.
High School Softball-Thursday’s scores: University Heights defeated Crittenden County 11-5, Trigg County over Russellville 6-1, Lyon County over Carlisle County 10-7.
Today’s games: Hopkinsville at Lone Oak, Russellville at Butler County, Murray has a doubleheader with Creekwood, TN and Obion County Central, TN.
SEC Tournament-Thursday’s scores: LSU survived a scare from Georgia to advance to the quarterfinals defeating the Bulldogs 68-63. Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey was held to 3 points in the game.
Other games saw Tennessee defeat Mississippi State 69-53, Vanderbilt edged Arkansas 75-72 and Missouri defeated Texas A&M 62-50.
Today’s games: Kentucky is in action against Vanderbilt this evening in Nashville at 6:30, with pre game coverage at 5 on Lite 98.7. Other quarterfinal games have LSU and Florida at noon, followed by Tennessee and Alabama, with Missouri and Ole Miss playing following Kentucky this evening
Big East Tournament: Louisville got 28 points from Russ Smith in downing Villanova 74-55 to move to the semi finals this evening to face Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish advanced with a 73-65 win over Marquette. Georgetown and Syracuse will play in the other semi final game this evening.
College Football: The Leaf Chronicle reports Austin Peay has concluded interviewing candidates for the vacant head coaching position. The university has not said when the hire will be announced publicly, but it should be rather quick considering the Governors begin spring practice Monday.
Hoppers Baseball: “Hop On” is the tag line for the 2013 Hoptown Hoppers season. The Hoppers issued a news release Thursday announcing the tagline, along with an improved website, hoptownhoppers.org.
The “Hop On” tagline is meant to capture the excitement and enthusiasm of the inaugural season which saw the Hoppers win the Ohio Valley League championship and is also asking fans to hop on the bandwagon and help push the team for a second successful season.
The Hoppers will open the season June 1st hosting the Madisonville-Tradewater Pirates at Hopkinsville High’s Tiger Stadium.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans resigned kick returner Darius Reynaud to a one year contract Thursday. Terms were not disclosed. Reynaud joined the Titans as a free agent last season and returned two punts and a kickoff for touchdowns. Reynaud ranked third in the NFL in punt return average at 13.2 yards per return.
NHL: The Nashville Predators lost at Vancouver 7-4. The Predators have won only one game in their last eight away from home. They will return to action this evening at Calgary, with coverage of the game at 8 on News/Talk WHOP.
The NHL on Thursday approved the realignment plan for the league beginning with the 2013-14 season. There will be 16 teams in the Eastern Conference, with 14 in the Western Conference. Nashville will be in a Western Conference division with Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, Minnesota, Colorado and Winnipeg.