High School Basketball
The Kentucky High School Athletics Association cancelled all girls regional semi final games across the Commonwealth Friday night because of the severe weather which ripped through parts of the state. Semi final games will be played today across the area, with one region playing both its girls and boys tournaments semi finals today.
2nd region at Christian County: Livingston Central meets Webster County at 6, with Hopkinsville and Henderson County in the nighcap. Coverage of both games with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com. Tonight's winners will play for the regional championship at 3 pm Sunday.
4th region at WKU: Todd Central plays Glasgow at 4, with Bowling Green and Monroe County to play at 6. The winners will play in the championship game Sunday at 3 pm.
1st region at Murray State: Lone Oak plays Marshall County at 6, followed by Murray High and Paducah Tilghman. The winners will meet Sunday afternoon at 2 pm.
3rd region at Owensboro Sportscenter: Both the boys and girls will conclude their tournaments today.
Girls: Hancock County plays Grayson County at noon, with Daviess County meeting Muhlenberg County at 1:45. The final will be played Sunday evening at 6.
Boys: Daviess County plays Muhlenberg County at 6, with Meade County and Apollo at 7:45. The final will be played Monday at 7 pm.
Heritage Christian Academy's boys basketball team was to play in the KCAA State Tournament at Georgetown College Friday, however it was also a victim of the severe weather. The Warriors will face Community Christian at 10 am and would play in the semi finals at 7 this evening if they win this morning.
Meanwhile, the Lady Warriors will play Lakeside Christian at 4 this afternoon in the girls semi finals. Both state championship games are set for Monday, 4:30 pm for the girls and 6:30 pm for the boys at an undetermined location. HCA Athletics Director David Taylor says the sites will be determined depending upon who wins today and some other factors.
The 9th ranked Murray State Racers are in the championship game of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament in Nashville this afternoon after defeating Tennessee Tech 78-58 in semi final action Friday night. Donte Poole had 25 to lead the Racers, who improved to 29-1 on the season. Tennessee State defeated Morehead State in the other semifinal game 59-52.
Murray State and TSU will meet for the third time this season in this afternoon's championship game. The Tigers handed the Racers their only loss of the season. You can hear the game with pre game coverage at 12:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Women's: Murray State saw its run in the OVC tournament end Friday, falling to top seed UT Martin 102-77 while Tennessee Tech defeated Eastern Illinois 81-72 in overtime. UT Martin and Tech play in the championship game later this afternoon.
SEC Women's: Kentucky and Tennessee were both winners Friday, with UK edging Florida 71-67, while UT defeated Vanderbilt 67-58. Kentucky plays LSU at 3 this afternoon, while Tennessee plays South Carolina at 5 in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
Elsewhere today: 19th ranked Louisville meets 2nd ranked Syracuse, Siena meets Manhattan. In the SEC: Vanderbilt meets Tennessee and LSU meets Auburn.
Sun Belt Tournament: Western Kentucky's Lady Toppers meet Louisana Monroe this afternoon in Hot Springs, Arkansas while the Hilltoppers play Florida International this evening.
Austin Peay has announced Jason Palermo has been named the new offensive line coach. Palermo replaces Tyler Trent who recently resigned the job. Palermo is the son of John Palermo, who was Governors head coach in 1990. Palermo was the tight ends and offensive tackles coach at Southern University the last two seasons.
The Nashville Predators are back in action this evening at the Florida Panthers, with first puck dropping at 6:30.
The Tennessean reports time is running out before Tennessee Titans cornerback Courtland Finnegan becomes a free agent. The status is apparently the same as it has been, with the Titans having no plans to place the franchise tag on Finnegan and no long term contract is in the works. Finnegan can become a free agent March 13th.
Franklin's Kenny Perry and former UK golfer JB Holmes are both at even par heading into the third round of The Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Tom Gillis and Justin Rose are the co leaders at eight under par, with Rory McElroy one stroke back.
Kentucky High School Athletics Association Commissioner Julian Tackett cancelled all girls regional semi final games across the Commonwealth just after 3 Central time this afternoon. All regional semi finals and in one region locally the final will be played tomorrow. The adjusted schedules are as follows:
2nd region at Christian County: Livingston Central plays Henderson County at 6 pm, followed by Hopkinsville and Henderson County. The final will be played at 3 pm Sunday afternoon.
Coverage of the semi finals airs at 5:45 Saturday evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
4th region at WKU: Todd Central meets Glasgow at 4 pm, with Bowling Green playing Monroe County at 6pm. The final will be played at 3 pm Sunday.
1st region at Murray State: Lone Oak meets Marshall County at 6 pm to be followed by Murray High and Paducah Tilghman. The final will be played at 2 pm Sunday.
3rd region at Owensboro Sportscenter: Hancock County meets Grayson County at 1pm, with Daviess County and Muhlenberg County at 3 pm. The final will be Saturday evening at 8 pm.
Because of the impending severe weather, the semi final games for the Girls 2nd region tournament at Christian County High School's Colonel Gym have been postponed for this evening.
The games will be played at 6:00 and 7:30 Saturday evening, with the championship game set for 3 pm Sunday.
The matchups are Livingston Central-Webster County and Hopkinsville-Henderson County in the semis. Coverage of both games tomorrow night at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
We have also learned the 3rd region semi finals for tonight at the Owensboro Sportscenter have been postponed, with no word yet on the 1st or 4th region semifinals. We will pass along that information as we receive it.
Heritage Christian Academy's boys were scheduled to play in the KCAA State Tournament today in Georgetown against Community Christian. However, because of severe weather in the Georgetown area, the game has been cancelled for today. Athletic Director David Taylor says the game will be played sometime tomorrow, with a time to be determined.
The Lady Warriors are also scheduled to play in the semi finals Saturday against Lakeside Christian.
High School Basketball
Boys 2nd region: The Hopkinsville Tigers picked up their 30th win of the season in dispatching Caldwell County 79-48. Hopkinsville had three players in double figures, led by Jordan Majors with 20, Tre Edwards and TJ Elam each added 13. Caldwell County was led in scoring by Elijah Sindelar with 11. Hopkinsville is now 30-2 on the season, while Caldwell County finishes 4-25.
Hopkinsville will face Henderson County in the second semi final game Monday night. The Colonels routed Livingston Central 69-42 in the first game of the evening.
4th region: Warren Central defeated Russellville 59-44 and Glasgow went to overtime to down Clinton County 68-57.
1st region: Paducah Tilghman got by Calloway County 79-72 and St. Mary defeated Carlisle County 71-49.
3rd region: Apollo edged Ohio County 52-51 and Meade County rolled over Butler County 87-57.
Girls regional play has reached the semi final round.
2nd region: Livingston Central faces Webster County at 6, followed by Hopkinsville and Henderson County. Coverage of both games with the Heritage Bank pre game show from Colonel Gym at Christian County at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
4th region: Todd Central meets Glasgow and Bowling Green battles Monroe County.
1st region: Murray meets Paducah Tilghman and Marshall County goes against Lone Oak.
3rd region: Hancock County plays Grayson County and Daviess County meets Muhlenberg County.
Heritage Christian Academy’s Lady Warriors have made the semi final round of the KCAA State Tournament in Georgetown. HCA edged North Hardin Christian 30-29 Thursday night. The Lady Warriors play Lakeside in semi final action Saturday morning.
Top ranked Kentucky sent out seniors Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas with a 79-49 win over Georgia.
Miller hit five of Kentucky’s 15 three pointers in the game and led the Wildcats in scoring with 17, Doron Lamb added 13 and Michael Kidd Gilchrist had 12. The 29-1 Wildcats close out the regular season at Florida Sunday, with pre game coverage at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7.
OVC Tournament: Murray State will face Tennessee Tech in a semi final game tonight at Municipal Auditorium. Tech eliminated Southeast Missouri 77-73. Former Christian County player Corey Wilford had 16 in the loss for the Redhawks. Morehead State will meet Tennessee State in the other semi final after a 68-54 win over Jacksonville State.
Murray State’s Lady Racers are also in the semifinals today after defeating Austin Peay 90-73. The Lady Racers face top seed UT Martin.
SEC Women’s Tournament: Kentucky faces Florida today after the Gators eliminated Auburn 70-60. Tennessee goes against Vanderbilt after the Commodores defeated Mississippi State 67-51.
The Courier Journal reports Louisville coach Rick Pitino may shake up his lineup for Saturday’s game with second ranked Syracuse. Pitino is apparently unhappy with the play of guard Peyton Siva and Kyle Kuric.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings has no intentions of retiring. The 51 year old Stallings is in his 13th season at Vanderbilt and says he plans to stay until 2019, when the youngest of his three children graduates from high school. Vanderbilt vice chancellor of athletics David Williams says he is certainly happy to have Stallings as coach and says he has “years” on his contract.
The Courier Journal reports Kentucky has received an in state football commitment. Clay County offensive lineman Jacob Hyde, one of the top lineman prospects for the 2013 class, is the first commitment for the Wildcats.
Franklin’s Kenny Perry and former UK golfer JB Holmes both stand at even par after the first round of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach, Gardens Florida. Davis Love the Third is the leader at six under par, with eight golfers including Rory McElroy two shots back heading into today’s second round.