High School Softball: Hopkinsville hosts Christian County in 8th district action this afternoon at Lady Tiger Field. First pitch at 5:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Other games: University Heights at Logan County, Todd Central at Franklin Simpson, Caldwell County at Trigg County, Dawson Springs at McLean County, Webster County at Union County, Madisonville at Henderson County, Lyon County at Crittenden County.
High School Baseball: Fort Campbell defeated Fulton City 12-0 in 5 innings Wednesday.
Today’s games: University Heights goes to Henderson County, Christian County hosts Logan County, Russellville hosts Warren Central, Trigg County hosts Todd Central, Caldwell County welcomes Reidland, Union County welcomes Crittenden County, Murray entertains Livingston Central.
Christian County girls basketball standout Martessia Williams signed Wednesday to play college basketball for Bethel University. Williams was a five year member of the basketball team and also played soccer and participated in track. Williams is the 8th Christian County High student athlete to sign a collegiate letter this school year.
Hoppers Baseball: The logo is being unveiled for the Hoptown Hoppers baseball club this morning at the Christian County Cares vision breakfast at the Bruce Center. WHOP Sports also learned yesterday that former Hopkinsville pitcher Josh Drake will not be a part of the ingaural Hoppers team. He suffered an injury while playing collegiately and has been advised to rest for the summer.
College Basketball: The Kentucky Wildcats arrived in New Orleans Wednesday to continue preparations for their match up with Louisville in the NCAA Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday. The voice of the Wildcats Tom Leach says Saturday’s game will be like a chess match as coaches John Calipari and Rick Pitino will try to outwit each other. Tip off at 5:09 Saturday afternoon, with UK-IMG network coverage at 3 on Lite 98.7. The other semifinal has Kansas taking on Ohio State, with coverage of both games at 2:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Clarksville Northeast and University of Kentucky signee Alex Poythress had 19 points in a losing cause as the West beat the East 106-102 in the McDonalds All American game in Chicago last night. In the girls game, Tennessee recruit and Clarksville High’s Basharra Graves hit a game winning free throw with less than a second left as the East edged the West 79-78.
The Courier Journal reports Murray State coach Steve Prohm was reportedly a candidate for the Mississippi State coaching vacancy, but he would not say how close he was to taking the job. Prohm signed a contract extension earlier this week which will keep him in Murray through May,2016.
Meanwhile, Prohm says he kind of knows what junior guard Isaiah Cannan plans to do on whether or not he will return to the Racers next season. However, Prohm says he won’t publically say right now what Cannan will do.
Prohm says Cannan won’t make a decision for a couple of weeks. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NBA Draft is April 10th. Prohm added the feedback he has received indicates Cannan could be a fringe first round pick which could slide into the second round.
Tennessee women’s assistant coach Holly Warlick tells the Knoxville News Sentinel she anticipates coach Pat Summitt talking with her staff after the Women’s Final Four this weekend in Denver about whether or not she will return next season. Summitt just completed her 38th season at Tennessee, but her first with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.
The Nashville Predators clinched their seventh playoff berth in the last eight seasons without playing last night. The San Jose Sharks lost to Anaheim 3-1. The Predators have been to the playoffs in seven of the franchise’s 13 seasons. Nashville plays at Detroit tomorrow night, with coverage at 6:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The final tuneup before the season’s first major—The Masters—begins today as the Shell Houston Open tees off. Former UK golfer JB Holmes is in this week’s field.
The final edition of this season of Sports Weekly presented by Toyota of Hopkinsville airs at 5:08 this afternoon on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com. Todd Hamilton will visit with representatives of the Hoptown Hoppers baseball team, along with the voice of the Kentucky Wildcats, Tom Leach on this weekend’s Final Four in New Orleans.
High School Baseball: Madisonville took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and held on to defeat Hopkinsville 8-5, though the Tigers scored their five runs in the last two at bats. Josh Denton had two hits to lead Hopkinsville. Gus Sholar took the pitching loss for the Tigers, now 2-4 on the season. Madisonville won its second game in a row in improving to 3-6.
Elsewhere: University Heights lost to Trigg County 3-1 in 8 innings, Muhlenberg County defeated Christian County 5-3, Russellville run ruled Todd Central 11-1 in 5 innings, Logan County shutout Franklin Simpson 3-0, Dawson Springs defeated Christian Fellowship 14-4, Crittenden County run ruled Livingston Central 20-4 in 5 innings, Daviess County defeated Henderson County in a slugfest 13-12.
High School Softball: University Heights run ruled Todd Central 11-1 in 6 innings, Christian County run ruled Marshall County 12-0 in 6 innings, Hopkinsville edged Trigg County 3-2, Henderson County edged Apollo 5-4 in 10 innings, Madisonville over Webster County 10-2, Murray defeated Caldwell County 13-3 in 5 innings, Muhlenberg County over Warren Central 15-0 in 3 innings.
High School Tennis: University Heights met Hopkinsville at Ruff Park Tuesday afternoon. The UHA teams won both matches, with the Blazers defeating the Tigers 7-2 and the Lady Blazers also defeating the Lady Tigers 7-2.
NCAA Women’s tournament: Kentucky played well for about 25 minutes, before Connecticut went on a tear in the second half to defeat the Wildcats 80-65 in the Kingston regional final. Kentucky finishes the season 28-4. Next up for UConn is a date with Notre Dame in the Final Four in Denver. The Fighting Irish defeated Maryland in the Raleigh regional final 80-49.
The Kentucky Wildcats head to New Orleans today to continue preparations for Saturday’s National semifinal matchup with Louisville. UK-IMG network coverage begins at 3 on Lite 98.7, with coverage of both semifinal games on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP at 2:30.
Coming up on Friday, Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM will air the Leach Report with Tom Leach at 8:06, followed by Kentucky Sports Radio with Matt Jones to get you ready for the Final Four this weekend. We invite you to tune in for those programs Friday morning.
The University of Louisville released its 2012 schedule Tuesday. The Courier Journal reports the first three games will be at home, including Kentucky on September 1st, with Missouri State and North Carolina the following two weeks.
The Cards will play their first road game at Sun Belt member Florida International September 22nd, with new Big East member Temple coming to Louisville November 3rd.
College Baseball: Kentucky won its 19th straight home game in defeating Western Kentucky 7-4, Austin Peay blew out Alabama A & M 19-4.
College Softball: Kentucky and Louisville renew their series this evening in Lexington.
NFL: Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt tells the Tennessean rehabilitation on his left knee injured last season is complete and that it is healing well. Britt says he expects to play by the first regular season game. Britt was injured in last season’s game against the Denver Broncos.
NHL: The Nashville Predators failed to pick up a needed point to make the NHL playoffs, as the Predators fell to the St. Louis Blues 3-0 . The Predators return to action Friday night at Detroit, a game you can hear at 6:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
High School Baseball
Hopkinsville defeated Trigg County 6-3 on Monday. Clayton Smithson picked up the pitching win, going five innings and striking out seven. Smithson also helped the Tigers at the plate, hitting a three run homerun off the left field foul pole in the third inning. Hopkinsville is now 2-3, Trigg County falls to 3-6.
Elsewhere: Caldwell County defeated Webster County 9-6, Ohio County over Hopkins Central 6-2, Livingston Central over Lyon County 6-1, Marshall County defeated Crittenden County 8-1, Union County over Owensboro Catholic 9-6, Paducah Tilghman defeated St. Mary 12-1, Murray over Hickman County 5-3, Calloway County run ruled Fulton City 15-1.
Today’s games: Hopkinsville meets Madisonville at 5:30 at Tiger Stadium, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Other games include: University Heights hosting Trigg County, Christian County travels to Muhlenberg County, Logan County hosts Franklin Simpson, Todd Central at Russellville, Dawson Springs at Christian Fellowship, Hopkins Central at Owensboro, Crittenden County at Livingston Central, Webster County hosts Ohio County.
High School Softball
University Heights run ruled Trigg County 13-0 in five innings, no report on the KHSAA website for Hopkinsville and Russellville, Bowling Green shutout Todd Central 5-0, Hopkins Central run ruled McLean County 11-0 in five innings, Webster County over Dawson Springs 10-5, Livingston Central clubbed Lyon County 17-0, Henderson County over Daviess County 7-1.
Today’s games: University Heights meets Todd Central, Christian County travels to Marshall County, Trigg County at Hopkinsville, Caldwell County at Murray, Logan County welcomes Grayson County, Franklin Simpson at Russellville, Union County at Owensboro, Henderson County hosts Apollo.
High School Football
Hopkinsville High has released its 2012 schedule.
The Tigers open the season at Lancaster Christian Academy in Smyrna, TN August 17th.
Other road games are as follows: Greenwood in the Toyota of Hopkinsville-David Sadler Bowl at Trigg County August 31st, at Madisonville September 7th, at Apollo September 28th, at Ohio County October 12th.
Home games: Lone Oak in the Toyota of Hopkinsville-Jerry Claiborne Bowl August 25th, Allen County Scottsville September 14th, Christian County September 21st, Graves County October 19th and Fort Campbell October 26th.
University of Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis has received another honor, being named Associated Press All American on Monday. With Davis’ selection, there has been a freshman named to the first team All American in five of the last six years.
Vanderbilt’s John Jackson was named AP Third Team All American.
Kentucky and Louisville are preparing for their showdown in the Final Four Saturday in New Orleans. Air time on the UK-IMG network is 3 on Lite 98.7, with coverage of both semifinal games which includes Kansas and Ohio State beginning at 2:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
NCAA Women’s tournament: Baylor downed Tennessee in the Des Moines regional final 77-58 to improve to 38-0 on the season. It could be the last game Pat Summitt coaches for Tennessee, but she has not made a decision about her future. Summitt was diagnosed with onset dementia last fall.
Baylor will meet Stanford in one of the National Semifinals after the Cardinal defeated Duke 81-69 in the Fresno regional final.
Kentucky meets Connecticut in the Kingston Regional final this evening, while Maryland meets Notre Dame in the Raleigh regional final.
Murray State University has rewarded coach Steve Prohm for an outstanding season. A news release from the school Monday says Prohm has received a one year extension on his contract. The extension runs Prohm’s contract through May 31, 2016. Murray State finished 31-2 on the season after losing to Marquette in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Tennessean reports the University of Tennessee has granted a release to back up guard Wes Washpun. Washpun, a freshman from Cedar Rapids, Iowa averaged 10 minutes a game this past season, scoring 16 points in 17 games.
The Nashville Predators are back in action this evening, as the Predators play at the St. Louis Blues. The Predators stand one point away from reaching the NHL playoffs.
High School Baseball : The Hopkinsville Tigers are in action this afternoon hosting Trigg County. First pitch at 5:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Elsewhere: Caldwell County travels to Webster County, Russellville at South Warren, Hopkins Central hosts Ohio County, Madisonville hosts Dawson Springs, Marshall County at Crittenden County, Lyon County hosts Livingston Central.
High School Softball: Hopkinsville goes to Russellville, University Heights at Trigg County, Todd Central welcomes Bowling Green, Logan County at Warren East, Dawson Springs at Webster County, Lyon County hosts Livingston Central.
Hopkinsville High senior golfer Dayton Jones finished third at this weekend’s Golfweek Junior Tour event at Fuzzy Zoeller’s Covered Bridge Golf Club in Sellersburg, Indiana. Jones 149 total was just one shot behind the winner.
Kentucky is back to the Final Four for the second consecutive year after defeating Baylor Sunday in the South Regional final in Atlanta 82-70. Michael Kidd Gilchrist had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead a quartet of double figure scorers for the Wildcats. Anthony Davis pitched in 18, Doron Lamb added 14 and Terrence Jones added 12.
Kentucky now faces Louisville in the first national semifinal Saturday at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Tip off at 5:09, with pre game coverage at 3:30 on Lite 98.7.
A programming reminder Coach John Calipari will have his call in show at 5, with Big Blue Insider at 6 on Lite 98.7.
The other national semifinal on Saturday will feature Ohio State and Kansas. The Jayhawks used a 12-0 run in the last 3 minutes of the game to down North Carolina 80-67 in Sunday’s Midwest Regional final in St. Louis. You’ll be able to hear both semi final games and the national championship on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP beginning Saturday at 3:30.
NCAA Women’s Tournament: Kentucky has earned a trip to the Elite Eight with a 79-62 win over Gonzaga in the Kingston Regional Sunday. The Wildcats will meet Connecticut in the final Tuesday afternoon at 5.
Meanwhile, Tennessee plays 37-0 Baylor in the final of the Des Moines Regional this evening, with a trip to the Final Four in Denver on the line.
Austin Peay has picked up a signee. Dylan Ragsdale—who led Clarksville Academy to a District 10-A championship last season—signed with the Governors over the weekend. Ragsdale played tight end and safety in his high school career, with Governors coach Rick Christophel saying Ragsdale is projected to play safety.
The Nashville Predators moved into fourth place in the Western Conference with a 6-1 thrashing of the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night. The Predators are back in action tomorrow night at St. Louis.
High School Baseball
Friday scores: Daviess County defeated Christian County 10-7, Russellville shutout West Creek, TN 10-0, Union County over Lyon County 9-1, Henderson County run ruled Madisonville 16-0 in 5 innings, Webster County blanked Paducah Tilghman 2-0.
Tiger Classic at Murray High: Murray defeated Trigg County 2-0, Dawson Springs lost two games 5-2 to Fulton City and 12-7 to Fulton County.
Today's games: University Heights meets Warren Central and Breckinridge County at Red Devils Round Robin in Owensboro, Hopkinsville plays a doubleheader at Barren County, Fort Campbell meets Dawson Springs at the Tiger Classic in Murray, where Trigg County will also face Ballard Memorial and Fulton City, Russellville hosts Monticello.
High School Softball
Friday scores: Christian County defeated Daviess County 9-2 behind three home runs from Maggie Glass, Maidsonville defeaed Hopkinsville 9-0, Dawson Springs run ruled Trigg County 12-1 in five innings.
Today's games: Christian County goes to Apollo, Trigg County travels to Madisonville, Caldwell County meets Reidland and Paducah Tilghman at the Lone Oak Invitational, Todd Central plays in the South Warren Spartan Invitational.
Christian County High student athlete Courtney Baker signed a collegiate letter to play volleyball for Asbury University. Baker is the fourth student/athlete this week to sign to play athletics at the collegiate level, joining golfer Jonathan Grabara, softball's Zatoria Leavell and soccer's Kim Hyde.
Kentucky advanced to the finals of the South Region of the NCAA tournament after defeating Indiana 102-90. Six Wildcats were in double figures led by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's 24 points and 10 rebounds. Kentucky meets Baylor Sunday in Atlanta, after the Bears defeated Xavier 75-70. Tip off Sunday afternoon at 1:20, with airtime at noon on Lite 98.7.
North Carolina defeated Ohio 73-65 in overtime in the Midwest Region semifinals in St. Louis, where Kansas defeated North Carolina State 60-57. North Carolina and Kansas play in the final Sunday afternoon.
The first two teams for the Final Four will be determined today as Louisville meets Florida in the West Regional final in Phoenix and Syracuse tangles with Ohio State in the East Regional final in Boston. Coverage of both games at 3 this afternoon on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
In the women's NCAA Tournament: Tennessee meets Kansas in semifinal action of the Des Monies regional this afternoon. Kentucky returns to action tomorrow in the Kingston regional semifinals against Gonzaga.