Happy Valentine’s Day!
Hopkinsville High School golfer Dayton Jones signed to play collegiate golf with Rend Lake College during a ceremony Monday afternoon. Jones says he will continue his work with instructor Todd Trimble in Paducah and play the Pepsi Tour and other events during the spring and summer before heading to Rend Lake in the fall.
High School Basketball
Heritage Christian Academy had four players in double figures and rallied from a 12 point third quarter deficit to defeat South Haven 71-60 Monday night at Warrior Gym. Alex Walker and Kenneth Morris led the scoring with 20 points each, while Jameson Murray added 12 and Alex Little 10 for HCA, now 25-2 on the season.
Other boys games: Fort Campbell edged Todd Central 70-68, Grayson County got by South Warren 51-47.
Girls: Todd Central over Fort Campbell 54-26, Henderson County defeated Owensboro Catholic 67-60.
University Heights hosts Senior Night as the Blazers and Lady Blazers host Logan County. 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.
Boys: Christian County travels to Muhlenberg County, Fort Campbell hosts Crittenden County, Russellville hosts Bowling Green, Todd Central goes to Trigg County, Caldwell County at Webster County, Hopkins Central at Henderson County, Dawson Springs at Community Christian, Calloway County hosts Paducah Tilghman, Union County at Daviess County, Marshall County hosts Mayfield, Warren Central hosts Allen County Scottsville, Warren East hosts Franklin Simpson.
Girls: Hopkinsville hosts Madisonville, Dawson Springs at Community Christian, Trigg County hosts Todd Central, Hopkins Central hosts Crittenden County, Russellville hosts Bowling Green, Henderson County at Murray, Livingston Central at Lone Oak, Calloway County hosts Paducah Tilghman, Marshall County hosts Ballard Memorial, Warren Central hosts Allen County Scottsville and Warren East welcomes Franklin Simpson.
Second ranked Syracuse nipped 18th ranked Louisville 52-51.
Women’s scores: In the OVC—Austin Peay defeated Murray State 85-72. In the SEC—number 11 Tennessee rolled over 7th ranked Kentucky 91-54.
Tonight’s games: Manhattan meets Siena, LSU takes on Mississippi State.
Kentucky remains number one in both the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and the Associated Press poll, with Murray State diving to 14th in the ESPN/USA Today poll and 16th in the AP poll. Louisville is ranked 18th in the ESPN/USA Today poll and 19th in the AP Poll.
Dickie V is coming to Murray State. ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale announced over the weekend he will be doing the ESPN Bracketbuster game between the Racers and St. Mary at 5 pm Saturday. It will be Vitale’s first trip to the CFSB Center and he will be joined by play by play man Dave O’ Brien. The game will be on either ESPN or ESPN 2.
Murray State’s Isaiah Cannan was named co-OVC player of the week Monday. Cannan had averaged 27 points and shot 68 percent in games last week against Tennessee State and Austin Peay. Cannan is sharing the honor this week with Tennessee State’s Robert Covington.
Kentucky’s Marquis Teague was named the SEC Freshman of the Week Monday. Teague averaged 12 and a half points and nine and a half assists in wins over 8th ranked Florida and Vanderbilt.
The Courier Journal reports Western Kentucky University appears to be assembling a group of finalists for the men’s basketball coaches position.
Despite the fact interim coach Ray Harper has won three of six games he’s coached and fans are coming back to Diddle Arena, president Gary Ransdell and athletics director Ross Bjork are assembling a group of finalists, with Ransdell and Bjork to make the final decision on whether to let Harper stay permanently or hire a new leader.
Ransdell says he prefers someone with head coaching experience, which Harper has with Kentucky Wesleyan and Oklahoma City. Some other names that have been mentioned include Louisville assistant Richard Pitino, Florida assistant and Kentucky native John Pelphrey and UK assistant Orlando Antigua.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt coach James Franklin will not comment if Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien is transferring to play for the Commodores. Maryland announced the transfers of three players, including O’ Brien on Monday. O’Brien was the 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year, when Franklin was the Terrapins offensive coordinator.
The Nashville Predators are back on the ice this evening, hosting the Chicago Blackhawks. First puck at the Bridgestone Arena drops at 7.