Tickets are on sale for the Christian County High Athletics Hall of Fame luncheon and ceremony to be held Saturday beginning at 11:30 am at Christian County High school cafeteria. Tickets are 10 dollars each and can be purchased at Heritage Bank, Remax Advantage Realtors and Christian County High School.
University Heights Academy will honor its 1992 Sweet 16 championship basketball team this Saturday at halftime of its basketball game with Apollo. Following the game, there will be an invitation only reception at Harper House. For more information on the event, contact athletic director Dick Weaver at 886-0254.
The 2nd region umpire’s association is looking for persons interested in umpiring high school baseball this spring. If you need more information, contact Matt Bell at 270-871-6956.
The 2nd region softball umpire’s association will hold its first meeting Sunday January 8th at 2 pm at Broadway Elementary School in Providence. Anyone interested in umpiring this spring is asked to contact Del Brantley at 270-836-0649 for more information.
High School Basketball
Boys: Crosstown rivals Hopkinsville and University Heights open the 8th district portion of the season this evening at Tiger Gym. Tipoff is set for 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Elsewhere this evening: Hopkins Central hosts Caldwell County, Henderson County welcomes Union County, Dawson Springs plays at Christian Fellowship, Murray at Fulton City.
Girls: Caldwell County at Hopkins Central, Muhlenberg County hosts McLean County, Livingston Central at Community Christian, Webster County at Graves County, Ohio County hosts Warren Central, Calloway County at Massac County, IL and Ballard Memorial meets Marion, IL.
Fifth ranked Louisville made easy work of IUPUI winning 90-60 at the KFC Yum Center Wednesday night. Gorugi Deng had a career high 18 points and 12 rebounds. It’s the 16th consecutive home win for the Cardinals.
Elsewhere last night: Western Kentucky defeated Southern Illinois 62-55, Manhattan over Fordham 81-47—former Christian County standout Donovan Kates had 10 points off the bench in the win for the Jespers and Vanderbilt edged Davidson 87-83.
Women’s action saw Tennessee Tech defeat Western Kentucky 69-59.
Tonight’s action has Kentucky’s women’s team hosting Duke at Rupp Arena.
For the second straight season, Austin Peay’s Anthony Campbell has seen his season end due to a knee injury. Campbell suffered lateral and medial meniscus tears in Monday night’s win over Arkansas State.
Western Kentucky University announced coach Willie Taggart has received a contract extension through 2019 and a pay raise. The school announced Wednesday Taggart’s base salary will increase from 225 to 475 thousand dollars. Taggart in his second season led the Hilltoppers to a 7-5 record and a second place finish in the Sun Belt Conference.
Western Kentucky running back Bobby Rainey has been named the Sun Belt Conference offensive player of the year. The senior rushed for 16 hundred 95 yards in setting a single season record for the Hilltoppers this season. Rainey is also the second player in Sun Belt history to win the Offensive Player of the Year in consecutive seasons.
Louisville’s football commitment list for 2012 has reached 17 players. The Courier Journal reports defensive tackle DeQuan Ivery of Columbia High School in Lake City, Florida intends to play for the Cards next season.
Tennessee Titans rookie linebacker Colin McCarthy was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week Wednesday. In making just his third start, McCarthy had 11 tackles, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in the Titans 23-17 win at Buffalo last Sunday.
The NFL weekend kicks off tonight as AFC North rivals Cleveland and Pittsburgh meet at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
The Nashville Predators are back in action this evening on the road against the Columbus Blue Jackets. First puck drops at 6 in Nationwide Arena.