Heritage Christian Academy’s softball team is ranked number one in the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association Power Poll this week. Meanwhile, the Warriors baseball team is ranked third in the KCAA power poll this week, as Lakeside Christian is number one.
Thirty-two high school student athletes from across the commonwealth had been selected as regional winners of the 2012 Forcht Bank/Kentucky National Insurance KHSAA Sportsmanship Awards. The 2nd region winners are Ben Puckett of Dawson Springs High and Rachel Gaddis of Hopkins Central.
One boy and girl will be selected as statewide winners at a banquet to be held Sunday in Lexington. The state winners will get a one time $3,000 scholarship from Forcht Bank and Kentucky National Insurance.
CBS Sports.com reports Southern Mississippi could name its new basketball coach today and two of the candidates have Kentucky ties. Morehead State head coach Donnie Tyndall and former UK basketball great Sean Woods, the head coach at Mississippi Valley State are being mentioned for the job.
The school’s top choice, Kermit Davis, has received a five year contract to stay at Middle Tennessee. Southern Miss is looking to replace Larry Eustachy, who recently was named the new coach at Colorado State.
A New York man is about to make the bet of his life. Joel Einhorn—a lifetime horse racing fan—will place a $100,000 wager in the Kentucky Derby. Einhorn is placing a “win” bet, meaning he has to correctly pick the winning horse.
Einhorn has not decided which horse will receive his wager and he is not telling anyone until he walks up to the wager window at Churchill Downs on Derby Day. Two years ago, a Houston man correctly betted on the winner Super Saver and won $900,000.
As the NFL Draft takes place this evening in New York, the St. Louis Rams say running back Stephen Jackson is not unhappy with his contract. The Rams say they are not interested in trading the two time Pro Bowl selection. Coach Jeff Fisher says he believes rumors that Jackson was unhappy came from someone trying to drum up excitement.
The Rams have the sixth pick in the draft this evening and mock drafts have them taking wide received Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State.
Citing NFL sources, ESPN.com reports the NFL is considering suspending the Pro Bowl for next season and beyond. Sources say NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is considering suspending this year’s game in part due to lack of competitiveness in recent Pro Bowls.
The next Pro Bowl is scheduled the week before the Super Bowl in New Orleans on February 3rd, but a game site has not been listed because of its precarious state.
High School Baseball: Hopkinsville won its third game in as many days, downing Henderson County—the 2nd region favorite—5-3 at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers scored four times in the 6th inning thanks in part to a two run hit by Gant Unfried to get the win. Hutton White pitched a complete game allowing three runs on five hits and struck out seven. Hopkinsville is now 13-9 on the season.
Today’s games: University Heights at Paducah Tilghman, Fort Campbell hosts Springfield, TN, Russellville travels to Kenwood, TN, Caldwell County welcomes Hopkins Central, Trigg County at Stewart County, TN, Madisonville hosts Whitesville-Trinity, Webster County plays Union County and Lyon County at Livingston Central.
High School Softball: Hopkinsville hosts Russellville, University Heights entertains Logan County, Todd Central hosts Trigg County, Caldwell County goes to Dawson Springs, Lyon County at Livingston Central, Union County at Webster County.
Christian County moves up to 5th in this week’s Kentucky Softball Coaches Association poll, which has defending state champion Allen County Scottsville number one again this week. Greenwood is 7th, Owensboro Catholic 9th, Reidland 12th, Bowling Green 15th, Heath 19th, Hopkins Central 23rd, Muhlenberg County 24th and Livingston Central 25th.
Four Fort Campbell football players signed national letters of intent Wednesday. The Kentucky New Era reports wide receiver-defensive back Marcus Tucker signed with Kentucky Wesleyan, offensive lineman Chance Von Dette signed with Bethel University, offensive and defensive lineman Brady Jorstad signed with Cumberland University and Corey Terry signed with Bethel University.
Christian County will have three football players sign letters of intent today. The ceremony takes place at 2:30 at Christian County High School.
College Basketball: Curtis Turley, who served as director of basketball operations for Western Kentucky’s women’s basketball program last season, has been promoted to assistant coach by new head coach Michelle Clark-Heard. Turley was an ultra successful high school coach for many years, coaching at such schools as Lyon County, Henderson County, Warren Central, Greenwood just to name a few.
The Tennessean reports Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis has agreed in principle to a new five year contract after withdrawing his name from consideration for the head coaching vacancy at Southern Mississippi.
NFL: The NFL Draft takes place this evening and the Tennessee Titans have the 20th overall pick. General Manager Ruston Webster says the Titans choice is very simple, making sure to take the best player available.
NHL: The Nashville Predators Western Conference semifinal series with the Phoenix Coyotes begins on Friday at Phoenix. Game two of the series will be Sunday in Phoenix, with games three and four in Nashville next Wednesday and Friday. Times have not been determined as of now.
Preds goalie Pekka Rinne was nominated Wednesday for the Vezina Award, given yearly to the NHL’s top goaltender. It’s the second consecutive year Rinne has been nominated.
Minor League Baseball: Following an off day, the Nashville Sounds open a series this evening at the Iowa Cubs. The Sounds will try to snap a nine game losing streak.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost the first of a three game set at Beloit 9-3, with game two of the series this evening.
PGA Tour: Kentuckians Steve Flesch and JB Holmes are in the field for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans which begins today. Bubba Watson—who won last year—will be back in action for the first time since winning the Masters.
University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari and his staff will serve as honorary grand marshals for the Pegasus Parade next Thursday in Louisville. The coaches will bring along the national championship trophy for fans to see along the parade route. Singer Cyndi Lauper is the grand marshal of the event, part of Kentucky Derby festivities.
It appears Kentucky basketball administrative assistant Rod Strickland will not be joining new coach Larry Brown’s staff at SMU. It was first reported last week by Kentucky Sports Radio’s website Strickland was leaving John Calipari’s staff.
Calipari told ESPN’s Andy Katz Tuesday his coaching staff would stay intact. Calipari also said he hopes to sign one more recruit to his stellar recruiting class.
University of Kentucky basketball signee Alex Poythress of Clarksville Northeast has added another award to his list of post season honors. The Leaf Chronicle reports Poythress was named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Class AAA All State basketball team for the second consecutive year.
Multiple stakes winner Isn’t He Clever will not run in the Kentucky Derby. The Courier Journal reports trainer Steve Ausmussen said the horse is out of consideration for the Derby. Isn’t He Clever finished 8th at the Arkansas Derby.
Major League Baseball this afternoon has the St. Louis Cardinals at the Chicago Cubs, while Cincinnati hosts San Francisco this evening along with Atlanta at Los Angeles.
Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne has been named as one of the three finalists for the NHL Vezina Award for top goaltender. It’s the second year Rinne has been nominated for the award.
High School Baseball: Hopkinsville wrapped up the top seed for the 8th district tournament to be held next month after a 13-1 win over University Heights. The Tigers got a one run, four hit pitching performance from Gus Sholar to get the win.
Jack Gardner and Rashad Lewis each had three hits for the Tigers, now 12-9 overall and 5-1 in district play. University Heights was led by Darian McCombs with two hits in falling to 6-8 and 2-2 in district play.
Christian County defeated Fort Campbell for the second straight game 3-1 at Colonel Field. Joey Deck fired a four hitter for the Colonels and struck out seven batters. Christian County is 9-14 overall/2-2 in district play, while Fort Campbell is 8-11 and 1-5 in district play.
Elsewhere: Hopkins Central over Dawson Springs 17-7 in 6 innings, Franklin Simpson edged Russellville 5-4 in 8 innings, Henderson County shutout Webster County 10-0 in 5 innings, Calloway County over Marshall County 2-1 in 8 innings.
Today’s game: Hopkinsville hosts Henderson County.
High School Softball: Sixth ranked Christian County improved to 15-3/3-0 in 8th district play with a 8-0 win over University Heights. The Lady Blazers are now 11-10 and 4-1 in district action.
Elsewhere: Todd Central defeated Franklin Simpson 4-2, Lyon County swept Trigg County in a doubleheader 5-3 and 14-4, Logan County over Russellville 15-5 in 5 innings, Hopkins Central over Caldwell County 10-2, Livingston Central over Graves County 10-1.
High School Tennis: UHA’s boys and girls won matches over Hopkins Central Tuesday. The Blazers won 9-0, while the Lady Blazers won 7-2.
Christian County softball coach Jim Perrin is one of this year’s inductees into the Dawhares/KHSAA Hall of Fame. Perrin will be one of several inductees including former Warren Central football coach Joe Hood, former Allen County basketball standout Jim McDaniels, and former Paducah Tilghman football and track standout Randy Wyatt. The ceremonies will take place Saturday night in Lexington.
The Bowling Green Daily News reports D.G. Sherrill has been named Bowling Green High School’s athletic director. Sherrill, who will remain as boys basketball coach, is replacing the retiring Monroe Joiner. Sherrill once served as girls basketball coach at Hopkinsville High School and was at Allen County Scottsville before going to Bowling Green High.
College Basketball: Former University of Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt is going to write a memoir. Summitt will collaborate with Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins and tell her life story, including her battle with early onset dementia-Alzheimer’s type. The book will be out in the spring of 2013.
The Bowling Green Daily News reported Tuesday rising sophomore forward Tyisha Amos is leaving Western Kentucky’s women’s basketball program. Amos is the second player in as many days to announce her intentions to leave, joining Summer Fife who made her decision Monday.
NHL: As play continues in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, the Nashville Predators await to find out when their series in the Western Conference semifinals begins with the Phoenix Coyotes. According to a story on the Predators website, the series could start as early as Friday.
Meanwhile, Predators general manager David Poile has been nominated for NHL General Manager of the Year for the third straight year. This year’s other nominees are: Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues and Dale Tallon of the Florida Panthers.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods wrapped up a series with Quad Cities winning 3-2. The Hot Rods open a series this evening at the Beloit Snappers.
The Nashville Sounds losing skid hits nine as they fall at Omaha 5-3. Following an off day today, the Sounds open a series at the Iowa Cubs Thursday night.
The University of Arkansas will hold a news conference this afternoon to introduce John L. Smith as its new football coach. Smith replaces Bobby Petrino who was recently fired. Smith had been Arkansas special teams coach the last three years before becoming the head coach at his alma mater, Weber State last December.
Former University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt is working on her memoir. Summitt will collaborate with Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins on the book, which will cover Summitt’s “full life journey” including her battle with onset early dementia-Alzheimer’s type. The book is expected to be out in spring 2013.
Major League Baseball: The national champion Kentucky Wildcats basketball team will be honored prior to the first pitch of tonight’s game between the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants at Great American Ballpark. Coach John Calipari and many of the players will be on hand for the event.
Other games this evening include the St. Louis Cardinals against the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves at the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Nashville Predators general manager David Poile has been nominated for NHL General Manager of the Year. It marks the third straight year Poile has been nominated for the award. This year's other nominees are Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues and Dale Tallon of the Florida Panthers.