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.
High School Baseball: Bowling Green over Logan County 12-3, Calloway County over Dyer County, TN 9-2, Murray over Watertown, TN 13-3.
Today’s games: Fort Campbell meets Carlisle County, Trigg County meets Murray, Dawson Springs goes against Fulton City at the Tiger Classic, Russellville travels to West Creek, TN, Caldwell County at Reidland, Madisonville hosts Henderson County, Union County at Lyon County, Hopkins Central at Muhlenberg County.
High School Softball: Barren County run ruled Logan County 22-8 in 5 innings, Henderson County over Webster County 6-2.
Today’s games: Hopkinsville at Madisonville, Caldwell County at Murray, Trigg County hosts Dawson Springs, Russellville at Edmonson County.
Representatives for the Hoptown Hoppers were on hand at the Kiwanis Club meeting Thursday to tell the history of Hoppers baseball and tell about the new Ohio Valley League coming to town this summer. Team president Carter Hendricks says sponsorships are still needed, along with those who would be interested in housing players this summer and that season passes are now available.
If you need more information, contact Carter Hendricks at 348-6226. Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP will be the voice of Hoppers baseball, broadcasting all 20 home games and playoff games this season.
The Louisville Cardinals got 15 points and eight rebounds from Chane Behanan in defeating Michigan State 57-44 in West Regional action in Phoenix. Russ Smith added 11 for the Cards who now face Florida who defeated Marquette 68-58 in the other semi final. Louisville and Florida play Saturday.
In the East Regional, top seed Syracuse held off Wisconsin 64-63 and Ohio State defeated Cincinnati 81-66. Syracuse and Ohio State meet in Boston tomorrow in the East Regional final.
Top seed Kentucky meets Indiana in a rematch of one of the two losses for the Wildcats this season in a South Regional semi final tonight in Atlanta. Tipoff at 8:45, with pre game coverage at 7 on Lite 98.7. The winner meets either Baylor or Xavier, who play in the first game on Sunday.
In the Midwest region semifinals in St. Louis, North Carolina meets Ohio University, without the services of guard Kendall Marshall who broke the wrist in his non shooting hand against Creighton Sunday, with the other game featuring Kansas and North Carolina State. Coverage of tonight’s action begins at 6 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
ESPN reported Thursday Kentucky freshman Michael Kidd Gilchrist is going to the NBA Draft, however the Courier Journal reports Kidd Gilchrist said on Twitter that he does not know where the report is coming from and that it was his decision whether he would return or go pro. Earlier this month, Kidd Gilchrist said he planned to stay all four years at Kentucky.
UK signee Alex Poythress was named Tennessee’s Gatorade Player of the Year Thursday. The Clarksville Northeast senior averaged 28 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks this past season. Poythress is also a McDonald’s All American selection.
Western Kentucky University hired a new women’s basketball coach Thursday. Former Lady Topper Michelle Clark-Heard will replace Mary Taylor Cowles. Clark played for Western from 1987-90. She has been an assistant coach at Louisville the last five seasons and before that served two years as head coach at Division Two Kentucky State.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck says he understands why the Titans tried to sign free agent quarterback Peyton Manning. Hasselbeck sais Thursday he has a ton of respect for Manning and expected there would be interest from the Titans. Hasselbeck says he plans to move on and take care of what he controls.
The Nashville Predators lost at Pittsburgh 5-1 Thursday night, with Alexander Radulov—playing in his first game since 2008—scoring Nashville’s lone goal. The Predators are back in action tomorrow night hosting the Winnipeg Jets at 6 in Bridgestone Arena.
Western Kentucky University has hired another of its former players to be the new coach for Lady Topper Basketball. Michelle Clark-Heard, who played for the Lady Toppers from 1987-90 was named today to replace Mary Taylor Cowles.
Clark-Heard had been an assistant the last five years at the University of Louisville, and before that was head coach at Division II Kentucky State for two years. Clark began her coaching career for former Western women's coach Paul Sanderford when he was the head coach at the University of Nebraska.