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.
High School Baseball: University Heights hosts Crittenden County, Christian County entertains Hopkins Central, Fort Campbell travels to Houston County, TN, Trigg County entertains Graves County, Russellville welcomes West Creek, TN, Logan County hosts Bowling Green, Caldwell County hosts Dawson Springs, Madisonville travels to Muhlenberg County, Livingston Central entertains Union County.
High School Softball: University Heights is in 8th district action at Fort Campbell, Todd Central at Russellville, Logan County hosts Barren County, Caldwell County welcomes Lyon County, Hopkins Central goes to McLean County, Henderson County entertains Webster County, Madisonville at Union County, Mayfield battles Graves County, Paducah Tilghman at St. Mary and Murray is at Reidland.
High School Tennis: University Heights met Henderson County on Wednesday, with the Blazers losing their match 3-6, while the Lady Blazers won 6-3.
Christian County student/athlete Kimberly Hyde signed a collegiate letter Wednesday to play soccer for Brescia University. Hyde is the second Lady Colonel player to sign with Brescia for the 2012-13 school year, joining teammate Brittany Mason.
The NCAA Tournament continues tonight with play in the East and West Regionals. In the West at Phoenix, Louisville meets top seed Michigan State, with Marquette playing Florida in the second game.
East Regional action in Boston has Syracuse going against Wisconsin, while Ohio State meets Cincinnati. Coverage of all four games begins at 6 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Kentucky plays Indiana in the South Regional tomorrow night in Atlanta, with tip off at 8:45. Pre game coverage begins at 7 on Lite 98.7. Baylor and Xavier play in the opening game of the evening at the Georgia Dome.
Western Kentucky University athletics director Ross Bjork has confirmed he will be leaving to accept a similar position at Ole Miss. The 39-year-old Bjork has served as Western’s AD since 2010. Bjork will replace Pete Boone who is retiring after 13 years as Ole Miss AD.
College Softball: Former Christian County standout Griffin Joiner and the Kentucky Wildcats defeated Western Kentucky 4-2 in Bowling Green Wednesday night. Joiner was 1 for 2 at the plate with a run scored and threw out a base runner. Kentucky is 13-15 on the season and plays at Auburn this weekend.
College Baseball: Western Kentucky used a six run inning in downing Austin Peay 12-8 at Raymond C. Hand Park in Clarksville.
NHL: The Nashville Predators are back in action this evening at the Pittsburgh Penguins. First puck drops at 6 pm.
PGA Tour: The Arnold Palmer Invitational begins today at Bay Hill near Orlando, with Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker and former UK golfer JB Holmes in the field.
Sports Weekly presented by Toyota of Hopkinsville comes your way at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com. Todd Hamilton visits with University of Kentucky radio voice Tom Leach and University of Louisville radio voice Paul Rogers, along with interviews with some of the area high school baseball coaches.
High School Softball: Christian County opened the season with a 6-2 win over Lone Oak, Hopkinsville over Logan County 4-3, UHA rolled over Ohio County 12-4, Todd Central routed Dawson Springs 10-2, Trigg County defeated Russellville 8-2, Muhlenberg County edged Madisonville 2-1, Calloway County over Carlisle County 4-1.
High School Baseball: Caldwell County shutout University Heights 7-0, Hopkins Central defeated Todd Central 7-2, Muhlenberg County defeated Trigg County 13-3, Greenwood shutout Logan County 2-0, Russellville defeated Butler County 15-8, Webster County clubbed Madisonville 9-2, Murray shutout Carlisle County 17-0.
High School Tennis: University Heights hosted Fort Campbell’s boys and girls teams at Ruff Park and won both sets of matches by 9-0 scores.
Christian County softball player Zatoria Leavell signed to play college softball Tuesday for Campbellsville University. Leavell was a member of the Kentucky Junior All Star team and has led the Lady Colonels in runs scored and stolen bases the last two seasons. Leavell plans to major in sports management.
Hoppers Baseball: Two more local players are on the roster for the Hoptown Hoppers, who open Ohio Valley League play at Fulton June 1st. Former Hopkinsville High pitcher Josh Drake and former Christian County pitcher Kyle Spencer will join former University Heights star Matt McGowan on the club.
Season passes are now on sale by contacting the Christian County Chamber of Commerce at 885-9096, where you can also learn more information about housing players coming to town for the season.
The finalists have been announced for Kentucky high school Mr. Basketball. This year’s finalists are Matt Day of Buckhorn, Nathan Dieudonne of Trinity, Tamron Manning of Scott County, Mekale McKay of Louisville Moore and Adam Wing of Rowan County. The winners for Mr. and Miss Basketball will be announced at a dinner April 28th in Louisville.
College Basketball: Vanderbilt’s women’s team lost to Duke in the second round of the NCAA tournament by the score of 96-80. Vanderbilt finishes the season 23-10.
Play continues tomorrow night in the men’s tournament including Louisville meeting Michigan State in West regional action. You can hear coverage beginning at 6 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Sources tell WHOP Sports Western Kentucky University began interviews Tuesday for a new women’s basketball coach to replace Mary Taylor Cowles. However, not only is there a search for that job, there will also apparently be a search for a new athletics director.
Reports indicate Ross Bjork is headed for a similar position at Ole Miss. However, Western officials have not confirmed or denied Bjork has accepted the job according to WBKO-TV.
The University of Kentucky begins spring practice today, and will hold 14 practices before the annual Blue-White scrimmage on April 21st. Coach Joker Phillips tells the Lexington Herald Leader he is excited to begin the spring, especially after the way the Wildcats finished off the 2011 season. The Wildcats were 5-7 last year.
The Tennessee Titans signed defensive end Kamerion Wimbley to a five year, 35 million dollar deal Tuesday. Wimbley played the last two seasons for the Oakland Raiders and is expected to significantly help a defense that was 31st in quarterback sacks in the NFL last season.
The Nashville Predators fell to the Edmonton Oilers 6-3 at Bridgestone Arena last night. The Predators are back in action Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The National Association of Basketball Coaches have announced their All American teams. Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis was named to the first team, while teammate Michael Kidd Glichrist and Murray State's Isaiah Cannan were named to the third team.
Meanwhile, Davis is also a finalist for the Naismith Trophy for college basketball's player of the year presented by the Atlanta Athletic Club and A-T & T. Davis along with Kansas junior Thomas Robinson, Michigan State's Draymond Green and Creighton sophomore Doug McDermott are the finalists for the award to be presented during the Final Four in New Orleans.
Former Illinois basketball coach Bruce Weber is reportedly planning to interview for the vacancy at Southern Illinois. Weber was the Salukis head coach from 1998-2003 and lead Illinois to a national championship game appearance in 2005. Weber was fired by Illinois March 9th. Names being circulated to be Weber's replacement include VCU's Shaka Smart, Butler's Brad Stevens and Florida State's Leonard Hamilton.
Tickets are becoming more sparse for the appearance April 20th at Graves County High School by current Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. Tebow will be the featured speaker for the Night With A Champion to be held at the Eagles Nest Gymnasium. Ticket prices range from 25-100 dollars per seat. For more information, contact Graves County High athletics director Doug Gloyd at 270-674-4884 or 270-328-4884.
High School Softball: University Heights scored seven times in the third inning in defeating Hopkinsville 11-5. The Lady Blazers got four hits from Hannah Shemwell, who also got the pitching win.
Sydney Davenport added three hits for UHA. Erin Ganley had two hits for the Lady Tigers, with Skyler Grant taking the pitching loss. UHA is 1-1 on the season and 1-0 in 8th district play, while Hopkinsville is 0-2 and 0-1 in the district.
Elsewhere: Todd Central defeated Jo Byrns 8-7 in 8 innings, Webster County over Caldwell County 10-8, Lyon County over Dawson Springs 15-10, Madisonville over Daviess County 10-0 in five innings, Muhlenberg County shutout Butler County 7-0.
Today’s games: Hopkinsville hosts Logan County, UHA travels to Ohio County, Christian County travels to Lone Oak, Todd Central goes to Dawson Springs, Madisonville hosts Muhlenberg County, Lyon County welcomes Henderson County, Union County at Livingston Central, Webster County at McLean County, Crittenden County hosts Mayfield.
High School Baseball: Muhlenberg County edged Hopkinsville 6-5 in 8 innings, Christian County defeated Trigg County 7-2, Russellville edged Fort Campbell 7-5, Springfield, TN over Todd Central 15-2, Calloway County shutout Caldwell County 5-0, Owensboro Catholic edged Madisonville 4-3, Henderson County run ruled Crittenden County 14-4 in five innings, Lyon County defeated Dawson Springs 15-10.
Today’s games: University Heights at Caldwell County, Fort Campbell hosts Sycamore, TN, Trigg County hosts Muhlenberg County, Madisonville entertains Webster County, Logan County entertains Greenwood, Hopkins Central welcomes Todd Central.
Heritage Christian Academy’s softball game against Clarksville Academy today has been cancelled and will be made up as part of a doubleheader at Clarksville Academy April 16th.
Christian County High golfer Jonathan Grabara signed a letter Monday to play collegiate golf for Lindsey Wilson College. He is the first of four Colonel student-athletes who will sign letters this week, with signings scheduled today, Thursday and Friday.
Women’s NCAA: Kentucky edged Green Bay 65-62 thanks to free throws by Keyla Snowden with five seconds left. Kentucky faces Gonzaga on Sunday.
Tennessee rolled over DePaul 63-48 and will face either Delaware or Kansas on Saturday.
Maryland defeated Louisville 72-68. The Lady Cardinals finish their season 23-10.
Tonight’s game: Vanderbilt meets Duke in Nashville.
NIT: Middle Tennessee ended Tennessee’s season with a 71-64 win in Knoxville. The Blue Raiders scored the last 15 points of the game to get the victory. UT finishes its first season under coach Cuonzo Martin at 19-15.
Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis was named the winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy Monday. The award is given by the U-S Basketball Writers Association to the top player in the nation. Davis is the second freshman to win the award. Davis is averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds for the top ranked Wildcats this season.
After a four game west coast swing, the Nashville Predators are back in action this evening hosting the Edmonton Oilers at Bridgestone Arena. Coverage of the game at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.