The Courier Journal reports the national champion Kentucky Wildcats basketball team is headed to Washington, DC. The Wildcats will be recognized for their national championshp season at the White House Friday afternoon and have a chance to meet President Barack Obama. Coach John Calipari says he is excited for his players to have a chance to meet the President.
Henderson County High School has organized a selection committee in its search for a new boys basketball coach. The Henderson Gleaner reports the committee has its first meeting today. There is also an online survey that asks the public what qualities it would like to see in a new coach.
Henderson County is seeking a replacement for Mark Starns whose contract was not renewed after five seasons. The school is hoping to begin interviews May 7th, with a new coach to hopefully be in place by May 21st.
The Georgetown News-Graphic reported Monday Georgetown College’s board of trustees has voted unanimously to apply to become a member of NCAA Division Two. Georgetown has been a long time member of NAIA in all sports and recently toyed with the idea of going Division Three before voting against the move. Application is to be made by June 1st to the NCAA with a decision to be made by July 15th.
Hopkinsville native Larry Jones says his horse Mark Valeski will not run in the Kentucky Derby Saturday. Jones tells the Courier Journal he felt the horse was not training like he was ready to win the Run for the Roses. It was also announced Optimizer, trained by D Wayne Lukas will run on Saturday.
The Bowling Green Daily News reports the Godaddy.com Bowl, the Sun Belt Conference and the Mid American conference have agreed the bowl game will continue to match a team from the Sun Belt and the MAC through the 2017 season. The contract was to have expired following the 2013 game. The game will be played January 6th in Mobile, Alabama.
Major League Baseball: There’s a full slate of game in both the American and National Leagues this evening. The Chicago Cubs are at Cincinnati, Atlanta hosts Philadelphia and St. Louis entertains Pittsburgh.
NBA: Three games are on the playoff schedule for this evening including Boston at Atlanta where the Hawks lead 1-0. Philadelphia is at Chicago where the Bulls lead 1-0 and Denver is at the LA Lakers, where the Lakers lead 1-0.
NHL: One game tonight has Philadelphia hosting New Jersey, with the Flyers holding a 1-0 lead in the series.
As the Nashville Predators prepare for game three of their Western Conference series Wednesday night against Phoenix, one area which needs improvement is defensive play.
The Predators have allowed nine goals to the Coyotes in the first two games of the series, after allowing nine in the entire first round series against Detroit. Coverage of tomorrow night’s game from Bridgestone Arena at 8 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
High School Baseball: Madisonville defeated Christian County 5-1, Fort Campbell defeated Hopkins Central 6-2 in a rain shortened 6 inning game.
Today’s games: Christian County hosts Muhlenberg County, Fort Campbell at Northwest, Todd Central at Franklin Simpson, Caldwell County at Madisonville, Trigg County welcomes Murray and Union County hosts Hopkins Central.
High School Softball: Caldwell County edged University Heights 6-5 in 9 innings.
Today’s games: Christian County hosts Hopkinsville in 8th district action at Lady Colonel Field. 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.
Other games have University Heights at Paducah Tilghman, Fort Campbell at Trigg County, Todd Central hosting Russellville, Logan County at Franklin Simpson, Madisonville at Hopkins Central, Dawson Springs hosts Webster County, Murray at Calloway County.
College Baseball: Former Christian County player and University of Memphis senior pitcher Chase Joiner has been named the Conference USA pitcher of the week. Joiner threw his second complete game of the season in defeating Central Florida 1-0 Sunday.
Joiner allowed 5 hits, struck out 4 and walked 2 in getting his second complete game of the season. It’s also the second time Joiner has been named CUSA pitcher of the week.
College Basketball: Louisville coach Rick Pitino introduced Kareem Richardson and Doug Davenport as new assistant coaches Monday.
Pitino also announced player Luke Hancock, who sat out this season after transferring from George Mason, injured his right shoulder in a pickup game last week. The Courier Journal reports Hancock had an MRI and will undergo surgery. Pitino says Hancock will be ready to go by fall practice.
Southern Mississippi introduced its new basketball coach Monday as former Morehead State head coach Donnie Tyndall will replace Larry Eustachy, who recently became the head coach at Colorado State.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans brought the Titans Caravan to Hopkinsville Monday afternoon, where a large crowd greeted quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and offensive lineman Michael Roos at O’Charley’s.
Hasselbeck says after just missing the playoffs last season, the Titans are optimistic to make it back to the playoffs this season. Roos says adding wide receiver Kendall Wright as the number one draft pick adds an extra threat to the Titans offense and those drafted on defense will be of great help to the team.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds won their second straight game, defeating Omaha 4-3. Game two of the series is set for this evening. The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost the series finale at Wisconsin 7-2. The Hot Rods have an off day today.
Hopkinsville High's softball game at Trigg County has been cancelled due to the rain in the area this afternoon.
Only one player west of Interstate 65 has been selected for the Kentucky Boys All Star basketball team that will meet Indiana’s best in early June. The Courier Journal reports Twin Lancaster of Logan County is the only player from western Kentucky selected to the roster. Kentucky will meet Indiana June 8th in Louisville’s Freedom Hall and June 9th at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
As WHOP Sports reported this morning, Hopkinsville High’s Christy Soldo has been selected for the Kentucky girls all star team.
The Courier Journal reports University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino will officially introduce Kareem Richardson as the Cards new assistant coach at an afternoon news conference. Richardson comes to Louisville from Xavier University and replaces Richard Pitino, who was recently named head coach at Florida International.
The Tennessee Titans have signed 15 undrafted free agents today, including offensive guard Chandler Burden of Kentucky and tight end Brandon Barden of Vanderbilt. The Titans have also signed undrafted punter/kicker Will Baston of North Alabama.
Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher is among three finalists for the NHL's Foundation Player Award. The award is presented annually to the player who applies the core values of hockey to further enrich his community. The winner will be announced during the 2012 NHL Awards to be held June 20th in Las Vegas.
Major League Baseball has 12 games, six in each league on the schedule for this Monday. Games include the Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia and Atlanta hosts Pittsburgh.
Three games highlight the NBA playoff schedule this evening: New York is at Miami where the Heat lead 1-0, Orlando at Indiana where the Magic lead 1-0 and Dallas is at Oklahoma City where the Thunder lead 1-0.
Two games in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs this evening have the New York Rangers hosting Washington leading the series 1-0 and Los Angeles at St. Louis with the Kings holding a 1-0 in the series.
High School Baseball: Christian County hosts Madisonville, Fort Campbell welcomes Hopkins Central, University Heights hosts Logan County, Russellville welcomes Trigg County, Caldwell County hosts Livingston Central, Lyon County entertains Crittenden County, Calloway County hosts Marshall County.
High School Softball: Hopkinsville travels to Trigg County, University Heights goes to Caldwell County, Logan County entertains Butler County, Russellville at Ohio County, Madisonville plays at Webster County, Hopkins Central hosts Union County, Calloway County at Graves County.
Weekend wrap: Former Christian County three sport star Keith Tandy was taken in the 6th round of the NFL Draft Saturday by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tandy was a two time first team All Big East player for West Virginia. Tandy finished his West Virginia career in January leading the Mountaineers to a 70-33 win over Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
Christian County softball coach and former wrestling coach Jim Perrin was placed into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame during ceremonies Saturday night in Lexington. Perrin has won four state softball titles and led the Colonel wrestling program to the 1988 state championship.
Christian County’s wrestling team had its season ending banquet Sunday. Some of the honorees were: Kory Polley and JJ Killebrew were chosen as Most Outstanding Wrestlers, Kevi Matlock was named Most Improved, Rookie of the year was Tre’ Sells and Caleb Austin won the 110% Award.
Hopkinsville High golfer Dayton Jones finished third at this weekend’s Golfweek Junior Tour stop at Hueston Woods Golf Club in Oxford, Ohio. Jones opened with a 77 on Saturday and rallied back with a 72 Sunday to finish at 151, four strokes behind the winner.
Hopkinsville High girls basketball player Christy Soldo has been selected to play for the Kentucky All Stars against Indiana in June. The games will be played June 8th at Freedom Hall and June 9th at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Soldo, who has committed to Murray State is joined on the All Star team by Western Kentucky signees Micah Jones of Green County, LeAsia Wright of Manual and Kendall Noble of Perry County Central.
NFL: The Tennessee Titans bring the Titans Caravan to Hopkinsville later today. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and offensive lineman Michael Roos are scheduled to join the Voice of the Titans Mike Keith and mascot T-Rac at O’Charley’s on Fort Campbell Boulevard beginning at 5:45.
The Tennessean reports the Titans have signed former Tennessee quarterback Nick Stephens. Stephens played at Division 2 Tarleton State in Texas after leaving UT. Stephens passed for 3,005 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. Stephens played for the Vols in 2008 and 2009.
Former Western Kentucky running back Bobby Rainey and defensive back Derrius Brooks were not selected in the NFL Draft this weekend, however, they both have signed free agent contracts. The Bowling Green Daily News reports Rainey has signed with the Baltimore Ravens and Brooks inked with the Cincinnati Bengals.
NHL: The Nashville Predators trail the Phoenix Coyotes two games to none in their Western Conference semifinal series after falling 5-3 last night in Phoenix. Game three is Wednesday night in Nashville, with airtime at 8 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Minor League Baseball: The Nashville Sounds were rained out against the Iowa Cubs Sunday. The Sounds open a series with the Omaha Storm Chasers at 7:05 tonight at Greer Stadium.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost 5-2 at the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Sunday, with the finale of the series this evening.