Heritage Christian Academy's boys basketball team is ranked number one in this week's Kentucky Christian Athletic Association PowerPoll. The Lady Warriors are ranked third in the girls KCAA PowerPoll this week. Both teams host Jo Byrns Monday night, with the broadcasts on NewsTalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and worldwide at whopam.com.
Christian County boys basketball coach Tyler Smithart has informed WHOP Sports the Colonels game with Dyer County, TN December 21st at Kenwood High School has been changed from a 6:30 pm tip off to a 5 pm tipoff.
Arkansas State has named Gus Malzahn as its new football coach today. Malzahn has been Auburn's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach the last three years. He was part of last year's national championship team. Malzahn replaces Hugh Freeze who left A-State last week to become the new coach at Ole Miss. The 10-2 Red Wolves will meet Northern Illinois in the GoDaddy.com Bowl January 8th.
Sports Weekly presented by Toyota of Hopkinsville airs at 5:08 this evening on NewsTalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Todd Hamilton’s guests will include Hopkinsville native and University of Kentucky assistant football coach Steve Pardue and a preview of this weekend’s Toyota of Hopkinsville basketball shootout.
High School Basketball
Boys: Hopkinsville led by as many as 19 points in the second half in downing Henderson County 63-49 Tuesday night. The Tigers had a trio in double figures with Lawrence Smith leading the way with 15 points, Jordan Majors added 13 and Darius White with 10. The 5-0 Tigers meet Warren Central in the first game of the Toyota of Hopkinsville Shootout Friday night at 5:30 in Tiger Gym.
Elsewhere: Community Christian beat Fort Campbell 65-50, Butler County defeated Todd Central 53-50, Glasgow edged Logan County 69-65, Madisonville over Hopkins Central 63-56, Webster County defeated Apollo 53-46, St. Mary defeated Graves County 56-41, Murray over Fulton County 73-23, Ohio County edged Muhlenberg County 53-51, Greenwood over Franklin Simpson 65-59, Warren East over South Warren 50-34, Bowling Green over Grayson County 60-49.
Girls: Christian County’s Lady Colonels erased a 24 point halftime deficit against Franklin Simpson, but fell to the Lady Wildcats 60-51 at Colonel Gym. Kimberly Hyde had 13 points to lead the Lady Colonels scoring. Christian County is 3-2 on the season .
Christy Soldo had 25 points in leading Hopkinsville to a 74-39 win over Crittenden County. The Lady Tigers improved to 5-1 on the season.
University Heights got a double-double of 16 points and 22 rebounds from Cache Richardson as the Lady Blazers defeated Caldwell County 56-44. UHA improved to 4-1 on the season and beat Caldwell County for only the second time in school history.
Elsewhere: Webster County defeated Trigg County 78-53, Community Christian over Fort Campbell 55-38, Todd Central rolled over Butler County 67-27, Hopkins Central over Madisonville 64-44, Lyon County over Dawson Springs 51-42, Murray over Paducah Tilghman 69-61, Mayfield over Reidland 54-34, Marshall County defeated Carlisle County 68-40, South Warren defeated Warren East 41-33, Glasgow over Logan County 64-26, Apollo edged Union County 42-39, Allen County Scottsville over Russellville 55-30.
Heritage Christian Academy’s Lady Warriors rolled over Lighthouse 58-19 Tuesday night. Grace Waldron led the Lady Warriors with nine points. HCA is now 4-3 on the season and will play Jo Byrns next Monday night at Warrior Gym as part of a boy-girl doubleheader, with both games on NewsTalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Women’s action saw 6th ranked Tennessee defeat 11th ranked Rutgers 67-61. The Lady Vols scored 13 straight points in the second half after trailing 54-51 with over eight minutes to play to get the victory. Tennessee is now 6-2 on the season.
Tonight’s games: Tennessee takes on Charleston.
Former Louisville football coach Vince Gibson has been diagnosed with ALS—better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gibson’s wife said Tuesday Gibson has lost use of his upper body and his ability to stand. The 78-year-old Gibson had a 75-98-2 record as a head coach.
The Nashville Predators picked up a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames in Bridgestone Arena. The Preds have won their last three games, all at home by one goal. Nashville meets Detroit tomorrow night at seven in Bridgestone Arena.
The Tennessean reports the Tennessee Titans have placed linebacker Barrett Ruud on the injured reserve list. Ruud has missed four of the last five games with a groin injury. The Titans have signed Kevin Malast to replace Ruud on the 53 man roster.
High School Basketball
Boys: Trigg County defeated Fort Campbell 83-75, Caldwell County over Dawson Springs 75-54, Mayfield edged Heath 64-62, Livingston Central over Fulton City 64-60, Hickman County defeated Community Christian 54-48 in overtime.
Girls: Logan County edged Fort Campbell 43-39, Russellville edged Warren Central 52-50, Henderson County defeated Webster County 59-43, Calloway County over Carlisle County 75-46, Community Christian over Hickman County 64-44, Greenwood over Butler County 66-35, Livingston Central rolled over Fulton City 63-15.
Boys: 2nd region powers Hopkinsville and Henderson County meet at Colonel Gym in Henderson. Tip off at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on News Talk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Elsewhere: Todd Central hosts Butler County, Fort Campbell welcomes Community Christian, Logan County hosts Glasgow, Webster County hosts Apollo, Muhlenberg County travels to Ohio County, Murray hosts Fulton County, Graves County hosts St. Mary, Mayfield goes to Fulton City, Lone Oak hosts Ballard Memorial, South Warren welcomes Warren East, Greenwood welcomes Franklin Simpson, Bowling Green hosts Grayson County.
Girls: Hopkinsville hosts Crittenden County, Christian County hosts Franklin Simpson, University Heights goes to Caldwell County, Fort Campbell hosts Community Christian, Trigg County at Webster County, Todd Central meets Butler County, Logan County welcomes Glasgow, Dawson Springs hosts Lyon County, Russellville travels to Allen County Scottsville, Madisonville at Hopkins Central, Graves County hosts St. Mary, Marshall County hosts Carlisle County, Mayfield hosts Reidland, Lone Oak welcomes Ballard Memorial, Murray hosts Paducah Tilghman, South Warren hosts Warren East.
There’s been a change in the site for the Saturday games in the Toyota of Hopkinsville Shootout. Instead of being played at three sites, the Saturday games will move to Christian County High School. University Heights plays Warren Central at 3, Christian County takes on Male at 5 and Hopkinsville goes against Muhlenberg County at 7 pm.
High School Soccer
Christian County Lady Colonel senior Brittany Mason signed a letter Monday to play collegiately at Brescia University in Owensboro. Mason was a two year player for the Lady Colonels.
Murray State is ranked 24th in the Associated Press college basketball poll this week, while being ranked 27th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll. The Racers put their 10-0 mark on the line Thursday night against Lipscomb at the CFSB Center.
Kentucky fell to third in both major polls, with Louisville number four. Syracuse is at the top of both polls this week.
Austin Peay senior Josh Terry received a couple of honors Monday. The senior from Henderson was named the Ohio Valley Conference player of the week, and the mid major player of the week from the website College Sports Madness. Terry’s late game play led to two Governor wins last week over Arkansas State and Tennessee.
Tonight’s game: Tennessee’s Lady Vols take on Rutgers.
As the Louisville Cardinals begin preparations to play North Carolina State in the Belk Bowl December 27th, coach Charlie Strong says the Cards don’t have any respect in the Big East due to the fact only three players were selected all conference. The Cards have also not won bowl games in consecutive years. Louisville won the Beef O Brady’s Bowl last year in Strong’s first season as coach.
The Tennessean reports seven University of Tennessee football players have had surgery since the end of the season. Sophomore offensive lineman Alex Bullard, junior linebacker Greg King, freshman running back Marlin Lane, and sophomore defensive lineman Marlon Walls all have had arthoscopic knee surgery and are expected to return by spring practice.
Sophomore defensive lineman Daniel Hood, freshman linebacker Curt Maggitt, and junior defensive back Prentiss Waggner underwent shoulder surgeries. The trio are expected to be limited to non contact drills in spring practice, but will be able to participate in full summer workouts.
Rookie Jake Locker received rave reviews for his performance in the Tennessee Titans loss to New Orleans Sunday, however, the Tennessean reports if quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is healthy, he will start this Sunday at Indianapolis. Hasselbeck left last week’s game in the first half with a left calf injury.
The Nashville Predators return to the ice tonight to face the Calgary Flames. First puck at Bridgestone Arena drops at 7 pm.
Christian County High School is holding a news conference this afternoon concerning its soccer program. The conference is set to begin at 2:45. We'll have details later this afternoon.
Austin Peay's Josh Terry has been named the Mid Major College Basketball Player of the Week by the website College Sports Madness. The Henderson native led Austin Peay in scoring in both their wins last week 86-82 in overtime over Arkansas State and in the Governors come from behind win 74-70 Saturday at Tennessee.
The Kansas City Chiefs have fired head coach Todd Haley. The Chiefs won the AFC West under Haley last season, but are 5-8 and in last place this season. Haley--who was in his third season--compiled a 19-27 record. Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel--once a head coach with the Cleveland Browns and a Western Kentucky university grad--will serve as head coach for the remainder of the season.
For the first time since winning the 2008 Christian County Invitational, Christian County’s wrestling team won the Derby City Classic at Louisville Central High School Saturday. J.J Killebrew was named the most valuable wrestler after winning the 113 pound division. Other winners included Caleb Austin at 120 pound division, Kevi Matlock at 138 and Kory Polley at 145.
University Heights finished 8th in the event and had wrestlers earn medals. Wade Willen won at 132, Dalton Putty was runner up at 106 for the Blazers.
High School Basketball
Boys: Fort Campbell travels to Trigg County, Dawson Springs hosts Caldwell County, Livingston Central welcomes Fulton City, Mayfield hosts Heath and Community Christian goes to Hickman County.
Girls: Fort Campbell hosts Logan County, Russellville hosts Warren Central, Henderson County hosts Webster County, Greenwood at Butler County, Livingston Central hosts Fulton City, Marshall County welcomes Massac County, IL.
Our next high school broadcast will be Tuesday night as Hopkinsville’s boys travel to Henderson County, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
There will be a new number one as Kentucky fell at Indiana 74-72 Saturday. Coach John Calipari will talk more about the game and this Saturday’s matchup with Chattanooga tonight at 5 on Lite 98.7, with Sports Nightly to follow at 6.
Sunday games: Murray State improved to 10-0 on the season by knocking off Memphis 76-72. A quartet of Racers were in double figures led by Donte Poole with 20 points. The Racers return to action Thursday hosting Lipscomb at the CFSB Center.
Austin Peay’s Lady Governors lost 59-55 at Ball State, Western Kentucky’s Lady Toppers opened Sun Belt Conference action with a 65-48 win over Florida International and number seven Tennessee defeated number 20 DePaul 84-61 at the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Courier Journal reports Kentucky and Louisville have landed 2012 football commitments. Kentucky has 23 commitments after receiving one from East Central Community College safety Kory Brown. He will have three years of eligibility remaining and is expected to enroll at UK in January.
Louisville now has 20 commitments after getting verbals from defensive end Pedro Sibiea from Homestead, Florida and defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown from Savannah, Georgia.
The Tennessee Titans saw their run to the playoffs dashed a bit by the New Orleans Saints, falling 22-17 Sunday at LP Field. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck left the game with a left calf injury. Following two consecutive 100 yard games, Titans running back Chris Johnson had just 23 yards in 11 carries for the Titans who fell to 7-6 with the loss. The Titans are at winless Indianapolis next week.
Monday Night Football has St. Louis at Seattle, with coverage of the game at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.