High School Football
Fort Campbell coach Shawn Berner has been named the Kentucky Football Coaches Association Class 3-A District 1 Coach of the Year according to an online story on the Kentucky New Era's website. Berner won his 100th game as Falcons coach in the regular season finale against Hopkinsville. Fort Campbell puts its 9-4 record on the line Friday night against top ranked Louisville Central Friday night at Fryar Stadium.
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The Kentucky High School Athletics Association is proposing realignment for soccer playing schools. The measure, proposed at last week’s Board of Control meeting, calls for the revamp of the 16 regions, using the current basketball alignment as its model. The 8th district would consist of the four local schools, Hopkinsville, Christian County, Fort Campbell and University Heights. If the realignment measure passes, it would go in effect next school year.
Turnovers and poor free throw shooting plagued Austin Peay as they fell to Bowling Green 82-72 in the second round of the CBE Classic Monday night. Former University Heights player Tyshwan Edmondson had 9 points and 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. The Governors face George Washington in today’s action at 4 pm.
Tennessee lost to Duke 77-67 in the first round of the Maui Invitational. The Vols will meet the Memphis Tigers in action today.
Vanderbilt gets a last second shot in defeating Oregon State 64-62. Brad Tinsley hit the game winner with 4.5 seconds left.
The Louisville Cardinals host Arkansas State, with tipoff at 6 Hopkinsville time.
Austin Peay’s Lady Governors are back in action, playing a matinee game at 11th ranked Louisville.
During his Monday news conference, Kentucky coach Joker Phillips told reporters there was a bright side to not going to a bowl game this season. Phillips says without an extra month of practice and game preparation, the Wildcat coaching staff can hit the road for recruiting. Kentucky closes out the season hosting Tennessee Saturday, with pre game coverage at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7.
The Louisville Cardinals take on South Florida Saturday, with coach Charlie Strong telling his players their focus at hand is on defeating the Bulls, and not worrying about which bowl game the Cards will play in.
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin says he will use a video of Tennessee coach Derek Dooley’s post game talk to his team following the Vols 27-21 overtime win last Saturday as motivation. Franklin says the video and the words will be talked about a lot before the Vols play in Nashville next season. Vols coach Derek Dooley says he is disappointed a video of the post game celebration is out, but says it’s the world in which we live in.
Western Kentucky running back Bobby Rainey was named the Sun Belt Offensive player of the week Monday. The Hilltopper senior rushed for a season high 214 yards in last Saturday’s win at North Texas. It was Rainey’s second 200 yard rushing game of the season.
Meanwhile, Hilltopper coach Willie Taggart wants Houchens LT Smith Stadium full when the Hilltoppers host Troy at 11:30 am Saturday. Western Kentucky is bowl eligible, but a win over the Trojans would help solidify bowl chances.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is expected to start Sunday when the Titans host Tampa Bay. The Tennessean reports it’s believed a few days of rest will rejuvenate Hasselbeck’s injured right elbow which he suffered in Sunday’s loss at Atlanta.
The Edmonton Oilers face the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena this evening, with coverage beginning at 7 PM on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
The Courier Journal has released its pre-season Top 25 Boys Poll. Defending state champion Christian County is ranked 23rd, with Hopkinsville ranked 25th. Trinity is picked to win the state title this season with Ballard second, Scott County 3rd, Bullett East 4th, and state runner-up from last season Rowan County 5th.
Other regional teams in the poll: Muhlenberg County is ranked 13th, Glasgow 17th, and Marshall County 18th.COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Tennessee eased past Louisiana Monroe 85-62. SEC Player of the Week Trae Golden had 17 points and 11 assists to lead the Vols to the win. Tennessee is 2-0 on the young season.
Murray State hosts a double header at the CFSB Center, with the Lady Racers meeting Mid Continent at 5:15, followed by the Racers against Tennessee Temple.
Western Kentucky plays Tulsa at 11:30 this morning in the DirecTV Charleston Classic in Charleston, South Carolina. LSU is also playing in this event and if they and the Hilltoppers both lose today, they would meet on Friday.
Kentucky will play the first college basketball game in the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York next season. The Lexington Herald Leader reports the Wildcats will meet Maryland on November 9th in the Barclays Classic. Morehead State will play Long Island University of Brooklyn in the other game of the doubleheader. The new arena will serve as the home of the NBA's Brooklyn (currently known as the New Jersey) Nets.
Louisville guard Peyton Siva is now on the Cards wounded list. The Courier Journal reports Siva has a sprained ankle and will likely not play at Butler Saturday. Siva suffered the injury in practice earlier this week.COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Western Kentucky is preparing for Saturday's Sun Belt Matchup at North Texas despite an off-the-field distraction. Defensive coordinator Lance Guidry was arrested last Saturday on DWI charges in Baton Rouge before the Hilltoppers played LSU. Coach Willie Taggart confirmed Guidry will coach the rest of the season, but will face a "stern" internal punishment agreed on following a meeting between Guidry, Taggart, and Athletics Director Ross Bjork. The Hilltoppers have a shot of winning a share of the Sun Belt title for the first time since transitioning to college football's highest division in 2009.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt reserve safety Andre Simmons was arrested and charged with felony counts of burglary and robbery in connection with an on-campus event Tuesday. Coach James Franklin suspended the sophomore from the team indefinitely. Vanderbilt plays at Tennessee Saturday.NFL
The NFL weekend begins this evening as the Denver Broncos host the New York Jets. Coverage of the game at seven on NewsTalk 95.3 FM / 1230 AM WHOP.
Tennessee Titans return specialist Mark Mariani has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Mariani returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown in last Sunday's win at Carolina.NHL
The Nashville Predators look for their second win of the week as they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bridgestone Arena. First puck drops at seven this evening.GOLF
Champions tour player Kenny Perry says he will play a new golf club brand in 2012. Perry says after a 20-year partnership with Taylor Made, he will play Adams golf equipment. The deal will be officially announced December 1st.
SPORTS WEEKLY PRESENTED BY TOYOTA OF HOPKINSVILLE ORIGINATES FROM THE NEWLY REMODELED MCDONALD’S ON FORT CAMPBELL BOULEVARD THIS EVENING ON NEWSTALK 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. JOIN TODD HAMILTON AT 5:08 AS HE VISITS WITH CHAMPIONS TOUR GOLFER KENNY PERRY, ALONG WITH SOME OF THE NEW INDUCTEES INTO THE HERITAGE BANK-CHRISTIAN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME.
THE 2011 HERITAGE BANK-CHRISTIAN COUNTY ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES WERE ANNOUNCED AT A TUESDAY NEWS CONFERENCE.
THIS YEAR’S HONOREES ARE: THE 1982 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL TEAM, FORMER BASKETBALL COACH KERRY STOVALL, LONGTIME SUPPORTER RED GRAHAM, CHEERLEADING-DANCE-COLOR GUARD COACH SHIRLEY PRUNITSCH, SOFTBALLER AMY SNEAD, FOOTBALL AND WRESTLER RON SEBREE, FOOTBALL PLAYER, GOLFER AND WEIGHT LIFTER STEVE PARDUE, CROSS COUNTRY AND TRACK STANDOUT ROGER VOLK AND BASKETBALL AND TENNIS STANDOUT SHELLY JONES.
THE HONOREES WILL BE RECOGNIZED AT HALFTIME OF THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY/PADUCAH TILGHMAN BASKETBALL GAME DECEMBER 9TH AND THEN BE INDUCTED DURING CEREMONIES TO BE HELD AT NOON DECEMBER 10TH AT THE CHRISTIAN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA. TICKETS ARE 10 DOLLARS FOR THE EVENT AND ARE ON SALE AT HERITAGE BANK LOCATIONS, REMAX ADVANTAGE REALTORS AND CHRISTIAN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL.
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HERITAGE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY’S TEAMS PLAYED AT CLARKSVILLE ACADEMY TUESDAY NIGHT. THE WARRIORS MADE A LATE RUN, BUT FELL TO THE COUGARS 51-43. ALEX WALKER LED H-C-A WITH 16 POINTS, ALEX LITTLE ADDED NINE AND KENNETH MORRIS PITCHED IN EIGHT. THE WARRIORS ARE NOW 3-1 ON THE SEASON. THE LADY WARRIORS FELL TO THE LADY COUGARS IN THEIR SEASON OPENER 58-23. GRACE WALDRON LED THE WAY FOR H-C-A WITH NINE POINTS.
KENTUCKY DEFEATED KANSAS 75-65 IN THE STATE FARM CHAMPIONS CLASSIC AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN IN NEW YORK. DORON LAMB LED U-K WITH 17 POINTS, TERRENCE JONES PITCHED IN 15 FOR KENTUCKY, NOW 2-0 ON THE SEASON. THE WILDCATS WILL PLAY PENN STATE SATURDAY, IN A GAME YOU CAN HEAR AT 3:30 ON LITE 98.7.
ELSEWHERE IN THE S-E-C: ANTHONY HICKEY SCORED FIVE POINTS IN 28 MINUTES AS L-S-U LOST TO COASTAL CAROLINA 71-63 AND NUMBER 18 VANDERBILT GOT BACK ON THE WINNING WAYS WITH A 80-68 WIN OVER BUCKNELL.
NUMBER 23 CAL HELD AUSTIN PEAY TO 17 AND A HALF PERCENT SHOOTING IN THE FIRST HALF IN DOWNING THE GOVERNORS 72-55. FORMER U-H-A STANDOUT TYSHWAN EDMONDSON SCORED ONLY FOUR POINTS IN 30 MINUTES. THE GOVERNORS WERE WITHOUT JOHN FRALEY, WHO SUFFERED A CONCUSSION AGAINST MIDDLE TENNESSEE AND WILL BE OUT FOR A MONTH. AUSTIN PEAY PLAYS AT ORAL ROBERTS SATURDAY.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: WESTERN KENTUCKY LOST AT NORTHWESTERN 71-57, KENTUCKY ROLLED OVER JACKSONVILLE STATE 100-25, LOUISVILLE FALLS TO DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMP TEXAS A AND M 76-58,TENNESSEE DEFEATED MIAMI 92-78.
TONIGHT’S GAME: TENNESSEE ENTERTAINS LOUISIANA MONROE.
INJURIES ARE CUTTING INTO THE KENTUCKY DEFENSIVE PLAYERS FOR SATURDAY’S GAME AT GEORGIA. THE LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER REPORTS STRONG SAFETY MARTAVIUS NELOMS IS PROBABLY DOUBTFUL AFTER SUFFERING A HIGH ANKLE SPRAIN IN LAST WEEK’S LOSS AT VANDERBILT. COVERAGE OF SATURDAY’S GAME AT GEORGIA BEGINS AT 9:30 ON LITE 98.7.
TENNESSEE QUARTERBACK TYLER BRAY PRACTICED FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE BREAKING HIS THUMB AGAINST GEORGIA TUESDAY. DESPITE SHAKING OFF SOME OF THE RUST, BRAY REMAINS QUESTIONABLE FOR SATURDAY’S GAME AGAINST VANDERBILT.
THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS GOT A 3-1 WIN OVER THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS AT BRIDGESTONE ARENA. COLIN WILSON’S GOAL WITH 24 POINT THREE SECOND LEFT CAPPED A WILD COMEBACK FOR THE PREDS. PEKKA RINNE STOPPED 39 OF 40 SHOTS ON GOAL. NASHVILLE CONTINUES ITS HOMESTAND THURSDAY NIGHT HOSTING THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS.