High School Basketball
Boys: University Heights plays its home opener this evening as the Blazers entertain Union County. Tip off from Blazer Gym at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Elsewhere: Todd Central goes to Edmonson County, Dawson Springs welcomes Crittenden County, Warren Central hosts an Australian travel team and Graves County hosts Fulton County.
Girls: Christian County hosts Warren Central, Henderson County hosts Evansville Memorial and Graves County hosts Fulton County.
Christian County’s boys basketball team will open its season now on Saturday. Coach Tyler Smithart told WHOP Sports Wednesday the Colonels will face North Hardin in a tip off classic at Campbellsville High School at 3:30 Hopkinsville time Saturday afternoon.
High School Football
The Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl gets underway with three state championship games Friday at LT Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.
Mayfield meets Hazard in the Class A game at 11 am, Glasgow meets Covington Holy Cross in the 2-A game at 3 pm and undefeateds Trinity and Scott County play in the 6-A game at 7 pm.
Wednesday scores: 22nd ranked Vanderbilt defeated Austin Peay in women’s action 83-51.
Tonight’s games: Kentucky puts its number one ranking on the line as the Wildcats host St. John’s in the SEC/Big East challenge at Rupp Arena. Pre game coverage begins at 5 on Lite 98.7.
One of the oldest rivalries in Kentucky renews tonight as Murray State puts its 7-0 mark on the line at Western Kentucky. It's the 149th meeting between the two schools. Tip off at Diddle Arena in Bowling Green is at 7 pm.
The Kentucky New Era reports this morning Austin Peay and former Heritage Christian standout John Fraley will under go “computerized testing” today to see if he can rejoin the team. Fraley hit his head on the basketball court in the waning minutes of the Governors season opening loss at Middle Tennessee, November 11th.
Austin Peay head athletic trainer Joni Johnson is quoted as saying Fraley has gotten better and is currently day to day, but more will be known about Fraley’s return once he takes the tests. The Governors return to action Saturday at 21st ranked Memphis.
This comes as no surprise as the Courier Journal reports the University of Kentucky was fined 50-thousand dollars by the Southeastern Conference for fans storming the field following the Wildcats 10-7 win against Tennessee last Saturday. It’s the fifth time since 2007 the school has been fined for fans storming the field at Commonwealth Stadium following victories.
Former Murray State All American wide receiver Marcus Harris has signed with the Detroit Lions practice squad. Harris originally signed with the Lions as a free agent and participated in pre season camp. The St. Louis native left Murray State last spring as the schools all time leader in receptions and yards and ranked 2nd in touchdowns.
The Nashville Predators play their fifth and final game of their current road trip at Vancouver this evening. First puck drops at 9 pm.
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 include Murray State men’s basketball coach Steve Prohm.
High School Basketball
Hopkinsville forced Logan County into numerous turnovers as the Tigers opened the season with a 78-72 win over the Cougars last night. Jordan Majors led a quartet of Tigers in double figure scoring with 18 points. Darius White pitched in 14, T-J Elam and Jaqualis Matlock each had 13. Logan County’s Torrion Graham led all scorers with 34. The Tigers are back in action Friday night hosting Webster County as part of a boy-girl doubleheader.
University Heights had three players in double figures in defeating Todd Central 80-45. The Blazers were led in scoring by Jake Hopper with 16, Quadre White added 15 and Lamontas “Boo” Johnson added 14. The Blazers host Union County Thursday night, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Fort Campbell lost to Union County 61-54, Trigg County defeated Dawson Springs 99-28, Madisonville over Daviess County 66-59, Muhlenberg County defeated Russellville 87-58, Evansville Memorial defeated Henderson County 70-64, Marshall County over Ballard Memorial 77-44, Ohio County over Hopkins Central 88-47.
Hopkinsville won its season opener, defeating Webster County 70-50 behind 26 points from Christy Soldo, Ashlee Cole and Haley Cook each added 14 in the win. Hopkinsville hosts Murray in the first game of a boy-girl doubleheader Friday night.
Caldwell County over Lyon County 56-50, Warren Central defeated Logan County 47-36, Paducah Tilghman defeated Calloway County 69-57.
Heritage Christian Academy won both games over Lighthouse Christian. The Lady Warriors got 14 points from Grace Waldron in knocking off LCA 37-32. while Alex Walker had 17 points and Alex Little added 10 as the Warriors held off Lighthouse 48-46.
Trigg County is searching for a new athletics director. The Kentucky New Era reports Dennis Walls has resigned the position. Walls was hired three months ago. Trigg County principal Shannon Burcham told the New Era Walls stated in his letter the job was too time consuming for him. Trigg football coach Coby Lewis will serve as interim AD.
LSU escaped with a 59-58 win at Houston. Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey had 2 points, 4 steals, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes.
Penn defeated Manhattan 75-72, with Donovan Kates scoring 3 points in 20 minutes of action.
Women’s basketball: Number 11 Louisville defeated Murray State 105-62, Number 8 Tennessee defeated Middle Tennessee 82-43, Bowling Green over Western Kentucky 86-62.
Tonight’s games: Women’s action has number 22 Vanderbilt taking on Austin Peay.
When St. John’s comes to Kentucky tomorrow night, head coach Steve Lavin will not be on the bench due to ongoing recovery from prostate cancer surgery. However, the Lexington Herald Leader reports former Arizona coach Mike Dunlap—who took over the program on an interim basis when Lute Olson retired—will run the team. Pre game coverage begins at 5 on Lite 98.7.
The Nashville Predators lost at Calgary 1-0 Tuesday night. The Predators wrap up their Canadian road trip Thursday night at Vancouver.
High School Basketball
Girls: Muhlenberg County defeated Christian County 54-48, Trigg County won over Fort Campbell in overtime 58-54, Livingston Central over Hopkins Central 77-38, Bowling Green rolled over Owensboro 65-26, Franklin Simpson defeated Clinton County 48-28 and Apollo edged Edmonson County 67-63.
Boys: Livingston Central defeated Hopkins Central 68-59, St. Mary over Lyon County 73-50, Reidland defeated Murray 53-45, Crittenden County over Community Christian 58-42, Graves County over Hickman County 66-47.
Boys: Hopkinsville hosts Logan County at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Elsewhere: University Heights opens the season at Todd Central, Fort Campbell travels to Union County, Trigg County welcomes Dawson Springs, Hopkins Central at Ohio County, Russellville hosts Muhlenberg County, Madisonville hosts Daviess County, Marshall County at Ballard Memorial, Calloway County travels to Union City, TN.
Girls: Hopkinsville travels to Webster County, Caldwell County at Lyon County, Logan County at Warren Central, Graves County at Heath.
Monday scores: Austin Peay is off to an 0-8 start, the worst ever under Coach Dave Loos after falling at Lipscomb 67-59. Former UHA standout Tyshwan Edmondson had just 7 points in the game.
Louisville was a winner over Long Beach State 79-66, Vanderbilt lost to Xavier 82-70 in overtime, Oakland defeated Tennessee for the second straight year 89-81.
Tonight’s games: Former Christian County standouts Donovan Kates and Anthony Hickey are in action. Kates and Manhattan take on Penn, while Hickey and LSU are at Houston.
Women’s basketball: Number seven Tennessee meets Middle Tennessee, Murray State goes to number 11 Louisville and Western Kentucky meets Bowling Green.
Kentucky is number one in the nation, according to the latest Associated Press poll. It’s the first time Kentucky has been number one since the 2009-10 season. The Wildcats play St. John’s in the SEC/Big East challenge Thursday night at Rupp Arena, with pre game coverage beginning at 5 on Lite 98.7.
Murray State’s Isaiah Cannan has been named the Ohio Valley Conference player of the week. Cannan averaged 25 points in three games at the Great Alaska Shootout, including a career high 36 points in the championship game against Southern Miss.
Bowl eligible Western Kentucky is still awaiting word if they will play in the post season. The Courier Journal reports a Western spokesman as saying they will not receive word likely until Saturday. The spokesman says the school is talking with several bowls—which he declined to name—but said they are awaiting the outcome of this week’s games.
The Music City Bowl is awaiting for the Southeastern Conference to sort itself out before issuing its invitation. The Tennessean says bowl officials expect to choose between Mississippi State and Vanderbilt as long as LSU defeats Georgia in this weekend’s SEC championship game.
The Nashville Predators defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 at Rexall Place. The Predators are back in action tonight at Calgary, with first puck dropping at 8:30.
High School Basketball
The 2011-12 season tips off for several teams this evening.
Girls: Christian County plays at Muhlenberg County, Fort Campbell plays at Trigg County, Hopkins Central at Livingston Central, Murray High at Reidland, Crittenden County at Community Christian and Owensboro plays at Bowling Green.
Boys: Hopkins Central at Livingston Central, Murray High at Reidland, Graves County at Hickman County, St. Mary at Lyon County, Crittenden County at Community Christian.
Tuesday night, Hopkinsville opens its season hosting Logan County, with tipoff at 7:30. The Heritage Bank pre game show airs at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The Lexington Herald Leader has released its pre season top 25 boys basketball poll. Trinity is ranked number one, followed by Ballard, Scott County, Rowan County and Bullitt East in the top five. Muhlenberg County is ranked 14th, Glasgow 17th and Marshall County is ranked 21st.
High School Football
The pairings are set for the Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl state championship games to be played Friday and Saturday at LT Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.
Class A Mayfield meets Hazard at 11 am
Class 2A: Glasgow takes on Covington Holy Cross at 3 pm
Class 6A: Trinity goes against Scott County at 7 pm
Class 3A: Louisville Central meets Belfry at 11 am
Class 4A: Franklin Simpson meets Highlands at 3 pm
Class 5A: Bowling Green takes on Anderson County at 7 pm
Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips has his final talk show of the season tonight at 5, followed by basketball coach John Calipari’s call in show at 6 on Lite 98.7.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt athletics officials will work “proactively” in retaining first year coach James Franklin after he led the Commodores to bowl eligibility in his first season. Chancellor of Athletics David Williams says there is not a deal in place yet, but he is hopeful of solidifying a good situation. Williams also says Vandy wants to make sure Franklin remains as football coach. The Commodores finished the regular season 6-6 after a win Saturday over Wake Forest.
Tonight’s games: Austin Peay—still winless in seven tries this season—plays at Lipscomb. Louisville puts its 5-0 mark on the line against Long Beach State, Vanderbilt takes on Xavier and Tennessee plays at Oakland.
Monday Night Football has the New York Giants in New Orleans this evening to meet the Saints. Pre game coverage begins at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
High School Football
Several local teams are one win away from making the Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl championship games.
Tonight’s action includes Fort Campbell meeting number one Louisville Central in a Class 3-A semi final at Fryar Stadium, with kickoff set for 7:30. In Class 2-A, Murray High hosts Glasgow, Class A action has Mayfield taking on Beechwood, Class 4-A has Franklin Simpson meeting Collins High and in Class 5-A Bowling Green host John Hardin.
Catch up on all the scores on the Kentucky High School scoreboard show tonight at 9 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
High School Basketball
The Courier Journal reports the NCAA has stopped two days of high school basketball games that were to be played in Rupp Arena this weekend. The Rumble in Rupp pre season event will instead be played at Lexington Christian Academy because of a new rule implemented this week which prohibits non scholastic events to be played on a collegiate campus or main practice facility.
The head of Bleid Sports—which organized the event—said they had received permission twice to hold the event in Rupp Arena and has signed documents with the facility. Bleid Sports officials say they will continue to fight the NCAA on the matter. One of the games Saturday involves a local team, as University Heights plays Nicholas County at 3:15 Hopkinsville time.
Princeton’s Emma Talley lost to Nicole Morales 2 and 1 in quarterfinal play at the Polo Golf Junior Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on Thursday.
The Louisville Cardinals—already bowl eligible—meet South Florida today in Tampa.
Other games today include Iowa at Nebraska, with pre game coverage at 10:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The game of note in the SEC today has LSU taking on Arkansas, with a trip to the national championship game potentially on the line.
Saturday’s games include Kentucky closing out the regular season hosting Tennessee, with a bowl trip for the Vols on the line, and for Kentucky, the chance to break a 26 game losing streak to the Vols. Pre game coverage at 9:30 on Lite 98.7.
Western Kentucky can solidify its bowl opportunity with a win over Troy in Bowling Green Saturday. Kickoff at 11:30 am.
Vanderbilt can become bowl eligible if they get a win Saturday at Wake Forest.
Murray State is in action this evening as the Racers meet San Francisco in the quarterfinal round of the Great Alaska Shootout. Louisville is also in action this evening, hosting Ohio University and Vanderbilt entertains Monmouth.
Austin Peay’s Lady Governors open play this evening in the Cal Poly Thanksgiving Classic taking on American University.
The championship game of the Pre Season NIT has Syracuse taking on Stanford, with pre game coverage at 3:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Kentucky puts its 5-0 mark on the line tomorrow night hosting Portland, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Other games tomorrow include Austin Peay hosting Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky hosting Southeastern Louisiana.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck passed the practice test on Thanksgiving Day and will start Sunday for the Titans when they host Tampa Bay at noon in LP Field.
Following the Thanksgiving holiday, the Nashville Predators are back in action Saturday night at Detroit, with coverage at 6 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.