Baseball is coming to Hopkinsville this summer. The Ohio Valley League’s Hoptown Hoppers will play at Christian County High’s Colonel Field after the Christian County Board of Education approved letting the Hoppers use the field during their meeting Thursday evening. Christian County Chamber of Commerce president Carter Hendricks says there will be at least one local player on the roster, with former UHA standout Matt McGowan playing for the Hoppers.
There is still one roster space left, and those involved with bringing the Hoppers to town are looking for families to host players and for sponsors. Hendricks says the response thus far has been very positive. The Hoppers will play a 40 game regular season schedule beginning in early June, with 20 home games then the playoffs. Hoptown becomes the fifth team in the league, joining the Tradewater Pirates and teams in Owensboro, Marion and Fulton.
High School Basketball
Boys: Christian County fell in its regular season finale to Marshall County 62-41. CJ Cotton was the only double figure scorer for the Colonels with 11 points. Christian County has lost five games in a row heading into the post season with a 7-20 record, while Marshall County improved to 27-2.
Hopkinsville improved to 26-2 with a 96-55 win at Trigg County, Bowling Green rolled over University Heights 96-55, Russellville defeated Fort Campbell 88-42, Webster County defeated St. Mary 56-50, Heath over Lyon County 62-48, Muhlenberg County over Owensboro Catholic 49-41, Calloway County defeated Fulton City 56-44, Lone Oak over Graves County 40-30, Monroe County over Warren East 55-49, Glasgow rolled over Franklin Simpson 67-33, Warren Central over Daviess County 72-65.
Girls: Hopkinsville routed Owensboro Catholic 71-42, McLean County over Dawson Springs 64-51, Greenwood over Logan County 46-36, Muhlenberg County over Daviess County 51-44, Paducah Tilghman defeated Community Christian 84-45, Lyon County got by Heath 52-47, Lone Oak edged Graves County 47-45,Monroe County over Warren East 83-17, Glasgow defeated Franklin Simpson 63-28.
Boys: Hopkinsville closes out the regular season at Logan County, with tipoff at 7:30. The Heritage Bank pre game show begins at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Elsewhere: University Heights hosts Crittenden County, Dawson Springs hosts Fort Campbell, Caldwell County welcomes Livingston Central, Hopkins Central entertains Apollo, Henderson County at Owensboro, Murray at Carlisle County, Greenwood entertains Edmonson County.
Girls: University Heights travels to Union County, Christian County entertains Russellville, Fort Campbell at Dawson Springs, Caldwell County hosts Livingston Central, Hopkins Central goes to Lyon County, Madisonville at Apollo, Webster County welcomes Crittenden County, Henderson County at Owensboro, Murray at Carlisle County, Warren Central hosts John Hardin.
Western Kentucky defeated Florida Atlantic 64-57 behind 20 points and 10 rebounds from freshman George Fant. Vanderbilt routed Ole Miss 102-76.
Women’s scores: Alabama edged 8th ranked Kentucky 77-75, UT Martin defeated Murray State 91-67, number 24 Vanderbilt edged Florida 75-69, number 10 Tennessee defeated Mississippi State 57-41.
Top ranked Kentucky is back in action tomorrow hosting Ole Miss, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7. Other games tomorrow include 14th ranked Murray State hosting St. Mary’s in an ESPN Bracketbuster game at 5 at the CFSB Center.
The Ohio Valley Conference announced Thursday beginning with the 2012-13 basketball season, the league will play in divisions. Belmont University becomes the 12th school to join the league July 1st.
The divisions will be as follows:
East—Belmont, Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State
West—Austin Peay, Murray State, UT Martin, Eastern Illinois, SIU Edwardsville and Southeast Missouri.
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin defended himself Thursday after reports indicate he improperly contacted three University of Maryland players who announced their transfers earlier this week.
The Tennessean reports Franklin went on a Nashville sports talk show and denied the allegations. The three players included quarterback Danny O’ Brien, who was the ACC 2010 Rookie of the Year. Franklin was the Terrapins offensive coordinator during O’Brien’s first season.
Tennessee State University officials say Hale Stadium will be used for the first time since 1998 this coming season. The Tigers will play Austin Peay September 15th. The Tennessean reports two other games, Eastern Kentucky October 6th and Tennessee Tech on October 27th will be played at the historic stadium. Hale Stadium is currently under going a renovation.
The Nashville Predators will try to clip the Detroit Red Wings in Joe Louis Arena this evening, where the Red Wings have won a league record 21 consecutive games.
Campbellsville native JB Holmes fired a four under par score in the first round of the Northern Trust Open Thursday and trails leader Phil Mickelson by one stroke. Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker finished the opening round at four over par.
The Champions Tour Ace Group Classic tees off today in Naples, Florida with Kenny Perry and Russ Cochran in the field.