Hopkinsville High golfer Dayton Jones will sign a letter of intent this afternoon to play for Rend Lake Junior College. The ceremony takes place at 2:30 at Hopkinsville High School’s library.
Union County won the Region One wrestling meet at Caldwell County High School. Christian County was second, Fort Campbell fourth, University Heights fifth and Hopkinsville ninth. Christian County had eight wrestlers qualify for the state meet, Hopkinsville and University Heights had three and Fort Campbell had four. The state tournament begins Friday in Frankfort.
Favorite Bowling Green won both the boys and girls Western Kentucky regional swim meet in Owensboro, with Hopkinsville’s boys finishing seventh and the Lady Tigers finishing eighth. Hopkinsville did have several swimmers make the state meet according to a story in today’s Kentucky New Era.
Christian County Little Lady Colonels 12U softball team went 3-1 and finished as runner ups at an indoor tournament held this weekend in Owensboro.
High School Basketball
Heritage Christian Academy’s Warriors are back in action this evening against South Haven, with the Heritage Bank pre game show from Warrior Gym at 6:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Other boys games: Todd Central hosts Fort Campbell, Dawson Springs travels to Union County, Madisonville at Apollo, South Warren welcomes Grayson County, Murray at Heath, Reidland at Community Christian, Graves County hosts Carlisle County, Livingston Central entertains Hickman County.
Girls: Christian County at Apollo, Fort Campbell goes to Todd Central, Lyon County hosts Union County, Henderson County hosts Owensboro Catholic, Murray travels to Heath, Reidland at Community Christian, Bowling Green goes to Caverna.
23rd ranked Louisville takes on Syracuse and in women’s action Murray State entertains Austin Peay and 7th ranked Kentucky plays at 11th ranked Tennessee.
Kentucky coach John Calipari’s weekly call in show and Sports Nightly move to Wednesday night this week, beginning at 5 on Lite 98.7. The top ranked Wildcats play against Ole Miss Saturday, with pre game coverage at 1:30 on Lite 98.7.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt University wants to host high school football games including the state championships once again. The school is installing a new artificial turf this summer according to Vice Chancellor of Athletics David Williams. Vanderbilt hosted the state high school football championship games in Tennessee from 1981-1999. The games are currently being played in Cookeville, with that contract not expiring until 2012.
Paducah’s Russ Cochran finished tied for 10th at seven under par 210 and Franklin’s Kenny Perry finished tied for 31st at two under 214 at the Champions Tour Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Florida Sunday. Corey Pavin defeated Peter Senior on the first playoff hole for his first Champions Tour title.
The brackets have been set for the 8th district boys and girls basketball tournaments to be played at Christian County High School.
MONDAY FEB. 20TH
6:00 pm Hopkinsville vs. Fort Campbell
7:30 pm Christian County vs. University Heights
FINAL-- Friday Feb. 24th 8:00 pm
TUESDAY FEB. 21ST
6:00 pm Hopkinsville vs. Fort Campbell
7:30 pm Christian County vs. University Heights
FINAL-- Friday Feb. 24th 6:00 pm
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.
High School Basketball
Boys: Heritage Christian Academy rolled over Glasgow Christian 57-38. The Warriors were led by Alex Walker with 18 points and Kenneth Morris scored all 10 of his points in the third period. HCA improved to 21-2 on the season and plays at Bluegrass Baptist Saturday.
Elsewhere: Hopkins Central defeated Fort Campbell 88-62, Crittenden County over Dawson Springs 60-39, Todd Central over Clarksville Academy 62-55, Union County over Community Christian 68-44, South Warren defeated Franklin Simpson 48-38.
Girls: Hopkinsville defeated Ohio County 58-40, Fort Campbell over Caldwell County 52-48, Todd Central defeated Clarksville Academy 56-27, Henderson County over McLean County 56-30, Franklin Simpson over South Warren 50-35.
Hopkinsville holds Senior Night activities as the Tigers and Lady Tigers host Lyon County. Coverage of both games with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Boys: University Heights at Shelby County, Todd Central at Russellville, Fort Campbell hosts Madisonville, Trigg County at Caldwell County, Logan County at South Warren, Henderson County at Webster County, Murray entertains Livingston Central, Calloway County at Marshall County, Graves County at Mayfield, Crittenden County at St. Mary, Lone Oak at Paducah Tilghman, Franklin Simpson at Allen County Scottsville, Warren East at Bowling Green, Greenwood at Warren Central.
Girls: Christian County at Hopkins Central, University Heights entertains Dawson Springs, Fort Campbell hosts Madisonville, Trigg County at Caldwell County, Russellville hosts Todd Central, Logan County at South Warren, Crittenden County at St. Mary, Lone Oak at Paducah Tilghman, Murray hosts Livingston Central, Calloway County at Marshall County, Graves County at Mayfield, Franklin Simpson at Allen County Scottsville, Warren East at Bowling Green, Greenwood at Warren Central.
Pairings for the 8th district basketball tournaments being hosted by Christian County are being announced this morning. We will have a full report on air and online on the WHOP family of stations later this morning.
High School Wrestling/Swimming
The Region 1 wrestling meet begins this evening at Caldwell County, with Union County the favorite to repeat as regional champions. The Western Kentucky regional swim meet takes place today in Owensboro with Bowling Green the favorite to take both the boys and girls titles.
There are no more unbeatens in the nation after Tennessee State upset 7th ranked Murray State 72-68. The Racers got 31 points from Isaiah Cannan, but TSU matched Cannan shot for shot in getting the win. Murray State is now 23-1 and 11-1 in the OVC and will host Austin Peay Saturday night at 7:30.
Middle Tennessee defeated Western Kentucky 72-64 and Fairfield defeated Manhattan 60-54, with former Christian County standout Donovan Kates scoring two points and grabbing one rebound.
Women’s action saw number 25 Vanderbilt upset number 11 Tennessee 93-79.
Top ranked Kentucky returns to action tomorrow night at Vanderbilt, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on Lite 98.7.
Hopkinsville native and Oklahoma State assistant basketball coach Tommy Wade was on Sports Weekly presented by Toyota of Hopkinsville Wednesday night. He says the Cowboys have had a tough season. After holding off Iowa State Tuesday night, OSU travels to play at Kansas Saturday.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports two Kentucky men’s basketball signees and one women’s signee were named McDonald’s All Americans Thursday. Clarksville Northeast standout Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin of Little Rock were selected to play in the game along with women’s signee Janee Thompson. The McDonald’s All American game will be played March 28th in Chicago.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports the University of Memphis wants to end its basketball series with the University of Tennessee. Coach Josh Pastner says playing Tennessee gives the Vols an unfair recruiting advantage in Memphis. Memphis athletics director R.C. Johnson had been negotiating to continue the series. Memphis is set to become a member of the Big East in 2013.
The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a multi year deal with offensive tackle Mike Otto. Otto had been set to become a free agent March 13th. Otto was selected in the seventh round out of Purdue in 2007 and has played in 41 games in five seasons with the Titans.
The Ottawa Senators edged the Nashville Predators 4-3 Thursday night. The Predators play at defending Stanley Cup champion Boston tomorrow, with coverage at noon on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Kentuckians Steve Flesch and JB Holmes stand at even par after the first round of the AT and T National Pro Am at Pebble Beach. Dustin Johnson is among three golfers tied for the lead at nine under par. Tiger Woods—making his PGA Tour debut—is at five under, four shots off the lead.
Franklin’s Kenny Perry and Paducah’s Russ Cochran are playing in the Champions Tour’s Allianz Championship which begins today.
High School Basketball
University Heights Academy defeated Louisville Holy Cross in boys action 69-66.
Tonight’s games: Heritage Christian Academy’s Warriors are back in action this evening hosting the Glasgow Christian Warriors. Coverage with the Heritage Bank pre game show around 5:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Other boys games: Fort Campbell at Hopkins Central, Todd Central at Clarksville Academy, Dawson Springs goes to Crittenden County, Union County hosts Community Christian and South Warren hosts Franklin Simpson.
Girls: Hopkinsville hosts Ohio County, Fort Campbell at Caldwell County, Todd Central at Clarksville Academy, Union County hosts Community Christian and South Warren welcomes Franklin Simpson.
Pairings for the upcoming 8th district basketball tournament will be announced during a meeting to be held Friday morning at 7:30 at Christian County High School. Christian County will host both tournaments this year. The 2nd region girls tournament will also be played at Christian County, with the boys set to be played at Madisonville.
Christian County has named a new tennis coach. The Kentucky New Era reports David Chase was named to the position Wednesday. Chase played tennis for the Colonels from 1999-2001. Chase was the assistant coach for the last two years.
Vanderbilt snapped a two game losing skid in defeating LSU 76-61. Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey, Jr. scored 12 points in the loss for the Tigers, who fall to 13-10 and 3-6 in the SEC.
Tennessee defeated South Carolina 69-57 and in women’s action, Middle Tennessee got by Western Kentucky 67-64.
Tonight’s games: 7th ranked Murray State entertains Tennessee State, Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee, former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and Manhattan meet Fairfield.
Women’s game: Number 11 Tennessee meets number 25 Vanderbilt.
The Courier Journal reports University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino said on his radio show Wednesday night, heralded freshman Wayne Blackshear has been medically cleared to play. However, Pitino says he won’t use Blackshear right away. Blackshear suffered a torn labrum in practice last October and had surgery in November.
Former University of Kentucky basketball player Jim Dinwiddie is dead at 63. The Lexington Herald Leader reports Dinwiddie was found dead Tuesday in his home above his law practice office in Leitchfield. The Grayson County coroner Joseph Brad Hudson says Dinwiddie was found with a single gunshot wound in an apparent suicide. Dinwiddie grew up in Grayson County and returned there after his UK career. He played for the Wildcats from 1968-1971.
The University of Tennessee plans to mix up its defenses during the 2012 season. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports new defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri says there will be elements of the 3-4, along with 4-3 looks, multiple fronts, and a pro style approach.
The University of Kentucky—featuring former Christian County standout Griffin Joiner—opens its season today. The Wildcats—ranked 13th and 18th in two national polls—meet UCLA at 8 pm this evening in the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament in Los Angeles. Kentucky plays its second game against Pacific at noon Friday.
The Nashville Predators are back in action this evening at the Ottawa Senators. It’s a homecoming for Mike Fisher, who played 13 seasons in Ottawa before being traded to the Predators last season. First puck drops at 6:30 this evening.
Sports Weekly presented by Toyota of Hopkinsville is on the air at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP. Todd Hamilton’s guests include Hopkinsville native and Oklahoma State assistant basketball coach Tommy Wade and University Heights girls basketball coach Taylor Sparks.
High School Basketball
Girls: Hopkinsville got 19 points from Christy Soldo and 14 from Haley Cook in defeating University Heights 52-41. The Lady Blazers were led in scoring by Kiki Smith with 14 and Dennayia Holmes with 12. Hopkinsville is now 22-4 on the season and finishes district play 6-0, while UHA is 18-4 and finishes tied with Christian County at 3-3 in district play.
Elsewhere: Christian County defeated Calloway County 50-43, Heritage Christian lost to North Hardin Christian 43-39 in double overtime, Hopkins Central wins over Fort Campbell 56-49, Logan County edged Edmonson County 38-33, Webster County over Madisonville 51-23, Livingston Central over Union County 62-51, Ballard Memorial over Graves County 53-32, Lone Oak over Lyon County 60-58, Paducah Tilghman over Heath 81-44, Bowling Green rolled over Butler County 71-13, South Warren over Warren East 48-32.
Boys: Hopkinsville trailed by as many as 21 in the second half, but rallied to beat Muhlenberg County 74-72, Apollo defeated Christian County 67-44, Heritage Christian Academy defeated North Hardin Christian 56-54, Trigg County rolled over Dawson Springs 83-48 as coach Mike Wright got his 200th win as Trigg County’s coach, Logan County nipped Breckinridge County 61-59, Hopkins Central defeated Caldwell County 74-61, Madisonville edged Webster County 51-48.
Union County got by Crittenden County 45-43, Lyon County over Lone Oak 77-67, Graves County over Ballard Memorial 60-42, Carlisle County over Calloway County 63-50, Greenwood defeated Allen County Scottsville 60-53, Bowling Green rolls over Owensboro 76-39, Warren Central over Franklin Simpson 92-80.
Former Christian County baseball player Geoff Bailey has been enshrined in the Beloit College Hall of Fame. Bailey was honored in a ceremony Saturday night according to the Kentucky New Era. Bailey was part of a pitching combination to throw the first no hitter in Beloit College history and still has the all time victory leader for Beloit College with 22.
Top ranked Kentucky got 13 points and 13 rebounds from freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in downing 8th ranked Florida 78-58 at Rupp Arena. Doron Lamb led Kentucky with 18 points and Anthony Davis added 16, while freshman Marquis Teague had a double-double of 12 points and 10 assists.
Kentucky is now 24-1 and 10-0 in the SEC and has the nation’s longest home winning streak at 49 games. Kentucky is back in action Saturday at Vanderbilt, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on Lite 98.7
Tonight’s games: Anthony Hickey, Jr. and LSU play at Vanderbilt, Tennessee takes on South Carolina. Women’s action has Western Kentucky meeting Middle Tennessee.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports another University of Tennessee football assistant has left the staff. One of the few holdovers from Lane Kiffin’s staff—Steve Rubio—is no longer on the staff. Rubio was infamously linked to the NCAA’s recent investigation of the football program. It’s not known if Rubio left on his own or was terminated.
Meanwhile, two graduating seniors for UT were invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Defensive lineman Malik Jackson and running back Tauren Poole will participate in the combine to be held February 22-28.
A person familiar with discussions says the University of Memphis may join the Big East Conference in all sports. The Associated Press reports the Tigers would likely join in 2013 when other schools from Conference USA—Houston, Central Florida and SMU—are set to join the league. CBSSports.com reports a deal could be announced later this week.
The Ohio Valley Conference has released its pre season poll and Austin Peay was picked to win the league this year. The Governors received seven of nine first place votes. UT Martin was picked 8th and Murray State was picked ninth.
Tenneseee Titans general manager Ruston Webster says the team is in good hands with quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker, and downplayed Tuesday the talk of trying to acquire Peyton Manning if he becomes a free agent. The Indianapolis Colts must either pay a 28 million dollar payout March 8th or Manning can become a free agent.
The Nashville Predators fell to Vancouver 4-3 in a shootout at Bridgestone Arena. Preds goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 28 of 31 shots, while Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo made 37 saves on 40 shots. The Predators return to action Thursday against the Ottawa Senators.