WHOP Sports has learned University Heights basketball coach Randy McCoy has resigned as boys basketball coach. McCoy told Sports Director Todd Hamilton he is leaving to pursue other opportunities. McCoy has spent the last five years as Blazer coach, leading them to the Class A State Championship in 2008, along with an appearance in the Boys Sweet 16.
McCoy's win-loss record at UHA was 91-53, with his best record in his first season with the Blazers, going 30-8 in the 2007-08 season. McCoy is a long time coaching veteran, including time as head coach at Pikeville College.
Caldwell County High School has a new boys’ basketball coach. The Princeton Times Leader reports Daniel Kukahiko will replace Steve Smiley who resigned after three seasons. Kukahiko—who is a 2001 graduate of Caldwell County—has spent the last six seasons as an assistant at Hopkins Central.
Post positions were drawn today for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, the final jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown. Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another will go from the number 11 post and is trying to become the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years.
The Courier Journal reports Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas was kicked in the head by one of his horses at Belmont Park Tuesday. Lukas was handling six year old Hamazing Destiny when he was struck on top of the head. Lukas was treated at Winthrop University Hospital and was expected to be back at the track today. Lukas will have Optimizer in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.
Major League Baseball tonight has St. Louis at Houston, Cincinnati hosts Pittsburgh, Chicago at Milwaukee and Atlanta is at Miami.
Oklahoma City can wrap up the NBA’s Western Conference final with a win over San Antonio this evening. The Thunder lead the series 3-2.
The Los Angeles Kings could hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup for the first time in franchise history if they defeat the New Jersey Devils this evening. The Kings lead the series 3-0.
Hoppers Baseball: Hoptown defeated the Madisonville Pirates 7-1 in Madisonville Tuesday night. The Hoppers scored four of their seven runs in the third and fourth innings before adding three in the 9th.
Brett Pirtle went 3-4 for the Hoppers, with former UHA standout Matt McGowan going 2-4. Phillip Menou got the pitching win, with former UHA pitcher Kyle Barbee and Christian County pitcher Kyle Spencer both getting an inning of work.
Both teams are 2-1 on the season.
Owensboro moved to 3-1 on the season after a 5-1 win at Marion. The Bobcats are now 2-2 on the season.
Tonight in the OVL: For the first time in 64 years this evening, baseball featuring a team with Hoppers on the jersey will be played in Hopkinsville as the Hoppers meet the Fulton Railroaders. First pitch at 7:05 at Christian County High School’s Colonel Field with pre game coverage at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Also this evening, Madisonville continues its home stand hosting Marion.
Kentucky National Insurance/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament: It took 2nd region champion Henderson County 5 innings to dispatch North Oldham 10-0 on Tuesday. The Colonels will face Newport Central Catholic, who edged one of the favorites, Pleasure Ridge Park 3-2. The Colonels and Breds will play in Thursday night’s first quarterfinal game.
First region winner Calloway County saw its season end with a 1-0 loss to 3rd region winner Meade County and Ashland shutout South Laurel 7-0.
Today’s quarterfinal games have Bishop Brossart meeting St. X at 5 pm local time, followed by South Warren of the 4th region meeting Woodford County.
Rawlings/KHSAA State Fast Pitch Softball Tournament: Play begins tomorrow at Jack Fisher Park in Owensboro with all 16 teams seeing action. Christian County will take on 9th region champion Ryle at 5, with the Heritage Bank pregame show at 4:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
High School Basketball: The Kentucky-Indiana All Star games take place this weekend and the teams were involved in scrimmage games last night.
The Kentucky New Era reports Hopkinsville junior Jordan Majors scored 14 points as the junior All Stars lost to their senior counterparts by 10 points.
In girls action, Christy Soldo scored a couple of points as the seniors scrimmaged against the junior all stars.
Kentucky meets Indiana Friday night at Freedom Hall and then play in Indianapolis on Saturday.
College Basketball: Kentucky coach John Calipari met with the media briefly Tuesday to announce plans for a fantasy camp. He also took questions, which mainly concerned not renewing the series with Indiana.
The Courier Journal reports Calipari recently talked with Indiana coach Tom Crean and basically said to move on and that there would be no way at the moment to renew the series.
Calipari also said the six players leaving the Kentucky program—Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague, Darius Miller and Doron Lamb will all be taken in the NBA Draft. Calipari said four of them-Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist, Jones and Lamb were locks for the first round, with the other two having to go workout for NBA teams to improve their stock. The NBA Draft is June 28th.
College Football: The Courier Journal reports Kentucky has picked up a commitment from defensive end Alvonte Bell for the 2013 class. Bell is out of Hollywood, Florida’s Everglades High School. Bell is the second commitment for the 2013 class.
NHL: The Tennessean reports Nashville Predators general manager David Poile as saying he plans to trade forward Alexander Radulov. Poile plans to either trade him to another NHL team or allow him to return to the Kontinential Hockey League in Russia.
Kentucky National Insurance/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament: 2nd region champ Henderson County cruised to a 10-0, 5 inning win over North Oldham. The Colonels are now 27-13-1 on the season and will face the winner of tonight’s Pleasure Ridge Park-Newport Central Catholic game in the quarterfinals Thursday at 5 pm Hopkinsville time.
Ohio Valley League Baseball: Following an off day, the Hoptown Hoppers finish up a road swing at the Tradewater Pirates tonight at Elmer Kelly Stadium in Madisonville. First pitch at 7 pm.
Elsewhere in the OVL this evening: Marion takes on Owensboro.
The Hoppers play their first home game tomorrow night against Fulton at 7:05 at Christian County’s Colonel Field. Pre game at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
A full slate of games in the Major Leagues this evening including St. Louis at Houston, Cincinnati hosts Pittsburgh, Atlanta at Miami and the Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee.
Former Cincinnati Reds reliever Pedro Borbon, who was a key component to the Reds World Series titles in 1975 and 76 died Monday in Texas at the age of 65. Borbon died of complications from cancer.
The NBA Eastern Conference final continues this evening in Miami, with the Heat and the Boston Celtics tied at two games each.
High School Baseball: Play began Monday in the Kentucky National Insurance/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament in Lexington.
4th region winner South Warren won its first game in state competition defeating Central Hardin 5-1. The Spartans will face Woodford County in Wednesday’s second quarterfinal game. Woodford County defeated Powell County 4-3.
Other games saw Bishop Brossart defeat Pikeville 4-2 and St. X shutout Mercer County 4-0.
Henderson County of the 2nd region plays the first game of the day today against North Oldham at 10 am. 1st region winner Calloway County meets 3rd region winner Meade County at 12:30. Other action has Pleasure Ridge Park meeting Newport Central Catholic and South Laurel goes against Ashland. Today’s winners will play in the quarterfinal round Thursday.
High School Softball: Christian County continues preparations for its appearance in the Rawlings/KHSAA State Fast Pitch tournament Thursday against 9th region champ Ryle. First pitch from Jack Fisher Park in Owensboro at 5, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 4:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
High School Soccer: Christian County has named its new girls’ soccer coach. 25-year-old Josh Culver was announced Monday to replace Clint Willis, who coached both teams last season. Culver was an assistant on both staffs last season.
Ohio Valley League Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers were off Monday, but participated in a Meet the Hoppers event at the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville.
The Hoppers are back in action today at Kelly Stadium in Madisonville against the Madisonville Pirates. First pitch at 7 pm.
Hoptown plays its home opener tomorrow night against Fulton at 7:05 at Colonel Field, with pre game coverage at 6:50 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Last night in the OVL: Madisonville had a brief tribute before the game to second baseman Reid Rizzo, who died tragically over the weekend, and defeated Owensboro 3-1 to move to the top of the league standings. Marion handed Fulton its fourth straight loss by defeating the Railroaders 15-7.
In addition to the Hoppers game this evening, Owensboro plays at Marion.
The Madisonville Messenger reports autopsy reports are still pending in the death of Madisonville Pirates second baseman Reid Rizzo, but his parents said Sunday he had cardiomyopathy. However, it’s not known if the heart condition led to Rizzo’s death. Hopkins County Coroner Dennis Mayfield says Rizzo’s death looked natural. He was found dead in a bed at the home of a host family around 11 am Saturday.
College Baseball: Vanderbilt saw its run in the NCAA tournament come to an end last night, falling to NC State 9-7. The Wolfpack now face top seed Florida in Super Regional action this weekend in Gainesville.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports sexual abuse and sodomy charges against former University of Kentucky basketball player Michael Porter were waived to a grand jury on Monday. Porter was arrested May 15th in a sting operation. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of having sexual contact with a girl who was 14, then 15 when the incidents occurred in 2009 and 2010. Porter met the girl while serving as a volunteer at a Lexington area church.