Scott Brown handles most of the sports duties for Ham Broadcasting. In addition to providing daily sports news on this blog, he broadcasts high school football, basketball and baseball games on WKDZ and WHVO. He also hosts the Saturday Morning Sports Report on WKDZ - one of the few local sports programs in the area. His local sports has been the most read in Trigg County for several years.
Hopkinsville won their second straight Second Region title last year and advanced to the final four of the Sweet 16 before falling to eventual state champion Madison Central.
While Hoptown will have to replace their leading scorer Jordan Majors, they return 6-5 forward Jaqualis Matlock, who averaged 14.9 points and 9.7 rebounds as a junior. Matlock could have put up bigger numbers except he would go multiple trips down the floor without touching the basketball.
He will team with 6-6 senior Jamonte Davis (6.5 ppg., 5.3 rpg.) to form one of the stronger front lines in the region.
Expect senior guard Trey Edwards (10 ppg., 3 rpg.) to have a breakout season. Edwards played in the shadow of Majors last year, but came up clutch down the stretch for the Tigers.
Hoptown adds Christian County transfer Quan Poindexter to the mix after he was just ruled eligible to play by the KHSAA. The 6-5 senior averaged 13 points and five rebounds last year for Christian County and his slashing ability will fit in well with the Tiger offense.
A pair of seniors, Demarius Cager and Dee Henry, will give the Tigers depth in the backcourt, while freshman C.J. Henangan could break into the rotation early.
The Tigers don’t have the size and depth of last year’s team, but certainly have enough talent to make another run at Rupp Arena.
Hopkinsville head coach Tim Haworth has won 81 games in his three seasons as Tiger head coach. He recently spoke to the Hopkinsville Christian County Kiwanis Club about the strength of his team's schedule this year.