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.
The preseason for Christian County was a little less chaotic than last year when the Colonels had to replace their coach days before the start of the season. Kyle Eades moved into the interim role and led the Colonels to a 15-15 season and first round region exit to Henderson County 63-56. The interim tag has been removed from Eades' title, and he is ready to put his stamp on the Colonel basketball program.
Eades' main task will be to replace four starters.
Senior guard Isaiah Pollard is the lone returning starter after scoring six points a game last year.
6-5 junior Devon Wharton was bothered by injuries during football season but should help provide an inside game for the Colonels.
Senior DeAndre Mosby and junior A.J Tyler, who started some down the stretch last year, should see the bulk of the time in the backcourt.
Christian County opens their 2013-14 season Tuesday at home against Hopkins County Central.
The Colonel head coach spoke about his Colonels to the Hopkinsville Christian County Kiwanis Club.
The All-Western Kentucky Football Conference teams were announced recently. The teams are broken down into small school (Classes 1A-3A) and into big school (4A-6A).
ALL WKC BIG SCHOOL TEAM
QB - Zyaire Hughes - McCracken County (tie)
QB - Peyton Puckett - Graves County (tie)
RB - Jordan Troutman - McCracken County
RB - Cody Crider - Graves County
RB - Jamarius Taylor - Christian County
WR - RaSheed Jones - McCracken County
WR - Morgan Alexander - McCracken County
OL - Cullen Reynolds - Madisonville
OL - Tate Baker - Christian County
OL - Evan Sayner - McCracken County
OL - Chad Cessna - Hopkinsville
OL - Wade Wilson - Graves County
OL - Nathan Tapp - Madisonville
K - Hector Garcia - Graves County
DL - Heath Wiggins - Graves County
DL - Tevin Toler - McCracken County
DL - Zach Keiler - McCracken County
DL - Adam Pritchard - McCracken County
LB - Dustin Vessell - Graves County
LB - Terrell Wimberly - Christian County
LB - Jordan Troutman - McCracken County
LB - Josh Jones - Calloway County
DB - RaSheed Jones - McCracken County
DB - Anthony Williams - Hopkinsville
DB - Bryce Tichenor - Madisonville
DB - Blake Crowell - McCracken County
DB - Cole Barnard - Marshall County
P - Evan McCombs - Graves County
ALL WKC SMALL SCHOOL TEAM
QB - Elijah Sindelar - Caldwell County
RB - Jaylen Boyd - Caldwell County
RB - Tristan Luke - Fort Campbell
RB - Jayven Jones - Trigg County
WR - Deion Jackson - Mayfield
WR - Jonathon Jethroe - Fort Campbell
OL - Jay McAlpin - Mayfield
OL - Kyler Kendall - Caldwell County
OL - Austin McGowan - Caldwell County
OL - Will Langford - Murray
OL - Trey Cooper - Mayfield
K - Luke Wynstra - Mayfield
DL - Kyle Downing - Mayfield
DL - Dante Darcus - Murray
DL - Drake VanHooser - Caldwell County
DL - Derik Overstreet - Paducah Tilghman
LB - Jacob Mayes - Murray
LB - Isaiah Washington - Fort Campbell
LB - Tre Coleman - Paducah Tilghman
DB - Dylan Boone - Murray
DB - Jerrell Foster - Union County
DB - Dee Cain - Caldwell County
DB - Darius Spivey-Nunn - Paducah Tilghman
P - Luke Wynstra - Mayfield
The University of Kentucky announced today that players Cody Quinn and Jason Hatcher have been suspended for Saturday's game against Georgia. Also, receiver and punt returner Demarco Robinson has been suspended indefinitely. The suspensions are for a "violation of team rules" the university said.
Kentucky is 2-8 in Mark Stoops' first season as head coach and 0-6 in SEC play with games left at Georgia Saturday and vs. Tennessee Nov. 30.
Coverage of Kentucky and Georgia begins Saturday at 4:30 on WKDZ 106.5 FM.
Micah Johnson was just getting into the playing groove for his new team when an oblique injury sidelined him for six games. After kicking around different NFL training camps and practice squads, the former Fort Campbell Mr. Football and All-SEC linebacker went north of the border and signed with the Calgary Stampeders.
Johnson got more bad news recently when he tore his ACL in a Nov. 1 loss to the B.C. Lions. His season is over after playing in seven games.
Johnson, now 6-2 and 287 pounds, made the switch to defensive tackle and responded with 16 tackles, two sacks, and an interception.
He previously was on the roster with Kansas City, Miami, Cincinnati, and Green Bay of the NFL.
Former Christian County athletic great Charles Torain has passed away.
Torain was a standout basketball player at Christian County, earning All-Second Region honors in 1967 and 1968. He graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer in basketball before he was passed in 1981.
Torain initially went to Bethel University but transferred to Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville where he played three years of basketball and two years of baseball.
Torain played basketball his freshman year for Coach Bill Boner, who went on to become a U.S. Congressman and mayor of Nashville.
He averaged 17.8 points his junior season and 19.7 points. He graduated as the Trojans' all-time leading scorer and rebounder, marks which stood for 10 and five years, respectively.
Torain was inducted into the Trevecca Nazarene Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
Players named to the Girls' All-Fifth District Soccer Team were Jaycie Sittig, Meghan Green, Carly Dothsuk, Hannah Futrell, and Brittany Shafer from TriggCounty; Courtney Day, Jill P'Poole, and Haley White from Lyon County; and Paige Hicks, Rakara McDowell, Anna Schnittiker, and Golda Riley from Crittenden County.
Players named to the Boys Fifth District Soccer Team were Clark Adams, Ben Wigand, Troy Alexander, Clark Boyd, Ean Sholar, R.J. Rutzler, and Austin Calhoun from Trigg County; and Tyler Wilson, Tristan Vagts, Sam Gray, Josiah Wilkerson, and Jonah Melton from Lyon County.
Trigg County's boys' soccer team made history when they beat Lyon County 9-1 Thursday to claim their fourth consecutive district title. They become the first TCHS team in any sport to win four straight district titles.
Clark Adams and Ben Wigand each had three goals and three assists for the Wildcats, while Troy Alexander added three goals. Adams and Wigand each have 25 goals on the season.
The Trigg County defense was solid all night as goalie Austin Calhoun had just one save in goal.
Trigg led 4-0 at halftime then scored five goals in a 20-minute stretch of the second half.
Lyon County's only goal came on a penalty kick by Sam Gray late in the game. The goal was the first Trigg has allowed against Lyon County in six games.
Trigg County improves to 12-5-3 on the season, while Lyon County drops to 0-15-3.
Both teams will advance to next week's Second Region Tournament at University Heights.
In other district title games, University Heights denied Christian County their first-ever district title by downing the Colonels 4-0 in the 8th District Championship.
Madisonville won the 7th District title with an 8-1 win over Caldwell County.
Henderson County beat Union County 10-0 earlier this week to win the Sixth District title.
The Nashville Sports Council announced a historic deal with the Southeastern Conference to make Nashville and the Bridgestone Arena the site for twelve consecutive SEC Basketball Championships. The SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament will be hosted nine times (2015-2017, 2019-2021, 2023-2025) and the SEC Women’s Tournament will be hosted three times (2018, 2022, 2026).
In May, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive announced that the league’s athletic directors had voted unanimously to explore a primary site for the men’s basketball tournament.
The Nashville Sports Council has hosted an SEC Basketball Championship at the Bridgestone Arena nine times in its history. The men’s tournament was played in Nashville in 2001, 2006, 2010 and 2013, with the women playing in 2002, 2004, 2008, 2011 and 2012.
Through the Nashville Sports Council’s Scorecard Analysis, the men’s tournaments hosted in Nashville have produced $56 million in direct economic impact and drawn nearly 750,000 attendees. The women’s tournaments hosted in Nashville have produced $35 million in direct economic impact and attracted over 200,000 attendees. The tournaments will also help bolster Nashville’s image. All games of the each tournament will be nationally televised through the SEC Network, ESPN, or ABC.
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Tuesday issues a directive against the post game handshake lines. Below is the statement issued by the KHSAA.
Several sports have “traditions” regarding postgame handshakes, etc. by team members (both en masse and as individuals), but none of them have such action dictated by playing rules. While it is an obvious sign of sportsmanship and civility, many incidents have occurred both in Kentucky (more than two dozen in the last three years in Kentucky alone) and throughout the country, where fights and physical conflicts have broken out. And this is not restricted to specific sports. In our state alone, incidents in soccer, football and volleyball have occurred this fall.
Unfortunately, the adrenaline and effort required to participate in the sport sometimes seems to deplete the supply of judgement available to participants. And this can be particularly problematic when there is a lack of an appropriate level of adult supervision, or counterproductive actions by the adults involved with the team. After consultation with the Board of Control at its last meeting, the Commissioner is issuing the following directives and recommendations to the schools and officials regarding post game in baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball, volleyball and wrestling:
Following the contests, officials are to quickly and efficiently leave the playing facility following all rules mandated duties and ensure that the rules book mandated jurisdiction ends promptly. There is no need for officials to secure the game balls, shake hands with the coaches or players, or stick around the playing area for any other reason.
Officials have no role in what goes on in postgame, including handshakes, etc. after jurisdiction has ended. Officials also have NO role in administering this policy. Officials choosing to involve themselves in postgame activities will be penalized appropriately;
Game management and the administration of the participating team(s) are solely responsible for what happens after the contest is concluded.
It is directed that teams and individuals do not participate in organized post game handshake lines/ceremonies beyond that interaction that is required by the NFHS playing rules (i.e. the awarding of a bout winner in wrestling) and the individual unorchestrated actions by individual competitors. If the decision is made to ignore this directive and participate in some form of organized postgame handshake line/handshake against this recommendation, it is the expressed responsibility of game management and the coaches and administration of the teams to supervise the activity, to report to the KHSAA any incidents that occur; and
The coaches and administration of the teams are responsible for the individual conduct of the members of the team following the contest and shall be held accountable for such.
Henceforth, any incidents by an individual squad member (including coaches) or group of squad members that results in unsporting acts immediately following the contest will result in a fine against the member school athletic program, and additional penalties against the individuals or schools as deemed appropriate following investigation.
It is disappointing that this action has become necessary, but enough incidents have occurred both in our state and in others, that the necessity has arrived.
Trigg County closes out the regular season with a couple of tough home games this week, the first against Hopkinsville tonight at the Complex.
The Wildcats tuned up with a 9-0 win over Hopkins County Central Monday in Morton's Gap. The shutout win was Trigg's sixth in 17 games as they improve to 11-4-2 on the season. Trigg County is now 17-1-5 all-time vs. Hopkins Central and haven't lost to them since 1996.
Tonight, the Wildcats face a Hopkinsville team that comes into the game with a record of 11-7. The teams last met in 2011 with Hoptown claiming a 6-1 win. Hopkinsville leads the all-time series 18-2-1, with Trigg's only wins coming in 2001 and 2010.
Trigg closes out their regular season Thursday at home against Madisonville, who shut out Christian County 2-0 to improve to 11-4-2 on the season.
Trigg County's Nick Choate shot a 68 Tuesday to walk away with the Boys 1st Region golf championship. Choate beat Cullan Brown, of Lyon County, by three strokes. Choate, Brown, and Preston English, of Murray, have all qualified for the state golf tournament in Bowling Green.
1. Nick Choate (Trigg County) 68
2. Cullan Brown (Lyon County) 71
3. Hayden Cash (Graves County) 72
4. Daniel Taylor (Caldwell County) 73
4. Justin Roberts (Graves County) 73
4. Avery Edwards (McCracken County) 73
4. Preston English (Murray) 73
4. Wes Averill (St. Mary) 73
It appears that the injury to Jake Locker is not as serious as it could have been. Here is a statement issued Tuesday by the Titans, from titansonline.com:
“We received reassuring reports from the second MRI today and they confirmed that there was no major damage to Jake Locker's hip joint – it is classified as a sprained hip. The area will need time to heal and strengthen, but he won’t require surgery and he has already begun a rehab routine for both his hip and knee. We certainly would expect him to miss a few weeks, but we are encouraged by the news today.”
Tickets for the 2013 Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena will be available Saturday, October 5, beginning at 7:00am eastern, 6:00am central, at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows, on Euclid Avenue, and online at UKathletics.com and Ticketmaster.com.
Madness, the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2013-14 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Television broadcast info will be released at a later date.
Tickets are free again this year, and there will be a limit of four tickets per person at Memorial Coliseum. Online orders will have a minimal service fee attached, and there will be a limit of four tickets per household. Online ticket ordering information will be available at a later date.
University of Kentucky sophomore quarterbacks Maxwell Smith and Jalen Whitlow, along with junior defensive end Za’Darius Smith have been honored for their performance in Kentucky’s 41-7 victory over Miami (Ohio). Smith and Whitlow were given Southeastern Conference “helmet stickers” from ESPN.com for putting up solid numbers in UK’s impressive offensive showing Saturday. The Wildcats totaled 675 yards of total offense in the game, the third-most total offense in program history, including 413 passing yards, the most since 2007 vs. Tennessee.
Za’Darius Smith was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week by CollegeSportsMadness.com. Smith had six tackles and three sacks in the game, becoming the first UK player since Deion Holts in 2003 to record three or more sacks. The UK defense limit Miami to no offensive points and only 122 yards of total offense, which is the fourth-lowest offensive output for a UK opponent in the last 25 years.
Trigg County controlled the second half and rebounded from an opening game loss to beat Marshall County 35-24 in Draffenville. The win was their first over Marshall County since 1984 and the first on the road since 1975.
Jayven Jones rushed for 190 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns. He also picked off a pass in the end zone in the second half to halt a Marshall County scoring drive.
Jones scored a 45-yard touchdown on the game's second play to put Trigg ahead 7-0.
Marshall County answered with a 13-play scoring drive that included two 4th down conversions to pull to within 7-6.
Luke McKenzie hit Tyreke Wilson on a 27-yard pass with 4:23 left in the quarter to put Trigg up 14-6.
Marshall County answered with two touchdowns in 1:20 of each other thanks to a Trigg fumble to take an 18-14 lead.
The Wildcats took a 21-18 lead into the locker room at halftime thanks to a 30-yard McKenzie to Bird touchdown pass with :34 left before the break.
Marshall County's up-tempo style on offense saw them run 50 plays in the first half.
Trigg County controlled the football in the second half and limited the Marshals to just 29 plays.
After a scoreless third quarter, Trigg County put the game away with a 27-yard McKenzie to Tyler Estes TD pass and a 33-yard run by Jones with 4:40 left to take a 35-18 lead.
McKenzie finished 11-of-20 passing for 156 yards, 3 TDs and 2 INTs. He also added 70 yards rushing on nine carries.
Trigg County outgained Marshall County 434-362 yards, holding the Marshals to 139 total yards in the second half.
The Wildcats (1-1) will host Hopkinsville next Saturday in the David Sadler Bowl at Perdue Field.
EXTRA POINTS - Trigg County's last win over Marshall County came in 1984 when Al Baker set a TCHS rushing record with 306 yards.....Marshall County leads the all-time series 7-5.....Trigg County topped 400 yards of offense for the first time since last year's Heath game, a 48-27 Wildcat win.....Jayven Jones' 190 yards rushing is the most since Akeem Wilson ran for 180 yards vs. Reidland in 2010.....Marshall County ran 79 plays in the game, the most by a Wildcat opponent since Madisonville ran 75 plays in a 52-49 Trigg County overtime win in 2000.....Trigg County has a career August record of 29-41-1 (.415).....Seven different Wildcats caught passes, with none more than two.....Trigg County has nine turnovers in their first two games, but a turnover ratio of just (-2)......Luke McKenzie passed 3,000 career yards for his career and stands sixth on the all-time TCHS passing list but should finish the season #2.....McKenzie currently ranks third in career completions (223) and attempts (425) and is fifth with 32 career TD throws.
Former Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck faces charges after being arrested early Sunday morning. According to ESPN, Bulluck was charged with felony robbery after a cab driver accused him of taking money during an argument in Nashville. Reports indicate the cab driver was waiting outside a bar for a fare when Bulluck approached him.
The driver says an altercation ensued, and Bulluck took a $100 bill and fled the scene. When officers arrived, the cab driver led them to Bulluck in a nearby parking lot. The incident occurred around 3:50am.
With the Hilltoppers taking on Kentucky on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. CT in Nashville, WKU has announced policies and procedures regarding ticketing and security for the contest at LP Field. Among the notable policies in place are the new NFL bag policy and the fact that tickets are now available exclusively through Ticketmaster throughout the week and on-site at LP Field only.
NEW NFL BAG POLICY TO BE IN EFFECT FOR OPENER AT LP FIELD: New NFL bag policies will be in effect when WKU takes the field against UK in the season opener at LP Field in Nashville. The new policy affects restrictions on the size of bags that are permitted into LP Field -- not the items that you normally need to bring to a game. Each fan may carry in their pocket items such as keys, makeup, combs, phones, wallets, and credit cards, and may also continue to carry a blanket or jacket into the stadium.
LP Field security strongly encourages fans to not bring any type of bags into the stadium. However, certain bags are permissible and those exceptions are listed below. Fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container at stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium:
Fans may carry in a small clutch bag or purse approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap.
• Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" by 6" and 12" or
• A one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
• An exception will be made for medically necessary items, including seat cushions, after proper inspection at Gates 1, 5 & 7 designated for this purpose.
• Diapers and wipes must be carried in a clear bag. Each member of a family, including children, will be able to carry an approved clear bag and a clutch purse, providing ample storage capacity.
Complete information on the new bag policies is available at the following site: http://www.titansonline.com/stadium/carry-in_policy.html.
TICKET INFORMATION: This game is not a sell out, but all ticket sales for the opening game of the season are now only available through Ticketmaster. Fans can order tickets for the game by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or visiting a Ticketmaster location. Previously, tickets were available through both schools, but all sales have now transitioned exclusively to Ticketmaster locations. Ticket prices vary and are subject to availability.
On game day, tickets will be also be available for purchase at LP Field at Gate 1 beginning at 3:00 p.m. CT on Saturday.. This is also the location for all will call pickups that were placed through Ticketmaster.
The first 4,000 WKU students at the game on August 31 with a valid student ID will receive a free ticket to the game. After the first 4,000 students, student tickets will be available for purchase at $13.
WKU's will call gate will be located at gate 8 and will open at 3:00 p.m. Player guest, recruit and student tickets will be able to check in starting at 4:00 p.m. at gate 8. UK's will call gate is located at gate 9.
PARKING LOTS TO OPEN AT NOON: Parking lots will be available for tailgating beginning at noon CT. Multiple lots will be available for parking on a cash only basis on gameday near the stadium, but not overnight parking will be allowed.
Getting a tee time at a state park golf course has just become a bit easier. Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker announced Monday that golfers can now go online to reserve tee times at all 16 of the golf courses operated by the Kentucky State Parks. Walker noted that the service will make it easier for golf customers to make reservations, and it makes courses available to more golfers in Kentucky and other states.
The online reservation system is operated by GolfNow, which is owned by The Golf Channel. Golfers can visit www.parks.ky.gov, and click on the “GolfNow” logo to make a reservation.
The University of Kentucky football schedule for the 2014 season has been announced in conjunction with the Southeastern Conference schedule released Wednesday by the league office. Next year's slate will include timing adjustments for games against rivals Louisville and Tennessee. As requested by the SEC and the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Kentucky vs. Louisville game will be moved to the final game of the regular season beginning in 2014.
The leagues moved the game as a result of adjustments in scheduling brought on by the conference expansions undertaken in both the SEC and ACC. The SEC went to 14 schools a year ago and the ACC will be at 14 football-playing institutions when Louisville joins the league in the summer of 2014. For the `14 season, the Cardinals will play host to the Wildcats on Nov. 29.
The UK vs. UofL game had been played early in the schedule since the series was renewed in 1994. For Kentucky, moving the game to the end of the regular season also will require another adjustment. Tennessee has been scheduled as the Wildcats' final foe since 1953 and the Volunteers will now move to Nov. 15, 2014, meaning that UK will close the regular season with a pair of rivalry games.
The switch of the Kentucky-Louisville game date means that there will be four SEC vs. ACC in-state rivalry matchups on the final weekend of the season. The Florida-Florida State, Georgia-Georgia Tech and South Carolina-Clemson tilts also are on that weekend.
The remainder of Kentucky's non-conference schedule in 2014 includes three home games - the season opener against the University of Tennessee at Martin on Aug. 30, followed by Ohio University on Sept. 6. The Wildcats will play host to the University of Louisiana at Monroe on Oct. 11. This will be the first time that UK has played UT Martin. UK last played Ohio in 2004 and ULM in 2009.
The Wildcats continue to kick off the SEC schedule against Florida on Sept. 13 in Gainesville, the sixth consecutive season that UK's league lidlifter comes against the Gators. One other significant timing change comes with the Vanderbilt game. Having played VU in November every season since 1953, the Wildcats will host the Commodores on Sept. 27, 2014.
Kentucky will continue to play the other Eastern Division opponents, with South Carolina and Georgia at home and Missouri on the road. UK's permanent opponent from the Western Division, Mississippi State, will visit Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky's rotating opponent from the SEC West will be a game at LSU, which replaces Alabama from the 2013 schedule. The Wildcats last tangled with the Tigers in 2011.
Here is Kentucky's complete 2014 schedule:
Aug. 30 - UT Martin
Sept. 6 - Ohio University
Sept. 13 - at Florida
Sept. 20 - open
Sept. 27 - Vanderbilt
Oct. 4 - South Carolina
Oct. 11 - ULM
Oct. 18 - at LSU
Oct. 25 - Mississippi State
Nov. 1 - at Missouri
Nov. 8 - Georgia
Nov. 15 - at Tennessee
Nov. 22 - open
Nov. 29 - at Louisville
Jill P'Poole scored six goals, but it wasn't enough as Crittenden County beat Lyon County 8-7 in the girls' soccer season opener. Crittenden won the game in a shootout after the teams were tied 6-6 after regulation.
P'Poole became the school's all-time leading scorer and took the field for the first time in regular play since suffering a knee injury that forced her to miss basketball season.
The win by Crittenden County was their first over Lyon County in 15 years and snapped a 15-game losing streak to the Lady Lyons.
Trigg County opens their season tonight by hosting Lyon County at the Complex. Trigg lost to Fort Campbell Monday in their final scrimmage 12-3 as Brittany Shafer had three goals for Trigg County.
In other games today:
Hopkinsville hosts Henderson County
University Heights goes south of the border to face Rossview
Trigg County opens their soccer season today at Fort Campbell. The Wildcats lost just one game a year ago -- that coming to Henderson County in the region title game.
The Wildcats have beaten Fort Campbell just twice in 30 career meetings. Their last win came in 2008. In their only meeting last year, the teams played to a 3-3 tie in the season opener. Trigg County was 15-1-4 last year, while the Falcons were 10-6-2.
University Heights (9-10-4) will play across town at Christian County (6-12-3). UHA won the only matchup last year 1-0.
Hopkinsville (19-5) plays host to Mayfield (4-14). The teams haven't played since 2008 when Hoptown scored a 4-1 win.
Marshall County (17-7-2) hosts Paducah Tilghman (10-6)
Union County (1-13-1) travels to Dawson Springs (3-11-2)
For the ladies,
University Heights (7-11) opens at home against Logan County (9-6-1) in the first-ever meeting between the schools.
Lyon County (9-13) travels to Crittenden County (0-14). The Lady Lyons have won 15 straight games against Crittenden County dating back to 2001.
Marshall County visits Paducah Tilghman
Dawson Springs hosts Union County
Also, Trigg County hosts their final preseason scrimmage tonight against Fort Campbell at the Complex.
Trigg County golfer Nick Choate took home another medalist honor after winning a dual match with Mayfield Thursday at Boots Randolph Golf Course. Choate shot a 2-over 38, which was two shots better than teammates Cole Gardner and Kullen Garner.
Trigg County shot a 160 as a team, which was nine shots better than Mayfield.
For the ladies, Trigg County's Madison Chaney took home medalist honors with a 42.
On Tuesday, Trigg County defeated Caldwell County 157-171 at Mineral Mound State Park.
Choate again took medalist honors with an even par 36. Gardner shot a 41, and Garner and Carter Sholar each had a 41.
Lyon County's Cullen Brown and Caldwell County's Daniel Taylor each led their schools with 38s.
Madison Chaney led the ladies with a 42.
Meanwhile, Hopkinsville won a quad match Thursday at Western Hills Golf Course, defeating UHA, Christian County, and Muhlenberg County.
Austin Knight, T.J. Janes, and Dylan Henderson led Hopkinsville with identical scores of 40. Tad Switzer led UHA with a 42, while Christian County's Grainger Greenwell took home medalist honors with a 38.
There will be no trip to Thompson Boling Arena this year for the UK basketball team. According to the Courier Journal, Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin has confirmed Tuesday that UK and the Vols will play only once this regular season, and that matchup would be at Rupp Arena. It will mark the first time since 1952-53 that Kentucky hasn't played a regular season game at Tennessee.
The former SEC Eastern Division rivals aren't guaranteed to play each other twice a year now because the conference no longer is divided into two divisions for basketball. Florida is now Kentucky’s permanent home and home matchup under the new SEC scheduling arrangement.
Officials at Western Kentucky University have announced that for the first time in program history, the Toppers will host an SEC team at Houchens-L.T. Smith Stadium as part of a three-game series with Vanderbilt. In the announcement made Wednesday, WKU officials say the series is broken up into two parts for the Hilltoppers and Commodores.
Set to take place over the 2015-17 seasons, the teams will trade home games in Nashville on Sept. 12, 2015 and in Bowling Green on Sept. 4, 2016, before the Hilltoppers will play one guarantee game in Nashville on Nov. 4, 2017. Situated just 67 miles apart, the universities have a sparse history between each, with only five all-time meetings on the gridiron, including three varsity matchups between 1931 and 1938. Most recently, the Tops fell to Vanderbilt 12-0 in Nashville on Oct. 1, 1938. In all, WKU has 18 total games against SEC foes and is set to add two more to that total in 2013.
Last week, the program announced the addition of Illinois to its 2017 road schedule. The Tops will also travel to Champaign in 2014 for their first ever meeting with the Illini.
The Southeastern Conference Monday announced agreements with nine postseason bowls and a new process for the assignment of SEC member schools to bowl games, beginning with the 2014 season and extending for six years. According to secdigitalnetwork.com, the new bowl process coincides with the beginning of the new College Football Playoff that follows the 2014 season.
Under the new SEC bowl system, the Capital One Bowl. will have the first selection of available SEC teams after any conference schools have qualified for the College Football Playoff, the Allstate Sugar Bowl or the Discover Orange Bowl. Following the Capital One Bowl, there will be a pool of six bowls comprised of renewals with the Outback Bowl, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, and AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis. There are also new agreements with the Texas Bowl in Houston, and Belk Bowl in Charlotte.
UK merchandise continues to fly off the shelves at a pretty good pace, putting UK at #3 in royalties. According to an article on espn.com, for the eighth straight year, the University of Texas collected the most royalties of any college or university represented by the Collegiate Licensing Company. The rest of the top 10 was dominated by SEC schools.
According to the rankings, which were released Monday, University of Alabama came in second, followed by Kentucky. The rankings, which represent royalties on the 4.6-billion dollar annual college merchandise business, reflects the money collected by schools on sales of gear from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013.
Western Kentucky University's 2013-14 basketball season opener at Wichita State will start at 12:00am, on Tuesday, November 12, and will be televised on ESPN2 as part of the 2013 ESPN Tip-Off Marathon. The marathon begins at 6:00pm on November 11, and the final doubleheader begins at 6:30pm on November 12. The marathon includes more than a dozen games in over 24 consecutive hours of basketball to start the 2013-14 season.
Wichita State is coming off a trip to the Final Four last year, and the game is the first of four on WKU's 2013-14 schedule against teams that won at least 27 games a season ago. Additional game times and television information for WKU's 2013-14 schedule will be announced in the coming months.
Caldwell County's Emma Talley finished strong and won the U.S. Women's Amateur Golf Championship today in Charleston, South Carolina. The University of Alabama sophomore-to-be defeated Orlando's Cindy Feng 2-and-1 to win her first national amateur singles title.
Like she did in Saturday's semifinal win over Alison Lee, Talley got the early lead and stayed ahead of Feng for most of the match. Talley had a one shot lead after 18 holes depite shooting 3-over par. She shot even par on the final 17 holes to claim the win.
With the win, Talley qualifies for the 2014 U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst, North Carolina. She made the cut at the 2012 Open, which made her an automatic qualifier for the 2013 Amateur Open. Talley also receives a 10-year exemption into the U.S. Women's Amateur and a 15-year exemption into the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur for golfers over 25 years of age and a 2014 exemption into the Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.
Talley also now has a good chance to make the Curtis Cup, a biennial event that pits the best amateur golfers in the United States against golfers from Great Britian and Ireland. The 2014 event will be played in St. Louis.
Trigg County golfer Nick Choate fired a 2-over par 73 to take sixth place Saturday at the Paducah Tilghman Invitational at Paxton Park Golf Course in Paducah. Choate was four shots behind medalist Lance Davis of Graves County who shot a 2-under 69.
Caldwell County's Daniel Taylor shot an even-par 71 to finish in fifth place, while Trigg County's Cole Gardner shot a 75 to finish tied for 12th place. In the team scores, Graves County edged Marshall County by four shots for first place. The Marshals were led by Quinn Eaton and D.J. Pigg who each shot 73s.
Caldwell County finished ninth in the 13-team field.
For the ladies, UHA's Anna Moore shot an 8-over 79 to finish in 16th place. Clarksville's Brena Smity was medalist with a 2-under 69, one shot ahead of Paducah Tilghman's Teri Doss.
Trigg County was led by Madison Cheyney's 87.
Clarksville High won the team competition with a four-shot advantage over Calloway County.
Trigg County will golf again Tuesday at Mineral Mound State Park in a triangular match with Caldwell County and Lyon County.
May 14th marked the 25th anniversary of the worst drunk-driving crash in U.S history, known by most people as the Carrollton bus crash. Shortly before 11pm, 27 people were killed and 34 more were injured when the church bus they were riding on collided with a drunk driver on I-71 in Carroll County.
Of course, the children and adults injured were not from Carrollton. They were from the First Assembly of God in Radcliff in Hardin County. Many of the students attended North Hardin High School.
27 people were killed when the right front of the bus collided with the right front of Larry Mahoney's pickup truck, which was going the wrong way on I-71 shortly before 11pm. The bus was returning from King's Island. Many of the people on the bus were asleep.
When the two vehicles collided, the impact drove a spring into the gas tank located behind the driver's seat. The gas and tank quickly ignited. Between the ignited gas and the flammable foam inside the bus seats, the cabin of the bus quickly caught fire, reaching an estimated 2,000 degrees, according to reports.
Autopsies showed no one died from injuries due to the crash. They died from smoke inhalation and/or burns. Many could not get off the bus because of the fire at the front of the bus and the crush of people at the back of the bus where the only other exit was located.
One of the survivors was Harold Dennis, who suffered extreme burns. Years after surviving the crash, Dennis walked on the University of Kentucky football team and later earned a full athletic scholarship for his last two seasons as a wide receiver. Harold earned several national awards at UK, including the Arete Award for Courage in sports, the Gene Autrey Award for Courage in Sports, and the Johnny Unitas Courage Award.
On the 25th anniversary of the crash, Dennis has teamed with writer Daniel Blake Smith and director Jason Epperson, a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, to release a documentary "Impact: After the Crash", which looks back at the crash.
Dennis spoke to the Kentucky Lifesavers Conference in Louisville Wednesday and showed some video clips. The documentary was released in May and already has screenings upcoming at film festivals in Louisville and St. Louis.
I was fortunate to speak with Harold after the conference to talk about the making of the film.
Based on the trailer below and the video clips shown at the conference, "Impact" looks outstanding.
Of course, you are impacted by the crash every day and probably don't realize it.
The bus was a 1977 Ford -- only 11 years old and had been purchased by the church from the Meade County school system.
Kentucky now requires all school buses to have nine emergency exits--more than any other federal or state standard. All school buses must have front and back doors, a side door, four emergency windows and two roof exits. They must also have a cage around the fuel tank, a stronger frame and roof to resist crumpling on impact and rollover, high-backed seats, extra seat padding, flame-retardant seats and floors, reflective tape on all emergency exits, and strobe lights on the exterior.
Schools also must have a diesel-powered fleet. Buses also have luggage and storage compartments located under the bus so that equipment and luggage isn't placed at the rear of the bus, blocking the rear exit.
As for Larry Mahoney, his blood alcohol content at the time of the crash was 0.24 -- more than twice the legal limit at the time. He remembers nothing of the crash. Anyone who has traveled that section of I-71 has to ask themselves "How can anyone drive the wrong way on the interstate at night for three miles and not hit anything or run off the road??" When I drove that section of road recently, I asked myself that.
He was convicted of 27 counts of manslaughter and 16 counts of assault. He served 10 years and 11 months before he was released in 1999. Kentucky law said each person killed in the crash was worth five months in jail. Five months. That doesn't count those injured like Harold Dennis. There are some who feel like Mahoney could tell a strong anti-alcohol message to other people. He has refused to do so. He lives anonomously in Owen County today.
Since the crash, Kentucky has lowered the per se limit on DUIs to .08. They have also toughened up the DUI laws some, but not where it applies to alcohol-related deaths.
Here is the movie trailer for "Impact: After the Crash"
University of Alabama golfer and Princeton native Emma Talley has reached the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur Golf Championship after a thrilling 19-hole match play win over Australian Su-Hyun Oh.
Here is a link to the story, including information on today's semifinal matchup with Allison Lee.
With practice getting underway, there are player problems for new WKU football coach Bobby Petrino. According to the Bowling Green Daily News, backup running back Leon Allen was arrested early Sunday morning by Bowling Green Police on a charge of Disorderly Conduct. He was released from the Warren County jail around noon Sunday.
WKU officials say they are aware of the arrest and are gathering information about it. Allen is a 6-foot, 235-pound running back from Bradenton, Florida. He was second on the team in rushing in 2012, between Antonio Andrews, with 317 yards on 56 carries.
A familiar face has been named the baseball coach at Hopkinsville High School. A media release from the Christian County Public School System said Greg Perry has been named the head baseball coach. Perry served as an assistant coach with the Tigers from 2000 to 2008.
Near the end of the 2008 season, Perry was named the interim coach for HHS when Scott Marks was suspended by then-Superintendent Bob Lovingood for using inappropriate language with the players. The Tigers finished 5-3 under Perry.
The Tigers were 19-14 in Perry's only full season as head coach in 2009. After the season, Perry was told by then-HHS principal Demetria Choice that he was three college hours short in his requirement to be a coach. The school then named Randy Harrell as head coach, and the Tigers won the 2010 region title.
"I look forward to a great year of working with the team, and I thank the community for all of their support over the years," Perry said in the release.
Perry takes over for Jeff Gillespie, who was 32-32 in two seasons as Tiger head coach, but resigned earlier this month due to what he called "philosophical differences with the administration."
The Hoptown Hoppers ralled for nine runs in the final three innings to stun Fulton 11-8 in the opener of the Best-of-3 Ohio Valley League Championship series.
The Hoppers scored four runs in the seventh and eigth innings to turn a 8-2 deficit into a 10-8 lead.
John Beary got the Hoppers on the board with a two-run homer in the third inning. He finished the game with two hits and three RBIs. Geordie Carlson and first baseman Seth LaRue also drove in two runs.
Former UHA standout Kyle Barbee pitched 2 2/3 innings relief to get the win, allowing just three hits.
The Hoppers can claim their second consecutive OVL title tonight at Tiger Stadium, where Hoptown has won 11 straight games and not lost a home game in July. First pitch is at 7:05pm.
Tonight is Fan Appreciation at Tiger Field, with multiple raffle prizes for both adults and kids, including Gift Certificates to Hays Furniture, an autographed team ball, gift certificates from Buffalo Wings and Rings, a spot in the 2014 Hoppers baseball camp, and two 2014 Hoppers Season passes.
Noffsinger said there will also be a silent auction for the autographed broken pink bat of Brad Sevenish and another autographed bat.
Fans who bring school supplies for the Christian County Family Resource and Youth Services Centers will get in for $2.00.
The Oldies Radio/Chik-Fil-A Tailgate Party will air tonight at 6:05 on Oldies Radio 96.5 FM and 100.9 FM.
The first Titans Tonight Show with head coach Mike Munchak for the 2013 season airs tonight at 6pm on WKDZ 106.5 FM.
You can also stop by Garland Nissan in Hopkinsville for your chance to win CLUB level Titans tickets which include wider seats, air conditioned lounges, and upgraded food and beverage options. This also includes parking passes.
The Live Afternoon Drive will be at Garland Thursday from 3-5PM to give away tickets for the August 8th preseason game with the Redskins.
Garland Nissan has a chance for you to win CLUB level tickets to EVERY Titans Home Game This year!
Carrie McGinnis will be at Garland to give away tickets on Thursday, August 15th from 10am-noon for the Atlanta Falcons game August 24th at LP Field.
The Hoptown Hoppers begin defense of their Ohio Valley League championship tonight when they travel to Fulton to face the Railroaders in the opener of the best of three championship series.
Both teams swept their first round opponents -- Hoptown over Owensboro and Fulton over Marion -- and finished one-two in the standings.
Hoptown won the season series with Fulton 5-4, with three games decided by a single run. The Hoppers were 2-2 on Fulton's home field.
Hoppers manager Grayson Crawford says one advantage Fulton has is setting their pitching for tonight's opener.
After tonight's game, the teams will play Game Two Tuesday night in Hopkinsville. Hoppers GM Finney Noffsinger said Tuesday will be Fan Appreciation at Tiger Field, with multiple raffle prizes for both adults and kids, including Gift Certificates to Hays Furniture, an autographed team ball, gift certificates from Buffalo Wings and Rings, a spot in the 2014 Hoppers baseball camp, and two 2014 Hoppers Season passes. Noffsinger said there will also be a silent auction for the autographed broken pink bat of Brad Sevenish and another autographed bat.
Fans who bring school supplies for the Christian County Family Resource and Youth Services Centers will get in for $2.00.
Regardless of tonight's outcome, the Hoppers will have a chance to claim the OVL title on their home field, where they are 19-5 this year and have won 11 straight games, including Saturday's playoff win over Owensboro.
Crawford is hoping the Hopper fans can reach a lofty goal this week
The University of Kentucky has released the details about the 2013 edition of Big Blue Madness. Officials say Big Blue Madness will take place October 18, at Memorial Coliseum. For UK basketball fans it will be their first chance to get a look at what is being considered the best recruiting class in school history.
Fans will be able to start lining up for tickets after 7:00am, October 2, with ticket distribution starting at 7:00am, October 5. Tickets will also be available online at Ticketmaster.
Trigg County High School Athletic Director Marty Jaggers confirmed today that the school has filled three coaching vacancies, including two sports that begin practice next week.
Julian Williams, who has served as assistant volleyball coach the past two years at Trigg County, takes over as head coach and will inherit a team that loses just one senior from a district championship team.
Henderson County native Josh Abner has been named the new boys' and girls' cross country coach, replacing Mike Wright who retired after 27 seasons and two state championships. Abner has coached cross country and track in Hawaii and one year at Hopkinsville High.
Russell Malone, who served as an assistant coach last year, has moved up to take over the girls' basketball head coaching job. Malone has been a head coach Warren East and Clarksville Northwest and has been at Trigg County the past two seasons - one as a boys' assistant and the other as a girls' assistant coach.
Malone replaces Amy Breckel who resigned earlier this year after nine seasons as head coach.
Trigg County still has openings for an assistant athletic director and head softball coach.
I will have more on the new coaches in the coming days.
Two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and 12-time legendary Pro Bowler Ray Lewis, of the Baltimore Ravens, winners of Super Bowl XLVII, is coming to Paducah, Kentucky. The two-time Super Bowl champion and future Hall of Famer has committed to “An Evening of Excellence” on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at the McCracken County High School Strawberry Hills Pharmacy Arena at 7:00pm.
Lewis played his entire career (1996-2012) with the Ravens and his hard hits and determination helped the franchise win Super Bowl titles – XXXV (named MVP) and XLVII. His 12 Pro Bowl selections are tied for the fifth-most in NFL history and most by a linebacker. Ray Lewis is one of only six players to earn the AP Defensive Player of the Year Award multiple times (2000 and 2003).
Lewis is involved in charitable activities, motivational speaking and mentoring. He started the Ray Lewis 52 Foundation, a non-profit corporation which provides personal and economic assistance to disadvantaged youth. In May 2010, a portion of Baltimore’s North Avenue was renamed “Ray Lewis Way” in honor of his charitable work; similar honors include a 2006 JB Award (named for CBS broadcaster James Brown) and an “Act of Kindness” Award for his community work.
WKU senior center Sean Conway has been named to the watch list for the 2013 Rimington Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's top center. In 2012, Conway started every game on the WKU schedule for the third-straight season, tallying 13 starts on the year to bringing his career total to 37. He took every offensive snap for the second-straight season and was one of three Hilltopper offensive linemen to start each game.
Conway is the third Hilltopper to earn the honor of being selected to a preseason watch list for a major college football award in the last week. Senior running back Antonio Andrews has been named to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award and Maxwell Award while junior linebacker Andrew Jackson has been selected to the Bednarik Award watch list.
The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2.5 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The fourteen-year old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $100 million for CF Research.
The Louisville Cardinals won the NCAA men's basketball championship last spring, now they'll get the floor they played on. According to published reports, Northwestern Mutual has purchased the floor and donated it to U of L. The floor is being taken to the KFC Yum Center, and part of it will be used to raise money for pediatric cancer treatment.
It's the second time Northwestern Mutual has purchased the championship floor. Last year, the UK used part of the floor from the Superdome for Rupp Arena locker rooms and part to raise funds for charity.
WKU senior running back Antonio Andrews has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2013 Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse. Andrews was one of four finalists for the award in 2012. Andrews led WKU in all-purpose yards, rushing yards, touchdowns, scoring, kick return yards, punt return yards, and carries in 2012.
His 3,161 all-purpose yards were the most in school history and the second-highest total ever behind 1988 Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders. Andrews and Sanders are the only two players in NCAA history to eclipse 3,000 all-purpose yards in a single season.
WKU has now had a player named to the preseason watch list for the award in each of the four years since the award began in 2010. Former WKU running back and Super Bowl Champion Bobby Rainey earned the honor in 2010 and 2011 while Andrews also earned the preseason nod in 2012. Created by the Louisville Sports Commission in 2010, the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football.
In the movie Bull Durham, Kevin Costner created a rainout by turning on the sprinklers at the minor league park where they were supposed to have a game the next day.
Although no one is sure of the whereabouts of Crash Davis, the Hoptown Hoppers were the victim of the same type of shenanigans last night which has forced the cancellation of tonight's Hoppers' game with Owensboro.
Hoppers' General Manager Finney Noffsinger said assistant coach Walt Bedsole and the grounds crew arrived at Tiger Stadium this morning to find that someone had put the water hoses on the field and turned them on. Because of the standing water and mud on the field at midday, Noffsinger said the decision to postpone the game was made. A make-up date will be announced later.
The Hoppers are scheduled to host Marion Friday night.
The son of a former Murray State University basketball standout has been drafted to play professional hockey. The Nashville Predators made Seth Jones, son of “Popeye” Jones, the fourth pick in the first round of the National Hockey League Draft. Jones is considered one of the top young defensemen in the country. His dad played collegiate basketball at Murray, before going on to play in the NBA.
Trigg County High School has capped off a remarkable season, winning the Archery in Schools World Competition Sunday in St. Louis. The world title is the second straight for the Arrowcats and ends a season that saw them also win the state and national title earlier this year.
Junior Jake McNab shot a 293 out of a possible 300 to finish 8th in the high school division and 10th overall among all male shooters.
Lucas Hyde and Shaye Patterson shot a 292 for the Arrowcats, and freshman Elizabeth Wagoner added a 290. Other top finishers for Trigg County included Sarah Shipley (289), Brent Jones (288), and Kaila Cunningham (288).
Patterson finished third among high school females, while Wagoner was fifth, Shipley sixth, and Cunningham eighth.
Trigg County High shot a total score of 3,425, which was eight points more than second place Alma Bryant High School from Alabama. The total was actually 28 points less than what Trigg shot in winning both the state and national titles earlier this year.
Madison Central High School in Richmond finished in fourth, Meade County was fifth, and state runner-up Henderson County was sixth.
Trigg County Middle School shot a 3,264 and finished eighth overall. Clay Stevens led the middle schoolers with a score of 293, which tied McNab for the highest score of the weekend by an Arrowcat. Stevens was seventh overall among all male shooters and second in the middle school division.
Kaylin Smith shot a 291 and was the second-best female middle schooler at the competition, while Kimberlee Shelton had a 286 and finished seventh among middle school females.
Caudill Middle School in Richmond finished first with 3,355 points. Anderson County Middle School was fourth.
Trigg County Intermediate School finished in fourth place at the world competition with 3,201 points. Woodlawn, Georgia won the division with 3,320 points.
Tyler Freeman led the Trigg County Intermediate School with a score of 275, followed by Shaun Terrell (274), Heather Joiner (273), and Kierslyn Thomas (270).
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested Wednesday morning, and then arraigned Wednesday afternoon. Hernandez has been charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd. Read more by clicking the link below.
It appears like there may be one more departure from the UK basketball team. In a letter posted online Monday, UK junior Kyle Wiltjer stated he was going to look at options for a possible transfer for his final two seasons of eligibility. In the letter, Wiltjer expressed his desire to be able to play at a school where he could be featured in a more prominent role. With the nation’s top ranked recruiting class coming in, Wiltjer is projected to have more of a backup role with the 2013-2014 Wildcats. Among the schools believed to be at the top of the list for Wiltjer is Gonzaga.
Wiltjer said he had a “dream was to win a national championship and compete with and play against the best players in the country”, and “without a doubt, I accomplished both of these goals in my two years at Kentucky. Now as I head into my junior year, I recognize that my new and adjusted goals require me to make some very difficult upcoming decisions." In an online response Monday, Coach John Calipari said he would not oppose Wiltjer transferring, but would leave the door open for his return.
Brad Sevenish hit a sacrifice fly in the tenth inning to back another strong pitching performance from Riley Sanderson as the Hoptown Hoppers beat Dubois County 6-5 and moved into first place in the Ohio Valley League standings.
Mason Colquitt had three hits, including two doubles, as the Hoppers rapped out nine hits in the contest. Ryne Long pitched the final two innings to get the win.
The Hoppers moved to 2-1 in extra inning games this year.
With Marion beating Madisonville 7-6 Wednesday, the Hoppers move into first place a half game ahead of idle Owensboro and a game ahead of Madisonville.
The Hoppers will host Dubois County tonight at 7:05 at Tiger Stadium. It's Cub Scout night at the ballpark -- any scout in uniform gets in for free. There will be a scout parade with scouts remaining on the field to sing the National Anthem. Kids will also get to run the bases after the game.
You can hear the Chick-Fil-A Tailgate Show from the ballpark tonight at 6pm on Oldies Radio 96.5 FM and 100.9 FM
The news of today's sudden death of Paducah Sun Sports writer Joey Fosko was shocking. Both on a personal and professional level.
Professionally, there weren't many people who attacked his job with the passion Joey did. He was constantly on the road, covering several teams - not just one team as is the case with most media outlets. Ask Joe Wilson at the Kentucky New Era or Mike Stunson at the Madisonville Messenger how hard it is to create a sports page that doesn't favor one local team over the other.
Joey always told it like it was -- and sometimes people don't like that. But he was always fair.
I liked to tap into his knowledge of western Kentucky sports. He remembered key plays from key games. He remembered the paths those teams took. And he remembered the names of players and coaches. He was a key asset each week on my football pregame show - The Blitz.
Joey could cover a 45-0 football game and still made you want to read the game recap. I was envious of how he always seemed to approach a game story with the perfect angle -- that hook in the first few sentences that makes you read the entire story.
He never took pictures at the games he covered. He once told me it was easier for him to paint a picture with his words than it was to miss a play because he was focusing on using a camera.
And that he did. For nearly 26 years, his stories were a fixture on the sports pages of the Paducah Sun.
Personally, Joey was a friend. We covered many of the same sporting events. We traded knowledge and statistics. We were both Cubs fans. And we both shared a love for high school sports.
Joey was a Lone Oak graduate. It's ironic that he passed away just weeks after Lone Oak closed to consolidate into the new McCracken County High School. Maybe the folks at the new school will do the right thing and name the pressbox at the new school after Joey. He sure would have made it his second home during football season.
The loss of Joey Fosko leaves a huge void in sports coverage in western Kentucky. It also leaves a huge void in the many friendships he made through the years -- including this one.
Former UK basketball player Winston Bennett is stepping down as the head basketball coach at Mid-Continent University. Officials at the university, located in Mayfield, formally announced Monday that Bennett had submitted his resignation, effective June 30.
Bennett coached at Mid-Continent for six seasons, compiling a record of 91 wins and 103 losses. University officials credit Bennett for taking the school's basketball program to a higher level.
It appears the season opening football game between Kentucky and Western Kentucky will be the last between the two schools for a while. Reports out of Bowling Green say that WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart says he and UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart have agreed to take some time off in the series after this year's contest.
The game in Nashville, is the final game of a four game series that started in 2010 in Lexington. Stewart did go on to say that he hopes discussions will begin in the not to distant future about running the series. Stewart noted the two schools want to allow the conference realignments to shake out, and to resolved the number of conference games that schools will have to play. The SEC has been looking at the possibility of moving up to a nine game conference schedule, which would take away one game of the non-conference portion of Kentucky's schedule.
Western's first ever game against UK came in 2008. The next year, the schools announced a deal that called for two games at Commonwealth Stadium and two in Nashville in alternating years. Western's only win in the series came last year, when the Hilltoppers shocked Kentucky in overtime, 32-31.
It was news that caused the UK football coaching staff to use their new celebration keyword "Yahtzee" loudly Thursday, as Boom Williams verbally committed to be a part of the recruiting Class of 2014 for new head coach Mark Stoops. Check out Williams in this highlight video.
Madisonville got a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth inning to snap Hoptown's three-game winning streak with a 3-2 win at Elmer Kelley Stadium. The Hopper loss drops them a game behind the Pirates and Dubois County in the standings.
Hoptown (5-4) returns home for a doubleheader tonight with Madisonville at Tiger Stadium. The first game starts at 5pm.
Meanwhile, Dubois County edged Fulton 2-1 in 10 innings and Owensboro hammered Marion 14-2. The teams will play each other again tonight.
The University of Kentucky has offered a scholarship to Caldwell County junior-to-be Elijah Sindelar, according to a report that will appear in Saturday's Princeton Times-Leader newspaper.
T-L Sports Editor Todd Griffin tweeted Thursday that Sindelar attended the Kentucky football camp earlier in the week and was offered a scholarship Tuesday.
Sindelar threw for a school-record 2,961 yards and 32 touchdowns in leading Caldwell County to the Class 2A state title game.
Meanwhile, ESPN is reporting that UK also offered a scholarship to Louisville seventh grader Jarius Brents at the same camp. Brents is a cornerback and turned some heads at the camp when he intercepted three passes while competing against high schoolers.
One player who did commit to Kentucky Thursday was Stanley "Boom" Williams, the nation's top-rated all-purpose running back. Williams is from Bethlehem, Georgia and rushed for 1,958 yards and 24 touchdowns last year as a junior.
According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Williams is the fifth Rivals.com four-star prospect to pick Kentucky, which has now moved to No. 3 in the Rivals team rankings nationwide.
It's All-Star weekend across the state in three different sports, with several local athletes represented in what will be for many of them their final prep appearances. In Carbondale, Illinois, the Western Kentucky All Star football team will play a team of all-stars from Southern Illinois in the ninth annual event. Southern Illinois leads the series 5-3, including a thrilling 27-21 win last year in Murray when an apparent game-winning touchdown by Western Kentucky was nullified due to a penalty.
Graves County's Lance Gregory is the head coach of the Western Kentucky team, which is headlined by former Mayfield running back Jonathon Jackson, who rushed for 1,951 yards and 37 touchdowns in leading the Cardinals to the Class 1A state title.
Southern Illinois will counter with Centralia running back Rashad Campbell, who ran for 1,964 yards and 26 touchdowns. 599 yards of Campbell's total came in a school-record performance in which he added six touchdowns against Marion.
Other local players scheduled to play for Western Kentucky include David Wease and John McGee of Trigg County; Ryan Knight and Kory Moseley of Christian County; Koty Hix and Drayton Simmons of Fort Campbell; and Caldwell County receiver Tez Sivills.
The game is scheduled to begin at 7pm at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Meanwhile, Hopkinsville's Jordan Majors will try and help the Kentucky All-Star basketball team get their first win over the Indiana All-Stars since 2008. Majors told the Kentucky New Era that he signed with Division II Florida Tech this week, turning down an opportunity to walk on at the University of Kentucky. The first game will be tonight at Freedom Hall in Louisville. The teams will play again in Indianapolis tomorrow night.
On Saturday, Christian County's Maggie Glass will play the East-West All-Star game at Ballard High School. The teams will play two games Saturday and one more game on Sunday.
Other players for the West Team include Breanne Ray of Marshall County, Courtney Walker of Livingston Central, Hope Davidson of Reidland, Jordan McNary of Hopkins County Central, Mallory Young of Marshall County, and Markie Smith of Muhlenberg County.
The standout players from the weekend from the East and West will be chosen to play in the Kentucky-Tennessee All-Star game later this month.
The stunning football recruiting pace, that was started when new head coach Mark Stoops was hired at the University of Kentucky, accelerated even further this week, and it was capped off with a huge commitment Thursday. Stanley “Boom” Williams, who is the Number 1 all-purpose running back in the class of 2014, committed to the Cats during a campus visit Thursday.
As of Thursday night, the addition of Williams gives Kentucky the Number 3 ranked recruiting class in the country, according to Rivals. Williams is the fifth player to commit to Kentucky since Sunday.
On the local level, there are reports out of Princeton that Caldwell County junior quarterback Elijah Sindelar has been offered a scholarship by UK, to be a part of the Cats Class of 2015.
Seven athletes are being inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. Former Louisville player Pervis Ellison, who was a member of the 1986 National Championship team, and All-American Centre quarterback Alvin "Bo" McMillin, who scored the only points of the game in Centre’s historic football upset of Harvard, back in 1921, are joined by three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel, Turfway Park and Kentucky Speedway developer Jerry Carroll, All-American tennis player Julie Ditty, of Ashland, Louisville Sacred Heart basketball icon Donna Moir, and Bowling Green native Dwayne Woodruff, who played football at Louisville and for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Hoptown Hoppers won their season-high third straight game and moved into a first place tie in the Ohio Valley League standings with a 3-1 win over Marion.
Former Christian County Colonel Cole Isom allowed just one run over seven innings, striking out six and allowing five hits.
The Hoppers' streak of 18 shutout innings ended early as Marion pushed across a run in the first inning. Mason Colquitt answered with an RBI double in the home half of the first to tie the game at 1-1.
Seth Larue's two-run double in the sixth proved to be the game-winner as the Hoppers banged out nine hits in the game. Colquitt and Mitch Huckabay each had two hits.
The Hoppers' win, coupled with Madisonville's 12-0 loss to Fulton County, moved Hoptown into a first place tie with the Pirates and Dubois County.
Fulton's Isaac Behme turned in the pitching perfomance of the season, retiring 25 straight Madisonville batters. He settled for a four-hit complete game shutout.
In the other OVL game, Dubois County edged Owensboro 9-8 in 12 innings.
First place is on the line tonight as the Hoppers travel to Madisonville to play the Pirates. Elsewhere, Dubois County hosts Fulton and Owensboro travels to Marion.
Christian County's Maggie Glass was named Class 3A First Team All-State by the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association and will be eligible to play in the state's East-West All-Star game this weekend in Louisville.
Other players named to the All-State team included:
Class 3A - First Team - Breanne Ray (Marshall County); Honorable Mention - Markie Smith (Muhlenberg County)
Class 2A - First Team - Jordan McNary (Hopkins County Central)
Class 1A - Second Team - Hailee Lampley (Livingston Central); Honorable Mention - Courtney Walker and Emily Jenkins (Livingston Central)
Trevor Lowe and Ryne Long each had two hits and two RBIs as the Hopkinsville Hoppers picked up a 12-0 road win at Marion Tuesday. The Hoppers did all of their scoring in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, taking advantage of some Marion wildness and three errors.
Lowe doubled home a run in the fourth, and Long added a two-run single in the fifth as part of the 10-hit Hopper attack. Riley Sanderson turned in another strong performance on the mound, striking out seven and allowing six hits over seven innings. It's the second straight shutout for the Hoppers.
In other Ohio Valley League action, Madisonville beat Fulton 7-6 in 10 innings, and Owensboro handed Dubois County their second straight loss 4-3.
Madisonville remains a game ahead of Hopkinsville, Owensboro, and Dubois County in the standings.
Hopkinsville will host Marion tonight at 7:05pm. The Chick Fil-A Tailgate Party will be tonight at 6pm on Oldies Radio 96.5 and 100.9 FM. It’s Jennie Stuart Medical Center night and we will be collecting personal hygiene items for the Trilogy house. When you bring in deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, bodyspray, any personal hygiene items for women you will get in for $2.00.
Elsewhere, Owensboro travels to Dubois County, and Madisonville heads to Fulton.
Former Hopkinsville High pitcher Justin Hageman had been denied two other times from making his Hoppers debut because of Mother Nature. The third time proved to be the charm as the Western Kentucky University pitcher hurled five innings to get the win as the Hoppers knocked off first place Dubois County 3-0.
Hageman allowed three hits and struck out four in his first Ohio Valley League appearance. Former UHA pitcher Kyle Barbee and two others teamed with Hageman to allow just six hits in preserving the shutout.
Brandon Boggetto had two of Hopkinsville's six hits as the Hoppers improved to 3-3 on the season and moved to within a game of first place.
The Hoppers will now have a home-and-home series with Marion that begins tonight at Gordon Guess Field in Marion.
Hoppers manager Grayson Crawford says he uses the first month as a gauge for his pitching staff.
Christian McHatton singled in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to send Owensboro to a 4-3 win over Hopkinsville in Ohio Valley League play Saturday night. Hopkinsville tied the game with two runs in the top of the ninth on a walk, three consecutive hit batters, and a groundout.
Owensboro outhit the Hoppers 8-4 and took advantage of four Hopper errors in the contest. Stewart Rich pitched into the seventh inning, allowing just one earned run while striking out eight. Trevor Blocker suffered the loss.
In other OVL action, Marion scored nine runs on just five hits to beat Fulton 9-3, and Dubois County moved to a game and a half lead over Madisonville with a 4-1 win over the Pirates. Owensboro (3-3) is two games back, and Hopkinsville (2-3) is 2.5 games back.
The Hoppers return home tonight for a 7:05 contest with Owensboro. Athlon Sports will be giving out college football preview magazines to the first 200 people entering the park. Bring a non-perishable food item to the Hopkinsville Faith Lutheran Church's food pantry and get in for $2.
Hopkinsville's bats came alive on the road as they beat Dubois County 13-4, handing the Bombers their first loss of the season.
The Hoppers banged out 10 hits and took advantage of five walks and three errors in scoring a season-high 13 runs. They had scored six total runs in their previous three games.
Leftfielder Zac Carter had three hits and scored three runs for Hoptown (2-2), while third baseman Mitch Huckaby and shortstop Brandon Boggetto each added two hits. Matt McGowan had a hit and scored twice for the Hoppers.
The Hoppers broke the game open with four runs in the second inning and cinched the win with six runs in the eighth.
Jake Bell pitched five innings to get the win, allowing three earned runs and striking out five.
The announced attendance for the game was 2,000 people -- which would be the highest in the OVL in the past two seasons.
Despite the loss, Dubois County remains in first place with a 4-1 record -- a half-game ahead of Madisonville, who lost to Marion 9-8. Hopkinsville is 1.5 games out of first place.
In other games Friday, Fulton beat Owensboro 4-2.
This week is a big one for the Hoppers, who have five of their next seven games at home.
Saturday night, the Hoppers will play at Madisonville. Hopkinsville will host Owensboro Sunday and then entertain Dubois County Monday in a make-up game. After a trip to Marion Tuesday, the Hoppers will host the Bobcats Wednesday.
The Hopkinsville Hoppers picked up their first win of the season, beating Fulton 5-2 Wednesday night.
Riley Sanderson held the Railroaders to just one hit over eight innings and struck out seven in getting the win.
Third baseman Brandon Brogetto had two hits and three RBIs for the Hoppers, while leftfielder John Beary had two hits and scored twice.
The Hoppers return home tonight to face first place Dubois County tonight at Hopkinsville's Tiger Stadium. Former Hoptown Tiger Justin Hageman announced on his Facebook page that he has joined the Hoppers and is expected to pitch tonight.
Dubois County improved to 4-0 by hammering winless Marion 15-4.
The wild game of the night was in Madisonville where Owensboro jumped out to an 8-0 lead, only to see the Pirates tie the game and then score eight times in the eighth inning to win 17-9.
Former Hopkinsville Tiger Jarrod Perry had two hits and two RBIs for the Pirates, who remain unbeaten at 3-0.
Tonight, the Pirates travel to Marion, while Owensboro hosts Fulton.
The early season offensive woes for the Hopkinsville Hoppers continued Tuesday as they were shut out 4-0 by Fulton. The Hoppers slip to 0-2 on the season having scored just one run in the two losses.
Garrett Ring allowed five hits and struck out seven over seven innings to get the win for the Railroaders (1-2). Matt McGowan and Kyle Barbee had two of Hopkinsville's five hits.
Former Christian County Colonel Cole Isom allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits, striking out seven and walking two in 4 2/3 innings in taking the loss.
If there was a bright spot for the Hoppers in the home opener, it was the announced attendance of 420 that is the largest total thus far in the OVL in the young season.
Hopkinsville returns the visit to Fulton for a game today.
Elsewhere, Dubois County improved to 3-0 with an 8-6 win over Marion (0-2) in 10 innings.
Madisonville handed Owensboro their first loss 8-3 and stays a half game behind Dubois County for first place in the OVL.
Today, Marion visits Dubois County and Owensboro pays a visit to Madisonville.
For any student who will attend Christian County Middle School next school year and is considering participating in football, an informational meeting for Parents and Athletes will be held on Thursday, June 6th, at 5:30 PM in the school cafeteria. Coaches and Administrators will be there to discuss plans for the start of football practice and summer workouts, which will begin on Monday, June 10th. If you have any questions, feel free to call the school at 887-7070.
Trigg County golfer Nick Choate fired bookend 74s to finish tied for ninth at the PGA Junior Series stop at Mirimichi Golf Course in Millington, Tennessee over the weekend.
Choate shot an opening round 74 with the help of an eagle-two on a 433-yard par 4 and a birdie. However, two double bogeys hurt Choate in the second round as he shot a 79. In the final round, Choate birdied four holes to help him to a 74.
Recently, Choate, who will be a senior at Trigg County this fall, was named a recipient of the 2013 Gay Brewer, Jr. Grant Program Scholarship, which offers financial assistance to junior golfers (ages 15-18) from Kentucky with the ability to compete in junior golf competitions at the regional and national level.
Trigg County basketball coach Payton Croft is holding a free two-day skills camps for basketball players Monday and Tuesday at Wildcat Gym. The camp is for kids going into kindergarten through eighth grade.
Times are as follows:
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade - 8am-9am
3rd-5th Grade - 9am-10:30am
6th-8th Grade - 10:30am-Noon
Croft said there will be another extensive camp next month, with the times and dates to be announced later this week.
The Hoptown Hoppers opened the 2013 Ohio Valley League season with a 9-1 road loss to Madisonville.
The Pirates took advantage of four Hopper errors and four walks to score seven runs in the second inning. The Hoppers scored their lone run in the eighth inning.
Former UHA infielder Matt McGowan had one of the four Hoppers hits on the evening.
Former Hopkinsville centerfielder Jarrod Perry had three hits and drove in two runs for Madisonville.
Stewart Rich didn't make it out of the second inning, allowing seven unearned runs, walking four, and committing two errors.
Aaron Mason pitched five innings of two hit baseball to get the win for the Pirates.
Hopkinsville returns to action Tuesday at Hopkinsville High School when they face Fulton.
In other OVL games, Dubois County made their league debut by rallying for three runs in the bottom of the eighth to beat Fulton 7-5. Catcher Rick Linton had a two-run homer for the Bombers as part of that comeback.
In Marion, Owensboro scored two runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth to beat Marion 4-2. Owensboro pitching held Marion to four hits and struck out six.
Trigg County beat Crittenden County 10-4 Thursday to claim the Fifth District Baseball Title.
After winning one district title from 1979-2006, Trigg has now won three titles in the past seven years.
Crittenden County scored all four of their runs in the first inning to grab a 4-2 lead. Freshman pitcher Tyler Estes settled down after some first inning wildness, striking out three and allowing just three hits over five innings. David Wease pitched the final two innings for the Wildcats.
Brandon Wilson had three hits for the Wildcats, while Ben Wigand had two hits, and Tyler Allen had two hits and three RBIs.
The final margin could have been worse as the Wildcats banged out 11 hits and were issued 12 walks by the Rockets. They also left 14 runners on base.
Trigg County (24-11) now moves into next week's region tournament at Madisonville as a district champion. They will draw either Union County (13-21), Madisonville (15-20), or Hopkinsville (15-16). The district champions are Henderson County (26-8), Caldwell County (21-8), and Christian County (24-14).
Trigg County players named to the All-District Team were Trace Kuberski, Nick Allen, Ben Wigand, Corbin Estes, and David Wease.
Amy Breckel has resigned as girls’ basketball coach at Trigg County.
Breckel coached nine seasons at Trigg County – the longest tenure of any coach. Her record was 61-173. The 2012-13 team struggled to a 1-24 record – setting records for fewest wins and most losses in a season.
The 2009 team went 10-16 and became the first four seed to win the Fifth District Tournament, upsetting Crittenden County in overtime for the title at Wildcat Gym.
While at Trigg County, Breckel coached five players – Laquisha Boyd, Audrey Futrell, Janada Acree, Felicia Crenshaw, and Ashley Matlock – who went on to play college basketball.
Trigg County Athletic Director Marty Jaggers said the search for a new coach would begin immediately.
Mother Nature has claimed another high school baseball game today as Trigg County's home contest with McLean County was cancelled due to wet field conditions.
The Wildcats return to action Monday when they host Webster County -- a game moved to Monday from Friday. Trigg was originally scheduled to play Mayfield Monday, but the Cardinals had to cancel in order to make up a district game.
Trigg will close out the regular season Thursday at home against University Heights, which will be senior day.
UPDATE: Kentucky State Police say 24 people -- 21 students and four adults -- were injured when the school bus they riding in overturned on U.S. 60 today.
State Trooper Richie Wright said the crash occurred around 4:42pm just east of Smithland. Wright said the bus ran off the right side of the road, causing the driver to overcorrect. The bus rotated 180 degrees and overturned in a ditch.
Ambulances from Livingston, Marshall, McCracken, and Trigg counties assisted in taking the injured people to hospitals in Smithland and Paducah. One person was flown to a Paducah hospital because there were no ground ambulances available. Wright said none of the injuries were expected to be life-threatening.
The bus was carrying the Union County High School softball team to their 5:30 contest at Livingston Central High School.
Trooper Wright said the investigation is continuing with interviews with those on the bus progressing. He said some of the students had to be extracated from the bus by mechanical means.
An assistant coach at Hopkinsville High School has been selected to be the next head basketball coach at Trigg County High School. Scott Brown spoke with new coach Payton Croft.
The selection of Croft was officially announced at a media conference earlier this afternoon. Croft was a player at Crittenden County High School, and was an assistant coach for his father at Livingston Central, before taking a job as an
assistant coach at Hopkinsville.
A big honor this week for former Caldwell County High School golfer Emma Talley. Talley was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year. becoming the third golfer in University of Alabama history to win the honor. The Princeton native finished 19th at the SEC Championship, and was also named to the SEC All-Second Team and the SEC All-Freshmen Team.
Talley and her Alabama teammates now focus on the national championship. Alabama is the defending champion and the top seed in the East Regional, which will take place Thursday through Saturday at the Auburn University Club.
Trigg County High School has called a news conference for 4pm Thursday at the school where it is expected to name Hopkinsville assistant coach Payton Croft the new boys basketball coach.
Croft is a 2005 graduate of Crittenden County High School where he was an all-district basketball player under his father and coach Jimmy Croft. Payton served as an assistant coach under his father at Livingston Central and has been on Tim Haworth's staff at Hopkinsville the past several seasons which included back to back trips to the Sweet 16.
The hiring of Croft is considered a surprise by some. Trigg County assistant coach Rex Booth, who guided Livingston Central to the 2012 district title, was considered the front runner for the job after serving as an assistant coach under Mike Wright, who recommended him to be his replacement. Wright announced before the 2012-13 season that it would be his last as head coach.
Croft inherits two starters and a talented sophomore class that finished 20-9 and won a district title.
If you don’t have access to TBS, and are a college basketball fan, you will not be particularly happy with an announcement made Tuesday by the NCAA. CBS Sports and Turner Sports have announced the programming schedule for their exclusive joint television coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in 2014 and 2015. In each of the two years, TBS will televise the NCAA Final Four national semifinals and CBS will broadcast the NCAA National Championship game.
Additionally, beginning in 2014 through 2024, coverage of the Regional Semifinals and Regional Finals games will be split by TBS and CBS. Earlier round coverage of the tournament will continue to be televised across four national television networks – CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV with the First Four® airing exclusively on truTV.
In 2010, Turner Sports and CBS Sports entered into a 14-year exclusive media rights partnership with the NCAA to present the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship from 2011-2024. As part of that agreement, CBS Sports and Turner Sports will alternate coverage of the Final Four national semi-final games and National Championship game between TBS and CBS. The rotation begins on TBS with the network televising the Final Four and National Championship in 2016 with CBS broadcasting the games in 2017. The 2016 schedule will end a long run of the title game airing on CBS.
Turner Sports and CBS Sports recently concluded their third year of exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship. The 2013 tournament across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV was the most-watched NCAA Tournament in 19 years, averaging 10.7 million total viewers, up 11% from last year’s 9.6 million viewers, according to Nielsen.
A new Trigg County boys basketball coach could be named as early as this week.
Sources tell the Sports Edge that interviews were recently completed and that a new coach is expected to be named within days.
Among the people interviewed for the position were Hopkinsville assistant coach Peyton Croft, Lone Oak head coach Andy Poore, and Trigg County assistant coach Rex Booth. Sources tell the News Edge that Croft and Booth are considered to be the finalists for the job that became open when Mike Wright retired at the end of the season.
The new coach will inherit two starters from last year's 20-9 team that won the Fifth District Tournament and lost to Henderson County in the Second Region semifinals.
Former Hopkinsville standout Justin Hageman allowed just one earned run over seven innings as Western Kentucky beat Louisiana Monroe 9-1 Sunday in Bowling Green.
Hageman was making his first conference start of the season allowed just six hits and retired the final six batters he faced. In his last three starts, Hageman has allowed just three earned runs in 17 innings of work.
With the win, Western Kentucky moved into a tie for fourth place in the Sun Belt Conference.