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3:29 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Kentucky High School Football Championships Underway at WKU

Houchens-L.T. Smith Stadium Friday during the Kentucky high school football championships.
Credit Kevin Willis

Six Kentucky high school football champions are being crowned Friday and Saturday in Bowling Green.

Belfry of Pike County beat Louisville Central 14-7 in the class 3A title game. Belfry running back Austin Hatfield carried the ball 30 yards for 235 yards and a touchdown in the first of six championship games to beplayed at Houchens-L.T. Smith stadium.

Here is the rest of the lineup:

2A game between Louisville DeSales and Newport Central Catholic is underway.

5A game at 6:00 p.m.: Pulaski County vs. Graves County 

Saturday:

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12:04 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

WKU Men's Basketball Team Heads West for In-State Battle Vs. Murray State

The CFSB Center in Murray will be the site of Saturday's matchup between WKU and Murray St.
Credit Murray St. Athletics

A college basketball rivalry dating back to 1932 continues Saturday between two Kentucky programs.

The WKU Hilltoppers travel west to take on the Murray State Racers for the 152nd time.

Both teams enter tomorrow’s game with .500 records. WKU is 3-3 and coming off wins against Bowling Green State and Saint Joseph’s. The Hilltoppers are led in scoring by senior guard T.J. Price, who is averaging 13 points a game, with senior forward George Fant leading the team in rebounding at 7 per contest.

You can read more about WKU’s 2014-15 season here.

Murray State is 4-4, and has been a tough home opponent for WKU in recent years. The Racers have won the last three meetings they’ve hosted against WKU, with the Toppers’ last win in Murray coming in 2004. If WKU is to win Saturday, they’ll likely have to contain the Racer’s star sophomore guard Cameron Payne, who was picked as the Ohio Valley Conference preseason player of the year.

After Saturday’s game in Murray, the Toppers have a week off for finals. Then they travel to Ole Miss Dec. 13, before hosting games against Chicago State Dec. 17, and the Louisville Cardinals Dec. 20.

Sports
1:49 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

WKU Volleyball Team Takes National Ranking into NCAA Tournament Opening Round

WKU senior Mollie Pajakowski, head coach Travis Hudson, and senior Heather Boyan.
Credit Abbey Oldham

The nationally-ranked WKU volleyball team is heading to a familiar location for its first-round NCAA tournament match.

The #24 Lady Toppers take on Iowa State Friday in Champaign, Illinois—the fourth time since 2008 that WKU has played an NCAA tournament contest in that town. WKU is 30-5 on the season and won the Conference USA tournament last weekend.

WKU head coach Travis Hudson says Friday’s matchup with Iowa State comes at an extremely exciting—and stressful—time of year for his players, given that finals week begins next Monday at WKU.

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Sports
8:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

WKU Looking to Win Seventh Game, Spoil Marshall's Undefeated Season

WKU takes on undefeated Marshall Friday.

The WKU football team is entering its final regular season game with the chance to knock off an unbeaten team.

The Hilltoppers travel to Hungtington, West Virginia, for a Friday game against the Marshall Thundering Herd. Marshall is ranked 19th in the nation, and is looking to go 12-0 with a win against WKU.

Hilltopper Head Coach Jeff Brohm says he knows his time is a big underdog this week.

“We’re playing now with some confidence, and we’ve improved a bit every week. We understand that for this game, it’s going to take all three facets of the game to play their best. Our offense is going to have to play very well, obviously our defense is going to have to play very well, our special teams is going to have to not give up the big play and try to make a few big plays on its own.”

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3:19 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

WKU Lady Hilltoppers Face Toughest Test of Season So Far Against Louisville

The WKU Lady Hilltoppers take on the Louisville Cardinals Tuesday night at the KFC Yum! Center.
Credit KFC Yum! Center

The Lady Hilltopper basketball team is set to play its fourth game in eight days.

And this time, state bragging rights are on the line.

WKU travels to the Louisville Tuesday to take on the #12 Lady Cardinals at the KFC Yum! Center.

The Lady Toppers bring a 3-1 record into the game, including two wins in the Preseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament. WKU lost the championship game to Mississippi State Sunday.

The game against the Lady Cards is a special one for WKU coach Michelle Clark-Heard, who is a native of Louisville and was an assistant coach at U of L before coming to Bowling Green. Clark-Heard says she’s proud to see so many quality women’s basketball teams in the commonwealth.

“That’s the way we want it to be. Kentucky is known for basketball, and we want it to be known for women’s basketball just as much, across the board.”

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Sports
12:57 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Epic Day of Sports Set for Saturday at Lindsey Wilson College

The Lindsey Wilson College football team will kick off a history-making day Saturday in Columbia, Ky.
Credit LWC Athletics

Lindsey Wilson College is making history this weekend.

The Adair County school is hosting four first-round national tournament events Saturday, the first time that’s been done in the history of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Here’s a rundown of what the day has in store for Blue Raider fans:

  • Football: LWC vs. Faulkner University (AL), noon at Blue Raider Stadium
  • Women’s Soccer: LWC vs. Columbia College (MO), 4:30pm at Reuling Stadium
  • Volleyball: LWC vs. Xavier University (LA), 6:30pm at Biggers Sports Center
  • Men’s Soccer: LWC vs. Lindenwood University-Belleville (Illinois), 7:30pm at Reuling Stadium

Lindsey Wilson Director of Public Affairs Duane Bonifer says some extremely dedicated fans plan to attend all four events.

“We’ve heard from a lot of Blue Raider fans from throughout the Columbia-Adair County area who have asked if the dining center is going to be open special hours so that they can fit in meals between events,” Bonifer told WKU Public Radio.

Bonifer is also predicting that more than a few pizza deliveries will be made to campus Saturday.

Sports
1:01 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Doughty Named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week for Second Time this Season

WKU senior quarterback Brandon Doughty
Credit WKU Athletics

WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty is being honored for his record-breaking performance in Saturday’s loss to Middle Tennessee.

The Blue Raiders beat the Hilltoppers 50-47 in double overtime, dropping WKU to 1-2 on the season.

The loss came despite Doughty’s 593 yards in passing and four touchdowns. The passing yards set WKU and Conference USA records, and earned the senior quarterback the league’s Offensive Player of the Week  award for the second time this season.

Doughty was previously recognized after he threw for 569 yards against Bowling Green State in WKU’s season-opening win.

Sports
8:52 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Former WKU Star to Help Mexico Take on U.S. in FIBA World Cup Knockout Stage

Orlando Mendez-Valdez played at WKU from 2005-09, and is currently on Mexico's FIBA World Cup team.
Credit WKU Athletics

WKU basketball fans who watch Saturday’s U.S.A-Mexico FIBA World Cup game will recognize one of the Mexican players from his time on the Hill.

Guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez played at WKU from 2005 to 2009, and was a key member of the Hilltoppers’ 2008 team that reached the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16. Mendez-Valdez plays in a professional league in Mexico, and has been a key contributor to the country’s World Cup team.

The U.S. team went 5-0 in the tournament’s group stage, and is led by a group of NBA stars including James Harden, Derrick Rose, and former University of Kentucky standout Anthony Davis.

The U.S. takes on Mexico in the knockout stage of the FIBA World Cup Saturday at 9 a.m. central. The game is being televised on ESPN 2.

Sports
10:59 am
Mon August 11, 2014

NCAA Moves To Appeal Judge's Ruling On Compensating Athletes

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 12:41 pm

The NCAA is moving to appeal a federal judge's ruling that would require the organization to allow colleges to compensate students who play football and basketball. Current and former students had sued on antitrust grounds over the use of their names and images for video games, TV programs and other commercial enterprises.

A judge gave the athletes a victory Friday — but the NCAA has a strong track record when it appeals.

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4:31 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Tiger Woods May Pull Out of Louisville Tournament

The agent for Tiger Woods says it's still too early for doctors to decide whether the 14-time major champion can compete in the PGA Championship at Valhalla in Louisville this week.

Woods withdrew from the Bridgestone Invitational Sunday after jarring his surgically-repaired back while playing an awkward shot on the par 5 second hole.

The Bridgestone Invitational was only his third tournament since returning from a three month absence following back surgery in March.

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