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Our sportswriters no longer blog on this blog, but on their own individual blogs.

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And read prep sportswriter Chad Bishop’s high school blog at


Tops get first hoops verbal for 2011

June 6, 2009 by


The Daily News


Derrick Gordon must wait a few years to officially be called a Hilltopper, but he’s already got a nickname suitable for a Western Kentucky basketball star.


Gordon is known as “Mr. Hilltopper” by some acquaintances, and the 6-foot-2 sophomore this weekend announced his intentions to attend WKU. He won’t debut at E.A. Diddle Arena until 2011 – he’s entering his junior season at Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick High School – but “Mr. Hilltopper” knows where he wants to be.


“People would come up to me and say, ‘What’s up, Mr. Hilltopper?’” Gordon explained. “Word got out real quick that I was real interested. I love being called that.”


Gordon, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound shooting guard, is the first WKU recruit to commit to arrive on the Hill later than this fall. WKU coach Ken McDonald cannot comment on recruits until they have signed national letters of intent.


That will take some time for Gordon, but he’s glad to apparently have the recruiting process complete.


“I wanted to get it done now because I have a lot of pressure off my back,” Gordon said. “I don’t have to worry about talking to coaches.”


Gordon said he knew he wanted to be a Hilltopper in January, when he says he received a scholarship offer from WKU. But Gordon wanted to visit the school first before making it official.


His first visit to the campus came this weekend, when he attended the WKU Elite Camp.


“I had never been to the school, but as soon as I came out (to Western Kentucky), I loved it,” Gordon said. 


Gordon said he averaged approximately 12 points and four assists a game while starting part of the past season at national powerhouse St. Patrick’s. He is listed as a two-star prospect by the recruiting Web site


While Gordon the first recruit for the 2011 season, WKU’s large incoming class for 2009 influenced his decision.


WKU has already inked six players for the 2009-10 season – forwards Terrence Boyd, Cliff Dixon, William Green, David Laury and Jordan Swing, plus point guard Caden Dickerson.

Gordon spoke with Boyd and Laury about attending WKU.


“As soon as Terrence Boyd and David Laury signed a letter of intent, they called me and said, ‘You should hop on board. It’s a real good program.’ 


“That was a big help. This program is going to keep rising and rising and I just want to be a part of it.”

June 5, 2009 by


The Daily News


OWENSBORO – – Allen County-Scottsville rallied again and stormed past Franklin County 8-2 this afternoon in the second round of the KHSAA State Fast Pitch Softball Tournament at Jack C. Fisher Park.


Allen County-Scottsville (36-6-1) will now face Mercy, a surprise 6-0 winner  over No. 1-ranked Chrisitian County, in a winner’’s bracket 

semifinal Saturday at 9 a.m.


The Lady Patriots fell behind 2-0 after one inning, but used a three-run fourth inning to take control. Taylor Borders had a two-run single and Emily Meador gave Allen County-Scottsville a 3-2 lead with a two-out RBI double.


Emma Napier gave ACS some breathing room with a two-run home run in the fifth and Meador added a two-run single in a three-run seventh that broke the game open.


Meador, Napier, and Borders all finished with two hits each for Allen County-Scottsville. Kelsi Pardue went the distance to get her second win of the day, –allowing three hits and one earned run while striking out eight.


For full coverage of Allen County-Scottsville’’s first day of state tournament action, check Saturday’s Daily News.

Allen County-Scottsville wins opening game

June 5, 2009 by


The Daily News


OWENSBORO – – Allen County-Scottsville rallied from a four-run deficit this morning to claim a dramatic 5-4 victory over Garrard County in the opening round of the KHSAA State Fast Pitch Softball Tournament at Jack C. Fisher Park.


Trailing 4-3 in the seventh, Allen County-Scottsville’s Allison Morley started the game-winning rally with a single to left. After pinch 

runner Shelby Harper stole second, Caley Melton delivered an RBI single to tie the score.


The Lady Patriots  (35-6-1)  got a pair of hits to load the bases and Macey Cornwell hit into a fielder’’s choice that allowed the winning run to score.


Raissa Stovall and Catie Yates had two hits each to pace the offense. Kelsi Pardue pitched five scoreless innings of reilef, allowing just one hit, to pick up her third straight win in the postseason.


Allen County-Scottsville will now face Franklin County, a 4-0 winner over Estill County, at 12:15 p.m. today in the winner’s bracket.


Check the Bowling Green Daily News Sports Blog for further updates or follow the game live via twitter at


For full coverage of Allen County-Scottsville’’s first day at the state tournament, check Saturday’’s Daily News.

WKU baseball season ends in 4-1 loss at Ole Miss

June 2, 2009 by

The Daily News

OXFORD, Miss. — Western Kentucky’s offense had carried it to within one game of the NCAA Tournament’s Super Regionals, but Ole Miss pitcher Drew Pomeranz turned out to be an impassible roadblock.

Despite pitching on only two days’ rest after throwing eight innings on Friday, Pomeranz threw a complete-game two-hitter and struck out 16 as WKU’s season ended in a 4-1 loss tonight in the Oxford, Miss., regional’s championship game.

The Hilltoppers (42-20) got a near-equal pitching performance from Matt Ridings, who also threw on two days’ rest. But WKU’s bullpen couldn’t protect a 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth.

Matt Smith broke the tie with a two-run triple against WKU reliever Chad Adcock.  Adcock opened the eighth but failed to retire any of the three batters he faced. David Phillips’ RBI double off Shane Cameron gave Ole Miss (43-18) a 4-1 lead.

Adcock suffered the loss. Ridings gave up only one run on seven hits over seven innings. He struck out four.

Chad Cregar broke up Pomeranz’ no-hit bid with one out in the seventh on an extremely questionable scoring decision – he hit a hard hopper to Smith at first base, who mishandled the ball.

Cregar stole second and scored on some aggressive running when Matt Hightower’s single hit hard off the mound and into the glove of second baseman Evan Button. Button bobbled the ball and Cregar beat Button’s throw to home, tying the game at 1-1.

WKU had been gunning for its first Super Regional bid in school history and the Sun Belt Conference’s first bid appearance since 2001.

Stunning comeback keeps Hilltoppers alive

June 1, 2009 by

The Daily News
OXFORD, Miss. – A stunning rally in a 10-9 victory tonight has Western Kentucky one win away from reaching the NCAA Super Regionals.
WKU shocked top-seed and regional host Ole Miss with a six-run eighth inning to tie the game, then capped the comeback with Jake Wells’ ninth-inning home run in the Oxford, Miss., regional of the NCAA Tournament.
The Hilltoppers will again face Ole Miss at 7 p.m. Monday, with the winner advancing to the Super Regionals.
WKU was only six outs away from having their season end when their comeback began. Three runs scored on singles from Jeremy Coleman and Matt Rice. Wade Gaynor then tied the contest at 9-9 on a three-run homer to left-center field that silenced the crowd of 8,377 at Oxford-University Stadium.
Chad Adcock pitched a scoreless eighth for the victory and Garrie Krueger threw a perfect ninth for the save.

WKU eliminates Missouri, to take on Ole Miss tonight

May 31, 2009 by

The Daily News

OXFORD, Miss. — Western Kentucky outfielder and Oxford, Miss.,  native Chad Cregar put on a show for his hometown fans today with a three-run homer and five RBIs as the Hilltoppers stayed alive in the NCAA Tournament with an 11-6 win over No. 2 Missouri.

With the win, the No. 3 Hilltoppers meet host Ole Miss at 5 p.m. today in the Oxford regional. WKU needs to win tonight to force a 7 p.m. Monday, winner-take-all matchup with the Rebels.

If WKU does bow out today, Cregar can at least say he went out with a bang.

The senior was 4-for-5 and needed only a triple to hit for the cycle. His towering homer in the bottom of the second that gave WKU a 7-0 lead soared over the Missouri bullpen in right field and onto adjacent tennis courts.

WKU held on from there in what was a near repeat of its win 11-5 over the Tigers in Friday’s opening round, when the Hilltoppers scored six first-inning runs and cruised the rest of the way.

Cregar’s single and Terrence Dayleg’s two-run single gave WKU a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Cregar’s homer also knocked out Missouri starting pitcher Ian Berger, who gave up seven runs on six hits and one walk in his 1 2/3 innings of work.

WKU starter Matt Hightower took the win. He went gave up three runs on eight hits in five innings. Evan Teague then threw four innings and preserved WKU’s bullpen in doing so.

Bart Carter will get the pitching start for the Hilltoppers against Ole Miss this evening.

WKU can’t erase deficit, falls to Ole Miss

May 31, 2009 by


The Daily News


OXFORD, Miss. — Western Kentucky now must take the long route if it wants to find its way through the Oxford, Miss., regional of the NCAA Tournament.


The No. 3 Hilltoppers spotted No. 1 Ole Miss seven runs today, and a too-little, too-late rally resulted in a 7-4 loss to the host Rebels in the second round of the regional.


WKU (40-19) must now win three consecutive games in two days in order to advance into the Super Regional round, beginning with a 1 p.m. elimination game against No. 2 Missouri (35-26) on Sunday. That contest is a rematch of Friday’s opener, which WKU won 11-5.


Sunday afternoon’s winner would then need to beat Ole Miss (42-17) twice to win the regional. The first game of the final round is 5 p.m. Sunday. If necessary, a second final-round game will be at 7 p.m. Monday.


WKU fell behind 7-0 in the sixth before it fought back. Oxford, Miss., native Chad Cregar hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth and Matt Rice hit a two-out, two-run single in the seventh to get WKU within 7-4, but got no closer.


Ole Miss winning pitcher Phillip Irwin went 6 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on 11 hits. He struck out nine.


WKU starter Shane Cameron suffered the loss as he battled control problems. Matt Snyder’s three-run homer to right field gave Ole Miss a 5-0 lead in the fifth and came after a pair of Cameron walks.


Cameron went 5 2/3 innings and gave up seven runs on nine hits and three walks. He also had four wild pitches.

Tops smoke Missouri in NCAA Regional opener

May 29, 2009 by


The Daily News


OXFORD, Miss. — Western Kentucky took command with a six-run first inning and was never seriously threatened from there today as it picked up an 11-5 win over No. 2 Missouri in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament’s Oxford, Miss., regional.


With the victory, the third-seeded Hilltoppers will face the winner of tonight’s meeting between No. 1 seed Ole Miss and No. 4 Monmouth at 5 p.m. Saturday. A win Saturday would put the Hilltoppers just one victory away from winning the regional and advancing to the NCAA’s Super Regional round.


WKU (40-18) made Missouri (34-26) pay for electing not to throw ace Kyle Gibson, an expected high Major League Baseball draft pick. Missouri instead started pitcher Nick Tepesch, who lasted only one inning and gave up five earned runs on three hits and three walks. The Tigers used eight pitchers on the day.


The Hilltoppers’ big blow in the first inning was a three-run homer by Wade Gaynor that crept just inside the left-field foul pole. Gaynor’s homer, which gave WKU a 3-0 lead, came one at-bat after Missouri shortstop Michael Liberto committed an error on a potential double-play ball.


Terrence Dayleg – who was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI – added a run-scoring single in the inning. 


That was plenty of insurance for WKU starter Matt Ridings, who went 6 1/3 innings while giving up four earned runs on five hits and four walks. He struck out eight.


Ridings was especially sharp early. He didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning, when Missouri plated three runs on Aaron

Senne’s three-run homer that cut WKU’s lead to 8-3.


But WKU immediately bounced back on Hightower’s two-run double in the fifth. Matt Rice also had a solo home run in the eighth. Rice was 3-for-5 with three runs and an RBI.

WKU baseball selected for NCAA Tournament.

May 25, 2009 by

Western Kentucky was one of 64 teams selected this morning for the NCAA Tournament. The third-seeded Hilltoppers will meet No. 2 Missouri this weekend in the opening round in Oxford, Miss.

Regional host and top seed Ole Miss will face No. 4 Monmouth in the other regional game.

Start times have not been announced yet, but the regional will kick off Friday.