Hopkinsville boys' basketball coach Larry Miller and former Hoptown coach Tim Haworth both spoke during Friday's signing at HHS and each had great things to say about their now former players.
Jamarion Sharp and Jacarius Burks each signed their national letter of intent as Sharp will be attending John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois, and Burks will be attending Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois.
Haworth said he's only told one player that he expects them to play professional basketball and that one person is Sharp.
It was an up-and-down year for Sharp, but when it was up, it was really up as the 7-footer posted multiple triple-doubles for the Tigers.
"It feels great," Sharp said of signing. "I had the world on my shoulders and now I feel like the weight has lifted off."
Sharp didn't play much before his senior season, but he knew how important it was.
"My senior year determined what I was going to do next year in college," he said.
John A. Logan is a JUCO power and has been ranked in the top 25 for the last several years.
Their coach, Kyle Smithpeters, has been at the helm of the Volunteers for seven seasons and he's been named the conference coach of the year six times.
Sharp is one of several Kentucky players that will have played for the Vols, including Trinity standout Jay Scrubb and Madisonville-North Hopkins' Jaiveon Eaves, who now plays at Murray State.
The Tiger big said he's ready for the next level.
"Winning all the games," he said was what he was looking forward to the most. "(And) getting a good college experience."
Tandy, Sharp make Team Kentucky
University Heights Academy's KyKy Tandy continued his redemption tour this weekend with 48 points in the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches East-West All-Star Classic.
The West picked up a 141-134 win as Tandy was named team MVP.
With Tandy's performance, he was selected to represent Team Kentucky in the 2019 Kentucky/Indiana All-Star Game.
Hopkinsville's Jamarion Sharp was also selected for Team Kentucky.
The game, in its 79th year, is June 7 at Bellarmine University then on June 8 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, the home of the Pacers.
Other notable members of Team Kentucky are Pendleton County's Dontaie Allen, Madison Central's Isaiah Cozart, Trinity's David Johnson, Campbell County's Reid Jolly and Walton-Verona's Dieonte Miles, Tandy's future teammate at Xavier.
Sparks resigns as girls' head coach at UHA
The late George Taylor had more than 400 wins when he retired and when he did, he was the winningest coach in Kentucky along with several regional and district championships under his belt.
Little did he know that he started a coaching tradition and while George Taylor is gone, his legacy lives on in the Sparks trio, which includes his namesake, Taylor Sparks.
"This all started with my grandfather," he said.
Sparks resigned from his position as the girls' basketball coach at University Heights Academy on Friday, but the veteran coach said he wouldn't shut the door on being back on the sideline in the future.
"The main reason is it's just time to take a step away," he said. "Now I may not like it and I may want to try to get back in at some point."
Sparks said there were several factors that went into his decision and many included the players he's had on the court.
UHA will lose three seniors from this year's squad and return a few key players for the 2019-20 season.
Rose, Oldham ink NLI to Shawnee
It's not often that high school teammates get to play together at the next level, but that'll be the case for Hopkinsville Jayla Rose and Breon Oldham next season.
Rose and Oldham each signed their national letter of intent to continue their basketball and academic career at Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Illinois.
Both of the Lady Tigers are excited to get started and hit the court for the Saints.
Shawnee women's coach Chevis Thompson said the Hoptown duo is key to getting the program back to where it used to be.
"That's very important and I give credit to coach (John) Sparks, my athletic director, that's one of us the things he saw in me and when he hired me, having the ability to get the program back to that level," he said. "It's huge for the college. It's huge for the community."
Silvy shines as County downs UHA
Christian County's Eric Silvy only lasted three innings in Wednesday's loss to Henderson County as he allowed an early home run and walked four batters in a 5-0 win for Henderson.
The Colonel hurler was back on the mound Monday at University Heights Academy in an 8th District battle, but the senior delivered on the hill and in the batter's box in Christian County's 5-1 win over the Blazers.
Silvy threw nine strikeouts and one walk through six innings of work, but he also helped himself out at the plate with two hits, including a double in the second inning that scored two runs.
"It's big," he said of his performance. "It's a good confidence builder. I just couldn't get down on myself. What happened Wednesday had to stay in Wednesday. I had to really clear my head because I didn't throw well at all."
Silvy said the Cols coaching staff was instrumental in getting him ready for Monday.
"They helped me tremendously," he said. "Saturday we came in and worked on mechanics all day and threw a touch-up pen and they helped me out."
Lyon holds off Hopkinsville
The Hopkinsville Tigers got behind early and their comeback came up short as they fell to Lyon County 8-6 on Monday night.
Lyon scored the first seven runs of the game and through four innings of play, held Hopkinsville without a run.
In the fifth, the Tigers began their push back. An RBI single from Caleb Bapp and a 2-RBI single from John Duvall gave them their first three runs of the game and cut the Lyons' lead down to just four.
Lyon County added one run in the sixth to make it 8-3. Hoptown scored three runs in the seventh off of a Layne Jorgensen three-run bomb but that was all the damage the Tigers could do.
Lady Tigers rout Dawson Springs
The Hopkinsville Lady Tigers scored nine runs in the first inning and that paced them in their 21-2 win over Dawson Springs.
Hopkinsville got its first nine batters on base to start the game, scoring eight runs before allowing Dawson Springs to record the first out of the game.
By the end of the second inning, the Lady Tigers had already scored 15 runs. They added six more in the fourth to put the game out of reach as well to clinch the win.
Big second inning pushes UHA over Fort Campbell
After no runs being recorded in the first inning, the University Heights Academy Lady Blazers scored 11 runs in the second to push themselves past Fort Campbell 16-1 in three innings on Monday.
Although the Lady Falcons scored the first run of the game, Fort Campbell walked 13 UHA batters in the bottom half. The Lady Blazers only needed one single in the innings to score 11 runs.
TRACK AND FIELD
Area athletes deliverat Swift & StaleyMidwest Team Challenge
The Hopkinsville Tigers and Lady Tigers each finished sixth Saturday at the Swift & Staley Midwest Team Challenge at McCracken County, but athletes from Hoptown and University Heights Academy brought home wins.
Three local individuals and one relay team picked up victories.
Hoptown's Allison Wood finished first in the 1,600-meter run, second in the 3,200-meter run and fourth in the 800-meter run to solidify herself as one of the top distance runners in the area.
UHA's Tomas Duncan finished first in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:48.16 to win by nearly three seconds.
Hopkinsville's Yogi McKnight finished first in the triple jump and also grabbed second in the long jump to continue her dominance in both events.
The Tiger relay team took first in the 4x100-meter while the Lady Tigers finished second in the 4x400-meter. Hoptown also took fourth in the 4x00-meter relay.
For UHA, their 4x800-meter boys' relay team finished fourth overall with three freshmen and an eighth-grader.
Hopkinsville's Xavier Bussell finished second in the 100-meter dash and fourth in the 200-meter dash. Bussell was also a member of the Tiger relay teams.
Hoptown's Keane Mumford finished fourth in the discus and third in the shot put while UHA's Meghan Adams took fourth in the girls' shot put.
UHA's Evelyn Morales picked up running and field points with a third-place finished in the 300-meter hurdles and a fourth-place finish in the high jump.