Sports tourism is expected to have a $20 million impact on Owensboro this year. Jared Bratcher is sports marketing director for the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau. He tells the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer there will be more than 50 tournaments, including figure skating, hockey, baseball, running, soccer, softball, basketball, tennis, volleyball, fishing and football.
Marshall County High School Girls' Basketball Coach Joseph Simmons and his team are raising money for a trip to the Merv Lopez Holiday Hoops Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Lady Marshals raised $40,000 over the past year to pay for the trip. Of the 8 teams in the tournament next week, the Lady Marshals are the only ones from the mainland.
The Murray State men’s basketball team defeated Auburn University 79 to 59 last night in the first round of the Charleston Classic tournament in South Carolina. If the Racers take down the St. John’s University Red Storm in today’s second round, they’ll move on to the championship game on Sunday. The game today airs at 4:30 pm on ESPN3. The Championship game will be on ESPN2, 7:30 pm Sunday.
The Number 6 seed Murray State Racers celebrated Selection Sunday yesterday by getting ready for their first NCAA tournament opponent, eleven seed Colorado State. The Racers will play the Rams this Thursday at Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center. MSU Head Coach Steve Prohm says he’s glad the wait is over, so the OVC champions can concentrate on preparing to play Colorado State. Tip off is set for 11:15 a.m. Central, on Thursday.