Greenwood RB Tanner Thompson out with torn ACL

Greenwood's Tanner Thompson (right) eludes a North Hardin defender Saturday for a touchdown at NHHS in Radcliff. Thompson tore his ACL in the second half of the Gators' 56-33 win. (Photos by Jill Pickett/Special to the Daily News)

Greenwood’s Tanner Thompson (right) eludes a North Hardin defender Saturday for a touchdown at NHHS in Radcliff. Thompson tore his ACL in the second half of the Gators’ 56-33 win. (Photos by Jill Pickett/Special to the Daily News)

Greenwood senior running back Tanner Thompson is out with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, GHS coach Greg Cavanah confirmed Wednesday.

Cavanah confirmed the news that Thompson announced himself on Twitter on Tuesday night.

The injury happened in the second half of the Gators’ 56-33 win at North Hardin on Saturday.

“You hate it for him, because you’re not going to find a kid who works harder or gives you more every day,” Cavanah said.

Thompson, who was limping but walking after the game, said Saturday he planted his knee and felt a pop when it was hit.

Thompson also had his junior season cut short by a knee injury.

His loss is a big blow for the Gators. Thompson had rushed for 283 yards and five touchdowns in the first two games, along with two kickoff return TDs of more than 80 yards apiece.

When you break it down, Thompson accounted for 57 percent of Greenwood’s rushing yards and 54 percent of their touchdowns this season.

The Gators will likely now turn to junior Joey Hughes and senior Dakota Madison to lead Greenwood’s physical rushing attack.

The duo have combined for 174 yards and four touchdowns on 34 carries so far this season. Junior quarterback Josh Dyer has also rushed 16 times for 37 yards and a score.

Thompson will remain on the sideline for games and assist in any way he can, Cavanah said.

Greenwood plays Hopkinsville at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Trigg County.

Crystal Kelly hired as assistant at Bellarmine

Former WKU star Crystal Kelly

Former WKU star Crystal Kelly

Former Western Kentucky standout Crystal Kelly will be an assistant at Bellarmine University this season, the school announced Monday.

The job will be the first coaching position for the Louisville native Kelly, who is WKU’s all-time leader in points and rebounds.

Bellarmine’s new head coach is Chancellor Dugan, the longtime coach at Sun Belt Conference member Florida Atlantic. Dugan also announced the hire of Shannon Litton, who has assisted Dugan for 18 years.

“I feel very fortunate to add Shannon and Crystal to my staff,” Dugan said in a release. “They are both great teachers of the game and are going to be tremendous additions to the program.”

Kelly won the 2004 Miss Basketball award as a senior at Sacred Heart High School in Louisville and led the Valkyries to three straight state championships.

Her 2,803 points at WKU – the highest total for the men’s or women’s program – rank her 23rd all-time in Division I. She is one of three Lady Toppers to have their jersey retired by the school and was the only player to receive the honor while still playing in college in 2008.

“Coming off a tremendous playing career, Crystal is ready to get her coaching career going,” Dugan said. “She knows the city of Louisville and her experiences bring another huge advantage to our program.”

Kelly was drafted in the third round of the 2008 WNBA Draft by the Houston Comets. She moved several times in three years in the league, and also played overseas during a career that included stops in Italy and Brazil.

“I’m ready to learn from two great coaches in Chancellor and Shannon but also to teach the team what I’ve picked up during my collegiate and professional playing days,” Kelly said in the release.

Bowling Green WR Fant drawing college interest

Bowling Green junior receiver Nacarius Fant

Bowling Green junior receiver Nacarius Fant

The college attention toward Bowling Green’s Nacarius Fant continues to grow.

The 5-foot-10-inch, 170-pound junior receiver has interest from Louisville, Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio State, Oregon and Cincinnati, he said.

Fant has had the most contact with Illinois, he said, and will attend the Louisville-Kentucky game Sunday as the Cardinals’ guest.

Fant caught 55 passes for 1,161 yards as a sophomore during BG’s run to the Class 5A state title. He has 14 catches, 228 yards and three touchdowns in two games this season.

“I’m trying to take things I learn from practice and the footwork and get that separation from defenders,” Fant said. “When the ball comes my way, I just want to focus on catching it so I can do something with it.”

Fant, who also plays basketball, gave up baseball this past spring to attend more spring and summer football camps.

This year, he attended the Nike Football Training Camp in Atlanta and the Derrick Mason Football Camp in Nashville.

“I have to get bigger,” Fant said. “I noticed when I went to that camp that people were a lot bigger. I might get a little taller, but I’m focusing on getting in the weight room and working on my 40-yard speed.”

Weekend recap: Warren County football teams 9-1 after two weeks

Like I did last week, here are links to any high school football coverage we had this weekend, as well as results from games we couldn’t attend/gather info from. There is also some postgame video at the end of the post.

A few statistical points from the first two weeks:

  • The 13 football teams in the Daily News’ coverage area have started 17-9. The five schools in Warren County are a combined 9-1, and seven area teams are undefeated.
  • Class 5A foes Greenwood, Bowling Green and Warren Central are all averaging at least 41 points per game.
  • Glasgow has scored the second most points (92) in Class 2A, and Edmonson County has the third most (102) in 3A. Warren East’s 14 points allowed ranks the Raiders third in Class 4A behind Covington Catholic (0) and Owensboro (7).
  • South Warren is 1-1, but the Spartans are one of two teams in Class 3A, along with Wayne County, that has allowed just 14 points in two games.

Week 2
South Warren 36, Logan County 0
Bowling Green 42, Lafayette 20
Warren Central 40, Franklin-Simpson 14
Warren East 32, Barren County 0
Greenwood 56, North Hardin 33Edmonson County 47, Muhlenberg County 14
Glasgow 28, Bullitt Central 7
Butler County 33, Breckinridge County 10
Fort Campbell 34, Russellville 27
Mercer County 33, Allen County-Scottsville 20

VIDEO: Fant, Hayes discuss BG’s 42-20 win over Lafayette


LEXINGTON — Bowling Green never quite found a rhythm before halftime Friday night in Lexington, but a handful of big plays carried the Purples to smooth sailing in the second half.

Despite being stymied at times by penalties and turnovers early against Lafayette, Bowling Green (2-0) survived with help from its playmakers and rolled to a 42-20 win over the Generals in the Fayette County iHigh Football Frenzy at Bryan Station High School.

“This is a game I think should’ve gotten out of hand a lot earlier,” BG coach Kevin Wallace said. “Turnovers cost us early, but we probably played as well as we could possibly play in the third quarter. I told the guys at half that we haven’t had a close game in a long time, and it was a good thing for us to see how we’d react. Hopefully it’s a good sign.”

Juniors Blue Tisdale and Nacarius Fant were the stars of the first half, but most of the BG offense shined in a crisp final two quarters.

The Purples outscored Lafayette 21-6 in the second half, racking up 171 yards of offense to bring their game total to 341.

Fant finished the game with 108 receiving yards and was named the most valuable player, while Tisdale rushed for 86 yards and two scores – all in the first half.

“We came out a little flat early, but in the second half, we came out and hit spots,” Fant said.

Junior quarterback Devin Hayes finished the game 13 of 22 passing for 202 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions, but he was 8 of 8 for 111 yards and two scores in the second half.

The Purples host Class 6A power St. Xavier at 7 p.m. Friday.

Weekend recap: First week of football in the books

Just thought I would try to compile all of the weekend’s postgame football video in one place. Interviews from Greenwood, Bowling Green and Warren East’s victories are available below.

Also, here are the results from this weekend’s local high school games, as well as links to any coverage we had.

Greenwood 34, Trousdale County (Tenn.) 13
Warren Central 42, Mayfield 28
Bowling Green 45, Allen County-Scottsville 0
Warren East 14, South Warren 10
Glasgow 60, Todd County Central 22
Barren County 28, Metcalfe County 0
Edmonson County 55, McLean County 6
Butler County 27, Logan County 13
Monroe County 12, Franklin-Simpson 0
Russellville 25, Trigg County 14

VIDEO: Tanner Thompson scores 4 TDs in Greenwood win

The Greenwood Gators sent out a notice Friday night – they can be dangerous on both sides of the ball.

Greenwood (1-0) forced five turnovers against Trousdale County (Tenn.), and senior running back Tanner Thompson accounted for four touchdowns in a 34-13 victory in the first game of the Fruit of the Loom Rival’s Bowl at Warren Central High School.

“We came together as a team, no doubt,” Thompson said. “We played our hearts out.”

Thompson rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns, and he started the game with a spark by returning the opening kickoff 80 yards for a score.

“I didn’t expect that at all,” Thompson said. “I really didn’t even expect to get the ball. I didn’t have anywhere to go, and then it just opened up.”

See Saturday’s Daily News for full coverage.

Sholtes, Sibalich gone from Lady Topper program

A young Western Kentucky women’s basketball team has become a little younger.

Junior guard Ellen Sholtes has been dismissed from the Lady Topper program, WKU confirmed Thursday.

Sholtes started 11 games for the Lady Toppers last season, averaging 3.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 14.2 minutes per game. The Louisville native scored a career-best 11 points Nov. 25 against Samford, WKU’s first win of the season.

Sholtes’ departure leaves the Lady Toppers with 11 players on the roster. WKU confirmed Wednesday that sophomore walk-on guard Zoe Sibalich has left the program.

Ten players who were on the 2011-12 roster won’t return this fall – five of them graduated seniors, five that chose to leave or were dismissed.

Junior forward Mimi Hill requested her release before new coach Michelle Clark-Heard’s hire March 22, and sophomore forwards Summer Fife and Tyisha Amos were granted transfers in April.

As of now, WKU will have two juniors, four sophomores and five freshmen next season. Junior guard Chaney Means is the only returning upperclassmen.

Michelle Clark-Heard comments on WKU’s 2012-13 schedule

I had the chance to speak with Western Kentucky women’s basketball coach Michelle Clark-Heard today about the 2012-13 schedule, which was released this morning.

Heard’s comments are available below:

Michelle Clark-Heard

General thoughts on the schedule:

“I was very fortunate. When I came in, coach (Curtis) Turley had a lot of the schedule done, so I was very fortunate with that. A lot of games were a return or stuff like that … but I feel like we have a good schedule in place.

“We can have the opportunity to compete in the nonconference, and I feel like that was my biggest concern – making sure that we have the opportunity to compete and get better.”

On getting off to a good start in nonconference play:

“It would be huge. I really believe we have to. I don’t think it’s going to be on an amount of wins. It’s going to be about our productivity and how much we improve as a team. With games like Vanderbilt, we’ll just have goals, and if we meet those goals, that’ll be a big milestone for us.”

On playing three in-state teams, though not U of L or UK yet:

“It’s really important because it gives everybody else an opportunity to see where we’re at and where we’re going. I’ve talked to (Louisville coach) Jeff (Walz), and that might be a couple of years down the road, but it’s going to happen. That’s something that we’ll continue to work on here at Western. We want to play state schools.”

On playing seven home doubleheaders with the men’s program:

“When we sat down at a meeting, it shows Western Kentucky is a family. Coach (Ray) Harper has been phenomenal to me, and it means a lot. With everything they did last year, I want us to be able to enjoy that, too. If we get a couple of fans that come earlier and like what they see, that’s my whole objective.”

A look at the numbers: 2012-13 Lady Topper schedule

With the release of the 2012-13 Western Kentucky women’s basketball schedule, it’s time to take a look at the numbers.

Here are WKU’s 21 opponents in its 29-game schedule, including its two possible opponents in its second game of a tournament at Wright State.

Each team’s 2011-12 record is listed, followed by its final RPI rating from last season. Some crunching of the numbers is also available below.

Lady Toppers’ 2012-13 opponents

Harding – 18-11, N/A
Murray State – 13-18, 296
Northern Kentucky – 21-7, N/A
Florida International – 23-11, 139
Illinois State – 19-13, 99
Louisiana-Monroe – 9-21, 247
Troy – 2-26, 338
Vanderbilt – 23-10, 29
Morehead State – 10-19, 297
Kent State – 6-21, 299
Southeast Missiouri State – 7-22, 323
Wright State – 21-13, 155
St. Francis (Pa.)  – 14-16, 157 (possible in Wright State tourney)
Florida A&M – 22-8, 146 (possible in Wright State tourney)
North Texas – 15-16, 206
Arkansas-Little Rock – 20-13, 94
Arkansas State – 12-18, 228
Florida Atlantic – 17-13, 163
Louisiana-Lafayette – 7-23, 304
South Alabama – 17-13, 177
Middle Tennessee – 26-7, 37


  • 21 teams, including two possible in second Dayton game
  • Team’s overall 2011-12 record: 322-319
  • Lowest RPI – 29, Vanderbilt
  • Highest RPI – 338, Troy
  • Teams in RPI top 100 – Vanderbilt (29), Middle Tennessee (37), Arkansas-Little Rock (94), Illinois State (99)
  • Average RPI (excluding Harding and Northern Kentucky, not Division I last season)  – 196
  • Nonconference average RPI (excluding Harding and Northern Kentucky) – 200
  • Sun Belt Conference average RPI – 193
  • WKU’s RPI – 232