WKU Football Midseason Report

Category: Local SportsSportsWKU Sports
Reporter: Brad Pfranger

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Perkins Back on the Mound

Category: SportsWKU Sports
Reporter: Jason Martin


Just over one year ago on April 5 that Hilltopper pitcher, Tanner Perkins, lost his junior season to Tommy John surgery.  It usually takes 12 to 18 months to recover from the procedure and return to sports, but Perkins’ comeback was completed in nine.

“When you have an arm injury it’s all about two things…one, how you heal and two, your work ethic,” according to Perkins.

Virtually every day of the 2012 summer, Perkins was hard at work as part of his rehabilitation.  It was a mental decision for the Hilltopper baseball team’s ace pitcher, who wanted to be ready for the spring.  Perkins said it was not easy, but he has succeeded and he is back leading the WKU rotation.  Head coach Matt Myers has been confident throughout the comeback process.

“A kid that is the ace of our staff, a...

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WKU Football: Tight Ends look to shine in new offense

Category: SportsWKU Sports
Reporter: Elliott Pratt

Nearly everything has changed with the WKU football program from last year. New players, new scheme, and an eye-popping resume of a coaching staff.

One of the positions that former coach Willie Taggart recruited heavily to fit his system was the tight end spot. In the fall, WKU will be four deep at the tight end position.

The Extra Point’s Laura Beranek gives the story straight from tight end’s Mitchell Henry and Tyler Higbee and their thoughts on their role in a Bobby Petrino offense.

 

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Spring Football Awaits

Category: SportsWKU Sports
Reporter: Jason Martin

The Hilltoppers practice Thursday night but their focus is on the weekend.  The annual Red-White spring game kicks off at 2:00 PM on Saturday at Houchens-Smith Stadium.  The scrimmage features the Western Kentucky University football team split into two rosters for a full four-quarter game.  Admission is free for the public and many expect a large turnout because of new head coach Bobby Petrino and his high octane offensive system.

Petrino said Brendan Doughty is currently ahead in the race to determine the starting quarterback in the fall, largely because he has more experience with the team and has picked up the new offense a bit faster than either redshirt sophomore James Mauro or Louisville transfer Demarcus Smith...

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WKU joins Conference USA

Category: SportsWKU Sports
Reporter: Elliott Pratt

(left to right) WKU president Dr. Gary Ransdall, C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky, WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart.

(left to right) WKU president Dr. Gary Ransdall, C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky, WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart.

For the past few months, conference realignment for WKU has been only speculation. Now, it’s a reality.

WKU announced last weekend that it will leave the Sun Belt Conference to join Conference USA as of July, 1 2014. A press conference took place Monday in the Harbaugh Club in Smith Stadium where WKU president Gary Ransdall, Athletic Director Todd Stewart, and C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky announced the move.

“After carefully monitoring and analyzing the collegiate landscape for a significant period of time, it became clear to Dr...

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Half Court Record at Preston?

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Reporter: Jonathan Travis


The Guinness World Record for half court shots in 60 seconds stands at nine, but one local student had a shot at changing that number one week ago. Andrew Hart, a sophomore at Western Kentucky University, has always been a basketball fan and has always thought about what it would be like to make history in the sport. He did not see himself in the NBA or playing high level college basketball, but he grew up with a basketball goal in his yard thanks to Roger Hart, his grandfather.

On that basketball goal, Andrew Hart would shoot from a spot where the grass was missing in his yard. That spot was pretty close to the half court line on any court in the nation. He got pretty good with those longer shots and began to think that nine shots in one minute was a possibility for him...

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Tyra’s Tops Rolling Rolling Rolling

Category: SportsWKU Sports
Reporter: Jason Martin


Tyra Perry’s Hilltopper softball team sits at 17 and ten as the season nears its midpoint.  Six and two in the Sun Belt Conference has WKU tied for the lead with South Alabama and it is a conference championship that Perry wants most for her squad.

Six seniors lead the team, including Katrina Metoyer, who has been special for WKU at the plate this year.  She is currently hitting .347 and has driven in 26 runs for the Tops.  She says this year’s success has come from a major decrease in pressure they have placed on themselves as a group.  The girls are having fun and playing softball for each other every day and the game has just become easier and much less stressful as a result.

Metoyer added that leaving a solid legacy is important to her, and she wants to depart her college career o...

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Voice of the Hilltoppers Still Going Strong

Category: SportsWKU Sports
Reporter: Jason Martin


If you’ve ever listened to Hilltopper athletics on the radio, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the voice of Randy Lee.  He’s been the voice of WKU sports for the past six years and has spent time at the University of Nebraska as the voice of Cornhusker football.

He loved the idea of calling games and listened to stalwarts like Jon Miller, Bill King, and Frank Lee.  Lee spends just as much time preparing to do his job as the players he describes.  When not selling sponsorships, he is often at Diddle Arena recording notes on Hilltopper basketball or at Smith Stadium keeping a close eye on WKU pigskin.

He also serves as the senior account executive for IMG Sports Marketing, attracting new clients to the brand and helping to add advertisers and sponsors to the Hilltopper sports network...

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Tops Oh So Close To History

Category: March MadnessSports
Reporter: Jason Martin

Almost everything has happened in sports.  Very few trails are left to be blazed, but Western Kentucky University almost did the unthinkable and made history last Friday.  The Hilltoppers, fresh off their second consecutive Sun Belt Conference tournament championship in Hot Springs, played the Kansas Jayhawks down to the wire in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The top seeded Jayhawks came in with a 29-5 record and were a heavy favorite over the 20-15 Hilltoppers, but at the end of the first half, it was WKU who held a one point lead.  Never before in the 75 year history of the NCAA Tournament has a number 16 seed upset a number one, and while it didn’t quite happen, the Tops were awfully close.

Before the game, junior transfer guard Brandon Harris said he knew his WKU club was...

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Conference USA Rumors Abound

Category: SportsWKU Sports
Reporter: Jason Martin

Bowling Green, Ky – On Tuesday night, WBKO-TV reported that coaches of at least one sport at Western Kentucky University had informed their respective players that 2013-14 would be WKU’s final season as a member of the Sun Belt Conference.  The expected move for WKU would be Conference USA.  Speculation emerged and was reported in various publications, including the Charleston Gazette on Wednesday, that the University of Tulsa would be departing Conference USA and joining the soon-to-be renamed Big East Conference, opening up a spot in their current league.

With Middle Tennessee State, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, and Florida International all already bound for C-USA, the move would place five current Sun Belt schools in Conference USA and would reunite WKU with MTSU, the school’s long...

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