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Prep Sports Report: CovCath among top contenders for Class 2A state track title after winning region meet

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Covington Catholic’s return to Class 2A in boys track and field got off to a good start when the Colonels won the team title at the state indoor championship meet in March. On Saturday, CovCath showed why it’s among the leading contenders for the outdoor state title as well by winning the Class 2A Region 4 meet in Lexington by a wide margin. CovCath...

NKU REPORT: Rallying Norse finish 2nd in regular-season Horizon baseball and postseason softball

By Dan Weber NKyTribune sports reporter Having won four straight and six of their last seven to fight back into a tie for the Horizon League regular season championship with Wright State, both at 19-10 in the league, Northern Kentucky’s Division I record-breaking Norse found themselves in a do-or-die final game Saturday in Dayton after beating Wright State on back-to-back days. Wright State dugout...

Summer basketball league that brings together players of all ages launches 10th season

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Their ages range from 17 to early 30s. Some have families and full-time jobs while others went to their high school prom this month. The common interest they have is playing basketball in the annual summer league at Idlewild Park in Boone County. This is the 10th season for the outdoor league that has 18 teams divided into two divisions. Each team has six...

Tiebreakers decide singles, doubles champions in finals of 9th Region girls tennis tournament

By Audrey Carrico NKyTribune sports reporter The final matches of the 9th Region girls tennis tournament provided plenty of excitement Thursday as both the singles and doubles championships were decided by third-set tiebreakers at Tower Park in Ft. Thomas. On one court, Cooper sophomore Kayla Johnson defeated Beechwood junior Sadie Jones, 6-3, 2-6, 10-2, in a back-and-forth singles battle between...

Talking sports as Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame inducts May class before summer break

By Dan Weber NKyTribune sports reporter The largest crowd of the year turned out for this week’s final Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame induction before the summer break. They were rewarded with interesting tales of human emotion and connectedness, which is the watchword of sports in Northern Kentucky. On this day, for these seven inductees, it came in the way, often two by two, they played...

Ryle’s Raiders make it happen on one final swing against CovCath in 9th Region’s top two battle

By Dan Weber NKyTribune sports reporter Covington Catholic’s Colonels were one out away from their 30th win. In a game they probably shouldn’t have been leading. But they were, up 2-1 thanks to one hit – a Marcus Suwinski two-RBI double in the sixth inning, CovCath’s first hit of the game. Ryle’s Tate Cordrey with the game-winning swing against CovCath. (Photo by Dale Dawn/NKyTribune) And...

After sweeping 9th Region singles, doubles titles, CovCath players focusing on team tournament

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter There wasn’t much drama during the 9th Region boys tennis championships on Wednesday when Covington Catholic players faced each other in both the singles and doubles finals on their home court. As expected, varsity veterans won both titles by defeating their freshman teammates in straight sets. But those outcomes were soon set aside to focus on the...

Newcomer will face older brother in singles final of 9th Region boys high school tennis tournament

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Covington Catholic freshman Blake Hussey entered his first 9th Region tennis tournament as the No. 2 seed in boys singles and lived up to expectations by winning three matches in straight sets to reach the championship final. On Wednesday, the newcomer’s opponent will be the top-seeded player in the bracket who has won the last three region singles...

Prep Sports Report: Defending state champions among final four in 9th Region tennis tournament

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Covington Catholic’s tennis team had six players reach the 9th Region semifinals in boys singles and doubles to earn berths in the state tournament to be played May 28-30 in Lexington, Richmond and Berea. The winners of quarterfinal matches on Monday included CovCath juniors Alex Yeager and Kalei Christensen, who won last year’s state championship...

Kentucky to host John Calipari’s Razorbacks, play at Texas and Oklahoma next season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Coach John Calipari will bring Arkansas to Rupp Arena and Kentucky will have some new places to go with games at Texas and Oklahoma next season. The Southeastern Conference released the league portion of the men’s basketball schedule Monday and Kentucky will play all 15 league foes one time next season, with home-and-home contests against Alabama, Tennessee and Vanderbilt....

Notre Dame graduate is defensive standout on top team in U.S. pro volleyball league’s first season

Morgan Hentz of Lakeside Park is a starting libero for Atlanta Vibe, the top-seeded team in the Professional Volleyball Federation championships. (Photo from provolleyball.com) By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter When she started playing volleyball in the third grade, Morgan Hentz had no idea the sport would become her livelihood. Over the last five months, the Notre Dame Academy graduate...

Ryle uses all 31 Raiders in Reds Futures Showcase win over Campbell Co at Great American Ball Park

By Dan Weber NKyTribune sports reporter They call it the Reds Futures High School Showcase with Northern Kentucky teams Campbell County and Ryle meeting Friday in the first of four games over two days at Great American Ball Park. Ryle’s AJ Crry squares up the games’ first RBI. (Photo by Dale Dawn/NKyTribune) But it was as much – actually more – a celebration than a baseball contest....

Keith Taylor: Kentucky basketball coach Mark Pope understands what it means to bleed Blue

Kentucky coach Mark Pope never played high school basketball in the Bluegrass State. If you didn’t know any better, you would think he has bled Blue all of his life. His three seasons at Kentucky from 1994-96, including a year he had to sit out because of NCAA transfer rules in place at the time, was all it took for Pope to understand what it means to wear the Blue-and-White jersey. During his introductory...

Y’alls put on a show on opening night, turn the tables on Frontier champs Quebec big time

By Dan Weber NKyTribune sports reporter “Another opening, another show . . .” From Quebec to Cleveland to Chicago . . . With lyrics adapted from Cole Porter and locations from the Frontier League, the curtain went up Thursday for Northern Kentucky’s Florence Y’alls in an almost-too-one-sided-to-believe 16-3 romp over the two-time defending champion Quebec Capitales who could not have been outclassed...

A sweet-swinging ‘student of the game,’ Ryle’s AJ Curry tops all Kentucky high school hitters

By Dan Weber NKyTribune sports reporter At a rangy 6-foot-2 and 186 pounds, Ryle High’s AJ Curry does not look like your average high school sophomore. And as the author of a nine-page paper diagnosing his scientific approach to hitting a baseball, he neither sounds nor writes like a 16-year-old sophomore. Or like most baseball players, including major-leaguers, for that matter. “I just got...