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Facing Cleveland State in a game NKU couldn’t afford to lose, Norse gifted once again by Marques Warrick

By Dan Weber NKyTribune sports reporter NKU’s Norsemen have no choice right now” they’re in “final four” mode. No, not that Final Four. But one of their own as the Norse started their final four-game regular season run Thursday night at Truist Arena. A “final four” run to get themselves into the Horizon League’s final four top regular season finishers. And thus have a leg up – in...

Prep Sports Report: Local divers win boys, girls state high school championships by slim margins

Ryle senior Landon Isler performs one of the dives on the 1-meter springboard during the state championship meet. (Photo by Bob Jackson) By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter In the final round of a three-year rivalry, Ryle senior Landon Isler outscored Covington Catholic senior Jacob Larkin to win the gold medal in boys 1-meter springboard diving at the state championship meet on Thursday...

LSU Stuns Wildcats at the buzzer, caps successful rally with 75-74 win in Baton Rouge

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky lost in heartbreaking fashion to LSU on Wednesday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge. Tyrell Ward’s improbable layup at the buzzer lifted LSU to a 75-74 court-storming triumph over the Wildcats and capped a successful second-half comeback by the Tigers, who trailed by 15 early in the second half. The heroics by Ward came after Rob Dillingham’s...

Matt’s Take: Cincinnati Reds baseball is back

By Matthew McAdow NKyTribune sports columnist Beginning this weekend, we won’t go another Friday, Saturday, or Sunday without Reds baseball until October (and hopefully well into October). There is a lot of competition to look forward to over the next 38 days and I cannot wait to watch the players battle for a spot on this Reds roster come March 28th. Hearing many from the coaching staff say there...

Dan Weber’s Just Sayin’: So long, Joe Munson – a Northern Kentucky original like no one else ever

They’ll say goodbye to Joe Munson Friday on the banks of the Mississippi some 45 miles south of St. Louis where he was born. But Joe was one of us, a Northern Kentuckian most of his life – except for his days with the CIA in Cambodia although like everybody else from the U.S. in those crazy Vietnam War days, the Lloyd Memorial grad wasn’t really supposed to be there. But then photo pro Joe probably...

Wildcats taking pride in defensive progress, brace for tough contest against surging LSU in Baton Rouge

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is finally starting to turn the corner on the defensive end of the court and it’s beginning to show going into the stretch run of the regular season. The No. 17 Wildcats (18-7, 8-4 Southeastern Conference) surrendered only 59 and 63 points in the past two games against strong opponents (Auburn and Ole Miss). Kentucky assistant coach John Welch said the team’s...

Wildcats back into contention for SEC tournament double-bye following South Carolina losses

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is back in the chase for a double-bye in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. A pair of losses by South Carolina last week and the Wildcats’ 70-59 win at Auburn Saturday proved to be just what Kentucky needed to regain its confidence following an unprecedented three straight losses at Rupp Arena during the past two weeks. Kentucky coach John Calipari talks...

Pair of double-winners among local qualifiers headed to high school swimming state championship meet

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Northern Kentucky high school swimmers won seven events at one of three meets held Saturday to determine qualifiers for the state championship finals that begin Friday at the University of Kentucky. In the state qualifier at Scott High School, the girls winners included Notre Dame junior Sadie Hartig in the 200 freestyle (1:52.47) and 500 freestyle (4:57.90),...

Kentucky goes wire-to-wire, hands Auburn first home loss of season with 70-59 victory in Neville Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky made itself at home in one of the toughest arenas in college basketball Saturday night with a wire-to-wire victory. The No. 22 Wildcats (18-7, 8-4 Southeastern Conference) ended a three-game losing streak to the 13th-ranked Tigers at Neville Arena with a 70-59 victory Saturday night. The win also ended Auburn’s 16-game home winning streak, the seventh-longest...

Northern Kentucky girls win four matches in weight class finals of inaugural state wrestling tournament

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Northern Kentucky wrestlers posted a 4-0 record in the championship finals of the inaugural girls state tournament sanctioned by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association on Saturday at Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena. Two of the winners were Walton-Verona junior Sophie Anderson and Simon Kenton senior Gabriella Ocasio, who both placed second...

Kentucky seeks to end Auburn’s unbeaten home streak as they face Tigers Saturday at Neville Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Auburn has been unbeatable at home this season. Kentucky will try to change that when the Wildcats take on the Tigers Saturday. No. 22 Kentucky (17-7, 7-4 Southeastern Conference) faces a tough task against No. 13 Auburn, which is 13-0 at Neville Arena this year and carries a 17-game home winning streak. In their last outing, the Tigers (20-5, 9-3) rolled to a 101-61...

No gold medal winners from Northern Kentucky in state wrestling tournament for first time in 52 years

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter For the first time since 1972, Northern Kentucky did not have a single weight class champion in the state wrestling tournament that ended Friday at Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena. Three local wrestlers lost in the championship finals, including Highlands senior Rilen Pinkston. He had a perfect 43-0 record in the 157-pound weight class before losing...

Newport sends the fans home happy as WIldcats keep their foot on the gas against overmatched Lloyd

By Dan Weber NKyTribune sports reporter There was no place to park. It was like getting to The Pavilion late on Christmas Eve. Good luck. This Newport Wildcats basketball team has an entire town behind it. That’s what winning 17 straight games going on to 18 Thursday night against a visiting Lloyd Memorial team trying to shoehorn its way into the Ninth Region’s top three will do for you. Newport’s...

Prep Sports Report: Son of recently retired head coach will take charge of Brossart football program

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Less than two months after his father ended a 20-year football head coaching career, Adam Kozerski has accepted an offer to become head coach of the Brossart Mustangs team. Brossart school officials made the announcement Tuesday. This is Kozerski’s first head coaching position. He spent the last 12 seasons as an assistant coach under his father, Bruce,...

Kentucky football names ‘rising star’ Bush Hamdan as Wildcat’s new offensive coordinator and QB coach

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has its new offensive coordinator. Bush Hamdan, left, Missouri receivers and quarterbacks coach, yells to an official the team’s game against Vanderbilt in October. Kentucky has named Hamdan, most recently an assistant at Boise State, as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach following Liam Coen’s departure to the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Photo...