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Local qualifiers for state wrestling tournaments include brother-sister duos on Highlands teams

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter After Laila Pinkston got home from girls wrestling practice Wednesday night, her older brother, Rilen, left for the two-day boys state tournament that begins Thursday morning at Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena. This is the third consecutive year that Rilen has qualified for the boys state wrestling tournament. Last year, he won a medal for placing...

No. 1 Newport stays on top but Cooper’s injury-limited Jaguars don’t make it easy for Wildcats

By Dan Weber NKyTribune sports reporter Forget the thought for this week. It was way too neat, too simple. With all four top Ninth Region basketball teams playing one another this week, the assumption was that we’d know who to pick as the favorite in three weeks when all these one-loss-in-the-region teams – each from a different district – would sort themselves out in advance of the actual Ninth...

Ryle senior Quinn Eubank shows her versatility during Raiders’ 51-36 win over Notre Dame

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter She’s listed as a forward on the Ryle girls basketball roster, but Quinn Eubank played multiple roles in her team’s 51-36 win at Notre Dame on Tuesday. The 6-foot senior led the Raiders in points, rebounds, steals and blocks in the victory that gave them a 4-4 record against teams ranked among the top 15 in the state in the latest media poll....

Kentucky puts end to three-game home losing streak with 75-63 win over Ole Miss Tuesday night

By Keith taylor Kentucky Today A rare three-game losing streak is over for Kentucky. Coming off three consecutive home losses, a first in Rupp Arena history, the 22nd ranked Wildcats ended the three-game home slide with a 75-63 win over Ole Miss Tuesday night. “The big thing is we guarded today,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “It was a good win and they’re a good team.” Kentucky (17-7,...

Lloyd proves it belongs in region’s top 4 but CovCath’s McGillis proves he belongs with big boys

By Dan Weber NKyTribune sports reporter This is the day every season when Kentucky gets serious about postseason high school basketball. It’s the day that the KHSAA puts out the Sweet 16 matchups. Not much you can do to avoid looking down the road even if there are a couple of more weeks left in the regular season. It may not be March. But it’s that time of year when you know it’s almost...

Wildcats aiming for a turnaround on defense, end to rare losing streak as they prepare to face Ole Miss

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will attempt to end a rare losing streak when the Wildcats take on Ole Miss Tuesday night. For the first time in school history, Kentucky (16-7, 6-4 Southeastern Conference) has lost three straight games at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats have lost four of their past six games, and the team’s defense has been a consistent issue. “We are working on it,” Kentuicky...

Winners of neighboring regions will face each other in first round of boys state basketball tournament

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter For the first time since 2015, the team that wins the 9th Region boys basketball tournament will face the 10th Region champion in the opening round of the UK Healthcare “Sweet 16” state tournament set for March 20-23 at Rupp Arena. The last time teams from those neighboring regions opened the state tournament against each other Covington Catholic...

Dan Weber’s Just Sayin’: Time to remember special legacy of William Grant High School basketball here

With every basketball league from the NBA to the Big East and the Big Ten observing Black History Month with glimpses into a past that mattered so much to so many in America, what the Covington Public Schools are doing Monday evening couldn’t be more timely. That’s when they’ll honor the 60th anniversary of Covington Grant High School’s last of its four Ninth Region basketball championships...

Ryle wrestling team takes Region 5 championship trophy after getting five wins in weight class finals

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Ryle wrestlers won five matches in the Region 5 championship round and the Raiders finished on top in the team standings for the fourth consecutive year on Saturday at Boone County High School. The Raiders’ weight class champions were freshman Luke Cornwell (106 pounds), junior Landon Evans (120), junior Rider Trumble (150) senior Caleb Duke (175) and...

Marques Warrick finds a way to get it done as he makes history as NKU’s all-time leading scorer

By Dan Weber NKyTribune sports reporter This is how you do it as an “under-recruited” high school athlete who just wanted to prove he could play Division I basketball and in four years, does just that and so much more, becoming his school’s all-time leading scorer. Marques Warrick was ticking off the ways you do it after his 22-point effort in a 79-67 Horizon League win over a winless Detroit...

Ludlow boys, Bellevue girls win close games in NKAC Classic basketball tournament finals

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The championship games of the NKAC Classic on Saturday at Ludlow lived up to expectations. The top two teams in the boys and girls Division III basketball standings faced off in both finals and the winners weren’t decided until late in the fourth quarter. Bellevue’s girls scored seven straight points at the free throw line in the last 76 seconds...

Gonzaga hands Kentucky unprecedented third straight loss at Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Gonzaga made history in its first visit to Lexington. Seeking their first signature victory of the season, the Bulldogs (18-6) handed Kentucky its third straight defeat in Rupp Arena, marking the first time the Wildcats have suffered three consecutive setbacks in the place they have called home since 1976. “What an awesome college atmosphere,” Gonzaga coach Mark few...

Prep Sports Report: Two double-threat quarterbacks among finalists for “That’s My Boy” football award

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Highlands quarterback Brody Benke, who had a combined total of 3,233 passing, rushing and receiving yards this season, is one of four finalists for the Brian Williams “That’s My Boy Award” that goes to the top student-athlete in Northern Kentucky high school football. Highlands reached the Class 5A semifinals and posted a 12-2 record with Benke as...

NKU ends a couple of streaks vs. Oakland with big-time offense as Warrick nears career scoring mark

By Dan Weber NKyTribune sports reporter Once again, it came down to overtime. As was the case Jan. 10 against Oakland on the road, NKU would have a shot in an extra five minutes. A month ago, the Norse came up five points short in a 70-65 loss. NKU’s Michael Bradley just beats and Oakland defender to the spot for this shot. (Photo by Dale Dawn/NKyTribune) Thursday night at Truist Arena, NKU battled...

Coach John Calipari says 70 percent of Kentucky’s remaining practice time will focus on defense

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky likely won’t be spending the rest of the season working on offensive schemes. Most of the time spent in practice will be on the defensive end of the floor. “We have a lot of weapons (and) we have a lot of playmakers,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “Will we get better defensively? Will we continue to dive on the floor? Will we take pride in our defense?...