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Big basketball news for NKU: Trey Robinson to return as a grad student next season

By Dan Weber NKyTribune sports reporter After the loss of senior and all-time leading scorer Marques Warrick to the University of Missouri, the Northern Kentucky basketball team got good news Monday when Trey Robinson, also a senior star for the Norse, announced that he will return for next season as a grad student. NKU’s Trey Robinson (Photo by Dale Dawn/NKyTribune) A two-year starter and graduate...

Prep Sports Report: Ryle senior posted top marks in shot put, discus during first month of track season

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Winning state championships in the Class 3A girls shot put and discus events on the same day is something that’s never been accomplished by a high school athlete in Boone, Campbell or Kenton counties. Ryle senior Viktoriya Emelianova came close to doing it last year when she won the shot put and placed second in the discus in the large school state meet....

Jamie Vaught: Recently-published sports books — Pete Rose, Rex Chapman, George Allen and more…

• Déjà Blue: A Sportswriter Reflects on 41 Seasons of Kentucky Basketball by Jerry Tipton (Acclaim Press, $26.95) is a behind-the-scenes look at his career in sportswriting, from his early years at the Huntington Herald-Dispatch  in West Virginia to over four decades of covering the highs and lows of the Kentucky Wildcats for the Lexington Herald-Leader. More than just a memoir, the 256-page...

Kentucky coach Mark Pope adds veteran guards from San Diego State, Oklahoma to first roster

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Mark Pope’s first roster is starting to come together with the addition of two more guards from the transfer portal on Saturday. Former San Diego State star Lamont Butler and former Oklahoma guard Otega Oweh are on board as Wildcats. That puts UK’s roster at five including incoming freshmen Travis Perry (Kentucky Mr. Basketball), Collin Chandler...

Kentucky coach Mark Pope adds to staff with hire of former Baylor assistant Alvin Brooks III

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Mark Pope added another member to his coaching staff on Thursday. Former Baylor assistant coach Alvin Brooks III joined Pope’s staff after an eight-year stint as the top assistant coach at Baylor. He serve as an associate head coach under Pope at Kentucky. Alvin Brooks III (Photo from Kentucky Today) “Alvin Brooks is a national champion coach, three...

Prep Sports Report: High schools fill coaching vacancies with candidates who have connections

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter When you apply for a basketball head coaching job, it’s always good to have a prior connection with the high school that has the opening to fill. Three people found that out this week when Sam Elsbernd was named boys head coach at Holmes, Trevor Steiner was named girls head coach at Newport Central Catholic and Laura Hall was named girls head coach...

Spring practice is important first step for everybody involved with St. Henry’s first football team

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The last thing St. Henry High School principal Grant Brannen did before heading home on Tuesday was walk outside to the athletic stadium and get a glimpse of history in the making. On the green synthetic turf field, there were 17 boys wearing bright red jerseys and white helmets going through the first day of spring practice for the first football team at...

New NKU women’s hoops Coach Hans flips script going into detail on how he wants plot to play out

By Dan Weber NKyTribune sports reporter Just the way it should have ended – or maybe begun. With Jeff Hans as the new women’s basketball coach at NKU. As he should be. And as Northern Kentucky – the community and the university – deserve. Jeff Hans meets his new team (Photo by Dan Weber/NKyTribune) NKU from Day 1 was out front in women’s sports – basketball first of all. With the hiring...

NKU, Thomas More announce NKU’s hiring of Jeff Hans as head women’s basketball coach

Northern Kentucky University and Thomas More University made separate announcements about the selection of TMU’s womens basketball coach Jeff Hans as new women’s basketball coach at NKU. NKU SELECTS JEFF HANS AS HEAD WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — Vice President and Director of Athletics Christina Roybal and Northern Kentucky University is excited to welcome back...

Boston Marathon veteran also trains young runners for Beechwood teams that have won state titles

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter One of the 25,000-plus finishers in last week’s 127th Boston Marathon was a 51-year-old Fort Mitchell woman who finds the time to train middle school students in cross country and track at Beechwood Independent Schools.   Marsha Parke is a working mother who begins most of her own weekday training runs with friends well before dawn when her two children,...

Prep Sports Report: Cooper football player becomes third family member recruited by major college team

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Austin Alexander, a two-way starter on the Cooper football team that was Class 5A state runner-up last season, announced his commitment with the University of North Carolina during a ceremony at the high school on Friday. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound junior was recruited by several Division I college teams and narrowed his choices to six before his announcement....

Kentucky freshman Reed Sheppard ‘going all-in,’ dives into NBA Draft as projected lottery pick

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Reed Sheppard is ready to pursue his next dream. The Kentucky freshman guard declared for the NBA Draft on Thursday and will forgo the remaining three years of his college eligibility. The recent hiring of Mark Pope, Jeff Sheppard’s teammate at Kentucky, wasn’t enough to persuade Sheppard to stay for one more season. “I’m going all-in,”...

Dan Weber’s Just Sayin’: Hall of Fame inductions message clear here, new home for NKU’s Warrick

Sometimes it happens like this. No, more often than not it happens like this at the monthly Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame inductions. As it did in April’s ceremonies this week. A theme develops. And one after another, the new Hall of Famers’ stories make the point. Melissa Marsh (Photo by Dan Weber/NKyTribune) April’s theme spoke of how interconnected we all are here through...

Walton-Verona advances to All “A” Classic state baseball tournament for fourth consecutive year

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Walton-Verona earned a berth in the eight-team All “A” Classic state baseball tournament for the fourth consecutive year by defeating Kentucky Country Day, 12-1, in a sectional final on Wednesday at Walton-Verona. Starting pitcher Bronson Corpus and reliever Mason Howard combined for a no-hitter in the five inning game. Corpus had five strikeouts...

Jamie Vaught: Mark Pope may not have been ‘blue blood’ choice fans expected, but he has BBN excited

Thanks to Eric Musselman, the University of Kentucky has a new basketball coach. If the 59-year-old Musselman hadn’t left Arkansas where he coached the Razorbacks to two Elite Eight appearances as well as one Sweet Sixteen berth in five years, UK wouldn’t have a new boss. But, as it turned out, Musselman departed the Razorback country and moved to Los Angeles where he officially was named the head...