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Prep Sports Report: Scott sophomore wins first individual state championship in archery by one point

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Scott sophomore Lexus Goff became the first Northern Kentucky student-athlete to win an individual state title in archery on Tuesday when she shot the highest score in a field of 295 girls at the state championships in Lexington. Goff’s final score of 296 included 26 10-point and four 9-point targets in 30 attempts. She finished one point ahead of...

Campbell County making first appearance in boys state tournament since 2019 against Newport

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Campbell County boys basketball coach Brent Sowder enjoys reading about the history of professional boxing. When asked about preparing his team for a game against Newport in the first round of the “Sweet 16” state tournament, he recalled the words of a former heavyweight champion  “I think we got a plan together,” Sowder said. “But like Mike Tyson...

Last-second shot gives Campbell County boys 10th Region title; Simon Kenton falters in 8th Region final

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Campbell County coach Brent Sowder called a timeout with 6.3 seconds left in overtime and his team trailing by two points in the 10th Region boys basketball championship game against Harrison County on Tuesday at Mason County Fieldhouse. There was no question in the coach’s mind about which player he wanted to take the last shot. The ball went to junior...

Walton-Verona, Campbell County advance to semifinals in boys region basketball tournaments

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Walton-Verona used a 12-2 scoring run in the third quarter to take a double-digit lead and went on to defeat Owen County, 52-46, in the first round of the 8th Region boys basketball tournament on Thursday at Henry County. After taking a 43-34 lead late in the fourth quarter, Walton-Verona missed seven free throws over the final two minutes. That kept the...

Simon Kenton, Scott girls basketball teams lose region tournament games in different ways

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Brynli Pernell Spencer County scored off a steal in the final seconds and upset defending champion Simon Kenton, 46-45, in the opening round of the 8th Region girls basketball tournament on Monday at Anderson County. The Pioneers had a one-point lead, 45-44, with 15 seconds left when their long inbounds pass was stolen by Spencer County senior Ella Brown....

Holy Cross senior center Julia Hunt is triple-winner in girls basketball all-star voting by local coaches

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Julia Hunt’s final season as a two-sport athlete just keeps getting better. The Holy Cross senior who was named Miss Kentucky Volleyball has been picking up prestigious awards in basketball as well. On Friday, Hunt was voted co-winner of the 9th Region Player of the Year Award for seniors by local members of the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches....

Notre Dame senior wins third attempt at state swimming title in girls 500-yard freestyle event

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Notre Dame swimmer Sadie Hartig completed her three-year journey to a state title in the girls 500-yard freestyle on Saturday when the junior won the event in the championship finals at the University by Kentucky. Notre Dame junior Sadie Hartig After placing third as a freshman and second as a sophomore in the state meet’s longest race, Hartig finally...

Cooper senior Shaun Pouncy looking to continue family history in 9th Region boys basketball playoffs

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter During a four-year span from 1988 to 1991, every team that played in the 9th Region boys basketball championship game had at least one Pouncy brother in the lineup. Alphonso and Corey Pouncy were starters on the Holmes team that won the 1988 region title. The following year, Holy Cross made it to the region final with Burt Pouncy as its starting point guard. Holmes...

Rotary Club of Florence to host program on Caracole’s vending machine project, opioid crisis

The Rotary Club of Florence will host Director of Prevention Suzanne Bachmeyer and Prevention Supervisor Leah Majesky who will provide an overview of a vending machine in Cincinnati that is now recognized as best practice for disease prevention and overdose prevention. These machines were featured in an article in Rotary Magazine’s January 2024 issue: “First response to the opioid crisis.” The...

Prep Sports Report: Ryle will honor award-winning girls basketball player’s career at home game

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Ryle High School will celebrate the career of award-winning basketball player Maddie Scherr on Wednesday before the girls varsity home game against Frederick Douglass at 7:30 p.m. Scherr was named 2020 Miss Kentucky Basketball and ranked among the top 20 players in the nation after her senior season. The 5-foot-11 point guard held Ryle team records in total...

It was a blow-out when the Point/Arc team faced the Covington police/firemen and won 132-22

By Andy Furman NKyTribune reporter This time it was basketball. And this time, the results were the same. Maybe worse. The game got serious early in Glenn O. Swing’s gym. (Photo by Andy Furman/NKyTribune) The Point/Arc of Covington and their basketball playing clients challenged the Covington Police and Fire Departments Monday evening at Glenn O. Swing Elementary School in Covington. The Point/Arc’s...

Dixie Heights boys break two-game losing streak with strong shooting performance against Beechwood

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter After losing two close games last week, the Dixie Heights boys basketball team shot 66 percent from the field and rolled to a 63-41 win at Beechwood on Monday. The Colonels made 26 of 39 field goal attempts overall and were 6-of-12 from behind the 3-point arch in the victory that raised their record to 9-7. The scoring leader was senior Hudson Blank with...

NewCath looking to prove ratings index wrong in Class 1A football playoff game against Campbellsville

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Newport Central Catholic has reached the region finals in the Class 1A football playoffs for the fifth consecutive year, but it will take a major upset for the Thoroughbreds to remain among the contenders for the state title. NewCath (8-4) will visit Campbellsville (10-1) on Friday with the winner advancing to the final four in the playoff bracket. In the...

Three local teams, one runner win championship trophies at high school cross country state meet

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Covington Catholic winning its first Class 2A championship since 1994 and local teams sweeping the Class 1A boys and girls titles for the second straight year were among the storylines from the state cross country meet on Saturday at Kentucky Horse Park. Brossart senior Nathan Ruth CovCath won the Class 2A boys meet by a wide 62-151 margin over Mason County....

Ryle enters Class 6A football playoffs on four-game winning streak after dominating Dixie Heights

Ryle senior quarterback Logan Verax tries to escape the grasp of Dixie Heights defensive back Carter Schroer on a pass play. (Photo by Charles Bolton) By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter After finishing the regular season with four straight wins, Ryle senior quarterback Logan Verax is looking forward to the Class 6A football playoffs that begin next week. The Raiders capped their impressive...