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CovCath edges Cooper, 55-52, in showdown between area’s top two boys’ basketball teams

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The showdown between the top two boys’ basketball teams in Northern Kentucky this season lived up to everyone’s expectations. The lead changed hands 12 times before top-ranked Covington Catholic edged Cooper, 55-52, in front of a sellout crowd on Wednesday at CovCath. CovCath center Jake Walter, right, goes up for a slam dunk against Cooper defender...

9th Region All “A” Classic: Lloyd, Ludlow advance to semifinals with seniors leading the way

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Lloyd shot 54.5 percent (30 of 55) from the field and defeated St. Henry, 73-56 , in the quarterfinals of the 9th Region All “A” Classic on Wednesday at Ludlow High School Ludlow senior guard T.C. Eads. The Juggernauts had a 50-42 lead going into the second half and pulled away by making 15 of their last 25 shots for 60 percent. Lloyd’s...

9th Region All “A” Classic: Newport edges Holy Cross after 3-point shot sends game into overtime

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Newport sophomore guard Donnie Miller made a desperation 3-point shot to send the game into overtime and the Wildcats went on to defeat Holy Cross, 76-71, in the quarterfinals of the 9th Region All “A” Classic on Tuesday at Ludlow High School. Newport guard MeKell Burries, No. 1, looks for an opening while being guarded by Nolan Schrand of Holy...

Keith Taylor: Fox delivers late, helps Wildcats avoid potential disaster in 88-81 win over Bulldogs

STARKVILLE — When things started falling apart for Kentucky, De’Aaron Fox stepped up and helped the Wildcats avoid a potential disaster on the road Tuesday night. The freshman guard scored 21 points and dished out five assists for Kentucky in an 88-81 triumph over host Mississippi State but his biggest contribution came in the form of a slam dunk with 1:34 remaining after the Bulldogs had trimmed...

Wednesday selections from Turfway Park

Turfway Park provides daily selections and comments for the Tribune during the live racing meets. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 RACE 1 HIPPOLYTE takes the big class drop and appears to be in a good spot to get her maiden win for Ben Colebrook with Quinonez aboard. BAD CAT BEAUTY exits the same race as the top pick and is capable of improvement in her third career start. SUNSHINE SENORITA is a contender. RACE...

9th Region All “A” Classic: Lloyd wins another close game behind senior’s 28-point performance

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Most of the games the Lloyd boys’ basketball team has played this season were close at the end and the Juggernauts had another nail-biter in the opening round of the 9th Region All “A” Classic. Lloyd senior Sterling Hamilton Lloyd edged Beechwood, 52-51, in overtime on Monday to advance to the quarterfinals of the small-school playoffs....

NKU women fall to 5-13 for the season with loss in Detroit; Titans win 57-49 with strong fourth

By Chloe Smith NKU Athletics Communications Northern Kentucky women’s basketball held a tight game with Detroit Mercy, which was picked to finish second in the Horizon League, but a fourth-quarter 3-point barrage allowed the Titans to pull away, 57-49. With the loss, NKU falls to 5-13 on the season and 1-5 in League play, while Detroit Mercy advances to 8-9 (4-2 HL).   Stat Leaders · Redshirt-freshman...

Team leader: Now a seasoned veteran, UK guard Briscoe the ‘heart and soul’ of the Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Special to NKyTribune It didn’t take Ben Howland long to figure out who was the heartbeat of Kentucky’s basketball team. “I think (Isaiah) Briscoe is the heart and soul of this team,” the Mississippi State coach said Monday. “Briscoe is a constant competitor. He is hard-nosed and finishes inside at the rim.” UK guard Isaiah Briscoe has embraced the leadership role this season...

Surging Akhator, UK defense too much for Georgia, as Wildcats roll to 82-61 victory

By Kindsey Bernhard NKyTribune Intern When most players have a career-high game in scoring, their next game isn’t quite the same. That wasn’t the case for UK senior Evelyn Akhator. After her career-high 29 points on the road against Alabama on Thursday, Akhator returned to Memorial Coliseum to score 24 points in UK Hoops’ 82-61 win over Georgia. UK Hoops improved to 12-6 on the season, 3-2...

All “A” Classic: Sophomore center leads Walton-Verona to victory in 8th Region boys title game

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Walton-Verona center Dieonte Miles dominated the paint and his team defeated Gallatin County, 53-33, in the 8th Region All “A” Classic boys’ basketball championship game on Saturday at Walton-Verona. Walton-Verona’s 6-foot-7 center Dieonte Miles used his height advantage to get 15 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks in the win over...

Holy Cross girls win 9th Region All “A” Classic title game with suffocating defense

Thanks to St. Elizabeth Healthcare Sports Medicine for sponsoring our girls’ high school basketball coverage once again this season. See all of our girls’ basketball stories here and watch for state tournament coverage March 8-12 from BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. By Evan Merrill NKyTribune contributor In a rematch of a Jan. 6 game that was decided by nine points,...

Keith Taylor: Unbeaten in the SEC, Cats still striving for greatness following win over Auburn

John Calipari isn’t ready to sit back and relax. As bad as he wants to empower his team, Kentucky isn’t ready to take the next step, not at this point in the season. Even though the sixth-ranked Wildcats (15-2, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) won their fifth straight with a 92-72 win over Auburn Saturday, Calipari said the Wildcats are about a month away from making the transition from a good team...

Cards avoid giving Pitino another sleepless night, defeat Duke 78-69 with a ‘terrific’ performance

By Russ Brown NKyTribune correspondent LOUISVILLE–It’s safe to say that Rick Pitino was due to spend a more peaceful evening Saturday than he did a few nights ago. After his Louisville basketball team blew most of a 26-point lead and hung on to beat Pittsburgh 85-80, the angry (his description) coach spent a mostly sleepless night in his office after watching film of the game with his...

Keeneland January All Ages Sale results reinforce big buyer demand for quality horses

Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale concluded Friday with returns bearing out market trends seen at Thoroughbred auctions worldwide: increasing buyer selectivity and demand for top-quality horses. Gross sales for the five-day auction, held Jan. 9-13, were $28,785,500, down 18.83 percent from last year’s $35,463,000 for the five-day sale. The average of $29,954 decreased 12.16 percent from...

Saturday selection from Turfway Park

Turfway Park provides daily selections and comments for the Tribune during the live racing meets. SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 RACE 1 STORMY MISSION flashed speed before stopping last out but may not have cared for that heavy track at Mahoning Valley. He drops in for a tag for the first time and hooks a fairly weak field tonight. GIANT SECRET showed nothing in his first two but gets blinkers and Lasix for...