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NKU golfer Jacob Poore named to Horizon League All-Conference first team; best all-league honor

By Bryan McEldowney NKU Athletics Communications Northern Kentucky’s sophomore men’s golfer Jacob Poore was named a Horizon League First Team All-Conference member on Saturday night. It marks the best all-league honor for a Norse in the team’s brief two-year history in the Horizon. Jacob Poore Poore has been on an absolute tear in the spring. Not only has he earned three-straight top-10 finishes,...

Hansen sells stake in Derby hopeful, Fast and Accurate, to Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller

NKyTribune staff Bode Miller, 2010 Olympic gold medalist, multiple World Cup alpine skiing champion and horseman, has bought a stake in Northern Kentucky physician Kendall Hansen’s Kentucky Derby hopeful Fast and Accurate. Northern Kentucky Physician Dr. Kendall Hansen (black jacket), wipes a tear after Fast and Accurate won the JACK Casino Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park in March, earning a trip...

Ex-Wildcat Derek Willis chooses agent, starts preparing for next phase of basketball career

By Keith Taylor Special to NKyTribune BEREA — Derek Willis is ready for the next phase of his career. Nearly a month after his collegiate career at the University of Kentucky ended, Willis is preparing for the next step, one he hopes leads to a successful career in the professional ranks. Former Kentucky standout Derek Willis signs a basketball for a young fan during a visit to Kingston Elementary...

Campbell County wins showdown with Beechwood to maintain best record in local baseball

Noah Brewer of Campbell County, right, slides into second base ahead of the tag by Beechwood shortstop Nick Jackman during Friday’s game at Beechwood. (Photo by Dale Dawn) By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The two teams with the best records in Northern Kentucky high school baseball faced off on Friday, but the showdown wasn’t very suspenseful. Campbell County defeated Beechwood,...

UK senior Hawkins visits elementary, middle school students in return to his hometown

By Keith Taylor Special to NKyTribune BEREA — Dominique Hawkins returned to his hometown Friday. The University of Kentucky senior guard and Madison Central graduate visited four Madison County schools — Kit Carson, Kingston, Daniel Boone and Madison Middle — as part of the #KyBoysTour along with classmate Derek Willis. Derek Willis, left, and Dominique Hawkins, right, sign autographs for young...

Prep Sports Notebook: Scott retires Ohmer’s basketball jersey number after remarkable career

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter After Scott senior Jake Ohmer signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Western Kentucky University on Wednesday, he received a shadow box with his No. 2 jersey neatly folded inside it and found out the high school was retiring that number to honor his remarkable career. Jake Ohmer set a career scoring record and led Scott to the state tournament semifinals...

UK football team enters new phase of Stoops era, fifth-year coach ready to put foot on the gas

By Keith Taylor Special to NKyTribune Kentucky has entered a “new phase” of the Mark Stoops era. Going into his fifth season as coach of the Wildcats, Stoops has a better idea of what to expect from his team when Kentucky opens fall camp. Stoops and his staff had fewer question marks following spring workouts, giving the coach even more optimism for next season. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops will...

Conner baseball team off to 11-3 start with varsity veterans and first-year starters leading the way

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Seniors dominate the Conner baseball team’s lineup this spring. Some of them are varsity veterans and others are first-year starters, but they’ve all played well enough for the Cougars to get off to an 11-3 start. Senior pitcher Nick Craddock has a 0.95 earned run average in five start for the Conner baseball team. “I can’t say anybody has been a...

NKU men’s basketball team caps historic run with No. 21 final ranking in Mid-Major Top 25

Following a historic run this year, the Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team closed the season ranked No. 21 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. The end-of-season ranking caps a season in which the Norse experienced many program benchmarks, culminating in an appearance in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. NKU went 24-11 on the season and won the 2017 Horizon...

Incoming UK freshman guard Gilgeous-Alexander shines in annual Derby Festival Classic

By Keith Taylor Special to NKyTribune Kentucky’s future talent was on display last weekend, with guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander snagging Most Valuable Player honors during the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic at Freedom Hall in Louisville. Gilgeous-Alexander scored 29 points, grabbed nine rebounds and collected six assists in 19 minutes to lead his Lightning team to a 122-109 victory over Team Thunder...

Heisman Trophy winner Jackson stars in U of L spring game; newcomer Fitzpatrick also impressive

By Russ Brown NKyTribune correspondent LOUISVILLE — After last year’s 73-7 Red romp, Bobby Petrino thought he had divided his University of Louisville football team more evenly for Saturday’s Red-White spring intrasquad game by splitting the starters to make it more competitive. But with Lamar Jackson around, there was very little Petrino could do short of surrounding his star quarterback...

Backups Hoak, King make solid showing Cats in spring-ending Blue-White scrimmage

By Keith Taylor Special to NKyTribune The backups shined and were the stars in Kentucky’s spring-ending Blue-White scrimmage Friday night at Commonwealth Stadium. Reserve running back Sihiem King rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns to lead the blue team to a 31-14 victory over the white squad. Backup quarterback Gunnar Hoak, a redshirt freshman who played for both teams, threw for 174 yards and...

Akhator, Epps make UK Hoops history; both are selections in early rounds of WNBA Draft

By Kindsey Bernhard NKyTribune intern With the conclusion of their basketball careers at the University of Kentucky, Evelyn Akhator and Makayla Epps turned their focus to preparing for the 2017 WNBA Draft. And Thursday night, Akhator was the third pick of the draft, taken by the Dallas Wings of the Western Conference. Epps was drafted 33rd overall, the ninth pick in the third round. She was taken...

Prep Sports Notebook: CovCath quarterback accepts college scholarship offer from Miami of Ohio

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter CovCath junior quarterback A.J. Mayer has passed for 4,454 yards and 37 touchdowns in two varsity seasons. Several college football teams were recruiting Covington Catholic junior quarterback A.J. Mayer, but the coaches at Miami University of Ohio impressed him the most. “I visited there three times so I kind of grew into a good relationship with all...

Stoops plans to stick to the basics during UK’s annual Blue-White game to end spring workouts

By Keith Taylor Special to NKyTribune Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops won’t change his team’s routine going into his fifth Blue-White game set for 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Commonwealth Stadium. “I believe we’re gonna do it a lot like last year, just put the ones and some replacements on one side and the twos and threes on the other,” Stoops said. Mark Stoops and the Wildcats conclude...