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Freedom suffer first loss of season in finale against Cornbelters; home doubleheader Wednesday

The Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, lost their first game of the season Sunday by a final score of 11-6. A back-and-forth battle through the first three innings eventually tipped in the Normal CornBelters’ favor in the seventh inning of the road matchup at The Corn Crib. After the Freedom (8-1) took a 1-0 first-inning advantage, the lead changed hands three times. Normal...

District playoff games will decide region tournament berths for high school baseball, softball teams

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Post-season playoffs in baseball and fast-pitch softball got underway Sunday when Holy Cross defeated Holmes, 17-7, and Beechwood knocked off Covington Latin, 18-1, in the 35th District softball tournament. Boone County junior pitcher Olivia Jackson The final two games of that district tournament are scheduled on Monday. Beechwood will play Notre Dame at...

Freedom coast to game one win, come from behind to sweep doubleheader and start season 8-0

After coasting to a 9-0 victory in the first game of the doubleheader, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, came from behind to win the second game, 5-2, tallying their eighth straight win on Saturday against the Normal Cornbelters at The Corn Crib. Cody Gray (2-0) pitched a seven-inning complete game shutout in the first game, while Garrett Vail provided the hitting heroics,...

St. Henry girls place second in Class A state track meet without injured teammate who was top-seed in two events

Walton-Verona junior Luke Lawson crosses the finish line first in the 300-meter hurdles event at the Class A boys’ state track meet. Lawson won the 110 hurdles event earlier in the day. (Photo by Carla Martin) By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter With one of its top athletes sidelined due to an injury, St. Henry finished second in the Class A girls’ track and field state championship...

No Triple Crown: Cloud Computing overhauls Classic Empire late to post major Preakness upset

BALTIMORE – Chad Brown, who enjoyed a meteoric rise to become the preeminent turf trainer in North America, gained his first Triple Crown victory when Cloud Computing edged Classic Empire by a head in the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands winner Always Dreaming broke sharply from post four and appeared to be moving comfortably...

Highlands girls place fifth in Class 2A state track meet; season ends for state qualifiers in tennis

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Highlands freshman Maria Broering begins her leg in the 4 x 800 relay at the Class 2A state meet. (Photo by Jackson Sports Photography) Highlands was the only local team that won an event in the Class 2A state track and field meet and none of the local qualifiers in the state tennis tournament made it past the quarterfinal round on Friday in Lexington. Highlands...

Former Wildcat stars Davis, Wall earn All-NBA first- and third-team honors after media vote

Anthony Davis is back at the top. John Wall is now considered among the elite. So say the 100 media members who voted for the annual All-NBA Teams, which the league announced Thursday. Davis was named to the All-NBA First Team for the second time in his career while Wall made the All-NBA Third Team. It’s Wall’s first All-NBA honor. Davis previously made the All-NBA First Team in 2015. Davis picked...

Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC kickoff 2017 Premiere Development League season on Sunday

On Sunday at 6 p.m. at Northern Kentucky University’s soccer stadium, the Cincinnati Dutch Lions host West Virginia Chaos to start the Premier Development League season in the Queen City. Austin Smythe (Photo by Joe Craven) The 2017 season marks the fourth season for the Club. After a 2016 US Open Cup appearance, which was Cincinnati’s first Open Cup participant since 2007, CDLFC is now under new...

Preakness Notes: Smooth sailing for Always Dreaming in workout; Classic Empire also impressive

Trainer Todd Pletcher was delighted to report that everything went according to plan when his Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming galloped 1 1/2 miles at Pimlico Race Course earlier this week. Always Dreaming was on the track at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday with exercise rider Nick Bush for his daily exercise leading up to the 142nd running Saturday of the Preakness Stakes (G1), the Middle Jewel of the...

Prep Sports Notebook: CovCath among team leaders after first two rounds of state tennis tournament

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter CovCath senior Anthony Bosch Covington Catholic is among the leaders in the boys’ team standings going into the second day of the state high school tennis tournament in Lexington. The Colonels earned seven points on Thursday when two singles players and one doubles team each won two matches. They will compete in the round of 16 when the state tournament...

Freedom just keep on winning; doubleheader sweep of Miners boosts record to 6-0 to start season

The Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, claimed both games of a doubleheader by scores of 7-2 and 10-2 on Thursday night at UC Health Stadium to sweep the three-game series from the Southern Illinois Miners. In the first game, the Freedom (6-0) rallied for three runs against Miners starter Corey Sessions (0-1). Andre Mercurio plated two with a single to right field and Jordan...

Wildcats miss out on Bamba, but Calipari ‘ecstatic’ about three spring signees to complete class

By Keith Taylor Special to NKyTribune John Calipari’s newest recruiting class is now complete. Calipari and his coaching staff concluded the spring signing period with three additions to next year’s squad, considered one of the top classes assembled in the nation according to several national recruiting services. Kentucky coach John Calipari was all smiles after Kentucky wrapped up the current...

Wheelchair tennis player will be among N. Ky. Sports Hall of Fame award-winners on June 3

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Emmy Kaiser, the nation’s top-ranked wheelchair tennis player in women’s singles, will be one of four award-winners at the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame’s reunion meeting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 3 at the Villa Hills Civic Club. Emmy Kaiser Kaiser, who grew up in Ft. Mitchell and attended St. Henry High School, will receive...

Top two Derby finishers set to clash once again in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes in Baltimore

By Liane Crossley NKyTribune contributor Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming will see some familiar faces in the $1.5-million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course near Baltimore on Saturday. Four Derby starters, including longshot runner-up Lookin At Lee are back for another attempt in the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. Classic Empire (fourth in the Derby), Gunnevera (seventh) and Hence (eleventh)...

The Preakness: Here are 11 fun facts you might not know about the Triple Crown’s second jewel

The 142nd Preakness Stakes is just around the corner: Always Dreaming will take the next step toward racing immortality on May 20 at Pimlico Race Course. Get ready for the second jewel of the Triple Crown with 11 fun facts below. The Preakness is usually won by horses that ran in the Kentucky Derby. Just three winners in the last 27 years did not first run in the Derby. The favorite wins the Preakness...