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Ryle, Campbell County soccer teams post shutouts in opening round of boys’ state tournament

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Campbell County posted its first-ever state tournament victory in boys’ soccer and Ryle made a triumphant return to the state playoffs on a rainy Monday night. Ryle midfielder Bailey Malkemus, No. 17, rushes over to hug teammate Chris Pastrana after he scored the Raiders’ second goal in a 2-0 win over Lexington Catholic. (Photo from Ryle soccer...

Jamie Vaught: On UK’s Maci Morris, the popular Calipari and a predication on the UK-Tennessee game

It wasn’t that long ago when Bell County High School’s Maci Morris was burning the nets as one of the state’s top players en route to becoming Kentucky’s “Miss Basketball” in 2015. And now Morris, a 6-foot guard, is entering her third year at Kentucky after two productive seasons as a starter in helping the Wildcats to 25-8 and 22-11 records. After UK lost a couple of stars in Makayla Epps...

Northern Kentucky boys’ high school basketball coaches select top teams, players in preseason poll

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter In a preseason poll of Northern Kentucky boys’ high school basketball coaches, Covington Catholic was voted the area’s top team because the Colonels have four starters returning from last season’s 29-6 campaign. Cooper senior guard Adam Kunkel was voted the area’s top player in a preseason poll of Northern Kentucky boys’ basketball coaches....

Keith Taylor: Fragile Wildcat football less-than-impressive, suffers terrific loss, but gets back to work

Adversity has hit the Kentucky football team. Already fragile after winning five of their first six games in less-than-impressive fashion, the Wildcats had a complete letdown at Mississippi State in the form of a 45-7 setback, the team’s worst loss of the year.  Healed and recovered following a bye week, the performance in Starkville was shocking, considering Kentucky had all of its roster intact...

FC Cincinnati can’t overcome strong start by Tampa Bay, losing 3-0 in USL Quarterfinal on Saturday

First-half goals by Tampa Bay’s Marcel Schäefer were too much for FC Cincinnati to overcome as the Orange and Blue lost 3-0 in the USL Quarterfinal Sat. night at Al Lang Stadium.   Schäefer put the Rowdies on the board in the eighth minute after sliding a pass from Georgi Hristov past Mitch Hildebrandt from the left side. He secured his brace in the 25th minute striking a shot from 25 yards out...

Ryle boys’ soccer team claims 9th Region championship with 3-1 win over Highlands

By Evan Merrill NKyTribune reporter Ryle boys’ soccer players finally accomplished a goal they’ve had for the past three seasons — winning a 9th Region championship — by defeating Highlands, 3-1, in the regional final on Saturday afternoon at Tower Park in Ft. Thomas. The previous two seasons Ryle lost to Covington Catholic in the title match. With the Colonels not in their way this...

UK can’t contain Mississippi State in Starkville in 45-7 loss; Stoops says ‘we didn’t play football’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky had no answers for Nick Fitzgerald.   The Mississippi State quarterback rushed for 115 yards and threw for 155 more to lead the Bulldogs to a 45-7 win over the Wildcats Saturday in Starkville.   Fitzgerald rushed for a pair of touchdowns and zig-zagged his way through Kentucky’s defense, which surrendered 441 yards, including 282 yards rushing against the...

Senior running back Jacob Chisholm leads Ryle to decisive 56-38 victory over Simon Kenton

By Evan Merrill NKyTribune reporter Ryle and senior running back Jacob Chisholm made a statement in a historic convincing 56-38 victory over the previously unbeaten Simon Kenton Pioneers on Friday night at Simon Kenton. Chisholm asked for a drink of water prior to being interviewed – in the regard, that’s about as tired as Chisholm got, rushing 46 times for 450 yards and six touchdowns – all...

Kentucky newcomers Knox, Washington shine in Blue-White scrimmage

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is counting on his latest freshman class to carry the load for Kentucky this season. Four of those newcomers shined for the Wildcats in the team’s annual Blue-White scrimmage Friday night at Rupp Arena. Kevin Knox and P.J, Washington combined for 43 points to lead the Blue squad to an 88-67 victory over the White team as 15,530 attended the first of four...

Thomas More to honor Scafe during final home game; former players, coaches invited to attend

Thomas More College plans to honor head football coach Regis Scafe’s long and successful coaching career with great fanfare at the Saints’ final game of the season against Thiel College on Nov. 4. The game will kick-off at 12 p.m. at BB&T Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky and Scafe will be feted with pre- and post-game festivities. Scafe is retiring at the end of the season after coaching...

Rested Cats set to open second half of the season at Mississippi State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops can’t wait to get back on the field. “It seems like it’s been a while,” the Kentucky coach said Thursday. “Obviously it has been. We’re anxious to get going, get on that plane (Friday) and head to Mississippi.” Kentucky running back Benny Snell and the Wildcats play at Mississippi State Saturday, the team’s third road game of the season....

Pine Mountain State Resort Park hosts Fly Fishing weekend in November, reservations suggested

Pine Mountain State Resort Park will host its Fly Fishing Weekend Nov. 11-12. Participants will learn to fly fish in the beautiful autumn mountains during this two-day workshop. It will include choosing equipment, fly selection, reading a stream, casting, and hooking and landing a fish. The weekend package includes a Saturday continental breakfast, classroom and casting instruction on Saturday, Saturday...

Kentucky Cares Classic features UK, Morehead State in exhibition benefiting disaster relief effort

In light of recent disasters around the country, UK Athletics will play a small part in helping those affected by adding a third men’s basketball exhibition game to Kentucky’s 2017-18 schedule. The NCAA has granted a special waiver for the Wildcats to host Morehead State. UK will host the Eagles – coached by former Kentucky staff member Preston Spradlin – for the inaugural “Kentucky Cares...

NKU Athletics announces that CW Cincinnati will air five Norse men’s basketball games this season

Northern Kentucky University Department of Athletics has announced that the CW Cincinnati will air five Norse men’s basketball games this season.  Viewers from across the Tri-State will be able to pick up the games over the air with a basic antenna or on their local cable systems.    NKU’s home matchups at BB&T Arena against Morehead State on Dec. 2, Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 10, UIC...

Prep Sports Notebook: Seniors on CovCath boys’ basketball team get ready for last run at region title

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter When the Covington Catholic boys’ basketball team made it to the semifinals of the state tournament in 2015, there were three freshmen on the varsity roster who soaked up all the excitement while watching games from the bench. CovCath senior guard C.J. Fredrick The Colonels were upset in the 9th Region final the last two years and those freshmen are now...