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Former NKU basketball standout Williams chooses Western Kentucky as next stop in college career

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Former Northern Kentucky University basketball standout Carson Williams is staying in Kentucky to finish his career, but in the western part of the state. Western Kentucky University announced Wednesday the addition of Williams to the Hilltoppers roster. Williams will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2018-19 season following his transfer...

Don Owen: Dreadful weather aside, spring always brings back fun memories of old NKU P.A. system

As we suffer through a spring that refuses to leave winter behind, area high schools and colleges are actually playing sports — even if the athletes and coaches need parkas and/or rain-repellant ponchos more than uniforms. Yes, rainouts and other athletic events canceled due to the cold have dominated the local sports scene more than home runs and no-hitters the past four weeks. Somehow, though,...

Recovering from surgery, UK coach John Calipari hasn’t read commission’s report

Kentucky coach John Calipari underwent minor surgery Tuesday. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t making a judgment call on a report released Wednesday by the Commission on College Basketball calling for the end of the one-and-done era and banning cheating coaches for life. “I really haven’t had time to look at the commission’s recommendations, yet,”...

Jamie Vaught: Lexington native, Cleveland Browns legend Frank Minnifield building business back home

Remember Frank Minnifield? One of the top players in pro football many years ago, he is a Cleveland Browns legend who grew up in central Kentucky. Minnifield, who now has several business ventures in the Lexington area, played for the Browns during the 1980s and early 1990s. He was a three-time All-NFL choice by the Associated Press. In addition, the four-time Pro Bowl selection has been nominated...

Early start: Kentucky to play four exhibition games in trip to Bahamas

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats will play four exhibition games in the Bahamas in August. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team will get a jump start on the season this summer. The Wildcats will take a tour to the Bahamas and compete in four games spread across an eight-day stretch Aug. 6-13 ahead of the 2018-19...

Xavier baseball posts 7-5 victory over NKU; Norse golfer Poore wins Horizon League medal

NKyTribune staff Chris Givin went 3-for-5 with four runs batted in as the Xavier University baseball team posted a 7-5 win over Northern Kentucky University on Tuesday in Highland Heights. Nate Soria added four hits and scored twice for Xavier, which improved to 14-26 with the non-conference victory. The Musketeers collected 14 hits and received five shutout innings from the bullpen to defeat the Norse...

After exploring options, UK’s Quade Green reportedly to return next season

Kentucky guard Quade Green has all but made if official that he will be returning for his sophomore campaign next season. Green had been exploring his options during the past month. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Count Quade Green as one player who will likely return to Kentucky next season. Green, who has been exploring his options since the season ended last month, has...

Illinois-Chicago completes series sweep of NKU with 11-2 win; Franklin defeats TMC twice

NKyTribune staff The Illinois-Chicago baseball team completed a three-game series sweep of Northern Kentucky University on Sunday with an 11-2 victory at the Bill Aker Baseball Complex in Highland Heights. Illinois-Chicago (20-13 overall, 8-7 Horizon League) pushed across 11 runs for the second consecutive game, bringing the team’s series total to 36. That is the most in a three-game road sweep since...

Former Notre Dame Academy softball star Baugh enjoying solid freshman season at Trine

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Notre Dame Academy graduate Kennedy Baugh is enjoying an outstanding first season as a member of the Trine University softball team. Baugh is currently hitting .357 with five home runs, and she owns a .700 slugging percentage. The freshman catcher has driven in 18 runs and she was named Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Position Athlete of the Week earlier...

Prep Sports Notebook: Two baseball teams competing in All ‘A’ Classic sectional playoffs

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter If the Walton-Verona and Beechwood baseball teams win All “A” Classic sectional playoff games scheduled for this week, they’ll meet in the first round of the small-school state tournament. Braxton Foley Walton-Verona will host Kentucky Country Day at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Beechwood will visit Nicholas County at 11 a.m. Saturday in the sectional round...

UK freshman Vanderbilt declares for NBA Draft, but holds off on hiring an agent

Kentucky forward Jarred Vanderbilt has declared for the NBA Draft but doesn’t plan to hire an agent, leaving his options open to return next season. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jarred Vanderbilt has decided to test the waters. The University of Kentucky freshman forward declared for the NBA Draft Friday but has opted against hiring an agent and could possibly...

Depth has carried St. Henry track teams to dual victories in three invitational meets this spring

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sport reporter Despite adverse weather conditions, St. Henry has swept boys and girls team titles in three track and field invitational meets over the last four weeks. “We haven’t had really good weather for track yet,” said coach Greg Enxel. “I’m praying that we actually get some spring weather in the next couple weeks to see what potential we really do have.” St....

Thomas More hires former Mount St. Joseph assistant Ray as men’s basketball head coach

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter While interviewing to possibly become the next men’s basketball head coach at Thomas More College, Justin Ray came away impressed with everything about the campus in Crestview Hills. “I was walking around on my interview, and it was evident to me this is a special place,” Ray said Thursday at his introductory press conference after being named the 10th head coach...

St. Henry softball team qualifies for All ‘A’ Classic state tournament with one-run win in region final

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Pitching in the championship game of the 9th Region All “A” Classic softball tournament was a new experience for St. Henry sophomore Kaylee Fogt, but the first-year starter handled it well enough to get the win. St. Henry edged Villa Madonna, 4-3, in the title game on Wednesday to earn a berth in the small-school state tournament that’s...

Don Owen: Seeking a new home, Thomas More finds possible fit in NAIA’s Mid-South Conference

Searching for a new home is always an invigorating experience. It’s simultaneously fun and stressful, not to mention an exercise filled with risk and plenty of questions. Is the location right? Are the neighbors a good fit? Is the house itself structurally sound? Thomas More College is currently seeking a new home, having announced last May its intention to withdraw from the Presidents’ Athletic...