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Campbell County grad Wilson emerges as impact player for Army; Ohmer earns C-USA award

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Campbell County High School graduate Matt Wilson has emerged as an impact Division I college basketball player for the United States Military Academy at West Point. The 6-foot-9 Wilson averages 13.7 points and 7.6 rebounds for Army, which is currently 5-2. The Alexandria native is shooting 60.8 percent from the field and has scored in double figures six times this season. Army’s...

McDonald joins 1,000-point club, NKU sprints past in-state rival Morehead State, 86-49, at BB&T Arena

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter All wins have redeeming qualities, but victories against in-state rivals are a little extra special. That’s why Northern Kentucky University’s 86-49 triumph against visiting Morehead State on Saturday night was sweeter than the normal victory. The Norse (6-2) blistered the nets for 59.3 percent shooting from the field — including 72 percent in the second — and...

Kentucky coach John Calipari expecting more from his team following 79-70 win over Harvard

Kevin Knox scored 20 points in Kentucky’s 79-70 win over Harvard Saturday at Rupp Arena. Knox has scored double figures in every game this season and has scored at least 20 points in each of the last two games. (Jeff Houchin Photography) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari knows a good team when he sees one and the Kentucky coach isn’t sure what direction the Wildcats want to go nine...

Beechwood finishes playoff run with dominating performance in Class 1A state championship game

With his teammates clearing the way, Beechwood junior Logan Castleman picks up yardage on a running play in the Class 1A championship game against Raceland. (Photo by Bob Jackson) By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter LEXINGTON — Fans weren’t allowed to come on the field after Beechwood’s 41-0 win over Raceland in the Class 1A state championship game of the Russell Athletic/KHSAA...

Turfway Park selections for Saturday

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides daily selections and comments for the Tribune during the live racing meets. Selection for Saturday, Dec. 2. RACE 1 SURELY A BULLET showed speed last out at Churchill but faded badly in her first start after a three-month layoff.  She drops in for a tag and has the inside post. HEP TO GO is another dropper. She gets Lasix and could improve.  PAYNTED VERSE...

UK coach John Calipari focused on getting to know his own squad better during rare six-day layoff

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari hasn’t had much time to prepare for Harvard. Although Kentucky got a rare break after playing seven games in a 17-day span, Calipari took the time to get to know his team better. “We’re probably experimenting a little bit more than just preparing for the next game,” the Kentucky coach said earlier this week. “We’re trying different things, both...

CovCath quarterback among seniors looking to make history in their final football game together

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter A.J. Mayer has played a key role in the resurgence of the Covington Catholic football team that will face Madison Southern in the Class 5A state championship game at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl. This is the Colonels’ first appearance in the state finals since 2006 and they’ll finish the season with a perfect...

UK freshman forward PJ Washington starting to feel more comfortable on the court, keeping eye on goal

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington admitted his first seven games at Kentucky didn’t start off with a bang, but the freshman forward is optimistic he can build on recent performances against University own Illinois-Chicago and Troy going into Saturday’s contest against Harvard. “I started off pretty slow, but I feel like I’m picking it up,” Washington said Thursday. “I’m just...

Turfway Park selections for Friday

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides daily selections and comments for the Tribune during the live racing meets. Selections for Friday, Dec. 1 RACE 1 FEET’S AFIRE is riding a two-race win streak for Bert Crawford and should be able to extend that with Prentice back aboard tonight. SKIFFS BREWMEISTER won two starts back on the Tapeta at Presque Isle. He will like the move to the Poly and...

Beechwood enters Class 1A state football final with distinct advantage in big game experience

By Evan Merrill NKyTribune reporter Beechwood football players have a major advantage going into the Class 1A state championship game against Raceland at 2 p.m. Friday at Kroger Field in Lexington. This is the first time that Raceland has reached the state final while most of Beechwood’s starting lineup played on last year’s state championship team and a couple of them were on the 2015...

Don Owen: Brossart’s Trentman plays key role at Christian Brothers; Schreck, Schuh shine

Christian Brothers University is located in Memphis, Tenn., but sports fans would never guess that based on the school’s men’s basketball roster. Given that eight of the 15 players are from the Greater Cincinnati area, many people would probably assume Christian Brothers is extremely close to Northern Kentucky. But the school is in Memphis, where head coach Mike Nienaber has established a pipeline...

Turfway Park selections for Thursday

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides daily selections and comments for the Tribune during the live racing meets. Selections for Thursday, November 30 RACE 1 TOMAHAWK KITTEN was well backed in his debut against much better at Churchill. He dropped back to last and was eased by Corey Lanerie but Mike Maker has worked him three times since that race. He drops in against a weak field and can be expected...

College roundup: NKU men use balanced scoring to crush Berea, 112-33; TMC women defeat Thiel

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter At halftime of Wednesday night’s game with visiting Berea College, nine different Northern Kentucky University players had already scored at least five points. Having rolled to a 53-19 lead at the half, NKU used the final 20 minutes of play to experiment with different lineups as the Norse crushed Berea, 112-33, at BB&T Arena. NKU’s Carson WilliamsSophomore...

Turfway Park selections for opening night

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides daily selections and comments for the Tribune during the live racing meets. Selections for Wednesday, November 29 RACE 1 ZAP CAT has been running well in Canada on turf and Poly. He rates the edge with Sarvis picking up the mount. KITS GOLD broke poorly in his debut and lost his best chance. Maker drops him in for a tag for his return and he can be expected...

UK coach John Calipari not worried about declining attendance at Rupp Arena this season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Attendance is down but John Calipari doesn’t think the trend will continue for the rest of the season. “This is a fun team to watch and I think people will — they will come here,” Calipari said. Through the first six games of the year, the Wildcats are averaging 20,092 fans per home game, down from last season when Kentucky drew an average of 23,462 for each encounter...