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Freedom stifle Crushers to set up decisive game three of series at UC Health Stadium today

After seeing their six-game winning streak snapped on Friday, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, returned to their winning ways in a, 2-0, blanking of the Lake Erie Crushers on Saturday night at UC Health Stadium. The Freedom (20-11) notched the only scoring play of the night in the bottom of the second, when Brandon Pugh sent a Dylan Mouzakes (2-2) fastball over the...

Freedom drop series opener to Lake Erie at UC Health Stadium as six-game win streak is snapped

In the midst of a season-high six-game roll, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, saw the streak end in a nail-biting loss to the Lake Erie Crushers, 5-4, Friday night at UC Health Stadium. The Crushers (16-14) drew first blood in the top of the first inning, when Jake Vieth doubled to plate Dale Burdick, who reached on a throwing error by Freedom (19-11) third baseman,...

Coaching daughters is a privilege dad has always enjoyed despite several challenges along the way

Villa Madonna softball coach Dave Meier and his wife, Jen, pose with their daughters after the team’s final home game this season. The daughters are, left to right, Camryn, Brooke and Alexa. (Photo provided)   By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Dave Meier has been spending Father’s Day at fast-pitch softball tournaments for the last 10 years. He coaches a summer select team that...

Freedom sweep Schaumburg for sixth consecutive win, Williams shines on the mound

The Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, broke out the brooms for a second consecutive series, beating the Schaumburg Boomers, 8-2. The victory stretched the Freedom their winning streak reached six games on Thursday night at UC Health Stadium. Scoring the first two runs of the game, Schaumburg (16-14) jumped in front off the bat, plating a first inning run off Freedom (19-10)...

Freedom take game two of series with Boomers at UC Health Stadium ensure series as Valentino shines

In the middle game between two first-place teams in their respective divisions, the Florence Freedom presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, captured the series victory against the Schaumburg Boomers with a, 7-1, win on Wednesday night at UC Health Stadium. Florence (18-10) would score at-least one run in their first four at-bats. They jumped in front, 1-0, in the bottom of the first when Tyler Reichenborn laced...

NTRA supports legislation to ban slaughter of horses; CA governor calls for Santa Anita shut down

NKyTribune staff The two moves were not directly related, but both speak to the increased criticism of the horse racing industry on several fronts. Waldrop The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Wednesday that it will support the passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 961). The legislation would prevent the horse slaughter industry from reestablishing operations...

Thomas More’s Hetzer moves to full-time associate AD role, Martin promoted to baseball head coach

Thomas More University President Dr. Joseph L. Chillo and athletic director Terry Connor announced Wednesday that head baseball coach Jeff Hetzer is transitioning to full-time associate athletic director, and assistant coach Jeremy Martin has been promoted to head baseball coach. Hetzer exits the dugout after 19 years leading the Saints and is the winningest coach in program history with a 484-277-4...

Freedom outlast Boomers in extra-inning classic; Gulino delivers walk-off single in 12th inning

In game one of a three-game mid-week set between two teams leading their respective divisions, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, emerged, 3-2, in a twelve inning slobber-knocker against the Schaumburg Boomers at UC Health Stadium on Tuesday night. Stalemated at, 2-2, with one out in the bottom of the twelfth, Mike Gulino stepped up to the plate to face Boomers (16-12)...

Prep Sports Notebook: Basketball coaching changes continue with Collopy stepping down at NewCath

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Newport Central Catholic is looking for a new boys head basketball coach to replace Ken Collopy, who was recently named principal at St. Cecelia Elementary School in Independence. Ken Collopy NewCath had a 46-45 record in Collopy’s three seasons as head coach. His first team was runner-up in the 2017 All “A” Classic small-school state tournament and...

Former University of Kentucky basketball stars Hawkins, Willis part of TBT Bluegrass Boys Squad

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be well-represented in The Basketball Tournament next month. Former Kentucky players Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins, Josh Harrellson, Marcus Lee, Ramon Harris, Kevin Galloway and AJ Stewart will form the Bluegrass Boys organized by former Kentucky player Mark Krebs and will be coached by Wayne Turner. The Bluegrass Boys will compete with seven more teams...

Latest twist in topsy-turvy NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll has Maximum Security back on top

A historic disqualification may have denied Maximum Security his place in history as an American classic winner but the impression the colt left in the 145th edition of the Kentucky Derby has allowed him to hold bragging rights as the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll concludes for 2019. With poll newcomer Sir Winston pulling off the mild upset in the Belmont Stakes...

Castellani deals, Gulino brings the lumber, as Freedom complete weekend sweep of Wild Things

Looking for their second sweep in four series’, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, grabbed a, 4-3, victory from the Washington Wild Things to seal the deal in the regular-season finale between the two teams in Washington at Wild Things Park on Sunday night. For the first time in the three-game set, it was the Wild Things (9-19) who drew first blood in the bottom of...

Freedom tame Wild Things to set up road sweep opportunity; Hill gets first professional win

Consistent offense was key as the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, grabbed their second straight win over the Washington Wild Things, 8-4, setting up a sweep opportunity in the Sunday finale at Wild Things Park. Isaac Benard gave the Freedom (15-10) an early lift, launching a solo-shot to right-center off Wild Things (9-18) starter, Michael Austin (2-3) to lead-off the...

Freedom shut out Wild Things in series opener, Valentino delivers another quality start

On the heels of losing two straight games for the first time all season, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, combined great pitching and consistent offense in a, 4-0, blanking of the Washington Wild Things on Friday night at Wild Things Park. The Freedom (14-10) got right to work on Washington (9-17) starter, Troy Terzi (0-1), who was making his Frontier League debut on...

NKU signs Hillcrest Prep standout John Harge for 2019-20 campaign; averaged 19.9 points last season

Northern Kentucky University head coach Darrin Horn announced that forward John Harge has signed to join the Norse men’s basketball team for the 2019-20 season. “John brings much needed size to our program, but what is most exciting is his upside,” said Horn. “We think he is a steal because of his outstanding feel and versatility. He comes from a basketball family and understands what it takes...