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Wildcats dodge second-half surge by Tigers as Kentucky tops Missouri Tuesday in Columbia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Missouri has only beaten Kentucky once in school history. The fourth-ranked Wildcats avoided a repeat of last year’s setback in Columbia with a 66-58 victory Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena. Kentucky (22-4, 11-2) remained one game behind first-place Tennessee and LSU in the Southeastern Conference standings with five games remaining. The Volunteers rebounded from their...

Three highly ranked boys basketball teams avoid upsets in semifinal round of district playoffs

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Three teams ranked among the top 10 in the final Northern Kentucky boys basketball coaches poll survived close calls in district tournament games on Tuesday and advanced to the next round of the playoffs. Top-ranked Campbell County made seven of eight free throws in the final 43 seconds to pull out a 63-59 win over Brossart in a 37th District semifinal game...

Simon Kenton girls lock down berth in 8th Region basketball tournament for 14th straight year

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The Simon Kenton girls basketball team clinched a berth in the 8th Region tournament for the 14th consecutive year with a lopsided 39-7 win over Williamstown in the 32nd District playoffs on Monday night at Simon Kenton. Jeff Stowers The victory puts Simon Kenton (19-10) in the district final on Thursday. The district winner and runner-up both advance to...

Kentucky bracing for a tough encounter as they hit the road to face struggling Tigers in Columbia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The road doesn’t get any easier for Kentucky. The Wildcats (21-4, 10-2 Southeastern Conference) are in the midst of a three-way battle with LSU and Tennessee for the top spot in the conference with six games remaining in the regular season. Coming off an 86-69 win over No. 5 Tennessee last weekend, Kentucky takes on struggling Missouri Tuesday night in Columbia. “It’s...

Thomas More athletic director will join his father in N.Ky. Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Terry Connor, athletic director at Thomas More University, will become one of five new additions to the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony that begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Villa Hills Civic Club. Terry Connor Connor, who will be joining his late father, Jim, in the Hall of Fame, was a high school teacher and coach before he came to...

Highlands senior point guard knows ending team’s regional title drought will be a tough challenge

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Zoie Barth has made her mark on the Highlands athletic program. During her six-year varsity basketball career, the senior point guard has scored 2,359 points, the third highest total of any basketball player, male or female, at the school. The two names ahead of her on the scoring list are Jaime Walz-Richey and Scott Draud, who led their teams to 9th Region...

Ryle senior guard adds Division I Player of the Year to the awards she’s collected in final season

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Lauren Schwartz received two game balls on Senior Night for breaking the Ryle girls basketball team’s career scoring and rebounding records this season. She’ll have another award to add to her collection after being voted Division I Player of the Year by Northern Kentucky coaches. The Rice University recruit is averaging 19.9 points and 8.0 rebounds...

Temple scores 2,000th career point, Thomas More women remain unbeaten (25-0) with 96-54 win

NKyTribune staff Thomas More University women’s basketball standout Madison Temple joined an exclusive club Sunday afternoon during her final regular-season home game. Temple scored her 2,000th career point as Thomas More remained unbeaten with a 96-54 win over Wilberforce at the Connor Convocation Center. Temple — who was honored in pregame ceremonies along with fellow seniors Kelly Clapper, Michaela...

Sisson voted Player of the Year for leading Highlands boys basketball team to best record in nine years

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Ben Sisson, the leading scorer and rebounder on the Highlands team that posted a winning record for the first time in nine years, was voted Division II Player of the Year by the Northern Kentucky Boys Basketball Coaches Association on Saturday. Highlands senior forward Ben Sisson, center, scored 22 points in a win over Beechwood on Friday. (Photo by Allen...

Scott wrestler finishes his high school career as team’s first state champion in 18 years

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Scott senior Brendan Pye finished his high school wrestling career with a state championship medal after placing second and third the last two years. In the 113-pound title match at the state tournament on Saturday, Pye pinned Isaac Thornton of Grant County at the 2:43 mark in the second period to finish his senior season with a perfect 30-0 record and become...

Wildcats dominate top-ranked Volunteers from start to finish with 86-69 win at home Saturday night

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today In the closing minutes of Kentucky’s 86-69 win over top-ranked Tennessee Saturday night, John Calipari made it known he wasn’t fond of the student section’s chant referring to the Volunteers as overrated. “I know how good Tennessee is,” Calipari said. “And that’s what I told our fans, enough of they’re overrated. They’re not overrated. (They’re) probably...

Thomas More men’s basketball seniors earn victory in final home game; NKU women lose at Wright State

NKyTribune staff The Thomas More University men’s basketball team sent its five seniors out in style Saturday, as the Saints defeated Wright State-Lake, 81-58, in the final home game of the season. Senior guard Brandon Horne posted a double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds) to lead the Saints, who improved to 16-8 overall. Senior guard Ryne Callahan added 15 points for Thomas More in his final...

Turfway Park selections for Saturday

Turfway Park provides expert picks to the Northern Kentucky Tribune during the live racing meets. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16: Race 1 TIMES SQUARE is a $250,000 Ocala sales grad who only started once for Todd Pletcher. He moves to the barn of Jose Fernandez for his comeback and has been training steadily at Calumet. He looks best despite the 11-month layoff. PRIVATE BOONE ran well in his only start here...

Wright State rallies from big deficit, posts 81-77 win over NKU to force first-place tie in Horizon League

NKyTribune staff FAIRBORN, Ohio — The opportunity was there on Friday night for Northern Kentucky University to virtually wrap up the Horizon League regular-season championship. Wright State, though, had other ideas. Facing a must-win situation against NKU, Wright State rallied from a 16-point deficit and pulled out an 81-77 victory over the Norse at the Nutter Center in front of a crowd of 6,233....

Turfway Park selections for Friday; feature is the John Battaglia Memorial, a prep for Jeff Ruby Steaks

Turfway Park provides expert picks to the Northern Kentucky Tribune during the live racing meets. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15: Race 1 MAN OF BLUES comes off a game win and has the speed to be on or near the lead throughout in this one. He can make it two in a row for Hammond and Prescott. CAIRN was beaten a nose by the top pick last out and is again the one to beat. LAFLOWMYLAXBRO will be running at the...