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CovCath’s new quarterback joins list of playmakers in 40-7 season opening win against Ryle

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The proven playmakers returning from Covington Catholic’s undefeated state championship football team opened the new season Friday with impressive performances in a 40-7 win over Ryle. But sophomore quarterback Caleb Jacob’s debut seemed to please coach Eddie Eviston the most. CovCath running back Casey McGinness slips a tackle to score one...

NKU women’s soccer team opens season with 3-0 win over Indiana State on Friday night

NKyTribune staff Chloe Mills, Emily Soltes and Samantha Duwel all scored goals Friday night as the Northern Kentucky University women’s soccer team opened the season with a 3-0 win over visiting Indiana State. Mills began the scoring for NKU at the 15:24 mark, tapping in a shot from inside the box after a corner kick deflected off a defender. Eight minutes later, Soltes converted a penalty kick to...

High school football season opens with intriguing storylines based on last year’s results

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Covington Catholic posted a perfect 15-0 record last football season while Holy Cross didn’t win a single game. Those winning and losing streaks create two of the intriguing storylines for the opening night of the 2018 season on Friday. CovCath running back Casey McGinness Both teams will face formidable opponents. CovCath visits Ryle in a Skyline Chili...

Thomas More’s Finke named PAC’s nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year

Former Thomas More College softball player Laura Finke has been named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference nominee for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year following her outstanding career with the Saints. One of the most prestigious NCAA awards, the NCAA established the Woman of the Year Award in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics. Now in its 28th year, the NCAA...

2018 Prep Football Previews: Derry brothers ready to do their part in Beechwood’s bid for 14th state title

The NKyTribune is featuring each of the 21 high school football teams in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties leading up to the first games of the 2018 season on Friday. We will then provide focused coverage of our local teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Four words have become a mantra for Beechwood football players. Before a game,...

Lakeside Park native Hentz, now a star at Stanford, named to preseason All-Pac-12 volleyball team

NKyTribune staff Former Notre Dame Academy standout Morgan Hentz, now a star libero for NCAA powerhouse Stanford, has been named to the preseason All-Pacific-12 Conference volleyball team. Hentz, a native of Lakeside Park, is one of five returning starters for Stanford. The Cardinal were picked as preseason Pac-12 favorites on Wednesday, receiving all 11 possible votes for 121 points to come out first...

UK’s playmaker receiver Lynn Bowden is all business in fall workouts

Kentucky receiver Lynn Bowden, left, shares a laugh with teammate Akeem Hayes, right, during media day earlier this month at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Lynn Bowden was relaxed and cutting up with his teammates during media day earlier this month, but that doesn’t mean he’s taking a laid-back approach going into his sophomore season with the Wildcats. “It’s...

Milwaukee selected as Horizon League women’s soccer preseason favorite; NKU picked fourth in poll

NKyTribune staff Milwaukee has been voted the women’s soccer preseason favorite in the Horizon League coaches’ poll. Northern Kentucky University is fourth in the preseason poll. Milwaukee topped the poll with 87 points, including five first-place votes. The Panthers return reigning Defensive Player of the Year Kelli Swenson along with first team all-league honoree Lourdes Onwuemeka. Defending...

2018 Prep Football Previews: Holy Cross players have higher expectations following winless season

The NKyTribune is featuring each of the 21 high school football teams in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties leading up to the first games of the 2018 season on Friday. We will then provide focused coverage of our local teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The last two seasons have been a wild ride for three seniors on the Holy Cross...

Around the links in Northern Kentucky: U.S. Kids Golf Golden Triangle Fall Local Tour tees off Sept. 9

By Marc Hardin NKyTribune contributor When the inaugural season of the U.S. Kids Golf Golden Triangle Fall Local Tour tees off Sept. 9 at Reeves Golf Course in Cincinnati, local tour director Adam Fangman will feel like he has hit a hole-in-one. “It’s exciting. I can’t wait to get it started,” he said. “This is the second part of our tour. We started the Spring Tour earlier...

Gran: Former walk-on receiver Bouvier MVP of UK training camp

Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran was pleased with the way the Wildcats bounced back this week following a poor showing in a scrimmage last week. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today If training camp ended this week, David Bouvier would be considered Kentucky’s Most Valuable Player. Bouvier, a former standout at Lexington Catholic High School who earned a scholarship...

NKU basketball faces tall task (7-foot-6 Tacko Fall) in November against Central Florida

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Northern Kentucky University will face a tall task on the basketball court in late November when the Norse visit Orlando to take on Central Florida. NKU will meet Central Florida on Nov. 24 as part of its non-conference schedule. UCF features 7-foot-6 senior center Tacko Fall, who averaged 11.3 points in just 16 games last season for the Knights. Fall also made 76.7...

2018 Prep Football Previews: CovCath running back expects to play bigger role in offensive game plan

The NKyTribune is featuring each of the 21 high school football teams in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties leading up to the first games of the 2018 season on Friday. We will then provide focused coverage of our local teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Covington Catholic has four of the five offensive linemen on last year’s undefeated...

Keith Taylor: Hype rises for Wildcats following impressive showing in Bahamas

Regardless of how well UK played in the Bahamas, John Calipari will be expecting more from the Wildcats during the season. (Photo by Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The hype is on. The Kentucky men’s basketball team provided a glimpse into what to expect this season during a four-game exhibition tour in the Bahamas. The Wildcats won all four games and they weren’t even close, leaving...

Prep Sports Notebook: Binkley looking forward to his 52nd year of coaching high school sports

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter You won’t find an AARP card tucked away in Barry Binkley’s wallet. Retirement is a concept the 76-year-old coach can’t seem to grasp. After Barry Binkley, center, took charge of the Simon Kenton cross country program in 2015, the girls team won back-to-back regional championships. Binkley is looking forward to his 52nd year as a high school cross country...