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Cooper freshman Rylan Wotherspoon waiting for his growth spurt, but keeping golf game on the upswing

By Marc Hardin NKyTribune contributor Cooper golfer Rylan Wotherspoon dreams of a day in the not too distant future when he stands tall in the tee box and hits the ball so hard and so well that it travels 300 yards. For now, he can swat it 230 yards on a good day. Not bad for a high school freshman standing 5 feet 3 and weighing 118 pounds. Rylan Wotherspoon “It’s not the biggest thing...

Snell’s late touchdown sends No. 14 Kentucky to a 14-7 win over Vandy

Kentucky running back Benny Snell rushed for 169 yards and scored a touchdown to lead the Wildcats to a 14-7 win over Vanderbilt Saturday night. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Not even the wind could stop Benny Snell. Neither could Vanderbilt. The Kentucky junior running back rushed for 169 yards and scored a touchdown to lead No. 14 Kentucky to a 14-7 win over the struggling Commodores...

Mohs collects 26 kills, No. 5 Thomas More improves to 25-2 with victory at Otterbein on Saturday

NKyTribune staff The freshman sensation from Thomas More University continued tormenting opposing volleyball teams with her superlative attacking skills on Saturday. Emily Mohs collected 26 kills and attacked at a .375 clip as Thomas More posted a 25-16, 25-13, 20-25, 25-21 win over Otterbein at Westerville, Ohio. The Saints, who are ranked No. 5 nationally in the AVCA’s NCAA Division III poll, hit...

Thomas More defense steals spotlight, ignites 35-0 road win over St. Scholastica on Saturday

NKyTribune staff DULUTH, Minn. — Virtually every game this season, it’s been the offense that has carried Thomas More University on the football field. That changed Saturday against The College of St. Scholastica, when Thomas More’s defense stole the spotlight during a 35-0 road victory. The Saints held St. Scholastica to 154 total yards — all in the air — and dominated the field en route...

Hall of Fame induction closes out Highlands High School homecoming activities this weekend

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Mike Vories Highlands High School will induct 10 new members into its Hall of Fame and honor the the 1978-79 boys basketball team that won the program’s first 9th Region championship during a ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday that will close out homecoming weekend. The induction ceremony that’s open to the public will be at Highlands Performing Center...

Scott football team wins district game against Holmes behind strong defensive performance

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter A interception return to the 3-yard line gave Holmes an opportunity to take the lead in the opening minutes of an important Class 4A district game against Scott on Friday night in Taylor Mill. But Scott kept the visitors from getting into the end zone on the next four plays and that set the tone for a strong defensive performance that carried the Eagles...

No. 5 Thomas More knocks off Transy on Friday night, extends home winning streak to 21

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Because college athletes are human, a next-game letdown is almost inevitable after knocking off the nation’s top-ranked team. Doesn’t matter the level, be it NCAA Division I, II, III or the NAIA, the motivation is subconsciously reduced just a tad for the next opponent. Meanwhile, the next opponent is overflowing with incentive and ready to deliver its best shot...

Stoops, Cats set to kick off second half of season against hungry Vandy

em>Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson celebrates with the rest of his teammates in a win over South Carolina earlier this the year. Wilson and the Wildcats open the second half of the season against Vanderbilt Saturday in Lexington. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops hasn’t forgotten how Kentucky opened the second half of the season last year. The Wildcats (5-1,...

St. Henry wins five-set match against Notre Dame to claim second straight 9th Region volleyball title

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter When the St. Henry volleyball team struggled to win the first set in its opening match of the 9th Region tournament, coach Maureen Kaiser chastised her players for not playing like defending champions. St. Henry senior Maria Tobergte, No. 7, tries to spike the ball past a block by Belle Morgan of Notre Dame. (Photo by Bob Jackson) That must have boosted...

Highlands, Simon Kenton win regional finals in girls soccer to earn berths in state tournament

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Highlands won its first regional championship in girls soccer since 2010 with a 1-0 victory over Notre Dame in the 9th Region final on Thursday at Ryle High School. Freshman forward Chloe Bramble scored the game’s only goal midway through the first half and that was enough for the Bluebirds, who posted their ninth consecutive shutout and 17th of the...

Holmes riding four-game win streak into showdown with Scott that could decide district champion

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The Holmes football team that started the season with four consecutive losses is one win away from claiming a Class 4A district title. The Bulldogs take a 3-0 district record into Friday’s game at Scott. If they win, they’ll finish on top in the standings and host a first-round playoff game for the first time since 2010. Senior quarterback James Walker...

NKU women voted sixth in Horizon League preseason poll; McDonald receives prestigious honor

NKyTribune staff The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team is picked to finish sixth in the Horizon League preseason poll, and Norse junior guard Molly Glick has been selected to the preseason first team. NKU head coach Camryn Whitaker (right) and junior guard Molly Glick (24) are seeking to improve on last season’s 9-22 record. (Photo by Jeff McCurry)Reigning Horizon League...

Thomas More football travels to state of Minnesota on Saturday to meet St. Scholastica at 1 p.m.

NKyTribune staff A long journey to the state of Minnesota awaits the Thomas More University football team, which will visit The College of St. Scholastica at 1 p.m. Saturday. Thomas More enters the game with a 5-2 record, while St. Scholastica is 4-2. St. Scholastica is located in the city of Duluth and competes at the NCAA Division III level as a member of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. Thomas...

NFL Fantasy Football Lister Week 7: When you have great expectation, waiting is the hardest part

By Marc Hardin NKyTribune contributor Popular culture has offered up a string of unseen characters, people who are referred to but not actually seen by the audience. Classic examples in theater are King Laius in Oedipus Rex by Sophocles and Lord Capulet’s niece Rosaline in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Of more recent vintage are Phyllis’ husband Lars Lindstrom on The Mary...

High school teams advance to regional finals in volleyball, soccer post-season playoffs

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Like leaves falling from the trees, Notre Dame and St. Henry meeting in the championship final of the 9th Region volleyball tournament has become a common occurrence in late October. Dixie Heights junior Kamryn Webb, left, tries to bump the ball over two Notre Dame blockers during a 9th Region semifinal match. (Photo by Bob Jackson) The two teams will square...