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Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame annual meeting set for Aug. 19 at Ludlow Veterans Hall

The annual meeting of the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame is set for August 19 from 5-9 p.m. at the Ludlow Veterans Hall at 830 Elm Street in Ludlow. “This is the event that supports the scholarship program,” Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame President Joe Brennan said. “The Hall of Fame tries to give seniors of members a $1,000 scholarship for a semester.” Also on tap for...

John Calipari’s Wildcats will play defending SEC champion Alabama twice in upcoming season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference unveiled its schedule for the upcoming season and Kentucky will play defending league champion Alabama and LSU twice this season. The Wildcats also will play Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt in home-and-home contests. In addition to the five teams, the Wildcats will play Georgia, Mississippi State, Missouri and Ole Miss at home, and will...

Jamie Vaught: Middlesboro pastor, baseball super fan Michael Padgett has visited 37 different ball parks

How many baseball fans have traveled all over the United States and Canada, and visited all of the major league baseball stadiums? I’m sure there are some fans, but not many. And we have at least one from Kentucky. That baseball superfan’s name is Michael Padgett, an enthusiastic Los Angeles Angels fan who lives in Middlesboro. “I have attended regular-season major league baseball games at 37...

Cooper girls begin golf season with everyone back from last year’s regional championship team

By Matthew Dietz NKyTribune sports reporter When the Cooper girls golf team won the Region 7 tournament last fall, it was a notable accomplishment for a high school that had never claimed a region championship in that sport. The fact that eighth-grader Reagan Ramage became only the second region medalist in team history made it even more special. Despite her young age, Ramage winning the region tournament...

Soccer players from six N.Ky. high schools on select team that won boys 16-under national title

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Soccer players from six Northern Kentucky high schools are members of the Kings Hammer Academy select team that won the boys under-16 tournament at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships held in Sarasota and Bradenton, Fla. In the tournament final last Sunday, Kings defeated Las Vegas Sports Academy, 5-0, to bring home the  championship trophy. ...

Prep Sports Notebook: Holy Cross hires boys head basketball coach who was on staff of district rival

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Casey Sorrell, the new head coach of the Holy Cross High School boys basketball team, comes from one of the program’s oldest rivals. Sorrell was a varsity assistant coach at Covington Catholic from 2016-2020. During the four seasons he was on the coaching staff, the Colonels won one state championship, three 9th Region titles and defeated Holy Cross...

Simon Kenton basketball star decided not to play in college after falling off recruiting radar

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The leading scorer in Kentucky boys high school basketball last season has decided not to continue his playing career in college. Kelly Niece, who averaged 30.1 points per game as a senior guard for Simon Kenton, said he received partial scholarship offers from a couple of college teams, but he “didn’t want to pay to play another four years.” Kelly...

Local athletes will be competing in AAU Junior Olympics track meet in Florida this week

By Matthew Dietz NKyTribune sports reporter As the Summer Olympics continue in Tokyo, a talented group of Northern Kentucky athletes will compete in the AAU Junior Olympics track and field national championships this week at the University of North Florida. Twenty-five members of the BCK Thoroughbreds track and cross county club qualified for the event by being among the top finishers in a wide range...

Episcopal priest devotes his free time to football as coordinator of officials who conduct the games

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Rev. Matt Young puts on brightly colored vestments to conduct Sunday worship services at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newport. It’s a much different outfit than the drab black-and-white striped shirts he always wore as a football official. Young, who received a Master of Divinity degree in 1998, is not the first clergyman to spend his free time conducting...

NKU Men’s Basketball adds pair of home games, matchup at DePaul for Blue Demon Classic

Three more games have been added to the 2021-22 Northern Kentucky men’s basketball schedule, as the Norse are set to compete in the Blue Demon Classic hosted by DePaul. In addition to playing at DePaul on Nov. 26, NKU hosts Eastern Michigan on Thursday, Nov. 18, and Western Illinois on Monday, Nov. 22, at BB&T Arena. (Photo by Bryan McEldowney/NKU) Eastern Michigan went 6-12 overall last year...

Prep Sports Notebook: KHSAA won’t sanction lacrosse until it meets participation requirement

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter More high schools need to field boys and girls lacrosse teams before it becomes a sport sanctioned by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. That was the motion approved by the KHSAA Board of Control at its meeting on Friday in Newport. The board will wait until its next meeting on Sept. 22 to see if lacrosse meets the participation requirement of...

Scott quarterback looking to put program back on winning track after disappointing 2020 season

By Matthew Dietz NKyTribune sports reporter After stringing together three consecutive winning seasons from 2017-19, the Scott football team faltered in the fall of 2020. The Eagles began the season 1-5, had their final two games cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions and opted not to participate in the Class 4A playoffs. Led by senior quarterback Gus Howlett, this year’s Scott team is out to...

KHSAA Board of Control will consider adding lacrosse to list of sanctioned sports on Friday

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Adding lacrosse to the list of sports sanctioned by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association is one of the topics on the agenda for the Board of Control meeting on Friday at Aloft on the Levee in Newport. This is the first meeting of the 2021-22 school year for the Board of Control with a work session starting at 11 a.m. and the full meeting scheduled...

Returning starters on Notre Dame volleyball team preparing for run at another state championship

By Matthew Dietz NKyTribune sports reporter After 25 years of dominance by Louisville high schools, the volleyball state championship trophy made its way back to Northern Kentucky last November when Notre Dame defeated Louisville Mercy in a dramatic five-set state title match. “The final point, we got the block, and I screamed and I was the first one on the huddle,” said Kamden Schrand, a junior...

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says football Wildcats are on a good path headed into 2021 campaign

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops is nearing a decade as head football coach at the University of Kentucky and remains focused on turning the Wildcats into a national title contender. In his ninth appearance at Southeastern Conference Media Days on Tuesday, Stoops reaffirmed his commitment to taking the Wildcats to the next level. “I said it when I got to Kentucky that we were going to recruit,...