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Holmes wins final district seeding game against Scott behind dominant rushing attack that nets 347 yards

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Holmes rushed for 347 yards and six touchdowns in a 40-0 win over Scott on Thursday to remain in contention for the top seed in its Class 4A district. If Rowan County wins its game at Boyd County on Friday, it will move into a three-way tie for the top spot in the district with Holmes and Scott. A tiebreaker will then decide the No. 1 seed that will play...

Senior quarterback Gus Howlett has given Scott a shot at clinching top seed in Class 4A distrcit

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Scott won its last three football games against Class 4A district opponents behind impressive performances by senior quarterback Gus Howlett. The third-year starter had 457 yards passing and 346 yards rushing in those victories for an 803 total that breaks down to 267 yards per game. The Eagles will be counting on Howlett to lead the offense once again Thursday...

Kentucky picked to win Southeastern Conference title, Cal says Cats have pieces to make it happen

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is the early favorite to win the Southeastern Conference title. The Wildcats were chosen to finish ahead of Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Auburn in a preseason poll released by the league, voted upon by league and national media representatives. Kentucky coach John Calipari speaks at Big Blue Madness last week in Lexington. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) Sahvir...

Prep Sports Notebook: Top-ranked Notre Dame rolls to first-round win in girls state soccer tournament

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Notre Dame scored five goals in the first 40 minutes and went on to defeat Campbell County, 7-0, in the first round of the girls state soccer tournament on Tuesday at Notre Dame. The Pandas pushed their record to 25-0-1, just two shy of the girls state record for most wins in a season posted on the khsaa.org website. They’ve already set a new state...

CovCath soccer team advances to state tournament quarterfinals with 3-2 win over Montgomery County

Covington Catholic made a successful return to the boys state soccer tournament Monday when the Colonels won a first-round match against Montgomery County, 3-2, in a penalty kick shootout. This is the first time since 2016 that CovCath has qualified for the state tournament as the 9th Region champion. The Colonels will take a 12-8-5 record into a quarterfinal match against 12th Region champion Somerset...

Notre Dame, CovCath soccer teams return to state playoffs after winning 9th Region championships

Ava Meyer of Highlands, left, and Macie Feldman of Notre Dame race to gain control of a loose ball during the 9th Region girls championship match. (Photo by Bob Jackson) By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The last two Northern Kentucky teams to win state championships in boys and girls soccer are back in the playoffs. In 9th Region championship matches on Saturday, Covington Catholic defeated...

No. 1 Georgia hands UK Wildcats their first loss of the season with 30-13 victory in Athens

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Not many teams have scored against Georgia’s daunting defense. Kentucky crossed the goal line twice against the top-ranked Bulldogs in the battle of unbeaten teams on Saturday in Athens, but Georgia didn’t flinch in a 30-13 victory. The No. 11 Wildcats (6-1, 4-1 Southeastern ConferenceI suffered their first setback of the year, while Georgia (7-0, 5-0) took sole possession...

Big Blue Madness back with a roar as UK unveils men’s, women’s basketball teams in traditional way

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The roar was back with a lot of noise at Rupp Arena Friday night. Unlike last year when the stands were bare and a scaled-back Big Blue Madness was shown on television because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fans returned wearing masks as the University of Kentucky unveiled its men’s and women’s basketball teams during the annual event. Keion Brooks at Big Blue Madness...

Friday Football Report: Ryle, CovCath win one-point games to remain on top in district standings

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Ryle and Covington Catholic remained on top in district football standings after winning away games by just one point on Friday. In the final minutes of the fourth quarter, CovCath scored a touchdown and two-point conversion to take an 8-7 lead against Highlands in a Class 5A seeding game. On the Bluebirds’ final possession, they got the ball to the...

Brian Eviston drew support from sports community during battle with ALS before passing away

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Brian Eviston, an outstanding student-athlete at Newport Central Catholic High School and Thomas More College, passed away Thursday after battling a degenerative disease for nearly five years. Eviston, a resident of Cold Spring, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in November of 2016. At that...

Dixie Heights wins dramatic penalty kick shootout against Ryle in 9th Region boys soccer semifinals

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Dixie Heights won a dramatic penalty kick shootout to hand Ryle its first on-field loss of the season in the semifinals of the 9th Region boys soccer tournament on Thursday at St. Henry. Both teams scored a goal in the first half and the match remained tied through the second half and two overtime periods. After both teams converted on four penalty kicks...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky football creating its own Big Blue Madness heading into second half of season

I don’t think I can remember a time when Kentucky football was such a hot topic going into the second half of the regular season. By this time of the year, Big Blue Madness is the talk of the town and the Wildcats football team are still chasing that elusive sixth win to become bowl eligible. For the first time since, well, 1950, Kentucky opened the season with six straight victories and has already...

Ryle, Dixie Heights enter Class 6A district seeding game with impressive stats in different areas

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Ryle has a defensive unit that’s allowed just 220.8 yards and 11.7 points per game. Dixie Heights has a balanced offensive attack that’s averaging 337 yards and 25.2 points per contest. Those impressive statistics make the Class 6A district seeding game between the two teams games the most intriguing match-up on Friday’s high school football...

Highlands, Notre Dame will clash in 9th Region girls soccer final for the fifth time in 10 years

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter It should come as no surprise that Notre Dame and Highlands won 9th Region semifinal matches in girls soccer on Wednesday and advance to the championship final. After a statewide realignment of girls soccer in 2012 put the two teams in the same region, they have been the only ones to claim the title. Notre Dame won the first six and Highlands claimed the...

Highlands, CovCath boys soccer teams will battle for berth in 9th Region tournament final

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Highlands and Covington Catholic boys soccer teams will square off in a 9th Region semifinal match on Thursday, one day before a district seeding football game between the two schools. In the first round of the region tournament on Tuesday, Highlands defeated Cooper, 4-1, and CovCath clipped St. Henry, 2-1, to set up their semifinal showdown to be played...