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Prep Sports Notebook: Cooper football player finishes career with 5,301 total yards on offense

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Jeremiah Lee was an integral part of the offensive schemes the Cooper football team used over the last four seasons. Last Friday, he finished his high school career with a combined total of 5,301 yards in rushing, passing and receiving. “He’s a special ball player,” Cooper coach Randy Borchers said during the 2019 season. “We’ve got to find a way...

Rebuilt, talented and deep, NKU women aim for Horizon League championship, NCAA berth

By Don Owen NKyTribune sports editor The rebuilding job is officially complete for the women’s basketball program at Northern Kentucky University. Now, the next step for head coach Camryn Whitaker is to win a Horizon League championship and earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament. After three straight losing seasons, the Norse enjoyed a turnaround campaign in 2019-20 with a 20-12 record and a trip to...

NKU begins season against Ball State on Wednesday; Norse seek fifth straight 20-win campaign

By Don Owen NKyTribune sports editor Missing from the Northern Kentucky roster are a pair of 1,000-point scorers (Dantez Walton and Tyler Sharpe). Also gone is the reigning Horizon League Tournament most valuable player (Jalen Tate). As Darrin Horn begins his second season as head coach at NKU, the Norse starting lineup is going to be significantly different. NKU repeated as Horizon League champions...

Rookie big men ready to contribute for UK; Wildcats open season Wednesday against Morehead State

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky Kentucky’s incoming freshmen are a talented group that was ranked as the nation’s top recruiting class. Included in that group are three big men who are already making their presence felt on this year’s team. Cam’Ron Fletcher, Isaiah Jackson and Lance Ware comprise the front court players, with each bringing a strong pedigree to the team....

Hurst, Barth combine for 46 points as Thomas More women remain perfect with 83-71 win over Life (Ga.)

NKyTribune staff Courtney Hurst and Zoie Barth combined for 46 points as Thomas More remained unbeaten (6-0) with an 83-71 win over Life (Ga.) on Saturday at the Connor Convocation Center. Hurst buried eight shots from 3-point range and finished with 24 points, while Barth added 22 points — including 12-for-12 shooting at the free-throw line. Thomas More connected on 16-for-39 from 3-point range...

No. 1 Alabama as good as advertised, rolls to 63-3 victory over depleted Kentucky on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops knew the odds were stacked against his team going into Saturday’s contest at top-ranked Alabama. The final outcome isn’t what Stoops expected, even with a depleted roster. The Wildcats (3-5) were without 10 players because of injuries and COVID-19 tracing, including offensive playmakers Chris Rodriguez (running back) and Justin Rigg...

Don Owen: Blowouts galore in opening round of KHSAA football playoffs, but lots of drama locally

For those who couldn’t bear to watch, you can open your eyes now. It’s over. The dreaded “Running Clock Friday” episode of the KHSAA state football playoffs — also known as the first round — is now history. At least until next November. The blowouts were many. The close games were few. How about this for playoff drama? Owensboro pulled out an 81-6 win over Breckinridge County in the Class...

Lloyd gets payback win over Newport in opening round of playoffs behind strong rushing tandem

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Lloyd junior Amari Riley didn’t carry the ball a single time during his team’s 19-13 loss to Newport in the third game of the regular season. The only thing he did on offense that night was catch one pass for 17 yards. When the two teams met again Friday in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs, Riley played a much bigger role in his team’s 20-13...

UK sophomore Brooks embracing leadership role; averaged 4.5 points, 3.2 rebounds last season

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky Keion Brooks finds himself in a unique position for the 2020-21 season. Brooks is the only returning player on the University of Kentucky basketball team who played significant minutes last season. In the world of Kentucky basketball, that makes him a veteran, especially with all of the new faces on the team, ones that he’s still getting to know. In the world...

Thomas More women bury school-record 17 3-pointers, cruise to 87-55 win over Martin Methodist

NKyTribune staff A barrage of 3-pointers ignited Thomas More’s 87-55 win over Martin Methodist (Tenn.) on Thursday night at the Connor Convocation Center. Thomas More drained a school-record 17 shots from 3-point range in its Mid-South Conference opener and improved to 5-0. The Saints used a 17-3 spurt in the second quarter to turn a 21-16 lead into a 38-19 cushion at halftime and cruised to the...

UK opens season against Morehead State on Nov. 25 at Rupp Arena; Cats play Detroit Mercy on Nov. 27

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Game times for Kentucky’s first three games in the Bluegrass Showcase have been set. UK will open the season at 6 p.m. on Nov. 25 against Morehead State at Rupp Arena. Two days later on Nov. 27, the Wildcats will take on Detroit Mercy at 6 p.m. and concludes play in the event at 1 p.m. on Nov. 29 against Richmond in a nationally televised game on ESPN. The first two...

KHSAA postpones start of winter sports season after sharp rise in COVID-19 cases around the state

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control voted Wednesday to delay the start of basketball and other winter sports until Jan. 4 due to the alarming surge in COVID-19 cases across the state. Boys and girls basketball teams will now be limited to an eight-week regular-season schedule before the district playoffs begin on March 1. The...

NKU opens season against Ball State on Nov. 25; Thomas More’s McNutt earns conference honor

NKyTribune staff Northern Kentucky University will play host to Ball State to open the season at 6 p.m. on Nov. 25 at BB&T Arena. NKU and Ball State are meeting for the second straight season. A year ago, the Norse’s Trevon Faulkner netted 17 points as NKU pulled out a 59-57 win over Ball State at Muncie, Ind. Ball State finished with an 18-13 overall record last season. NKU posted a 23-9 record...

UK football team faces emotional week, ending with No. 1 Alabama on Saturday in SEC battle

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky On Monday, the University of Kentucky football team attended the funeral and a memorial service for offensive line coach John Schlarman, who died last week. The emotions that go with that have been well-documented. If that wasn’t enough to deal with, Kentucky also has a football game to play on Saturday. And the Wildcats happen to be visiting the No. 1 team...

NKU volleyball adds three recruits for 2021; Thomas More wrestlers earn NAIA national ranking

NKyTribune staff Northern Kentucky University volleyball head coach Liz Hart has added a trio of recruits for next season as Joy Banks, Sequoia Hunt and Lucy Cluxton will join the Norse in the fall. “Our 2021 class is loaded with very talented, high-level athletes,” Hart said. “We can’t wait to add them with our returners to see what they will achieve.” Oldham County High School volleyball...