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NKU blisters nets for 70.8 percent shooting in second half, pulls away for 76-57 win over Eastern Kentucky

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter After watching Eastern Kentucky bury seven 3-pointers in the first half, Darrin Horn’s message to his Northern Kentucky squad in the locker room at intermission wasn’t complicated. “We had to get more pressure on the basketball,” said Horn, in his first season as NKU’s head coach. “We felt like they were slipping around too easily in the first half....

Stoops honored to accept Belk Bowl bid; Wildcats set to play Virginia Tech Dec. 31 in Charlotte

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky accepted its fourth consecutive bowl bid Sunday, this time the Wildcats will make an appearance in the Belk Bowl in a noon kickoff on Dec. 31 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops welcomed the invitation from the Belk Bowl, which will be the team’s first appearance in the postseason event. Kentucky finished 7-5 this past season and won its...

CovCath completes perfect season by winning Class 5A title game behind strong defensive performance

CovCath senior Michael Mayer gets the ball to the 1-yard line to set up his team’s second touchdown in the Class 5A state championship game. (Photo by Dale Dawn)   By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter LEXINGTON — After scoring more than 150 points in its first four playoff victories, Covington Catholic’s football team needed a strong defensive performance to defeat Fredrick...

Mike Battaglia’s Turfway Park picks for Saturday

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides daily selections and comments for the Tribune during the live racing meets. Battaglia SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2019 RACE 1 UNVEILING drops in class for Mike Maker after a solid effort against better. He looks like a winner at short odds with Martin Garcia picking up the mount. HARLAN’S VADOR is still winless after 16 starts and was well beaten by the top pick...

Big swings on display, Michigan halts NKU’s late-season surge in first round of NCAA Tournament

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter LEXINGTON — As the calendar turned from October to November, Northern Kentucky recovered from a midseason slump and emerged as the Horizon League’s best volleyball team. Chemistry developed at just the right time on a youthful NKU roster. Victories began accumulating, both home and away. The Norse steamrolled past the opposition to capture their first-ever Horizon...

Prep Sports Notebook: CovCath senior team leader named Gatorade Player of the Year in Kentucky

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Michael Mayer, a two-way starter on the 14-0 Covington Catholic football team, has been named the Kentucky Player of the Year by Gatorade. Michael Mayer Mayer is the first CovCath football player to receive the annual award, which recognizes athletic excellence along with academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. The...

Five seniors have played dual roles in CovCath’s return to Class 5A state championship game

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Covington Catholic’s football team has five two-way starters on the depth chart it submitted for the Class 5A state championship game against Fredrick Douglass at 8 p.m. Saturday at the University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field. The double-duty player most people talk about is Michael Mayer, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound tight end and linebacker who’s...

Mike Battaglia’s Turfway Park picks for Friday

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides daily selections and comments for the Tribune during the live racing meets. Battaglia FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2019 RACE 1 COMMISSARIO has stopped badly in his first two races but Brad Cox drops him in class tonight. He should be in good position throughout and gets the nod with Declan Cannon aboard. BARON IT ALL takes a big class drop for Mike Maker. He had a...

Battaglia’s Turfway Park selections for Thursday

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides daily selections and comments for the Tribune during the live racing meets. Battaglia THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019 RACE 1 GOING TO TEMPLE drops in class for Brian Lynch after an even effort on the turf in Indiana. She has the tactical speed to be in contention throughout under apprentice Crystal Conning and if she likes the Poly she should win this one. BOOK OF...

Walton continues prolific scoring binge, pours in 32 points as NKU rolls to 76-54 win at Miami (Ohio)

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter OXFORD, Ohio — Dantez Walton, that beardless version of James Harden who plays forward at Northern Kentucky University, continued his prolific scoring binge Tuesday night inside Millett Hall. Walton poured in 32 points as NKU impressively rolled to a 76-54 win over Miami (Ohio). The 6-foot-6 senior converted 13 field goals in 20 attempts, including 4-for-9 shooting...

Local teams will face nationally ranked opponents in Griffin Elite Prep School Classic on Saturday

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Two boys basketball teams ranked among the top 10 in the Northern Kentucky coaches preseason poll will play nationally ranked opponents in the Griffin Elite Prep School Classic on Saturday at Northern Kentucky University’s BB&T Arena. Covington Catholic will take on Oak Hill Academy of Virginia at noon in the first of four of games on the schedule....

After nearly upsetting Arkansas, NKU squares off against Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday night at Millett Hall

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Looking for a way to gauge how Northern Kentucky compares to Wright State on the basketball court this season? Then keep an eye on Tuesday night’s outcome between NKU and Miami (Ohio). The tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Millett Hall in Oxford. Miami is 4-3 entering the game, but two of the RedHawks’ losses have come against Wright State. NKU and Wright State are...

NKU volleyball to meet Michigan in first round of NCAA Tournament at 5 p.m. Friday in Lexington

NKyTribune staff They had already secured a spot in the NCAA Tournament, capturing the Horizon League championship a week earlier with an emphatic sweep over Milwaukee. But the players and coaches at Northern Kentucky University didn’t know who the opposition would be in the first round of the NCAA Tournament until Sunday night, when the 64-team field was announced. After the bracket was revealed,...

Girls Basketball Preview: Ryle ranked No. 1 with three starters returning from state championship team

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter After signing a letter of intent with the nation’s top-ranked women’s college basketball team last month, Ryle senior point guard Maddie Scherr can focus on the role she’ll play in the Raiders’ bid for a second consecutive state championship this season. Scherr is one of three returning starters on the Ryle team that was unanimously voted No. 1 in...

Boys Basketball Preview: Top-ranked CovCath team has winning combination of experience, depth

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The string of highly successful seasons Covington Catholic’s boys basketball program has enjoyed under head coach Scott Ruthsatz doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon. CovCath enters the 2019-20 season this week with another talented team that was voted No. 1 in the Northern Kentucky coaches poll. That makes the Colonels top contenders for the 9th...