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Prep Sports Notebook: Award-winning player decides to continue her basketball career at Thomas More

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Zoie Barth, the second leading all-time scorer for the Highlands girls basketball program, announced on Twitter that she will continue her academic and athletic career at Thomas More University. Zoie Barth During her six-year varsity career, Barth scored 2,416 points for the Bluebirds. The 5-foot-8 point guard also ranks among the team’s all-time leaders...

Darrin Horn selected as basketball head coach at NKU; spent past four seasons as assistant at Texas

NKyTribune staff Darrin Horn has been selected as the men’s basketball head coach at Northern Kentucky University, multiple sources confirmed Tuesday night. Horn replaces John Brannen, who accepted the coaching position at the University of Cincinnati last week. Horn, a native of Glasgow, Ky., arrives at NKU after spending the past four seasons as the associate head coach at the University of Texas....

With Kentucky Derby less than two weeks away, little movement in NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Pool

With the prep races for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve in the books and little action in the handicap ranks, the status quo held in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll and NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. Click to enlarge Omaha Beach, who stamped himself as the likely Kentucky Derby favorite off his victory in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, continues...

Three players from state tournament contenders selected for Kentucky All-Stars basketball teams

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Seniors on three local high school basketball teams that made historic runs in the post-season playoffs were selected for the Kentucky All-Stars boys and girls teams that will play in the annual summer series against Indiana’s top seniors. Ryle guard Lauren Schwartz was chosen for the girls all-star team. She was the leading scorer and rebounder for the...

Jamie Vaught: UK’s new recruit, Nate Sestina, can impact game on frontline and perimeter

Nate Sestina, a graduate transfer from Bucknell University, is one of UK’s new faces for the 2019-20 basketball team. But who is Sestina? I wanted to know more about his background. So I did some research by googling and found some interesting articles and tidbits. If you are a hoops junkie, you would already know something about the 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward. He can impact the game on the frontline...

Kleber Wildlife Management Area in Owen County now open for turkey hunting; get license online

The John A. Kleber Wildlife Management Area (WMA) recently expanded by 378 acres in Owen County and is now open for turkey hunting. The Kentucky Wetland and Stream Mitigation Program recently concluded a stream restoration on Minors Creek, a tributary of Elm Fork that flows through the heart of the main tract of Kleber WMA. The new acreage adjoins a section of the main tract of Kleber WMA, south of...

UK’s freshman EJ Montgomery to try for NBA Draft, hoping to be a first-rounder, but could return

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today EJ Montgomery is going to attempt to give it a shot at the next level.   The Kentucky freshman forward declared for the NBA Draft Friday, but could opt to return based on feedback he receives from experts. Montgomery will have until May 29 to decide remain in the draft or decide to come back for a second season. EJ Montgomery (Photo by Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) “My...

Calipari rebuilding as Nate Sestina, a graduate transfer from Bucknell, and Keion Brooks join roster

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky added two new faces to its roster Thursday.   Nate Sestina, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound  graduate transfer from Bucknell, will enroll as a graduate transfer next season. Sestina, a second-team All-Patriot Team performer, averaged 15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season and will be eligible for one season.   The Wildcats also signed freshman forward Keion...

West Virginia will have a local player on its men’s basketball team once again next season

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The West Virginia University men’s basketball team lost one talented guard from Northern Kentucky and gained another this month. After Holmes graduate James “Beetle” Bolden left the West Virginia program to play for Alabama, Cooper graduate Sean McNeil accepted a scholarship offer from the Mountaineers. Sean McNeil James Bolden McNeil, a 6-foot-4...

Keldon Johnson will stay in NBA Draft, ending collegiate career; Jemarl Baker to transfer

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keldon Johnson is following in the footsteps of Tyler Herro and PJ Washington. 
Nearly a week after declaring for the next level, Johnson announced his plans to stay in the NBA Draft, ending his collegiate career. Johnson started 36 games last season and averaged 13.5 points per game. He averaged 5.9 rebounds per game and was third on the team in both categories. Keldon...

Kentucky All-Stars basketball tryouts will provide respite from recruiting for Campbell County senior

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Reid Jolly is looking forward to going to tryouts for the Kentucky All-Stars basketball team on Saturday and putting college recruiting out of his mind for a little while. After exceptional seasons in both football and basketball, the Campbell County High School senior has received an interesting mix of recruiting offers and he’s having a hard time making...

Tyler Herro decides to stay in the NBA Draft, ending possiblity of returning to UK for second season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyler Herro’s college career is over. 
The Kentucky guard announced Tuesday he plans to remain in the NBA Draft instead of leaving open the possibility of returning for a second season. 
“After exploring my options a little bit more and getting some immediate feedback, I’ve decided to remain in the draft,” he said. Tyler Herro (Photo by Tammie Brown/Kentucky...

New face atop NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll; Omaha Beach surpasses Roadster with win in Arkansas Derby

The reign of California-based horses atop the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll continues this week in a new set of hands with Fox Hill Farms’ Omaha Beach taking over the No. 1 position from Roadster in the wake of the former’s triumph in last Saturday’s Grade 1 Arkansas Derby. Click to enlarge Omaha Beach earned his second career graded stakes win and first...

Prep Sports Notebook: Scott girls basketball coach retiring after spending 21 years with the program

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Rhonda Klette is retiring from coaching after spending 21 years with the Scott girls basketball program and the last 14 as head coach of the Eagles. “It’s always a tough decision,” Klette said of leaving the team she also played for in high school. “Coaching is something I love to do and enjoyed for the last 21 years. I was just thinking...

Coach of two state champion basketball teams among inductees into NKY Sports Hall of Fame

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Scott Ruthsatz, head coach of Covington Catholic basketball teams that won two state championships and four 9th Region titles over the last six years, will be one of three inductees into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Villa Hills Civic Club. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Scott Ruthsatz Ruthsatz has compiled...