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2019 Prep Football Previews: Senior quarterback leads Conner’s transition to new Class 5A district

The NKyTribune is featuring each of the 21 high school football teams in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties leading up to the first games of the 2019 season on Friday. We will then provide focused coverage of our local teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. By Jakob Jones NKyTribune contributor Even though he missed four games with a shoulder injury, Conner quarterback Jared Hicks...

Thomas More notebook: Saints football to host Kentucky Christian in first-ever night home contest

By Don Owen 
NKyTribune reporter The newly-installed lights at BB&T Field will provide one of the many storylines for Thomas More on Aug. 31, when the Saints play host to Kentucky Christian at 7 p.m. in Crestview Hills. It will mark the Thomas More football program’s first-ever night home contest at BB&T Field, which was built in 2008. The game against Kentucky Christian will also be...

2019 Prep Football Previews: CovCath counting on proven veterans to keep team on winning track

The NKyTribune is featuring each of the 21 high school football teams in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties leading up to the first games of the 2019 season on Friday. We will then provide focused coverage of our local teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. By Quinton Marksberry NKyTribune contributor Last year, Covington Catholic’s football team came close to a second consecutive...

Freedom win in walk-off fashion to stay in first place, Benard’s big night includes game-winning hit 

Needing a win to stay in first place in the West Division, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, delivered a thrilling walk-off winner, 7-6, to beat the River City Rascals on Saturday night at UC Health Stadium. Florence (50-35) got off to a fast start. Scott Sebald offered a pair of shut-out innings to start the game and the Freedom scored twice in their second at-bat...

Kentucky High School Athletic Association makes changes to state’s high school football playoff rules

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Some changes are in store for the 2019 high school football season playoff system in Kentucky. Members of the Board of Control for the Kentucky High School Athletics Association earlier this year stopped the practice of having district first- and second-round playoff games being played between schools of different districts. Kentucky high school football will undergo some...

2019 Prep Football Previews: Brossart players taking on new roles to offset graduation of key starters

The NKyTribune is featuring each of the 21 high school football teams in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties leading up to the first games of the 2019 season on Aug. 23. We will then provide focused coverage of our local teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The players who finished on top in nearly every statistic category for the...

Struggling Freedom return to UC Health Stadium for crucial series, fall to Rascals in high-scoring affair

In game one of a pivotal West Division collision, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, could not keep up with the high-octane River City Rascals offense in an, 11-7, loss on Friday night at UC Health Stadium. River City (48-35) set an early tone in the first, scoring five runs on six consecutive hits off Hayden Wheeler (1-2) after the southpaw recorded a strikeout to start...

2019 Prep Football Previews: Holy Cross coach sees better days ahead with more experience in lineup

The NKyTribune is featuring each of the 21 high school football teams in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties leading up to the first games of the 2019 season on Aug. 23. We will then provide focused coverage of our local teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The freshmen and sophomores Holy Cross had in the starting lineup the last...

Prep Sports Notebook: CovCath football player creates own fundraiser for head coach’s brother

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Trey Gronotte, junior place kicker on the Covington Catholic football team, will be raising money for a good cause every time he converts an extra point and field goal this season. CovCath place kicker Trey Gronotte Gronotte created an online platform where people can pledge to donate a dollar amount for every point he scores. The money will go to Team “B”elieve,...

Freedom salvage finale against Miners to stop losing skid at five games, return home this weekend

In the regular-season finale between two West Division rivals, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, combined consistent offense with a quality-start in a skid-snapping, 4-2, victory over the Southern Illinois Miners on Thursday night at Rent One Park. The Freedom (49-34) plated the first run of the game in its side of the first inning.  With left-hander, Cole Cook (1-1)...

Former NewCath volleyball star McDonald named preseason All-OVC; led SIUE with 316 kills in 2018

By Don Owen 
NKyTribune reporter Former Newport Central Catholic volleyball star Rachel McDonald, now a standout at Southern Illinois Edwardsville, has been named to the preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference team. McDonald, a junior outside hitter, led SIUE with 316 kills last season and added 330 digs. She was also named All-OVC and became the first player during SIUE’s Division I era to collect...

2019 Prep Football Previews: Senior running back continues to be Scott’s main threat in new offense

The NKyTribune is featuring each of the 21 high school football teams in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties leading up to the first games of the 2019 season on Aug. 23. We will then provide focused coverage of our local teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. By Cody Johnson NKyTribune contributor Eric Turner installed a new offensive scheme for his first season as Scott’s head...

Freedom losing skid at five games; stellar pitching performance from Spivey goes for naught

Right-hander, Zak Spivy worked quick and performed well en route to a quality-start, but the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, dropped the middle-game, 2-1, to the Southern Illinois Miners on Wednesday night at Rent One Park. Southern Illinois (46-34) used an RBI-single from Arturo Nieto to score the first run of the contest in the bottom of the second inning to take...

2019 Prep Football Previews: Boone County’s new coach wants to get team pointed in positive direction

The NKyTribune is featuring each of the 21 high school football teams in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties leading up to the first games of the 2019 season on Aug. 23. We will then provide focused coverage of our local teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. By Quinton Marksberry NKyTribune contributor Bryson Warner took on an imposing challenge when he agreed to become Boone...

Freedom come up short against Miners, loss extends losing streak to four, shrinks division lead to one

In game one of a pivotal West Division collision, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, made a late charge but ultimately fell short in a, 6-3 defeat to the Southern Illinois Miners on Tuesday night at Rent One Park. After each team saw its starting pitcher retire the first six batters they faced, the Miners (45-34) took the first lead of the game, plating four runs off southpaw...