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CovCath comes out on top in defensive slugfest against Highlands to remain undefeated

By Jakob Jones NKyTribune contributor The biggest high football rivalry in Northern Kentucky drew a large crowd Friday night. They were hungry for a good game and they were not disappointed as Covington Catholic got past Highlands, 13-0, in a defensive slugfest. CovCath has now won the last five games between the Class 5A district rivals and the last two have been shutouts. The Colonels blanked the...

Lorentz hits .545, Thomas More cruises to Mid-South Conference sweep at Pikeville on Friday night

NKyTribune staff PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Sawyer Lorentz attacked at a .545 clip and finished with 12 kills on Friday night as Thomas More cruised to a 25-20, 25-16, 25-15 win over Pikeville in a Mid-South Conference match. Lorentz added four blocks as Thomas More improved to 18-6 overall, 9-2 in the Mid-South Conference. The Saints hit .333 as a team and used a match-ending 11-0 run in the third set to...

College notebook: Henry Clay HS star Warrick commits to NKU; Norse women picked sixth in poll

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Northern Kentucky University has received a commitment from one of the top basketball players in the state, landing Henry Clay High School’s Marques Warrick. The Lexington native announced his decision earlier this week and is expected to sign with NKU in November. A 6-foot-3 guard, Warrick averaged 21.1 points per game last season. He also drained 91 shots from 3-point...

Prep Sports Notebook: State basketball champion Ryle begins practice with three returning starters

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter When preseason practice got under way for Kentucky high school basketball teams this week, coaches had a rough idea of what each player’s role would be, especially the returning starters. Ryle girls basketball coach Katie Haitz knows exactly what senior point guard Maddie Scherr brings to the table. She was the unflappable floor leader on the Raiders’...

Top-ranked CovCath football team favored to win Class 5A district game at Highlands on Friday

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The Covington Catholic football team that’s won 37 of its last 38 games over three seasons can clinch a home game in the first round of this year’s Class 5A playoffs with a victory at Highlands on Friday. CovCath has won the last four games between the two teams and the Colonels enter Friday’s game as the favorite. In this week’s...

Thomas More sweeps Shawnee State in Mid-South Conference battle, extends home win streak to 28

NKyTribune staff Emily Mohs finished with 13 kills and four blocks Thursday night as Thomas More posted a 25-16, 25-18, 25-11 win over Shawnee State at the Connor Convocation Center. Mohs also hit .440 as Thomas More improved to 17-6 overall, 8-2 in the Mid-South Conference. The Saints attacked at a blazing .333 clip and dominated the net, holding the visiting Bears to a -.067 hitting percentage. Emily...

Now at Western Kentucky, former NKU hoops standout Williams aims for C-USA title — and more

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter The what-ifs concerning Northern Kentucky University basketball last season inevitably focused on the shocking transfer by Carson Williams the previous spring. A crowd favorite inside BB&T Arena for two seasons, not to mention a member of the Horizon League’s All-Freshman squad in 2016-17, Williams’ unexpected departure left many NKU followers pondering: •What...

Former Highlands stars Dougherty, Bunning lead Lindsey Wilson (6-0) against Thomas More this Saturday

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Saturday will be an afternoon of homecomings when Thomas More plays host to unbeaten and nationally ranked Lindsey Wilson at BB&T Field. Thomas More is celebrating its 2019 Homecoming on Saturday during the 1:30 p.m. contest. The Saints (3-3 overall) have won two straight games, including a 31-28 victory at Campbellsville last Saturday night to pick up their first...

Mummert, Mohs combine for 24 kills, Thomas More extends home win streak to 27 with sweep of Wittenberg

NKyTribune staff Jenna Mummert and Emily Mohs each slammed down 12 kills as Thomas More swept past Wittenberg, 25-17, 25-15, 25-14, on Tuesday night in the Connor Convocation Center. Madison Krumpelman added eight kills for the Saints, who attacked at a .337 clip and held the visitors to a .019 hitting percentage. Sawyer Lorentz finished with six kills and six blocks, while Jess Ginn led the Thomas...

Wright State tabbed preseason favorite in Horizon League; defending champion NKU voted second

NKyTribune staff Wright State has been selected the preseason favorite to capture the 2019-20 Horizon League men’s basketball championship, while Northern Kentucky is picked second in the poll. Detroit Mercy’s Antoine Davis was tabbed the preseason Player of the Year in voting by the Horizon League’s coaches, media and sports information directors. Wright State, which posted a 21-14 overall record...

Prep Football Flashback: Ryle sophomore rushed for 246 yards in 2009 district game against Conner

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Ryle sophomore running back Travis Elliott rushed for 246 yards on 34 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead his team to a 31-22 win over Conner in a Class 6A district game on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009. Travis Elliott The Raiders finished with 467 total yards in the victory. Junior quarterback Conner Hempel completed 10 of 15 passes for 128 yards and one...

After first half of offensive fireworks, Thomas More defense dominates final 30 minutes in 31-28 win

NKyTribune staff CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — For the entire first half on Saturday night, big-play offenses dominated the game between Thomas More and Campbellsville. During the final two quarters, Thomas More’s defense took over and ignited a 31-28 victory against Campbellsville at Finley Stadium. Tied at 28-all going into halftime, with both teams scoring at will in a wild back-and-forth offensive...

Wildcats go to Lynn Bowden in come-from-behind win over Razorbacks to end three-game slide

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops put the ball in Lynn Bowden’s hands and the Wildcats ran with it, ending a three-game losing streak with a 24-20 win over Arkansas Saturday night. Stoops and his staff made the decision to make a switch at quarterback to give Sawyer Smith more time to heal in preparation for the remainder of the season. Bowden, who also fielded a punt return, rushed for...

Thomas More volleyball survives seven match points, rallies past Goshen in five-set thriller

NKyTribune staff FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Trailing 14-9 in the fifth set on Saturday, the Thomas More volleyball team was on the verge of being upset by Goshen (Ind.) during the Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament. Instead, the Saints refused to fold, ran off six straight points to take a 15-14 lead and eventually pulled out a 19-17 victory over Goshen in a five-set thriller. Thomas More later capped the...

Lloyd downs Newport 26-7 in Class 2A battle; big fourth quarter breaks game open for Juggernauts

By Jakob Jones NKyTribune Contributor It was senior night for 13 players on the Newport Wildcats football team, and they had a lot to be proud of going into their first Class 2A district seeding game of the season against Lloyd on Friday. Lloyd senior Treshawn Cody (10) goes high into the air to bring down a pass in Friday’s game against Newport (photos by Dale Dawn). After going 3-13 in their...