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After successful NAIA debut, Thomas More women feature talented backcourt, trio of impact transfers

By Don Owen NKyTribune sports editor After capturing the women’s basketball NCAA Division III national championship in 2019, Thomas More embarked on a new journey last season. The Saints athletics program transitioned from the NCAA to the NAIA, a move that included a number of new challenges. For the women’s basketball team, it meant a rugged schedule in the Mid-South Conference. Thomas More, however,...

UK looks to carry offensive momentum from win at Tennessee into Missouri contest this Saturday

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky It was the University of Kentucky defense that garnered much of the attention during and after Saturday’s win at Tennessee, and rightfully so. It was the UK defense that accounted for the Wildcats’ first two touchdowns in the 34-7 victory, with Kelvin Joseph and Jamin Davis each returning interceptions for touchdowns. And it was the defense that...

Notre Dame meets Dixie Heights, Highlands faces Cooper in girls soccer 9th Region semifinals

NKyTribune staff Notre Dame meets Dixie Heights at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the girls soccer semifinals of the 9th Region Tournament at Tower Park in Fort Thomas. Notre Dame is 15-2 after posting a 7-0 win over Newport Central Catholic on Saturday. Lauren Carothers and Iris Schuh both netted two goals to lead the Pandas. Notre Dame’s Lauren Carothers (20) has scored a team-best 14 goals this season....

Ludlow star Newborn rushes for school-record 345 yards, five touchdowns in victory at Bellevue

By Don Owen NKyTribune sports editor Braxton Newborn became the first player in Northern Kentucky to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing this season during Ludlow’s 54-8 win at Bellevue on Friday night. And the Ludlow junior running back surpassed the mark in record-breaking fashion. Ludlow’s Braxton Newborn has rushed for 1,191 yards this season. Newborn rushed for a school-record 345 yards on just...

UK defense dominant, Wildcats crush Tennessee in 34-7 blowout; first triumph in Knoxville since 1984

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today KNOXVILLE — The University of Kentucky football team accomplished a rare feat by defeating Tennessee on Saturday afternoon, and and it wasn’t even close. For the first time since 1984, UK left Knoxville with a 34-7 victory, bringing an end to a 17-game losing streak at Neyland Stadium and handing the 18th-ranked Volunteers their second straight setback. Tennessee...

CovCath steamrolls way to 42-0 win over Highlands; NewCath remains perfect by defeating Dayton

NKyTribune staff Make that 20 consecutive wins for Covington Catholic, which is showing everyone it is very capable of repeating as Class 5A state champions. CovCath improved to 5-0 by steamrolling to a 42-0 victory over Highlands on Friday night in Park Hills. The top-ranked Colonels — who haven’t lost since Dec. 2, 2018 — churned out 446 total yards and defeated Highlands for the sixth straight...

Wotherspoon’s highly successful junior season carries him to Mr. Kentucky Golf title

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Cooper junior Rylan Wotherspoon was named Mr. Kentucky Golf for the 2020 season after finishing on top in the point standings compiled by Kentucky Golf Coaches Association (KGCA) and Golf House Kentucky. Wotherspoon is the first Northern Kentucky golfer to earn the award that was first presented in 2006. He collected 1,075 points on the season and finished...

Versatile sophomore quarterback makes impact for Highlands; Bluebirds meet CovCath on Friday

By Don Owen NKyTribune sports editor In his first season as a varsity starter, Highlands quarterback Charlie Noon has made an immediate impact for the Bluebirds. Just a sophomore, Noon is the only player to rank among the top 10 in Northern Kentucky in both rushing and passing. Noon is fifth in rushing with a total of 479 yards, and he is tied for 10th in passing with an average of 91 yards per contest....

Creighton graduate transfer Mintz says choosing UK ‘one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Davion Mintz isn’t looking back on his decision to play one more season of collegiate basketball for the University of Kentucky. It didn’t take the Creighton graduate transfer long to get used to his new surroundings earlier this summer. “I immediately thought after a few weeks that this is one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made in my life,” he said....

Thomas More women’s basketball ranked 14th nationally in NAIA Top 25 preseason poll

NKyTribune staff The Thomas More women’s basketball team is ranked 14th nationally in the NAIA Top 25 preseason poll, which was released Wednesday. Thomas More posted a 22-10 record last season was ranked No. 22 nationally in the final poll. The Saints also finished as runners-up at the Mid-South Conference Tournament in their first season of NAIA competition. Zoie Barth was named Mid-South Conference...

Battle of the unbeaten set for Friday night as No. 3 NewCath visits No. 7 Dayton in Class 1A showdown

By Don Owen NKyTribune sports editor The quest for a perfect season will end for one team Friday night when unbeaten Newport Central Catholic (4-0) visits undefeated Dayton (5-0) at 7 p.m. for a Class 1A district showdown. NewCath’s Joey Runyon leaps above a Newport defender to pick up yardage last month. (Photo by Dale Dawn) NewCath is ranked No. 3 in Class 1A in the latest Kentucky Associated...

Stoops says Paschal’s leadership giving UK big lift on defense; Wildcats prepare for Tennessee

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Mark Stoops hasn’t been surprised by Josh Paschal’s leadership this season. “He is an amazing individual,” Stoops said Monday. “Josh has been through some tough situations and to see him come out on the other side is also inspirational.” Nearly two years removed from a cancer scare, Paschal had an interception and just missed scoring a touchdown...

Georgetown (Ky.) favored in Mid-South Conference preseason basketball poll; Thomas More voted third

Georgetown (Ky.) has been tabbed the favorite to win the 2020-21 Mid-South Conference men’s basketball regular-season title, according to the league coaches. The Tigers earned a total of 118 points and nine of the 12 first-place votes. Georgetown captured both the Mid-South Conference regular-season and tournament titles in 2019-20, finishing with an overall record of 30-2. Georgetown features...

Billly Reed: The ‘fellowship of the miserable’ is watching closely to see what’s next for Stoops

After the Kentucky Wildcats posted another of their signature come-from-ahead losses a week ago yesterday, this time a 42-41 overtime defeat to an Ole Miss team they led by 14 in the third quarter, the fan base spent the week moaning, groaning, finger-pointing, whining, and lamenting their historic bad luck. But I liked the Wildcat fan who found a silver lining in the debacle. He said he didn’t mind...

UK defense shuts down Mississippi State Air Raid attack in 24-2 victory Saturday night

The University of Kentucky defense literally intercepted a victory Saturday night against Mississippi State’s vaunted Air Raid offense. UK picked off six passes — including an 8-yard interception return for a touchdown from Jordan Wright in the fourth quarter — during a 24-2 victory over Mississippi State at Kroger Field. The Wildcat defense intercepted Bulldog starting quarterback K.J. Costello...