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UK standout John Rhodes named national co-Freshman of the Year by Collegiate Baseball News

University of Kentucky freshman infielder/outfielder John Rhodes has been named national co-Freshman of the Year by Collegiate Baseball News. The publication previously named him a third team All-American last month. Rhodes shared the national honor with Virginia’s Chris Newell. He is the Wildcats’ first freshman to be named an All-American from a national outlet since Zack Thompson in...

NKU’s Harris named to 2020 Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team of college basketball assistant coaches

The National Association of Basketball Coaches has named Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball assistant coach David Harris to its 2020 Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team. Harris is one of 30 members, all under the age of 30, comprising the team of most outstanding men’s college basketball coaches. “I am greatly appreciative for being named one of the 2020 NABC Under Armour 30-Under-30...

Louisville legend, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Wes Unseld dead at age 74

Former University of Louisville standout Wes Unseld, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, passed away on Tuesday. He was 74. Unseld’s No. 31 is one of just four retired jersey numbers in UofL history. In three seasons at UofL (1965-68), he scored 1,686 points (11th all-time at UofL) and grabbed 1,551 rebounds (second all-time at UofL). Seneca High School graduate Wes Unseld...

Villa Madonna Academy puts new head coaches in charge of boys, girls basketball programs

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Villa Madonna Academy has hired new head coaches for its boys and girls basketball programs and one of them previously worked with a nationally ranked college team. Kevin Clancy Kevin Clancy, who is taking charge of the Villa Madonna girls program, was a practice player and administrative assistant with the University of South Carolina women’s basketball...

Newport names former Campbell County mentor Beau Menefee as girls basketball head coach

NKyTribune staff Record-setting coach Beau Menefee, who led Campbell County High School to a No. 1 state ranking and won more than 100 games with the Camels, has been named Newport High School’s girls varsity basketball coach. Menefee, the only coach in the 36th District who has won a regional championship and a game in the Sweet 16 Kentucky State Tournament, has coached both boys and girls teams...

EKU standouts Lewis, Harris selected to Collegiate Baseball’s NCAA Division I All-America team

Eastern Kentucky University senior catcher A.J. Lewis and junior second baseman Daniel Harris IV have been chosen to the Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I All-America team. Lewis was a first team selection while Harris earned a spot on the third team. A.J. LewisEKU has featured an All-America selection in each of the last four years – Ben Fisher (2017), Alex Holderbach (2018), Aaron Ochsenbein...

Billy Reed: Racism has to stop now. What’s wrong with us? Why can’t we cure this insidious disease?

“…I have a dream that the day will come when my four little children will live in a nation where they are judged not by the color of their skin, but the content of their character…” The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. August 28, 1963 It sounded as simple and right then as it still does...

Don Owen: Even-numbered years meant odd trends — and multiple GLVC titles — for NKU baseball

What do the years 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 have in common with Northern Kentucky University baseball? Hint: It’s something odd — despite the fact each of those are even-numbered years. An odd trend? Only if you classify winning conference championships exclusively during even-numbered years as unusual. That’s what materialized on the baseball diamond during the first decade of NKU head coach...

Louisville quarterback ready for return to campus next week; to begin voluntary workouts June 8

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville After two months of being away from campus, University of Louisville quarterback Micale Cunningham is excited about returning to campus. The junior quarterback is among as many as 30 football student-athletes, 15 each from men’s and women’s basketball, and 15 from swimming and diving that will be returning to the UofL campus on June 1 and begin...

Kentucky, Notre Dame to resume basketball rivalry this season; Irish to visit Rupp Arena on Dec. 12

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has renewed its rivalry with Notre Dame on the basketball court. The two storied programs agreed to a three-year contract beginning on Dec. 12 when the Wildcats host the Irish at Rupp Arena. The two teams will play a neutral-site contest in 2021, with the Wildcats traveling to South Bend to conclude the series in 2022. The two teams played each other in 2015,...

KHSAA Board of Control votes to gradually resume high school sports activities during June

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The first steps to resume Kentucky high school sports amid the coronavirus pandemic were taken Thursday when the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control voted to allow team meetings, workouts and practice sessions with some restrictions. On Friday, the KHSAA posted a complete review of the new policies and procedures on the khsaa.org website. The...

Louisville basketball standout Nwora working out in gym, preparing for upcoming NBA Draft

By Kenny Klein University of Louisville While many have been stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Louisville forward Jordan Nwora has been using his time working out in the gym to prepare for the 2020 NBA Draft. “I work on a bunch offensively, scoring and stuff like that,” said Nwora, a 6-foot-8 forward from Buffalo, N.Y. “The two things I’m working on a...

Calipari: UK basketball players to be in ‘pretty good bubble’ upon return to campus in June

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari expects things to be different, much different, when players return to campus for voluntary workouts in less than two weeks. The Southeastern Conference paved the way for players to return to campus on June 8. It will mark the first time students have been allowed on campus since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the SEC...

Latonia native, Holmes graduate Brian Neal named women’s basketball head coach at Wittenberg

NKyTribune staff Latonia native Brian Neal has been named the head coach of the Wittenberg University women’s basketball program. Neal, a graduate of Holmes High School and Northern Kentucky University, will take over a Wittenberg program that posted a 19-8 overall record last season. The Tigers finished 11-5 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. “Wittenberg is a special place and I’m...

Briggs overcomes rough start, stressful family situation to help NKU win Horizon League title

From NKU Athletics Communications Reilly Briggs enjoyed a memorable rookie season for the Northern Kentucky University volleyball team. She earned a spot on the Horizon League All-Freshman Team and helped NKU earn its first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament. The 5-foot-11 Indiana native also recorded a career-high six blocks on Sept. 14 as NKU upset Cincinnati — an eventual Sweet 16 team in the NCAA...