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Covington Latin tennis player wins girls singles title in 9th Region tournament for second straight year

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Covington Latin junior Sara Watanabe won the 9th Region championship in girls singles for the second consecutive year and hopes to make another deep run in the state tournament that begins May 31 at the University of Kentucky. Watanabe won all of her region matches in straight sets, including a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Notre Dame senior Martine Hue in the finals...

147th Preakness takes place on Saturday, here’s a video with Ron Winchell, owner of favorite, Epicenter

Ron Winchell, owner of Preakness Stakes favorite Epicenter, spoke with media members via Zoom call Thursday afternoon, in video news conference provided by HBPA. He addresses Epicenter, the wrenching Kentucky Derby defeat, the upcoming Preakness, pursuit of winning the Derby – and the family’s first Triple Crown race, — the loss to Kentucky racing with NKY’s Rep. Adam Koenig...

Rain showers disrupt high school region tennis, district baseball tournament schedules

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The rain that swept through Northern Kentucky on Wednesday evening disrupted the 9th Region boys and girls tennis tournaments and cancelled several baseball district playoff games. The 9th Region girls tennis tournament will resume at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Boone Woods Park with the completion of the doubles semifinals that were rained out. Notre Dame tennis...

KY Derby-winning jockey Sonny Leon signing photos at JerZees to raise money for track ministry

Father Frank Niehaus, who died in 2013, loved horse racing and people working at on the backstretch — and his ministry still serves both Belterra Park and Turfway Park. Jockey Sonny Leon To support the mission, which is continued by Jerry Antoniuk and Steve Hater, 2022 Kentucky Derby winning jockey, Sonny Leon, will be signing autographed pictures for $5 at JerZees Pub & Grub at 708 Monmouth...

Three athletes, one coach from NKY to participate in 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando

In just less than three weeks, one Northern Kentucky Special Olympics athlete, two Unified Partners and one coach will be on their way to the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Fla. Maddie Brinkman of Union will swim at the Games for Team Kentucky swimming coach Debbie Ogden of Ft. Wright. Michelle Goderwis of Cold Spring and Olivia Whitehead of Newport will both be part of the University...

Prep Sports Notebook: Conner baseball team has a lot riding on first game in district tournament

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter There will be a lot on the line for the Conner baseball team when it plays Boone County in the opening game of the 33rd District tournament at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Conner. If the Cougars win that game, they’ll earn a berth in the 9th Region tournament, set a team record for most wins in a season and give Brad Arlinghaus his 300th win as head coach of...

Come all kids 12 and under to free Sunday games at the Florence Y’alls, thanks to Republic Bank

The Florence Y’alls have kicked off their season, but come Sunday, June 5, the season comes alive for children 12 and under thanks to free games provided by Republic Bank. For eight Sunday home games, children 12 and under will receive free admission to games and to free access to the Kid’s Zone. “We’re excited to partner with Republic Bank, which shares our commitment to community, to...

NKY’s premiere sports family? Let’s start with Dick Maile, CovCath and LSU standout. . .

By Andy Furman NKyTribune reporter Let’s see. There’s the Larkin family. Barry, the Hall of Fame former shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds – he does color on their TV home game schedule these days. Then, there is Byron Larkin – the all-time leading scorer in basketball at Xavier University with 2,696 points. In fact, this Larkin is a Xavier Hall of Famer who led the Musketeers to their first...

Prep Sports Notebook: Ludlow’s new boys basketball coach is former player who coveted the job for years

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter A dream came true for Aaron Stamm on Tuesday when he was named boys head basketball coach at Ludlow High School. It’s a position he set his sights on when he finished his playing career with the Panthers 30 years ago. “It’s just a job I’ve always wanted and coveted,” said Stamm, who was head coach of the Ludlow girls basketball...

Calipari adds third member — Adou Thiero — to his current signing class for UK basketball

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari added a third member to his current signing class on Monday with the addition of Adou Thiero. Adou Thiero (UK Athletics photo) Thiero joins Cason Wallace and Chris Livingston, both Top 10 prospects this fall. Thiero is a 6-foot-5, 180 combo guard who averaged 23.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game, leading Quaker...

Walton-Verona boys lacrosse team enters state playoffs with winning record in first season

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter In its first year of high school competition, the Walton-Verona boys lacrosse team finished the regular season with a 12-7 record and received a first-round bye in the state playoffs that begin this week.  But many of the players on the Bearcats’ roster are not newcomers to the sport. They grew up playing on club teams that have provided a feeder system...

80-1 payoff for Rich Strike in upset Kentucky Derby; see post-race interviews with his people

In the 148th running of the iconic Kentucky Derby, Rich Strike delivered surprise and shock with the second-biggest upset in its history. The chestnut colt beat 4-1 favorite Epicenter at the finish line to take the roses by three-quarters of a length. Rich Strike paid $163.60. Rich Strike got into the Derby on Friday because D. Wayne Lukas scratched Ethereal Road and created a place for him. Rich...

The lives of the connections of Derby contender Cyberknife already richer regardless of outcome

Cyberknife in the Arkansas Derby (Photo by Coady Photography/Oaklawn Park, via Kentuckyderby.com) By Jessie Oswald NKyTribune contributor Before thousands of fans sing “My Old Kentucky Home” under the twin spires of Churchill Downs in Louisville and before 20 horses break through the gate in Saturday’s $3 million Kentucky Derby Cyberknife has already made a lot of lives richer. While Cyberknife...

Kentucky Oaks starter Kathleen O. making dreams come true for 84-year-old owner Pat Kearney

By Jessie Oswald NKyTribune contributor What do you do when you’re 84 years old, already have a little money set aside for the family’s inheritance and looking to get into a new hobby? If you’re Pat Kearney and one of your acquaintances is Hall of Fame trainer Claude “Shug” McGaughey, you buy a couple of racehorses and see where it goes. And where it’s gone is to the most prestigious...

Prep Sports Notebook: Brossart hires boys head basketball coach with successful background

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Ben Franzen will begin his boys basketball head coaching career at Bishop Brossart next season after a successful run on the junior varsity and freshman levels at other high schools. Franzen was named Brossart’s head coach on Wednesday. He succeeds Scott Code, who compiled a 25-30 record over the last two seasons with the Mustangs. A team meeting with...