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Connor Crane delivers game-winning walk-off sacrifice fly for Freedom; ensures series win

Despite being shut-out through the first seven frames, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, rallied for two runs in their final two at-bats. The late-inning scores guaranteed a win the weekend series with the Joliet Slammers and secured a, 2-1 victory in the middle game of the weekend series at UC Health Stadium on Saturday. For the second time in as many nights, the Slammers...

Freedom lock down Slammers on opening night at UC Health Stadium; Gibson dazzles on the bump

On Opening Day of the 2019 campaign, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, erased an early two run deficit on their way to a, 9-2, victory over the Joliet Slammers on Friday at UC Health Stadium. Freedom starting pitcher Tyler Gibson got the season off to a good start, giving up just two runs in six innings of work. Gibson The Freedom (1-0) fell behind in the visitor’s...

NKU 7-foot center Vogt announces intention to transfer; Horn adds assistants to coaching staff

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Northern Kentucky University is losing 7-foot center Chris Vogt, who announced Friday that he will transfer after spending the past two seasons as a member of the Norse men’s basketball team. Vogt, a native of Mayfield and a graduate of Graves County High School, announced his decision on Twitter with a letter to NKU fans. He averaged 4.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2...

External review of NKU women’s basketball program finds no evidence of ‘emotional abuse’ by head coach

NKyTribune staff Northern Kentucky University has released the findings of the external review of the women’s basketball program that was conducted by DBL Law (Dressman Benzinger LaVelle) after several former players made allegations of emotional abuse against Norse head coach Camryn Whitaker last month. The report said the independent investigators “cannot substantiate emotional abuse by Whitaker...

Behringer Crawford Museum hosting exhibit that celebrates CovCath’s success in high school sports

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter An exhibit featuring outstanding Covington Catholic High School teams, athletes and coaches will be open to the public at Behringer Crawford Museum in Covington’s Devou Park from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Organized by the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame, the free exhibit will include trophies, rings, plaques, uniforms, programs and photographs...

FC Cincinnati dismisses head coach Alan Koch, names assistant Yoann Damet interim

FC Cincinnati have relieved Alan Koch of his duties as the club’s head coach. Koch (provided photos) “After a series of recent issues and a team culture that had deteriorated, we determined that it’s time to make a change to return a club-centered focus to the team,” FC Cincinnati President and General Manager Jeff Berding said. “This decision is not driven by recent game results themselves,...

Thomas More softball dominates American Collegiate Athletic Association postseason honors

NKyTribune staff Four members of the Thomas More University softball team have earned individual accolades from the American Collegiate Athletic Association, while six Saints were recognized with All-ACAA postseason honors. Thomas More senior shortstop Mary Beth Odom was named ACAA Offensive Player of the Year. She is hitting .439 as she is 47-for-107 at the plate with 15 home runs, nine doubles,...

Despite Derby DQ, Maximum Security moves to the top of NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll; Country House is third

His winning effort in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve was made null and void via disqualification, but Maximum Security has been deemed the leader of his class by voters in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll. Click to enlarge Maximum Security, who crossed the wire first in the Kentucky Derby but was disqualified and placed 17th due to interference,...

Prep Sports Notebook: Fast-pitch softball teams closing out season with best records in their regions

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter In the opening game of the season for both teams, Campbell County edged Boone County, 2-1, in a fast-pitch softball pitchers duel on March 19. With two weeks left in the regular season, both of those teams picked up their 19th win in district seeding games on Monday and have established themselves as top contenders for regional titles. Boone County pitcher...

Thomas More softball captures ACAA Tournament championship with 10-2 win over Alfred State

NKyTribune staff Alix DeDreu collected three hits and four runs batted in as the Thomas More University softball team captured the American Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament championship with a 10-2 win over host Alfred State (N.Y.) on Sunday afternoon. DeDreu also earned the win as she pitched five innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits while striking out six. In addition, she...

Local high school players among latest inductees into Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Three former Northern Kentucky high school basketball players who continued their careers at NCAA Division I colleges will be inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame on Wednesday at Receptions in Fairfield, Ohio. This year’s list of 10 inductees selected by the hall of fame committee includes: CovCath graduate Dick Maile was a three-year...

Country House declared winner of 145th Kentucky Derby following disqualification of Maximum Security

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor For the first time in the 145-year history of the Kentucky Derby, the horse that crossed the finish line first was not declared the winner. Maximum Security and jockey Luis Saez (pink silks) cross the finish line ahead of Country House and Flavien Prat (yellow silks). Maximum Security was taken down for interference and placed 17th. Country House finished second,...

Serengeti Empress wins 145th Longines Kentucky Oaks before large crowd at Churchill Downs

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor LOUISVILLE, KY — Joel Politi’s Serengeti Empress grabbed the advantage out of the gate and repelled a stretch bid from Liora by 1 3⁄4 lengths to win the 145th running of the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) for 3-year-old fillies before a crowd of 105,719 at Churchill Downs. Jockey Jose Ortiz aboard Serengeti Empress prepares to high-five trainer...

Prep Sports Notebook: Beechwood student-athlete accepted into one of nation’s premier colleges

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Less than 10 percent of high school students who apply for admission to Massachusetts Institute of Technology near Boston are accepted each year, but that didn’t discourage Beechwood senior Noah Fisher.  While he was filling out an MIT online application, Fisher came across a link that read, “Interested in playing sports.” He had no idea that one...

Thomas More softball team (29-9 record) moves up to No. 16 nationally in NFCA/NCAA Division III poll

NKyTribune staff The Thomas More University softball team (29-9 this season) has moved up to No. 16 in this week’s National Fastpitch Coaches Association NCAA Division III poll. The Saints, who are riding a four-game winning streak, are ranked in the top 25 nationally in six statistical categories in NCAA Division III. They are ranked No. 6 in home runs per game (1.03), eighth in slugging percentage...