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CovCath plays Beechwood riding 16-game winning streak; Highlands (0-1) faces tough test at Ryle (1-0)

By Don Owen NKyTribune sports editor The post-Michael Mayer era began for Covington Catholic last Friday night, and the Colonels survived an upset attempt at Dixie Heights. Now, can the defending Class 5A state champions do it again this week against another neighborhood rival — Beechwood? The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday in Park Hills. Playing without the graduated Mayer — last season’s...

Don Owen: While NKU celebrates 50 years of sports, check out this top 50 in Norse athletics history

For those who aren’t aware, Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary of intercollegiate athletics during the 2020-21 academic year. NKU’s fall sports have been sidelined by the pandemic, but there is guarded optimism that basketball season will proceed in November or December. In the meantime, the 50th anniversary of NKU sports is an excellent diversion from all the current...

Louisville enters national rankings for first time since 2017; Smith receives weekly honor from ACC

NKyTribune staff The University of Louisville football team has entered the national rankings following Saturday’s season-opening 35-21 victory over Western Kentucky. The Cardinals moved into the Top 20 of both polls, ranking No. 16 in the Amway Coaches Poll and No. 18 in the Associated Press Poll. Louisville is nationally ranked for the first time since Oct. 1, 2017. Louisville plays host to...

Former NKU star Walton inks professional contract in Finland; averaged 16.1 points as a senior

By Bryan McEldowney Northern Kentucky University Recent Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball graduate Dantez Walton signed his first professional contract to play for Kataja Basket Club in Joensuu, Finland, which competes in the top Finnish league Korisliiga. “Personally, I think this is a great start to the beginning of my career as a pro athlete,” said Walton. “This is a top league,...

UK thin at certain positions, but depth chart ‘manageable’ following final scrimmage of camp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops had to change his plans during his team’s third and final scrimmage of fall workouts Saturday. “We’re thin at certain positions and we did have to look at that and alter some of the scrimmage today,” he said. “We’re getting thin at a few spots and positions with injuries and COVID-19. Everything is still manageable at this point...

Tapit filly sells for $1.25 million at first session of Keeneland’s September Yearling sale

Claiborne Farm, agent, paid $1.25 million for a filly by leading sire Tapit out of Grade 1 winner Embellish the Lace to top Sunday’s first session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale on a day marked by brisk trade and the sale of five horses for $1 million or more. Tapit filly — $1.25million On Sunday, the first of two sessions of the prestigious Book 1 catalog, Keeneland sold 109 yearlings...

Billy Reed: When my high school granddaughter is playing field hockey, I won’t promise not to worry

This fall my younger granddaughter is playing field hockey at Assumption High School in Louisville. She loves the sport so much that she transferred to Assumption so she could play on one of the state’s best teams. So far, so good. Her parents, my older daughter and her husband, assure me she is happy and doing well in her new environment. That’s good enough for me because I so much admire them...

Former CovCath star makes immediate impact for Notre Dame during 27-13 win over Duke on Saturday

NKyTribune staff NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Covington Catholic graduate Michael Mayer made an immediate impact in his debut at Notre Dame on Saturday. Mayer hauled in three receptions for 38 yards as Notre Dame posted a 27-13 win over Duke. Kyren Williams finished with 112 yards on the ground, 93 yards receiving and two rushing touchdowns to lead the Fighting Irish in their season-opening victory. CovCath...

Sophomore quarterback leads Simon Kenton to 27-14 win over Highlands in season opener

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Simon Kenton sophomore quarterback Chase Crone accounted for 270 of his team’s 385 total yards in a season opening 27-14 win over Highlands on Friday night in Fort Thomas. Crone, a second-year starter, completed 14 of 30 passes for 246 yards and rushed for 24 yards on 17 carries to lead the Pioneers, who snapped a two-game losing streak against the Bluebirds. Simon...

Too little, too late: Corbin falls behind early during 20-14 loss to Beechwood on Friday night

By Les Dixon The Times-Tribune CORBIN — Corbin dug itself a 17-0 hole after getting off to a slow start offensively and couldn’t recover, leading to a 20–14 loss to Beechwood on Friday. The Redhound offense struggled for nearly three quarters before seeing sophomore quarterback Cameron Combs throw two touchdowns during the game’s final 13 minutes to pull his team to within six points. But it...

UK offense concentrates on execution in red zone as season opener at Auburn inches closer

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Eddie Gran wants to see more from Kentucky’s offense in the red zone as the Wildcats inch closer to the season opener at Auburn on Sept. 26. “We’re trying some different things as well,” said Gran, UK’s offensive coordinator. “We want to score touchdowns. Field goals aren’t going to get it done in this league, at this level. We need to be better. We’re...

Louisville football players ‘ready to go’ for opener against Western Kentucky on Saturday night

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville The wait is almost over. The University of Louisville is two days away from playing its long-awaited opener versus Western Kentucky. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday at Cardinal Stadium. Like all of his teammates, Louisville quarterback Micale Cunningham might have a little more juice, making his first season-opening start on Saturday night. Micale...

Newport Board of Education votes to allow football team to open season Friday at Bishop Brossart

By Don Owen NKyTribune news editor The Newport Wildcats will be on the football field Friday night — something that was in doubt until a decision by the school’s Board of Education on Wednesday. The Newport Board of Education voted to allow the football team to open the season as scheduled with a Friday night game at Bishop Brossart. Friday is the first date of game competition for football permitted...

Jamie Vaught: Let’s try this fearless forecast again — with a revised SEC schedule looming for UK football

More than two months ago, I predicted the University of Kentucky would have a nice football team. I wrote that head coach Mark Stoops’ UK team, with several preseason All-Americans, would be respectable, finishing with a 7-5 mark in a 12-game schedule — and the Wildcats would be making their fifth straight bowl trip. Not bad, but could be better. Well, as you know, COVID-19 pandemic has forced...

Kentucky high schools begin football season Friday, but Newport game at Brossart still in question

By Don Owen NKyTribune news editor Indiana high schools have been playing football for three weeks. Ohio soon followed and is now entering its third week of gridiron action. Kentucky high schools, meanwhile, are scheduled to begin the football season this Friday. One of those games is supposed to feature Newport playing at Bishop Brossart. Problem is, the Newport Board of Education hasn’t approved...