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Prep Sports Notebook: Marie Kiefer, Sam Vinson selected for Kentucky All-Stars basketball teams

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The leading scorers on two local teams that won region championships were selected to play on the Kentucky All-Stars boys and girls basketball teams in a weekend series against Indiana’s top seniors. Highlands senior guard Sam Vinson and Brossart senior center Marie Kiefer were named to the Kentucky rosters over the weekend. The all-star games will be...

Highlands boys swimming, Simon Kenton girls archery place second in statewide competition

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The Highlands boys swimming team and Simon Kenton girls archery team placed second in state championship competition that were held at multiple sites on Saturday due to pandemic restrictions. There were four sites for archery and three sites for swimming. Results from each site were compiled to determine the state champions in each sport. Mac Russell In...

Florence Y’alls and Lexington Legends resurrect the Battle of the Bourbon Trail in May

The Battle of the Bourbon Trail will be resurrected as the Florence Yalls and Lexington Legends have set exhibition games — in Florence on Thursday May 20 and Friday May 21 and in Lexington on Saturday May 22 and Sunday May 23.    The Battle of the Bourbon Trail was created amid the Novel Coronavirus pandemic in July 2020 when both the Lexington Legends and the Florence Yalls faced cancelled...

Grayson Rose announces plans to return to NKU for additional year; Coffey, Geist, Niece to pursue careers

Grayson Rose has announced her intent to return to the Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team for the 2021-22 campaign. Rose, a senior for NKU in 2020-21, is using the additional season of eligibility provided by the NCAA due to the COVID-19 pandemic to play another season for the Norse. Grayson Rose “I am so happy for the opportunity to play the game I love one more year,” said...

Local high school athletes will be competing for state championship trophies in four sports this week

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Northern Kentucky high school athletes will compete for state championships in four sports this week at sites both near and far. The Kentucky All “A” Classic  state tournaments for baseball and softball will take place in Owensboro on Saturday and Sunday. The eight-team baseball bracket includes Walton-Verona and St. Henry. Villa Madonna is...

Calumet Turf Cup designated Kentucky Downs’ second Breeders’ Cup ‘Win and You’re In’ event

Kentucky Downs has been awarded its second Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series stakes for the 2021 race meet in early September. For the first time, the $1 million Calumet Turf Cup (G2) will be a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), joining the $1 million Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint (G3) that two years ago became an automatic qualifier for the $1 million...

Villa Madonna wins first region championship in softball with mostly underclassmen in the lineup

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Watching the Villa Madonna softball players celebrate after winning their first 9th Region All “A” Classic championship last Thursday was a special moment for coach Dave Meier. The fact that his youngest daughter, Camdyn, is a member of the team made it even better. Villa Madonna defeated Beechwood, 7-2, in the championship game to earn a berth in the...

Prep Sports Notebook: Local nominees for Kentucky Mr. Basketball finish behind winner from Lexington

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Local players nominated for this year’s Kentucky Mr. Basketball included the state’s leading scorer and the most valuable player in the “Sweet 16” state tournament, but neither of them received the prestigious award. Lexington Catholic senior guard Ben Johnson was named the winner Sunday evening in an online ceremony presented by the Kentucky...

Sen. Schickel, Commissioner Rich Storm join Moonlite Hunting/Fishing Club at public event today

Senator John Schickel (R- Union) will join Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) Commissioner Rich Storm and Lieutenant Chris Fossitt of the Law Enforcement Division of the KDFWR for an upcoming meeting of the Moonlite Hunting and Fishing Club. The meeting is today at 1 p.m. (right after church) in Burlington at 3655 Possum Path. Spring fishing will be the meeting topic, and attendees...

Associated Press names Beechwood’s Cameron Hergott as co-winner of Mr. Football award

Beechwood quarterback Cameron Hergott was named co-winner of Kentucky Mr. Football by the Associated Press after leading his team to the Class 2A state championship last season. Hergott shares the 2020 award with Jager Burton, an offensive lineman on the Fredrick Douglass football team that made it to the Class 5A semifinals.  Cameron Hergott In December, Hergott was named Kentucky Mr. Football by...

Walton-Verona wins 8th Region All “A” Classic baseball title without giving up a hit in three games

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Walton-Verona won the 8th Region All “A” Classic baseball tournament without giving up a hit in three consecutive games. The Bearcats defeated Trimble County, 13-1, in the championship game on Thursday behind a no-hitter by sophomore Evan Kerns. The only run he gave up came on a batter who drew a walk, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored...

Ron Dawn to retire as principal of Newport Central Catholic High School, coaching future unknown

Ron Dawn
By Terry Boehmker NKySports reporter Ron Dawn has announced his decision to retire as principal of Newport Central Catholic 
High School where he has spent most of his 42 years in education. “I want to thank all of the parents, teachers and students who allowed me to have a great 
experience for so many years,” Dawn said in a press release from the school. “People have 
always told...

NKU’s Kailey Ivins named Top Drawer Soccer’s Women’s Player of the Week

Northern Kentucky women’s soccer senior, Kailey Ivins, has been named Top Drawer Soccer’s Women’s Player of the Week.    “Kailey has been an amazing leader and role model,” said head coach Bob Sheehan. “She has always demonstrated commitment, passion and work ethic. We are very proud of Kailey.” Kailey Ivins Ivins did everything she could to ensure a trip...

Stoops pleased with team’s progress in learning new offensive scheme after first scrimmage of season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today As Kentucky enters its final week of spring workouts, Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops has been pleased with his team’s progress learning and adapting to a new offensive scheme. “I feel like there’s definitely a lot to build on,” he said. “(I’m) really looking forward to challenging the guys to have a really solid finish to the spring here this week...

St. Henry baseball team claims first region title with 11-4 win over Beechwood in All “A” Classic final

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter St. Henry won its first-ever region championship trophy in baseball Monday night when the Crusaders defeated Beechwood, 11-4, in the 9th Region All “A” Classic title game at UC Health Stadium in Florence. Beechwood had won five of the last six 9th Region titles in the statewide small-school baseball playoffs, but St. Henry is the team that will advance...