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NKU standout Marques Warrick earns Horizon League Freshman of the Week honor for fourth time

NKyTribune staff Henry Clay High School graduate Marques Warrick has established himself as one of the best freshmen in the Horizon League this season. Warrick, now a starting guard at Northern Kentucky University, earned Horizon League Freshman of the Week honors on Monday. It marked the fourth time this season the Lexington native has been selected for the weekly award. Northern Kentucky guard Marques...

Fort Thomas community embraces new Highlands football head coach with impressive turnout Sunday

By Don Owen NKyTribune sports editor Eddie James is keenly aware of the championship tradition associated with Highlands football. After all, the Bluebirds have won 23 state championships, which is second only to Louisville Trinity’s 27 titles. And if James needed any confirmation about the support and passion of the Fort Thomas community for the football program, he received it Sunday afternoon...

NewCath, Walton-Verona win region championships in All “A” Classic small-school playoffs

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Walton-Verona swept the 8th Region boys and girls championships and Newport Central Catholic took the 9th Region girls title in All “A” Classic playoff games on Saturday. NewCath edged Holy Cross, 52-50, in the 9th Region final to earn a return trip to the All “A” Classic state tournament that’s scheduled for Feb. 16-21 at Eastern Kentucky University...

St. Henry steals victory from Highlands at buzzer on Teten’s basket; NKU falls in OT at Cleveland State

NKyTribune staff Cody Teten’s steal and basket at the buzzer lifted St. Henry to an improbable 82-80 win at Highlands on Saturday afternoon. Trailing 80-77 and the clock winding down, Wyatt Vieth drained an off-balance 3-pointer from the left wing to tie the score at 80-all with four seconds left. After Highlands called a timeout, Teeten intercepted the inbounds pass underneath the basket. St. Henry...

Brooks has ‘fun’ in return to court as UK rolls to 76-58 victory over Florida in Gainesville on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keion Brooks just wanted to have fun in his return to the court Saturday and it showed. Brooks had a blast and so did his teammates as the Wildcats (4-6, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) stretched their winning streak to three games with a 76-58 victory over Florida on Saturday in Gainesville. Keion Brooks dunks in the Wildcats’ win at Florida on Saturday. Brooks finished...

Highlands High School hires Franklin County mentor Eddie James as next football head coach

By Don Owen NKyTribune sports editor Eddie James, who guided Franklin County to the Class 4A state finals this season, has accepted the job as the football head coach at Highlands High School. Multiple sources on Friday night from both Highlands and Franklin County said James would make a decision this weekend on whether to accept the offer. James told the Franklin County players Saturday he was accepting...

Cleveland State remains perfect in Horizon League play with 58-44 win over NKU on Friday night

NKyTribune staff Torrey Patton scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Cleveland State remained unbeaten in Horizon League play with a 58-44 win over visiting Northern Kentucky on Friday night. Cleveland State held NKU to just 27.9 percent shooting from the field and won its seventh straight game, improving to 7-3 overall, 7-0 in the Horizon League. The Norse shot 4-for-28 from 3-point range...

Walton-Verona boys, girls basketball teams reach championship games of 8th Region All “A” Classic

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Walton-Verona has a chance to sweep the 8th Region All “A” Classic championships in boys and girls basketball on Saturday at Carroll County High School. Walton-Verona coach Mark Clinkenbeard The Bearcats will face Owen County in both the boys title game at 5 p.m. and girls final at 8 p.m. The winners of those games will advance to the Kentucky All “A”...

CovCath rolls to 69-32 win over Cooper; NKU visits Cleveland State for Horizon League showdown

NKyTribune staff Covington Catholic improved to 3-0 with a 69-32 victory over Cooper on Thursday night at Park Hills. CovCath scored 23 unanswered points in the first quarter after falling behind 2-0. The Colonels owned a 27-6 lead after the opening quarter and extended their advantage to 45-13 at halftime. CovCath center Mitchell Rylee soars in for a dunk against Cooper on Thursday night. (Photo by...

Jamie Vaught: UK’s Kyra Elzy credits legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt for career success

More than 25 years ago, when current University of Kentucky women’s basketball coach Kyra Elzy starred at Oldham County High School in LaGrange, she was one of the top performers the state has ever seen in girls’ basketball action. The 6-foot-1 Elzy was a two-time Parade Magazine All-American who scored 3,020 points (currently ranked 23rd on the state’s all-time list) and grabbed 1,703 rebounds...

Prep Sports Notebook: Campbell County coach surpasses 400 career wins in first week of season

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Aric Russell added to his impressive resume of basketball accomplishments this week when he surpassed the 400 mark in career victories as a high school coach.  Russell began his 11th season as coach of the Campbell County boys team with a pair of victories that lifted his career record to 401-254 in 23 years with three programs. The Camels posted an 83-59...

Kentucky has to ‘fight like heck’ to hold off gritty Vanderbilt, 77-74, on Tuesday night at Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Vanderbilt is always a struggle for Kentucky, and Tuesday night was no different. “Every year we play them, it’s exactly the same way,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. “They make all the shots and then we have to fight like heck to win a close game — every time we play them. Last year, the year before and every coach, not just this coach, the last one...

Torrid shooting ignites NewCath’s 77-44 triumph over Newport; CovCath cruises past Ryle, 79-32

NKyTribune staff Newport Central Catholic built an 11-point halftime lead against city rival Newport on Tuesday night, and then blew the game open with a 20-9 run during the third quarter en route to a 77-44 victory over the visiting Wildcats. Kaedon Butts scored 23 points to lead NewCath, which jumped out to a 10-0 lead and held a 17-8 edge at the end of the first quarter. The Thoroughbreds later...

CovCath opens season with 71-46 win over Dixie Heights; Highlands knocks off Ashland Blazer

NKyTribune staff Three-time defending 9th Region champion Covington Catholic opened the season Monday night with a convincing 71-46 win at Dixie Heights. Mitchell Rylee scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead CovCath, which shot 58.7 percent from the field. Rylee, who played at Beechwood last season and averaged 8.4 points per game for the Tigers, made eight field goals in nine attempts...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky’s Dontaie Allen latest testament to patience, hard work paying off

There’s no question Dontaie Allen grew up dreaming of playing basketball for the University of Kentucky. He not only had a vision of not only stepping on the court but also making a contribution. 
It’s a dream for many youngsters in the state and Allen was no exception while shooting hoops in his hometown of Falmouth. Dontaie Allen made seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 23 points...