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John Calipari believes Kentucky will be in the hunt for a national title when Cats return to court this fall

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s loss to Saint Peters in the opening round of NCAA Tournament still bothers Kentucky coach John Calipari. “We were the fifth-seeded team in that tournament and lost,” Calipari said during an appearance on the Paul Finebaum Show last week. “I’m still sick over it. … There’s some grieving. I have never had a team lose to a seed like that, but they...

Prep Sports Report: Beechwood, Campbell County lose one-run games in state baseball tournament

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Beechwood and Campbell County both lost one-run games in the quarterfinal round of the state high school baseball tournament on Saturday at the University of Kentucky. Russell County defeated Beechwood, 1-0, in a classic pitcher’s duel and McCracken County came from behind to knock off Campbell County, 4-3. Beechwood senior pitcher Sam Cottengim gave...

Feeding off positive feedback, Kentucky guard Shaedon Sharp to remain in NBA draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Shaedon Sharpe’s next game will be at the professional level. Sharpe, who enrolled mid-term as a freshman at Kentucky last year but never played, has announced that he will remain in the NBA Draft. Sharpe practiced with the Wildcats but logged no minutes in a game. Shaedon Sharpe looks on during an open practice at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis a day before...

Kentucky forward Jacob Toppin will forego NBA draft and return to UK, says ‘It’s time for nine

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky forward Jacob Toppin has opted against remaining in the NBA Draft. Jacob Toppin brings it up the floor Wednesday against LSU last season. (Photo by Mike Cyrus, Kentucky Today) Toppin announced on social media Tuesday he is coming back for a third season with the Wildcats and has “big goals in mind.” He declared for the draft in April, but didn’t hire an...

Prep Sports Report: Campbell County advances to quarterfinal round of state baseball tournament

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Campbell County scored nine runs on nine hits in the first three innings and went on to defeat Johnson Central, 14-2, in five innings in the final first-round game of the state baseball tournament on Friday night at the University of Kentucky. The Camels (24-10) will play McCracken County (34-6) in the quarterfinals at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. McCracken County...

Prep Sports Report: Beechwood wins extra-inning game in first round of state baseball tournament

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Jackson Roseburrough, one of four seniors in the Beechwood baseball team’s starting lineup, kept their final season going in the opening round of the state tournament on Thursday at the University of Kentucky. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Roseburrough’s line drive single to left field scored the winning run in Beechwood’s 7-6 victory...

Bishop Brossart continues string of Class 1A state championships won by N.Ky. girls track teams

Brossart won the Class 1A girls state track meet for the second consecutive year by a wide margin. By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Northern Kentucky continued its mastery in Class 1A girls track on Thursday when local athletes placed first in eight events and Brossart won the team title for the second consecutive year by a wide margin at the University of Kentucky. A local team has won...

Tennis players from two Northern Kentucky high schools reach semifinals in state tournament

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Covington Catholic tennis players reached the semifinals of the boys state tournament in both singles and doubles and the final four in the girls singles bracket includes the top-seed from Covington Latin. CovCath sophomore Brady Hussey and CovLatin junior Sara Watanabe are the local singles players who have semifinal matches at 9 a.m. Thursday at Top Seed...

Highlands player delivers game-winning hit in final inning of 9th Region softball championship game

  Payton Brown slides across home plate to score the winning run for Highlands in the seventh inning of the 9th Region softball championship game. (Photo by Bob Jackson) By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The 9th Region softball championship game ended in dramatic fashion Tuesday, thanks to two sisters on the Highlands team. After eighth-grader Cam Markus drew a two-out walk to load...

Highlands, Dixie Heights win close games in semifinals of 9th Region softball tournament

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The first four games in the 9th Region softball tournament were all won by 10 runs or more, but there was a lot more suspense in the semifinal doubleheader on Monday when Highlands edged Cooper, 3-1, and Dixie Heights got past Ryle, 2-0, at Notre Dame Academy. The winners will face each other in the region championship game at 5 p.m. Tuesday with a berth...

Beechwood claims third consecutive 9th Region baseball championship with 12-4 win over St. Henry

By Blake Lehmann NKyTribune sports reporter Beechwood senior Tanner Jackson continued his reign of terror over opposing pitching in the 9th Region baseball championship game Sunday with three hits and two RBI in a 12-4 win over St. Henry at Thomas More Stadium. Jackson’s performance at the plate during the tournament earned him most valuable player honors, just weeks after undergoing knee surgery. Beechwood...

Cooper pitcher blanks Notre Dame, 15-0, to reach semifinals of 9th Region softball tournament

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The Cooper softball team that had a 5-5 record in the final month of the regular season and earned a berth in the 9th Region tournament as a district runner-up has reached the final four of the region bracket. Cooper defeated Notre Dame, 15-0, in the opening round of the region playoffs on Monday and will play Highlands in a semifinal game at 11 a.m. Monday...

Kentucky’s Lee Kiefer notches another first place in South Korea — on her way to another Olympics

By Alexis Dolan NKyTribune Intern When it comes to multitasking, Olympic gold foilist, University of Kentucky medical student and Lexington, KY, native, Lee Kiefer, has no competition. Kiefer returns from the Grand Prix in Incheon, South Korea with another first-place title to place on her bookshelf, resting beside her 2020 Olympic gold medal. The bout exploded with such intensity from both fencers...

St. Henry advances to first 9th Region baseball final; Campbell County repeats as 10th Region champ

St. Henry junior Sam Martin slides across home plate before Highlands catcher Mason Welsch can apply the tag in one of Saturday’s 9th Region semifinal games. (Photo by Dale Dawn) By Blake Lehmann NKyTribune sports reporter St. Henry was able to outhit and outscore Highlands on its way to an 6-5 victory in a 9th Region baseball semifinal game on Saturday that put the Crusaders in the championship...

Season ends for Walton-Verona, Simon Kenton baseball teams in 8th Region semifinals

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Walton-Verona and Simon Kenton lost semifinal games in the 8th Region baseball tournament on Friday when the two teams scored a combined total of one run in their season finales at the University of Louisville. In the first game, North Oldham defeated Walton-Verona, 6-1, behind a strong pitching performance by freshman Ryan Sanders, who has a 5-0 record...