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Freedom fend off Grizzlies in Sauget, Ramirez, Jr. crushes fourth homer in three-run win

Fresh and rested on the heels of the All-Star Break, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, picked up where they left off in the first half of the season, taking a, 5-2, victory from the Gateway Grizzlies on Friday night at GCS Credit Union Ballpark. The Grizzlies (21-31) jumped on the scoreboard first, taking a, 1-0, advantage when Brent Sakurai laced his fourth home run...

Custer handles changes in track conditions, scores Xfinity Series-leading fifth victory in Alsco 300

Mike Shiplett knew the characteristics of Kentucky Speedway’s racing surface were going to change Friday as the sun set, the lights came on and the laps added up in the Alsco 300. July 12, 2019: #00: Cole Custer, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Haas Automation during the Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta Ky. (HHP/Harold Hinson) The transition factored into his strategy for Cole Custer...

NASCAR Truck Series Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 produces first-time winner in Tyler Ankrum

Tyler Ankrum’s truck was not bare of sponsors, but what the 18-year-old accomplished Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway called to mind the summer night in 2006 when David Gilliland scored a most improbable victory at the track while driving an unsponsored car for a part-time team. Ankrum Gilliland and Bo LeMastus, CEO of Louisville-based Crosley Brands, co-own the No. 17 Toyota that Ankrum drove...

Prep Sports Notebook: St. Henry joins list of local high schools with new girls head basketball coach

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Todd Smart has returned to the St. Henry girls basketball program as head coach of the Crusaders. Smart was an assistant coach at St. Henry for several years before stepping down after the 2017-18 season. He took a break to watch his daughter, Hannah, play her senior season on the St. Henry team that posted a 17-11 record last March. Todd Smart “It...

Who has the most to gain…and to lose at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in Sparta Saturday

As Kentucky Speedway in Sparta heads into its triple header weekend, NASCAR Intergrated Marketing offers this evaluation of the Monster Energy Cup race and it’s potential impact on the season. Kentucky’s prized thoroughbreds If you’re looking to pick a favorite for this weekend’s race at Kentucky Speedway, you would be well served to go with Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch or Martin...

Mayer begins pre-season workouts with CovCath football team ranked among nation’s top players

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter After the Covington Catholic football team finished the first day of pre-season workouts on Wednesday, senior Michael Mayer was headed for the locker room to submerge his sore muscles in an ice bath. The team spent most of the morning lifting weights and doing agility drills. Mayer, who’s ranked among the top players in the nation, got in line and took...

Kentucky Sports Radio to host live tribute show honoring Jared Lorenzen tomorrow at Highlands

Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio is hosting a live radio tribute show to honor Highlands alum (1999), Jared Lorenzen. The former Bluebird, University of Kentucky Wildcat and Super Bowl Champion died at the age of 38 last week.   Lorenzen was a friend of Jones and co-hosts, Ryan Lemond and Drew Franklin and was a repeat guest and co-host of the show.   “We wanted to do something to honor our...

Can-Am League, Frontier League, square off in Big Apple midseason classic, Freedom well represented

There is more than one professional baseball All-Star Game taking place this week. The Frontier League of Professional Baseball will square off against the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball (Can-Am League), on Wednesday. The 2019 All-Star Game, will take place in Rockland County, New York at Palisades Credit Union Park, home of the Rockland Boulders of the Can Am League. In a...

BCK Track Club distance runner wins three events in regional qualifying meet for AAU Junior Olympics

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Distance runner Sophia Delisio crossed the finish line first in three events at an AAU Junior Olympics regional meet to qualify for the national finals to be held July 27 to Aug. 3 in Greensboro, N.C. Delisio, a recent graduate of Simon Kenton High School, was the only member of the BCK Track Club who won three individual events at the regional qualifier....

Don Owen: NBA draftee from Murray State jogs painful memory of NKU’s attempt to join OVC

I don’t really follow the NBA, though I do peek at highlights during the playoffs and enjoy the yearly drama involving free agents. The NBA’s free-agency system — a fascinating combination of league-authorized chaos and player-driven hyperbole — provides must-read material in the summertime, even if you’re not a big fan of the pro game. But every college basketball fan in Kentucky probably...

Freedom salvage finale with Crushers on strength of Reicheborn’s two homers, four RBIs

The Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, beat the Lake Erie Crushers, 9-6, despite a ninth-inning comeback Sunday night at UC Health Stadium to salvage the finale in a weekend three-game set. Former Cincinnati Reds closer, Danny Graves, started the game for the Freedom as part of their “Big Leaguer’s Day” at the ballpark. Graves retired the first batter of the game on a...

Freedom blanked by Crushers despite sixth multi-hit game of the season by Brandon Pugh

The Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, were shut out by the Lake Erie Crushers, 3-0, Saturday night at UC Health Stadium. Crushers (25-22) left fielder, Zach Racusin, drove in the first run of the game in the top of the third inning on a single off Daniel Williams (3-1), plating Aaron Hill who led off the frame with a double. In the next inning, Lake Erie got back-to-back...

Freedom drop both ends of doubleheader to Crushers; complete game suspended on June 16

In an unconventional doubleheader, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, hosted the Lake Erie Crushers. The teams continued a suspended game from June 16, while also playing a series opener Friday night at UC Health Stadium. The Freedom lost both games, 10-8, and, 5-4. GAME 1 Tied up at seven, Florence (34-16) third baseman Luis Pintor hit an infield single in the bottom...

UK’s Brad Calipari to transfer to Detroit Mercy as graduate transfer to finish last two years of eligibility

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brad Calipari will finish his collegiate career away from home. Calipari, son of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari, has decided to transfer to Detroit Mercy as a graduate transfer and will have two years of eligibility remaining. Brad admitted the decision wasn’t an easy one. “It’s always been a dream of mine to make a major impact on the court on...

Freedom bury Miners to take series; offense totals 15 hits, seven doubles, in lopsided win

In the midst of winning two series in seventy-two hours, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, routed the Southern Illinois Miners, 15-4, Thursday night at UC Health Stadium. The Miners (26-21) struck first on a Gianfranco Wawoe fielder’s choice off Mike Castellani (6-1), scoring Joe Duncan from third, who led off the game with as the visitor’s moved ahead,...