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Kentucky coach Mark Stoops making no excuse for struggles as Cats prepare for top-ranked Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t making excuses following his team’s 24-21 loss to Vanderbilt last Saturday. “I don’t feel comfortable talking about excuses,” Stoops said Monday. “I give credit to coach (Clark) Lea and Vandy for outplaying us and outcoaching us. They did a very good job. They came in and did some really good things with a quarterback that played a very good...

Kentucky newcomer Ugonna Onyenso ‘impacts the game the minute he walks on the court’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ugonna Onyenso continues to make a impression in his first season at Kentucky. “He impacts the game the minute he walks on the court,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “(He’s) not afraid.” The 7-foot freshman center just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds in the Wildcats’ 77-52 win over Duquesne Friday night. Aside from his scoring and...

Matt’s Take: Jimmy Chase Sr., Dan Hoard join in for Q&A, a bye-week summary

By Matthew McAdow NKyTribune sports columnist Jimmy Chase Sr. joins Matt’s Take The bye week was much needed for the Bengals roster, as this team needs some time off, time to get healthy, and time to prepare for the second part of the season. The bye week also has given me time to discuss football with the father of our star-studded wide receiver, Ja’Marr Chase. Jimmy Chase Sr. kindly joined Matt’s...

NKU Norse blow away UC Clermont 89-49 in first victory of the season; Warrick stands out

The Northern Kentucky men’s basketball squad got its first victory of the 2022-23 season as the Norse blew out visiting UC Clermont, 89-49, at Truist Arena on Saturday afternoon. Inside the box score: • Standout guard Marques Warrick found his shooting stroke to pace the Norse offense with a game-high 26 points on a 10-of-20 performance from the field, which included a 5-of-9 showing from...

Wildcats ‘average at best’ in Saturday’s stunning loss to Commodores Saturday in Lexington

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Vanderbilt left the field dancing, while Kentucky walked off its home turf stunned Saturday. The Commodores ended a 26-game Southeastern Conference losing streak with a surprising 24-21 victory over the Wildcats at Kroger Field. Vanderbilt had not won a conference game since a 21-14 win over Missouri in 2019. Kentucky has lost four of its last six games after opening...

St. Henry District High School principal announces timetable to field varsity football team in 2026

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter St. Henry District High School plans to have a varsity football team in the 2026 season, according to a timetable announced by principal Grant Brannen on Friday. The coed Catholic school in Erlanger will start with a youth league for seventh and eighth grade students in 2024 and field a junior varsity team in 2025. The Crusaders’ first varsity season...

Football Playoffs Report: Three local teams advance to region finals with wins by wide margins

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Beechwood, Lloyd and Newport Central Catholic are the Northern Kentucky high school football teams that will play for region championship trophies in the third round of the state playoffs next week. All three teams won second-round playoff games by wide margins on Friday, but the season ended for seven other local teams on a chilly night in early November. Lloyd...

Wildcats expect to be at full strength next week as Tshiebwe, Wheeler and Collins set to return

by Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hasn’t had its full roster intact so far this season but that will change once Oscar Tshiebwe, Sahvir Wheeler and Daimion Collins return to the lineup. The three players are expected back on the court within the next week and will give the Wildcats a boost, especially within the front court. Tshiebwe and Wheeler have been recovering from knee issues, while...

Prep Sports Notebook: Cooper voted No. 1 in preseason poll of local girls basketball coaches

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter With four starters returning from last year’s state semifinal team, Cooper was voted the No. 1 girls basketball team in Northern Kentucky in a preseason poll of local coaches conducted by the NKyTribune. The Jaguars, who made their state tournament debut last March after winning their first 9th Region championship, received 13 of the 14 first-place votes...

KDFWR accepting applications for youth, mobility-impaired waterfowl quota hunts through Nov. 15

Online applications are being taken through Nov. 15 for youth and mobility-impaired waterfowl quota hunts at two state-owned fish hatcheries near Frankfort and Morehead. Hunts begin Jan. 7, 2023 and recur each Saturday and Sunday through January. There are five waterfowl hunting blinds available at Minor E. Clark hatchery in Rowan County and two at Peter W. Pfeiffer hatchery in Franklin County. Drawn...

Lloyd football team needs win over Walton-Verona to reach Class 2A region finals for first time since 2015

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter High school football teams that win playoff games on Friday will advance to the region finals in their respective classes. The last time the Lloyd Juggernauts made it that far was 2015 when all of the players on this year’s roster were still in grade school. To reach the Class 2A region finals once again, Lloyd will have to get past Walton-Verona in...

NKU men’s basketball coach Darrin Horn signs two of the first members of the Class of 2023 players

Northern Kentucky men’s basketball coach Darrin Horn has signed two of the first members of the Class of 2023 as the Norse announce the addition of local high school star Jeramiah Israel of Lloyd Memorial High School and of Randall Pettus II of Bessemer City High School in North Carolina. Jeramiah Israel Jeramiah Israel Israel just wrapped up a junior year that saw him named to the Northern Kentucky...

Matt’s Take: Former Red Bronson Arroyo joins in for a Q&A, electric Mixon, positives and negatives

By Matthew McAdow NKyTribune sports columnist Bronson Arroyo joins Matt’s Take Bronson Arroyo kindly joined Matt’s Take this week for a Q&A. Bronson is one of the most well-known Reds pitchers of my lifetime, as he spent roughly 8 years with the Reds organization, while also playing for the Pirates, Red Sox, and Diamondbacks. Arroyo was a 2006 All-Star, 2004 World Series Champion, 2010 Gold...

UK punter Colin Goodfellow to miss rest of season following leg injury in Saturday’s win over Missouri

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be without its regular punter for the remainder of the season. Colin Goodfellow suffered a season-ending injury after taking a hit from Missouri’s Will Norris while punting away a botched snap in a 21-17 win over the Tigers last Saturday in Columbia. A roughing-the-passer penalty was called on Norris and gave the Wildcats a first down instead of giving...

Father, daughter among this year’s induction class for N.Ky. Athletic Directors Hall of Fame on Thursday

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Bill Warfield was the first boys head basketball coach at Conner High School. His daughter, Kim, played on two Conner girls basketball teams that won 9th Region championships and was head coach of another. They are among 15 people to be inducted into Northern Kentucky High School Athletic Directors Hall of Fame during a ceremony that begins at 6 p.m. Thursday...