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NKU, University of Cincinnati announce three-season men’s basketball series to start with 2022-23 season

The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team begins a three-game series against the Univesity of Cincinnati, meeting once in nonconference action in three straight seasons, beginning with the 2022-23 season. NKU is set to host games at BB&T Arena on Nov. 16, 2022 and Nov. 13, 2024 and play at UC on Nov. 15, 2023. (Photo by Doug Cochran, Sport Focus Media, via NKU) “I appreciate...

Ryle taking on perennial power upstages district seeding games on Friday’s football schedule

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Northern Kentucky high school football teams will play in six district seeding games on Friday, but a midseason matchup between two highly ranked Class 6A teams gets top billing. After a scheduled bye last week, Ryle (4-1) returns to action with a home game against Louisville St. Xavier (4-1) at 7 p.m. In this week’s Associated Press statewide media...

Ryan Clark: It wasn’t perfect, but the Kentucky football Wildcats are 4-0, and It’s time to enjoy it

The scene was wild. 
The camera flittered from one corner of the room to the next, never quite in focus but still able to show glimpses of pure joy. Players sang. Music blared. Coach Mark Stoops threw down some dance moves. The setting was the UK locker room right after the Cats’ 16-10 victory over South Carolina. It’s what the visitor’s locker room looks like when an SEC football team gets...

Wotherspoon takes medalist honors in Region 7 boys golf tournament for third consecutive year

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Cooper senior Rylan Wotherspoon shot the low score in the Region 7 boys golf tournament for the third consecutive year and Ryle reclaimed the team title on Tuesday at Lassing Pointe. Wotherspoon topped the leader board with a 6-under-par 65. He carded six birdies and one bogey to become the first three-time medalist in the region tournament since Ryan Clements...

Making no excuses, Stoops says emphasis on eliminating fumbles, turnovers for Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops is making no excuses regarding his team’s 11 turnovers through the first three games. “We need to clean up the turnovers, the fumbles in particular,” he said Monday. “We will work extremely hard on that this week. I believe it is something that we can get corrected, and we will. … I’m not going to sit here and it’s...

Cooper golfers post top four scores in Region 7 girls tournament to capture team title once again

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The Cooper girls golf team won its second consecutive Region 7 championship by doing what worked the first time. Just like last year, Cooper golfers posted the top four scores on the leader board in Monday’s 18-hole tournament at Lassing Pointe and finished on top in the team standings with a 322 total that was 33 strokes better than runner-up Notre...

Both sons of coaches, Kentucky’s Stoops, South Carolina’s Beamer carved their own paths to success

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops and Shane Beamer took similar footsteps climbing to the top of the coaching tree while in the shadow of their respective fathers. Ron Stoops served as a longtime assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio. His sons – Mark, Bob and Mike – took what they learned from their fathers and others on their...

Kentucky survives another close call as Cats hold on for 16-10 win over Gamecocks in Columbia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops will take a win any way he can get them. Even the close ones. For the third time this season and the first time since 1933, the Wildcats won their third straight game by seven points or less with a 16-10 win at South Carolina Saturday night. As with the previous three games, it wasn’t an easy victory for Kentucky. “(It was a) very good victory (especially)...

Friday football roundup: CovCath, Dixie Heights secure wins with pass interceptions in the end zone

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Pass interceptions in the end zone by senior defensive backs clinched wins for Covington Catholic and Dixie Heights in two intense high school football games on Friday night. In the fourth overtime series, CovCath senior Robby Sandfoss picked off a fourth-down desperation pass into the end zone to give his team a 31-24 win over Cooper in a Class 5A district...

Prep Sports Notebook: CovCath sweeps No. 1 votes in N.Ky. boys basketball coaches preseason poll

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Covington Catholic will enter the 2021-22 boys high school basketball season as the top-ranked team in the Northern Kentucky coaches poll. At their preseason meeting last week, every local coach listed CovCath as the No. 1 team on their ballot. Defending state champion Highlands was voted No. 2, followed by Dixie Heights, Conner and Campbell County. Senior...

Boone County football team takes winning record into first district seeding game against Conner

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Boone County’s football team has a winning record at the halfway point in the regular season for the first time since 2011. That puts the Rebels in a good frame of mind going into their first Class 5A district seeding game against Conner on Friday in Florence. Both teams have a 3-2 record. If Boone County breaks its six-game losing streak against Conner,...

Stoops hopes Wildcat’s narrow win over Tennessee Chattanooga serves as a learning experience

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops hopes his team’s narrow win over Tennessee Chattanooga was a learning experience as Kentucky heads into Saturday’s showdown at South Carolina. The Wildcats (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) failed to pull away from the Mocs and escaped with a 28-23 triumph in a game that unexpectedly went down to the final quarter. Stoops was disappointed in preparation...

Ryan Clark: After tough season and no excuses, Calipari righting the ship with No. 1 recruiting class

John Calipari took a lot of heat this off-season, and rightly so. There is no excuse to ever go 9-16 at the University of Kentucky, but astonishingly that’s what occurred. Afterward, there could have been excuses. There could have been finger-pointing and drama. There was not. Instead, Coach Cal made moves, and as of now it looks like everything he’s done has worked. Let’s add it up: Ryan Clark...

Prep Sports Notebook: St. Henry wins six matches in two sets to claim All “A” Classic state volleyball title

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter St. Henry returned to the Kentucky All “A” Classic state volleyball tournament after a two-year absence and won six matches in two sets to claim its sixth championship in the small-school event. After winning all three of their pool play matches, the Crusaders defeated Pikeville, Ballard Memorial and Louisville Holy Cross in the eight-team championship...

Jamie Vaught: John Calipari ‘jacked’ as basketball Wildcat’s begin preparation for 2021-22 campaign

Coach John Calipari is pretty excited about his 2021-22 basketball team. It’s no surprise that Calipari, who is beginning his 13th year at Kentucky, is already moving on from that painful 9-16 campaign last season. He can hardly wait for his “veteran” squad to show its full potential as the leading SEC championship contender as well as a Final Four candidate. “I’m jacked about where...