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Prep Sports Notebook: Three local legends inducted into Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Nell Fookes, the most successful coach in the history of 9th Region girls basketball, was inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday in Owensboro. Scott Draud and Doug Schloemer, two former all-state boys basketball players from the 9th Region, were also among this year’s 12-member induction class. This year’s inductees...

Former GLVC rival Purdue Fort Wayne (previously known as IPFW) reuniting with NKU in Horizon League

NKyTribune staff A former Great Lakes Valley Conference rival is reuniting with Northern Kentucky University in the Horizon League. Purdue Fort Wayne announced Tuesday at a press conference that it is leaving the Summit League to join the Horizon League, beginning in the 2020-21 academic year. The Horizon League Board of Directors approved the university’s application for membership this week. Purdue...

2019 Prep Football Previews: New coach making headway in changing direction of Dayton program

The NKyTribune is featuring each of the 21 high school football teams in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties leading up to the first games of the 2019 season on Aug. 23. We will then provide focused coverage of our local teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. By Quinton Marksberry NKyTribune contributor Jesse Herbst returned to his football roots as head coach of the Dayton Greendevils...

2019 Prep Football Previews: Cooper quarterback would like to pick up where he left off last season

The NKyTribune is featuring each of the 21 high school football teams in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties leading up to the first games of the 2019 season on Aug. 23. We will then provide focused coverage of our local teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter In the final three games of his sophomore season, Cooper quarterback Jeremiah...

Freedom take three of four from Wild Things; Trip and Pintor lead team to fourth win in six games

In search of their first series win in the second half of the season, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, tossed a shut-out in a, 2-0, victory over the Washington Wild Things on Sunday evening at UC Health Stadium.  The win is the fourth in six games for the Freedom, who captured three of four from Washington over the weekend. Luis Pintor would prove vital for Florence...

Ron Jans named FC Cincinnati head coach; Dutch manager will lead team in a full-time capacity

FC Cincinnati General Manager Gerard Nijkamp has announced the official hiring of long-time Dutch football manager Ron Jans (pronounced YAHNS) as the club’s new head coach. Jans will be formally introduced at a 10 a.m. press conference today, at the Mercy Health Training Center in Milford, Ohio. He will oversee his first FC Cincinnati training session on Tuesday, Aug. 6, and will coach his first...

2019 Prep Football Previews: Texting keeps Lloyd senior linebacker tuned in with coaching staff

The NKyTribune is featuring each of the 21 high school football teams in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties leading up to the first games of the 2019 season on Aug. 23. We will then provide focused coverage of our local teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Lloyd’s football coaches aren’t surprised when they receive a text message...

Freedom split doubleheader with Wild Things, take game two in walk-off fashion

In a true day-night doubleheader, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechancial Solutions, lost the opener, before rallying to a walk-off, 7-6, victory in the night-cap on Saturday night at UC Health Stadium. Kenny Meimerstorf continued his fast start in a Freedom (44-29) uniform, helping the home team hand righty, Zak Spivy (0-5) a, 1-0, lead with an RBI-single in the bottom off the...

2019 Prep Football Previews: Ludlow has veteran at quarterback to lead quest for third winning season

The NKyTribune is featuring each of the 21 high school football teams in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties leading up to the first games of the 2019 season on Aug. 23. We will then provide focused coverage of our local teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. By Cody Johnson NKyTribune contributor After a tough loss in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs last November, Ludlow...

Freedom offense unloads in opening game of series, roll past Wild Things for easy victory

In game one of a weekend four-game series, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, matched phenomenal pitching with electric offense in a, 10-5, victory over the Washington Wild Things on Friday night at UC Health Stadium. Southpaw, George Faue (1-1) set an early tone for Florence (43-28), spinning a quick first inning that would set the stage for eight shut-out frames on...

Lindsey Wilson, Cumberlands tabbed co-favorites in Mid-South poll; Thomas More picked eighth

NKyTribune staff Lindsey Wilson and Cumberlands (Ky.) are co-favorites to capture the Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division, according to the preseason coaches’ poll that was released on Friday. Thomas More — which joins the Mid-South and NAIA as a full member this season — was picked eighth in the Bluegrass Division. The Saints finished with a 7-3 record last fall while competing at the...

2019 Prep Football Previews: Quarterback has confidence in Beechwood’s bevy of first-year starters

The NKyTribune is featuring each of the 21 high school football teams in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties leading up to the first games of the 2019 season on Aug. 23. We will then provide focused coverage of our local teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. By Quinton Marksberry NKyTribune contributor The only sophomore in Beechwood’s starting lineup last season received the...

Freedom fall in finale with Grizzlies, welcome Wild Things to UC Health Stadium for weekend series

With hopes of sweeping a quick two-game series, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, dropped a, 4-2, contest with the Gateway Grizzlies on Thursday night at UC Health Stadium. The Freedom (42-28) raced out to an early one-run lead facing righty Reign Letkeman (3-2), courtesy a sacrifice-fly from Ryan Rinsky after an earlier double from Luis Pintor. Daniel Williams (3-3)...

Former NKU track standout BriAuna Keys tabbed as Horizon League nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year

Former Northern Kentucky University track and field standout BriAuna Keys has been selected as a conference-level honoree for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award. After receiving the Woman of the Year nomination from NKU in June, Keys’ achievements were discussed in comparison to other Horizon League nominees. Out of 200,000 women that play college athletics, only 149 conference-level honorees...

2019 Prep Football Previews: Two-way senior starter expects to build on Newport team’s success last year

The NKyTribune is featuring each of the 21 high school football teams in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties leading up to the first games of the 2019 season on Aug. 23. We will then provide focused coverage of our local teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs. By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Kaleal Davis didn’t like the idea of playing quarterback when Newport football...