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Mummert records 15 kills, hits .520 as Thomas More volleyball sweeps past Centre for 19th victory

NKyTribune staff Another blistering offensive performance by the Thomas More University volleyball team resulted in yet another victory Wednesday night. Jenna Mummert recorded 15 kills and attacked at a torrid .520 clip as Thomas More swept visiting Centre College, 25-9, 25-16, 25-21, at the Connor Convocation Center. The Saints, who lead the nation in kills per set, hammered down 46 spikes to improve...

NFL Fantasy Football Lister Week 6: If you’re hungry for a hike in gains, feast on the defenseless

By Marc Hardin NKyTribune contributor I’ve always been intensely interested in mavericks. Not so much Mark Cuban’s basketball team in Dallas or characters played by James Garner in the old TV show and Mel Gibson in the film update. But real live mavericks who are unorthodox, independent-minded and original. These include some personal favorites such as Nicolaus Copernicus, Emily Dickinson,...

Prep Football Stats Report: CovCath backfield duo generating nearly 400 offensive yards per game

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Containing a balanced Covington Catholic offense that’s averaging 452 yards and 44 points per game is the challenge Highlands will face in the annual showdown between the Class 5A district rivals on Friday in Ft. Thomas. The undefeated Colonels are the No. 1 team in statewide power rankings after winning seven games by an average margin of 32.2 points....

Stoops, Cats using bye week to prepare for second half of the season

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats are taking advantage of a bye week to rest and get ready for the second half of the season. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It took Mark Stoops a little longer to get over Kentucky’s loss at Texas A&M and the Kentucky coach doesn’t think his team will lose focus during the lone bye week of the season. “They’ve been...

Atop the nation in kills per set, Thomas More volleyball team seeks to extend winning streak

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter How effective is the Thomas More University volleyball team’s offense? If the latest NCAA Division III statistics are a gauge, Thomas More is among the nation’s best. In fact, the Saints are No. 1 nationally in kills per set (15.07) and 11th in hitting percentage (.253). Those numbers have allowed Thomas More to post an 18-1 record going into Wednesday night’s...

UK Profile: A veteran, Reid Travis feels like a new kid on the block

Reid Travis brings experience to the Kentucky roster. (UK Athletics photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Reid Travis feels like a new kid on the block. Although the former Stanford standout has played college basketball for four years, he’s starting over as graduate-transfer at Kentucky as he pursues his master’s degree. Travis said there are similarities between the two programs and considers...

UK profile: PJ Washington plans to take it slower, savor sophomore season with Wildcats

P.J. Washington is bigger and stronger for his sophomore season. (UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington is taking a different approach going into his second season at Kentucky. “I’m just trying to take it slower,” he said. “The season goes by fast and school goes by fast. I’m just trying to enjoy every moment I get, especially in the classroom. They were my...

Jamie Vaught: At 91, Bell County native Homer Rice looks back at career as football coach, administrator

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part column about Kentuckian Dr. Homer Rice who had an illustrious career in football coaching and athletic administration. He also recruited Greg Page of Middlesboro who became the first black football player to sign with UK. If you follow sports, you probably have read or heard about former UK assistant football coach Dr. Homer Rice even though the...

John Calipari Q&A: His newest set of Wildcats are gym rats

John Calipari says this year’s team resembles the traits of Brandon Knight (Tammie Brown Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari touched on a variety of topics when meeting with select members of the media last month to preview the upcoming season. Calipari provided a glimpse into what to expect this season. “If we’re really going to be good,...

A decade into his tenure, Calipari has same drive, desire to succeed

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari begins his 10th season as coach of the Kentucky Wildcats. He is shown at his first Big Blue Madness. (Bill Thiry/Kentucky Today ) A decade has passed since John Calipari took over at the University of Kentucky. Has it been 10 years? “That is not that long ago,” he said. “You’re not talking 15 years ago.” Calipari, who has compiled a 275-64 record...

Texas A&M hands No. 13 UK first setback of the season, 20-14 in OT

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson looks for running room in a 20-14 overtime loss to the Aggies Saturday night at College Station. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will have two weeks to get over its first loss of the season. The 13th-ranked Wildcats had a hard time finding the end zone in a 20-14 overtime loss at Texas A&M Saturday night at College Station. Trayveon...

Cooper freshman finishes among top golfers in boys state tournament with matching rounds of 75

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Cooper freshman Rylan Wotherspoon shot 3-over par 75 in both rounds of the boys state golf tournament at Bowling Green Country Club and finished in a tie for 14th place. Rylan Wotherspoon Covington Catholic and Highlands were among the 12 teams that qualified for the final round on Saturday. CovCath placed seventh with a 640 total, followed by Highlands...

Pitts rushes for career-high 204 yards as Thomas More posts 41-27 win at Emory & Henry

NKyTribune staff EMORY, Va. — Hjavier Pitts rushed for a career-high 204 yards and two touchdowns Saturday afternoon as the Thomas More University football team extended its winning streak to five with a 41-27 victory at Emory & Henry. Justin Post passed for three touchdowns as Thomas More improved to 5-1. The Saints finished with 471 yards of total offense and pulled away to post their fourth...

Senior running back generates offense Lloyd football team needs to win district opener against Newport

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Lloyd’s football coaching staff decided to take senior Travon Mason out of the defensive lineup so he could focus his energy on being the team’s primary running back. That move made perfect sense after watching the Juggernauts’ dominating performance in a 30-0 win over Newport on Friday in the first Class 2A district game for both teams. Mason...

No. 13 Kentucky set to face Texas A&M in first meeting since 1953

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson and the Wildcats will take on Texas A&M Saturday at College Station. The Wildcats are looking for their sixth victory of the season. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The last time Kentucky played on the road, the Wildcats ended a 31-game losing streak to Florida in Gainesville, jumpstarting the Wildcats’ best start in the Southeastern...