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Highlands senior distance runner has one goal remaining in her successful high school career

By Matthew Dietz NKyTribune sports reporter Highlands senior Maggie Schroeder, one of the most successful distance runners in the area, signed a letter of intent with Northern Kentucky University in May. Before she begins her collegiate career, however, she is on a mission to do something she has never done in high school — win a state title in track. On Tuesday, Schroeder qualified for the Class...

John Calipari and the UK Wildcats returning to ‘normalcy,’ touring state again — including stops in NKY

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari likes to stay busy in the summer and can’t wait to get back to normalcy in the next couple of months. “I’m excited about what we’re doing and where it is, the kind of team we’ve pieced together,” he said. “But you know, there’s a lot of work to do. Now we’ve got to get this summer and … I (always) knew the summer was important to us....

Local players advance to round of 16 in state tennis tournament by winning first two matches

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Six singles players and three doubles teams from local high schools advanced to the round of 16 in the boys and girls state tennis tournament by winning two matches in the opening rounds on Tuesday in Lexington. Sara Wantanabe In girls singles, Covington Latin sophomore Sara Wantanabe, the No. 3 seed, and seniors Ellie Zureick of Cooper and Katherine Taylor...

Bundy resigns as head coach of Brossart girls basketball team that won 10th Region championship

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Kevin Bundy has resigned as head coach of the Bishop Brossart girls basketball team that won its first 10th Region championship in 20 years with him in charge this season. Bundy, who has compiled a 95-52 record in five seasons as head coach of the Mustangs, plans to step down as the high school’s athletic director as well. Kevin Bundy Brossart principal...

Prep Sports Notebook: Beechwood upsets CovCath in 35th District baseball championship game

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Beechwood scored five runs in the first two innings and went on to defeat Covington Catholic, 8-4, in the 35th District baseball championship game on Monday at Beechwood. In the latest Prep Baseball Report Kentucky state rankings, CovCath (32-2-1) was No. 6 and Beechwood (28-6) was No. 13. It was the Colonels’ first loss to an in-state opponent this season. Beechwood...

Thomas More University softball says farewell to one of school’s all-time great hitters in Andrea Gahan

The Thomas More University Saints softball program graduated one of its all-time great hitters in history as the 2021 campaign comes to a close. Andrea Gahan with her family. (Photo from TMU) Andrea Gahan, a Cincinnati native, carried a .347 batting average during the 2021 season, and second-best on the team. Gahan led the team in rbi’s with 32, hit six home runs and 14 doubles. As the season...

Billy Reed: Wishing everyone a Memorial Day of fun, laughter, celebration — and reflection and prayer

I wish everyone a Memorial Day weekend full of fun, laughter, and celebration. But I also hope each of us takes a few private moments of reflection and prayer on all the men and women who have given their lives defending our great nation’s freedoms. This holiday comes less than six months after a bunch of American insurrectionists assaulted our nation’s Capital building with mayhem in their hearts....

Mike Tussey, a man of many careers, loves calling play-by-play, looks forward to the next season

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune editor Mike Tussey has crammed a lot of careers into one very full life – and at 82 closing in on 83, he’s akin to the Energizer Bunny and not even thinking about throwing in the towel. Tussey at ESPN+ calling Morehead and Jacksonville game. (Photo provided) Tussey, who lives in Florence with his wife Jo, started his illustrious broadcasting career in 1961 at WIRO...

Shot clock proposal for high school basketball draws mixed reactions from local coaches

By Matthew Dietz NKyTribune sports reporter In late April, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) decided that a 35-second shot clock can be implemented in high school basketball starting in 2022-23 if a state’s athletic association adopts the rule. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) has launched a survey of member schools to gather data for its Board...

NKU students break down top rivalries in Major League Baseball through creative research project

(Photo from NKU) Northern Kentucky University students are breaking down the most heated sports rivalries as part of a creative research project led by Dr. Joe Cobbs, a professor of Sports Business. More than 20 students measured the most intense and lopsided rivalries in Major League Baseball as part of the Know Rivalry Project. To determine each team’s “rivalry score,” fans representing their...

Tom Gamble to speak at Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony June 16

The Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame has announced former Cincinnati Post sportswriter Tom Gamble will be the guest speaker at the induction ceremony Wednesday, June 16. Gamble, and a member of the Hall, founded In-Game Sports in 2010. The company serves as an event and promotional outlet through high school sports. Gamble remains on talk radio – 700-WLW – Thursday evenings with the Gamble...

Prep Sports Notebook: Campbell County girls tennis team sweeps 10th Region tournament titles

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Campbell County tennis player Natalie Smith claimed her second 10th Region girls singles championship on Monday after winning four matches in straight sets during the tournament.  Two of her teammates — Sydney Melton and Isabella McDowell — rolled through the doubles bracket without losing a set in four matches as well. With those eight victories...

Jamie Vaught: UK Football Cats getting more respect; Coach Cal has impressive class of newcomers

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops’ football program continues to get more respect in college football. For the upcoming 2021 season, Athlon Sports is predicting the Wildcats will be respectable, finishing at No. 4 in the SEC East Division, ahead of No. 5 Tennessee, No. 6 South Carolina and No. 7 Vanderbilt. Interestingly, one of UK’s so-called beatable opponents, Missouri, is ranked ahead of the Cats...

Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine named medical director for the Florence Y’alls

Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine – the regional leader in providing medical services to professional, college, high school and recreational sports teams – will serve as medical director for the Florence Y’alls minor league baseball team through a five-year partnership announced by the two organizations. Glen McClung, M.D., who offers comprehensive sports medicine care and...

Billy Reed: Heads up, everyone; golf is trying to give us a feel-good story. Can Phil Mickelson pull it off??

In case you haven’t been paying attention, the game of golf is trying to give us a feel-good story just when we need one most. After three rounds of the PGA Championship, one of the sport’s four major events, the leader is Phil Mickelson. He is 50 years old, only a month or so from turning 51. For most Americans, that’s a fine age, teetering on the fine line between youth and senior status. But...