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Prep Sports Notebook: Coach of Walton-Verona girls basketball team retiring earlier than he expected

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Mark Clinkenbeard planned to retire as head coach of the Walton-Verona girls basketball team at the end of this season, but he’s leaving the program sooner than he expected. On New Year’s Day, the high school announced on Twitter that Clinkenbeard is stepping down as head coach now “due to health reasons.” Assistant coach Rianna Gayhart...

N.Ky. Sports Hall of Fame will celebrate 50 years of NKU athletics during meeting on Wednesday

The Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame will recognize 50 years of athletics at Northern Kentucky University during its December meeting on Wednesday at Villa Hills Civic Club. The meeting begins 1 p.m. and is open to the public. The ceremony will include the induction of Marilyn Scroggin-Moore into the Hall of Fame. She was the first coach of the women’s basketball and volleyball programs...

CovCath returns to boys state soccer final; Notre Dame will play St. Henry for region volleyball title

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Covington Catholic advanced to the championship final of the boys state soccer tournament for the third time in five years with a 1-0 win over Daviess County in a semifinal match on Wednesday at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington. The Colonels (14-8-5) will take on Lexington Dunbar (21-3-2) in the season finale at 4 p.m. Saturday at Frederick Douglass....

Notre Dame, CovCath soccer teams return to state playoffs after winning 9th Region championships

Ava Meyer of Highlands, left, and Macie Feldman of Notre Dame race to gain control of a loose ball during the 9th Region girls championship match. (Photo by Bob Jackson) By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The last two Northern Kentucky teams to win state championships in boys and girls soccer are back in the playoffs. In 9th Region championship matches on Saturday, Covington Catholic defeated...

Dixie Heights wins dramatic penalty kick shootout against Ryle in 9th Region boys soccer semifinals

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Dixie Heights won a dramatic penalty kick shootout to hand Ryle its first on-field loss of the season in the semifinals of the 9th Region boys soccer tournament on Thursday at St. Henry. Both teams scored a goal in the first half and the match remained tied through the second half and two overtime periods. After both teams converted on four penalty kicks...

Behringer-Crawford Museum offering free dance workshop for kids by SOTA on Saturday

Kids, come dance under autumn’s falling leaves in NaturePlay, Behringer-Crawford Museum’s outdoor play space in Devou Park.   NKU’s School of the Arts (SOTA) will conduct a creative dance workshop and interactive performance for children aged four and up from 1 to 2:30 p.m. this Saturday, October 9. The event is free and open to the public.   In case of rain, the workshop will...

Friday football roundup: Beechwood, Brossart remain undefeated by winning close games

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Beechwood and Brossart maintained their perfect records in high school football by winning close games on Friday. Brossart defeated visiting Class 1A district rival Nicholas County, 14-0, to post its fourth shutout in seven games. Beechwood pushed its record to 6-0 with a 21-14 win at Dixie Heights, but the Tigers had some tense moments late in the fourth...

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...

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,...

Prep Sports Notebook: Notre Dame girls soccer team will face state champions in tournament opener

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The Notre Dame girls soccer team that’s off to a 12-0 start this season will face another undefeated team in the first round of the Lady Knights Challenge Cup on Tuesday at Lexington Catholic High School. The Pandas’ opponent in the 8 p.m. match will be defending state champion Louisville Sacred Heart, a team that has 13 wins and one tie on its current...

St. Henry graduate among wheelchair tennis players competing in Paralympics this week in Tokyo

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter St. Henry High School graduate Emmy Kaiser is one of three United States women’s wheelchair tennis players scheduled to compete in the Paralympics that began Tuesday in Tokyo. This is the third time that Kaiser, 31, has qualified for the worldwide games for impaired athletes that take place after the Olympics. She played singles and doubles at the...

Highlands boys track team finishes second in tight scoring battle for Class 2A state championship

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter The Highlands boys track team that scored just five points in the 2019 Class 2A state meet came close to winning the championship trophy in Friday’s season finale at the University of Kentucky. Mercer County won the boys state title with 78.5 total points. Highlands placed second with 75 points, even though the Bluebirds had only one first-place finisher...

Local teams advance to baseball, softball state playoffs after winning region championship games

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Campbell County scored five runs in the third inning to take the lead and went on to defeat Harrison County, 8-5, in the championship game of the 10th Region baseball tournament on Tuesday at Meinken Field in Covington. Campbell County players pose for photos with 10th Region championship trophy. Calvin Bertram pitched four scoreless innings to seal the...

Parker Payne, Caleb Smith join Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball coaching staff

Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball head coach Camryn Whitaker announces Parker Payne as assistant coach and Caleb Smith as the director of basketball operations. Both Payne and Smith have extensive experience with the program. Payne is entering his fourth season with the Norse, which includes two as the director of basketball operations before spending last season as an assistant...