Not a bad way to start – and end – your Saturday sports day in Crestview Hills with a Thomas More football-basketball doublehead.
The 4-6 TMU football team begins at 1:30 a.m. with the last game in the regular season finals at Republic Bank Field against Cumberlands (Ky.) in a Mid-South Conference Senior Day game that Coach is concluding Chris Norwells first season as head coach.
Then at 7:00 p.m. in the Connor Classic, the NAIA No.2 men’s basketball team hosts Thomas More Kent State-Tuscawaras at the Connor Convocation Center. Good chances to bounce back after a narrower-than-expected 67-61 win over Miami-Hamilton.
Also a good opportunity to see if 6ft 5 is junior Reid Jollyfrom Campbell County High, extends his streak of double-doubles to three.
Meanwhile, across northern Kentucky, over in Highland Heights, the NKU men’s NKU men are getting their first chance to recoup their 79-57 opening loss to Kent State with a 2 p.m. game at Truist Arena against UC Clermont. It’s also a warmup for the next game, also at home, on Wednesday, November 16, against the real Cincinnati Bearcats in a second leg to take advantage of NKU’s arena while UC’s Fifth-Third Arena is a few ahead years was renovated.
One question here: Has anyone ever played UC Clermont and UC in back-to-back games — or even in the same season?
Some good news from Northern Kentucky from this week’s Nordic basketball program: One of the two early signings was a Northern Kentuckian, a rarity for NKU. He is Jeremiah Israel from Lloyd Memorial, a 6-3 guard who is ranked No. 15 in the state according to PrepHoops.com after averaging 14 points per game during his junior year. A top student named Community Champion by the Kenton County Alliance, Israel will graduate from Lloyd after the first semester.
NCU Coach Darrin Horn calls Israel “an excellent three-point shooter and great defender and rebounder” and something else – “a local product…”
The Northmen also signed a second 6-3 high-scoring guard on Wednesday Randall Pettus IIwho scored 25 points per game at Bessemer City High School in North Carolina.
*** TMU WOMEN FOOTBALL SEASON ENDS: The No. 6-seeded TMU women’s soccer team was ousted 1-0 by the Mid-South Conference Tournament by No. 2 Tennessee Southern with a goal in the 78th minute to end the season 12-6-2, 5-5 exit the MSC. Three Saints earned All-Mid-South honors at juniors Ryan Meddings and Sterre Harsveld van der Veenboth called up to the second team, and freshman Lauren Lakenamed honorable mention.
*** SAINTS EARN ALL MSC SELECTIONS IN VOLLEYBALL: The four All-MSC volleyball selections represent the most all-time for TMU Asia Ferrando and Sam McClanahan first team while senior Sawyer Lorentz was elected to the second team and senior Ally Albrinck was an honorable mention.
Ferrando has 552 digs, the second highest in the MSC. A native of Georgetown, Kentucky, McClanahan has 1,002 assists and is also second in the MSC. Senior Lorentz is a second-team player for the second straight year as an offense/defensive standout. Albrinck, a second honorable mention, is second on the TMU team with 241 kills and third with 40 blocks.
TMU is 17-11 and #3 seeded in this weekend’s MSC tournament.
*** 2 SAINTS ALL-MSC IN MEN’S SOCCER: Finn Battenstein and Flo Meyer received second-team All-MSC honors. Meyer, a native of Mülheim, Germany, led the Saints in scoring. Battenstein fielded defense for a TMU team that finished 10-6-2 and lost in the MSC quarterfinals.
***WOMEN’S CROSS-COUNTRY FINISHES SECOND IN MSC: With six finishers in the Tiop 20, TMU ran behind No. 23 NAIA University of the Cumberlands with these runners, all named All-MSC: Dylan Hasler (6th, 19:49,4), Savannah fought (9, 19:54,5), Jess Sanders (10., 20:04.8), Caileigh Waters (13., 20:21.8), Sarah Bertsch (14., 20:23.6) and Marlee Ross (18., 20:41.3). Hasler also received an application to race in the NAIA National Championship on November 18 in Tallahassee, Florida.