Covington Catholic Baseball Dominates Preseason Coaches Poll with Perfect Record

Covington Catholic baseball team leads the Northern Kentucky preseason coaches poll with a flawless start to the season.

Covington Catholic Shines Bright Amongst Top 10 Teams

Hey there, sports fans! If you're looking for a team that's on fire, look no further than Covington Catholic baseball. This powerhouse is the only squad ranked in the top 10 of the Northern Kentucky preseason coaches poll to maintain a perfect record as we head into April. Sitting pretty at No. 3 in the rankings, the Colonels have clinched victory in their first eight games, even securing wins against the formidable No. 5 Highlands, last year's 9th Region tournament runner-up.

Leading the charge for CovCath is the sensational shortstop, Jackson Reardon. This junior player has been swinging his bat with precision, boasting an impressive .667 batting average in the team's initial six games. And guess what? He hasn't struck out once! Reardon's stellar performance isn't going unnoticed, as he recently committed verbally to play for the University of Cincinnati baseball program.

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Under the expert guidance of Coach Bill Krumpelbeck, Covington Catholic's flawless 8-0 start has propelled him to a career record of 1,105-469-3. Talk about experience and success! With 47 seasons at CovCath, Coach Krumpelbeck boasts a remarkable 70.0% winning rate and sits proudly as the third-highest on the state's career victories list. Now that's what I call a true baseball legend!

Ryle Takes the Lead in Preseason Poll Despite Early Challenges

While Covington Catholic sizzles at the top of the rankings, the No. 1 spot belongs to Ryle in the Northern Kentucky preseason coaches poll. Despite their current 4-5 start to the season, the Raiders are proving their mettle with close one-run losses to tough competitors like Dixie Heights, Great Crossing, and last year's Ohio Division I state champion, Cincinnati Moeller.

In an opening game that set tongues wagging, Ryle secured an impressive 8-2 victory over two-time defending 9th Region champions, Beechwood. The competition is heating up, and it's anyone's game as we witness these powerhouses battle it out on the diamond.

Exciting Times Ahead for Small-School Tournament

Calling all fans of high school baseball! The small-school tournament is just around the corner, promising thrilling matchups and intense showdowns. The action kicks off with Villa Madonna facing off against St. Henry on Monday, with the winner set to take on Ludlow in one of four quarterfinal clashes on Tuesday.

The stakes are high as teams battle it out for a chance to compete in the final three games at Thomas More Stadium in Florence. Mark your calendars for the semifinals on Thursday and the championship game on Friday under the floodlights. It's going to be a baseball extravaganza you won't want to miss!

Top 10 Teams Battle for Supremacy

Let's take a quick look at the records of the top 10 teams in the Northern Kentucky coaches poll after Saturday's games:

1 — Ryle (4-5) 6 — Simon Kenton (8-1)
2 — Beechwood (5-3) 7 — Dixie Heights (8-3)
3 — CovCath (8-0) 8 — Conner (4-5)
4 — Campbell County (2-4) 9 — St. Henry (4-3)
5 – Highlands (4-6) 10 — Cooper (4-5)

NewCath Seeks New Head Basketball Coach

In other exciting news, high schools in the 9th Region are on the lookout for new head basketball coaches. Newport Central Catholic is currently in the hiring process for their girls' head basketball coach for the third consecutive year. After guiding the Thoroughbreds to a commendable 19-12 record last season, Dan Albrinck will be passing on the torch to a new leader.

A standout player from last season was Caroline Eaglin, NewCath's point guard who dominated the court with her scoring prowess. With an unforgettable record as the leading scorer in 9th Region girls basketball for two consecutive seasons, Eaglin is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with on the court.

Johns Hopkins Star Shines Bright

Switching gears to collegiate basketball, Notre Dame graduate Macie Feldman had a stellar season as a starting guard for Johns Hopkins University's women's basketball team. Feldman played a pivotal role in leading her team to the "Sweet 16" in the NCAA Division III tournament, capping off a historic season with a program-best 26-4 record.

This talented sophomore showcased her skills on both ends of the court, averaging impressive stats of 10.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. With her standout performances in crucial playoff games, Feldman proved herself as a true asset to the Blue Jays' lineup.

As we celebrate these remarkable achievements in baseball and basketball, let's gear up for more nail-biting action on the courts and fields. Stay tuned for more updates and thrilling moments from the world of sports!

Hamza Ilyas

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