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Tip-Off Time in the Tri-State: Excitement Builds as Basketball Season Begins

Nathan Vinson (23) plays in a game against the Campbell County Camels during last year’s season.

The courts are buzzing with excitement as basketball season tips off, ushering in a new era of competition for athletes eager to showcase their skills and team spirit.

The commencement of the basketball season is much more than a sporting event in the Fort Thomas community. Families, friends, and students all gather to cheer on their teams as the first jump ball is thrown.

When asked about how he feels going into the season, Junior Owen Yelton said: I’m feeling really good. We’re in a really tough region, there’s a lot of talent out there but I think we have enough talent to compete with anyone.”

In the months building up to this season, coaches and players have worked diligently to prepare. Countless hours of effort and devotion have resulted in a collective determination to reach excellence on the court. 

There is a distinct feeling of hope and enthusiasm in the air this season. New players have emerged, while seasoned veterans are preparing to lead the team to success. Rivalries that have existed for decades will be revived, and the confrontations on the court are likely to be intense. We talked to both the boys’ and girls’ varsity coaches about their biggest competition this season.

Girls Varsity Coach Jamie Richey said: “Our biggest competitors are definitely Cooper and Ryle, they’re the top 2 teams in the region, and the top competitor in the district is NCC.”

Boys Varsity Coach Kevin Listerman said: “Cov Cath is always the biggest competitor. I think Newport is going to be good, and Cooper is going to be good as well.”

Fans may expect a rollercoaster of emotions as they see buzzer-beating shots, intense defensive stands, and so much more when the beginning whistle sounds. While the competition is fierce, the underlying values of sportsmanship, collaboration, and personal growth remain.

When asked about her goals for the season, Junior Marissa Green said: “My goal is to win the region and score my 1000th point.”

As the season unfolds, there are sure to be surprises, loss, and excitement. Basketball is more than just a sport; it is a journey of personal development, an expression of passion, and a monument to the power of teamwork. So, let the games begin as we start another amazing season in the world of Highlands basketball.

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