• COLLEGE SPORTS: Local athletes win conference awards

    Two local athletes picked up conference awards for their recent hot play for their respective college teams, with former Bardstown standouts Keanu Young and Kindsay Miller-Riney being named their conference’s player of the week.

    Young was the most recent, as the Campbellsville junior caught 11 passes for 200 yards, including a 54-yard scoring pass from Hunter Brown for the first points of the game in a 43-37 overtime win over Bethel, Tenn.

  • RIVER RAT: Ugly times

    College basketball and football fans love to gnash their teeth about the NCAA and its lack of even-handedness when disciplining its member schools. Here in the Bluegrass State, the eternal impasse with North Carolina is a particular cause célèbre.

    There have been threats in recent years of schools making up the “Power Five” conferences (SEC, Pac-12, Big 12, Big Ten, ACC) splitting off and going their own way, so as to keep a bigger piece of the TV pie.

  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Beasley bags MSC Offensive POW

    The Lindsey Wilson College football squad is off to a strong start, ranked No. 6 in NAIA Division I and riding a 3-0 record after a 68-26 win at Union on Saturday.

    And a big reason for that is the play of former Nelson County standout, Dylan Beasley, the Blue Raiders’ quarterback.

  • COLLEGE SPORTS: Nelson County gets two late signees

    More and more local high school athletes are getting the chance to continue their sporting pursuits at the next level, and a pair of Nelson County High School graduates were the last of the Class of 2017 to make their college choice.

    Michael Greenwell recently agreed to join the basketball team at Midway, while Kira Harman will be on the track team at Western Kentucky University.

    Greenwell thought his playing days were over when the final horn sounded in the Cardinals’ 69-51 loss to John Hardin in the opening round of the 5th Region Tournament in March.

  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Tiger teammates together again

    Born two years apart, Devonte Grundy and Eljay Cowherd have always been tight, growing up just three houses down from each other.

    “Devonte was that older brother who pushed me to be the guy I’ve become,” said Cowherd of his former Bardstown High School teammate. “I wanted to be as good as he was.”

    Cowherd said Grundy served as a mentor for him, and that influence was a key component in Cowherd moving on to Georgetown College, where he established himself as a part-time starter and defensive stopper in his redshirt freshman season.

  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Lindsey Wilson QB Beasley lands preseason honors

    Lindsey Wilson football’s Dylan Beasley was named a recipient of the inaugural Blanton Collier Leading with Character award, the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame announced last month.

    Beasley is one of seven student-athletes from around the Mid-South Conference to receive the recognition.

  • COLLEGE BASEBALL: Proctor’s journey leads him to right fit

    Jared Proctor’s path as a college pitcher may not have worked out totally according to his original plan, but the detours for the former Nelson County standout turned out to be pretty scenic.

    Proctor, a left-hander with a penchant for strikeouts, found himself caught up in the shuffle of a coaching change at his first college destination, the University of Kentucky. His prospects were looking pretty rough even before the departure of Gary Henderson when the coach told Proctor his sophomore season innings would likely dwindle.

  • BOYS' SOCCER: Generals’ Martin inks with LWC

    Most kids would have given up and quit.

    Ryan Martin isn’t like most kids, though.

    As an eighth-grade student, Martin was not able to play soccer at Thomas Nelson because the school did not have a freshman or junior varsity team.

    Yet, he showed up for varsity practice every day, went to both home and away games, and showed a dedication to the sport and to his team, knowing he would not be rewarded for his efforts that season.

  • COLLEGE SPORTS: Freshman season a smashing success for Ritchie

    Like a lot of freshman seasons, Ashley Ritchie’s first semester at Morehead State saw Kentucky’s all-time leading goal-scorer experiencing some growing pains.

    “It took a little bit,” said Ritchie, the former Thomas Nelson High School standout. A new role, new formations to learn and integrate yourself into. And a new coach, and new teammates. Before, she said, it all just came naturally.

    “It was definitely a whole new idea,” Ritchie said.

  • LWC’s first couple makes NC proud

    They’ve been described as the first couple of Lindsey Wilson College.

    And why not?

    He’s the star quarterback of the school’s nationally ranked football team that finished the regular season with an 11-1 record and defeated No. 10 Grand View 34-27 in overtime Saturday to advance to the NAIA quarterfinals.

    She is a high-profile student as well, active in several groups on campus and is the face of the school’s public affairs department.