High School Sports

  • FOOTBALL: Koontz voted district COY

    Friday’s third-round playoff game didn’t result in Bethlehem’s first-ever region championship, but the Eagles took away some consolation prizes from their deep postseason run.

    Head coach Ron Koontz won the Class 1A District 2 Coach of the Year award, as voted on by the Kentucky Football Coaches’ Association member schools, in voting released late last week. Koontz also won district and state Coach of the Year in Class 1A in 2013.

  • FOOTBALL: Big-play Panthers stop Eagles' run in region final

    RUSSELLVILLE — Bethlehem found its bid for a first-ever region championship thwarted Friday by Russellville when the host Panthers used their big-play ability to blow open what had been a close game in the first half for a 41-20 decision.

  • FOOTBALL: Eagles make their bid for region glory

    Tonight’s Class 1A Region 1 championship presents Bethlehem with a chance to do something never been done before in school history.

    But at this point of the playoffs, there are no free passes. You’re going to have to play well to win, and there’s probably going to be a formidable roadblock in the way.

    That’s the spot Bethlehem (9-3) finds itself in, heading southwest to Russellville (10-2) to take on a Panther squad that ended the Eagles’ postseason 2011-13.

  • FALL PREP SPORTS AWARDS: Generals' Ritchie is 1st team All-State

    Numerous season-end awards lists have been released in recent weeks, with local players in the various fall sports hearing their names called.

    Highlighting the statewide awards are Thomas Nelson senior Ashley Ritchie, who was voted to the first-team All-State in the west by the Kentucky Girls’ Soccer Coaches’ Association. For Bardstown High School, junior boys’ soccer player Devin Boggs received All-State honorable mention in the coach’s vote.





    Class 1A Region 1 playoffs

    Bethlehem 48, Crittenden Co. 21

    Russellville 38, Campbellsville 36





    Class 1A Region 1 championship

    Bethlehem at Russellville




    Nelson Co. at Campbellsville/Taylor Co.

  • SOFTBALL: Banshee slugger Gasser signs with Georgia Tech

    Grason Gasser found a good fit last year when she made her way to Bethlehem and joined the softball team.

    Now, the slugging senior has found another good fit, signing Thursday to continue her career in the Atlantic Coast Conference at Georgia Tech.

    “This is awesome,” Gasser said at her signing ceremony. “I’m really surprised at how many people came out and supported me. My whole class has gotten really close. What I’ve worked for my entire life is coming to its highest point.”

  • FOOTBALL: Eagles blast Rockets behind defense, running game

    Bethlehem utilized a relentless ground attack aided by junior quarterback Matthew Hagan’s five touchdowns as the Eagles skyrocketed past Crittenden County 48-21 on Friday in Class 1A Region 1 second-round playoff action at Lally Field.

    The Eagles (9-3) secured their first trip to the regional finals since 2006, and only the second region championship berth in school history.

  • BASEBALL: NC's Childress inks with Murray St.

    Hunter Childress made his choice in August. Now it’s official, with the Nelson County senior shortstop signing his letter of intent to play for Murray State on Wednesday.

    “This is the most proud I’ve ever been with myself,” Childress said. “I’m happy to finally make it official and sign and be a part of Racer Nation. I’m excited to get down there.”

  • FOOTBALL: Eagles need home win to stay on playoff road

    Bethlehem is the lone football team standing for the playoffs, and with a district championship in their back pocket from the regular season, the Eagles will enjoy another week in the friendly confines of Lally Field.

    “Playing here, I don’t think it’s like playing anywhere else, but maybe that’s how everybody thinks about their home field,” senior lineman William Brown said. “But this might be our last home game, so … it’s just more motivation. I’m going to miss playing here for sure.”

  • STATE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Generals' Mattingly medals again

    LEXINGTON — Jarrett Mattingly cut nearly 35 seconds from his region time in Saturday’s KHSAA State Cross Country Class 2A championship, rounding out his senior season with a second straight sixth-place result.

    “That was my goal coming in, just to get top 10 and give it my all, because it was my last race at the state meet,” the Thomas Nelson senior said. “I didn’t PR, which was my goal, because I knew the state course was faster this year. But I got my season best and I gave it my all, which is what matters.”