High School Sports

  • GIRLS' 5th REGION TOURNAMENT: Panthers' firepower too much for Tigers

    LEBANON — Ranked as high as No. 5 in the state coming in, defending 5th Region champion Elizabethtown didn’t get the easy first-round cruise it had hoped against Bardstown in the region’s opening round Monday at Marion County.

    The Panthers (27-3) built big leads on a handful of occasions, only to see the young Tigers whittle away each time before succumbing, 68-56.

  • BOYS' 5th REGION TOURNAMENT: First-round pairings set

    Nelson County, making its second straight trip to the 5th Region tournament, will play in Wednesday’s opening first-round game at Central Hardin, while Bardstown, in for a 14th straight season, will play in Thursday’s first-round closer.

    The Cardinals (12-16), the 19th District runner-up, face off with 17th District champ John Hardin (22-10) at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Central Hardin. The Cardinals and Bulldogs have not played this year.



    Boys’ Basketball


    19th District tournament

    at Bardstown

    Washington Co. 73, Thomas Nelson 48



    19th District tournament

    at Bardstown

    Nelson Co. 68, Bethlehem 51



    19th District tournament

    at Bardstown

    Bardstown 81, Washington Co. 55



    19th District Championship

    at Bardstown

  • BOYS' 19th DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP: B'town rolls past NC to take 4th straight title

    Bardstown overcame a pair of losses in the final week of the season and marched to back-to-back wins in the 19th District tournament to reestablish the Tigers as a contender for the 5th Region Tournament that starts on Wednesday at Central Hardin High School.

    Bardstown (22-7) defeated Nelson County 77-48 Saturday night to capture the school’s fourth consecutive district championship and sixth in the past seven years. Bardstown has appeared in the district finals the past 14 years and has now won 40 straight games against district competition.

  • Girls’ region starts Monday

    Regional contender Nelson County drew into the opposite bracket of defending champion Elizabethtown in the 5th Region Tournament that gets underway Monday at Marion County.

    Unfortunately, 19th District runner-up Bardstown (22-9) will play the No. 9 Panthers, 26-3 and winners of the 17th District, in the second opening round game on Monday. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. The Tigers and Panthers have not played this season.

    Host Marion County, 21-11 and winners of the 20th District, will play 18th District runner-up LaRue County (13-18) at 6 p.m.

  • GIRLS' 19th DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP: Cards rout Tigers to make it 9 in a row

    Nelson County has emerged to be a true District Dynasty in all forms. Although Bardstown was the last team to beat the Cardinals in a district title game back in 2008, Nelson County not only won on Friday, but went undefeated in regular season district and region play — and did it all in the midst of an emotional roller-coaster ride.

  • BOYS' 19th DISTRICT SEMIFINALS: Tigers erupt in 2nd half to blow out Commanders



    Contributing Writer

    In search of a fourth-straight 19th District tournament title, host Bardstown handled business Thursday night, handing Washington County a season-ending loss in the semifinals, 81-55.

    The Tigers’ defense was solid throughout the evening, forcing 17 Commanders turnovers.

    “We came out with a lot of energy. We stayed focused for 32 minutes,” Bardstown coach James “Boo” Brewer said. “Our energy and tenacious defense were the keys to victory.”

  • GIRLS' 19th DISTRICT SEMIFINALS: Cards hold off pesky Bethlehem to get to finals

    Nelson County pushed its way through the 19th District semifinals Thursday, but it took a while for the Cardinals to put away a scrappy Bethlehem squad, 79-62.

  • BOYS' 19th DISTRICT SEMIFINALS: Cards dominate 2nd half in knocking out Eagles



    Contributing Writer

    Entering Wednesday night’s 19th District semifinal matchup, Bethlehem had regular season bragging rights — winning the previous two meetings with Nelson County this season, the second matchup going to overtime before the Eagles emerged victorious.

    The third meeting had a different ending.

  • GIRLS' 19th DISTRICT SEMIFINALS: Boggs' triples lift Tigers past Generals



    Contributing Writer

    Behind freshman Jasmin Boggs’ game-high 16 points, Bardstown handed Thomas Nelson a season-ending loss Wednesday evening in the 19th District semifinals, 62-40, advancing to the district championship game Friday night. 

    First-quarter action between the tournament-host Tigers and Generals was back and forth. Thomas Nelson took an early 5-4 lead halfway through the period — its only lead of the game — with all five points coming from free throws.