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High School Sports

  • Generals find a new leader in Johnson

    TOM DEKLE

    Nelson County Schools

    One of the newest high schools in the state, Thomas Nelson, went with a coaching newcomer to fill the void atop the boys’ basketball program, tabbing former St. Catharine player and assistant coach Brandon Johnson to lead the Generals.

    “The hiring panel was most impressed not only by Johnson’s athletic achievements, but with the way he carries himself on and off the floor as a role model for others and an example of our LEADER values at Thomas Nelson,” principal Wes Bradley said.

  • HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Starting football season in shape
  • BASEBALL: Eagle standouts fly off to college destinations

    Successful teams tend to be strong up the middle, and that was the case with Bethlehem during its recent rise to the upper echelon of the 5th Region baseball scene.

    Pitchers Alan Webb and Jimmy Keating and catcher Blake Brangers — standouts in the Eagles’ three straight district titles and this year’s run to the region title game — will carry on their careers at the next level.

  • BASEBALL/SOFTBALL: 5 local players make all-region 1st team

    It was a strong year for baseball in the 19th District, and the release of the All-5th Region Team earlier this week is a reflection of that.

    Bethlehem, the region runner-up, matched 5th Region champ Elizabethtown with three players named to the first team, and five players in total. In addition, Nelson County and Bardstown also had first-team representatives, and all five local representatives picked for the first team will play college ball.

    Hunter Sullivan, the Panthers’ righty ace, led the coaches’ vote for region player of the year.

  • RIVER RAT: Timed impeccably, Brown goes out on top

    When I first arrived in Bardstown some seven years ago, my advance research told me Bethlehem wasn’t much more than a soccer school.

    Now, it’s become so much more, and it can’t really be a coincidence, can it?

    “He’s done for Bethlehem what Tom Jurich did for U of L,” said Tom Hamilton, the Bethlehem principal, of outgoing athletics director Tom Brown.

  • GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Generals tab new girls' coach

    Thomas Nelson filled its girls’ basketball opening this week, hiring Bullitt Central assistant Joshua Whitehouse to take over the Generals’ head coaching spot.

    “He’s always loved girls’ basketball,” Thomas Nelson athletic director Sara Thurmond said. “He has a passion for the way the girls’ game is played.”

  • BASEBALL: NC's Proctor 1st team All-State

    Jared Proctor’s season may have been cut short prematurely by injury, but the Nelson County lefty did enough during a marvelous senior season to draw first-team all-state honors by Kentucky’s baseball coaches.

    “It’s a good honor,” said Proctor, who has already started classes at the University of Kentucky, where he will continue his baseball career. “I worked really hard for it and it paid off.”

  • RIVER RAT: Select Preps is this week

    Last year around this time, we were making our preparations for the first Select Preps awards show, honoring the top student-athletes in each of the 25 varsity sports played at our local high schools, as well as the coach of the year.

    Twenty-five.

    It’s a pretty big number to wrap my mind around, considering it was only a handful of that when I started as a high school sports reporter some 11 years ago, switching from news.

  • GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Courtney takes over at Bardstown

    PETER W. ZUBATY

    pzubaty@kystandard.com

    Amber Courtney enjoyed major success in turning around North Bullitt as a young up-and-coming coach, guiding the program to the loftiest heights in history the past three seasons.

    She’ll attempt the same feat at Bardstown, where she plans to implement an up-tempo, defensive-based system that relies heavily on a deep bench.

    “I like to score off the defense and I don’t like to slow the ball down,” Courtney said. “I love speed.”

  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: B'town PG building big, broad fan base

    PETER W. ZUBATY

    pzubaty@kystandard.com

    Bardstown’s L.J. Cowherd dazzled Rupp Arena fans with a sneak peek at what he can do during the Tigers’ spectacular state tournament run in March, and the senior-to-be has backed that up with strong play on the spring AAU circuit.

    It’s paying dividends for the Tigers’ contortionist of a point guard, as college recruiters are learning fast.