High School Sports

  • 5th REGION SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT: Bruins stop Banshees in SFs

    RADCLIFF — Bethlehem had the early lead, 2-0, but the Banshees’ bats went cold while Central Hardin got hot, with the Bruins rolling to a 10-3 win in Wednesday’s 5th Region softball semifinals at North Hardin.

    The loss brought an end to the careers of four-year starters and all-tournament team members Mollie Simms and Abi Duncan, who helped lift the Bethlehem program from district afterthought to region power.

  • 5th REGION SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT: Banshees drop LaRue to advance

    A charge from Bethlehem’s battery Tuesday night was enough for the Banshees to pull the plug on the LaRue County Hawks’ season.

    Seventh-grade pitcher Kailey Miller and senior catcher Abi Duncan combined for three of their team’s four RBIs as the 19th District champion rallied by the 18th District runner-ups, 4-2 in the 5th Region Softball Tournament’s final quarterfinal at North Hardin.

    Bethlehem fell to Central Hardin in Wednesday’s semifinals.





    5th Region tournament

    at Nelson Co.

    Adair Co. 2, Bethlehem 1

    Elizabethtown 7, LaRue Co. 0

    Washington Co. 11, Green Co. 1

    Central Hardin 5, Taylor Co. 1



    5th Region Semifinals

    at Nelson Co.

    Elizabethtown 3, Adair Co. 0

    Central Hardin 7, Washington Co. 0



    5th Region Championship

    at Nelson Co.

  • CHEERLEADING: TNHS' Borders signs on with D-I NKU

    It’s always a distinguished honor to attend the college of your choice.

    But when that institute accepts you and announces you have been chosen to be a part of one of its most accredited programs, then it becomes an even more prestigious accolade, and that is sometimes few and far between.

    That would be the case for Thomas Nelson senior Shannah Rae Borders, who was recently signed with Northern Kentucky University and will join the Norse cheerleading squad.

  • 5th REGION BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Hard-luck Bethlehem falls 2-1 to Adair

    Bad luck happens. Sometimes, it happens at the worst possible time, and it ends a season.

    Bethlehem suffered two spots of bad luck in Monday’s 5th Region baseball tournament quarterfinal against Adair County, and it cost the Eagles dearly as the Indians knocked them out of the bracket with a 2-1 win.

    “It’s pretty tough, because we work hard — every day we’re doing something,” Bethlehem senior J.T. Mattingly said. “It was just little mental errors that really got us in the end. But that’s baseball for you.”

  • 5th REGION BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Eagles open play against Adair Co.

    Bethlehem, a region runner-up last year, opens Monday’s 5th Region baseball tournament at 11 a.m. at Nelson County High School, where the 19th District runner-up Eagles will be taking on 20th District champ Adair County.

    The Eagles (24-14) and Indians (18-10) have not played this season.

    In Monday’s 1:30 p.m. game, 18th District champ LaRue County (25-9) meets defending region champ and 17th District runner-up Elizabethtown (28-8). The Panthers dropped a wild 13-inning affair in the district finals to Central Hardin, 10-9.

  • KHSAA STATE TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Mattingly, Ballard, McGaughey grab 2 medals apiece in 2A

    LEXINGTON — Jarrett Mattingly, Will Ballard and Nick McGaughey topped the list of local performers with two medals apiece Friday at the Class 2A State Track and Field Championships at the University of Kentucky.

    Mattingly, a junior from Thomas Nelson, bettered his region time by three seconds when he finished the 1600 meter run in 4:32.59 to place third. Just off his heels was Nelson County’s Will Ballard in sixth with a 4:38.79 mark. The Cardinal senior was projected 21st in the race, and he smashed his region time by more than 11 seconds.

  • 5th REGION SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT: Banshees face LaRue Co. at 5 p.m.

    Play begins Monday at North Hardin High School for the 5th Region softball tournament.

    Green County (20-15), winners of the 18th District and defending 5th Region champions, opens play at 11 a.m. against 19th District runner-up Washington County (14-14). That game is followed by 20th District champ Taylor County (26-10) taking on 17th District runner-up North Hardin (18-17) at 1 p.m.

    Central Hardin (29-7), the 17th District champs, meets up with 20th District runner-up Marion County (22-11) at 3 p.m.

  • 19th DISTRICT BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: WC tops Bethlehem 4-3 on walkoff hit in 7th

    Washington County battled back from a two-run deficit Wednesday night, chipping away at Bethlehem’s lead and eventually claiming the 19th District championship, 4-3, on Michael Chastain’s walkoff single in the bottom of the seventh.

  • 19th DISTRICT SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Bethlehem rolls to 4th straight title

    Her teammates had given her a 7-1 cushion through four innings in Wednesday night’s 19th District softball championship game when Bethlehem seventh-grader Kailee Miller became shaky on the mound.

    Two Washington County batters hit the ball hard in the top half of the fifth inning, and the Commanders’ dugout was rocking with two runners on base, hoping for a big comeback.

    Banshees coach Shaun Smith then walked to the mound, and was surrounded by his catcher and infielders.