High School Sports

  • 2018 KENTUCKY STANDARD BASEBALL PREVIEW: Eagles want to reload rather than rebuild

    Despite being the smallest school in the district, Bethlehem during its 11 years with Roger Robinson as head coach has had a tendency to reload rather than rebuild.

    This season, with seven seniors departed from last year’s top-seeded team in the district tournament, will be a big test for Robinson after losing much of the Eagles’ offense and pitching, including longtime starters such as Tommy Crawford, Matthew Hagan, Curtis Carrico and others.

  • 2018 KENTUCKY STANDARD BASEBALL PREVIEW: Tigers hope last year was no fluke

    Bardstown’s 5-0 win over Elizabethtown in the last year’s regional baseball tournament was the school’s first regional triumph in 29 years.

    Veteran Tiger coach Glenn Koger was a member of that 1988 squad, and he has high hopes that it will not take that long for Bardstown to make another run in the postseason.

    That’s because a strong feeder program and the rapidly improving baseball talent, not only at his school but throughout the county, has more young players capable of stepping into key roles earlier in their high school career.

  • 2018 KENTUCKY STANDARD BASEBALL PREVIEW: Cards hit hard by graduation

    You can rest assured that no one will overlook the Nelson County baseball team this year.

    The Cardinals, you may recall, finished the 2017 regular season with a 15-18 record and entered the district tournament as a four seed.

  • On the record with: TNHS junior Josie Hamilton

    This week’s Student-Athlete of the Week is Thomas Nelson junior Josie Hamilton.

    Josie carries a weighted 4.125 GPA and participates in Beta club on campus, in addition to being part of the Generals’ swim team. Josie was part of the school’s 400 freestyle relay team that won Thomas Nelson’s first-ever region meet medal last month.

    Kentucky Standard sports editor Peter W. Zubaty had a few questions for Josie to better get to know her.


  • GIRLS' 5th REGION CHAMPIONSHIP: Panthers too much in Tigers' first finals appearance

    CECILIA — During a nine-game win streak that stretched into the postseason, Bardstown developed a reputation as a big second-half team prone to wild comeback victories.

    In Saturday’s girls’ 5th Region championship at Central Hardin High School, however, there would be no big comeback, as the Tigers were unable to overcome a slow start against a determined Elizabethtown team, falling 58-28.



    Boys’ Basketball


    5th Region tournament

    at Marion Co.

    Campbellsville 57, Bardstown 55

    John Hardin 88, Caverna 53



    5th Region tournament

    at Marion Co.

    LaRue Co. 66, Bethlehem 32

    Adair Co. 64, Central Hardin 52


    Girls’ Basketball


    5th Region tournament

    at Central Hardin

  • GIRLS' 5th REGION SEMIFINALS: B'town avenges earlier defeats to John to get to its first finals

    CECILIA — Before the season, Amber Courtney thought her Bardstown Tigers had a chance to be a pretty good team.

    But as the calendar stretched on into February, Bardstown was only a few games on the good side of .500; a team that could either realize its potential or be one left asking what could have been.

  • GIRLS' 5th REGION SEMIFINALS: Cardinals can't hold lead, fall in OT to Panthers

    CECILIA — With less than two minutes remaining in Friday night’s girls’ 5th Region semifinal game against Elizabethtown, it appeared that Nelson County had successfully overcome foul trouble and an injury to a key player and was well on its way to punching their ticket to the finals and an opportunity to claim a second consecutive regional title.

    The Cardinals had not allowed a Panther field goal the entire fourth quarter and led 39-34 and had the ball with 1:45 on the clock.

    That’s when things went sour.

  • BOYS' 5th REGION TOURNAMENT: Hawks end Eagles' season

    LEBANON — LaRue County entered the 5th Region tournament with the best record in the field and considered among the contenders to earn a trip to Rupp Arena.

    Bethlehem saw firsthand how tough the Hawks will be to take out of the tournament when they met Thursday night at the Roby Dome at Marion County High School.

    The 18th District champions took control of the game midway through the opening period, breaking away from a 6-6 deadlock and advancing to Monday night’s semifinals with a 66-32 win.

  • BOYS' 5th REGION TOURNAMENT: B'town-C'ville Round 3 goes to Eagles in another thriller

    LEBANON — When Bardstown jumped out to a 24-10 lead in the second quarter against Campbellsville in their opening round game of the 5th Region tournament at Marion County on Wednesday, Tiger coach James “Boo” Brewer knew his team could not relax.

    After all, their first two games against the Eagles had gone down to the final shot, with his team escaping with a pair of one-point wins.