High School Sports

  • 5th REGION BOYS' SOCCER SEMIFINALS: Cards, Eagles shut out by 17th District

    ELIZABETHTOWN — The first trip to the 5th Region boys’ soccer tournament for Bethlehem and Nelson County since 2014 ended in Wednesday night’s semifinals, both by shutout at the hands of a 17th District rival.

    Nelson County (12-7-1) was up first, facing off with a Central Hardin team that had scored a 5-0 win over the Cardinals just two weeks ago during the regular season. The Bruins (14-7-1) went one better this time, eliminating the Cardinals from the postseason by a 6-0 count.

  • 19th DISTRICT VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Bardstown tops WC for school's first title

    The glass ceiling has finally been shattered.

    Bardstown captured its first-ever district volleyball championship with an impressive 3-1 win (25-11, 25-19, 20-25, 25-8) over Washington County on Wednesday in the Tigers’ own gymnasium.

    They did it in stunning fashion, scoring the final 19 points of the fourth set as the home crowd yelled their approval.

    Senior Maggie Downs served the final 18 points.

  • 19th DISTRICT VOLLEYBALL SEMIFINALS: Commanders rally to stop Banshees' title streak at 6

    Bethlehem’s six-year reign as volleyball champions of the 19th District has come to an end.

    The Banshees fell to Washington County last night in the tournament semifinals (25-19, 21-25, 25-16, 20-25, 9-15), losing a 2-1 lead in the process.

    The loss also means Bethlehem will not advance to the regional tournament for the first time since 2008. Ironically, Washington County also played the role of spoiler that year when they beat the Banshees in the opening round of the district tournament.

  • 19th DISTRICT VOLLEYBALL SEMIFINALS: Tigers put away Generals in straight sets

    After a surprising run to the finals of the 5th Region volleyball title match last year, Bardstown, with seven returning seniors, was the odds-on favorite to win its first 19th District championship.

    The Tigers looked like champions Tuesday night as they swept Thomas Nelson 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-19) to advance to the district championship match on Wednesday where they will face Washington County, which rallied from 2-1 down to knock off six-time defending champion Bethlehem in five sets.

  • 5th REGION GIRLS' SOCCER SEMIFINALS: Sparks' goals put Banshees into finals



    Contributing Writer

    It’s been a long time since Bethlehem lost to a 5th Region opponent, and thanks to a pair of goals from junior Madie Sparks to beat Central Hardin in Tuesday’s region semifinals, that streak lasts at least two more days.

  • 5th REGION GIRLS' SOCCER SEMIFINALS: Bodkin's goal in 79th puts Tigers into finals

    Despite dominating possession and shot attempts the entire game, Bardstown still found itself down 1-0 to Elizabethtown and facing elimination as the second half wore on.

    But eventually, some of those shot chances had to find the net. And they did, with senior Haylee Koger netting the equalizer in the 59th minute, and junior Molly Bodkin coming up with the game-winner with just 1:25 showing on the clock, a thrilling ending to a comeback 2-1 decision that put Bardstown into the 5th Region championship match for the first time since 2012.

  • On the record with: Bethlehem’s Kelsey Greenwell

    Bethlehem senior volleyball player Kelsey Greenwell is this week’s nominee for The Kentucky Standard/PLG-TV 13 Student-Athlete of the Week.

    Kelsey carries a 3.95 GPA and also participates on the Banshees’ track and field squad, in addition to being involved in several clubs around campus, including National Honor Society and Interact Club, and is a participant in the Nelson County Distinguished Young Women program.

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


  • 19th DISTRICT VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT: TNHS tops NC for record 20th win

    Regardless of the outcome of Tuesday’s semifinal match with top-seeded Bardstown, members of the Thomas Nelson volleyball team will be able to look back on their 2017 season with pride.

    The Generals’ 3-1 win over Nelson County in the 19th District play-in game (25-15, 25-20, 22-25, 25-19) was a school-record 20th win of the season.

  • 5th REGION BOYS' SOCCER TOURNAMENT: Cardinals roll Knights in region return

    ELIZABETHTOWN — Nelson County celebrated its return to the boys’ 5th Region soccer tournament Monday by eliminating Marion County, 3-0, to advance to a Wednesday semifinal match with 17th District champion Central Hardin.

    “It feels great,” Nelson County senior James Caisse said about moving forward in the region. “We work hard. We’ve been practicing for this for the whole season.”

  • 5th REGION GIRLS' SOCCER TOURNAMENT: Tigers advance past Hawks



    Contributing Writer

    For the first time since 2013, the Bardstown Tigers made it to the 5th Region girls’ soccer tournament.

    Just like four years ago, the first round saw the Tigers matched up with LaRue County, and once again Bardstown came away with the win, following the 2013 campaign that saw Martin Bodkin’s squad fall in a region semifinal shootout to Central Hardin.