High School Sports

  • 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.


    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



    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



    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.

  • GIRLS' SOCCER: Generals' Cecil signs with Berea

    The definition of success, on and off the field, can truly be declared by senior soccer goalkeeper Kristin Cecil from Thomas Nelson High School.

    Not only will Cecil be continuing her dreams of playing the sport, she recently inked her way to becoming a Berea College Mountaineer on an academic scholarship.

    “The feeling is amazing,” Cecil said. “I didn’t think being of my height, I would be able to play college ball at all and I didn’t see it in my future, but now I will have the chance.”

  • BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Nelson County hoopsters to remain teammates

    Nelson County’s Aquarius Watkins and Logan Calbert became full-time starters during their senior season, and their coach thinks both players stand a good chance at major improvement going forward.

    Calbert, a guard, and Watkins, a forward, signed recently with Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s Barons to continue their basketball careers.

    “I’m real happy that I got this opportunity to play basketball,” Watkins said. “I’m hoping to move on and do bigger and better things.”

  • 5TH REGION BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Weather delays championship

    CECILIA — A storm blew in following the top of the first inning of the 5th Region baseball championship at Central Hardin Thursday night, postponing the title game until Saturday afternoon.

    Bethlehem (24-12) got leadoff batter Connor Ballard on by way of a walk to begin the game, but he was doubled off first when Nolan Johnson popped up a bunt attempt. The next two batters, Blake Brangers and Chance Bodine, singled, but Elizabethtown starter Hunter Sullivan was able to get out of the inning unharmed.

  • 5th REGION BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: E'town nips Bethlehem 1-0 in pitcher's duel

    CECILIA — Bethlehem’s bid for a 5th Region baseball championship fell short Saturday, 1-0, against Elizabethtown, putting an end to the best season in Eagle baseball history.

    Elizabethtown’s lone run came in the bottom of the sixth, without the benefit of a hit, which was a tough pill to swallow for Bethlehem.

    “You just don’t want to go out like that,” Eagles senior catcher Blake Brangers said. “But that’s baseball. It happens. It works like that. You just have to get back to work and get better.”

  • 5th REGION BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Bethlehem powers into title game

    CECILIA — Just like in the quarterfinals, bad weather delayed the start of Wednesday’s 5th Region semifinal game between Bethlehem and Campbellsville.

    This time around, Bethlehem didn’t need any late-game heroics, however, pushing across five runs in the first inning on the way to a 13-0 win in five innings to reserve a spot in Thursday’s 5th Region championship against Elizabethtown.

  • 5th REGION SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT: Dragons' rally in 5th ends Banshees' historic season

    MUNFORDVILLE — The best season in Bethlehem history came to a close in the 5th Region semifinals Tuesday, as Green County rallied in the fifth inning to break a tie and win 5-2 at Hart County.

    “We had a great season — we all came together and played together,” said junior Mollie Simms, who homered in Monday’s quarterfinal win against Adair County and was voted to the all-tournament team. “Next year, I think we’ll be ready.”

  • 5th REGION BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Eagles rally in 6th to take down Bruins

    It took more than 28 hours, but Central Hardin’s 5th Region reign finally came to an end, and it took a big Bethlehem comeback to do it.

    The host Bruins, who had won four consecutive region titles and five of the last six, saw a chance at a fifth straight slip away as the Eagles rallied for a 6-5 victory Tuesday night in the region quarterfinals.

    “They’re a quality ball club,” Central Hardin coach Todd Thompson said. “They kept battling. You have to tip your hat to them. The ball just didn’t bounce our way tonight.”