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High School Sports

  • SOFTBALL: Former SCC coach Smith takes over TNHS program

    Thomas Nelson softball coach Holly Smith has inherited a Generals team that graduated eight seniors, several of whom started, from a team that finished 12-23.

    Don’t feel sorry for her though.

    The former St. Catharine College coach knows what it is like to build a program.

  • SOFTBALL: Brooks takes on NC rebuild

    Kelsey Brooks can remember the glory days of Nelson County softball.

    The 2011 graduate of the school played on six district championship teams, the final one being the last of 21 consecutive titles won by the Cardinals.

    Nelson County has not worn that crown since then, and Brooks, who was a member of the varsity team while a seventh-grader, hopes that will soon change.

  • SOFTBALL: Banshees hope to return to perch

    Bethlehem saw its four-year run atop the 19th District come crashing down in a district championship upset to Washington County last year.

    To reclaim that throne, the Banshees will need its handful of upperclassmen returnees to take on bigger roles than ever before, and a deep group of newcomers to develop fast.

    “This is the youngest team I’ve had since year one,” said Shaun Smith, now in his sixth year as Bethlehem’s head coach. “We’re young but talented. Freshmen and middle-schoolers will play key roles.”

  • SCORES AND SCHEDULE 3-22

    Scores

    Baseball

    Thursday

    Bethlehem 3, Valley 2

    North Hardin 2, Nelson Co. 1 (8 inn.)

     

    Sayre Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament

    Sayre 11, Bardstown 0

     

    Saturday

    Bethlehem 6, KCD 3

    Fern Creek 3, Nelson Co. 2

    Nelson Co. 16, Southern 13

     

    Sayre Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament

    Boyle Co. 10, Bardstown 0

    Simon Kenton 13, Bardstown 1

     

  • On the record with: Nelson Co. senior Paula Marie Gagne

    Nelson County senior Paula Marie Gagne is this week’s nominee for The Kentucky Standard/PLG-TV 13/44 Auto Mart Student-Athlete of the Week.

    Paula carries a 4.12 weighted GPA and was an ace defender for the Cardinals’ girls’ soccer team. She is involved in a number of clubs and activities on campus, including serving as president for NHS and Key Club, as well as serving as an officer for student council and FFA. She is also active in her youth group at St. Thomas Church.

  • PREP SPORTS ROUNDUP: Eagles win their third straight test

    Following a season-opening setback to Taylor County, Bethlehem has won three straight to get the 2017 off to a fast start.

    The latest victim was Spencer County, which was turned back Monday at Dean Watts Park by a 10-6 Eagle win.

    Spencer County pushed across four runs in the top of the first to grab an early lead, but by the second inning Bethlehem had tied it, and kept pouring it on from there, scoring in each of the first five innings to build a 10-4 lead.

  • BASEBALL: Expanded district series leads to more games, strategy

    Big changes have arrived to the 19th District baseball seeding race, starting this week.

    Coaches in the 19th District tournament voted last year to change the way the seeds are decided, abandoning the old home-and-home two-game series that often meant district teams would go sometimes as long as a month at a time before seeing their rival again.

  • SCORES AND SCHEDULE 3-19

    Scores

    Baseball

    Monday

    Bardstown 3, Campbellsville 2

    Taylor Co. 11, Bethlehem 7

    Marion Co. 11, Nelson Co. 3

    Thomas Nelson 18, Doss 16

     

    Thursday

    Bethlehem 3, Valley 2

    North Hardin 2, Nelson Co. 1 (8 inn.)

     

    Sayre Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament

    Sayre 11, Bardstown 0

     

    Saturday

    Bethlehem at KCD

    Nelson Co. at Fern Creek

  • PREP SPORTS ROUNDUP: NC falls to North Hardin in pitcher’s duel

    Nelson County and North Hardin locked up in a pitching duel Thursday, with just three total hits in the game, but the Trojans broke through in the top of the eighth with a walk, a hit batsman, a steal and a costly Cardinal balk to score the winning run in a 2-1 decision.

    Colin Runner, Dominic Lawson and Cam Lovvorn combined on the mound for the Cardinals, striking out nine batters, but Nelson County was unable to take advantage of seven Trojan errors.

  • BASEBALL: Cards have some new faces, and some old ones too

    Nelson County returns for the 2017 season with a mix of old and new players, and a new face heading up the program.

    David Sparrow steps back in for his second stint as head coach, moving up from assistant after Kelly Wood stepped down. Sparrow, who played at NCHS, said it was an “easy choice” to take over again after school administrators asked him.

    “It’s about the kids; it’s not about you,” he said. “I care about these kids and this program.”