High School Sports

  • PREP SPORTS ROUNDUP: Bruins win playoff over NC at region

    Nelson County’s hopes to snare a team berth to the girls’ state golf championships came down to the wire Monday at Fort Knox’s Lindsey Golf Course, but the Cardinals came up short in a playoff with Central Hardin for team region runner-up honors.

    “Once we got into a playoff, I knew it would be an uphill battle,” Cardinals coach Kevin Burkhead said. “I’m proud of the way they played — they played their hearts out.”

  • FOOTBALL: Chargers too much for Cards in 5A opener

    It had to be a different feeling for Nelson County first-year head coach Kenneth Thornsberry as he looked across the sideline Friday night and saw the Bullitt East Chargers to open district play.

    He was an assistant coach there for several years before taking the Cardinal job.

    And it was a very uncomfortable feeling for the coach as he saw his former team score early and often in rolling to a 69-0 win over his winless team.

    It was a script that has occurred all too often for the young Nelson County squad.

  • PREP SPORTS ROUNDUP: Cards get inside track in district

    Nelson County grabbed its fourth straight win Thursday, beating Bethlehem 4-0 behind Jaren Brown’s hat trick to pull into a tie with Thomas Nelson atop the 19th District standings, with the Cardinals and Generals both at 4-1 as of press time Saturday.

    Thomas Nelson (9-4) had its district finale Saturday morning at Bardstown in a match too late for this edition. Nelson County (8-5) holds the tiebreaker by virtue of their 1-0 win last week.

  • FOOTBALL: Eagles rally on the road

    BELLEVUE — It was a beat-up and banged-up Bethlehem football team that hit the road Friday night to the farthest reaches of Northern Kentucky.

    But the Eagles — with head coach Ron Koontz sidelined on medical leave and the loss of senior quarterback Matthew Hagan and junior center Dillen Sizemore to injuries — used a makeshift lineup and turned in a strong defensive to defeat Bellevue, 17-10.

  • FOOTBALL: Moore rallies past TNHS in district opener

    In both team’s Class 3A District 3 opener, Moore overcame four turnovers, including a fourth-quarter interception, in rallying from two scores down for a 26-22 win Friday at Thomas Nelson, spoiling the Generals’ homecoming festivities.

    Thomas Nelson (3-2) was not without its own miscues, however, committing three turnovers of its own, and the Generals and Mustangs took turns much of the night shooting themselves in the foot with costly penalties.

  • FOOTBALL: Bardstown motors past Henry County

    Paybacks can be heck sometime.

    Henry County came to Bardstown a year ago and smashed the Tigers 28-7 at Garnis Martin Field.

    But coach David Clark’s team, ranked No. 7 in Class 3A, returned the favor Friday night when they jumped out to a 27-0 first quarter lead and cruised to a 41-28 victory on the losers’ home turf, getting the District 3 schedule off to a winning start.

  • PREP SPORTS ROUNDUP: Bardstown win settles girls’ soccer seeds

    Bardstown clinched no worse than the No. 3 seed in the 19th District girls’ soccer tournament, grabbing a crucial 2-0 win at Nelson County Wednesday night.

    Juniors Haylee Koger and Lexie Welther fed each other for both second-half goals, with Koger striking in the 58th minute, then returning the favor to Welther 10 minutes later. Gabby Woods got her second shutout of the season in goal for the Tigers, who improve to 7-5 overall and 2-3 in district matches with only a home date next Wednesday with 14th-ranked Bethlehem remaining on their district slate.

  • COMMUNITY SPORTS: Senior Olympian keeps getting better with age

    While most people slow down as they age, Don Kirkpatrick just gets faster.

    The Bardstown resident and former meteorologist with the National Weather Service is a classic late-bloomer, positioning himself as one of the fastest Senior Olympian sprinters in the country and the world.

  • FOOTBALL: Eagles' coach Koontz sidelined

    When Bethlehem heads to the northernmost part of Kentucky tonight for a game at Bellevue, Eagles head coach Ron Koontz won’t be making the trip with the team.

    Koontz, a longtime assistant at North Hardin, Central Hardin and Bardstown who is in his seventh season as Bethlehem’s head coach, has been ordered off the field by doctors and will be stepping aside at the end of the season. He said he had a flare-up about two weeks ago that led to a hospital stay, and some soul-searching.

  • Scores and Schedule 9-21




    Bardstown 27, Elizabethtown 13

    KCD 48, Bethlehem 28

    Woodford Co. 29, Nelson Co. 0


    Boys’ Soccer


    Bardstown 2, Central Hardin 2

    Nelson Co. 5, Bethlehem 2

    North Hardin 6, Thomas Nelson 0



    Nelson Co. 1, Thomas Nelson 0



    Meade Co. at Bardstown

    LaRue Co. at Nelson Co.