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High School Sports

  • 2015 KENTUCKY STANDARD BASEBALL PREVIEW: Generals looking to take off

    It’s the dawn of a new era at Thomas Nelson this season, coaching-wise anyway. First-year varsity head coach Troy Blakley takes over the helm for Brian Coffman, and has already started to infuse a focused trait on the diamond.

    “Thomas Nelson baseball is going to be fun to watch this year,” Blakely said. “We have a really strong group of seniors and were going to change some things up and have a lot of fun. We want to develop our kids and have them to play hard on every play.”

  • 2015 KENTUCKY STANDARD BASEBALL PREVIEW: Eagles hoping to build on last year

    If there’s one drawback to having the best season in school history, it’s this: What do you do for an encore?

    That’s the challenge coach Roger Robinson has with his Bethlehem Eagles, who have to find a way to replace eight starters, including his top three pitchers, from last year’s 5th Region runner-up squad.

    “We’re not going to be able to sneak up on anybody,” Robinson said.

  • STATE WRESTLNG CHAMPIONSHIPS: Nelson County's Ackley scores runner-up finish

    LEXINGTON — Nelson County’s Andrew Ackley made history at the state wrestling meet Wednesday, scoring a school-best state runner-up finish in the 152-pound division.

    “I came relaxed, and I was ready to wrestle,” said Ackley, who went 4-1 at the state championships and was 31-1 on the season. “I was on top of my game the whole time. I just felt like I was going to go out there and win it all.”

  • BOYS' 5th REGION CHAMPIONSHIP: Taylor pulls away in 4th to deny Bardstown repeat

    GREENSBURG — Bardstown’s bid for back-to-back 5th Region titles fell short Tuesday, as top-10 Taylor County held the Tigers without a field goal in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 58-39 win.

    “We were the underdogs,” Bardstown coach James “Boo” Brewer said. “Tonight, they were the better team. We didn’t execute. We didn’t do the things we needed to win, and that’s what happens.”

  • BOYS' 5th REGION SEMIFINALS: Tigers back in title game

    GREENSBURG — The 5th Region tournament is starting to look like Bardstown’s personal playground.

    The Tigers stymied Elizabethtown on defense in Monday’s semifinals at Green County to win their fifth straight region tournament game, taking control with a 13-2 second-quarter run, then hitting their free throws down the stretch to advance to Tuesday’s championship game by way of a 62-48 win.

  • GIRLS' 5th REGION CHAMPIONSHIP: Calbert shines, but No. 1 E'town too much for NC

    RADCLIFF — Nelson County got off to an early lead on the state’s top-ranked team in Saturday’s 5th Region championship, but it proved to be fool’s gold as powerful Elizabethtown rolled to a 66-38 win to punch their ticket to the girls’ Sweet 16.

    “Our plan was to to take great shots, because we wanted our offense to be our defense,” Nelson County coach Kelly Wood said. “They got to running on us, and we couldn’t get back.”

  • BOYS' 5th REGION QUARTERFINALS: Taylor sprints away from Bethlehem in 2nd half

    GREENSBURG — With Taylor County the odds-on favorite to capture the 5th Region basketball tournament, a large number of Cardinal fans have already made hotel reservations in Lexington to follow their team to Rupp Arena.

    And after the Cardinals’ performance against Bethlehem on Saturday at Green County in the quarterfinals, there may be even more Campbellsville residents booking rooms.

  • BOYS' 5th REGION QUARTERFINALS: Bardstown bench comes up big in rout of Adair

    GREENSBURG — Good bench play comes in handy in the postseason, and Bardstown’s reserves delivered Saturday, scoring 35 points in a 59-38 win over Adair County in the boys’ 5th Region quarterfinals.

    “The future’s bright at Bardstown, because most of those guys are sophomores,” Tiger coach James “Boo” Brewer said. “It’s a great luxury (to have such a deep bench). … They took a step forward.”

  • GIRLS' 5th REGION SEMIFINALS: Cards one step away

    RADCLIFF — Shyla Calbert tallied two buckets and two assists during a critical fourth-quarter run Friday, lifting Nelson County past Green County and into the 5th Region championship for the first time since 2005 with a 57-51 win.

    “It’s great,” said sophomore LeLe Linton, who tallied 12 points, nine rebounds and two steals to lead an undersized Nelson County interior attack against long-armed Green County center Whitney Perrian. “Years and years, we didn’t come this far. It’s great that we’ve come this far.”

  • WRESTLING: State meet starts Tuesday

    The rescheduled KHSAA State Wrestling Championships are set for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena in Lexington. The meet was originally set for two weeks ago, but was snowed out. Finals are set for Wednesday.

    Nelson County junior Andrew Ackley (27-0), the No. 2-ranked 152-pounder in Kentucky, faces off with McCreary Central’s Ryan Strunk (29-11) in the first round.