High School Sports

  • 2015 KENTUCKY STANDARD CROSS COUNTRY PREVIEW: Goal the same for NC girls: Make state

    The momentum is once again riding high this year for both the girls’ and boys’ cross country teams at Nelson County. Last season, both squads made it to the state competition — a feat that hadn’t been done in over a decade.

    “I was ecstatic for the boys last year,” head coach Dan Bradley said. “We expected our girls to make it, but it was a surprise to have our boys to finish as strong as they did.”

  • 2015 KENTUCKY STANDARD CROSS COUNTRY PREVIEW: Collins hopes to back up breakout year

    Bethlehem is looking for another sweet and savory postseason run in 2015.

    After sending two runners to the state level last season — Daniel Riley and Caroline Collins — the squad is counting on last year’s momentum and its youth movement of this season to spawn and shine abundantly.

    “We are going to be young,” Bethlehem head coach Eddie Masterson said. “We have several boys out right now, and we are still trying to get some girls to join.”

  • 2015 KENTUCKY STANDARD CROSS COUNTRY PREVIEW: Generals’ Mattingly, Bradley lead way

    With a pair of seniors who recorded top-25 finishes at state last year returning for one more go-around, Thomas Nelson coach Matt Hoyes likes his boys’ squad’s situation.

    “It looks really good,” he said. “Our top five is solid. Really, top seven are solid — they’re just really, exceptionally young outside of Jarrett and Tyler.”





    Bethlehem 28, Thomas Nelson 14

    Spencer Co. 55, Nelson Co. 26


    Boys’ Soccer


    Bardstown 3, Marion Co. 0

    Nelson Co. 6, Bethlehem 2

    Elizabethtown 1, Thomas Nelson 1



    Thomas Nelson 2, Shelby Co. 1



    Bardstown 5, Thomas Nelson 4 PKs

    Elizabethtown 4, Bethlehem 0


  • PREP SPORTS ROUNDUP: Tigers trip up Generals in PKs

    Bardstown was anointed by some to be the heir apparent in the 19th District boys’ soccer race this year.

    However, it doesn’t appear everybody’s going to just let the Tigers run away with it, especially Thomas Nelson.

    Bardstown had to battle back from a 1-0 deficit at halftime to force a tie, sending things into a penalty kick shootout, where the Tigers prevailed, 5-4.

    Bardstown’s Skyler Brockman scored two goals, while Mason Hardin, Greg Leathers and Thomas Sidebottom each added one.

  • FOOTBALL: Second-half miscues doom Cards on the road

    TAYLORSVILLE — Nelson County got to watch up close how explosive Spencer County could be at last week’s Bardstown-Nelson County Bowl, where the Bears blasted Bardstown right after the Cardinals won their season-opener against Marion County.

    Coach Jamie Egli thought that if his team limited its mistakes, it had a swinging chance at a win. But that didn’t happen, and Spencer County was able to pull away from a one-score game to start the fourth quarter on the way to a 55-26 win.

  • FOOTBALL: Eagles wear down Generals in 2nd

    Maybe Bethlehem really is a second-half team.

    The Eagles scored all 28 of their points after halftime and twice rallied from behind Friday on the way to a 28-14 win over Thomas Nelson in front of the biggest crowd at Lally Field in nearly a decade.

    “This was a revenge game,” said Bethlehem junior quarterback Matthew Hagan, who rushed for two scores and passed for another. “We wanted to come out and beat them, and that’s exactly what we did.”





    Bethlehem 28, Nicholas Co. 8

    Thomas Nelson 42, Fort Knox 0



    Bardstown-Nelson County Bowl

    Nelson Co. 35, Marion Co. 7

    Spencer Co. 48, Bardstown 14


    Boys’ Soccer


    Thomas Nelson Challenge Cup

    Thomas Nelson 3, Elizabethtown 1

    Bardstown 10, Campbellsville 0

    Thomas Nelson 4, Spencer Co. 0

  • PREP SPORTS ROUNDUP: Banshees stun No. 17 Generals on the pitch

    Coming into Wednesday undefeated and buoyed by a move to No. 17 in the rankings after knocking off defending region champ Elizabethtown, Thomas Nelson appeared poised to back up last year’s 19th District championship crown.

    Bethlehem had other ideas.

    The Banshees struck for two goals within three minutes of each other in the first half to take a 2-0 lead and were able to make it stand up in a 5-3 win at Lally Field.

  • FOOTBALL: Pride on the line as Generals visit Eagles

    Last year’s 14-13 Thomas Nelson win over Bethlehem was a game-changer, for both programs.

    For the Generals, it was history being made with the school’s first-ever varsity win after an 0-11 start. For the Eagles, it was a sharp blow to the ego for a team that had whipped Thomas Nelson 50-0 the year before.

    “You never want to be a statistic,” Bethlehem coach Ron Koontz said.