High School Sports

  • GIRLS' 5th REGION TOURNAMENT: NC puts away Green to punch ticket to finals

    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.”



    Boys’ Basketball


    19th District Championship

    at Nelson Co.

    Bardstown 56, Bethlehem 52


    Girls’ Basketball


    5th Region tournament

    at North Hardin

    Elizabethtown 64, Bardstown 27

    Adair Co. 56, Caverna 45



    5th Region tournament

    at North Hardin

    Green Co. 60, Marion Co. 50

  • BOYS' 5th REGION TOURNAMENT: Quarterfinal play starts Saturday

    The snow has been cleared off the roads, and the 5th Region tournament will finally get underway with a quadrupleheader Saturday at Green County

    Quarterfinal games in the top half of the bracket feature 17th District Tournament runner-up Elizabethtown (17-9) against the 18th District champion Caverna (21-5) at 11 a.m. Eastern time. That will be followed by 19th District champion Bardstown (19-10) against the 20th District runner-up Adair County (12-18) at 1 p.m.

  • GIRLS' 5th REGION TOURNAMENT: Cards put away Trojans with big 4th

    RADCLIFF — Caitlin Hagan hit a pair of threes during a personal 8-0 fourth-quarter run Tuesday, helping Nelson County break North Hardin’s back and pull away for a 62-43 win in the 5th Region quarterfinals.

    “We had a lot of heart,” Nelson coach Kelly Wood said. “Caitlin Hagan came in with some big threes.”

  • GIRLS' 5th REGION TOURNAMENT: No. 1 E'town too much for Bardstown

    RADCLIFF — Of the 128 girls’ high school basketball teams who advanced past the district-tournament level, arguably none had as difficult of a task as the Bardstown Tigers faced Sunday evening.

    Less than 20 hours after losing to Nelson County on Friday night in the 19th District Tournament final, the Tigers learned they would have to deal with top-ranked Elizabethtown in the first round of the Girls’ 5th Region Basketball Tournament.

  • BOYS' 5th REGION TOURNAMENT: Bethlehem gets top-10 Taylor

    Bethlehem got the short end of the stick in Sunday’s boys’ 5th Region tournament draw at Green County, pitting the Eagles in a quarterfinal matchup with top-10 Taylor County.

    The 19th District runner-up Eagles (17-11) and 20th District champion Cardinals (25-4) will face off in the 6 p.m. game Thursday (all times Eastern), but it’s not the first meeting between the teams.

  • STATE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Bad luck for Hutchins in finals

    LOUISVILLE — A hopeful day ended in disappointment for Nelson County’s Will Hutchins at the state swim meet, as the junior was disqualified from the 100-yard breaststroke finals for an improper swim cap.

    Hutchins was saving his lucky cap that he uses in AAU competition for the championship final, wearing it under one of his regular caps, Nelson County coach Margie Kjera said. A meet official spotted it and assessed an “unsportsmanlike conduct” penalty as he was finishing up his race in the 100 breaststroke in 59.61 seconds.

  • BOYS' 19th DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP: Tigers hold off Eagles' comeback

    Quindon Litsey got a steal then drained a pair of clutch free throws with 1.9 seconds left Friday, sealing up a 56-52 victory over Bethlehem to give Bardstown a second straight 19th District crown and their fourth in the last five years.

    “Everybody was playing for No. 12 tonight,” Bardstown senior L.J. Cowherd said. “But, we knew we had to play with intensity and we did that.”

  • GIRLS' 5th REGION TOURNAMENT: Tigers draw No. 1 Panthers

    RADCLIFF — Bardstown got the most unenviable draw in Saturday’s 5th Region tournament pairings meeting, and the Tigers’ fate is to open against No. 1 Elizabethtown.

    The Panthers — state runners-up a year ago and the top-rated team in the state all this year — are 28-2 overall and have not lost to a team from Kentucky all season. Elizabethtown blasted North Hardin, 76-26, in Friday’s 17th District championship.

  • STATE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS: NC's Hutchins outpaces expectations in prelims

    LOUISVILLE — Nelson County’s Will Hutchins unleashed his top times of the season in Friday’s state swimming preliminaries, earning a spot in Saturday’s championship heat in the 100-yard breaststroke.

    “I felt really good about it,” he said. “I’m really excited to see my best times on the board, and really excited to come back (Saturday) in the finals and have a chance to win. … I think I can go faster.”