High School Sports

  • 19th DISTRICT VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Bethlehem wins 6th straight

    Not on our court.

    That’s the powerful message that the top-seeded Bethlehem volleyball team decisively delivered to an up-and-coming Bardstown squad that was in Thursday night’s 19th District championship game on the Banshees' home floor in hopes of garnering the school’s first-ever title in their first try.

    Instead, it was business as usual as the Banshees won their sixth consecutive title by stopping the visitors in four sets.

    They did it in impressive fashion, cruising to wins of 25-15 and 25-16 in the opening sets.

  • GIRLS' 5th REGION SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP: Banshees make it back-to-back

    For the second straight year, the regional hardware is heading back to Bethlehem.

    The offensive-minded Banshees claimed the girls’ 5th Region soccer championship in explosive style Thursday at Nelson County — trouncing Elizabethtown 6-1 — and advance to host a state tournament match at Lally Field on Monday.

    The Panthers (14-4-2) had only relinquished seven goals the entire season, but with a Maddie Sparks goal just four minutes into the contest, Bethlehem posted its statement early: the Banshees had come to play.

  • 19th DISTRICT VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT: Banshees earn 8th straight trip to finals

    Bethlehem advanced to the semifinals in last year’s regional volleyball tournament, falling in a heartbreaker to eventual champ Elizabethtown, 3-2.

    The Banshees are poised to make another run this year, and coach Eric Hoehler’s team took that first step Wednesday night as they swept Thomas Nelson 3-0 to advance to the 19th District championship match against Bardstown. Thursday’s district championship was after press time for this edition.

  • 19th DISTRICT VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT: Bardstown makes history, grabs school's 1st region berth

    With her team trailing Washington County 22-15 in the opening set of Wednesday’s district tournament semifinal match, Bardstown coach Felicia Sanchez had to wonder if her team could muster the wherewithal to overcome the deficit and rally from behind if they lost that opening set.

    You see, before the season started, Sanchez instituted drills that forced her team to practice coming from behind.

  • On the record with: Bethlehem senior Davis Downs

    Bethlehem senior Davis Downs is this week’s nominee for The Kentucky Standard/PLG-TV 13/44 Auto Mart Student-Athlete of the Week.

    Downs is one of the top guns for the Eagles’ tennis squad and also competes for the Academic team at Bethlehem, in addition to being president of Student Council and the Interact Club. He carries a 4.0 GPA.

    Kentucky Standard sports editor Peter W. Zubaty caught up with Downs for a few questions to better get to know him.


  • BOYS' 5th REGION SOCCER TOURNAMENT: Taylor Co. turns back Thomas Nelson

    CECILIA — Thomas Nelson rolled into the boys’ 5th Region soccer tournament with big momentum, winning four straight and riding a nine-match unbeaten streak in a bid to be the best team in school history.

    Unfortunately, all the Generals could do was match the achievements of the 2013 district champion team, falling 3-0 to Taylor County in Monday’s region quarterfinals at Central Hardin. Thomas Nelson (15-5-2) had just beaten Taylor County (13-3-2) nine days prior, 2-0, on the final day of the regular season.





    Central 21, Bardstown 19

    Bethlehem 22, Campbellsville 8

    Oldham Co. 48, Nelson Co. 6

    Waggener 55, Thomas Nelson 6


    Boys’ Soccer


    5th Region tournament

    at Central Hardin

    Taylor Co. 3, Thomas Nelson 0

    North Hardin 3, Bardstown 0


    Girls’ Soccer


    5th Region tournament

  • GIRLS' 5th REGION SOCCER TOURNAMENT: Bethlehem routs Taylor to move into finals

    Sophomore Abigail Proctor scored three times and had an assist Tuesday, and three other Bethlehem players netted two goals apiece as the Banshees whipped Taylor County 11-1 to advance to the girls’ 5th Region soccer championship for the second straight year.

    “This group and their mindset is the only thing that will make us successful or not,” Bethlehem coach Danny Rossoll said. “Dealing with that success we had (last year), we’ve got to be hungry, and we’ve got to play hard all the time.”

  • GIRLS' 5th REGION SOCCER TOURNAMENT: Panthers shut down Generals



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    Thomas Nelson was unable to break through against the stingiest defensive team in Kentucky, falling 3-0 to Elizabethtown in the girls’ 5th Region soccer semifinals Tuesday at Nelson County.

  • 19th DISTRICT VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT: Generals rally to beat Cards in 5

    It took a fifth-set tiebreaker to decide the opening round of the 19th District Volleyball tournament on Monday, but after losing the first set by nine points, Thomas Nelson clawed back, defeating Nelson County 15-11 in the final set to advance to Wednesday’s semifinals.