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High School Sports

  • 2014 KENTUCKY STANDARD TENNIS PREVIEW: Tiger girls rebuilding

    Bardstown will lean on a veteran boys’ team this season, while the Tiger girls are searching for experience, and both squads hope their roads lead to postseason success.

    The girls’ unit was hit particularly hard by graduation, as three-time state qualifier Anna Jones, who dominated the local doubles scene, has moved on along with several other key seniors from last year. Coach Bryan Kellem will call upon eighth-grader Selena Spencer to lead the team in the singles division.

  • 2014 KENTUCKY STANDARD TENNIS PREVIEW: Banshees, Eagles young and experienced

    If the Bethlehem tennis teams are going to make a run this season, they will have to look for versatile building blocks — and they just may have those in place.

    “We have some new faces this year, but we also have some veterans returning,” Bethlehem coach Lynn Hamilton said. “I want us to be competitive and I expect our singles to be really strong. I think we have a shot to win some big matches and I feel we are putting some players in the right place to advance.

  • 2014 KENTUCKY STANDARD TENNIS PREVIEW: TNHS boys have great expectations

    Thomas Nelson’s second-year tennis program is already showing signs of taking off, with a confident boys’ squad hoping to carry the Generals’ banner to a successful 2014 after taking the district team title last year.

    “We definitely want to defend our district championship,” Nathan Kaissieh said.

  • TNHS duo dribbling off to college

    With only two seasons of basketball under its belt, Thomas Nelson High School could hardly be described as a program with lots of tradition.

    Nevertheless, two members of its first graduating class have signed letters of intent to play basketball at the collegiate level.

    One is going to a school close to home; the other is going to a school that “feels like home,” even though it is a few hundred miles away.

    Hannah Wolf will be attending St. Catharine College while teammate Kaylee Dickson has signed to play with Ohio Christian University.

  • TNHS duo dribbling off to college

    With only two seasons of basketball under its belt, Thomas Nelson High School could hardly be described as a program with lots of tradition.

    Nevertheless, two members of its first graduating class have signed letters of intent to play basketball at the collegiate level.

    One is going to a school close to home; the other is going to a school that “feels like home,” even though it is a few hundred miles away.

    Hannah Wolf will be attending St. Catharine College while teammate Kaylee Dickson has signed to play with Ohio Christian University.

  • BASEBALL/SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Proctor throws second no-hitter

    Nelson County is on a roll, having won five of its last seven, including Jared Proctor’s second no-hitter of the season on Tuesday and a one-hitter by Tyler Spalding on Wednesday in the Fort Walton Beach Bash in Florida.

    Proctor struck out 11 and walked two in six innings of hitless baseball, with 61 of his 89 pitches going for strikes in an 11-0 win over Bellbrook, Ohio.

  • BOYS' BAKSETBALL: Youngman resigns from TNHS post

    Thomas Nelson boys’ basketball program architect Jim Youngman resigned as head coach earlier this week to pursue other opportunities, he said Thursday.

    “We’re pretty close to pulling the trigger” on a destination, said Youngman, whose team rebounded from a 6-23 inaugural season in 2012-13 to go 16-13 this season, coming just a fraction of a second from advancing to the 5th Region semifinals.

  • 2014 KENTUCKY STANDARD SOFTBALL PREVIEW: Tigers learning under new coach

    Shawn Boggs returned to coaching Bardstown softball this year, and the move already paid dividends when the Tigers opened the season with a win.

    It was the first time since 2003 — before Boggs’ previous tenure as Tiger coach — that Bardstown started the year with a win, and went a long way toward helping build a new culture around the long-struggling program.

    “We’ve hit a couple of rough games lately,” she said, “but we’re working hard. They have a ‘never-give-up’ attitude.”

  • 2014 KENTUCKY STANDARD SOFTBALL PREVIEW: Young NC leans on veterans

    With the fast-pitch softball season underway, Nelson County is ramped up in hopes of getting to the region and beyond.

    Nelson County (3-4, 2-1 dist.) returns a young cast of players, but will look for leadership out of its two seniors.

    Catcher Katrina Boone and infielder Jessica Benbow will both be expected to step up during their final high school season and lead this squad on and off the field.

  • 2014 KENTUCKY STANDARD SOFTBALL PREVIEW: Generals building, improving

    The inaugural season of Thomas Nelson softball was cruising along better than expected a year ago when its top two pitchers went down with injuries with a month left in the season.

    For a program whose roster was filled with players who had never played varsity before, the loss of its hurlers was devastating.

    The Generals lost 12 of their final 14 games and finished the season with a 6-23 mark.