High School Sports

  • 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.”

  • GIRLS' 19th DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP: Cards find 7th Heaven

    The streak rolls on.

    Nelson County continued its district supremacy on Friday night by scripting a complete and well-rounded game, knocking off Bardstown, 61-41, to claim its seventh straight girls’ 19th District title.

    “This may have been the most special district championship win we’ve had,” Cardinals coach Kelly Wood said. “We really had to earn it against Bardstown. They have a really nice club, and Alexis Brewer is one of the best. I have never seen a girl use her body and get fouled and get to the rim like she does.”



    Boys’ Basketball


    19th District Championship

    at Nelson Co.

    Bardstown 56, Bethlehem 52


    Girls’ Basketball


    19th District Championship

    at Nelson Co.

    Nelson Co. 61, Bardstown 41



    5th Region tournament

    at North Hardin

    Elizabethtown 64, Bardstown 27

    Adair Co. 56, Caverna 45


  • SWIMMING: Hutchins hoping state title in play

    Will Hutchins makes his second appearance at the state swim meet today, and the junior feels like he has more than just a puncher’s chance of landing Nelson County’s first state championship in the sport.

    “I believe I have a chance to win,” Hutchins said. “I don’t know how big of a chance, but I’m going to try my hardest and have fun doing it.”

  • BOYS' 19th DISTRICT SEMIFINALS: Tigers hit the century mark in rout of Generals

    In a dominating performance, the Bardstown Tigers proved why they are the No. 1 seed on Wednesday as they cruised into the boys’ 19th District title game, defeating Thomas Nelson 100-43.

    “It was a team concept tonight,” Tigers coach James “Boo” Brewer said. “Everybody just went out and played. I’ve got a lot of scorers, but they love to play defense. We came out and played with a lot of energy and were really focused.”

  • GIRLS' 19th DISTRICT SEMIFINALS: Brewer's 33 leads Tigers past Banshees

    Voting for Mr. and Miss Basketball closes today, and Alexis Brewer delivered a big performance just in time Tuesday, scoring 33 points to lead Bardstown past Bethlehem, 56-38, and into tonight’s 19th District championship.

    “She was able to get to the rim,” Bardstown coach Amber Courtney said of her standout senior. “She handles the ball well, and she’s so strong off the penetration that she was able to get the rim and either score or get fouled.”

  • GIRLS' 19th DISTRICT SEMIFINALS: Cards sprint away in third

    No. 2-seeded and tournament host Nelson County posted a 72-52 district semifinal win over Thomas Nelson Tuesday night, using an 18-0 third-quarter run to pull away from the Generals after a tight first half.

    “It was our pressure and the way we can press,” Nelson County coach Kelly Wood said. “You have to give Thomas Nelson credit, but we made some changes and we talked to our girls at halftime about making plays and getting some steals. We came up with some big steals, and were able to press without fouling.”