High School Sports

  • BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Doss nips Bardstown in a wild one

    No. 11 Doss visited Bardstown Tuesday, with the Dragons rallying late to score a 58-57 win.

    The Tigers (16-10) were down by 14 in the first half and nine at halftime but rallied to tie it at 37-37 three minutes into the third quarter.

  • SPORTS BRIEFS: TNHS bowler Nalley places 31st at state

    BOWLING: Nalley rolls a 426 at state

    Thomas Nelson senior Amber Nalley placed 31st at Thursday’s state bowling singles championship, rolling a three-game 426 series.

    Nalley, the first local qualifier for the individual state tournament, had a rough start in her first game, but improved with each successive game, posting a 131-157-181 series at Lexington’s Collins Eastland Bowl.

  • WRESTLING: Ackley expected to repeat as region champ

    For the second straight season, Nelson County’s Andrew Ackley is rolling into the wrestling postseason sporting an undefeated record.

    This time around, however, the junior isn’t feeling the pressure as much as he did during last year’s region title run, which culminated in a third-place finish at state.

    “I feel really, really relaxed this time,” Ackley said. “My goal is to stay relaxed the whole time.”

  • ARCHERY: Local teams gearing up for this weekend’s regionals

    With the regional archery event coming up this weekend, all of the local teams are looking to hit a bullseye.

    “This is our first really live shoot,” Nelson County archery coach James Pfost said. “I feel we have a strong team at NC this year.”

    Pfost is in his third year as the Cardinals’ archery coach, and says the program has really taken off and developed since the sport was introduced in 2009.

  • BOWLING: Thomas Nelson senior excited about making trip to state

    When Amber Nalley toes the line at the bowling state championships at Collins Eastland Bowl in Lexington Thursday morning, the Thomas Nelson senior is hoping for a blank slate.

    A cluttered mind full of nervousness could be an obstacle, especially in an individual sport where you have lots of time to ponder the bigness of what’s going on around you. So Nalley — the first local bowler to qualify for the state tournament — will try not to think about it.

  • BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: TNHS girls finish off Taylor for 3rd straight

    Thomas Nelson ended the game on a 20-5 run to upend homestanding Taylor County 62-52 on Monday night.

    Taylor County (10-15) had built a 47-42 lead as Rachel Shoemaker tallied 11 of her team-high 28 points in the second quarter after a 12-point first frame put the Lady Cardinals on top 14-12 at the first-period stop.

    However, after senior Hannah Howard connected on her third three-pointer of the night to put the Cardinals up 47-42, Lisa Jo Wygal spearheaded a 10-0 Generals run to put Thomas Nelson on top for good at 52-47.



    Boys’ Basketball


    Bardstown 94, Nelson Co. 62

    Bethlehem 67, Thomas Nelson 42



    Bethlehem 67, Green Co. 53



    John Hardin 67, Thomas Nelson 16



    Doss 58, Bardstown 57

    Sayre 65, Bethlehem 57

    LaRue Co. 64, Nelson Co. 61

    Hart Co. 73, Thomas Nelson 39


    Girls’ Basketball

  • SOFTBALL: Generals hire Knight as new softball coach

    Ryan Knight was announced as the head softball coach at Thomas Nelson High School earlier this week, according to Principal Wes Bradley.

    A former semi-pro, collegiate and high school player, Knight brings more than 25 years of diamond experience to the Generals’ program.

    The 2003 Nelson County High School graduate went on to play for St. Catharine College (2005-08) and the Georgia Barons MABL (2008-11) before returning to Bardstown to continue his education and work in the insurance industry. Last fall he also served as an assistant coach for the Generals.

  • BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Tiger boys rout Cards

    Donovan Nance hit a trio of three-pointers in the first three minutes Friday, getting Bardstown off to a hot start on the way to a 94-62 win over Nelson County.

    “My teammates were able to find me in open, and I hit them,” Nance said.

    Nance ended up with 14 points and four threes, which helped loosen up the Nelson County defense for others to get into the action. Quindon Litsey and Santrel Farmer combined for 26 points off the bench, supplementing a big night by L.J. Cowherd, who led all scorers with 21 points to go with nine assists and four steals.

  • GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Tigers stop Cards’ district run at 48

    The streak has ended.

    Bardstown produced a 20-0 first-half run Friday to build a big lead, then had to hang on for dear life to stem a Nelson County comeback, ending the Cardinals’ five-year, 48-game win streak over 19th District opponents with a 63-55 win.

    “It means a lot to us, but we’re not satisfied,” Bardstown’s Alexis Brewer said. “We let it go in the second half. It was an ugly win, but I’ll take an ugly win over a loss.”