High School Sports

  • 5th REGION ALL A CLASSIC SOFTBALL: Banshees unseat Dragons

    Seven straight seasons Green County has owned the 5th Region small-school softball tournament, but no more.

    Bethlehem senior Mollie Simms’ RBI double in the bottom of the seventh tied it up Sunday, then freshman Kirsten Crepps’ run-scoring single won it after the Banshees loaded the bases up with no outs. The win put Bethlehem in the statewide All A Classic at Owensboro’s Jack Fisher Park April 25-26.

  • HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Spring break kind to Bethlehem Eagles

    Bethlehem wrapped up a 4-0 trip to South Carolina Friday, improving to 10-4 overall after wins over teams from West Virginia and Ohio in the Mingo Bay Baseball Classic at Myrtle Beach.

    The most recent victim was Dayton-Carroll, Ohio, where the Eagles built a 7-1 lead early and hung on for a 7-5 win.

    Caleb Bird, J.T. Smith and Corey Robinson each had two hits, and Chance Bodine’s two-run homer in the third gave Bethlehem the lead for good. Bird ripped a two-run, bases-loaded double to spark a four-run fourth.

  • TRACK and FIELD: Tiger boys 3rd in Clash of the Classes

    Bardstown’s boys placed third in Saturday’s Clash of the Classes at Tiger Stadium in the annual midseason gathering of many of the top teams in Kentucky, with defending boys’ and girls’ Class 3A state champs North Hardin securing runaway wins.

    The Trojan boys easily outpaced runner-up Highlands — the 2014 2A champ — by a 143-83 count. Bardstown was back in third with 65 points. The Tigers produced nine top-five finishers, including runner-ups by Julian Rogers (discus), Gavin Coral (long jump) and Devin Cummings (triple jump).





    Wildcat Spring Break Classic

    at Henry Co.

    Whitefield Acad. 6, Nelson Co. 5 (11 inn.)


    Valley Invit.

    Union Co. 8, Thomas Nelson 5

    Fairdale 16, Thomas Nelson 4



    Mingo Bay Baseball Classic

    Bethlehem 3, Buckhannon-Upshur, W.Va. 0


    Valley Invit.

    Fairdale 11, Bardstown 4



  • HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Banshees get DH win in the Music City

    Bethlehem swept a doubleheader Wednesday at East Nashville Magnet School, giving the Banshees one last tuneup headed into Sunday’s All A Classic 5th Region tournament.

    Bethlehem (6-2) hosts Fort Knox (1-4) at 2 p.m. in the semifinals Sunday, with the Banshees hoping to snap Green County’s stranglehold on the tournament. The Dragons (6-3) — seven-time reigning All A region champs — face Campbellsville (5-2) at 4 p.m. in the other semifinal, with the finals at 6 p.m.

  • WRESTLING: Ackley wins national tourney

    Andrew Ackley may have been denied a state title last month, but he was able to shake that off last weekend and add a national championship to his résumé.

    A junior at Nelson County, Ackley called the win in the 155-pound division at the Brute Nationals at Independence, Mo., a big step forward for his career, especially after having a tough time dealing with the all-eyes-on-me pressure of wrestling in the Kentucky state finals.

  • 2015 KENTUCKY STANDARD TRACK AND FIELD PREVIEW: Track interest high at Bethlehem

    Jim O’Hare came on board as an assistant coach for Bethlehem last season, and his impact was immediate, producing a pair of state qualifiers in the pole vault.

    “Mr. O’Hare’s really building up our track program over at Bethlehem,” said Thomas Newcomb, one of those two qualifiers.

    O’Hare, who took over as head coach this year, learned pole vaulting and other field events through his sons, who were track athletes, first by watching them, and by studying up as much as possible through instructional clinics and the like.

  • 2015 KENTUCKY STANDARD TRACK AND FIELD PREVIEW: NC building big momentum

    Nelson County is enjoying a renaissance in track and field, qualifying more athletes than ever for the state meet last year. The Cardinals’ coach is hoping that’s the sign of a continuing upward trend.

    “It was another historic season last year in terms of numbers who qualified for state,” coach Dan Bradley said. “The way we chart progress is the number of region medalists, because our region is always very tough.”

  • 2015 KENTUCKY STANDARD TRACK AND FIELD PREVIEW: Generals' numbers grow

    Thomas Nelson’s track program went through the early part of its growth stages during the school’s first two years, and the seedlings planted by coach Matt Hoyes have started to bloom and bud in year three.

    “We’ve got lots of new people,” Hoyes said. “The numbers are double what they’ve ever been.”

    Hoyes has 42 athletes out for the Generals’ track program, and the new people are helping Thomas Nelson pick up points at meets where they might never have gotten them before.

  • 2015 KENTUCKY STANDARD TRACK AND FIELD PREVIEW: Tiger boys have state title in mind

    Most schools are pleased to send an athlete or two to the state track meet.

    But at Bardstown High School, where track and field has a storied history, coach Jeremy Dale isn’t just satisfied to see his bunch make it there.

    “Everything that we do is to prepare ourselves for the opportunity to win a state championship,” he said. “It is always our goal to win a state championship.”