High School Sports

  • TENNIS: NC’s Keeling signs on with Brescia

    When Toni Keeling first started playing tennis for Nelson County several years ago, she wasn’t sure where the sport would take her.

    She certainly didn’t expect it to take her to college, but she has parlayed her hard work into a scholarship at Brescia University, where she signed last month just before her high school graduation.

    “It feels so amazing,” Keeling said. “I know freshman year when I first started, I was so afraid. I could barely hit the tennis ball across the net.”

  • Livers helps state break nine-year losing streak

    FRANKFORT — Kel Livers played in a lot of memorable games during his high school career, but he will savor his last one for a long time.

    The Bardstown star scored the go-ahead basket in the second overtime to help Kentucky defeat Indiana 111-110 on Sunday in the second game of the annual All-Star Classic series between the states, breaking a nine-year losing streak to their Hoosier counterparts.

  • Three more hired to round out area coaching ranks

    Sidelines at local games will look very different when basketball season arrives in November, with new coaches occupying the top seat at five of the area’s eight boys’ and girls’ hoops programs.

    The final three slots were filled over the past week and a half, with Nelson County naming a new coach for its defending region champion girls’ squad, as well as new people tabbed to head up the Bethlehem girls’ and Thomas Nelson boys’ programs.

  • SOFTBALL: Bethlehem’s Crepps chasing a most unusual record

    Kirsten Crepps doesn’t have posters on her wall of Craig Biggio, or Don Baylor for that matter.

    But watching the Bethlehem senior-to-be stand in at the plate and regularly “take one for the team,” you would think she was the biggest fan in the world of those former MLB standouts.

    And that’s how, almost by accident, Crepps next softball season will almost certainly take her place atop the all-time leaderboard in Kentucky for a quirky stat — the most times being hit by a pitch.

  • On the record with: Nelson County’s Chris Schmidt

    Questions for Student-Athlete of the Week feature

    Recent Nelson County graduate Chris Schmidt is this week’s nominee for Student-Athlete of the Week.

    Chris finished up with a 3.8 GPA for his high school career, and was also busy as a member of the Cardinals’ track and field, cross country and bass fishing teams, and ran his final high school race at the recent Class 2A 3200-meter run state championships.

    Kentucky Standard sports editor Peter W. Zubaty had a few questions for Chris to better get to know him.


  • 5th REGION BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Marion stops NC's dream run

    LEBANON — Nelson County’s improbable run from the 4-5 seed game in the district all the way to the 5th Region title game fell one step short of the school’s first-ever state tournament trip, as host Marion County dealt the Cardinals a season-ending 10-0 loss Wednesday.

    Nelson County coach David Sparrow said it was a tough pill to swallow, but that he was proud of the way his team came together at just the right time to make a big postseason run, with five straight wins in tournament play.

  • 5th REGION BASEBALL SEMIFINALS: Lawson dominates Bruins to put Cards into the finals

    LEBANON — David Sparrow said before the season he felt like his Nelson County team had a chance to surprise some people.

    And surprise his Cardinals have, winning five straight to dig out of the No. 4 seed in the 19th District tournament all the way to the 5th Region championship game and a chance to snare the school’s first-ever state tournament trip.

  • 5th REGION BASEBALL SEMIFINALS: Marion's Spalding ends Bardstown's run

    LEBANON — Bardstown’s deepest run in the 5th Region tournament since 1988 was cut short in Tuesday’s semifinals, as host Marion County got a complete-game shutout from ace Andrew Spalding in a 9-0 win to advance.

    The Tigers (18-19) were unable to get anything done against Spalding all day, as the senior struck out seven and scattered four hits and four walks in the game.

  • BASEBALL: NC's Lawson voted 5th Region POY

    Nelson County senior Dominick Lawson was quite surprised to learn that he had been voted the Player of the Year in the 5th Region.

    But not for reasons that you might imagine.

    “I didn’t even know there was such an award until they told me about it,” he said. “I was kind of surprised because of all of the good players in the region.”

    None performed better this year than Lawson, who will play at Kentucky State University next year.

  • 5th REGION BASEBALL QUARTERFINALS: Nelson Co. survives C'ville to move on

    LEBANON — Benton McGill, pitching hero of Nelson County’s 19th District championship game win last week, ran into some trouble on Monday against Campbellsville after surrendering leads of 4-1 and 5-3 in the 5th Region quarterfinals at Marion County.

    After giving up three runs to the Tigers (14-17) in the top of the fifth to go down 6-5, McGill, a junior, made up for it in the bottom half of the frame, with a two-run double that put the Cardinals up for good at 7-6.