High School Sports

  • FOOTBALL: TNHS tops Bethlehem, grabs 1st playoff berth

    CHAZ HALL, Contributing Writer

    With a chance to make it to the postseason for the first time in the school’s history, Thomas Nelson used a strong defense and ground attack to muscle past Bethlehem 26-0 on a cold and rainy Friday night and clinch a playoff berth.

  • FOOTBALL: Cards stop losing streak at 20

    Marion County scored on just its second offensive play of the game Friday, a common thread throughout Nelson County’s two-year, 20-game losing streak.

    On Friday, however, the script changed and the Cardinals were able to shake off an early deficit by dominating both sides of the ball on the way to a 26-6 decision, giving coach Kenneth Thornsberry his first-ever victory as a varsity head coach.

    “What makes it the sweetest is it’s on Senior Night,” Thornsberry said. “Our kids have worked so hard. They wanted this one.”

  • FOOTBALL: Tough finish for young Tigers

    BOWLING GREEN — Preston Tarrence added considerably to his highlight clips Friday night against visiting Bardstown.

    The Warren East junior, making his first career varsity start at outside linebacker, ended up with a few more firsts by the end of the Raiders’ 36-6 victory.

    Tarrence had turned his first career interception into his first touchdown, then blocked his first punt before finishing off his night with his first career sack.

  • 5th REGION VOLLEYBALL QUARTERFINALS: Panthers rally back to knock out Tigers

    It was a performance in an atmosphere more befitting of a regional championship bout rather than a first round matchup, with players diving onto the floor, fans cheering every shot, and coaches questioning calls.

    Top-20 teams Bardstown and Elizabethtown went toe-to-toe through four sets before the Panthers broke away in the tiebreaker for a 3-2 win (23-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-23, 15-5) in a 5th Region quarterfinal volleyball match at Nelson County on Tuesday.

  • GIRLS' STATE SOCCER SECTIONALS: Bethlehem falls at No. 1 SHA

    LOUISVILLE — Sacred Heart, the state’s top-ranked team, wasted little time imposing its will on 23rd-ranked Bethlehem in Tuesday’s girls’ state soccer sectionals, scoring twice in the first 14 minutes on the way to a 4-0 decision.

    “We definitely had to play one of our best games, which we did not,” Bethlehem coach Danny Rossoll said. “I thought we came out a bit flat, which I was surprised because we showed so much energy in the pregame warmup.”

  • Unbreakable

    Some 15 years ago, a Bardstown soccer player etched her name into the state and national record book, and it’s remained there ever since, a truly unassailable milestone.

    But you wouldn’t have known it by skimming through the sports pages of The Kentucky Standard around the time. There wasn’t a single mention of it, and the achievement slipped under most people’s radar — even the person who set the record.

    “At the time, I had (only) found out it was a state record,” Jennifer Brelage said of the night of Sept. 18, 2002.

  • VOLLEYBALL: Senior stalwarts made Tigers a power

    No matter the outcome of Tuesday’s 5th Region volleyball quarterfinals, the seven seniors at the core of the Bardstown Tigers will finish their careers with the knowledge that they’ve made history where none existed before.

    “We always knew that we were going to get this far, because we put in the hard work, and we believed,” Sherelle Smith said.

  • SCORES and SCHEDULES 10-22




    Central 66, Bardstown 0

    Campbellsville 50, Bethlehem 21

    Oldham Co. 42, Nelson Co. 7

    Waggener 27, Thomas Nelson 25


    Boys’ Soccer


    5th Region tournament

    at Elizabethtown

    Nelson Co. 3, Marion Co. 0

    North Hardin 3, Taylor Co. 0



    5th Region tournament

    at Elizabethtown

  • FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Class 3A playoff picture complicated

    Despite district games finishing up Friday, things are still not settled for the playoff berths in Class 3A District 3, as Henry County, Thomas Nelson and Bardstown ended up in a three-way tie for the final two seeds.

    The Wildcats, Generals and Tigers all completed district play with a 1-3 record, with Bardstown (3-6) beating Thomas Nelson (2-7) head-to-head, and the Generals won over Henry County (4-5), who beat the Tigers.

  • FOOTBALL: Bethlehem clinches home playoff game



    Contributing Writer

    Coming on the heels of a tough district road loss to Campbellsville, Bethlehem was able to right the ship and lock up the two seed for the playoffs with a 42-24 home victory over Fort Knox Friday night.

    Bethlehem (3-6) coach Jesse Cantrall was pleased with the way his team handled the game.