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High School Sports

  • SPORTS DESK: Cardinals win Keene XC meet

    Nelson County picked up team wins in girls’ and boys’ cross country competition Tuesday in its own Bernard Keene Invitational meet.

    In boys’ action, the Cardinals placed runners in fourth, fifth and sixth place, led by Paden Vernon (19:28) in fourth.

  • CROSS COUNTRY: Cards gunning for state berth

    Nelson County cross country entered 2011 with something to prove and early on this season they’ve been proving it.

    “I’m encouraged at the rate they’re improving this early in the season,” coach Dan Bradley said. “I’m seeing potential from sources that I didn’t know about coming into this season.”

  • SPORTS DESK: Brooks 6th in All A golf

    PADUCAH — Bardstown’s Clayton Brooks posted one of his best rounds of his career Saturday, overcoming foggy conditions early on to finish sixth in the Touchstone Energy All A Classic state golf tournament at Silos Golf Club.

    “Clayton scrambled throughout the round, hitting only six greens in regulation but limiting his putts to only 25,” said Mike Brooks, Clayton’s father and an assistant coach for Bardstown. “It was his best round of the year.”

  • ALL A CLASSIC VOLLEYBALL: Banshees fall in championship

    Bethlehem’s habit of making a big splash at the Touchstone Energy All A Classic state volleyball tournament continued Saturday as the Banshees got all the way to the championship match before succumbing to Covington Holy Cross, 25-16, 25-11.

    “Our team really seems to step it up there,” Banshees coach Bill Smith said. “This is our state tournament.”

  • FOOTBALL: Bethlehem offense sputters

    Despite quarterback Jordan Cooper being unavailable with a knee injury, Bethlehem didn’t miss a beat for a quarter, jumping out to a 17-14 lead over Campbellsville.

    The fun didn’t last long, however, as Campbellsville scored 26 unanswered points to finish out the game with a 40-17 win.

  • FOOTBALL: Tigers plow through Cardinal defense

    Bardstown had not beaten Nelson County in football since 2007 entering Friday’s matchup.

    That history was dramatically reversed Friday night as the Tigers (3-0) scored 24 first-half points on the way to handing the Cardinals a fourth straight loss to start the season.

    The win was the first in the rivalry for the Tigers’ seniors.

    “It means so much to everybody on this team,” said senior running back/linebacker Jack Whitfield, “but it especially means a lot to the seniors to come out and finally get this win.”

  • GOLF: Nelson expects improvement in 2011

    Nelson County golf is coming off a 2010 season that saw the boys’ team go winless and the girls’ team win just two head-to-head matches. However, boys’ coach Kelly Wood and girls’ coach Kevin Burkhead both have reasons to expect improvement in 2011.

    “We want to be more competitive and we’re getting a lot more of the younger kids and that’s going to help,” Wood said.

  • On the record with: BHS' Ben Beam

    Bardstown senior soccer player Ben Beam is this week’s nominee for The Kentucky Standard/PLG-TV 13 Student-Athlete of the Week.

    In addition to being a starter on the soccer team, Beam also competes as a pole vaulter for the Tiger track squad, qualifying for state last year. He carries a 3.7 GPA and is involved in several clubs, including Pep Club.

    Beam has not decided on a major or a school, but would like to attend the University of Kentucky.

  • GIRLS' SOCCER: Cards improve to 3-0 in district with win over Banshees

    Nelson County started out the season dropping four in a row against a rugged early slate.

    Since then, the Cardinals have won three of four, including Wednesday night’s 5-1 win at Lally Field over host Bethlehem, handing the Banshees a fifth consecutive loss.

    “I think we possessed the ball really well and I think we worked together really well,” Cardinals head coach Mike Glass said.

    The loss drops Bethlehem to 5-5 and 1-1 in District 9 matches. Nelson County is 3-0 in district matches but 0-5 outside the district.

  • FOOTBALL: One streak must end tonight

    Each team has a streak they’d like to see come to an end tonight.

    For Bardstown, it’s a string of futility against Nelson County that is three seasons and running.

    For Nelson County, it’s a winless string to open the season.

    “We want to get a ‘W’ in the win column,” Nelson County coach Jamie Egli said. “The players have said getting our first win and beating Bardstown to do it — it wouldn’t get much better than that.”