High School Sports

  • STATE TRACK AND FIELD: Cards outpace expectations

    LOUISVILLE — Nelson County athletes garnered no medals Saturday in the rugged Class 3A State Track and Field Championships, but the Cardinal participants did post some of their best marks of the season.

    The Nelson girls’ 4x800 relay squad, which made it in as an at-large entrant, finished 19th in the state with a 10:22.27 time, nearly two seconds better than the school record.

  • 5TH REGION BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Bruins' big inning knocks out Cards

    CECILIA — Nelson County’s season came to an end Monday in the first round of the 5th Region baseball tournament, 15-5, at the hands of host Central Hardin, the No. 4 team in the state.

    The Bruins (30-4) erupted for 10 runs in the second inning, all with two outs, as fielding miscues made life rough for Cardinal starter Bradley Gerage.

    “They’re good enough to beat you when you’re at your best,” Nelson coach David Sparrow said. “You can’t go giving them runs. Our defense did not come through for Bradley.”

  • 5TH REGION SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT: Trojans' Whelan cuts down the Cards, 6-1

    HODGENVILLE — North Hardin’s Andrea Whelan put an end to Nelson County’s season Monday, striking out 16 Cardinal batters in a 6-1 win in the first round of the 5th Region softball tournament at LaRue County.

    The loss may have brought an end to John Rogers’ tenure as Nelson County softball coach after five years and a 102-75 career mark. Rogers was told earlier in the season by Nelson County Schools administration he would not be retained.

  • TENNIS: Tiger duo goes 1-1 at state tourney

    Bardstown senior John Stone couldn’t think of a better way to wrap up his career than making his first trip to the Kentucky State Tennis Championships in Lexington and winning a match.

    “I loved it,” he said, “but the first match I was a little nervous.”

  • Region baseball, softball pairings announced

    Nelson County softball caught a lucky break in the 5th Region draw Saturday, finding itself on the opposite side of the bracket from the top two teams in the region. Nelson baseball, on the other hand, got no favors and will face the No. 4 team in the state.

    The Cardinal softball squad (10-19), champs of the 19th District, get 17th District runner-up North Hardin (17-16) at 3 p.m. Monday at LaRue County. They are joined in the bottom half of the bracket by 20th District champ Adair County (25-9), which faces the host Hawks (12-21), 18th District runners-up, at 5 p.m.

  • TRACK AND FIELD: Tough day at state for Tiger athletes

    LOUISVILLE — Bardstown athletes had a rough day Friday in the cool, cloudy conditions at the Class 1A Kentucky State Track and Field Championships, with the Tiger girls posting an eighth-place finish in the team competition and the boys coming in an uncharacteristic 16th.

  • TRACK AND FIELD: State meets today, Saturday

    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association State Track and Field Championships are this weekend, with the Class 1A meet getting started at 8 a.m. today with throwing events and running and other field events beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Owsley Brown Frazier Cardinal Park on the University of Louisville campus.

    The Class 3A meet starts 1 p.m. Saturday.

  • 19th DISTRICT BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Commanders end Cards' run

    SPRINGFIELD — Ben Simms drove in six runs with two swings of the bat Wednesday, including a fourth-inning grand slam to break a 5-5 tie and help lift Washington County to a 16-8 win over Nelson County in the 19th District championship, snapping a run of four straight titles for the Cardinals.

    “Our young men, they’re disappointed,” Nelson coach David Sparrow said. “But we realize we’ve got another tournament to play.”

  • 19th DISTRICT SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: 21 and Counting ...

    SPRINGFIELD — Nelson County played the long ball to great effect Wednesday, connecting for three home runs off Washington County hurler Jaclyn Kelty to extend its string of 19th District dominance to 21 years with a 10-3 win at Idle Hour Park.

    Karis Ball, who cranked a second-inning grand slam, said the Cardinals had struggled during the season and were feeling the pressure of the streak, which stretches back to the days of slow-pitch softball.

  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: Nelson home is where Hart is

    Nelson County went with a familiar face to fill its boys’ basketball coaching vacancy, opting to bring 5th Region Hall-of-Famer William “Bev” Hart back to the area to take over the program.

    “This opportunity popped open, and it was a really good fit for me,” said Hart, the former longtime Bethlehem coach who has been in charge of the Webster County program since 2005.