High School Sports

  • On the record with: NCHS seniors Addison Wheatley and Miranda Mattingly

    Senior stalwarts Addison Wheatley and Miranda Mattingly lead the Nelson County cross country and track teams, having been on the squad for six years apiece.

    Wheatley plans to attend the University of Kentucky to study biosystems engineering, while Mattingly aims to study psychology at Western Kentucky University. Both are heavily involved in various clubs on the NCHS campus.

    Kentucky Standard sports editor Peter W. Zubaty caught up with the Cardinal Student-Athletes of the Week for a few questions …


  • Many local runners improve upon region times

    LEXINGTON — Several local runners met or exceeded previous times at Saturday’s Kentucky High School Athletic Association state meet at Kentucky Horse Park.

    With the memory of their deceased coach weighing heavily in their hearts, the Bardstown boys cross country squad delivered a 10th-place finish in Saturday’s Class 1A state meet at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

    Tiger cross country coach Tom Williams died Friday evening after a brief illness.

  • Tiger runners compete at state in honor of fallen coach

    LEXINGTON — Running in Saturday’s Class 1A state cross country meet wasn’t easy for the Bardstown squad, who just hours earlier learned of the tragic death of their head coach, Tom Williams.

    “It was hard, but once we thought about it, it made us run harder and try harder, because we wanted to do it for him,” said junior Tori McCarty, captain of the Tiger girls team, following Saturday’s race at Kentucky Horse Park. “We felt him the whole time we were here. No matter what, we knew he was going to be with us.”

  • Eagles can’t match Cougar ground attack

    LOUISVILLE — Holy Cross scored 14 unanswered first-quarter points Friday and used a punishing rushing attack to end Bethlehem’s season in the second round of the Class 1A Region 1 playoffs, 35-14.

    “They’ve got a big-ol’ line,” said Bethlehem senior Clay Owens. “They came out aggressive.”

    The Cougars (11-1) used that powerful line and a slew of running backs to rush for 323 yards to keep the Eagles at bay.

  • Bardstown coach Williams dies

    Legendary Bardstown track and field coach Tom Williams died suddenly Friday following a brief illness, school officials said that evening.

    “The Bardstown family has lost a very important member,” athletic director David Clark said Friday. “We’re thankful for all the things he was able to give us.”

    His age and official cause of death were unavailable as of press time Friday.

  • On the record with: Bethlehem junior Michael Hardin

    Bethlehem junior golfer Michael Hardin is this week’s nominee for Student-Athlete of the Week.

    Hardin carries a 3.9 grade point average and is considering studying physical therapy in college, ideally at Bellarmine University.

    Hardin is also involved in National Honor Society on the Bethlehem campus, and he plays baseball in the spring as well.

    Kentucky Standard sports editor Peter W. Zubaty caught up with Hardin for a few questions recently.


    PZ: What do you enjoy most about golf?

  • Eagles bid for berth in region championship

    There’s something to be said for taking life’s lemons and making lemonade out of them.

    That’s what Bethlehem’s current group of seniors — many of them four-year starters — did last Friday in an emphatic 28-14 road playoff win at Crittenden County, setting up tonight’s rematch at district rival Holy Cross (10-1).

    The Eagles (7-4) had an unexpected bye week to end the regular season two weeks ago when Shawnee called to cancel their visit for Bethlehem’s Senior Night regular-season finale.

  • Cards qualify two girls

    With Nelson County sophomore Daniella Godenzi and eighth-grader Evelyn Tackett earning berths in Saturday’s girls’ Class 3A state meet, it’s a milestone of sorts.

    “We’re very excited for them to qualify,” Cardinal coach Dan Bradley said.

  • Wathen delivers second-place finish

    Kaitlyn Wathen knew one thing for sure Saturday — she didn’t want a repeat of her previous region performances.

    “I told myself I wasn’t going to get fifth, and I did it,” the Bardstown sophomore said of breaking her string of three consecutive fifth-place region finishes with Saturday’s runner-up result in the Class 1A Region 3 meet at McNeely Lake Park in Louisville.

  • Tigers trade points, but can't slow Dragon rushing attack

    GREENSBURG — Green County jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter Friday and never looked back in a 67-42 shootout win in the first round of the Class 2A Region 3 playoffs.

    “They got on us early,” Tiger coach David Clark said. “But even after that, were able to move the ball successfully.”

    After falling in the early hole, the Tigers engineered their finest scoring output of the season, trading scores with the Dragons for the next three quarters.