High School Sports

  • GIRLS' SOCCER: NC’s Skrine headed to Spalding

    Taylor Skrine has been a dependable stalwart for Nelson County girls’ soccer coach Mike Glass for years, anchoring the Cardinals’ back line.

    “Very reliable — she’s been one of our captains for a couple of years, and has a good vision for the field,” Glass said. “I think Spalding will really like how she sees the field.”

    Skrine signed last week with Spalding University to continue her career at a ceremony at Nelson County High School. She’s looking forward to her next stop.

  • SPORTS BRIEFS: Bowling roundup

    Nelson County’s girls’ bowling squad beat Central Hardin Tuesday and split a match with Elizabethtown as the Cardinals are off to a strong start.

    Against Central Hardin, Nelson County scored a 6-1 win and a 2,069-1,945 pin count advantage. Erin Hall scored the top overall game with a 217, while Kaitlyn McKinney rolled a 203 and a 193.

    The Nelson girls halved the match against Elizabethtown, 3.5-3.5, despite enjoying an 1,835-1,632 pin advantage, with McKinney’s 172 being the high game.

  • Toots for Tots program brings holiday cheer

    Nearly two decades ago, the 5th Region Officials’ Association was having a meeting a short time before Christmas.

    The thought had occurred to longtime basketball official George Miller that the region’s refs could do some good by giving back to the schools where they call their games.

    And that’s how the local “Toots for Tots” program was born, said Wayne Edwards, treasurer of the association.

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    It’s been a while since I did a column, and I’ve got a little housecleaning to do, so let’s play catch-up!


    MSC Football Awards

    Local football products now playing in college are well-represented on the Mid-South Conference’s postseason awards list.

  • WRESTLING: Cardinal wrestlers hoping experience pays off this year

    After a couple of years of thin numbers, Nelson County coach Josh Conder said the Cardinals have a good chance to move forward this year, with about 14 kids on the roster, and most of them with good experience under their belts.

    “Nelson County is actually going to be — going back to my first year at Thomas Nelson — the most experienced I’ve had,” he said.

    The Cardinals have a pair of seniors, one of whom is their lone state qualifier from last year in Michael Donaway.

  • WRESTLING: Year 3 could be best yet for Tigers

    It hasn’t taken long for Bardstown to become a player on the local wrestling scene.

    Entering just its third year as a varsity sport, the Tigers’ wrestling program already has four state qualifiers in its short history, including three last year, all of them sophomores at the time. It’s been an exciting and surprising time for Bardstown coach Jason Tilley.

    “It was totally a surprise,” he said. “It’s been really great as far as building the team and really helping us elevate to that next level.”

  • BOWLING: Cards hoping for return to state

    With the bulk of his girls returning from a team that qualified for the state bowling tournament for the first time in school history, you would think Nelson County coach Chuck Hall is anxiously eyeing a return trip this season.

    But then you don’t know Chuck Hall every well.

    While he admits his team has the talent to once again reach the big stage, he will not lose any sleep worrying about their chances.

  • BOWLING: TNHS young, improving

    Thomas Nelson’s bowling teams may have lost their season-opening matches against visiting John Hardin, but their performances did not disappoint coaches Kris Cecil (boys) and Thomas Hamilton (girls).

    The boys fell 4-3, but the coach was especially pleased with their comeback after losing the opening game by 116 pins.

    “We bowled pretty well after that and ended up losing the overall by 49 pins,” he said.

    Cecil is replacing seven seniors from last year’s squad and was impressed by how his inexperienced team handled itself.

  • BOWLING: Bardstown makes its debut this season

    Bardstown’s decision to add bowling to its array of extracurricular activities has been met with overwhelming approval by its students.

    That’s much different than a few years ago when a Bardstown teacher tried to get a bowling club started.

    “At the time, we all thought it was a great idea, but it never got any traction and didn’t get off of the ground,” coach Aaron Boggs said. “Then last spring, Shawn (Boggs) got her Key Club involved in a bowling league and it has taken off from there.”

  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Bucknell lands NC standout Walls

    When she first started getting regular varsity playing time as an eighth-grader, Marly Walls barely eclipsed five feet tall.

    The Nelson County senior has grown up now, to a healthy 5-8, but some online sources are still listing her as though she never hit a growth spurt.

    “Coming in freshman year, I think I was like 5-4, 5-3,” Walls said. “And the funny thing is, in the ‘Cat’s Pause’ (basketball preview), it still had me at 5-4.”