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Today's Sports

  • Wirth scores big tournament win

    Kevin Wirth scored a wire-to-wire win at Old Hickory Lake in Tennessee last week, taking home more than $100,000.

    For Wirth, a former Kentucky Derby jockey from Crestwood in Oldham County, it was his first major tournament win in 14 years. He has fished well in recent years and had good finishes, but the top spot had been eluding him. The win came at the ninth 2008 Bassmaster Classic Elite Series event of the season.

  • NC safety Bartley taking his...

    Tony Bartley said his biggest football thrill to this point was a strip of the ball from a Greenwood runner as the Gators were going in to score against Nelson County.

    Bartley, a Cardinal safety, took the fumble recovery 97 yards the other way for a touchdown, one of the highlights of Nelson County’s surprising regular-season 53-19 win at Greenwood, which was the regular season district champion.

  • Upsizing summertime baits

    By this time of year, throughout many parts of the country, bass have seen a fair amount of fishing pressure. Common sense tells us that bass in this situation can become harder to catch and luring them to bite requires downsizing both line and bait. While this may be a good tactic for most places, targeting pressured bass in summer doesn’t always require picking up a spinning rod and finesse bait.

  • Women's State Am: Rizer...

    Five-time former Women’s Kentucky State Amateur Open winner Joan Rizer fell short in her quest for a sixth crown in play last week at Elizabethtown Country Club.

    Seeded No. 12 in the championship flight, Rizer scored a 1-up win Thursday against No. 4 seed Lydia Gumm, playing on her home course, in the quarterfinals.

  • Looking back: St. Joe Prep'...

    This is part two of my interview with Jude Talbott, Bill Mackin and Tony Clements, three members of the 1953 St. Joe Prep Eagles state baseball championship team.

    This year marks the 55th anniversary of that club, still the only state baseball champions to hail from Nelson County.

  • Club ball helps Bardstown...

    Off-season youth league sports mean different things to different athletes.

    Some kids use youth sports as something fun to keep themselves occupied during the summer months. Others use it to make new friends or reconnect with old friends.

    But at the top levels of youth league sports — club ball — the kids are there to get better at their chosen sports.

    Maggie Whitfield and Laura Brittany Wathen have done just that through their experience with the Louisville-based Javanon ’91 soccer club.

  • Looking back: St. Joe Prep'...

    Recently I had the pleasure of visiting with three members of the St. Joe Prep 1953 state baseball championship team.

    Throughout a four-year run from 1951-54, St. Joe Prep made the state finals three times in four trips to the state tournament, with the 1953 season featuring a 21-10 win in the championship game over Jenkins, a small school in Letcher County in the southeastern Kentucky mountains.

  • Cecil claims Shorty Gardner...

    Bluegrass Speedway presented the fifth annual Shorty Gardner Memorial for the WBRT 1320-AM Sportsman division Saturday, and Bardstown’s Roger Cecil scored the $500 payday for his victory.

    Other feature winners for the evening included Tim Tungate, Campbellsville, in 44 Auto Mart Super Late Models, Jason Wheatley, Loretto, in Kentucky Cooperage Modifieds, and Joe David Humphrey, Loretto, in Street Stocks.

    Shorty Gardner Memorial

  • Cardinals build muscles,...

    Bart Bruner thinks his third season as Nelson County’s head coach will be his most successful.

    “We’ve been battling back and trying to rebuild the great tradition here,” he said.

    But as the old sports clich goes, championships are won in the off-season. That’s why Bruner is excited about the regular turnout of about 70 at the Cardinals’ thrice-weekly weightlifting sessions.

    “It is of utmost importance to get our kids as strong, fast and mentally tough as we can,” he said. “We’ve come leaps and bounds.”

  • Personality crisis

    Where have all the personalities gone in baseball?

    Perhaps the biggest fallout from MLB’s steroids era is that it subsequently took away baseball’s biggest personalities, leaving a charisma void that I can’t recall the sport having in my lifetime.

    When I started watching in my childhood days, baseball was still the unquestioned National Pastime. The league was full of offbeat yahoos and charismatic stars.