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Today's Sports

  • Lots of newcomers in Bethlehem...

    Just like the school’s girls team, Bethlehem’s boys have that new car smell to them — new players, new coach, new challenges.

    “It’s definitely been an adjustment period,” first-year head coach Mike Ayersman said. “I’ve had so much thrown at me in a short time. It’s been exciting and exhausting.”

    Bethlehem went 18-11 last year, winning the district before bowing out in the first round of the region. But the Eagles’ lone returning starter hasn’t adjusted his expectations.

  • Sports Notes - November 30

    Pool leagues forming

    Paradise Billiards, an alcohol-free and smoke-free pool hall in Bardstown, will host winter pool leagues.

    There are no age limits. Players will be matched with leagues according to age, ability and experience. Leagues are for beginners and advanced players.

    Paradise Billiards is at 102 Flamingo Road; call (502) 428-9638 for more information.

    Soccer tryouts coming

  • Nelson defense keys win

    Nelson County turned up the heat to start its season, running and pushing the tempo to win going away over visiting East Jessamine, 56-36.

    Using relentless pressure defense the Cards had 22 steals on the night and held East Jessamine to 34 percent shooting from the field.

    “What we preach is defense,” Cardinal coach Kelly Wood said.

    Nelson County (1-0) also dominated the glass, outrebounding the Cougars 55-36 and the pressure defense also forced 25 turnovers.

  • Eagles finish off with late run

    Mike Ayersman got his head coaching career off on the right foot Tuesday, as his Bethlehem club turned back visiting Hart County, 53-44.

    “That’s my first win,” the former Bowling Green High and Western Kentucky assistant said. “It feels good.”

    The Eagles (1-0) had enjoyed leads of about 5-7 points throughout much of the game, but the Raiders upped their defensive intensity and put together a spurt to pull ahead 40-36 early in the fourth quarter.

    “They got to us a few times,” Ayersman said, “but our kids never quit.”

  • Senior moment

    Nelson County’s season ended in disappointment last year in the form of a 15-point loss in the first round of the district, leaving a Cardinal group of 11 juniors with some motivation to end their careers on a high note in their senior season.

    “We didn’t go as far as we’d liked to,” Jesse Beavers said. “We want to come out and prove we should’ve gone farther.”

  • Sports Notes - November 28

    Pool leagues forming

    Paradise Billiards, an alcohol-free and smoke-free pool hall in Bardstown, will host winter pool leagues.

    There are no age limits. Players will be matched with leagues according to age, ability and experience. Leagues are for beginners and advanced players.

    Paradise Billiards is at 102 Flamingo Road; call (502) 428-9638 for more information.

    Soccer tryouts coming

  • Nelson County hopes to reload

    Some teams would view a season such as the one Nelson County faces as a rebuilding situation. But the Cards see it as a chance to reload and improve on last year’s outstanding 26-4 mark.

    “We lost six seniors that were very good players,” coach Kelly Wood said. “They are hard to replace but our junior varsity and freshman teams had excellent years.”

    It helps that the Cards return one of the better players in the state in sophomore Samantha Drake, but she will not be alone.

  • Number of young hunters is...

    It’s good news and bad news. According to new data from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, young people represent a growing portion of America’s hunting population.

    That’s good news. Unfortunately, the total number of hunters continues to dwindle.

    The other bad news relates to fishing and wildlife watching. The portion of young people (6-15 years) fishing and watching wildlife is growing smaller.

  • Falcons defend their turf

    FORT CAMPBELL — Bardstown looked itself in the mirror Friday, but its mirror image ended its playoff run, as Fort Campbell’s ball control offense and stingy defense closed out the Tigers 28-20.

    The Falcons (11-2) won the Class 2A Region 2 Championship on the strength of a devastating 16-play, 69-yard scoring drive that chewed up 7:43 of the fourth quarter and extended their lead from 21-20 to 28-20, keeping the Tiger offense off the field at a time when they were frantically trying to catch up.

  • Sports Notes - November 25

    Pool leagues forming

    Paradise Billiards, an alcohol-free and smoke-free pool hall in Bardstown, will host winter pool leagues.

    There are no age limits. Players will be matched with leagues according to age, ability and experience. Leagues are for beginners and advanced players.

    Paradise Billiards is at 102 Flamingo Road; call (502) 428-9638 for more information.

    Soccer tryouts coming