High School Sports

  • Generals still have some firepower left

    Thomas Nelson may have lost the nucleus of both its boys’ and girls’ bowling teams from a year ago, but coach Kris Cecil did not return to find the cupboard bare.

    Not by a long shot.

    The Generals may have two bowlers who are among the best in the region.

    Senior Nicole Reed has already proven it.

    She had the top qualifying score in last year’s regional tournament before finishing second in the step bracket. Reed has rolled a career-high 240 earlier this season, and is hoping even better things are on the horizon.

  • On the record with: Thomas Nelson senior Ben Hite

    Thomas Nelson senior football player Ben Hite is this week’s nominee for The Kentucky Standard/PLG-TV 13 Student-Athlete of the Week.

    Ben carries a 3.8 GPA, is involved in the school’s Agriculture Land Lab club, and plans to attend Murray State University to study agriculture systems technology.

    Kentucky Standard sports editor Peter W. Zubaty had a few questions for Ben to better get to know him.

    PZ: What got you started in your sport?

  • Bethlehem boys soccer champs

    Bethlehem captured the boys 5th Region All A soccer championship with a 4-1 victory over Fort Knox Monday night at Lally Field.

    Four different players scored for Coach Jody Spalding’s squad.

    Logan Ballard put the Eagles on top with his goal off of an assist from Jake Walker. Ballard was on the giving end with his assist of Camden Porter’s goal that made it 2-0.

    Caleb Debold and William Patrick also tallied scores as the winners evened their record at 3-3.

  • 2018 KENTUCKY STANDARD VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW: Tigers rebuilding after big run

    There have been a lot of good times surrounding the Bardstown volleyball program these past few years.

    Once the doormat of the 19th District, the Tigers gradually ascended to the top, making history along the way.

    In 2016, Bardstown defeated Bethlehem for the first time in school history en route to a surprise appearance in the 5th Region finals.

    Then, a year ago, they claimed the school’s first-ever district championship.

    The players and coaches who transformed the program are gone now, leaving behind the memories.

  • 2018 KENTUCKY STANDARD VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW: Allender takes over as Cardinals’ head coach

    When Zach Allender took over as boys’ head basketball coach last year at Nelson County, he said he did so because he wanted to “give something back” to his alma mater.

    Now, he’s getting a chance to do that again, taking over the Cardinals’ volleyball program after the school struggled to locate a replacement for Keyata Harman, who took over the Bardstown program after three years as head coach at Nelson County, and several more as an assistant.

  • 2018 KENTUCKY STANDARD VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW: Banshees hope to start new streak

    Bethlehem came up short in last year’s district tournament, falling in five sets to Washington County to stop a string of six straight district championships and eight straight trips to the regionals.

    Eight seniors are gone from that squad that finished the year at 12-10, as well as head coach Erich Hoehler, who guided the Banshees to four district titles in five seasons, as well as a region runner-up result.

  • 2018 KENTUCKY STANDARD VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW: Is this the Generals’ breakthrough year?

    Thomas Nelson must replace four key seniors from last year’s team that finished the season with a 20-14 record, the most wins in school history, but fourth-year coach Darren Morris still has high hopes for his 2018 team.

    “The good thing is we had a lot of underclassmen who played underneath them, and they pretty much make up our roster for this season,” he said. “We’ve had one district runner-up in the years I’ve been here and if you listen to my seniors, they want to win the district this year.”





    Lex. Catholic 3, Bardstown 0

    Thomas Nelson 3, Washington Co. 1



    Bullitt East 3, Nelson Co. 0



    Boys’ Soccer


    Elizabethtown at Bardstown

    Nelson Co. at Meade Co.

    Western Hills at Thomas Nelson


    Girls’ Soccer


  • PREP SPORTS ROUNDUP: Eagles win Kickin’ Chicken Invit.

    With kids returning to school in the past weeks, the high school sports season is getting underway. Golf started last week, and some local teams played their first volleyball matches of the season.

    Soccer, cross country and football all begin next week. Look for team profiles on those sports in upcoming issues. The Kentucky Standard will profile the area’s volleyball teams in Sunday’s edition.


    GOLF: Eagles win Kickin’ Chicken

  • 2018 KENTUCKY STANDARD BOYS' SOCCER PREVIEW: TNHS rebuilding this year

    After posting a 15-5-2 record and capturing the 2016 district championship with a roster featuring 10 seniors, it was not completely unexpected that Thomas Nelson would struggle last season.

    They dropped to 3-16 and fell in the opening round the district tournament.

    Coach Ronnie Hatfield has reason to believe better things are on the horizon for the Generals as they begin a new campaign.