High School Sports

  • 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.

  • 2018 KENTUCKY STANDARD BOYS' SOCCER PREVIEW: NC just wants to get over district hump

    If any one thing stands out this year for the Nelson County boys’ soccer team, it would be that anything is possible.

    Coming off of a winning season that yielded 12 victories against seven defeats, blended in with two ties, fourth-year head coach Stan Hayes feels the sky’s the limit.

    “We made it to the district finals and lost in penalty kicks one year ago, and it was a heartbreaking loss, but it happens. However, this season we are back and returning plenty of nice players. I feel we have a good mix of personnel, ” he said.

  • 2018 KENTUCKY STANDARD BOYS' SOCCER PREVIEW: Can Eagles back up last year’s run?

    Once the dominant team in the area, Bethlehem’s boys’ soccer program went through a rough patch in recent seasons, winning just one game against district opponents over a 17-match, three-year span.

    The Eagles found some old-time magic once they got into the postseason last year, upsetting top-seeded Bardstown and Nelson County in the district tournament to win their first title since 2014, and first for coach Jody Spalding.

    “It was pretty awesome,” Spalding said.

  • 2018 KENTUCKY STANDARD BOYS' SOCCER PREVIEW: District loss motivates BHS

    Coaches oftentimes use a loss as a teaching lesson.

    If that’s the case, Bardstown boys’ soccer coach Aaron Boggs is hoping his team learned something from their 2017 season-ending loss to Bethlehem.

    The Tigers went undefeated in 19th District play during the regular season, but saw the fourth-seeded Eagles upset them 2-1 in the district opener.

  • 2018 KENTUCKY STANDARD GIRLS' SOCCER PREVIEW: Tigers seek to back up last year’s run

    Last year was a special season for Bardstown, as the Tigers snapped a four-year region tournament drought by getting all the way to the championship, coming up just short to Bethlehem in a shootout.

    Molly Bodkin played a key role in that run last year as a junior, putting in a dramatic game-winning goal with 85 seconds left to beat Elizabethtown and lift the Tigers into the region title match.

    She said her team gained a lot from that run, most notably confidence going forward.