High School Sports

  • On the record with: Bethlehem senior Jacob Taylor

    Bethlehem senior basketball player Jacob Taylor is this week’s nominee for The Kentucky Standard/PLG-TV 13 Student-Athlete of the Week.

    Jacob carries a 3.5 GPA and is involved in the Interact and Pro-Life clubs at Bethlehem, and he was also a member of the Eagles’ golf team in the fall.

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


    PZ: Do you know where you would like to go to college? What do you plan to study and why?

  • SWIMMING: No state qualifiers, but still a strong Saturday for local teams

    You won’t find any swimmers from the area competing in the state meet that takes place in Louisville in 10 days, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t come home as winners after the final day of the regional meet held Saturday at T.K. Stone School in Elizabethtown.

    The Thomas Nelson 400 freestyle relay team received a medal for their seventh-place position, finishing with a time of 4:58:60. That is two seconds slower than their time from Friday’s qualifying round, but still better than their previous best time of 5:06:57 mark entering the regionals.

  • REGION 2 WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS: NC's Lanham is 170 region runner-up

    OWENSBORO — Nelson County’s Ben Lanham pinned John Hardin’s Jaylin Springs with seven seconds left in the first round of his 170-pound semifinal match Saturday morning, advancing to the finals of the Region 2 championships at Owensboro High School.

  • PREP SPORTS ROUNDUP: Tiger girls pull homecoming shocker on No. 6 E’town

    Don’t look now, but the Bardstown girls are finally shaping into the region contender their fans had hoped they would be, and just at the right time with one week before the start of the 19th District tournament.
    The Tigers came up with second-half magic yet again on Friday, rallying from 15 points down at halftime to stun No. 6 Elizabethtown, 66-58, recording one of the biggest wins in program history.
    “Great team effort,” Bardstown coach Amber Courtney said. “(Our) three seniors stepped up big defensively and rebounding.”

  • GIRLS’ SOCCER: Banshees’ Nelson inks with Morehead

    Bethlehem’s emergence as the dominant team in the 5th Region has a lot to do with the player who’s at the center — center-midfield, to be exact — of it all.

    Four-year starter Haley Nelson signed her letter-of-intent Wednesday to continue her soccer career at Morehead State University, achieving a lifelong dream for the Banshees’ leader.

  • BOWLING: NC girls get to state QFs


    LOUISVILLE — Nelson County improved its standing from a year ago in the girls’ state team bowling championship Friday at Executive Strike and Spare.

    The Cardinals were seeded 14th in the 16-team field after qualifying, but advanced to the quarterfinals with an upset of third-seeded Fleming County in the opening match in the bracket round.

    They fell to eventual state runner-up Corbin in their second contest.

    Coach Chuck Hall and his squad were quite satisfied with their finish.

  • SWIMMING: Local schools strong at Friday’s regionals

    ELIZABETHTOWN — It was a happy and excited group of swimmers from Nelson County, Thomas Nelson and Bethlehem who made bus trips back to Bardstown after the first day of qualifying in the regional meet in Elizabethtown.

    All three schools sent several swimmers back for the second day of competition on Saturday after press time for this edition. The top eight in each event will medal, with the top two advancing on to the state meet.

    Bethlehem coach Fran Spaulding was extremely pleased with the performance of her four swimmers.

  • WRESTLING: Six locals advance to Saturday’s region semifinals

    OWENSBORO — Six of the seven local wrestlers seeded in the top four at the Region 2 championships at Owensboro High School made it through to Saturday’s semifinals, with four from Bardstown and two more from Nelson County needing wins to get into the finals.

    The top four placers at the regions advance to next week’s state championships at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, with fifth-place finishers having a chance to draw in as alternates.



    Boys’ Basketball


    Green Co. 54, Bethlehem 52

    North Bullitt 79, Thomas Nelson 42



    Nelson Co. 69, Western Hills 55

    Caverna 92, Thomas Nelson 72



    John Hardin 93, Bardstown 65

    LaRue Co. 84, Nelson Co. 44

    Hart Co. 55, Thomas Nelson 45



    Fort Knox 85, Thomas Nelson 47


  • PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: NC, B’town boys take it on the chin

    Local teams got a look Tuesday at the top two boys’ teams in the 5th Region standings, and things didn’t go so well, as Bardstown and Nelson County each suffered blowout losses.

    In John Hardin’s 93-65 home win over Bardstown, the Bulldogs forced 16 first-half turnovers and built a 15-point lead at the break, and the Tigers never recovered. The loss snapped a five-game Bardstown win streak in the series dating back to 2014.