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High School Sports

  • 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.

  • 2018 KENTUCKY STANDARD GIRLS' SOCCER PREVIEW: Can Cards shake their bad luck?

    After a season riddled with injuries, Nelson County and head coach Mike Glass are ready to start a new and fresh campaign.

    Glass — who enters his ninth year as the Cardinals’ leader — says his team will be young, but will offer experience at some spots at the same time.

    “We have a lot of freshmen and sophomores that will be playing varsity,” Glass said. “We had six starters injured all at one time last year, so even though some of these girls are young, they have had some time on the field.”

  • 2018 KENTUCKY STANDARD GIRLS' SOCCER PREVIEW: Generals hope to bounce back this year

    There is good news and bad news for coach Alex Martin as he begins his fifth year at the helm of the Thomas Nelson girls’ soccer program.

    The bad news is the loss of seven seniors from last year’s team.

    The good news, on the other hand, is he will have a lot of happy players who will be the recipients of the playing time available because of graduation.

  • 2018 KENTUCKY STANDARD GIRLS' SOCCER PREVIEW: Banshees want to cement dynasty

    Adults perceive the passage of time differently than kids.

    Take Bethlehem’s 2015 trip to the girls’ state soccer semifinals, for instance.

    It seems like an eternity ago for senior Abigail Proctor.

    “Yes,” she said. “I mean, well, kind of. It just doesn’t seem real that I’m a senior.”

    Her coach, Danny Rossoll, feels like it’s been a blur.

  • 2018 KENTUCKY STANDARD PREP GOLF PREVIEW: Cards seeking players

    Longtime Nelson County coach Kevin Burkhead has a few golfers out this year. Very few.

    Just three girls and three boys have come out for varsity golf — three of the six beginners to the sport — leaving Burkhead wondering if he’ll have enough to enter team matches.

    “I’m hoping to get a few more out once school starts,” he said.

    One problem he faces is the varsity golf season has already started, and NCHS won’t begin the 2018-19 school year until Wednesday.

  • 2018 KENTUCKY STANDARD PREP GOLF PREVIEW: Generals’ numbers growing for 2018

    Alex Hey is in a much better situation as he enters his second year as the golf coach at Thomas Nelson.

    Just a year ago, he was waiting for school to start to continue his search for enough boys and girls to join his teams so the Generals could compete in its matches.

    Fast forward to 2018 and he has seven girls and six boys showing up regularly for practice, providing Hey excitement about the future of the program.

  • 2018 KENTUCKY STANDARD PREP GOLF PREVIEW: Eagles, Banshees have several key returnees

    Bethlehem coach Christi Medley has some reasons for optimism this year.

    Her boys’ team has three key returnees as well as some newcomers with golf experience in their background, and her girls’ team found a fourth to join a talented young threesome that figures to make a push for some All A Classic qualifiers.

    “We’re excited about our team,” Medley said. “We have some returning players, and some new players, and they are melding as a team. We’re hoping for a good season.”