High School Sports

  • BASEBALL: Eagles lose lead late

    Bethlehem traveled to Washington County Thursday night hoping to hand the 3-0 Commanders their first loss of the season, but the home team — led by senior Blake Smith — came away with the 5-3 victory.

    Smith pitched a complete game for the Commanders, holding the Eagles to three runs over seven innings, and also delivered at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI.

  • On the record with: Bardstown's Tori Beatty

    Bardstown softball player Tori Beatty is this week’s nominee for The Kentucky Standard/PLG-TV 13 Student-Athlete of the Week.

    A sophomore, Beatty carries a 4.0 GPA and is involved in several extracurricular activities around campus, including Pep Club, Y Club and advanced chorus. She hasn’t decided on a college destination yet, but is considering Western Kentucky University to study medical technology.

    Kentucky Standard sports editor Peter W. Zubaty caught up with Beatty for a few questions to better get to know her.


  • SOFTBALL: Banshees adjusting to new coach

    Bethlehem hits the softball diamond this season with a new coach, and so far, the results have been promising with the Banshees winning three of their first four games.

    “The teaching part’s been the easy part,” new coach Shaun Smith said. “They’ve adjusted well.”

    Smith returns to the game after being away a couple years, but has a deep softball resume in his corner, including several years coaching in youth leagues and in travel ball, as well as serving as a varsity assistant at Bullitt Central.

  • TENNIS: Tigers hope to build on '11

    It’s easy to detect the excitement in Bryan Kellem’s voice when the Bardstown tennis coach talks about the upcoming season.

    And there’s good reason for the upbeat tone.

    For the first time in history, Bardstown sent a girls’ doubles team and a boys’ doubles team to state competition last year.

    Despite losses to graduation and Gabi Hamilton moving on to pursue college classes while still of high school age, Kellem’s teams return two key components of the respective doubles teams that qualified for state.

  • Longtime Bethlehem educator Hart dies at 53

    Steve Hart dedicated more than half his life to Bethlehem High School and its students, becoming intertwined with the school’s community forever.

    “He was Mr. Bethlehem,” said Tom Hamilton, the school’s principal.

    Hart, 53, died early Friday after waging an eight-year battle with brain cancer, outliving 99 percent of the population diagnosed with such a tumor, his brother, William “Bev” Hart said.

  • On the record with: Bethlehem's Cole Ballard

    Bethlehem junior baseball player Cole Ballard is this week’s nominee for Kentucky Standard/PLG-TV 13 Student-Athlete of the Week.

    Ballard carries a 3.2 GPA and is also a standout golfer, having finished as region runner-up in the 2011 All A Classic, earning a berth in the statewide tournament.

    Ballard is active on the Bethlehem campus as a member of the Spirit Club and as a Student Ambassador, and plans to be an accountant, although he hasn’t settled on a college, having drawn a few offers for his prowess on the links.

  • BASEBALL: Cards' arms experienced

    If variety is truly the spice of life, this should be an interesting year for Nelson County baseball.

    Coach David Sparrow has only one returning position player returning from last year’s 19th District runner-up team.

    But that doesn’t mean that the cupboard is completely bare for the fourth-year coach.

    Not only do the Cardinals return their two top pitchers from a year ago, but they have a plethora of players who can play multiple positions.

  • SOFTBALL: Cards young but deep

    Nelson County had its struggles at times last year, and if there was ever a season when the Cardinals’ daunting streak of district championships was at risk of coming to an end, it was 2011.

  • BASEBALL: Grizzled Tiger veterans hoping for breakthrough year

    In his first three seasons as head baseball coach at Bardstown, Glenn Koger has had a total of four seniors.

    As he team begins the 2012 campaign, the Tigers have five seniors on the roster.

    That’s the major reason Koger is expecting big things for his squad this year.

    “We now have the numbers to compete,” Koger said.  “We’re more diversified. We have five seniors, six juniors, eight sophomores, and five freshmen. 

  • THOMAS NELSON HIGH SCHOOL: General details

    Crews were on site at Thomas Nelson High School last week, laying down fresh paint for the baseline and halfcourt graphics for new school’s gymnasium. Thomas Nelson High School opens in the fall for the 2012-13 school year. The school made its first round of coaching hires last month, introducing the program architects for the football, volleyball and boys’ and girls’ soccer teams. More coaching hires are expected in upcoming weeks, school officials say.