High School Sports

  • STATE WRESTLING: Cards show flashes of the future`

    Nelson County youngsters Andrew Ackley and Zac Lawson gained valuable experience through their successes at the Kentucky State Wrestling Championships over the weekend, experience their coach says should propel them to greater things in the future.

  • HOOPS ROUNDUP: Eagles, Cardinals finish regular season with wins

    Bethlehem and Nelson County each picked up wins in Friday’s regular-season finales, giving both teams a bit of momentum going into the teams’ meeting Wednesday in the boys’ 19th District tournament.

    The Eagles picked up their 21st win of the season and eighth in a row, celebrating Senior Night in style with an 80-54 whipping of Holy Cross (9-20).

    Jalen Phillips’ 16 points topped the list of four Bethlehem players scoring in double figures. Thomas Mudd added 13, while Brandon Ray and Jordan Cooper pitched in 11 apiece.

  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: Trojans trip up Tigers

    North Hardin heads into the postseason with a season-long winning streak and a wave of confidence.

    The Trojans won their seventh consecutive, knocking off defending 5th Region champion Bardstown, 65-52, on Friday night at Ron Bevars Gymnasium.

    “It was very important to them,” Bardstown coach James “Boo” Brewer said. “We are the top team, one of the top teams, in the region. To beat us on senior night and homecoming, it gives them a lot of momentum. But we are a great team. We’ll just move forward to district.”

  • STATE WRESTLING: NC's Ackley advances to quarters

    LEXINGTON — Friday’s day one of the Kentucky State Wrestling Championships saw eighth-grader Andrew Ackley pick up a pair of wins in the 113-pound bracket and sit poised to possibly become Nelson County’s third wrestler to ever place at state.

    “He’s doing great so far,” Cardinal coach Sean McCarthy said Saturday morning before heading over to the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena to watch Ackley’s quarterfinal match. “He’s doing excellent — I couldn’t ask anything better of him.”

  • STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Nelson County's Lauren Jones

    Nelson County swimmer Lauren Jones is this week’s nominee for The Kentucky Standard/PLG-TV 13 Student-Athlete of the Week.

    The Cardinals’ senior co-captain, Jones is active in FFA and 4-H, and is an avid horseback rider. She plans to attend Western Kentucky University in the fall and study communications.

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


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  • FOOTBALL: Koontz signs with LWC

    When Josh Koontz started looking at colleges, he knew a big school wasn’t the place for him. Instead, he sought out a place that felt like Bethlehem, and that’s why he signed on last week to continue his football career at Lindsey Wilson College.

    “I went to all the other colleges” that had expressed interest in him, Koontz said, but “I really didn’t feel like I was at home.”

    When visiting LWC’s Columbia campus, Koontz said he was attracted to the small-town feel and the coaches who embraced him.

  • BASKETBALL: Region's coaches vote Tigers' Myrks POY

    The 5th Region released its All-Region teams earlier this week, and a pair of local products top the list on the boys’ side of things.

    Bardstown senior point guard Anthony Myrks, who helped guide the Tigers to the Sweet 16 last year and the finals of the All A Classic this year, was voted Player of the Year by the 5th Region Coaches Association, garnering 16 votes.

    He narrowly beat out former teammates Kyle Sheeran and Kelton Ford of LaRue County for top honors.

    Myrks wasn’t the only local to be so honored, however.

  • BASKETBALL: District tourney schedule released

    Dates and times are set for next week’s 19th District boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments, hosted by Bardstown High School.

    The girls get things going with a Tuesday night doubleheader, with top seed Nelson County (21-6) taking on Bethlehem (6-19) in the 6 p.m. opener. The Cardinals won both regular-season meetings.

  • TNHS SPORTS: Brohm named Generals' football coach

    To build its football program from the ground floor up, Thomas Nelson High School reached for the stars and found a name that goes hand-in-hand with football in Kentucky.

    On Wednesday, the school announced in a press release it had named Greg Brohm to be the Generals’ first coach.

  • SWIMMING: Spaulding grabs two top-6 finishes

    Bethlehem wrapped up Saturday’s Region 3 Swimming Championships with one of the best performances in school history, highlighted by junior Hannah Spaulding placing in the top six in two events.

    Spaulding — who placed sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke two years ago — bettered her previous top finishes by placing sixth in the 200 freestyle with a 2:12.27 time and grabbing fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:16.00 time.

    Spaulding missed the cut for qualifying for the state meet.