High School Sports

  • FOOTBALL: LaRue finishes off Nelson in 4th

    LaRue County’s special teams didn’t let the Hawks down Friday night.

    After allowing a kick return for a touchdown in consecutive losses to Green County and Spencer County, the Hawks finally had a play go their way against visiting Nelson County.

    Senior Cody Thompson returned a kickoff 93 yards for a score and added three rushing touchdowns to spark the Hawks to a 38-24 win over Nelson County, dropping the Cardinals to 0-5 for the first time since the team went 0-10 in Bill Mason’s final season in 2005.

  • FOOTBALL: Eagles fall on deuce in OT at Ludlow, 29-28

    LUDLOW — At the end of Bethlehem’s longest road trip of the regular season the Eagles found only heartbreak on the banks of the Ohio River in northern Kentucky, falling 29-28 in overtime to Ludlow.

    “We had every opportunity in the world to win,” Bethlehem coach Ron Koontz said. “It just didn’t bounce our way.”

  • FOOTBALL: Bardstown blasts E'town, 67-20

    After a 17-point explosion in 24 seconds in the third quarter Friday night, Bardstown’s homecoming night sacrificial lamb — winless Elizabethtown — probably felt like going home.

    The struggling Panthers were within striking distance of the unbeaten Tigers at halftime, but the flurry ignited a 29-point quarter as Bardstown pulled away for a 67-20 win in a nearly 3-hour game that ended at 10:28 p.m. under a running clock.

  • On the record with: Bethlehem's Michael Hardin

    Bethlehem golfer Michael Hardin is this week’s nominee for the Kentucky Standard/PLG-TV 13 Student-Athlete of the Week.

    The Eagles’ lone senior, Hardin, who carries a 3.9 GPA, has embraced the role of leading his team while keeping up a busy schedule of classes, as well as playing baseball and participating in National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society.

    Kentucky Standard sports editor Peter W. Zubaty caught up with Hardin for a few questions.


  • FOOTBALL: Eagles' Cooper out after surgery

    Bethlehem will be without its top offensive threat — junior quarterback Jordan Cooper — for an extended period of time following a knee injury that required surgery.

    “That’s a tremendous loss,” Eagles coach Ron Koontz said of Cooper, who suffered a meniscus tear earlier in the season. “Those are big shoes for anybody to fill. He’s your field general.”

    Koontz said Thursday afternoon he had not gotten an update on Cooper’s status following his surgery Wednesday.

  • VOLLEYBALL: Cards avenge earlier loss to Tigers

    Bardstown beat Nelson County in volleyball for the first time ever on Aug. 16 and they did it on the Cardinals’ home floor. The Cards have been waiting a month to return the favor and Tuesday night they finally got that opportunity and capitalized for a 2-1 (25-23, 26-28, 25-16) victory — taking their win streak to three matches.

    “That’s the only thing I’ve had on my mind is to beat Bardstown,” Cardinal junior Cierra Drake said.

    The wait was over and neither team disappointed in front of a packed crowd at Bardstown.

  • SPORTS DESK: Cardinals win Keene XC meet

    Nelson County picked up team wins in girls’ and boys’ cross country competition Tuesday in its own Bernard Keene Invitational meet.

    In boys’ action, the Cardinals placed runners in fourth, fifth and sixth place, led by Paden Vernon (19:28) in fourth.

  • CROSS COUNTRY: Cards gunning for state berth

    Nelson County cross country entered 2011 with something to prove and early on this season they’ve been proving it.

    “I’m encouraged at the rate they’re improving this early in the season,” coach Dan Bradley said. “I’m seeing potential from sources that I didn’t know about coming into this season.”

  • SPORTS DESK: Brooks 6th in All A golf

    PADUCAH — Bardstown’s Clayton Brooks posted one of his best rounds of his career Saturday, overcoming foggy conditions early on to finish sixth in the Touchstone Energy All A Classic state golf tournament at Silos Golf Club.

    “Clayton scrambled throughout the round, hitting only six greens in regulation but limiting his putts to only 25,” said Mike Brooks, Clayton’s father and an assistant coach for Bardstown. “It was his best round of the year.”

  • ALL A CLASSIC VOLLEYBALL: Banshees fall in championship

    Bethlehem’s habit of making a big splash at the Touchstone Energy All A Classic state volleyball tournament continued Saturday as the Banshees got all the way to the championship match before succumbing to Covington Holy Cross, 25-16, 25-11.

    “Our team really seems to step it up there,” Banshees coach Bill Smith said. “This is our state tournament.”