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High School Sports

  • BHS' Canales signs with SCC

    The cliché “offense sells tickets but defense wins championships” suits Nick Canales well, and that’s the mindset the Bardstown senior took with him out to the pitch for every soccer match.

    “I’m a strong defensive player,” he said. “To me, defense carries your offense.”

    Now, Canales’ defense will carry him to school after his recent signing with St. Catharine College to continue his soccer career.

  • TRACK AND FIELD: Tiger girls hope to build upon early success

    Sure, the high school track season is in its infancy, but if early results are an indicator, the 2011 season for the Bardstown girls figures to be the best in history.

    The Tiger girls already have one big feather in their cap in the form of the first girls’ team state championship of any kind when they rounded up the indoor track season with the Class A Mason Dixon Games crown to open the month of March.

  • NC coach leads by example

    For Dan Bradley, sweat equity adds up.

    The cross country and track head coach at Nelson County High School subjected himself to a relentless schedule of training and racing last year. He endured more than 1,000 training miles, managed periods of pain, and ran his way through injury and grueling repetition toward a hard to pronounce goal that few runners ever achieve.

  • TENNIS: Nelson girls stay undefeated

    The Nelson County girls’ tennis squad extended its season-opening streak to three matches with a 3-2 win Thursday over a tough John Hardin squad.

    The Cardinals’ No. 1 doubles squad of Rachel Derting and Shelby Perry remained unblemished this season, winning their third straight-sets match without dropping a game with a 6-0, 6-0 win over the Bulldogs’ Brenda Parker and Rachel Boswell.

    The No. 2 doubles squad of Danielle Vincent and Ying Chan dominated their match as well, winning 6-0, 6-0 over Amanda Casone and Alicia Bibelhauser.

  • BASEBALL: Clark's 1-hitter stymies Tigers

    With shutout wins in his first two outings, Bethlehem junior Andrew Clark is not-so-quietly making a bid to be the Eagles’ ace.

    Clark followed up Monday’s 3-0 win over Spencer County with a one-hit complete-game shutout Thursday over Bardstown in the All A Classic 5th Region tournament, 12-0, walking two and striking out three in an efficient 78-pitch effort.

    “He’s really pitched well,” Bethlehem coach Roger Robinson said. “Last year he had minimal varsity experience.”

  • RIVER RAT: No logic in this game

    Yes, I know it’s still college hoops season, but there’s been a college football issue that I’ve been boiling about and haven’t had the chance to weigh in on.

    Can someone, anyone, please explain the logic behind Kentucky’s season-opener “at” Western Kentucky?

    In case you weren’t aware, the Wildcats will open the 2011 grid season on the road against the Toppers. But it’s the dumbest kind of road game there is.

  • TENNIS: Cardinal girls off to good start; Tigers beat Taylor

    Nelson County’s girls swept North Hardin and Washington County to open the 2011 tennis season, led by returning No. 1 doubles squad Shelby Perry and Rachel Derting, who have yet to drop a game.

  • BASEBALL/SOFTBALL: Tigers open season with thrilling wins

    Bardstown’s baseball team took a lot of lumps in recent years, winning just 14 games over the past three seasons.

    However, 10 of those wins came just last year as the Tigers’ youthful core matured on the job. But they might have learned the biggest lessons from all the losses.

    “The kids are not giving up — the biggest difference is all the three-year starters I have,” Tiger coach Glenn Koger said of his team’s 2-0 start.

    How they got those wins might be more important than just getting the wins, though.

  • Love of animals turns to gators

    “I’ve always loved animals,” said Bonnie Neidlinger, as she gently held a baby alligator in her hand, and showed it to a group of people waiting to head out onto Central Florida’s Lake Rosalie for an airboat nature tour of the northern reaches of the Everglades.

  • Johnson resigns as Nelson boys' coach

    Doug Johnson, head coach of the Nelson County High School boys’ basketball team, resigned from his coaching position March 18, according to Superintendent Anthony Orr.

    Orr and Johnson declined to elaborate about an alleged incident, other than to say no students were involved.

    “There were rumors circulating about a certain incident that happened,” Johnson said. “The superintendent and I did not see eye-to-eye about whether this was a rumor or not. I figured it was best for me and my family to resign” as coach.