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    SPRINGFIELD — Bardstown’s reign as 19th District volleyball champions came to an end Thursday night, but the Tigers are still heading to their third consecutive appearance in the regional tournament.

    Washington County avenged the loss in last year’s title game with a 3-0 win in Springfield.

    The Tigers went toe-to-toe with the top-seeded Commanders in the first and third set and had opportunities to win each of them.


    Thursday’s boys’ 19th District soccer championship featured the wildest of all wild endings, with Bardstown capturing the title after surviving a stunning shootout with Nelson County that needed 24 attempts to decide.


    The streak continues.

    Bethlehem captured its fourth straight girls’ 19th District soccer championship in dominating fashion Thursday by the fitting score of 4-1 over rival Bardstown.

    “It’s definitely a high,” said senior Bethlehem defender Jordan Cross of her team’s latest achievement. “We’ve been working so hard all year to get this, because it’s been such a big goal for us seniors to get it every four years. It feels really great to accomplish it.”


    If one went deep into the stats behind Nelson County’s late-season run that saw the Cardinals win seven of their final eight matches and climb all the way from being winless in district play to the No. 2 seed, Jaren Brown’s totals might jump out at you.

    Nelson County has produced 33 goals during that stretch dating back to a 2-1 win Sept. 18 over Thomas Nelson, and the junior forward had a hand in 23 of them — 20 goals and three assists.


    For 55 minutes, Tuesday’s 19th District soccer semifinal between Bardstown and Bethlehem was a grueling scoreless grudge match.

    And then, all of a sudden, it wasn’t anymore.

    Bardstown erupted for three goals in three minutes, then overcame late mistakes to hold off Bethlehem and advance to Thursday’s championship with a 4-3 decision. The Tigers were able to sweep their three meetings with the Eagles this season, and also avenge last year’s stunning 2-1 defeat to No. 4 seed Bethlehem in the district semifinals as the No. 1 seed.


    SPRINGFIELD — New coach.

    New players.

    Same result.

    Bardstown is headed back to the 19th District volleyball championship after a convincing semifinal 3-0 win over Thomas Nelson Tuesday night.

    How convincing?

    Thomas Nelson led only one time during the three sets, scoring the first point of the final set before the Tigers scored the next three points. That set was tied at three but the winners pulled away to put away the match.


    SPRINGFIELD — A young and inexperienced Bethlehem volleyball team was knocked out of postseason play when the top-seeded Washington County Commanders swept the Banshees 3-0 Tuesday night in Springfield.

    But Bethlehem, which had knocked off Nelson County Monday in the playin game, battled hard against the winners.

    They had their chances in each set, especially the first and the third.

    Bethlehem scored the first four points in the opener, and after Washington County recovered from that early blow, the teams battled on even terms most of the set.

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    It was a successful week for another grandchild of a Bardstown resident.

    Just two days after Abigail Sutherland helped her Sacred Heart Academy team to a runner-up finish in the KHSAA State Golf Championships in Bowling Green, eighth-grader Luke Coyle anchored a Taylor County squad that trailed St. Xavier by 10 shots with nine holes to play but ending up defeating the Tigers by two strokes to win the title.


    Bardstown’s speed up top — specifically that of sophomore MaTija Yocum, who netted three goals — proved to be a difference-maker in Monday’s 19th District semifinal, a 7-0 win over host Thomas Nelson.

    Yocum put her team on top for good in the sixth minute, outrunning the Thomas Nelson defense down the left side and finishing past keeper Izzy Whitis to make it 1-0.

    That speed made it tough for the Generals to handle, coach Alex Martin said, as is the Tigers’ ability to generate offense from a number of spots on the field.


    Bethlehem put itself in a position to extend its rule over the 19th District by marching into tonight’s championship match with a 7-0 win Monday over Nelson County.

    The Banshees (18-2-2) got into the books early on in the match, as Buckley Sparks found herself in the right place at the right time with just a minute gone to knock in a corner kick by senior Miranda Blanford.