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    Coaches oftentimes use a loss as a teaching lesson.

    If that’s the case, Bardstown boys’ soccer coach Aaron Boggs is hoping his team learned something from their 2017 season-ending loss to Bethlehem.

    The Tigers went undefeated in 19th District play during the regular season, but saw the fourth-seeded Eagles upset them 2-1 in the district opener.


    Last year was a special season for Bardstown, as the Tigers snapped a four-year region tournament drought by getting all the way to the championship, coming up just short to Bethlehem in a shootout.

    Molly Bodkin played a key role in that run last year as a junior, putting in a dramatic game-winning goal with 85 seconds left to beat Elizabethtown and lift the Tigers into the region title match.

    She said her team gained a lot from that run, most notably confidence going forward.


    After a season riddled with injuries, Nelson County and head coach Mike Glass are ready to start a new and fresh campaign.

    Glass — who enters his ninth year as the Cardinals’ leader — says his team will be young, but will offer experience at some spots at the same time.

    “We have a lot of freshmen and sophomores that will be playing varsity,” Glass said. “We had six starters injured all at one time last year, so even though some of these girls are young, they have had some time on the field.”


    There is good news and bad news for coach Alex Martin as he begins his fifth year at the helm of the Thomas Nelson girls’ soccer program.

    The bad news is the loss of seven seniors from last year’s team.

    The good news, on the other hand, is he will have a lot of happy players who will be the recipients of the playing time available because of graduation.


    Adults perceive the passage of time differently than kids.

    Take Bethlehem’s 2015 trip to the girls’ state soccer semifinals, for instance.

    It seems like an eternity ago for senior Abigail Proctor.

    “Yes,” she said. “I mean, well, kind of. It just doesn’t seem real that I’m a senior.”

    Her coach, Danny Rossoll, feels like it’s been a blur.


    Longtime Nelson County coach Kevin Burkhead has a few golfers out this year. Very few.

    Just three girls and three boys have come out for varsity golf — three of the six beginners to the sport — leaving Burkhead wondering if he’ll have enough to enter team matches.

    “I’m hoping to get a few more out once school starts,” he said.

    One problem he faces is the varsity golf season has already started, and NCHS won’t begin the 2018-19 school year until Wednesday.


    Alex Hey is in a much better situation as he enters his second year as the golf coach at Thomas Nelson.

    Just a year ago, he was waiting for school to start to continue his search for enough boys and girls to join his teams so the Generals could compete in its matches.

    Fast forward to 2018 and he has seven girls and six boys showing up regularly for practice, providing Hey excitement about the future of the program.


    Bethlehem coach Christi Medley has some reasons for optimism this year.

    Her boys’ team has three key returnees as well as some newcomers with golf experience in their background, and her girls’ team found a fourth to join a talented young threesome that figures to make a push for some All A Classic qualifiers.

    “We’re excited about our team,” Medley said. “We have some returning players, and some new players, and they are melding as a team. We’re hoping for a good season.”


    Bardstown golf coach Josh Thomas has found himself to be in somewhat of a quandary this year, but it’s one that he is happy about.

    Unlike past years when he’s struggled to field a complete roster for his boys’ squad, Thomas has 22 golfers on his team.

    “I wasn’t sure how to handle something like this,” he said. “I called Ed Hardin, the former coach, and asked him how to spend time with everyone.”

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Bowhunting...

    The archery deer season always opens on the first Saturday in September, so this year it will open on Sept. 1.

    Once the archery season opens, a bowhunter can pursue his passion of hunting with a bow and arrow in pursuit of the whitetail deer every day through Jan. 21, 2019. That’s a whole lot (143 days) of bowhunting opportunity.

    I know that we are already less than a month away from opening day, and the intensity of things in the archery shop tells me that a lot more archers are just as excited about the upcoming season as I am.