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Today's Sports

  • Christmas gifts remembered:...

    Most of us have special Christmas memories, and most involve families and friends, and special gifts — not expensive gifts, but gifts received with special thoughts.

     

    Several of the gifts of which I have the fondest memories were related to the outdoors.

    When I was 7 or 8, I received my first bicycle. That bicycle gave me transport to the creek where I could catch tiny sunfish, and explore many of nature’s wonders.

    I dreamed about that bike long before it appeared on Christmas morning. It was a wonderful sight.

  • Inexperienced roster welcomes...

    A new but familiar face will be on the sidelines for Nelson County this season as New Haven native Artie Braden steps in for the retired Minor Harmon, under whom Braden once served as an assistant.

    Braden comes to Nelson County from John Hardin and inherits an inexperienced team. Only one player — Tyler Martinez — returns with any varsity experience from a team that was 14-15 last year and advanced to the 5th Region tournament. In addition to lack of experience, the team will be learning a new style of play,

  • Tigers hit FTs; hold off John...

    Four Bardstown players scored in double figures Friday as the Tigers withstood a late flurry of three-pointers to beat John Hardin, 65-60.

    The Tigers (2-0) had built a 14-point lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but needed clutch free throw shooting down the stretch to seal the deal, hitting 23-of-28 in the game.

    “They made a great run at the end,” Bardstown coach Gary Goode said. “They made several tough threes to get it down to five, but each time they got it to five, someone stepped up and hit a big free throw.”

  • Sparrow elevated to interim head...

    Nelson County assistant baseball coach David Sparrow was named interim head coach Monday, taking over for embattled coach Brent Childress.

    “This has been a dream of mine since I graduated from here,” said Sparrow, a Nelson County graduate and former player. “I’ve always wanted to be a baseball coach; wanted to be involved with the kids and the community. That’s always been a goal of mine.”

  • Christmastime means holiday...

    The Christmas season, at least in Kentucky, means basketball. Several holiday tournaments fill the schedule over the next week to keep some of the area’s basketball teams occupied.

    Most prestigious of these is the Canfield Development King Of The Bluegrass at Fairdale High School, beginning Thursday and wrapping up Tuesday.

  • Cards rout Banshees

    Bethlehem enjoyed an ever-so-brief lead at 4-3, but the highlights didn’t last Friday as Nelson County peeled off 14 unanswered first-half points on the way to a 58-18 win.

    The Cardinals (3-1) got their first district win of the season, while the Banshees fell to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in 19th District action.

    Nelson County, ranked No. 18 in the state in the BluegrassPreps.com poll, held Bethlehem to only four field goals in the game, and forced 33 turnovers. The Banshees have no seniors and only one returning starter.

  • Bardstown girls 2-0 in district

    Bardstown improved to 2-0 in 19th District play with a 49-34 win Wednesday at Washington County. The win was Bardstown’s third straight since a season-opening loss at Spencer County. The game was rescheduled from Tuesday night because of weather.

    Dana Phillips enjoyed a strong game, leading the Tigers in scoring with 15, and pulling down six rebounds. Brooke Ahern added nine points and nine rebounds, and Jordan Ball pitched in 13 points and three assists.

  • Cards deliver TKO at the line

    Games in the 19th District tend to be knockdown, drag-out slugfests, and Friday’s 58-50 Nelson County win in front of a packed house at Bethlehem was no exception.

    “It was good to come in here, in an atmosphere like this, and get a win,” said junior Tyler Martinez, who had 14 points to lead the Cardinals in scoring along with sophomore Quentin Brooks.

    The Cardinals and Eagles committed 25 fouls apiece in the contest, but Nelson County hit 6-of-6 from the charity stripe in the final 46.8 seconds to seal the win, including a pair from Martinez.

  • Edelen gives Tigers a lift

    Damian Edelen didn’t let a heavy tape job on his injured right thumb slow him down Tuesday as he delivered a 25-point effort to lift Bardstown to a 77-61 season-opening win over visiting Fort Knox.

    “I just hustled,” Edelen said. “Most of my points came off rebounds and getting down the court quick.”

    Edelen was the game’s high scorer and rebounder (8). The 6-4 senior did his most important work in the first half, scoring 17 as Bardstown limped into the locker room with a 31-29 lead over a game Eagle ballclub.

  • Big improvements may be in store...

    Coming into the second year of the Mike Ayersman era, the Bethlehem Eagles are looking for big things to happen.

    In Ayersman’s first season at Bethlehem, he inherited a young team that had very little varsity experience. With only two seniors, the first-year coach had a lot of teaching to do and not a lot of time to do it as he came in over the summer.