Today's Sports

  • Young Banshees learning on the...

    With the sudden, late-October resignation of Terry Janes from the head coaching post, several players from last year’s club electing not to play, and a knee injuries taking down two other players, Bethlehem is a team in flux.

    Enter Whitey Simpson, an experienced hand with 32 years of coaching under his belt.

    Simpson, who teaches freshman health and physical education at Bethlehem, had his last head coaching stint a decade ago, and he was last an assistant basketball coach at Bethlehem four years ago.

  • Tigers have some big holes to...

    It is hard to replace experience and leadership, which is what Bardstown will be doing this season after a 25-6 campaign that saw the Tigers take the district title and advance to the semifinals of the All A Classic after a third straight small-school region crown.

    Gone from that team is the talented trio of starters Candyce Lewis, Elise Blanford and Shanissa Douglas and their combined 15 years of varsity experience, as well as reserve Sanna Lagerroos, who provided solid defense and outside shooting. The foursome averaged 30 points and 18 rebounds a game.

  • Good deer harvest despite EHD

    Many thought last year’s severe outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) would have a significant impact on this year’s Kentucky deer season and harvest. The Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources said no, and it was right.

    Despite the thousands of deer that died last year from EHD, this year’s harvest has been exceptional. It probably will be the second-highest harvest on record, according to the KDFWR.

    EHD is a disease that impacts deer every year, but is usually severe about every three years.

  • Cards' goal: Sweet 16

    With arguably the state’s top player in Samantha Drake, and one of the best point guards in the region feeding her the ball in Sarah Beth Gillis, it’s not hard to figure out why Nelson County coach Kelly Wood has high hopes for this season.

    “Our expectations are to win the region and do well in the state tournament,” Wood said. “We expect to be there.”

  • Tigers' Kimberland out for...

    Bardstown’s girls squad suffered a major blow last week when it got the news its top player, Daizah Kimberland, would be lost for the season to a knee injury suffered in a preseason scrimmage.

    Kimberland averaged 18 points and nine rebounds a game last year as a freshman, and would have taken on an even larger role this year to help make up for the loss of three senior starters from last year’s 25-6 district champion team. She’ll be having surgery to repair her torn ACL in the next few weeks.

  • By the skin of my teeth

    After what was almost a disastrous 0-4 start in my main fantasy football league — which I called Z’s Big League Bonanza — I managed to slither my way into the playoffs, and will have a chance to defend my title.

    It wasn’t easy, mind you.

  • Kahleifeh runs 6th

    LEXINGTON — Bardstown junior Adam Kahleifeh posted a second-straight medal performance at the state cross country championships Saturday, finishing sixth overall in the boys Class 1A race.

    “I still felt like I ran pretty good, even though it wasn’t my best,” he said.

  • Scrap six-class system

    I hope the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s board seriously considers scrapping the current six-class system in favor of five classes.

    Backtrack two football seasons ago: Bardstown and Bethlehem were both coming off outstanding seasons, going a combined 22-3 while sharing the seven-team Class 1A District 3.

    Then, Kentucky expanded from a manageable four classes to six, shrinking district sizes across the state from 6-7 teams to 4-5 teams.

  • Musk, Tigers exceed expectations

    LEXINGTON — Bethlehem’s Angela Musk outran expectations Saturday to post a 31st-place finish in the Class 1A state cross country championships at Kentucky Horse Park.

    Also outrunning expectations was the Bardstown girls team, where five of seven runners set personal records and beat their regional times, including eighth-graders Kaitlin Wathen and Christine Seaman, who shaved 23 and 10 seconds, respectively, off their previous bests.

  • Can Kentucky end the '...

    In our office, we have a few folks who enjoy jabbing each other back and forth when big games come around, and Saturday’s Kentucky-Tennessee game is no exception.

    When I came into the office today, I was greeted by Robin Phelan, our ad director, and his garishly loud orange blazer, and equally loud orange tie. If I was still asleep before that, I was wide awake for sure after seeing that.