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  • GIRLS' PREP SOCCER: John Hardin wants to show last year was no fluke (08/14)

    The John Hardin Lady Bulldogs accomplished a rare feat last season and now they’re out to show they can do it again.

    The Lady Bulldogs reached the Girls’ 5th Region Soccer Tournament for the first time since 2003 when they fell in the championship to Elizabethtown. Now, they want to make this an annual trip.

  • BOYS' PREP SOCCER: John Hardin a team in transition (08/14)

    John Hardin boys’ soccer coach Alex Shearer knew last season was going to be one of transition. The thought was take one step back to go two steps forward.

    But last season went better than expected. The Bulldogs went 15-5-3 and took the Central Hardin Bruins, who went on to win the 17th District and 5th Region tournaments, to penalty kicks in the district semifinals.

  • BOYS' PREP SOCCER: Can Central Hardin carry over from last year? (08/14)

    After Central Hardin’s run to the state tournament’s final four last year, Bruins coach Mike Wiersema is hoping his team can bottle up some of that magic for this season.

    The Bruins won a school-record 20 games and the program’s first region tournament title in three finals appearances last season. But Central Hardin graduated nearly half of its roster, leaving some big holes to fill this year.

  • GIRLS' PREP SOCCER: Elizabethtown out to make amends (08/14)

    The Elizabethtown Lady Panthers have reeled off 11 consecutive winning seasons, went unbeaten last year against district competition in the regular season and spent part of 2010 ranked in the coaches’ top 20.

    But they still look at the season as a failure because of a shocking 1-0 loss to John Hardin in the 10th District Tournament semifinals at Fort Knox that ended their year at 13-6-3.

  • GIRLS' PREP SOCCER: LaRue County motivated for better year (08/14)

    Give Becky Hawkins this – the LaRue County Lady Hawks’ coach is honest almost to a fault.

    The Lady Hawks went 6-7-4 last season, getting outscored 54-26 and going winless (0-6-2) against 9th District teams.

    “Last year our main goal was not to get mercy ruled. That’s how low of a skill level we had,” Hawkins said. “Now our goal is to play a good game and work hard as best we can. Hopefully that hard work will pay off.”

  • BOYS' PREP SOCCER: LaRue County ready to get started (08/14)

    LaRue County went 13-4-3 last year – winning 11-of-13 games outside the 9th District – and advanced to the district tournament semifinals for the second straight year.

    Although graduation took a heavy toll on LaRue County, longtime coach Chuck Holloway is optimistic the Hawks can rebound.

  • BOYS' PREP SOCCER: Elizabethtown hopes to get lift from fresh faces (08/14)

    To be one win away from a state tournament berth a boys’ region record six consecutive years, the Elizabethtown Panthers have made a habit of peaking at the right time.

    Longtime coach Jon Parsons understands just how fortunate the Panthers were to achieve that feat.

    “For us to make it to six straight region finals, it’s been a blessing,” Parsons said. “That shows a lot about our program and our school, but any year it could have gone any way.”

  • GIRLS' PREP SOCCER: Three teams have sights set on region berths (08/14)

    The Central Hardin Lady Bruins, John Hardin Lady Bulldogs and Elizabethtown Lady Panthers all made area girls’ soccer history last season – and not necessarily in a good way.

    Central Hardin won its first 10th District and 5th Region tournament titles since 2000 and advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first time in school history. John Hardin, after getting crushed by Elizabethtown in the regular season, stunned the Lady Panthers in the district tournament semifinals for its only win in program history over Elizabethtown.

  • BOYS' PREP SOCCER: Four teams in Hardin County have title dreams (08/14)

    Four teams battled tooth and nail last year in one of the longest nights in Boys’ 10th Soccer Tournament history, with the Elizabethtown Panthers outlasting the North Hardin Trojans and the Central Hardin Bruins surviving a shootout with the John Hardin Bulldogs.

    Elizabethtown eventually advanced to the 5th Region Tournament final for an area-record sixth consecutive year, while the Bruins one-upped the Panthers by earning their first state tournament final four berth.

  • GIRLS' PREP SOCCER: North's Yourous has a 'hungry' group (08/14)

    Hayley Yourous has had an exhausting first full week back teaching at school.

    Classes. Meetings. Prep work.