http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/sports/rss.xml en PREP SOFTBALL: Jones' clutch hit lifts Central Hardin past Meade County (04/18) http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/prep-softball-jones-clutch-hit-lifts-central-hardin-past-meade-county-0418 <img src="http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/sites/www.thenewsenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/140417_soft_chmc01.jpg" alt="Central Hardin&#039;s Amber Hiller slides in safe at home to score beating the throw to Meade County catcher Rachel Ayer on Thursday at Central Hardin High School." title="Central Hardin&#039;s Amber Hiller slides in safe at home to score beating the throw to Meade County catcher Rachel Ayer on Thursday at Central Hardin High School." align="left" hspace="6" width="161" height="85" /><p> After Central Hardin senior Amber Hiller capped off her perfect night at the plate Thursday night, it was up to the youngest Lady Bruins starter to come through in the clutch.</p> <p> Two pitches after failing on a suicide bunt which could have given Central Hardin the win &ndash; and got Hiller hurt in the process &ndash; eighth-grader Meredith Jones hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning to help sixth-ranked Central Hardin earn its second 5-4 win this season against No. 13 Meade County.</p> PREP BASKETBALL: John Hardin's Williams makes Kentucky All-Stars (4/18) http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/prep-basketball-john-hardins-williams-makes-kentucky-all-stars-418 <p> Senior Keon Williams received the cherry to go on top of what has been a sweet, treat-filled basketball career at John Hardin.</p> <p> Williams was selected to the Kentucky All-Stars boys&rsquo; team which will play the Indiana All-Stars in a series of games this summer. LaRue County senior Ivy Brown earned a spot on the girls&rsquo; team after winning Miss Basketball last month.</p> PREP TENNIS: E'town locks up girls' title (4/18) http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/prep-tennis-etown-locks-girls-title-418 <img src="http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/sites/www.thenewsenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/140417_conf_tennis01.jpg" alt="John Hardin&#039;s Carson McCann works to keep a point alive as he competes in a singles match Thursday during the Lincoln Heritage Conference Tennis Tournament at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown." title="John Hardin&#039;s Carson McCann works to keep a point alive as he competes in a singles match Thursday during the Lincoln Heritage Conference Tennis Tournament at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown." align="left" hspace="6" width="103" height="85" /><p> There were certainly times during the quarterfinals and semifinals Thursday that the Elizabethtown Lady Panthers&rsquo; title streak in the Lincoln Heritage Conference Tournament seemed in doubt.</p> <p> But thanks to several key comebacks in singles play &ndash; which included a gutsy performance by senior Natalie Fiepke &ndash; and more dominance by the Lady Panthers&rsquo; doubles teams, Elizabethtown has already clinched its 11th straight conference title going into the finals today at Freeman Lake Park.</p> PREP BASEBALL: E'town pounds out 14 hits in 13-3 win over John Hardin (4/18) http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/prep-baseball-etown-pounds-out-14-hits-13-3-win-over-john-hardin-418 <p> The Elizabethtown Panthers seemed like they reached over and hit the snooze button Thursday evening, but the John Hardin Bulldogs gave them a wake-up call. It was exactly what the Panthers needed to snap them from their slumber.</p> <p> Elizabethtown jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Bulldogs rallied to tie the score at 3 after two innings.</p> PREP TENNIS: No major upsets on first day of conference (4/17) http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/prep-tennis-no-major-upsets-first-day-conference-417 <img src="http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/sites/www.thenewsenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/140416_conf_tennis01.jpg" alt="Central Hardin&#039;s Kevin Britt gets under the ball as he and doubles teammate, Kyle Compton, compete Wednesday in the Lincoln Heritage Conference Tennis Tournament at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown." title="Central Hardin&#039;s Kevin Britt gets under the ball as he and doubles teammate, Kyle Compton, compete Wednesday in the Lincoln Heritage Conference Tennis Tournament at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown." align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> In their bid to repeat as Lincoln Heritage Conference champions, the Central Hardin Bruins got off to a strong start Wednesday.</p> <p> The Bruins got victories from fourth-seeded senior Joel Nason and sophomore Jacob Kerr in singles play and their newly formed doubles team of seniors Kevin Britt and Kyle Compton in the first round at Freeman Lake Park. The three entries combined to drop just one set.</p> PREP ROUNDUP: Panthers rout Knox; Lady Eagles win (04/17) http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/prep-roundup-panthers-rout-knox-lady-eagles-win-0417 <p> The Elizabethtown Panthers erupted for season bests in runs and hits Tuesday as they rolled past 17th District rival Fort Knox, 24-0 in five innings.</p> <p> Freshman Mathew Coolidge, sophomore Jack Wilson, junior Jesse Morris and seniors Connor Kauffeld, Preston Patterson and Jon Tarrence combined for 12 of Elizabethtown&rsquo;s 22 hits.</p> <p> Coolidge singled, doubled, drove in three runs and scored three times, while Patterson had two doubles and two RBIs. Morris and Tarrence each added two singles and two RBIs for the Panthers (9-4, 3-1 district).</p> PREP TENNIS: Fiepke's injury could hurt Lady Panthers' chances at conference; Bulldogs thinking big (4/16) http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/prep-tennis-fiepkes-injury-could-hurt-lady-panthers-chances-conference-bulldogs-thinking-big <img src="http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/sites/www.thenewsenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tennis_ehs_fiepke.jpg" alt="Elizabethtown&#039;s Natalie Fiepke has been dealing with an Achilles injury this season and that may hurt Elizabethtown&#039;s chances in the Lincoln Heritage Conference Tournament, which begins today at Freeman Lake Park." title="Elizabethtown&#039;s Natalie Fiepke has been dealing with an Achilles injury this season and that may hurt Elizabethtown&#039;s chances in the Lincoln Heritage Conference Tournament, which begins today at Freeman Lake Park." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The right foot of Natalie Fiepke may be the greatest barrier to the Elizabethtown Lady Panthers winning their 11th straight Lincoln Heritage Conference Tennis Tournament title.</p> <p> The senior, who is the defending region champion and seeded second in the tournament, has been battling a sore Achilles the past few weeks and was in a walking boot Monday.</p> PREP FOOTBALL: Area teams affected by realignment (4/16) http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/prep-football-area-teams-affected-realignment-416 <p> The Kentucky High School Athletic Association approved a draft of the new football alignment at the Board of Control meeting Tuesday and all seven schools will be affected in some form or fashion.</p> <p> The biggest changes are two schools &ndash; John Hardin and Fort Knox &ndash; are moving down a class, while North Hardin will be moving up.</p>