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Today's Sports

  • PREP TRACK: Next year could be...

    Though the North Hardin Lady Trojans are coming off a runner-up finish at State in Class 3-A and should return a stud of an athlete in junior Kianna Gray, the future might be brightest next season at Elizabethtown.

    The Lady Panthers only graduate two athletes — Hannah Godfrey and Anna Cecile Pepper — and should return a boatload of talent to make a run at the 2-A state title in 2015.

  • PREP HOOPS: Brown, Williams in...

    Ivy Brown is supposed to move into her new digs on Western Kentucky University’s campus Sunday, but the former LaRue County star hasn’t gotten much accomplished as far as her packing list.

    “I’ve laid my clothes on the floor,” Brown said with a laugh Thursday night, a day before the Kentucky-Indiana Senior All-Stars begin their two-game series. “I’ll pack Sunday morning.”

  • PREP TENNIS: New group ready to...

    Plenty will change between now and next spring, but one thing seems certain right now: The local tennis landscape will be drastically altered by the time the 2015 season kicks off.

    Gone will be the top boys’ singles player (John Hardin’s Tyler Edlin), the top boys’ doubles team (Meade County’s Daniel Orr and Ethan Wright) and the top two girls’ singles players (Elizabethtown’s Natalie Fiepke and Central Hardin’s Emily Novak).

    Their absences will open the door for a new crop of players to step into the spotlight.

  • PREP SOFTBALL: Central Hardin...

    The Central Hardin Lady Bruins will have to replace their top two pitchers and two-thirds of their starting outfield next season, but the five-time defending 17th District Softball Tournament champions and reigning 5th Region Tournament runner-ups will still have plenty of firepower for the other 17 region teams trying to knock them off their perch.

    Finishing 34-5-1 after losing to Green County in the region final, the Lady Bruins are slated to return 7-of-10 starters, including sophomore designated hitter Brooklynne Bryant.

  • COLLEGE HOOPS: Former North...

    Jermaine Ruttley doesn’t have too many orange or green shirts in his closet, but he plans to acquire more after the former North Hardin basketball star verbally committed to NCAA Division-I Florida A&M on Sunday.

    Speaking from Campbells­ville where he was visiting family, the 21-year-old said his decision “feels good” and was a “really good accomplishment.”

  • PREP BASEBALL: E'town'...

    The 5th Region could have a different look next season in terms of baseball, but the view from the top might not change.

    For the first time since 2010, a team other than the Central Hardin Bruins won the region title. It should come as no surprise the Elizabethtown Panthers ended Central Hardin’s championship run as the region’s most successful program added its 23rd title — a region record — since 1970.

  • PREP SOFTBALL: Honors roll in...

    Ashley Nikolao and Rachel Ayer powered the Meade County Lady Waves all season, and as a result helped them to a distinction only two other schools can claim: placing two players on the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association All-State first team.

    The duo, which combined for 31 home runs, highlighted a group of six area players — Central Hardin seniors Jessica Nall and April Pence and junior Kelsey McGuffin and Meade County senior Chaselyn Allgeier — named to either the Class 3-A first or second team, which was released over the weekend.

  • GIRLS' PREP HOOPS: Duke...

    If the annual Duke’s Sporting Goods Summer Shootout at Elizabethtown was in two months instead of the next three days, John Hardin coach Bryan Todd would feel a lot better about his Lady Bulldogs’ chances.

    As such, the deck might be stacked against John Hardin, which graduated several key players from this past season’s team which went 16-11 and lost to North Hardin in double-overtime in the 17th District Tournament semifinals.

  • BOYS' PREP HOOPS: Former...

    When asked Sunday how many Hall of Fames he is in, Ron Bevars joked he’s losing count.

    There’s a good reason for that. The legendary North Hardin boys’ basketball coach added another honor as he was one of the 10 members of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Class of 2015 announced Sunday.

  • MLB: Former Elizabethtown star...

    Judging by the reaction of his aunt, Jodie, Micheal Thomas quickly realized he must have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft, but what he didn’t know is where he was headed.

    Gathered to follow the draft on the Internet with his mother, Judie, his girlfriend, Hailey, and his aunt, Thomas patiently waited Saturday until the Detroit Tigers selected him in the 22nd round with the 670th pick. Thomas wasn’t paying attention to which team was drafting when his aunt broke the silence with screams of joy.