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Today's Sports

  • PREP FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Bowling...

    BOWLING GREEN — The John Hardin Bulldogs saw their season end in disappointing fashion Friday night.

    The Bowling Green Purples erupted for 34 points in the first quarter and cruised to a 62-20 victory over the Bulldogs in the Class 5-A state semifinals at El Donaldson Stadium. It’s the third time in four years the Bulldogs have lost in the state semifinals.

    John Hardin finished the season 13-1. This year’s seniors finished their careers with a 52-5 record. The 52 wins are the most in a four-year span at John Hardin.

  • GIRLS' ALL-AREA CROSS...

    Katie Lever has been building for this season.

    The John Hardin senior increased her training regiment, and the results paid off as she won conference and region championships and finished sixth in the Class 3-A state race in Lexington.

    Lever is an all-around gifted runner who is well-liked and genuinely cared for by her teammates and opposing competitors – hence the reason she won the 3-A Forcht Group of Kentucky Sportsmanship Award after the state meet.

  • PREP VOLLEYBALL: 2011 All-Area...

    Abbey Sorrells loves setting people up.

    No, not in the match-making sense, although the Central Hardin junior does have a keen eye for who to find with a quick pass – short or high – on the volleyball court.

  • BOYS' PREP CROSS COUNTRY:...

    A blossoming but friendly rivalry nearly pushed Marcus Terrell over the edge this season.

    The North Hardin sophomore had never seen such fierce competition before, but that’s exactly what he got from Meade County junior Will Strickland and Central Hardin junior Josh Price.

    In the end, Terrell beat Strickland three times in five races head-to-head and topped Price in seven head-to-head meetings. And when it came time to choose the All-Area award winners, Terrell yet again came out on top.

  • GIRLS' PREP SOCCER: 2011...

    Central Hardin senior striker Lauren Norton had a solid junior season, scoring 21 goals and assisting on 10 others as the Lady Bruins went 18-5-1 and advanced to the state tournament quarterfinals for the first time.

    Her encore performance was quite prolific as well. This year, she scored 22 goals and had 11 assists to lead her team to a 21-3 record and its second straight 5th Region Tournament championship.

  • BOYS' PREP SOCCER: 2011 All...

    Central Hardin’s Noah Wiersema had many memorable moments during his junior season in 2010, from returning from what was thought to be a season-ending injury to extending the Bruins’ season in the elite eight of the state tournament with one of the most bizarre shots.

    Still, the area coaches found a way to give Wiersema another memory to end his career.

  • BOYS' ALL-AREA GOLF: Irwin...

    North Hardin senior Anthony Irwin started the season with a bang, and now he’s ending it the same way.

    Irwin won his first two tournaments of the season. He admits he cooled off, but he finished the season strong, placing second at the Boys’ 5th Region Tournament and making the Leachman Buick-GMC-Cadillac/KHSAA Boys’ State Championship for the second consecutive year.

    Following the season, Irwin earned a spot on the 10-member All-State team and was named the Kentucky Golf Coaches’ Association 5th Region Player of the Year.

  • GIRLS' ALL-AREA GOLF: Make...

    This is becoming an annual event for North Hardin junior Lydia Gumm.

    Not that she’d have it any other way.

    Gumm was named the Area Player of the Year for the sixth consecutive year on the annual News-Enterprise/Coaches All-Area Girls’ Golf Team. Since The News-Enterprise began doing postseason awards for all sports, no one has won the top honor six times.

  • PREP FOOTBALL: Bulldogs brace...

    The John Hardin Bulldogs have caused opposing offenses a lot of headaches this season. Now it’s the other way around for once.

    The Bulldogs are preparing to face one of the most explosive offenses in the state Friday night when they play at Bowling Green in the Class 5-A state semifinals. Game time is set for 8 at El Donaldson Stadium. Bowling Green’s offense has put up mind-boggling statistics this season and no defense has really had an answer for what the Purples do.

  • PREP FOOTBALL: Harness, Brown...

    The firepower in John Hardin’s offense should be back this week. For how long, that’s anyone’s guess.

    Senior halfbacks Jeremy Harness and Quensie Brown will play Friday night at Bowling Green in the Class 5-A state semifinals at El Donaldson Stadium. Harness and Brown, who are John Hardin’s top rushers, both have been bothered by sprained ankles.