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    By the time last weekend ended, the T.K. Stone eighth-grade girls’ basketball team was a tired pack of Lady Panthers.

    Based on the results, that was just fine with them.

    After beating Meade County’s Stuart Pepper Middle School in the Middle School Athletic Conference Tournament final on Nov. 18, the Lady Panthers headed to Lexington for the Kentucky Basketball Academy’s eighth-grade girls’ state tournament.

  • PREP FOOTBALL: Defensive line...

    John Hardin senior defensive end Matt Linton looked around at the beginning of the season and he was completely surrounded by new faces.

    Linton was the lone returner from last year’s defensive line, which was a disruptive force for opposing offenses. Gone was sack leader Stanley Johnson at end and defensive tackles William Burford and Justin Taylor.

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    Cornerbacks, by nature, usually attract attention to themselves. Look at famous NFL cornerbacks like Deion Sanders, Champ Bailey, Asante Samuel, Al Harris and Darrelle Revis, all of whom people are aware of for how they play and what they say.

    John Hardin senior cornerback Anthony Wright breaks the mold of a typical cornerback. The soft-spoken Wright prefers to let his play do all his talking for him.

  • GIRLS' PREP SOCCER: 2010...

    Playing alongside the area’s leading scorer in senior striker Ashleigh Cunningham as well as someone who has posted back-to-back season double-doubles (goals, assists) in junior center midfielder Sam Donahue, it would be easy for the diminutive Lauren Norton to get lost in the mix.

    Unfortunately for Central Hardin’s opponents, that didn’t happen this season.

  • BOYS' PREP SOCCER: 2010 All...

    Lorenzo Mengoli showed this season a player doesn’t have to be a veteran to make an impact.

    A junior striker from Italy, Mengoli enrolled as a foreign-exchange student this summer at Central Hardin. He put on an offensive showcase in his unofficial debut, lighting up the alumni in the Bruins’ annual exhibition game against their former players, and never let up, scoring 20 goals and passing out nine assists in 25 appearances as the Bruins went 20-4-2 and advanced to the final four at Georgetown College for the first time.


    Senior Alex Jones scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the North Hardin Christian Falcons to a 64-56 win over Owensboro Majesty Christian on Monday in the Falcons’ home opener.

    Junior Eric Brown chipped in with 15 points, while sophomore Ruben Gosa added 10 points and had a team-high eight assists.

    Sophomore Carlos Jones and junior Tyrone Sharp each had six points and three steals for the Falcons (4-2).


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    The John Hardin Bulldogs are in the Class 5-A state semifinals for a third consecutive season and they will face a familiar foe in the Christian County Colonels.

    That’s where the similarities end.

    Christian County (11-2) isn’t the same team it was when the Colonels topped John Hardin, 35-29 in 2008 at Bulldog Stadium. The Colonels relied on their power in the last meeting while this time their offensive attack is fueled by speed.

  • PREP VOLLEYBALL: 2010 All-Area...

    On a team loaded with talent, one player stood out above the rest: Maddie Lewis.

    While her statistics may not have been as gaudy as some of her teammates, what made Lewis stick out most in the minds of the area’s seven head coaches was her work ethic.

    “I always work hard, no matter what,” said Central Hardin’s senior libero. “That was my goal, to never give up on myself or the team.”

  • BOYS' PREP GOLF: 2010 All-...

    North Hardin junior Anthony Irwin blossomed this season into the player many thought he could be.

    Irwin, who didn’t play last season, won the 5th Region Tournament in September with a 2-under-par 71 at Lincoln Trail Country Club. It was a memorable day for Irwin, who had a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard second hole to spark his round.

    Irwin’s accomplishments earned him Area Player of the Year honors in the annual News-Enterprise/Coaches All-Area Boys’ Golf Team. It was something which caught him off guard.

  • GIRLS' PREP GOLF: 2010 All-...

    The Area Player of the Year award might need to be changed to Lydia Gumm Player of the Year.

    Gumm, the North Hardin sophomore, was named the Player of the Year for a fifth consecutive year in 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 five times.

    “It’s a huge honor,” Gumm said. “It was a really fun year. It was a memorable year.”