Today's Sports


    The John Hardin Bulldogs certainly are enjoying spring break.

    Senior Andrew Kirkland struck out 12 to lead the Bulldogs to their fourth straight win in an 8-5 victory over Thomas Nelson on Wednesday in the General Spring Break Bash.

    Kirkland (2-0) allowed 10 hits, three earned runs and one walk for John Hardin, which was won 5-of-6.

    Sophomore Landen Sisk singled twice and drove in three runs, while Kirkland and senior Dale Gumm each had two singles and an RBI. Senior Lavonte Wilson singled and doubled for the Bulldogs (7-6), who had 11 hits.

  • PREP ROUNDUP: Elizabethtown...

    Junior Austin Freyberger had two singles and an RBI and sophomore Jack Wilson singled, doubled and drove in a run to lift the Elizabethtown Panthers to a 4-3 win over Troy (Ohio) on Tuesday at Lexington Henry Clay.

    Freyberger (1-0) also picked up the win, striking out one and allowing one hit in 2 1/3 innings of relief.

    The Panthers (5-2) trailed 3-0 after the top of the first, but scored twice in the bottom of the inning, tied it in the second and scored the winning run in the fifth to rally for their third straight win.

  • PREP HOOPS: Longtime ref passes...

    Elizabethtown resident and longtime basketball referee Gerald Leroy “Jerry” Gilbert passed away Tuesday at Hardin Memorial Hospital.

    Gilbert was 76 and is survived by his wife, son and three daughters.

    He refereed 19 district tournaments, 12 region tournaments and four state tournaments. He also officiated three state championship games – in 1971, ’79 and ’81.

    After becoming a registered official in 1956, Gilbert refereed all but three seasons until he retired in 1983.


    Junior Dajour Strong scattered five hits and struck out nine in a complete-game effort as the John Hardin Bulldogs beat Bullitt Central, 3-1 in the Thomas Nelson General Spring Break Bash on Monday.

    Strong (1-0) allowed a run in the first inning, but John Hardin (4-6) took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning.

    Senior Lavonte Wilson had a double, while freshman Darian Pope added two singles. Strong had an RBI single for the Bulldogs, who won for the second time in three games.



    Homestanding Oldham County scored once in the bottom of the eighth to rally past the John Hardin Bulldogs, 4-3 in eight innings Friday.

    Senior Andrew Kirkland’s two-run home run in the third gave John Hardin (3-6) a 3-1 lead, but the Colonels (6-3) – who won for the sixth time in eight games – tied it at 3 in the sixth.

    Sophomore Jason Baumgardner took the hard-luck loss after taking over in the eighth for Kirkland, who struck out nine and allowed just one earned run.


    After they breezed through the first set, the East Hardin Lady Rebels looked to put the finishing touches on an undefeated season quickly.

    But the St. James Lady Knights spoiled those plans, at least temporarily.

    Third-seeded St. James won the second set before top-seeded East Hardin pulled away in the third for a 21-4, 17-21, 21-16 win over the Lady Knights in the Middle School Athletic Conference Seventh-Grade Volleyball Tournament championship Friday at Meade County.


    Ali Odle hasn’t been with the St. James volleyball program for very long, but she’s made an impact for the Lady Knights.

    Never was that more evident than Friday night, when Odle helped the Lady Knights sweep the Stuart Pepper Lady Waves, 21-10, 21-14 in the Middle School Athletic Conference Eighth-Grade Volleyball Tournament championship at Meade County.

    Odle, who moved from Georgia at the start of the school year, had a match-high eight kills and one ace for top-seeded St. James (15-2).

  • PREP BASEBALL: North Hardin...

    The North Hardin Trojans have taken a simple approach to each game this season and it’s paying big dividends early in the season.

    A night after an emotional 1-0 victory over 17th District rival Central Hardin, the Trojans followed it up with a 9-1 win over the LaRue County Hawks on Friday night at James R. Aldridge Field.


    Junior Conner Kindred pitched four strong innings for his first win of the year and sophomore Zach McKinney picked up a three-inning save as the Elizabethtown Panthers pulled away for an 8-0 win Thursday against the host LaRue County Hawks.

    Kindred gave up two singles, walked two and struck out four. McKinney gave up three singles and one walk while striking out three.

  • PREP SOFTBALL: LaRue holds off...

    Courtney Johnson was locked in Thursday night against the Elizabethtown Lady Panthers.

    The LaRue County senior third baseman hit a three-run home run and a two-run single as the visiting Lady Hawks held off Elizabethtown, 6-4.

    Johnson homered in the first inning, crushing a pitch to left-center field, and then drove in two more runs in the sixth to provide LaRue County (5-2) with enough cushion.