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Today's Sports

  • PREP BASEBALL PREVIEW: A...

    Sometimes a team gets so caught up in the win now mentality that it loses sight of another concept altogether.

    Patience, a virtue that has been left behind, is something Central Hardin coach Todd Thompson has tried to stress not only to himself, but the Bruins.

    Thompson and the Bruins are used to dealing with grand expectations and the pressure that comes with it. They usually have a roster stocked with talent and experience to handle those expectations, but this year is different as they are breaking in plenty of new faces — in the field and on the mound.

  • PREP BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Meade...

    Sophomore Kase Mattingly pitched and hit the 24th-ranked Meade County Green Wave to a 3-1 win over visiting Bullitt Central on Tuesday.

    On the mound, Mattingly (2-0) struck out three and gave up three hits, three walks and one earned in the complete game. At the plate, Mattingly went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three runs as the Green Wave (4-1) won their fourth straight.

    Senior Zeb Wilson singled, doubled and drove in a run, while senior Dale Mundell and junior Luke Babb each had two singles.

    MEADE COUNTY 3, BULLITT CENTRAL 1

  • PREP BASEBALL PREVIEW: Parity...

    Parity is a popular word this time of year with area high school baseball coaches.

    Whether they’re talking about the 17th District or the 5th Region, it doesn’t seem like there’s a consensus choice who the favorite is this season.

    That’s a dramatic change from recent years when Central Hardin has been the clear-cut choice in the district and the region. The Bruins have backed it up by winning five consecutive district championships and four straight region titles and five of the last six.

  • PREP SOFTBALL PREVIEW: North...

    Once the North Hardin Trojans finally get healthy, Coach Donnie Baker feels his squad can make another postseason run.

    The Trojans return 19 players, including seven starters, from last year’s team which finished 16-20.

    However, junior All-Area pitcher Bailey Blair and junior second baseman Cady Wilson have been hampered by injuries early in the season.

    Blair was the runner-up for Area Sophomore of the Year and tied for third for Pitcher of the Year.

  • PREP SOFTBALL PREVIEW: LaRue...

    Not many area teams closed last season as well as the LaRue County Lady Hawks, who won 15 of their final 20 games to finish 20-20 after losing to Central Hardin in the 5th Region Tournament semifinals.

    With many key pieces from that team back, LaRue County hopes to lean on its experience for another successful season. Six of LaRue County’s nine starters are juniors or seniors, while the other three are sophomores.

  • PREP SOFTBALL PREVIEW: Pressure...

    The Meade County Lady Waves aren’t feeling the pressure this season.

    A deep and experienced group which lost in the 3rd Region Tournament semifinals last year has high expectations, but plans to take it one game at a time.

    Oddly enough, Meade County has started this season even more relaxed than last season.

  • PREP SOFTBALL PREVIEW: John...

    Deron Bell is coaching the same program he did last year, so it only feels like he has a brand-new team in the John Hardin Lady Bulldogs.

    John Hardin finished 7-19 last season. The Lady Bulldogs had 23 players last year, but only nine are back this season. Confounding matters is John Hardin had just four seniors last year, meaning 11 underclassmen did not return.

    “We had a lot of girls that didn’t come back this year,” Bell said. “For one reason or another, they decided not to play ball this year.”

  • PREP SOFTBALL PREVIEW:...

    With several capable players back from last year and two transfers taking over key positions, the Elizabethtown Lady Panthers could be in a position to earn their second 5th Region Tournament berth in three years.

  • PREP SOFTBALL: Central Hardin...

    The Central Hardin Lady Bruins were forced to make a decision Monday night, and in the mind of Coach Jamie Goodman, it was a no-brainer.

    With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, the tying run on third and Meade County’s Ashley Nikolao at the plate, Goodman had senior pitcher Jessica Nall issue an unintentional intentional walk. It wasn’t a surprising move considering the senior shortstop had already ripped a home run and a double that one-hopped the fence.

  • PREP SOFTBALL PREVIEW: Central...

    The Central Hardin Lady Bruins’ intentions for this season looks like the lyrics to a famous Bachman Turner Overdrive song: Taking care of business.

    The Lady Bruins finished 35-7-1 last season after losing to Boyle County in the state tournament, where they tied for ninth place along with Covington Notre Dame, Montgomery County and Scott County. Although Central Hardin was dominant against 17th District (11-0) and 5th Region (18-0) teams, the 2-2 showing at State left a little to be desired.