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ONLINE EXTRA: 100 years of basketball -- Kavanaugh's place in history

By John Herndon

The Legend of Mrs. Kavanaugh.

The legend of Mrs. Rhoda Kavanaugh, principal of Kavanaugh High School, is one of the most colorful in Kentucky history.
A stern disciplinarian who had a love of basketball, Mrs. Kavanaugh often stood under one of the baskets during a Tiger game, holding an umbrella in her hand.
Over the years, the legend grew that she would whack one of her players or an official after a mistake.
However, those who played for Kavanaugh said the legend was not true.


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Newton stars as Anderson wins at Casey

Bearcats rally in final minutes for season-opening win

By John Herndon

The Anderson County boys' basketball team rallied from seven points down in the fourth quarter to claim a 60-57 win at Casey County to open the season on Tuesday night.
Erik Newton scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Bearcats. Newton scored Andersons first 10 points, then hit a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left to set the final margin.
Casey had a chance to tie the game but the Anderson defense did not allow the Rebels to get a good look, according to Anderson assistant coach Bryan Hyatt.


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100 years of basketball: One man's opinion of best-ever local players

By John Herndon

The only thing certain about picking the best ever in Anderson County basketball history is that we did not make room for enough players on the teams. Twenty boys players over 100 years? Ten girls since 1975?
It is practically impossible to do so, especially the way basketball has changed over time.


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Humston led regional final rally, state tourney upset

100 years of basketball: Bulldogs' 1946 Sweet 16 ride was one to remember

By John Herndon

Lawrenceburg basketball fans had a run to remember in March of 1946 when the Bulldogs surprised he state by making the quarterfinals of the Sweet 16.
Eddie Humston put together a pair of clutch performances for the Bulldogs, first downing Frankfort in the 11th Region final, then upsetting defending state champion Male in the first round of the Sweet 16.


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Beloved local historian was quite a basketball player at LHS

100 years of basketball: Smith quietly achieved greatness

By John Herndon

It would be difficult to imagine a more beloved person in the history of Anderson County sports than W.J. Smith.
For that matter, it would be hard to think of anyone more loved and respected than the man called “beloved historian” when he died in 2008.


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Co-captain of last Kavanaugh team still bleeds orange and black

100 years of basketball: 'I always wanted to be a Kavanaugh basketball player'

By John Herndon

Surrounded by memorabilia from Kavanaugh High School, C.C. Fallis leaves little doubt that he is a Tiger.
Always has been, always will be.


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Anderson County the early hoops capital of Kentucky

100 years of basketball: Simple beginnings led to local love affair with simple game

By John Herndon

It all started very simply. There was no fanfare when basketball made its way into Anderson County.
Nearly 100 years later, an estimated 7,000 red-clad Anderson County basketball fans piled into Rupp Arena in Lexington to watch the Bearcats play in the Kentucky High School state tournament. In between, the sport's hold on the county has been strong. And the county's influence on the sport became widely known around the state's borders.


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100 years of Anderson County basketball: Entering 100th Season, Anderson County still has love affair with hoops

By John Herndon

One hundred years.
Those three words sound like an eternity. In the overall history of the world, 100 years of a small town's love affair with a very simple game would seem rather insignificant.
But don't tell that to the 7,000 or so Anderson County Bearcat fans who streamed into Rupp Arena for the Kentucky state tournament in 2009.
Don't tell that to the people that say that Anderson County is poised to become one of the state's girls' basketball powers over the next few years.


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No. 1 John Hardin rallies in final minutes to oust near-perfect Bearcats from state playoffs

SO CLOSE!

By John Herndon

Anderson County was nearly perfect on the football field Friday night.


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Anderson showed what it can be

Some real Friday Night Lights

By John Herndon

Well, Anderson County, how did you like some real Friday Night Lights?
Just for a few minutes, forget the fact that John Hardin overcame a late deficit to defeat Anderson in the Class 5A, Region 2 championship game Friday night. The hurt, especially for the  nine seniors that put on shoulder pads for the final time as Anderson County High School students, will last. There is no denying that. The tears shed in the Bearcats' post-game meeting were profuse.


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