COLUMN: Bowling Green on their minds

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By John Herndon


A man in Kentucky sure is lucky

To lie down in Bowling Green.

If Anderson County sports fans have their way, they will be lying down in Bowling Green quite a bit over the upcoming school year. Maybe as much as The Everly Brothers.

And that's a good thing.

For anyone under the age of 45, Phil and Don Everly were 50's and early 60's rockers from western Kentucky. Their last hit single was a song about what is now the third largest city in Kentucky.

Not sure how many Anderson fans care much about the Everly Brothers, but I can guarantee you they share the thought of the signature lyric.

A man (or girl) in Kentucky sure is lucky

To love down in Bowling Green.

The quest for the city where Corvettes are made and where dragsters made Beech Bend famous – the Class A baseball team, an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, is known as the Hot Rods – begins in earnest Friday when the Anderson County boys' golf team opens the 2013-14 school year for Bearcat sports.

If everything goes right, Anderson could have representatives in Bowling Green for boys' golf, girls' golf, football and girls' basketball. That isn't a complete list of teams that are expected to be regional contenders as boys' basketball, softball and baseball will all be among the teams to beat. There might be others.

But coincidence or not, most of the Anderson teams expected to make the most noise in their respective sports would have to play their state tournaments in Warren County.

Take a look at how Anderson is expected to stack up this year.

First, there is the girls' basketball team that has nearly everybody back from a state semi-finalist. It is not inconceivable to think that the Lady Bearcats will be ranked No. 1 in the state in pre-season. Barring a catastrophic injury, they should be capable to winning the school's first state championship in any sport in 50 years. That's the good news.

The bad news is that another potential top 10, maybe top 5 team, Simon Kenton, is a regional rival.

Still you have to like the Lady Bearcats' determination to get back to Diddle Arena in March.

Then there is the Anderson football team.

Those Bearcats won't be ranked No. 1 statewide, but will be a solid favorite for a district championship and will be one of the two or three teams given a good chance to represent the eastern half of the state in the state Class 5A final, which will be held at Western Kentucky University. They are expected to battle it out with Conner and Harlan County.

In girl's golf, Anderson's Kaitlyn Riley is gunning for her fourth straight state tournament berth. It's so tough because a player has to play well at the regional tournament and there is no room for error. But Riley is a good bet to get to Bowling Green Country Club for the final tournament of the season.

Then there is boys' golf. It has had as much tough luck as any Anderson sports program over the last decade. The Bearcats have been good but have never made the state. They have come tantalyzingly close several times, including last year.

I remember talking with Bearcat coach Jim Beward after the disappointment of not making it had set in after last year's regional tournament at Lincoln Homestead. I informed him that a trip to Bowling Green to cover one qualifer – Tyler Harrod – was probably not possible.

Beward grinned and advised me to plan on making the trip to Bowling Green in 2013.

Obviously a lot can happen and no one is a lock to get there in any sport.

But if, over the next few months, Anderson County is lucky, I'll be lying down in Bowling Green several times.


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