http://www.theandersonnews.com/sports/rss.xml en Fun again as Bearcats thump Jaguars, clinch home playoff http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/fun-again-bearcats-thump-jaguars-clinch-home-playoff <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/_dsc3799.jpg" alt="Anderson County receiver Brayden Russell (1) lowers his head as he tries to get more yardage against East Jessamine Friday night. Russell scored three touchdowns for the Bearcats as they rolled to a district win." title="Anderson County receiver Brayden Russell (1) lowers his head as he tries to get more yardage against East Jessamine Friday night. Russell scored three touchdowns for the Bearcats as they rolled to a district win." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> You had to know something was up less than 90 seconds into Friday&rsquo;s duel for a high seed in the state football playoffs.</p> <p> Anderson County quarterback Zach Carmichael lofted a rainbow over the East Jessamine defense, connecting with Chris Toomey for a 68-yard score.</p> <p> Given the explosive nature of the Anderson offense under Coach Mark Peach, the quick score was not that much of a surprise. No one, however, could have predicted the response.</p> <p> No one.</p> Still a mystery http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/still-mystery <p> What really happened that night in Shelbyville?</p> <p> I mean what really happened? For over 20 years, I have heard stories about that night when the Anderson Bearcats were robbed of their first district football championship.</p> <p> Or it was the night when the Bearcats played their collective hearts out but saw their first district championship slip through their fingers when an official had the courage to make a crucial call that nullified what might have been the winning touchdown.</p> Collins pays visit, unsure of playoff fate http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/collins-pays-visit-unsure-playoff-fate <p> You can forget the notion that when Collins comes to town Friday night, Anderson County will be hosting a meaningless football game.</p> <p> For one thing, ever since he took over at his alma mater 10 years ago, Anderson coach Mark Peach has bristled at the suggestion that any game is meaningless. This one is no exception.</p> <p> &ldquo;Collins is a quality football program,&rdquo; Peach says. &ldquo;This is a good opportunity for us to work on some things and get better prior to the playoffs.&rdquo;</p> Lady Cats fall short of title http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/lady-cats-fall-short-title <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/_dsc2705.jpg" alt="Amanda Buffin goes for a kill against Collins." title="Amanda Buffin goes for a kill against Collins." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> SHELBYVILLE &ndash; Whether it was Anderson County&rsquo;s tradition &ndash; or more precisely, the lack of such &ndash; or that Collins just has the Lady Bearcats&rsquo; number in big volleyball games, the bottom line was still the same in the 30th District title match.</p> <p> Collins took its third crown in the five year history of the school while Anderson could only think of an opportunity lost in the tournament, played at Shelby County High School.</p> History lives in regional final http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/history-lives-regional-final <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/_dsc2911.jpg" alt="Anderson County goalie Billie Clark dives for a save on a shot from South Oldham’s Stephanie Rowland (19) in the Eighth Region championship game last Thursday. Anderson’s Tori Estrada (00) looks on at left. Teammates Tate Thompson and Claire Prater look on at right. Clark saved this one but Rowland scored three times to lead South Oldham to its first regional crown since 2009." title="Anderson County goalie Billie Clark dives for a save on a shot from South Oldham’s Stephanie Rowland (19) in the Eighth Region championship game last Thursday. Anderson’s Tori Estrada (00) looks on at left. Teammates Tate Thompson and Claire Prater look on at right. Clark saved this one but Rowland scored three times to lead South Oldham to its first regional crown since 2009." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> VERONA &ndash; According to the experts, history teaches those valuable life lessons.</p> <p> And those lessons were in abundance Thursday night as Anderson County was going for its first girls&rsquo; regional high school soccer title.</p> <p> Trailing 3-0 at the half, Anderson coach Jason Earnest drew on his team&rsquo;s past to tell his charges they were not hopelessly behind. He knew.</p> Lady Bearcats outlast North Oldham in regional tourney opener http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/lady-bearcats-outlast-north-oldham-regional-tourney-opener <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/anderson_celebration.jpeg" alt="Anderson’s girls celebrate after junior Grace Casciola (center, back to camera) hit a penalty kick to clinch the Lady Bearcat win." title="Anderson’s girls celebrate after junior Grace Casciola (center, back to camera) hit a penalty kick to clinch the Lady Bearcat win." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>By Brad Stephens, Landmark News Service<br /> </strong></p> <p> GOSHEN &ndash; Anderson County has spent recent weeks working on penalty kicks after missing all three it took in a shootout loss Sept. 11 against Paul Laurence Dunbar.</p> <p> That work paid off Monday night to help the Lady Bearcats keep their season alive.</p> <p> All five Anderson shooters hit their kicks in a PK shootout to give the Lady Bearcats a 2-1 road win against North Oldham in the Region 8 quarterfinals.</p> ‘Spent’ Lady Cats score early, cruise past pesky Gallatin http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/%E2%80%98spent%E2%80%99-lady-cats-score-early-cruise-past-pesky-gallatin <p> Anderson County overcame physical and mental fatigue to whip Gallatin County, 3-0, in the girls&rsquo; Eighth Region Soccer Tournament at Walton-Verona last Tuesday.</p> <p> &ldquo;They were physically and emotionally spent,&rdquo; Earnest said of his team, which had upset North Oldahm on penalty kicks the night before. &ldquo;Gallatin was jacked up and ready to play.&rdquo;</p> Scenes from the Anderson County Marching Bearcats http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/scenes-anderson-county-marching-bearcats <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/regionalband03_1.jpeg" alt="Jesse Carter is intense as he plays the marimba during Saturday&#039;s regional championship performance at Madison Southern High School." title="Jesse Carter is intense as he plays the marimba during Saturday&#039;s regional championship performance at Madison Southern High School." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Scenes from the Anderson County Marching Bearcats&#39; regional win and recent football game performance.</p>