http://www.theandersonnews.com/sports/rss.xml en Former Bearcat giving back http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/former-bearcat-giving-back <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jamesgatoradj.jpg" alt="Former Anderson County football player Ben James shows off the alligator he and some Navy friends got in Lake Okeechobee, Fla. He says he’s going gator hunting again in September." title="Former Anderson County football player Ben James shows off the alligator he and some Navy friends got in Lake Okeechobee, Fla. He says he’s going gator hunting again in September." align="left" hspace="6" width="81" height="85" /><p> It&rsquo;s not often that I am in awe of someone who has played a role in some of the stories I have written.</p> <p> And it&rsquo;s even more rare that someone who has worked for me can pay a visit that just blows me away.</p> <p> But then again, I have not had the privilege to work with many young men like Ben James.</p> <p> He was in town last week visiting family and friends. And he took the time to stop by my office just to chat and bring me up to speed on what he&rsquo;s doing in the United States Navy.</p> Lady Bearcats seek more improvement http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/lady-bearcats-seek-more-improvement <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/_dsc2172.jpg" alt="Senior Christina Montgomery watches her approach shot head to the green during a practice last week at Wild Turkey Trace." title="Senior Christina Montgomery watches her approach shot head to the green during a practice last week at Wild Turkey Trace." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Considering the state of affairs when the girls&rsquo; high school golf season opened last year, Anderson County&rsquo;s eighth-place finish in the 17-team Region 7 Tournament was nothing short of remarkable.</p> <p> Graduation had already hit the Lady Bearcats with Kaitlyn Riley, who had been to four state tournaments as an individual qualifier, moving on to the University of the Cumberlands. She was the last of a trio &ndash; Taylor Gillis and Anna-Marie Hyatt had gone before her &ndash; to play at Anderson and go on to compete at the college level.</p> Deep Bearcats aiming for state http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/deep-bearcats-aiming-state <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jordonmorganadj.jpg" alt="Senior Jordon Morgan tees off on the driving range at Wild Turkey Trace last week. Morgan is expected to be one of the leaders as Anderson County goes for its second state tournament berth in three years." title="Senior Jordon Morgan tees off on the driving range at Wild Turkey Trace last week. Morgan is expected to be one of the leaders as Anderson County goes for its second state tournament berth in three years." align="left" hspace="6" width="37" height="85" /><p> It still pains Anderson County to think about those hurting backs that popped up the day of the Region 4 Boys&rsquo; Golf Tournament last year.</p> <p> The day before, the Bearcats had mastered the Connemara course, located just outside of Nicholasville. Anderson&rsquo;s five golfers turned in an impressive 306, fueling a mountain of confidence and expectations.</p> <p> That was Monday.</p> LOCAL TEAMS’ SUCCESS COMES AMID TIGHTENED BELTS, INCREASED COSTS http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/local-teams%E2%80%99-success-comes-amid-tightened-belts-increased-costs <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/robinsonadj_0.jpg" alt="Anderson County’s Corrin Robinson scores the tying run in the state tournament semifinal against Louisville Male. While Male eventually won in extra innings, Anderson’s athletic success in recent years has been costly. " title="Anderson County’s Corrin Robinson scores the tying run in the state tournament semifinal against Louisville Male. While Male eventually won in extra innings, Anderson’s athletic success in recent years has been costly. " align="left" hspace="6" width="83" height="85" /><p> The past eight years have been the glory years for Anderson County High School athletics. Few would argue otherwise.</p> <p> Beginning with the 2007-2008 school year, Anderson County teams have produced 21 district championships, 11 regional titles, a state football runner-up, 11 regional runners-up, final four appearances by the girls&rsquo; basketball and softball teams, and multiple individual state tournament or state meet appearances in sports such as track, tennis or wrestling, that have places for individual qualifiers.</p> High school golf teams looking for ways to cut costs http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/high-school-golf-teams-looking-ways-cut-costs <p> Golf can be expensive. Anyone who has ever purchased a set of clubs and paid a green fee knows about the costs involved.</p> <p> And there is a number that shouts that simple truth in the yearly athletic budget at Anderson County High School: 7500.</p> Some ‘life sports’ teach life lessons in economics, as well http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/some-%E2%80%98life-sports%E2%80%99-teach-life-lessons-economics-well <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/swim02_1.jpg" alt="Rebekah Cardwell swam for the Anderson County High School team until she graduated in June." title="Rebekah Cardwell swam for the Anderson County High School team until she graduated in June." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> One of the common arguments given in favor of high schools fielding athletic teams is that the teams teach &ldquo;life lessons.&rdquo;</p> <p> Often that reasoning is given to mean teamwork or work ethic, but the school offers some teams where the &ldquo;life lesson&rdquo; is anyone being able to participate in the sport long after a student graduates.</p> Anderson archers on target in NASP World Championship Tournament http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/anderson-archers-target-nasp-world-championship-tournament <p> The Anderson County High School archery team placed 11th out of 78 teams competing in the National Archery in the Schools World Tournament, held Saturday in Nashville, Tenn.</p> <p> Anderson County compiled a 3,377 score out of a possible 3,600. The local archers also scored 189 tens, or bullseyes, out of a possible 360.</p> <p> According to the NASP website, Anderson&rsquo;s Chance Wayne finished 52nd out of 2,633 male competitors, scoring a 289, out of a perfect 300. Teammate Cameron Peyton also scored 289 but was placed 62nd as Wayne recorded 21 tens to Peyton&rsquo;s 19.</p> Thompson second in NASP tourney http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/thompson-second-nasp-tourney <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/henry_thompson.jpg" alt="Anderson County Middle School student Henry Thompson poses with his trophies earned at the National Archery in the Schools Program World Tournament, held in Nashville over the weekend. Thompson placed second in the tournament and third in the 3D challenge." title="Anderson County Middle School student Henry Thompson poses with his trophies earned at the National Archery in the Schools Program World Tournament, held in Nashville over the weekend. Thompson placed second in the tournament and third in the 3D challenge." align="left" hspace="6" width="48" height="85" /><p> From staff reports</p> <p> Anderson County Middle School student Henry Thompson placed second in the National Archery in the Schools Program World Tournament, held over the weekend in Nashville, Tenn.</p> <p> Thompson, competing as a sixth-grader, scored 294 out of 300 possible points. Thompson&rsquo;s total was second among all middle school students but won the sixth-grade boys&rsquo; competition.</p> <p> The Anderson team finished ninth out of 90 teams.</p>