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Today's Sports

  • Changes for the better

    Jason Sprinkles knew something was wrong. Very wrong.

    He'd been hunting with his father in Nicholas County, but was having trouble walking up a hill. His chest was hurting.

    A few days later, a doctor did not mince words. A former shortstop and catcher for the powerful baseball program at Harrison County High School was checking in at 400 pounds on his 5-foot-5-inch frame.

    Sprinkles, who now lives in Anderson County, was borderline diabetic and had just recorded an abnormal EKG. A Lexington cardiologist ordered a heart catheterization.

  • Good not good enough for Bearcat...

    Being good is just not good enough for Anderson County boys' golf anymore.

    Not after the Bearcats tasted what it was like to be among the teams playing on the course at the Bowling Green Country Club the final week of the season last year.

    Anderson ended a 20-year state tournament drought when the Bearcats defeated Taylor County in a sudden death playoff in last year's regional tournament. The Bearcats used their depth to overcome a couple of subpar tee shots and Taylor's home-course advantage at the Campbellsville Country Club to  advance.

  • Older Mudcats end season

    Rains washed out the championship day of their annual tournament, but a so-so performance was really what put a damper on the final weekend of the 17-and-under Central Kentucky Mudcats' baseball team.

    The local traveling team had scheduled its annual wooden bat tournament for Anderson County High School's Barnes Memorial Field, but the weekend downpours washed out Sunday's games. “We got three games in Saturday, and we played one,” Mudcat coach Chris Copenhaver said.

  • Allen Dennis Memorial scramble...

    The annual Allen Dennis Memorial Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9 at Tanglewood Golf Course in Taylorsville. Benefits from the scramble will go to the Allen Dennis Scholarship Fund, named for a young man who drowned in 2001.

    The fee for the scramble is $50 per player or $200 per team. The scramble will feature a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

  • Richie, Steele win 4-H shooting...

    Ben Richie and Ethan Steele both took first place in their divisions as the Anderson County 4-H shooting sports team competed in the District 7 competition on July 12. The meet was held at the Miller Welch-Central Kentucky Wildlife Management Area near Richmond.

    The team competed in trap (shotgun) and archery events.

    Richie took first place in the 15- to 18-year-old trap 100 bird event with a score of 99 out of a possible 100. Richie also received the award for high score overall.

  • Fishing options for the dog days

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    The dog days of summer settled over Kentucky in the last week, bringing the hottest temperatures of the year. The summer heat in July and August make fishing reservoirs a tough prospect.

    Even bluegill get grumpy in the larger lakes at this time of year, much less largemouth bass.

  • Practice safety at the shooting...

    By Kevin Kelly

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    The cooler temperatures and lower humidity that spread across Kentucky last week made it feel more like early fall than the dog days of summer.

    Fall hunting season seems closer with a crispness in the air in mid-July. And in reality, it isn’t far off. Early fall squirrel season in Kentucky opens in less than a month.

  • Former Bearcat foe looking for...

    I had driven through the backroads to meet up with J.D. Shelburne.

    He'd done the same to catch up with a writer he knew little about.

    But that wasn't really that unusual. I'm a sports writer who's just as comfortable talking about cattle as baseball. Shelburne could fill the nets from 3-point land at Spencer County High School but is now working his way up the ladder in Nashville.

  • PGA fans should note special...

    Visitors to the PGA Tournament, being held at Louisville's Valhalla Golf Club, should utilize free parking and shuttle service to attend championship events through the seven-day period, beginning on Monday, Aug. 4, according to a news release.

  • Anderson's Drury remembers...

    Early in our 30-minute interview, J.D. Shelburne started reminiscing about his days playing basketball for Spencer County High School. During his three seasons at Spencer, the Bears fell on hard times, going 22-55 from 1999-2001, according to the KHSAA website.

    However, in Shelburne's senior year, the only one with stats available on KHSAA.org, the future country star did his best to carry the team. In the 2000-2001 season, Shelburne hit 56 three-point shots in 27 games. He hit 32.2 percent of his bomb attempts.