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Today's Sports

  • Bearcats hold on to beat South...

    Anderson County scored its biggest win of the young win of the young season, taking a 69-67 thriller over visiting South Oldham in boys’ high school basketball action Thursday night.

    Cobe Penny scored 32 points, including a pair of free throws in the final 33 seconds to lead the Bearcats. Dylan Pittman added 16 points for Anderson, which won its second consecutive game after opening with three losses.

    Devin Young paced South Oldham, which placed five players in double figures, with 20 points. The Dragons fell to 5-2.

  • Big plays mean big victory for...

    Taylor Brown knew her free throw attempts were so big that she called for divine help Saturday afternoon.

    The Anderson County High School girls’ basketball team was clinging to a 50-47 lead over 30th District rival Spencer County when Brown, who had been scoreless, stepped to the free throw line for two shots with 13 seconds to play.

    “She told us to pray for her so she would hit her shot,” smiled teammate Lauren Boblitt. “I told her I knew she could hit it.”

  • Lady Bearcats take challenge...

    Anderson County girls’ basketball coach Clay Birdwhistell says his team rarely talks about the way the Lady Bearcats have dominated the 30th District in recent years.

    But that aura was still shining last Tuesday night. Despite losing their top two scorers from last year and facing an experienced Collins team, the Lady Bearcats put an exclamation point on their intention to remain at the top with a 54-37 whipping of Collins last Tuesday night.

    Junior guard Jaclynn Ruble led Anderson with 17 points while freshman Sophie Smith added 13.

  • Memories of a title are great,...

    (The Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches asked John Herndon to write a column in conjunction with the celebration of the 100th state tournament, to be played in March. Here is the column, which is being made available statewide.)

    I can’t tell you where most of my high school mementoes are today.

    My yearbooks? They were packed up for a move and I don’t think they’ve ever been unpacked.

  • Wrestlers duel in Boyle County...

    The Anderson County High School wrestling team recorded three wins in five team matches in the Boyle County Big Brother Duals, held Saturday at Boyle County High School.

    The Bearcats finished in fifth place with wins over Fern Creek (40-28) and Daviess County (41-27) and a 60-0 sweep of McCreary Central. The Bearcats fell to perennial power Larue County (50-24) and Danville (44-36).

    Senior R.J. Boies led Anderson with a perfect day. Boies went 5-0 with two pins in the 220-pound class.

  • Having fun with God First Soccer
  • Difficult December can yield...

    Things didn’t go exactly as planned for Anderson County basketball last Friday night.

    That’s a major league understatement.

    With about four minutes to play, Anderson’s Cobe Penny drove to the basket, flipped in a runner, then converted a three-point play. The scoreboard showed that Woodford County still led the Bearcats, 44-40, but the Anderson student section was getting rowdier, the Bearcats had a bit more energy and it looked like that decisive run to change the outcome was about to get underway.

  • NO FEAST FOR BEARCATS IN OPENER

    It was the first day of December but Anderson County was not feasting on a holiday diet to open the Christmas or boys’ basketball seasons.

    Woodford County was more like tough steak and spinach Friday night, controlling the Bearcats almost from the outset to post a 58-48 win, spoiling the Bearcats’ opener. Woodford, which had already played two games, remained unbeaten at 3-0.

  • No moral victories for Lady Cats

    One could look at Anderson County’s effort in a 67-58 loss to powerful Louisville Mercy last Thursday and get a good feeling about the Lady Bearcats and their potential.

    After all, the Lady Bearcats suited up only two players with significant experience and rely heavily on freshmen and eighth-graders. But there they were, a young group of lady Bearcats who had pulled within 52-49 when Jaclynn Ruble buried a three-pointer with 4:34 to play.

  • Anderson archers win qualifer...

    Two Anderson County archery teams took first place in their respective divisions as they competed in their first state qualifier tournaments Saturday at the Kentucky Basketball Academy in Lexington.

    The Anderson County Middle School team and the Robert B. Turner Elementary School team took first place in the competition.

    In addition, the Bryce Foster took first place in the boys’ middle school division while teammate Michael Bishop placed fifth.