Today's Sports

  • Enjoy the musical mornings...

    By Jeff Lilly

    Outdoors columnist

    Spring is finally trying to make it back to the Bluegrass State. The calendar says it is officially here as of March 20 but I cannot help but be a little skeptical the way the last couple of months have gone for us in Kentucky

    Temperatures are warming up and God is putting some green color back in to some of our vegetation so things are looking better each day.

  • March brings elusive Muskie...

    By Kevin Kelly, Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    The NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament captivates the state of Kentucky every March and this year all eyes are on John Calipari and the University of Kentucky.

    Can the top-seeded Wildcats bring a ninth national title back to Lexington by becoming the first team since 1976 to finish the season undefeated? University of Louisville fans may hope not.


    There’s little doubt Anderson County softball is going to be good in 2015.

    The only question is, “How good?”

    That’s how it is when a team wins its region, is challenged only once in the process, wins a game in the state tournament and returns nearly its entire roster.

    That’s the Anderson County Lady Bearcats, 2015 edition. The Lady Bearcats are ranked as high as eighth to as low as 11th in the various pre-season polls. And they are a strong favorite to repeat as Eighth Region champions.

  • Lady Cats, Oldham vying for...

    Anderson County and Oldham County are at it again.

    The two schools which have been at the top of the region for nearly a decade are expected to be fight it out for the regional crown again.

    Since 2006, Oldham has won four regional championships, Anderson two. Five times, the schools have met in the semi-finals or championship game. Every time they have met in the semis, the winner went on to a relatively easy win in the championship game.

  • Lady Cats out to change history

    Even though Anderson County is a heavy favorite to repeat as Eighth Region softball champions, the program’s history suggests the Lady Bearcats should be wary of such lofty rankings.

    After Anderson’s two state tournament appearances, the Lady Bearcats faced similar circumstances but did not make the return trip to the big show.

  • Sizzling start for Lady Bearcats

    Who said you needed to be outside to practice?

    Anderson County, which had actually been on the field about an hour in the pre-season, ripped visiting Taylor County, 11-1 in five innings, in the 2015 season opener Monday afternoon.

    The Lady Bearcats pounded Taylor County pitching for 11 runs, nine of them earned, on 13 hits. Sophomore catcher Bailey Curry picked up where she left off last year with a rocket home run shot over the right field fence in the bottom of the first. Curry belted 19 round-trippers last season. Curry ended up going 2-for-3 with a walk.

  • Finding pitchers the key for...

    “Good pitching beats good hitting and vice-versa.”

    Former Pittsburgh Pirate left-hander Bob Veale.

    Anderson County just hopes it gets to test Bob Veale’s theory in the 2015 baseball season.

    The Bearcats are trying to find someone, anyone, to take the mound after senior righthander Josh Brown.

    “Josh Brown threw 49 innings last year,” says Anderson coach L.W. Barnes. “Everybody else coming back combined for 40 innings.”

  • Pioneers look to blaze path to...

    Predicting a regional winner in baseball is one of the most difficult prognostications of all. Baseball can be a fluky game – one of the most fluky – with a inches or a bad bounce literally making the difference between winning and losing.

    But the big thing is pitching rotations. In a one-and-done tournament that could be huge. Over the years, teams have occasionally held their aces for possible matchups with the best teams in later rounds only to get burned before those matchups ever materialize.

  • Phillips advances to state...

    By John Herndon

    Sports Editor

    LEXINGTON – The luck of the draw at the state high school wrestling tournament was both good news and bad news to Austin Phillips last week.

    The Anderson County High School senior advanced to the quarterfinals in the 152-pound class before being pinned by Ryle’s Jon Belk with 26 seconds to go in the second period. Belk eventually finished fifth in the tournament.

  • NCAA a time for the BBN to...

    Big Blue Invitational notes...

    Get ready to party, Big Blue Nation. Make room in the Rupp Arena rafters.

    The Wildcats are going to finish the job on April 6.

    I could give you any number of reasons why the boys in Vegas have made Kentucky an even money pick to win it all. I don’t bet on games, but those guys are good. Really good.

    Just like Kentucky.

    So here you go, by the number.