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Today's Sports

  • Bearcat football award winners...

    The Anderson County High School football team closed out th 2016 season with the annual awards banquet recently.

    Senior Bryndon Labhart was named the team's Offensive Most Valuable Player and Defensive MVP while Logan Mann and Dalton Wells were named the Special Teams Most Valuable Players. Mann was also named the recipient of the Cunningham-Hawkins Leadership Award.

  • Cann following her dreams at UK

    By Larry Vaught, Contributing writer

    LEXINGTON — It was the kind of play that Makenzie Cann knows she has to make for Kentucky.

    She was trying to take a charge at Duke. Instead, she took an elbow to the face.

    “I actually did not realize then I had broken my nose,” said the Kentucky sophomore from Anderson County. “I actually broke my nose my year at Cincinnati (before she transferred to Kentucky). But it was not bleeding or anything, so I thought it was good.”

  • Bearcats write introduction for...

    It was not a statement. Not even close.

    But Anderson County wrote the introduction to what the Bearcats hope will be a happy story Friday night with a 64-51 home court win over 30th District rival Shelby County.

    Leading just 25-22 after a sloppy first half, the Bearcats outpointed Shelby, 22-9, in the third quarter to cruise to the win. Anderson, now 10-4 on the year, made a big step toward a good seed in the 30th District Tournament, to be played in late February at Collins High School.

  • Lady Bearcats rally, slip past...

    With the high school basketball season nearing its mid-point, it would be difficult to label a contest as a season-maker. Especially a showdown with a foe that is grouped in a different region.

    But when the campaign is over for the Anderson County girls in late February or early March, a game played on the afternoon of January 7 might be one the Lady Bearcats point to as a season-changer.

  • Bearcats to honor Upchurch Jan....

    The Anderson County High School boys’ basketball team will honor former Bearcat coach Jack Upchurch during a ceremony prior to the varsity game against Central Hardin on Jan. 20.

    Upchurch coached at Anderson from 1965 to 1971, taking the Bearcats to their first Eighth Region championship and a state runner-up finish his final year at the helm. He later had coaching stops at his native Wayne County and Lincoln County. He also served as an assistant coach at Morehead State University.

  • Bearcats to host mountain power

    Anderson County’s boys’ basketball team gets another stern test Saturday night, Jan. 14, when the Bearcats host 14th Region power Perry County Central. 

    Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

    The Commodores have been tabbed as the team to beat in the 14th Region since the pre-season and have given little reason to think differently. Perry Central stood at 12-5 after the weekend’s games, a record that includes a 56-54 loss to defending state champion Dunbar in the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic.

  • Bearcats usher in new year with...

    With a new year officially here, it’s fair to take inventory of where Anderson County basketball stands in relation to its expected run at a regional championship in about two months.

    We’ll get to see Friday night when the Bearcats host Shelby County in the Bearcats’ first 30th District matchup. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.

    “It’s our most important game of the season, so far,” Anderson coach Glen Drury said last week.

    Indeed.

  • Anderson girls win consolation...

    A second championship in three years was not to be for the Anderson County girls’ basketball team in the Mingua Beef Jerky Classic at Bourbon County last week. But Lady Bearcat coach Clay Birdwhistell believes the effect on the rest of the season could be very similar.

    The Lady Cats took fifth place in the eight-team tournament, rolling through the consolation bracket after dropping a decision to Covington Holy Cross in the first round.

    The Lady Bearcats ended the tournament at 10-3

  • Bearcats recover from first-...

    Anderson County might have gotten the medicine it needed last week at Greenup County.

    The Bearcats went in as one of the perceived favorites in the tournament but had to settle for a fifth-place finish after taking a spanking from West Carter in the first round of the Stultz Pharmacy Classic.

    The Bearcats recovered to roll past Paintsville and Bath County in the consolation bracket to up their record to 9-4 on the year.

  • Labhart picked for Border Bowl...

    Anderson County High School football player Bryndon Labhart has been selected to play for the Kentucky All-Stars who will take on Tennessee in the annual Border Bowl game. For the first time, the game will be played in Tennessee, at Sevier County High School in Sevierville.

    Kickoff is set for Saturday, Jan. 21 at 2:08 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN3.

    Labhart, a fullback-linebacker, has been named all-district and honorable mention all-state.