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Today's Sports

  • Public areas offer spring turkey...

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

    Like deer and elk, the restoration of wild turkeys in Kentucky is a remarkable success story.

    The statewide flock now numbers around 220,000 turkeys and telecheck harvest records show spring turkey hunters have taken an average of 31,719 birds over the past five years. The statewide harvest was up slightly last year over the previous spring as hunters topped 30,000 birds for the fifth time in the past six years.

  • Keeneland opening weekend fields...

    Prospective fields for Keeneland’s marquee Spring Meet events for 3-year-olds, the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) and the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), are beginning to come into focus a little more than a week out from the April 9 renewals on the second day of the 2016 season.

    Racing Secretary Ben Huffman and Stakes Coordinator Tiffany Bourque have nine runners deemed as probable starters for the 92nd running of the Toyota Blue Grass at 1 1/8 miles on dirt.

  • Forty years since best ever, but...

    It’s been 40 years.

    A lifetime.

    There have been some really good teams in Cincinnati since then. Some really bad ones. And a lot of them mired in mediocrity.

    But 40 long years since the Big Red Machine.

    I couldn’t help but think of that last week as the countdown to Opening Day got closer and closer to zero, meaning the Reds and Phillies were about to get underway in Cincy Monday afternoon.

  • Bearcats surprised many, grew...

    Most Anderson County basketball fans would be stretching the truth if they said when the season tipped off, they believed the Bearcats would be playing for a berth in the Sweet 16.

    In retrospect, Bearcat coach Glen Drury would be selling his team short if he said he did not.

    Back in November, Drury said he believed his team had the makings of one that could make an extended post-season run. He said it again during the season, even when the Bearcats and their 8-9 record seemed destined for mediocrity.

    Drury never wavered.

  • Peach says Bearcats might ‘Wing...

    Some changes are in store for Anderson County football in 2016.

    Coming off a year that saw Anderson go 5-6 – the Bearcats’ first losing season since 2005 – and exit the playoffs after a first-round loss to Covington Catholic, Anderson coach Mark Peach plans to do some tinkering during spring practice, which is scheduled to get under way on Monday, April 11.

    “We will be looking at the Wing-T offensively,” Peach said.

  • Collins burns bobbling Bearcats

    Collins did what it has to do while Anderson County continued what it can’t keep doing Monday night.

    The result was Collins taking a 9-5 win, stealing a 30th District victory on the road. The Titans took an early lead in the district seeding race, manufacturing runs and taking advantage of a generous Anderson defense.

    Collins improved to 5-6 on the year and 1-0 in district play. Anderson is 0-10 and 0-1.

    The Bearcats did themselves in with 11 errors, as scored by The Anderson News. Only two of Collins’ 9 runs were earned.

  • MSC Golfer of the Week
  • Ransdell signs with Georgetown
  • Revised football playoff format...

    The biggest news to hit Anderson County sports last week might have been overshadowed by March Madness.

    So while you were still pulling for some team you normally detest in the hope of winning your pool, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association announced a change in the football playoff format that affects Anderson County.

    A lot. A whole lot.

    But no one around the Bearcats is complaining.

    Last Thursday, the KHSAA announced that Class 5A football would be going to a “cross-bracketing” playoff system effective this fall.

  • Low numbers, high hopes drive ‘...

    Anderson County track and field might be the perfect example of being short on quantity but long on quality this year.

    That was apparent last Tuesday in the season-opening meet at Mercer County. The Bearcats – “We have about 20 out on a good day,” says assistant coach Catina Sims – overcame numbers so low they skipped many events for both the boys’ team and girls’ squad to place fourth in the eight-team all-comers meet.