Today's Sports

  • Little Boy, Big Buck

    Some hunters toil for decades trying to harvest the buck of a lifetime.

    It didn’t take nearly that long for 8-year-old Clayton Shouse who, in only his second year of hunting, bagged a monster buck that easily outdistanced the firearm competition in Saturday’s big buck contest, sponsored by Full Draw Archery, Central Kentucky Taxidermy and The Anderson News.

    The buck had an impressive gross score of 160 4/8, and a net score of 156 3/8 when scored Saturday afternoon at Full Draw Archery on U.S. 127.


    Anderson County would like to have more wrestlers on its high school team, but second-year coach John Griggs is elated about the 12 young men that are taking to the mat this winter.

    “We might not have the quantity, but it looks like we have some great quality,” Griggs says.


    Led by seniors Caleb Boyles and Jordan Barber, both of whom qualified for, and advanced in the state tournament last March, the Bearcats have a strong cast of grapplers to take on a rugged schedule that includes bouts against some of the top teams in Kentucky.

  • No longer a pushover

    Clay Birdwhistell wants to get one thing out of the way very quickly: Spencer County is no longer a pushover.

    Anderson County hosts Spencer in a 30th District girls’ basketball matchup Saturday afternoon. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.

    Birdwhistell, Anderson’s coach knows his program has dominated the 30th District in recent years, winning six straight titles before finishing as runner-up last year. He also knows that one-sided wins over the Lady Bears have been common. Two years ago, Anderson defeated Spencer three times by an average of 53 points a game.

  • Five things to consider for...

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    The recent spate of rainy and somewhat dismal days sends many minds toward the grim reality that winter is here to stay.

    Sunless, dreary days with bouts of rain in December, January and February give most people the blues. However, desolate winter days bring joy to the heart of a reservoir smallmouth bass angler. These are the days to catch the big ones.

  • Confusion about local athletic...

    When the Anderson County Board of Education implemented an athletic fee for high school and middle school athletes in July, it was a given that some people would be upset about having to fork over more money to play a varsity sport.

    Almost halfway through the first school year with “pay to play” in Anderson County the mix of emotions can include full-fledged support, ambivalence or anger. Some have taken to calling the fee an “athletic tax.”

    Others are calling it words I refuse to print in my column.


    When measured against the struggles Anderson County High School swimming has out of the pool, success in the water might be like swimming with the current.

    The Swim Cats do have some talent, with a few swimmers having outside chances at being the program’s first state qualifier, but as a team, Anderson has to overcome a myriad of obstacles, the first of which is a lack of numbers.

  • Bearcats to play home opener...

    Anderson County will get a chance to show the home folks what it has for real Friday night, Dec. 4, when the Bearcats host East Jessamine in the home opener for the basketball season.

    Anderson was to have opened the campaign Tuesday at Garrard County.

    In East Jessamine, the Bearcats will face a rebuilding team that only went 9-18 last year but has some hopes for 2016. The Jaguars return six players who saw significant playing time and will be led by junior guard Nathan Harper, who averaged 12 points and four assists last year.

  • Edmondson chosen for national...

    Anderson County High School football player Bryce Edmondson has been selected as an Offense-Defense All-American, according to a news release. Edmondson has been invited to participate in the organization’s national showcase and bowl game from Dec. 28-Jan. 2 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

    A sophomore linebacker and tight end, Edmondson was a selection from among thousands of yount players across the nation. The selection committee also considered his play during the 2015 season, according to the release.

  • Rams take Nelson Baptist...

    The Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg boys’ basketball team captured the championship of the Nelson County Baptist Eagle Invitational Tournament on Nov. 21. The Rams defeated Anchored, of Bowling Green in the championship game, 49-38 as Chandler Royalty tallied 17 points.

  • Mustang wrestlers finish second...

    The Anderson County Middle School wrestling team took second place in the prestigious Woodford County Invitational, held on Nov. 21.

    Anderson finished behind top-ranked Woodford in the 18-team tournament, which included several perennial powerhouses. Three Anderson wrestlers won their weight classes and another placed fourth.

    Chase Fink at 130 pounds, Nolan Hedges (190) and Ben Jennings (240) won their classes and Jaiden Cunningham was fourth at 168 pounds.