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Today's Sports

  • Local player on Sports Reach team
  • Kentucky Speedway: Keselowski...

    By DAVE TAYLOR

    Landmark Community News Service

    Penske Racing driver Brad Keselowski wrapped up a competitive three-race weekend at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta with his second victory in three years, leading 199 of the 267 laps of Saturday’s Quaker State 400 en route to the win. Keselowski placed fifth in Thursday’s UNOH 225 Truck race behind winner Kyle Busch and second in Friday’s Natiowide race won by Kevin Harvick.

  • Future Bearcats learn at...
  • 3 regional titles make a very...

    Today, June 25, is that day many high school coaches have had circled on their calendars since, oh, about this time last year.

    Vacation time!

    OK, it's the start of the dead period, mandated by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

    From now until July 9, high school athletic programs in the state are shut down, for all practical purposes. Athletes are off limits to coaches. Facilities are off limits to the players, for the most part, and it is just a good time for everyone to take the break for which the rule was enacted.

  • Corrections and clarifications

    Destiny Stewart's name was inadvertently omitted from a listing of Anderson County athletes who had participated in a state tournament at least three times. Stewart participated in the 2010, 2013 and 2014 girls' state basketball tournaments and was a member of the starting five the last two years. The News regrets the error.

  • The Coach Bird way won't...

    Almost as soon as Tony Kays stepped down as girls' basketball coach at Anderson County High School, the most-asked questions were two-fold.

    Who would be Kays' replacement?

    And what kind of style will the Lady Bearcats play?

    It turns out neither should be a surprise. While the Anderson opening was undoubtedly attractive, it would have been surprising to most observers if anyone other than Clay Birdwhistell had been selected for the job.

  • Birdwhistell lands job of his...

    It was somehow fitting that the call came when Clay Birdwhistell was at basketball camp.

    And he was alone.

    An assistant girls' basketball coach at Anderson County High School since 2006, Birdwhistell was officially offered the promotion to head coach last Tuesday while the Lady Bearcats were participating in a summer camp at Campbellsville University.

  • Mudcats capture own tournament

    It might have been worth the wait for the Central Kentucky Mudcats.

    The local travelling baseball team defeated the Dirty Dawgs, a team based in the London-Corbin area, 3-2, Sunday afternoon to win the annual Mudcat Classic at Anderson County High School's Barnes Field. It was the first time the Mudcats have taken their own tournament in its eight-year existence.

    Josh Brown gave up two first inning runs, then dominated the Dawgs the rest of the way to get the win.

  • Hard work took DeLong past good...

    At the time, the words stung. More than a decade later, they might be the most important ones Kyle DeLong heard during his baseball career.

    “You're not good enough.”

    DeLong still remembers the words, even though his playing career ended over a year ago.

    “I really don't remember who told me that but I was wanting to pitch and he told me I wasn't good enough,” DeLong smiles. “When that happened was when I started working my tail off. I realized it was on me if I wanted to pitch.”

  • Catfish spawn brings hot fishing...

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    Water temperatures are climbing into the upper 70s, sending channel catfish to rocky banks in reservoirs to spawn. June is one of the most productive months to fish for them.