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Today's Sports

  • Lady Bearcats a smash in Collins...

    Three weeks into the 2017 high school softball season, Anderson County remains a major work in progress.

    As their short trip to the Collins Spring Break Bash indicated last weekend, the Lady Bearcats can be very good. Anderson was named champion of the tournament after winning four of five games. It was, by far, the finest outing of the year for the Lady Cats, who improved to 6-4.

    The Lady Bearcats pounded the ball in the four wins, scoring 49 runs and winning three of the games by the “mercy rule.”

  • Track Cats prospects looking up

    To get some perspective on the Anderson County High School track and field program, all one needs to do is look at numbers.

    We’re not necessarily talking about sprint times, personal records or how far someone jumps. It’s more basic.

    “This year, we have 26-28 kids out,” says Anderson coach Catina Sims. “We had 17 last year. We have added some sprinters this year. We have some distance runners who are cross country runners who didn’t run track last year. We have added a couple of throwers.”

  • Like it or not (I don’t) one-and...

    By now, we all know the annual pattern around Kentucky Wildcat basketball.

    John Calipari gets mega-talented recruits to wear the Blue and White, usually amassing what the recruiting gurus tab as the nation’s best class. A team loaded with talented freshmen makes deep run in NCAA Tournament -- a national championship and three other Final Four trips. Then, the heralded class heads for the riches of the NBA while Calipari reloads his roster.

    It’s the old one-and-done thing.

  • Bearcats rally past Boone in...

    Some hot bats and solid defensive play helped Anderson County salvage a 12-8 win over Boone County in high school baseball action Saturday at Morehead City Park.

    The game was the final one of a short three-game spring break trip for the Bearcats.

  • Bearcats looking to take final...

    The difference between high school basketball ecstasy and agony came down to the ball falling one way or the other.

    It sounds like an oversimplification, but it is true. Anderson County’s Cobe Penny launched a short runner, a shot Anderson assistant coach Bryan Hyatt said Penny would hit 90 percent of the time – with 1.9 seconds left in the Eighth Region championship game against Collins.

  • Lady Cats keeping their grip on...

    SHELBYVILLE -- The talk of Anderson County’s demise has been quite premature.

    At least the Lady Bearcats addressed it that way in 30th District softball action last week.

  • Lady Bearcat basketball looks to...

    Expectations and perspective are best seen in high school sports in the way those involved describe a program

    Take the Anderson County girls’ basketball program, for example.

    Lady Bearcat coach Clay Birdwhistell talks of having to rebuild his program. He has done so for three seasons.

    Most other observers call the natural replenishing process at Anderson a reloading. It’s been that way ever since the Lady Bearcats became one of the Eighth Region powers a decade ago.

    For 2017-18, both would be right.

  • Little League celebrates season...

    Opening Day festivities for the Anderson County Little League get under way Saturday, April 22 at Legion Park.

    The Little League season has already begun but a celebration of the youth baseball season is set to begin at 9 a.m., according to the organization’s website. Each year, hundreds of local youth participate in Little League baseball from ages 5-12. The local league also offers a Challenger division for young people of all ages with special needs.

  • Bearcats rally, rundown Franklin

    A year’s difference in Anderson County baseball keeps showing up on the scoreboard.

    At least that is how it has been in the early going of the 2017 season and it has not been more evident than in the Bearcats’ 3-2 win over visiting Franklin County last Tuesday.

    The Bearcats rallied from a 2-0 deficit, then scored the winning run by executing a double steal that saw the winning run cross home plate during a rundown.

  • Fan threats toward NCAA referee...

    I wish I could say that I am surprised by actions of a lunatic fringe of “fan reaction” after the Kentucky Wildcats went down in the NCAA Tournament.

    But I’m not.