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Today's Sports

  • Makeover not diminishing high...

    Three coaches in three years does not sound like the way to build a winning tradition in high school sports. Nevertheless, optimism is high around Anderson County volleyball in 2010.

    The Lady Bearcats made history with their first regional win two years ago, then matched that last year. But the team is full of new faces in 2010.

  • Anderson volleyball opens with...

    Many of the faces are new but Anderson County's volleyball team played like seasoned veterans in defeating Franklin County Tuesday night. The Lady Bearcats held on for a 25-23, 25-17 win in the season opener for both teams.

    After taking the first game, Anderson found itself tied at 11 in the second when coach Bob Hardin called time out. “Their faces were down,” he said. “I wanted their faces up.”

    The Lady Bearcats regrouped and pulled away down the stretch.

  • Flora scorches greens in Boyle...

    Jacob Flora showed why there is such optimism surrounding Anderson County boys' golf in the Boyle County Invitational, held Saturday at Old Bridge Golf Course in Danville.

    Flora birdied the first hole, then went on to a 3-under 69, leading the Bearcats to a fourth-place finish among 17 teams in the always strong early-season tournament.

    Flora finished in a four-way tie for the individual second place, three strokes behind Clay County's Todd McDaniel.

  • Lady Bearcats seek elusive state...

    One thing should be made straight before the first kickoff of the season: Anderson County's girls' soccer team is loaded.

    “This is the most talented team I have ever had by far,” Anderson coach Jason Earnest says without hesitation.

  • Linking Kentucky to the World

    LEXINGTON — It’s hard to believe, but the guy heading up the 2010 World Equestrian Games is not really an expert in the saddle.

    “I have ridden a horse twice in my life,” laughs Jamie Link, the chief executive officer of the games, who calls Lawrenceburg his hometown. “I took a lesson at the Kentucky Horse Park and I took a 5-mile trail ride at Mt. Brilliant Farm. It was a blast.”

    Suffice it to say that Link is no Calvin Borel. And that’s just fine for the 1980 graduate of Anderson County High School.

  • Hoping to get better

    Even with the graduation of its most successful performer since Anderson County formed a girls' golf team in 2002, there is no fretting around the Lady Bearcat camp as they get ready to open the season.

    The team opens against Spencer County, next Wednesday, Aug. 11 at Wild Turkey Trace.

    Part of that calm is simply head coach Lynn Gritton's demeanor. He's laid back, does not put much emphasis on won-loss records, and preaches getting over a bad hole or bad day quickly.

  • Bearcat golfers looking to state

    If there were any bad side effects from an abrupt, somewhat unexpected coaching change, the Anderson County boys' golf team sure has not shown them.

    “We haven't talked about (team goals) but I hear them talking about going to the state (tournament),” says new Bearcat coach T.J. Spivey.

    Fresh out of Georgetown College and planning to teach fourth grade math at Emma B. Ward Elementary School, Spivey quickly accepted the position despite being contacted about the opening three days after the official start of fall practice.

  • COLUMN: Ready as I can be

    Beginning about July 1, the question comes my way at least once a day.

    “Are you ready for football (or the fall sport of your choice) to get started?”

    Or sometimes, it comes in a more generic form: “Are you ready for school to start?”

    It means the same as the person that asks is usually just trying to make some friendly conversation that often evolves into our respective expectations for that sport in the upcoming season.

  • Peavler's perfection...

    Mackenzie Peavler fired a perfect game as the Central Kentucky Batcats 14-and-under softball team routed the Gateway Heat, 9-0, in the championship game of the August Blowout, held over the weekend at Anderson County Community Park.

    The gem was a fitting end to a tournament in which Peavler went 3-0 and allowed one earned run.

    The Batcats are made up primarily of players from Anderson County and saw their record for the summer improve to 18-8 with the tournament title.

  • Anderson reports no heat-related...

    The oppressive heat that enveloped Anderson County at the end of last week caused few problems for students preparing for the upcoming seasons.

    “So far, so good,” Anderson athletic director Rick Sallee said in an e-mail.