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Today's Sports

  • LITTLE LEAGUE: Anderson County...

    This was a long season where each player had to earn his spot on the roster based on his performance.

    The journey isn’t over yet, but the Anderson County 11-and-under All-Stars made history Saturday evening by winning their first Little League district championship.

    The all-stars will play in the state tournament beginning Saturday and say their goal isn’t just to be there, but to win it.

    Looking back on the games the team played to get to this point, one would have to say their district championship and state dreams began with a nightmare.

  • LITTLE LEAGUE: Next up? The...

    Gloves were tossed in the air effortlessly as players jumped around in celebration. The manager of the Anderson County 11-and-under All-Stars, Tommy Rice, just about lost his voice and couldn’t break the smile from his face. Anderson County just won the District III Little League championship for the first time.

    Bryndon Labhart and Daniel Whalen grabbed each end of the championship banner and the team raced around the diamond in a victory lap giving high fives to parents and fans waiting along the fence. They were champions at last.

  • COLUMN: Memories of 2002

    Has it been eight years?

    Eight years, 2,922 days (or something close to that) since an Anderson County Little League All-Star baseball team advanced to the state tournament?

    The 11-year-old team broke that drought when it won the District 3 title Saturday night with an offensive onslaught that made final scores more gridiron-esque than fitting the diamond. Anderson County routed West Lexington, 19-7, in the final at Legion Park.

  • Alves, Cricket chirping statewide

    Hannah Alves is going for the top in barrel racing.

    The Anderson County youth is gunning for her second consecutive state championship in the International Barrel Racing Association competition, held throughout the state.

    With two weeks remaining in the season, Alves is currently leading two divisions in the statewide standings, the open Division 4 and youth Division 3. She has 1373 and 1341 points respectively.

    She is also third in youth Division 2 and eighth in open Division 4.

  • Fall sports practices begin

    While Anderson County High School athletic teams have been holding informal conditioning workouts for several days, official workouts for fall sports will begin tomorrow, Thursday, July 15. The school offers KHSAA sanctioned sports in football, volleyball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ golf and boys’ and girls’ cross country.

    For more information, contact the high school at 839-5118.

  • Turpin shines but Tennessee All-...

    Courtney Turpin's high school softball career officially came to an end in a bittersweet fashion during the Kentucky-Tennessee all-star series, held at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green last Thursday.

    Turpin played four innings at first base in the first game, then pitched three scoreless innings and drove in Kentucky's only runs of the day in the second contest. However, Tennessee swept the best-of-three series, 2-0 and 3-2.

    Turpin said that she went 2-for-3 at the plate. Both of her hits were run-scoring singles in game two.

  • COLUMN: Joey should have been...

    Ballot-stuffing notes ...

    I am usually not for ballot-stuffing when selecting the Major League Baseball all-star teams. I'm not one that goes and makes up 10 new e-mail accounts just to vote for my favorite player, nor am I one that gets on my wife's e-mail to vote even more.

    It's usually not that big of a deal. No matter how MLB tries to spin it, the game just does not have the same luster as it did when Pete Rose was bowling over Ray Fosse and players really were playing for league pride.

  • Anderson all-stars host district...

    The Anderson County Little League 11-and-under all-star team is hosting the District 3 tournament this week at Legion Park.

    Over Father’s Day weekend, the all-stars traveled to Jeffersonville, Ind., to participate in the Jeffersonville/GRC Father’s Day weekend tournament.

    By the end of the holiday weekend the 10-member team had smiles on their faces and trophies in their hands.

    Anderson defeated the host Jeffersonville team 5-1 in the pool play opener, then defeated Corydon, Ind., 7-1, in the second game to earn the tournament's top seed.

  • Miss Congeniality

    Sandra Bullock has nothing on Cassie Fannin.

    Both have been named Miss Congeniality, but chances are that one of Hollywood's best has never tied a goat.

    Or barrel-raced. Or anything else involved in rodeo.

    Cassie Fannin has. And loves everything about it.

    Overcoming a fear of riding horses when she was 5 years old, the rising senior at Anderson County High School has become one of the Kentucky High School Rodeo Association's best performers.

  • LITTLE LEAGUE: Braves claim...

    The Anderson County Braves earned a trip to see the Cincinnati Reds.

    After a 15-7 victory over the White Sox in the Anderson County Little League junior division championship game, Braves manager Bryan Brothers vowed to hold up his promise from the beginning of the year that if the Braves won it all he would take them to Cincinnati to see a Reds game.