Today's Sports

  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: Missed...

    There is a reason they are called free.

    They are those unguarded shots, taken at the shooter's leisure, just 15 feet from the basket. They might be called free throws, but they were costly Friday night as Owen County dealt Anderson County its first home loss of the season – and second straight defeat – with a 59-50 decision in overtime.

    To be sure, the box score would show that Owen was statistically no better than Anderson, hitting 16-of-32 charity tosses to the Bearcats' 8-of-16. That's 50 percent for either team.


    Anderson's girls steam-rolled host Spencer County, 90-12, Friday to run their 30th District winning streak to 19 games.

    Anderson took care of business early to run its record to 14-4. The Lady Bearcats led 20-4 after a quarter, then outscored Spencer 29-2 in the second frame.

    Ten different Anderson players scored, including five in double figures. Eriel McKee led Adnerson with 20 points.

    Spencer fell to 4-11.

    The teams will meet again in the first round of the 30th District Tournament in late February.



    It only looked like Eriel McKee was a one-girl wrecking crew against Mercer County last Tuesday.

    It is true that the Anderson County sophomore ripped the visiting Titans for 22 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. It is also true she blocked five shots as Anderson rolled to a 58-32 win. And it was not much of an exaggeration when Anderson coach Tony Kays just chuckled and said, “Eriel was just off the charts in every category tonight.”

  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: Bearcats...

    Anderson County will get an opportunity to clinch the top seed in the 30th District Tournament when they travel to Spencer County on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

    Anderson is 2-0 in district play and will take the top spot in the tournament with a victory, no matter what else happens. At press time, Spencer had not played any district games and could win the top seed by winning all of its district battles.

  • COLUMN: Backing Pat

    This was one time I wish I had missed the press conference.

    It is usually a perk when I have the opportunity to work a major college athletic event. It's a time when you get to talk with those highly-paid coaches and some players whose earnings will someday make those coaches comparative paupers.

    And, being in the newspaper business, it is always a chance to hobnob with the local – and occasionally the national – heavyweights in the field.

    I won't lie. It’s a lot of fun.

  • ONLINE EXTRA: Bearcats, Lady...

    Both Anderson County High School basketball teams are looking at a big weekend to start the second half of the season. Both are in action Friday and Saturday nights.

    The Bearcats have a pair of home games, starting with a very good Owen County team on Friday.

  • Carmichael has big game at...

    Anderson County quarterback Seth Carmichael had a big game in the National Guard Border Bowl, played at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg on Saturday.

    Carmichael completed 8-of-9 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown as he guided the Kentucky All-Stars during the first half of their game against Tennessee. Carmichael hit Eric Walker, of Covington Holy Cross, with a 37-yard scoring strike that tied the game with 3:50 to to in the first half. Carmichael was intercepted once in the second half.


    The Anderson County High School girls' basketball program honored sophomores Eriel McKee and Makenzie Cann for a pair of milestones prior to last Tuesday's game with Henry Clay.

    McKee was honored for becoming the newest member of the Lady Bearcat 1,000-point club during the Mercer County Titan Christmas Clash. Through last week's games, McKee, who started playing varsity basketball as a seventh-grader, had 1,114 points.


    SHELBYVILLE – There's not much that can stop Jay Smith. Especially a cut over his eye.

    The Anderson County junior set off a wild celebration as he banked in a 3-point shot as time expired to give the Bearcats a 50-47 win at 30th District rival Collins Friday night.

    Smith's game-winner was as improbable as the outcome itself.


    SHELBYVILLE – The rankings meant little.

    The standings? That is a different story.

    Anderson County, a team ranked among the state's Top 10 girls' basketball teams in the pre-season and still in the Top 20 in both major computer polls, looked anything but a team worthy of such a high ranking at Collins last Friday.

    It really didn't matter.