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Today's Sports

  • High school, middle school dance...

    The Anderson County High School and Anderson County Middle School dance teams recently got word of major awards to complete a highly successful year of competition.

    Both teams placed third in their respective divisions in the U.S. Finals competition, sponsored by JamFest.

    The high school team placed third nationally in the Varsity Hip Hop division while the middle school team was third in the Junior High Hip Hop division. Both teams had won first place in the Southwest Division. Videos of those performances were the basis for the national judging.

  • LITTLE LEAGUE: Cubs, Boone...

    The Chicago Cubs have not won a championship in over 100 years. Fortunately for Cubs manager Scott Boone and company, the supposed curse following the professional club doesn’t extend to the little league ranks.

    With the Cubs’ 16-11 win Saturday night, where they scored in every inning of play, an Anderson County Little League champion was crowned.

    “Our coaches told us we could win the rest of these things and we could come back and win it, and we did,” said Cubs third baseman and closer Jordan Adams.

  • LITTLE LEAGUE: Roundup 6.16

    Tuesday, June 8

    Cubs 4 – Reds 3

    With a berth to the final four on the line, the Cubs and Reds treated fans to a close ball game that almost saw the Reds complete the comeback and provide the tournament with its first upset.

    The Cubs tied the game in the third inning, and scored three more in the fourth, and held off a Reds rally in the game’s final frame to move on to the semifinals.

    The Reds got on the board in the top of the first when Lane Marquardt, the No. 2 batter, hit a double, the first of two on the day, and later stole home.

  • Drury says all-star week a great...

    Glen Drury is a competitor. A major league competitor.

    That is why, even though the Kentucky All-Stars had played so hard against Indiana that one Louisville scribe noted that he was tempted to write that Kentucky had won 97-100. The team competed. It gave heavily favored Indiana all it wanted at Bellarmine University's Knight's Hall.

    Only when a 3-pointer fell off the rim as time expired did the Hoosier team escape with its third straight victory and its 11th in 12 games of the nation's oldest high school all-star series.

  • LITTLE LEAGUE: Puckett's...

    Dusty Puckett finally got the opportunity to swing at some pitches.

    Fortunately for the Cubs, Puckett didn’t forget what that felt like. The all-star pitcher and shortstop ripped two home runs over the fence and his three RBI powered the Cubs to a 16-11 win in the Anderson County Little League championship.

    “He hasn’t been pitched to in four, maybe five games,” Cubs manager Scott Boone said. “They just walked him.”

  • COLUMN: 260 minutes of Can-You-...

    Over 25 years of writing and about 20 more of general fandom, I have been to a whole shaboodle of really good games. I have witnessed countless great contests. A whole bunch of “heckuva” games.

    I have been to quite a few epics and run of the mill classics.

    And last Thursday, I attended the Eighth Region tournament championship. Like nearly everyone who made the trip to Carroll County High School, I expected to see a good game, maybe even a routine thriller or nail-biter.

  • LITTLE LEAGUE: Roundup

    Tuesday, June 1

    Indians 0 – Red Sox 10

    Statistical information from this game was not submitted by managers or coaches in time for print.

    Wednesday, June 2

    Red Sox 9 – Reds 1

    In a game continued after being suspended by rain May 17, the Red Sox came out on top thanks to the work of their offense.

    Play was resumed in the top of the third inning with the Red Sox leading 2-1.

    The Red Sox scored five runs in the third, with Mason Baker, Andrew Mitchell, Ben Simmons, Jonah Perry and Aaron Schell also crossing home.

  • LITTLE LEAGUE: 'Fired up...

    The Yankees said they were fired up, and they proved it.

    The Yankees plated six runs in the bottom half of the second inning, including three on an error-filled inside-the-park home run from Dillon Harper, to take a 9-2 lead on the Indians, and never looked back.

    “We were more fired up today,” Harper said. “We’re ready to win a championship, but the main priority is to play my best and have fun.”

  • LITTLE LEAGUE: Mets offense...

    Two days after being no-hit by the Red Sox, the Mets’ bats exploded for 12 runs, scoring at least one run in each inning but one.

    The two-day break was all the Mets needed to regroup and gain their confidence at the plate. After a scoreless opening frame, the Mets used timely hitting and fielding to beat the Cubs 12-2 on Saturday at Davenport Field.

  • LITTLE LEAGUE: In the moment:...

    Jacob Brown was doing what his team has played by for the majority of the season. He was living in the moment.

    Brown, the Red Sox starting pitcher Thursday night against the Mets, had walked four batters and another reached on an error, but he hadn’t allowed a hit all game. It wasn’t until Brown threw his final pitch, a called strike giving him six strikeouts for the game, that he was told he just threw a no-hitter.

    “This is probably the best game I’ve pitched so far in my baseball career,” Brown said.