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    It is still early. Very early. More than two months of basketball remains before the real season – the championship tournaments – get underway.

    But Anderson County's girls' basketball team made a major statement last week. The Lady Bearcats demolished a pair of big-city regional favorites, including one of last year's state semi-finalists and one of the sport's perennial powers.

    Neither game was even close and left observers with the question, “Just how good is this Anderson County team.

  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: Shelby...

    This one had to hurt a little deeper and a little longer.

    It wasn't just a loss. It was to Shelby County, one of Anderson County's oldest rivals. But it was more than a 67-65 decision that had the Anderson locker room somber last Tuesday night.

    It was the fact that the Bearcats had blown an 18-point lead. It was missing two of four free throws in the fourth quarter, one being the front end of the bonus situation. It was 18 turnovers, many unforced. It was a list of mistakes, some small, some huge, longer than the Bearcats' roster.

  • COLUMN: Lady Bearcats sport the...

    The game face.

    It's a fashionable term these days, to tell ball players they need to have their game face on.

    What that really is, I can't really describe. I just know it when I see it.

    Monday night, Kali Whiteside had it, even when she could have been on cruise control.

    Her Anderson County team already up 38-10 on 30th District foe Spencer County, the Lady Bearcats' seventh win in as many tries was already safely tucked away even though there were more than 18 minutes still to play.

  • 'I wanted to do it for her...

    Even if Santa were to bypass Cameron Peyton's house next week, it wouldn't matter. The Anderson County High School sophomore got all he wanted the first week of October. And more.

    Much more.

    It is true that Peyton claimed the world championship of the National Archery in the Schools Program tournament, held at the Disney World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. It is also true that Peyton shot a 298 out of a possible 300, setting a world record score for the event.

    Those were just the stocking stuffers.

    The big present?

  • Sports briefs for Dec. 19, 2012

    Anderson boys romp past regional foe

    Anderson County got back on the winning track Saturday night, whipping host Walton-Verona, 70-52.

    The Bearcats romped past the regional rival, regrouping from the disappointment of a loss to Shelby County four nights earlier. They did it with a defense that forced 33 turnovers to overcome a sluggish start that saw Walton-Verona jump to a 10-2 lead.

  • Swimmers finish strong at...

    Anderson County swimming finished 13th out of 24 teams at the highly-competitive Woodford County Invitational, held Saturday at Falling Springs in Versailles.

    The Anderson boys placed 12th, while the girls finished 15th. Overall, the Anderson swimmers scored 93 points, tying with Marion County for 13th.

  • Anderson teams get ready for...

    The Anderson County basketball teams will have a busy weekend as they get ready for the Christmas break with tournaments that should be good tests for their progress.

    The Lady Bearcats open play in the Republic Bank Classic at Lexington Catholic High School on Friday while the Bearcats travel to Adair County for a holiday tournament.

    Anderson's girls return to the prestigious Republic Bank Classic for the third time in seven years. The tournament is widely considered one of the top gatherings of talent in the state each year.

  • FOOTBALL: Mustang football...

    Kentucky's finest seventh- and eighth-grade football players were recently selected to participate in the fourth annual Kentucky Middle School Football Association East-West All-Star Game held at Kentucky State University over Thanksgiving weekend.

    Representing Anderson County in the seventh-grade game were Isaac Marret, Bryce Edmondson and Cobe Penny. Each played well as the East team won 30-28, according to a news release.

    Along with those players, Mustang head coach Brian Holloman and assistant coach Shawn Black were part of the East coaching staff.

  • Still wearing the 'A'...

    Jonathan Haddix is living proof that nothing can squeeze the mat out of a wrestler's blood.

    Not sickness. Not even high school graduation.


    “My senior year in high school, I was ranked in the (statewide) Top 10,” says Haddix, who wrestled at 189 pounds for Anderson County. “I got strep, mono, and walking pneumonia all a week before the regional tournament. I still wanted to wrestle but the doctor told me 'No.'

    “That was one of the lowest points of my life when I could not wrestle.”

  • COLUMN: Times are a-changin in...

    Notes written while my head is spinning....

    Who would have ever thought that during the second week of December, in a year when a college football team from Kentucky is playing in the Sugar Bowl, the talk in these parts centers on the hiring of a new coach at a school playing in a post-season game named for a pizza chain and the return of a hot assistant coach to his home stomping ground.

    As Bob Dylan said, “Times, they are a-changin.'”