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Today's Sports

  • Eighth Region baseball and...

    Pairings for the Eighth Region baseball and softball tournaments have been announced. Both tournaments begin Monday, May 31 at Carroll County High School.

    For the baseball tournament, Anderson County, the 30th District runner-up, will play 32nd District winner Simon Kenton at 4 p.m. on Monday in a lower bracket quarterfinal.

    Complete pairings are:

    Shelby County (23-10) vs. Walton-Verona (23-12), 10 a.m.

    Carroll County (19-10) vs. North Oldham (22-9) 1 p.m.

    Simon Kenton (15-17) vs. Anderson County (18-12), 4 p.m.

  • ONLINE EXTRA: Lady Bearcat quest...

    It has been a year now, but the sting is still there for the Anderson County Lady Bearcats.

    The story has been played over and over, both in the press and in their minds, how the Lady Bearcats appeared ready to make a shambles of the 2009 Eighth Region tournament and head to Owensboro for a second straight state tournament berth.

    Instead, the Lady Bearcats started slipping in the last week of the season, then saw the collapse become official with a loss to Simon Kenton in the first round of the Eighth Region Tournament.

  • Hyatt sends Lady Bearcats to...

    Freshman Anna Marie Hyatt smacked a one-out, two-run single to give Anderson County a 6-5 win and the 30th District championship in eight innings Tuesday night.

    Hyatt ripped a Jeneca Thomas offering into right field to score Courtney Turpin and courtesy runner Haley Burgin and cap a dramatic three-run rally and give the Lady Bearcats their second district crown in three seasons.

    Anderson, which had beaten Shelby twice in the regular season, looked to be in deep trouble after the Lady Rockets had scored twice in the top of the eighth.

  • Walk-off home run in extra...

    Had the TV cameras been rolling, it would have been an instant classic.

    Instead, the 30th District championship game will just live on in the memory of one of Kentucky's best high school sports rivalries.

    John Hunter sent a Steven Watts breaking pitch well over the left field fence in the bottom of the eighth inning giving Shelby County a 5-3 win over host Anderson County to claim the 30th district baseball title.

  • LITTLE LEAGUE: Legend has '...

    Dusty Puckett grabs his silver batting helmet and picks up a bat to get his arms loose. He’s about to head to the plate to try and give the Cubs a few more runs as they look to get a win. As he walks to the plate, head up, looking straight forward, confidence beaming out of him, everyone around him stops what they’re doing to watch.

    Puckett, a 5-foot-10, 13-year-old, is the definition of cool, calm and collected. He spits in the dirt and rubs it in with his foot and takes three steps toward the plate to get in his stance.

  • The Russell Express lifts...

    There really was reason to worry Monday night, but not if Jacob Russell was on.

    Suffice it to say that Russell was “on” with a pitching performance as dominant as any in recent Anderson County baseball history.

    That is about the only way one can describe the right-hander's performance as  the Bearcats defeated Spencer County 10-1 in the semifinals of the 30th District Tournament at Anderson County High School.

    Russell struck out 16. He gave up only four hits. Spencer's only run was unearned.

  • LITTLE LEAGUE: Roundup

    Tuesday, May 18

    Cubs 7 — 3 Mets

    The Cubs got a dominating performance from pitcher Dusty Puckett in earning a 7-3 upset win over the Mets.

    Puckett pitched 5.1 innings and struck out 15 batters. After allowing two runs in the first inning, Puckett didn’t allow another run. Zach Miller came in for relief work to get the final two outs of the game, allowing one run and striking out one batter. The Cubs earned strikeouts for 16 of the 18 outs in the game.

  • The Total Package

    If you want to know what makes Courtney Turpin one of Kentucky's best softball players, don't look at her listing on the roster.

    At first glance, the Anderson County pitcher does not conjure up images of Jennie Finch, who, at 6-foot-1, is about five inches taller than Turpin.

    Look closer when Turpin takes the pitching circle. Check out the determination as she winds up to unleash one of those 60-plus mile per hour heaters. Take a look at the glare when someone gets a hit, as if she is taking it as a personal affront.

  • LITTLE LEAGUE: Team effort,...

    Indians manager Paul Mann went to the mound in the sixth inning to finally pull his son Logan Mann. He had gotten far more production out of Logan in the game than he was expecting, but he could tell he was starting to wear out and the Rockies were picking up on his pitches.

    Logan told his dad he was fine. His dad said alright, but was only going to give him two more pitches. The end result was a 79-pitch complete game shutout for a pitcher whose true passion is actually receiving the pitches instead of delivering them, and the Indians got the 2-0 win.

  • LITTLE LEAGUE: Cubs survive 6th...

    Dusty Puckett hit another home run and struck out four batters in just over two innings of work, but it was Jordan Adams who came through in the clutch for the Cubs to get the win.

    After building a five-run lead entering the sixth inning, the Cubs held off the charging Reds.

    With only one out away and men on second and third and the tying run at bat, Adams came in relief and got two consecutive outs to give the Cubs their eighth win of the season.