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Today's Sports

  • COLUMN: Neither sport, nor life...

    They say that sports teaches so much about life.

    Hard work comes before success. Discipline. Character shows greatest in adversity. We accomplish more as a team than individuals. All time-worn cliches, but those cliches carry so much truth that Vince Lombardi is quoted more in corporate board rooms than locker rooms and John Wooden's Pyramid of Success is still considered a winning formula 35 years after he hung up the clipboard.

    But there is something else about sports and life: Neither one is fair.

    Just ask Will Ruggles.

  • Mustang wrestlers place third at...

    The Anderson County Middle School wrestling team recorded its strongest finish ever when it captured third place in the school division of the Kentucky state middle school wrestling tournament, held Saturday at Montgomery County Arena in Mt. Sterling.

    Eleven wrestlers competed for Anderson with four placing in the top five.

    Anderson was third with 67 points, behind Campbell County (77) and Johnson County (69). East Oldham and Twenhoffel, from Kenton County, rounded out the top five.

  • Lady Bearcats show Cann-do...

    Mackenzie Cann's game was so much like an All-American on Friday night that it could be easy to forget she has not even taken her first class at Anderson County High School.

    Nervous when she stepped to the free throw line with the Lady Bearcats clinging to a one-point lead before a district championship game crowd that had grown to nearly 2,500 screaming fans and 2.2 seconds to play in overtime? Against her team's most heated rival, Shelby County?

    “Oh, yeah,” Cann said with a giggle.

  • Lady Cats never panic, claim...

    Even when things looked bleak, Anderson County were confident Friday night.

    Turning the ball over while trailing 56-54 with 1:26 to go in overtime, the Lady Bearcats never doubted that they would pull things out.

    Anderson forced a turnover and sank seven of eight free throws in the final 53 seconds to outlast host Shelby County 65-60 for their second consecutive 30th District championship Friday night.

  • Bearcats' Road to Rupp a...

    The Road to Rupp is never easy but Anderson County took a triple whammy over the weekend.

    Friday, the Bearcats lost to Shelby County in the 30th District final, but that was not devastating. Anderson went to the Sweet 16 as a district runner-up in 1997 and every year, three or four district runners-up from around the state are still playing the final week of the season.

    (Longtime Anderson fans might note that the 1971 Anderson team that advanced all the way to the state championship game, was beaten by a district runner-up, Male, in the state final. You can look it up.)

  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Lady Bearcats...

    It is far too early to be making definitive reservations for a trip to Bowling Green next Wednesday, but it would not be a bad idea to keep the dates open, either.

    That is the case if you are a fan of Anderson County girls' basketball.

    Or South Oldham. Or Simon Kenton. Or Walton-Verona. Or Shelby County. Or Owen County. Or, for that matter, the two lowest rated teams in the Eighth Region Tournament, Carroll County and Oldham County.

  • Shelby boys defeat Bearcats for...

    UPDATED, Monday, March 1.

    SHELBYVILLE -- Shelby County jumped to a 12-0 lead, but needed an 11-0 spurt in the fourth quarter to seal the boys' 30th District championship, 59-46,  over visiting Anderson County Friday night.

    Anderson, which was going for its second consecutive district crown and third in four years, weathered Shelby's early barrage and actually took a brief lead midway through the second quarter, but had no answer for Shelby's athleticism, which created a 7-0 run in the third quarter to take control of the game.

  • Bearcats to play South Oldham in...

    Pairings for the boys' Eighth Region Basketball Tournament

    At Henry County High School

    Wednesday, March 3: South Oldham (29th District champion, 25-5) vs. Anderson Co. (30th runner-up, 17-8), 6:30 p.m.; Gallatin Co. (31st champion, 23-6) vs. Walton-Verona (32nd runner-up, 20-9), 8 p.m.

    Thursday, March 4: Shelby Co. (30th champion, 21-5) vs. North Oldham (29th runner-up, 12-15), 6:30 p.m.; Simon Kenton (32nd champion, 14-11) vs. Owen Co. (31st runner-up, 15-10), 8 p.m.

    Monday, March 8: Semifinals, 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

  • Lady Bearcats to play Oldham (...

    The Anderson County girls' basketball team will play Oldham County in the first round of the Eighth Region Tuesday night, March 2. Anderson and Oldham will close out the first round, playing in the second game of Tuesday night's session. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

    The tournament is being held at Simon Kenton High School.

  • Bearcats survive, advance in...

    SHELBYVILLE -- Once the tournaments start, the name of the game is simple: survive and advance.

    Whether by rout or by escaping, the end result is still the same.

    Holding onto a 47-46 lead with pulse rates going off the charts, Anderson finally was able to breathe Wednesday night when a desperation 3-point attempt from Spencer County's Brandon Miller fell off the rim after the final horn sounded in the first round of the 30th District tournament at Shelby County High School.