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Today's Sports

  • COLUMN: Celebrating in style

    You have to love the new fashion statement that was making its rounds as the Anderson County girls' basketball team was celebrating the program's first Eighth Region championship in 32 years Saturday night.

    One ear plus a piece of a basketball net equals the coolest thing seen around Lawrenceburg in quite some time.

    Long-time Lady Bearcat scorekeeper Larry Briscoe and coach-turned-radio-commentator extraordinaire Wayne King were the culprits. Both have been around long enough, set in their ways enough to know they would never, ever think of getting their ears pierced.

  • SWEET 16 BOUND! Confident Lady...

    Note:  For more photos, see a slideshow of the Lady Bearcats' win over Simon Kenton and another of the other regional tournament games on our homepage.

    INDEPENDENCE – No one gave them a chance.

    Except, of course, themselves.

    But you are not supposed to get to the Sweet 16 when most of your players are under, ahem, 16.

    "I think people thought (Anderson County would have a chance to make the Kentucky girls' state high school basketball tournament) in two or three years," Anderson coach Tony Kays said with a wry grin Saturday night.

  • This week in Anderson County...

    This week in Anderson County Sports

    Anderson County High School

    Boys' basketball 

    Eighth Region Tournament

    At Henry County High School

    Wednesday, March 3: South Oldham vs. Anderson Co., 6:30 p.m.; Gallatin Co. vs. Walton-Verona, 8 p.m.

    Thursday, March 4: Shelby Co. vs. North Oldham, 6:30 p.m.; Simon Kenton vs. Owen Co., 8 p.m.

    Monday, March 8: Semifinals at 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

    Tuesday, March 9: Championship game, 7 p.m.

    Girls basketball

    Eighth Region Tournament

  • Complete Girls' Sweet 16...

    Girls' Sweet 16 Pairings

    March 10-13 at Diddle Arena, Bowling Green

    Al times Eastern

    (Bowling Green is on Central time)

    Wednesday, March 10

    Louisville Butler (21-8) vs. Henderson Co. (26-3), 1 p.m.

    Louisville Mercy (23-8) vs. Marion Co. (33-1), 2:30 p.m.

    Rowan Co. (20-8) vs. Breathitt Co. (22-7), 7:30 p.m.

    Clay Co. (27-6) vs. Anderson Co. (20-8), 9 p.m.

    Thursday, March 11

    Bowling Green (28-2) vs. Boone Co. (27-3), 1 p.m.

    Scott Co. (23-6) vs. Belfry (23-7), 2:30 p.m.

  • Directions to Simon Kenton High...

    Planning on heading to Simon Kenton High School to cheer the Anderson County Lady Bearcats on Saturday night? Not sure how to get there? We've got your back.

    Directions to Simon Kenton from Lawrenceburg, Ky.

    Allow at least an hour and 45 minutes driving time.

    1. Get on Interstate 75 at Georgetown or Lexington. Take 75 North toward Cincinnati.

    2. Take Exit 171 (Verona/Walton Exit)/KY-14/KY-16.

    3. Turn right on to Mary Grubbs Highway/KY14/KY16.

    4. Turn left onto South Main Street/US25/KY16, continue to follow US25/KY16.

  • 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.)