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Today's Sports

  • COLUMN: Shelby wins this one

    C.J. Penny might have put a dagger through Shelby County's collective heart back on March 10.

    Jacob Brown might have dominated Shelby on May 20, then came back and did it again – with a little help from Luke Hawkins – seven days later.

  • Despite key losses, Bearcat golf...

    It is not often when a high school sports team loses three of its top five players off a team that went 16-3 in dual meets and won two tournaments can actually feel the following year can be another banner season.

    But welcome to Anderson County boys’ golf, where fourth-year coach Will Carlton says, “We can be better than last year.”

    Say what?

  • Mudcats end season in Tennessee

    The final weekend of the 2009 baseball season went 1-2-3 for the Central Kentucky Mudcats in the Smoky Mountain Wooden Bat tournament held in Pigeon Forge and Dandridge, Tenn.

    One win, two losses and three rainouts.

  • COLUMN: Could Anderson contend...

    It seems strange to realize that in the history of Anderson County, only one school-sponsored team has ever been able to carry the state's biggest trophy away from it's final competition.

    And that one, Anderson High's 1964 girls' track team, won the crown two years before the Kentucky High School Athletic Association began overseeing that sport's state meet.

  • Local All-Stars win Frankfort...

    The Anderson County Little League All-Stars captured the championship of the East Frankfort Kiwanis Tournament, defeating the Frankfort Blue team 8-4 in the final on July 25.

    It was just the second time that Anderson had won the tournament for 11- and 12-year-old all-star teams. Anderson also won in 2004 with the team that eventually won the Eighth Region high school championships in 2008 and 2009.

    Anderson won its three games by a combined 29-9 score.

  • Lady Bearcats capture Bluegrass...

    The Anderson County girls' soccer team got its pre-season off to a rousing start with four wins over Top 25 teams to take its second consecutive gold medal in the Bluegrass State Games held in Lexington.

    “It was four very good games for us, as all four teams are top 25 teams, so this was very good competition that I was extremely pleased with,” said Anderson coach Jason Earnest.

  • Batcats claim NSA World Series...

    The Central Kentucky Batcats-Red 10 and under team captured 2009 10 and under “B” NSA World Series, held July 19-26 in Crown Point, Ind.

    The Batcats went 11-1 in the 31-team tournament, outscoring their opponents 117-20.

    The Batcats beat the Mattoon Cobras 13-0 and the Illinois Raiders 15-3 in pool play to claim top-seed in their pool.

    In tournament play, the Batcats won their first two games against the Howard County Inferno (9-1) and Indiana Eclipse (13-0) before losing their only game to the St. Louis Espirit 4-3.

  • COLUMN: Private schools, public...

    Will it ever end?

    I mean, really ever end?

    It is the seemingly eternal wrangling over public and private school sports at the high school level. In case you missed it, The Courier-Journal reported last week that a Presentation Academy student is asking a judge to overturn a Kentucky High School Athletic Association rule that declares athletes ineligible if they receive more than 25 percent of a private school tuition from grants or scholarships.

  • Three barrels, two hearts, one...

    Imagine a rookie learning the game teaming with an aging, overweight teammate suffering from arthritis to win a state championship.

    Far-fetched?

    Don’t tell Hannah Alves.

    The Anderson County Middle School student entered the final weekend of the 2009 barrel racing season in second place, just 32 points behind the state leader in the Division 3 standings.

    Hannah took the lead with a second-place finish at Carrollton Friday night, then won her race in Lewisburg, Ohio on Saturday.

  • THE SPORTS BUZZ for July 27:

    During the series “Have Game, Will Travel,” I specifically asked nearly everyone I interviewed what happens when travel or club teams and school athletic teams have a conflict?  The reason I asked was that over 24 years in this business, I have heard complaint after complaint that coaches want their players to play their sport and their sport only. I have investigated several times and came up with nothing. Do I think it happens? Sure. But few will admit it.