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Today's Sports

  • COLUMN: They did the little...

    I can't remember a time when the ball park has not been an important part of my life.

    How important? I really don't know.

    What I do know is that I realized again that the ball park really can be more than a, well, ball park. Tyre Denney and Tommy Barnes taught that lesson and taught it well until they passed away within 72 hours of each other last week.

    I just hope I will be able to live those lessons that these men taught, not with words, but by simply walking the walk they did.

  • This week in Anderson County...

    This week in Anderson County Sports

    Anderson County High School

    Boys' basketball

    30th District Tournament at Shelby Co. High School

    Wednesday, Feb. 24: Anderson Co. vs. Spencer Co., 7:45 p.m.

    Friday, Feb. 26: Championship game, 7:45 p.m.

    All games broadcast at www.pegasussportsky.com.

    Eighth Region Tournament at Henry Co. High School

    Wednesday, March 3: First round begins, TBA

  • Straight-shooting Flyers simply...

    Any analysis of Franklin County's 63-53 win over Anderson County last Friday could start and end with one sentence: The Flyers could shoot the basketball, but the Bearcats could not.

    Over simplification? Perhaps. But basketball really is a simple game.

    Unfortunately, at least for the Bearcats, Anderson simply could not solve Franklin's defense or score well enough to overcome a Franklin team that appears bent on rising above the “darkhorse contender” status it has been tagged with in the 11th Region.

  • Opportunity knocks but Lady...

    The opportunity to put an exclamation point on the regular season knocked for Anderson County's girls' basketball team Friday night.

    And kept on knocking.

    But the Lady Bearcats did not answer enough as highly-regarded Franklin County slipped away with a 56-52 win in the first game of a double-header of Anderson's Senior Night activities.

  • Learning experience for Mat Cats...

    The results turned few eyebrows but Anderson County's showing in the state wrestling tournament was a combination of getting experience and trying to overcome some tough draws.

    The five Bearcats that advanced to the state tourney, held Thursday through Saturday won just four bouts and scored eight points, yet head coach Tom Castle believes his team showed some of the potential that could propel the Bearcats to a higher finish in 2011.

  • Franklin sweeps Bearcats on...

    Franklin County spoiled Anderson County's Senior Night festivities by sweeping the Bearcats and Lady Bearcats in a basketball double-header Friday night.

    The Franklin girls overcame a seven-point first-half deficit to defeat the Lady Bearcats 56-52 in the opener. Franklin ran off the first eight points of the third quarter to take a 34-30 lead, but Anderson rallied to go up 42-40 heading into the final eight minutes.

  • UPDATED: Anderson wrestlers...

    Updated at 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19

    Hunter Lilly, who had advanced farther than any other Anderson County wrestler, finally saw his run through the state tournament come to an end when Ryle's Caleb Lonkard scored a 13-7 decision in the third consolation round of the 135-pound class.

    All Anderson wrestlers have now been eliminated from the tournament. See the Feb. 24 edition of The Anderson News for details.

    Updated at 5:40 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19.

  • From 'chooter' to...

    The arc of the basketball is so accurate, the backspin so pristine that the net hardly moves even when it is disturbed.

    Always the same. Bounce. Bounce. Bounce. Will Ruggles spins the ball in his hands. He takes aim, rises on his tiptoes then releases.

    Swish. Well sort of. The arc through the net is so clean, the net snapping so suble that it is easy to miss.

    But Ruggles toils on at a solitary goal at the north end of the gym at Anderson County High School.

    On this day,  assistant coach Billy Squires tracks down loose balls. Fifty shots, every day.

  • Additional regional wrestling...

    Additional photos from the regional wrestling tournament, held Feb. 13 at Anderson County High School.

  • Five Matcats headed for state

    As long as a wrestler's shoulders are not on the mat, there is always a chance.

    Blake Curtsinger is living proof of that after he might have pulled the biggest surprise, according to the rankings, at least, for Anderson County in the Region II wrestling tournament, held Saturday at Anderson County High School.