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Today's Sports

  • GIRLS' EIGHTH REGION...

    INDEPENDENCE – Anderson County advanced to the Eighth Region semifinals for the fourth time in five years with a 67-55 win over Oldham County in the first round of the girls' Eighth Region Tournament, being held at Simon Kenton High School.

    “We played well enough to win,” said Anderson coach Tony Kays. “We made the plays when we had to.”

  • South Oldham ends Bearcats...

    NEW CASTLE – South Oldham went on a 7-2 run over the final 1:36 of the third quarter, then pulled away for a 61-48 win over defending champion Anderson County in the opening game of the Eighth Region Tournament Wednesday night at Henry County High School.

    “This was a game we had to execute perfect,” said Anderson coach Glen Drury. “Tonight we were really good but we were not perfect.”

  • Never give up!

    INDEPENDENCE – Even after Walton-Verona had erased Anderson County's big early advantage and had taken a five-point lead just over a minute into the fourth quarter, Anderson never panicked.

    “No, I was never worried,” Anderson sophomore Sydney Brown said.

    Brown, Eriel McKee and Kara Yeaste all made huge plays in the final minutes as the Lady Bearcats rallied for a 46-40 win over Walton-Verona in the Eighth Region semifinals Friday night at Simon Kenton High School.

  • Bearcat boys left to wonder...

    NEW CASTLE – As he spoke with a small gathering of reporters just outside the Anderson County locker room, Glen Drury's face cracked with the hint of an ironic smile.

    He, along with Anderson County players could think of the what-might-have-been. What might have happened had Will Ruggles not been seated next to Drury, the result of a broken fibula suffered five nights earlier.

    Maybe even what-might-have-been if Anderson had simply hit free throws.

    If. If. If.

  • 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.