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Today's Sports

  • COLUMN: Cool Hand Luke lets cats...

    Cool Hand Luke might have delivered his biggest escape yet last Wednesday.

    You know Cool Hand Luke. Forget that Paul Newman character in the classic movie.

    Think Luke Hawkins, who cemented his place in local sports lore one night before he picked up his high school diploma at the Frankfort Civic Center.

  • Encore!

    SHELBYVILLE – Kenny Chesney might have brought the house down singing about sexy tractors Saturday night but his encore could not have been any better than Anderson County baseball.

    The Bearcats repeated as Eighth Region champions, roaring to a 7-1 lead then holding on to beat host Shelby County, 8-5, in the regional final last Wednesday night. The Bearcats became the first Anderson County team to ever repeat as regional champion in a single-class sport.

    It was also the second time Anderson had beaten its arch-rival in seven days.

  • Directions to Eastern High School

    Directions to Eastern High School

    From Lawrenceburg, get on I-64 West to the Gene Snyder Freeway North (Exit 19B). Go just over a mile to the Middletown exit (US 60-Shelbyville Road) and take a left off the exit ramp. Counting the light at the bottom of the exit ramp, go through five stoplights. Just past the fifth light, turn left onto Old Shelbyville Road (Old Main Street) and turn left.  (If you reach the McDonald's, you have gone too far.) The school is just up Old Shelbyville Road (Old Main) on the left.

  • Bearcats' semi-state...

    This time, at least, Anderson County won't be playing on the other team's home field.

    The Bearcats tangle with Louisville Trinity in the best-of-three series that is the first round of the state high school baseball tournament beginning Monday, June 1. The series will be played at Louisville's Eastern High School.

  • Bearcats will play Trinity in...

    While some members of the Anderson County baseball team were going through graduation ceremonies on Thursday night, the Bearcats' first round opponent in the state baseball tournament was set when eighth-ranked Louisville Trinity slipped past Ballard 1-0 in the Seventh Region championship game.

    The Shamrocks scored an unearned run in the second inning, then pitcher Jon Rueff made that hold up, according to The Courier-Journal. Rueff pitched a four-hit shutout.

  • Bearcats advance in regional...

    SHELBYVILLE – Anderson County made sure that the Eighth Region tournament would be worth the wait.

    And the Bearcats nearly became pros at waiting Monday before beating North Oldham 5-2 in the first round of the tournament at the Shelby County Athletic Complex. Anderson was to have played Gallatin County in the regional semifinals last night after press time.

    Before going up against North Oldham’s Jason Sterrett, considered by many to be the top pitcher in the region, the Bearcats had gathered at the high school batting cage to hit at 11, then took a break.

  • No excuses for season-ending loss

    SHELBYVILLE – There were no excuses.

    There could not be after Simon Kenton had ended Anderson County’s quest to repeat as Eighth Region champions Monday.

    The Pioneers took advantage of four Anderson errors to score a 6-2 win in the first round of the regional tournament at the Shelby County Athletic Complex. Simon Kenton, the winningest team in the region, stunned the seventh-ranked Lady Bearcats with six unearned runs to advance to Tuesday’s semifinal game against Oldham County.

  • Robinson places second, three...

    LOUISVILLE – B.J. Robinson was so close.

    So close to a state pole vault championship that he could feel it.

    The record will show that the Anderson County senior could not clear 14 feet, finishing second to Henderson County’s Evan Pitt in the pole vault at the state high school track meet at Cardinal Park on the campus of the University of Louisville. That record will tell that Robinson only topped out at 13-06 for the highest Anderson track finish at the state in over a decade.

  • Round 3, Act 2

    Haven't we been through this before?

    Back on March 10, it seemed like everyone in two counties was talking about Anderson County vs. Shelby County. They were playing for the Eighth Region basketball championship that night and Anderson was going for its third win of the season against its biggest rival.

    Well, now. Look at May 27.

    If the weatherman cooperates, Anderson County and Shelby County will be going for all the marbles on the baseball diamond. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Shelby County Athletic Complex.

  • A whole different world

    It might have not completely sunk in, but Erin Drury hit the big time last week.

    Drury, who will graduate from Anderson County High School Thursday night, learned on May 16 that she had made the cut to become a cheerleader for the Eastern Kentucky Colonels next year.

    Drury made the team of 22 girls and three boys after tryouts at the Richmond campus.

    There were no major announcements, not even a phone call. “I found out about it online,” Drury said with a smile.