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Today's Sports

  • Crowning a great career

    C.J. Penny’s place in Anderson County sports history was cemented on the night of March 10 when he swished a 30-foot shot at the buzzer to send the Bearcats to the state tournament for the first time in 12 years.

    Last week, he learned that his career will be crowned as a first-team all-state selection on both the Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader teams. A senior, Penny is also the first Bearcat so honored in 12 years, when Jonathan Beasley was named to the elite teams.

  • Storms wait but Lady Cat...

    The storm held off long enough for lightning to strike last Thursday.

    And this thunderbolt did the damage in one of the best softball rivalries in Kentucky.

    With the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the second inning, Anderson County’s Courtney Turpin got around on a 3-2 pitch from Shelby County’s Haleigh LeCompte, driving it well over the left-field fence and setting off a wild celebration at home plate.

  • Former UK star Mike Casey passes...

     

    Updated, Sunday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. Former University of Kentucky basketball star Mike Casey, who was also well-known in Anderson County, died Thursday.

    The Shelbyville Sentinel-News reported Casey's death on its website Thursday.

  • Alves leads Cats past Nelson

    Jordan Alves just had one of those nights.

    And he would love to have nights like last Tuesday’s every time he takes the baseball field.

    The Anderson County senior went 3-for-4, hit his first varsity home run, drove in three runs, robbed Nelson County of two scores with a great defensive play, took up ticket money and sold hot dogs.

    OK. He didn’t sell tickets or tube steaks but did just about everything else for the Bearcats as they rolled to a 10-0 win over visiting Nelson.

  • Lady Cat tennis has high hopes

    There is optimism for this year’s Anderson County girls’ tennis program.

    It is a cautious optimism but the Lady Bearcats feel they could make fans turn their heads when Anderson County is mentioned.

    “I expect a winning season again this year and I expect to see the team’s performance improve as the season progresses and our new players get more playing time,” says Lady Cat coach Catina Sims.

  • Making some noise

    It is one of the best kept secrets around, but the Anderson County boys’ tennis team is pretty good.

    And it has its sights set on getting better.

    While the Bearcats are not considered to be a contender for team regional honors – Oldham County, South Oldham and North Oldham and Franklin County figure to be at the head of that class – the Bearcats could make some major noise and have some legitimate threats for individual state tournament berths.

  • COLUMN: How much did Billy G...

    When Kentucky was losing the games it had no business losing this year, I wondered what Bill Keightley would have thought.

    Maybe after VMI, it would have been a reminder that it was only November and March is when it counts.

    After Ole Miss, probably a reminder that 11 years earlier, Tubby Smith had lost to Ole Miss – in Lexington at that – but had gone on to win a national championship.

  • Lady Bearcats take early lead in...

    Courtney Turpin's second-inning grand slam was all the offense that Anderson County would need as the Lady Bearcats defeated visiting Shelby County, 6-1, on Thursday evening.

    With the bases loaded, the count at 3-2 and two out, Turpin drove Haleigh LeCompte's offering over the left field fence powering Anderson to the early lead in the 30th District seeding race. “It was a good pitch,” Turpin  said. “She came inside and I had to get my hands out in front.”

  • Expecting to succeed

    Travis Gay knows how most people perceive track and field.

    “I read a survey last year that said that 30 percent of track athletes come out to keep in shape for another sport,” the Anderson County track coach says. “Thirty percent come out because they have been cut from another sport.”

    Gay, who played football and basketball at Floyd Central High School near New Albany, Ind., then went on to become an all-conference tackle at Campbellsville University, could only smile at the irony.

  • Baseball, softball sweep Nelson

    The Anderson County High School baseball an softball teams completed a bit of a sweep Tuesday afternoon against visiting Nelson County.

    The Bearcat baseball team pounded the ball throughout the lineup as it pummeled Nelson, 10-0. Jordan Alves led the Anderson attack with three hits, including his first career home run. Left-handers Kyle DeLong and Daniel Goodlett combined for a 4-hit shutout.