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Today's Sports

  • Boat safely during holiday...

    More boaters will be on Kentucky waters during the upcoming July 4th holiday weekend than at any other time of year. Families will head to the water to fish, tube, water ski and enjoy a long weekend away from work. Boats full of vacationing friends will navigate crowded waters to find the best spot to watch fireworks. In the midst of all this fun and festivity, it’s easy to forget that the Independence Day holiday is often the year’s busiest and most congested weekend on the water.

  • COLUMN: A year to celebrate

    The note Will Carlton handed me carried just a simple question.

    “Best two or three years in school history?” he asked back on Feb. 27.

    The question was a good one at a great time. A few feet from us, the Anderson County basketball teams, plural, were celebrating victories over Shelby County to win the 30th District tournaments. For the Bearcats, it was the second title in three years and the third in seven. But for the Lady Bearcats, it broke a 31-year drought.

  • COLUMN: Four years and counting

    Anderson News outdoors columnist Jeff Lilly marks four years of writing this week and shares the hunting seasons for migratory birds in Kentucky.

    Check out a pair of big catches by local residents in this week's edition of The Anderson News, available at newsstands across the county.

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  • Robinson named first team all-...

    A trip to Mississippi turned out to be more than B.J. Robinson expected last week.

    While helping former Anderson County track coach Travis Gay in his move to the Biloxi area, Robinson learned that he had been named Class AAA first team all-state pole vaulter by the Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches’ Association.

    “We were on a basketball court and Coach Gay handed me a piece of paper. I didn’t even know they had all-state,” Robinson chuckled.

  • COLUMN: Goodbye to a good guy

    It just won’t be the same next winter.

    At least when Oldham County comes to town next January.

    Gary Forrest won’t be there.

    Oh, he might be in the building, we don’t know. But someone else will be sitting in the visiting coach’s seat.

    Forrest announced in April that he would be stepping aside after guiding the program that became the Eighth Region’s most dominant of this decade.

  • Penny makes college choice

    Anderson County High School basketball star C.J. Penny has signed with Southeastern Illinois, a junior college in Harrisburg, Ill.

    Penny chose Southeastern Illinois over Sinclair State, a junior college in Dayton, Ohio.

    “They started recruiting me when I decided to go juco after the state tournament,” Penny said Monday. Penny and Anderson coach Glen Drury visited the college, located less than an hour from both Evansville, Ind. and Paducah, last week.

  • Joseph signs with Lindsey Wilson

    Anderson County High School wrestler and pole vaulter Ben Joseph recently signed to participate in both sports at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky. The ceremony was held at the high school.

    Joseph, ranked as one of Kentucky’s top wrestlers over the last two years, will be part of the first wresting team at Lindsey Wilson history.

  • SPORTS BUZZ for June 24: Penny...

    At one time, junior colleges were as much a part of the major college basketball scene as Dick Vitale.

    OK, OK. We will agree that nothing could be like Dickie V, but players who went through two-year programs, then played a major role at a big time program were common.

    Forget the ending of what many call the greatest college basketball game ever played for a minute. Focus on nearly eight minutes earler when Kentucky had stunnded the hoops world as Dale Brown swished a three-pointer from the right side that put the Wildcats in front of mighty Duke 89-87.

  • COLUMN: Unique series needs to...

    I wish anyone who has ever been Larry Bird or Rex Chapman swishing the game-winner could have heard David Wood speak Saturday night.

    It makes no difference if you play street ball in Kokomo, on a dirt court at the foot of a Harlan County mountain or at a gym in between. David Wood was talking to you.

    “This series is awful special to me and it is to a lot of people. I’m a historian and I love this series,” Wood said. “I grew up in Indianapolis, and I remember Billy Keller, Oscar Robertson and George McGinnis.”

  • Hand injury hampers Penny

    For C.J. Penny, there will always be the question, “What could it have been?”

    Not that the Anderson County basketball player could have made up the 13- and 15-point deficits for the Kentucky All-Stars against their Indiana counterparts over the weekend. Loaded with big-time college signees – 12 to be exact – the Hoosiers fielded one of their strongest teams in the 70-year history of the summertime series.

    Indiana won 78-65 in Indianapolis on Saturday evening, then completed its fourth sweep in five years with a 64-49 decision Sunday in Louisville.