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Today's Sports

  • The one that got away

    You have heard the story so many times you can probably recite it from here to Paducah.

    And back.

    You know the one that ESPN will tell again Sunday afternoon: Quarterback Hunter Cantwell was not recruited by anyone, anywhere to play college football. He opted to walk on at Louisville, where his three years as an understudy to Brian Brohm have prepared him so well that Mel Kiper says Cantwell is one of the best NFL prospects around.

    Some predict he might even go higher in next year's draft than Brohm did this season.

  • GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER:...

    Anderson County got its first win of the season, romping past Mercer County 7-0 in the first round of the Lady Bearcat Invitational soccer tournament Tuesday night.

    The Anderson defense limited Mercer to one shot on goal the entire night. Emily Mager, playing in the net in the second half, made the stop to preserve the shutout.

    Madison Carter and Taylor Clark led the Lady Bearcats with two goals each. Carter struck twice before intermission while Clark, a freshman, scored her first varsity goal in the first half, then came back with another after the break.

  • Putts - and records - falling...

    Tiger Woods might be on the shelf right now, but members of the Anderson County boys' golf team are playing like they are shooting for a chance to take his spot at the Ryder Cup.

    "We had a record-setting week!" exclaimed Anderson coach Will Carlton, whose team improved to 5-0 in dual meets and placed very high in the Warren East Invitational, played at Shady Hollow course in Cub Run, Ky.

    Individually, senior Graham Young showed the ability many had seen for his entire career when he shot a one-under 70 to win the individual championship of the Warren East tournament.

  • Peach 'pleased but not...

    There are certain steps a football team - make that any athletic program - has to take if it wants to bring home state championships.

    The words "state championship" and "Anderson County football" had not been intertwined in even the wildest of dreams for nearly a decade when Mark Peach officially took the challenge of restoring Bearcat football glory on Dec. 2, 2004.

    But on that Thursday, after Peach met with some of what would be his first Bearcat team and took time for the obligatory photo ops, he sat down with me for what turned out to be a 90-minute interview.

  • More than a close one

    The huge smiles and even bigger sighs underscored the simultaneous relief and joy surrounding Anderson County volleyball last Thursday.

    The host Lady Bearcats dug themselves out of two deep holes to register a thrilling 25-23, 26-24 win over defending 28th District champion Henry County.

    It was more than just a nail-biter, though.

  • Loaded Lady Cats seek place...

    It was only a scrimmage.

    It won't show up in the girls' soccer record books or count for anything other than memories.

    But Anderson County will have a hard time thinking that way.

    "Especially when it was them," smiles Lady Bearcat senior Jessi Newton.

    "Them" happens to be South Oldham, a program that boasts six state championships since the sport was sanctioned by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

  • Pitchers get little help in...

    Good pitching will beat good hitting.

    It's the oldest truism of baseball, but it contains the unspoken assumption that good pitching will have adequate defense behind it. Just ask the Central Kentucky Mudcats.

    The local traveling team won just one of five games in the Smoky Mountain Classic, held July 31-Aug. 3 in Dandridge, Tenn., as Mudcat fielders repeatedly let the pitchers down with shoddy glove work.

    "You talk about a frustrating weekend for pitchers, wow!" said Mudcat coach Chris Copenhaver.

  • Relative success

    Sizing up the Anderson County girls' golf program might depend on one's perspective.

    If regional or state championships are the criteria, one will be disappointed. A year ago, the Lady Bearcats finished the season 8-6 in dual meets, but were well behind the leaders, both individually and as a team, at last year's regional tournament.

    Anderson coach Lynn Gritton sees history another way. "They played about as well as they could play," he recalls. "That's all you can ask. The girls improved from the beginning to the end of the year."

  • COLUMN: More than a high school...

    A recent e-mailer suggested a story idea with the playful - I think - admonition, "This is not just a high school sports town."

    That person was right on the money. While the bulk of local sports news centers around the Anderson County Bearcats, there are plenty of other sports events going on and our desire is to provide coverage of the broad spectrum of things going on in the county.

    Why? Simply put, we strive to be the best local newspaper around.

  • Rugged schedule awaits Lady Cats

    When talking about his 2008 Anderson County volleyball team, head coach Corey Sayre makes no secret of his optimism. "This is by far my favorite team I have had to coach," he says.

    Now in his fourth year at the helm, Sayre has won the program's only district championship and has been to the regional tournament in back-to-back seasons, something that had never been done at Anderson in the past.