Today's Sports

  • OPINION: Gillispie a great coach...

    With all of the media coverage of Billy Gillispie's ouster as basketball coach at the University of Kentucky, it is easy to forget the human side of this story.

    During his two years at UK, my dealings with Gillispie were very minimal. I attended handful of press conferences and in what is now a bit of a local joke, sat next to him on press row for a while at the Sweet 16 last week.

  • Bearcat baseball canceled

    Posted Saturday, March 28, 12:40 p.m.

    Anderson County's baseball triple-header was canceled due to weather conditions. Anderson was to play Henry County, followed by Henry vs. Campbellsville. Anderson was to play Campbellsville in the final game of the day.

    The Bearcats' game with Garrard County on Friday night was also canceled.

    Anderson has lost five games to the weather since Thursday, but Coach L.W. Barnes is unsure if any beside a district seeding game with Eminence, which had been scheduled as the second game of a double-header Thursday, will be made up.

  • Cats, crowd make community proud

    I can’t think of any time when I have been more proud of my hometown that I was Thursday night.

    But, of course, that is just how it is around Anderson County when it comes to high school sports.


    We are taking the Anderson County sports blog down for the time being, as we are looking for ways to improve on the blog. It was begun as a way to keep you informed and give you a chance for feedback during basketball tournament time, when everything is happening much faster than our normal deadlines. Our response has been good and we are looking for ways to improve.

    I ask that you give some feedback on the blog, what you like, what you do not like and any suggestions you might have. Just drop me an e-mail at jpherndon@theandersonnews.com.


  • Bearcats get spirited sendoff

    Anderson County gave the Bearcats quite a sendoff to the Sweet 16 on Wednesday night. A large number of fans lined Broadway, Main Street and Highway 44 to cheer the Bearcats on as they departed for Lexington.

    The team will play Elliott County on Thursday night at 8 p.m. “We have had some good practices this week,” Anderson coach Glen Drury said before the team boarded a bus decorated by fans, parents and cheerleaders.

    Upper arena tickets are still available from Ticketmaster and the Rupp Arena box office. Tickets are $11.

  • Bearcat Girl is ready to roar in...

    Bearcat Girl is ready. And very confident.

    A fixture at Anderson County basketball games since her freshman year, now Bearcat Girl gets to retire her cape in Rupp Arena.

    But, contrary to what most of the state is saying, she does not believe that she’ll have to hang it up Thursday night when Anderson County takes on Elliott County in the first round of the Sweet 16. Bearcat Girl is as confident that her favorite team is going to shock the state and end the storied careers of Elliott County’s seniors.

  • Penny’s place in...

    Not that C.J. Penny needs anything else to cement his place in Anderson County hoops lore, but the Bearcat senior can apparently become the all-time leading scorer in school history at the Sweet 16 this week.

    Heading into the Sweet 16, Penny has 2,091 career points, which is the most on record at Anderson.

  • No Distractions? Yeah, right

    Their motto from October 15, probably even long before that, had been “No Distractions.”

    But looking back at how things turned out, the litany of things that could have potentially derailed Anderson County’s drive to the Sweet 16 is almost as long as the Bearcats’ roster.

  • Anderson tracksters turn in...

    The Anderson County High School track and field team had a strong start to the 2009 season as the Bearcats broke eight school records in the Mason-Dixon games held at Broadbent Arena at the state fairgrounds in Louisville.

    “We had a lot of top 10 finishes but unfortunately we didn’t score a lot of points,” said Coach Travis Gay.


    At least two Anderson County basketball players can get some advice on what to expect Thursday night when the Bearcats take on Elliott County in the Sweet 16.

    Senior Walt Ruggles and junior Jacob Russell are apparently the first Anderson players to follow a parent on a Sweet 16 team.

    David Ruggles, Walt’s dad, played on Anderson’s first Sweet 16 team in 1971 that made it all the way to the championship game before losing to Male. Judy Russell made it to the girls’ Sweet 16 in 1978. That team lost to Owensboro in the first round.