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Today's Sports

  • Local All-Stars win Frankfort...

    The Anderson County Little League All-Stars captured the championship of the East Frankfort Kiwanis Tournament, defeating the Frankfort Blue team 8-4 in the final on July 25.

    It was just the second time that Anderson had won the tournament for 11- and 12-year-old all-star teams. Anderson also won in 2004 with the team that eventually won the Eighth Region high school championships in 2008 and 2009.

    Anderson won its three games by a combined 29-9 score.

  • Lady Bearcats capture Bluegrass...

    The Anderson County girls' soccer team got its pre-season off to a rousing start with four wins over Top 25 teams to take its second consecutive gold medal in the Bluegrass State Games held in Lexington.

    “It was four very good games for us, as all four teams are top 25 teams, so this was very good competition that I was extremely pleased with,” said Anderson coach Jason Earnest.

  • Batcats claim NSA World Series...

    The Central Kentucky Batcats-Red 10 and under team captured 2009 10 and under “B” NSA World Series, held July 19-26 in Crown Point, Ind.

    The Batcats went 11-1 in the 31-team tournament, outscoring their opponents 117-20.

    The Batcats beat the Mattoon Cobras 13-0 and the Illinois Raiders 15-3 in pool play to claim top-seed in their pool.

    In tournament play, the Batcats won their first two games against the Howard County Inferno (9-1) and Indiana Eclipse (13-0) before losing their only game to the St. Louis Espirit 4-3.

  • COLUMN: Private schools, public...

    Will it ever end?

    I mean, really ever end?

    It is the seemingly eternal wrangling over public and private school sports at the high school level. In case you missed it, The Courier-Journal reported last week that a Presentation Academy student is asking a judge to overturn a Kentucky High School Athletic Association rule that declares athletes ineligible if they receive more than 25 percent of a private school tuition from grants or scholarships.

  • Three barrels, two hearts, one...

    Imagine a rookie learning the game teaming with an aging, overweight teammate suffering from arthritis to win a state championship.

    Far-fetched?

    Don’t tell Hannah Alves.

    The Anderson County Middle School student entered the final weekend of the 2009 barrel racing season in second place, just 32 points behind the state leader in the Division 3 standings.

    Hannah took the lead with a second-place finish at Carrollton Friday night, then won her race in Lewisburg, Ohio on Saturday.

  • THE SPORTS BUZZ for July 27:

    During the series “Have Game, Will Travel,” I specifically asked nearly everyone I interviewed what happens when travel or club teams and school athletic teams have a conflict?  The reason I asked was that over 24 years in this business, I have heard complaint after complaint that coaches want their players to play their sport and their sport only. I have investigated several times and came up with nothing. Do I think it happens? Sure. But few will admit it.

  • Does road to college or pro...

    Everyone knows about World Wide Wes.

    At least everyone who is anyone in college basketball knows about William Wesley, maybe the most well-known powerbroker around AAU basketball.

    Kentucky Wildcat fans learned about Wes during the courtship that culminated in John Calipari's hiring in Lexington. While at Memphis, Calipari and World Wide Wes had a controversial relationship that centered on players such as Dajuan Wagner, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Derrick Rose ending up in the Tiger program.

  • COLUMN: Travel teams fueled by...

    Like most kids, I had big dreams.

    My backyard was unique in that it often transformed from the place I hated to mow to Crosley-Riverfront-Sugar-Memorial-Freedom Hall-Coliseum-Bowl-Stadium-Field.

    Someday within the space of an hour, that field was home to  a game-winning home run in the World Series, a 3-pointer giving the Kentucky Colonels an ABA title and a field goal propelling the Kentucky Wildcats to a Sugar Bowl championship.

  • Russell starts for victorious...

    LOUISVILLE – Anderson County basketball player Jacob Russell admits he hasn't been keeping up on his hoops skills this summer but he was still in the starting lineup for the East team in the East-West All-Star Classic held Saturday night at Bellarmine University.

    “I haven't been playing much basketball lately,” said Russell, a rising senior at Anderson who was all-state honorable mention in thrree sports as a junior. “They had a practice Thursday night, but I couldn't come because of football.”

  • THE SPORTS BUZZ for July 22:...

    Over the last three weeks, I have used the sports pages of The Anderson News to examine the travel team explosion in youth sports. These kind of teams have been around, it seems, forever in the form of American Legion baseball and a myriad of softball teams, fast-pitch and slow-pitch. There have been elite teams in practically all sports for many years, but it seems that over the past 10-15 years, there has been an explosion of growth and that players are starting younger and younger.

    I am not sure what to make of that.