Today's Sports

  • Biggest regular-season game in...

    There is no such thing as a one-game season until the tournaments begin next month. Just don't tell those anticipating the girls' soccer showdown set to take place on the Anderson field tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 9.

    Anderson County vs. Woodford County.

    Or as they say on the east side of the Kentucky River, Woodford County vs. Anderson County.

    Last week's state coaches' poll says No. 5 (Woodford) vs. No. 15 (Anderson).

    Two weeks ago, that same poll said it was No. 7 vs. No. 8.

  • Bearcats looking to repeat...

    It has been almost a year since the Anderson County boys' golf team captured its biggest win in many campaigns.

    After 18 holes of play, the Bearcats and Scott County were tied for the championship of the Central Kentucky Conference tournament. The playoff lasted just one hole as the Bearcats claimed their 2008 conference championship on their home course at Wild Turkey Trace.

  • Fans, Peach glad Mercer back on...

    Mark Peach had heard the criticisms.

    They started coming his way in 2006, his second season coaching football at Anderson County, and intensified the following year. Even though the Bearcats went undefeated in the regular season, there were some that were focused on pointing out that some traditional rivals had disappeared from the schedule.

    At or near the top of that list of wished-for opponents was Mercer County, a team the Bearcats had played on a near annual basis for nearly 30 years.

  • This week in Anderson County...

    This week in Anderson County sports

    Anderson County High School


    Friday, Sept. 11: Mercer Co. at Anderson Co., 7:30 p.m.

    Freshman football

    Thursday, Sept. 10: Spencer Co. at Anderson Co., 6 p.m.

    JV football

    Monday, Sept. 14: Casey Co. at Anderson Co., 6 p.m.

    Girls' soccer

    Wednesday, Sept. 9: Woodford Co. at Anderson Co., 7 p.m.

        JV game at 5:30 p.m.


    Over the years, Anderson County has had some great football games with both Mercer County and Harrodsburg. Friday night will mark the first meeting between Anderson and Mercer since Harrodsburg High closed. I make my picks of the best games in the two series. At the end is a listing of every game in the longtime series.

    Greats in the rivalries

    Anderson vs. Mercer

    1966 Anderson 68, Mercer Co. 0

    Billy Bean has a field day, runs past the Scotties with four touchdowns.

    1972 Anderson Co. 67, Mercer Co. 13

  • Oldest play in the book seals...

    It was fitting that on a night when the very first Anderson High School football team was honored, it all came down to the oldest play in the book.

    With his team reeling and clinging to a 36-34 lead over Meade County with 4:55 to play, Anderson County's Dustin Combs took a Gabe Butrum kickoff, followed a wall of blockers, then broke free for a 97-yard touchdown return. It was all the Bearcats needed as they posted a 43-34 Alumni Bowl win before an electric crowd at Warford Stadium.

    “The middle just opened up,” a sweat-drenched Combs said.

  • Could Wednesday's soccer...

    In a week of big games in Anderson County sports this week, it would be hard to imagine one any bigger than the Anderson girls' soccer team taking on Woodford County at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night.

    Anderson is off to a 4-3 start, maybe not what some had envisioned. The Lady Cats showed they can be vulnerable when they put up a clunker at Central Hardin, but their other losses (West Jessamine and South Oldham) can be chalked up as things that can happen when two outstanding teams meet.

  • Lady Bearcat soccer routs Owen

    Even though Anderson was heavily favored over Owen County last Tuesday, Lady Bearcat coach Jason Earnest reminded his team there was more to his pregame speech than the usual, “We have to take one game at a time” usually reserved for such occasions.

    There really was something riding on the outcome. “We still needed to play for district seeding,” Earnest said. “It got out of hand fast.”

    Anderson, obviously motivated, grabbed a 7-0 halftime lead even though Earnest put some resrictions on his team after it gained a 4-0 advantage.

  • 14th-ranked Rockets overcome...

    The Anderson County boys' soccer team put on a gallant effort but dropped a 2-0 decision to 14th-ranked Shelby County on Thursday night at the Anderson field.

    The Bearcats were unable to get much offense going in the first half but were only down 1-0 at the break. Shelby's Matthew Huff scored on a rebound with 7:25 to play in the half.

    The Bearcats made some adjustments at the break and were able to get several good looks in the second half, but to no avail.

  • Earnhardt's biggest fan?

    There are fans and then there is Kim Carpenter.

    An assistant vice-president at Century Bank, Carpenter took up an friend's invitation to go to Bristol Motor Speedway and came home with the distinction of being the number one fan of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

    Carpenter and Debbie Henderson went to the Tennessee track on Aug. 21 for the Food City 250. While there she came upon the chance to burnout in Earnhardt's car. The popular driver was not going to run until the next day in the Sharpie 500.