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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • ALL IN THE FAMILIES

    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.

  • Cats collar Owen in semis

    NEW CASTLE – Anderson County might have been wearing red uniforms, but the Bearcats were blue collar Monday night.

    Make that a blue collar team that put a real collar on a Owen County to advance to the Eighth Region tournament championship game at Henry County High School.

    Trailing 19-17 at halftime, the Bearcats limited Owen to nine second half points on the way to a 45-28 win. The Bearcats ran off the first 12 points of the third quarter and never looked back.

    Anderson coach Glen Drury had a simple message at halftime.

  • Bearcat slideshows are up

    Updated, Friday, March 13

    Two photo galleries chronicling Anderson County's win over Shelby County for the Eighth Region championship are now available on our home page. One contains the work of Sports Editor John Herndon, the other was taken by Progressive Studio.

    Enjoy the moment!

     

    Posted Wednesday, March 11

    Due to technical difficulties, a slideshow of the Bearcats' Eighth Region championship has been delayed.

  • Simon Kenton lives up to its...

    CRESTWOOD – Yes, Simon Kenton is that good.

    At least the Pioneers were Saturday night, dominating Anderson County, 67-40, for their second straight Eighth Region championship. It was also the second consecutive season that they defeated the Lady Bearcats in the final step to the Sweet 16.

    But if the 2008 final, a 48-44 Simon Kenton win, was not decided until the final 70 seconds, the 2009 edition was practically over in the first 70.

  • Lady Bearcats leave nothing to...

    CRESTWOOD – There was no way Anderson County was going to be an early March victim Monday night.

    Even though the Lady Bearcats were pitted against a nice little Carroll County team that some thought might be an Eighth Region tournament spoiler, there was no way that Anderson was going to be the victim of a shocking upset at South Oldham High School.

  • District Sweep

    The mission is far from accomplished, but the first leg was mighty good for Anderson County.

    The Bearcats captured their second 30th District championship in three years Friday night, building a double-digit lead, then holding off Shelby County with clutch free throwing for a 55-49 victory.

    A standing room only crowd estimated at 2,300 people squeeze in to the Anderson County High School gym to watch a pair of battle-tested and fierce rivals go at it for the second time this year. Anderson won the first one, 46-42, on Jan. 3.

    Round two did not disappoint.