Today's Sports

  • SWIMMING: Anderson swimmers...

    Anderson County swimming coach Karla Phillips was there the first time an Anderson team got in the pool for a meet. Now she hopes to be there when a Bearcat is doing laps at the sport’s biggest day, the state meet.

    “I have two boys that could possibly make it to state,” says Phillips, a member of the school’s first swim team when she was a student. “Braden Peyton is close in the 100 (-yard) freestyle and James Mason is close in the 500 (-yard) freestyle. I think these boys could make it with just a little bit of extra effort.”

  • WRESTLING: Grapplers pin all-...

    There is little secret that Anderson County’s goal for this week’s Region 2 wrestling tournament is to bring home the big trophy for the first time in the program’s history.

    But with the state’s top-ranked team, LaRue County, a perennial statewide power, also residing in Region 2, few give the Bearcats much of a chance of coming away with the big prize. Second place, something Anderson has never attained at the regional level, is within reach.

    The action begins Saturday, Feb. 11, beginning at 10 a.m. at Danville High School.

  • COLUMN: ‘I like the way my team...

    One way to gauge just where a basketball team stands in February is to consider the questions and criticisms thrown its way.

    Take the Kentucky Wildcats.

    Over the last two weeks, their demolitions of LSU, Tennessee and South Carolina have been so thorough that the big question now is simply, “Are they peaking too early?”

    Translation: This team is scary good and the only way it is going to be derailed is if it comes back to earth.


    Positive thinkers are right. Enthusiasm does make a difference.

    At least that was the case Saturday night when Anderson County put a 71-45 thumping on McCrary Central in boys' basketball action.

    The Bearcats took the lead for good when Seth Carmichael's runout made it 8-6 midway through the first quarter and built their advanatage to as many as 28 points in the final minutes.


    Anderson County's Lady Bearcats are alive and well, thank you.

    Pushed somewhat into the Eighth Region's background after the enormous success South Oldham, a Top 10 team, and Walton-Verona, the state All-A champions, have had, the talk had shifted away from an Anderson team that was considered the regional favorite in the pre-season.

    Saturday afternoon, the Lady Bearcats put on a revival that could have been an old-fashioned hoops camp meeting as they roared past Christian Academy of Louisville, 57-45.

  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: Bearcats...

    Anderson County needed this one.


    After three straight losses – one by a single point, another coming in overtime – the Bearcats needed Friday's win over Rockcastle County like a stressed-out teacher could use a snow day.

    The Bearcats withstood an early Rockcastle punch, took control in the second quarter, then sealed things by never letting their lead dip below nine points for the final 12 minutes.

  • BASKETBALL: Can they or can...

    It only took 36 minutes last Wednesday for Anderson County to show why it can't, why it can, and why it can't (again) win the Eighth Region boys' basketball race next month.

    The Bearcats dropped a 73-62 overtime decision to regional foe Gallatin County in a contest that left Anderson fans exhilirated one minute, scratching their heads the next, then wondering what happened.


    Scenes from Cornerstone Christian's 60-54 win over Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg last Friday.


    Don't let Eriel McKee's facial expression fool you. Her stoical expression might not change often, but there is fire in her heart.

    Just ask Montgomery County.

    McKee scored 19 points, 17 coming after halftime, and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Anderson County to a 56-50 come-from-behind victory over visiting Montgomery last Tuesday night.

  • Wrestlers place eighth in state...

    Eighth place was good, but it could have been better.

    At least that was the way Anderson County wrestling coach Graham Carlton saw things after the Bearcats finished in the middle of the 16-team state duals tournament, held Saturday at Henry Clay High School in Lexington.

    “Overall, I have mixed feelings about our performance,” Carlton said. “We finished eighth out of 16 teams, which is pretty good, but I feel we could have done better.”