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Today's Sports

  • Thinking about good is easy in...

    Trying to list just a few of the good things about sports in Anderson County ...

    As the 1975 and 1978 girls' Eighth Region champions were honored between games of Friday's double-header, those Lady Bearcats entered the gym wearing their letter jackets from their playing days.

    It was one of the nicest touches I have ever seen at such a ceremony at Anderson County or any other school. The pride that those ladies still have in something accomplished 30 years ago is unmistakable.

  • UNLIKELY COMBINATION

    Anderson County's second girls' Eighth Region championship was the result of good genes, a relocation, a boys' basketball coach and Mother Nature.

    "We knew we were going to be good," Anne Flynn says of her 1977-78 Lady Bearcat team. The coach put together a rugged schedule that included dates in the Shelby County Invitational, where state powers Paris and Assumption were entered. She secured a date in the Louisville Invitational Tournament, where the team would endure some unexpected adversity that might have played a role in the team's success.

  • MAKING HISTORY, LEARNING HISTORY

    Just a few minutes after the Anderson County boys had dispatched Shelby County Friday night, I posed the obvi-

    ous question to several of the Bearcats: Just how big was it to go in to one of the Eighth Region's - make that Kentucky's - best home court advantages and come away with a win for the second time in less than a year.

    There were some smiles and the standard "This was a big win for us" answers, but team captain Ryan Wells added, "We made a little bit of history tonight."

    The key words are "little bit."

  • March Madness comes early as...

    The calendar says January but the atmosphere should blare March when Anderson County hosts Oldham County in a high school basketball double-header Friday night, Jan. 11.

    It should be a night when either the boys' or girls' contest could serve as the marquee game. The girls' teams tip off at 6 p.m. with the boys going at approximately 7:45.

    The Bearcats, now 7-3, whipped Oldham 65-53 on Dec. 27 in the King of the Bluegrass tournament at Fairdale High School. That night, Anderson shot nearly 68 percent from the field, including 7-for-9 from 3-point range.

  • 'Gravy to an already...

    Anderson County was supposed to make it to the Sweet 16 in 1975.

    At least that was the prevailing mood locally and across the state. The Bearcats were a solid pick to repeat as regional champion.

    That was Bearcats. Not Lady Cats.

    Common reactions to the term Lady Bearcats were derision and novelty in that inaugural season of girls' high school basketball in Kentucky. When March rolled around though, it was the Lady Bearcats heading to the big show, where they played in the opening game of the revived girls' state tournament.

  • Balanced attack boosts Cats past...

    SHELBYVILLE - Just seconds after C.J. Penny rammed home a thunderous dunk, exclaiming Anderson County's 60-53 win at Shelby County on Friday, his fellow students in the cheering section came up with one of the most creative yells in basketball history.

    Turning to the junior's mom, seated a couple of sections away, they chanted, "Thank you, Stephanie! Thank you, Stephanie!"

    There was little doubt that Penny's slam put some emphatic punctuation on a victory that has probably thrust the Bearcats into the role of Eighth Region favorite.

  • Not just another game

    If there is any doubt concerning just how big Anderson County's game at Shelby County is Friday night, one just needs to look in the stands whenever the Bearcats or Rockets play.

    Nearly every time Anderson County has taken the floor this season, Shelby head coach Mike Clark or his assistant, Greg Lawson, has been in attendance, taking notes on the Bearcats.

    The Bearcats travel to Shelby on Friday, Jan. 4. Game time is 6 p.m.

  • Corn named second team all-state...

    Anderson County lineman Austin Corn headed a group of four Bearcat football players named to the prestigious Courier-Journal All-State teams. The teams, selected by the state's coaches, were announced in the Christmas Day editions of the Louisville paper.

    "That was good for Christmas," said Corn, who learned of his selection when Bearcat coach Mark Peach called him on Christmas Day. "My mom was thrilled with it."

  • McBrayer's admonition might...

    Jack Upchurch still remembers the warning he received on Feb. 10, 1968.

    "I had played college basketball at Eastern (Kentucky) under coach (Paul) McBrayer," recalls the former Anderson County High School coach, who was in the first stop of what turned out to be a 33-year coaching career. "That afternoon, my brother had seen coach McBrayer and he had a message for me."

  • Anderson girls go for bragging...

    While the post-season ramifications of the Anderson County - Shelby County girls' basketball game might pale in comparison to those riding on the boys' game Friday night, there is still plenty at stake when the teams tip it off at approximately 7:45 for the second game of a double-header at Shelby County High School.