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Today's Sports

  • Ditka attends funeral, had...

    Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka was in Lawrenceburg last week to pay his respects to Buddy Ryan. Ditka attended the visitation, then attended the funeral mass at St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church. Ditka left just before the service ended.

    It might have seemed unusual, given the public feud between Ditka and Ryan during the 1985 season.

    At least one former Bear believed the publicity about the coaches’ disagreements might have been overblown.

  • Little Leaguers capture district...

    Pitching, defense and timely hitting all came together as Anderson County claimed the championship of the Kentucky District 3 Little League Tournament for 9- and 10-year-olds last Tuesday at Legion Park.

    Anderson defeated Mercer County, 5-4, to win the title a first for Anderson in the youngest division of championship play in the state.

    However, it was a 12-run second inning against Lexington Eastern that might have signaled that the local team would be a threat to the title. Anderson held on to win 15-12 in a slugfest to advance to the championship game.

  • Awareness changes but basics same

    To say baseball has changed is kind of like noting it’s been a while since the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.

    The Cubs seem to have their best shot in years in ending a drought of 107 years this year and the big reason is pitching. Lots of good pitching.

    But one statistic stands out when considering how pitching and an awareness of how the arm works has changed.

    Complete games. Once an indicator of a pitcher’s effectiveness, complete games at the major league level are almost a thing of the past.

  • Proper handling helps fish...

    By Lee McClellan, Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

    Summer is arguably the most popular time to fish as muggy, hot days push people to the water for relief and relaxation.

    Many anglers, especially those who seek game fish such as black bass, trout or striped bass, release their catch.

  • Herndon honored by Society of...

    Anderson News sports editor John Herndon was honored by the Louisville Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists at the group’s annual Metro Journalism Awards Banquet in Louisville last Thursday.

    Herndon won first place in three separate categories in the Non-metro/community newspaper division.

  • Anderson native honored by NAIA...

    Campbellsville University’s sports information department claimed 10 Media and Publications Contests awards at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Sports Information Directors Association Convention, according to a news release.

    Anderson County native Jordan Alves leads the department as the school’s sports information director.

  • Curry, Aldridge named All-State...

    The awards keep rolling in for Anderson County High School softball players.

    Senior Mia Aldridge and junior Bailey Curry have both been named to First Team All-State by the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association.

    It is the second consecutive year that Curry, a catcher, has been named to the first team. She was a second team selection in 2014.

    Aldridge was a third team selection last season.

  • Aldridge selected to Kentucky...

    Anderson County High School softball player Mia Aldridge continues to pull in the honors. Aldridge, who graduated last month, has been named to the Kentucky All-Star team, which will play the Tennessee All-Stars on Wednesday, June 29 at South Warren High School in Bowling Green.

    Aldridge, who will attend Campbellsville University, was selected as a pitcher and outfielder for the team.

    Aldridge becomes the first Anderson County player selected for the all-star games since Courtney Turpin in 2010.

  • Lady Bearcats expect to be ‘...

    I can’t remember ever writing a column like this one in more than three decades at the keyboard, but that’s good.

    Or at least I think it should be new ground when I talk about the future of Anderson County High School softball.

  • Cruel end mirrored season of...

    They’d endured so much in their quest for a state softball championship.

    They’d gone into a season without some of the key cogs from their Final Four run of 2015. A few had graduated. That’s normal.

    But then a few expected to fill key roles opted to stay off the diamond in 2016. It happens.

    Yet Anderson County began the season ranked as the sixth best team in Kentucky and a heavy favorite to win its third straight Eighth Region championship.

    But the Lady Cats’ sights were much higher.