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Today's Sports

  • Cats roll past Meade in summer...

    The calendar and thermometer both said June but Anderson County basketball was going strong last Thursday as the Bearcats routed visiting Meade County 71-52 in a summer league game.

    While Anderson coach Glen Drury keeps not statistics during off-season play, it was easy to see that the Bearcats were playing very well against a team that won 20 games last year. But the game also underscored that summer league games are not the same as the varsity action in late February and March.

    "Their coach told me that they were missing one of their better players," Drury said.

  • More than a historian

    On those occasions when W.J. Smith shared just a bit of his knowledge of Anderson County history, I learned about Ducky Holmes, Rhoda Kavanaugh, Paul McBrayer or the Lawrenceburg A's. I came to know at least a bit about anyone else that had been a part of the local sports scene.

    I learned about a swallowed tongue. Seven overtimes. And how sports teams at Anderson County High School became known as the Bearcats.

    Most of all, W.J. Smith reminded me time and again that sports, even when taken very seriously, are about fun.

  • Season Permits

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold a supplemental sales period for people who failed to get an alligator hunt permit or those who would like to return a permit with the hope of trying to obtain another.

    This additional sales period will help reduce any inconveniences caused by a computer programming glitch during the initial sales period on Tuesday, June 3.

  • Caged Inferno 8 set for Saturday

    A pair of mixed martial arts title fights will be headlining Caged Inferno 8 to be held Saturday, June 14, at Eagle Lake Convention Center. The card is sanctioned by the American Fight League.

    "We are very excited about this," said Jeremy Zeller, the center's executive director. "We have had some AFL events before but this is the first one since it went national."

  • PRP shows why it's ranked...

    LOUISVILLE - Jeremy Turpin has seen a lot of baseball teams but never one like Pleasure Ridge Park.

    "They are the best baseball team I have seen in all my years of playing," the Anderson County shortstop-pitcher said after PRP had demolished Turpin and his Anderson County teammates in the best-of-three semi-state series last week in Louisville.

    By luck or the fact that they are just so good that no other Sixth Region team had a chance to beat them, the Panthers hosted the first round of the state high school baseball tournament on their home field.

  • 'Class Act' did...

    OWENSBORO - Ray Woodyard looked tired Saturday but, like every Anderson County fan, he did not want the Lady Bearcats' run through the state softball tournament to end when it did.

    Members of the Anderson fan contingent shared lawn chairs, sunscreen - thank you, Julie Black - and snapped pictures for each other at the Jack Fisher Softball Complex on the west side of Owensboro. They sat through strong winds that whipped up the dust and caused occasional stoppages in play.

    Like Woodyard, most Anderson fans looked tired.

  • Making the league their own

    OWENSBORO - Jimmy Dugan was wrong.

    No matter what the Tom Hanks character believed, there really is crying in baseball. Anderson County showed it Saturday.

    The tears were subdued, but the red eyes were there after the Lady Bearcats advanced deep in the state tournament Friday and Saturday before dropping a heart-breaker to Ryle, the 2006 state champion, in the consolation bracket semi-final.

    The game was really softball, baseball's close first cousin, but Dugan was wrong nonetheless.

  • Ryle ends Lady Bearcat state...

    OWENSBORO – Ryle, from the greater Cincinnati area, scored in the top of the 11th inning to defeat Anderson County 2-1 in the state high school softball tournament Saturday afternoon. The loss ends Anderson's state championship dream.

    Anderson had taken a quick 1-0 lead when leadoff hitter Caitlyn Royalty was hit by a pitch, then stole second and third before scoring on a Ryle error in the first inning.

    Ryle answered with an unearned run in the third, then scored the game winner when Alex Griggs doubled down the left field line, driving in the winning run.

  • PRP explodes to end Bearcat...

    LOUISVILLE -- Host Pleasure Ridge Park scored two runs in the top of the first, padded its lead, then exploded for nine runs in the fifth to defeat Anderson County 15-0 in game two of the Semi-State 4 series. The loss ended a season that saw Anderson roll through the district and regional tournaments for the school's third regional crown.

    Anderson finished at 21-17.

    The game ended because of the "mercy rule" after five innings.

    The Panthers, 35-4 and ranked no. 1 in the state, moves on to Lexington's Applebee's Park for the final rounds of the state tournament.

  • Pleasure Ridge Park ace no-hits...

    LOUISVILLE -- Anderson County found out why Pleasure Ridge Park is the state's top-ranked team and why Zach Cox is ranked as one of the nation's top 100 prospects.

    Cox silenced what had been a group of booming Anderson bats with a no-hitter, then hit a towering home run that put the game out of reach as homestanding PRP defeated Anderson 5-0 in game one of the semi-state series Wednesday night. The series is the first round of the state high school baseball tournament.