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    “We are going for a state championship. Anything else will be a disappointment.”

    –Anderson County quarterback Seth Carmichael, during the summer of 2011.


    It was not false bravado. Nor was it an extra helping of youthful optimism making an outrageously bold proclamation.

  • BASKETBALL BRIEFS: Anderson to...

    Anderson to host district, girls' regional

    If Anderson County's girls' basketball team is able to take its second regional championship in three years, the Lady Bearcats will be able to do so without leaving the county in March.

    Anderson will be hosting the 30th District Tournament and for the first time, the girls' Eighth Region tourney as well.


    The story is the same. It is just the location has changed.

    For most the last half of the last decade, the balance of power in the boys' Eighth Region took residence in one district with four of the five champions coming from District 30. Anderson County and Shelby County. Shelby or Anderson. Pick one and chances were you had a good chance of having the winner.


    Coming off a season that saw Anderson County finish with its worst won-loss record since Glen Drury took over the boys' basketball program in 1987, it seems strange to see the slogan around the Bearcat came as the season gets underway next week.

    Strive for five.

    Five, as in regional championship No. 5.

    It is a goal for a team that went just 8-17 last year, the first single-digit win total for Drury at Anderson.

    And it just might be realistic.

    If …

    the Bearcats develop chemistry.


    Is it the Big 2? The Big 3? Or is it the Big 4? Could it even be the Big 5?

    No, the question is not about the latest in college football realignments. The question has everything to do with just how top-heavy the race for the girls' Eighth Region championship will actually become.

    But no matter how many teams eventually emerge as threats to make the trip to Bowling Green in March, the two constants are Anderson County and South Oldham, the same two teams that have been ranked at the top of the region the last two years.


    More than eight months later, it still hurts.

    They are haunted by the sight of Courtney Sandlin swishing an uncontested 10-foot jump shot with 12 seconds left to give Walton-Verona a 40-39 victory and the Eighth Region championship last March.

    It was an Eighth Region championship that Anderson County's Lady Bearcats felt should have been theirs. But the only way they returned to Bowling Green for the state basketball tournament, where they had played in 2010, was as spectators.

  • Kickoff, ticket prices set for...

    Anderson County football will host the state Class 5A semifinal game against Pulaski Southwestern on Friday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. All tickets will be $7 at the gate, according to Anderson athletic director Rick Sallee.

    No passes will be accepted for the state semi-final.
    The winner of that game will play the Bowling Green-John Hardin winner for the state Class 5A championship on Saturday, Dec. 3 at L.T. Smith Stadium on the campus of Western Kentucky University.  Kickoff for that game is set for 8 p.m., Eastern time.

  • Bearcats to tackle Southwestern...

    It is hard to imagine a team with an interim head coach making the semifinals of the state football playoffs.

    Meet Southwestern, the team that will be trying to end Anderson County’s season on Friday night.

    A solid program since the school was formed out of Pulaski County High School 19 years ago, Southwestern has flourished after Andy Stephens took over when Dale Anderson, the only coach the school had ever had, stepped down during the season.

  • Sprague had own cheering section

    HEBRON – Anderson County receiver Matt Sprague could not have picked a better time to grab his first touchdown of the year.

    The senior leaped to pull down Seth Carmichael’s pass in the Conner end zone with 43.6 seconds left tie the regional championship  game. Classmate Bill Rose nailed the extra point for the regional crown.

    Not only did Sprague get mobbed by his teammates after the catch, he had his own personal cheering section at Conner, which is located in the Greater Cincinnati area in Boone County.

  • GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Top 10...

    The Anderson County girls’ basketball team embarks on its own journey pointing toward Bowling Green nest week. The Lady Bearcats start their trek in earnest when they host Lafayette on Tuesday, Nov. 29 in the season opener for both teams.

    It figures to be a difficult opener for the Lady Bearcats, who were ranked eighth in the state in the Courier-Journal pre-season coaches poll released last seek. Anderson was also ranked at the top of the Eighth Region by the coaches.