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    You can take all the old sports clichés about a one-point thriller, tie them up, roll them all together as one and still not describe Anderson County's win over Franklin County Friday night.

    The will to win. Refuse to lose. Anything can happen in a rivalry game. Senior Night is special.

    They were all true as the Bearcats scored the last six points to get their first win over their northern neighbors since 2008.

  • COLUMN: Lady Bearcats get...

    If there is anything more rare in high school basketball than winning a regional championship, it has to be taking a title on your home court.

    That seems rather strange.

    But it's true.

    In the last 15 years, it has happened just twice in the Eighth Region, both times on the girls’ side – 1998 with South Oldham and 2004 with Bullitt East. Since Henry County started hosting the boys’ tournament annually in 1963, that school has not come close to a Sweet 16 berth.


    Anderson County is back where it feels it belongs.

    The host Bearcats erased the sting of an early elimination last year with an impressive 64-44 romp over Spencer County in a 30th District Tournament semi-final.

    A year ago, Spencer knocked the Bearcats out of a trip to the Eighth Region Tournament for the first time in 11 years with a decisive win at Spencer.

  • Ranking the Region, final edition

    Anderson News sports editor John Herndon ranks the Eighth Region teams.

    Boys Eighth Region

    1.Oldham County (24-5, 7-1 against regional competition)

    Defending champs have the talent, experience to navigate the region, but face a very difficult elimination game when they play North Oldham in the elimination round of the 29th District Tournament at Trimble County on Wednesday night. Oldham has won 11 straight.

    2.South Oldham (19-8, 11-1)

  • BASKETBALL: Ruggles' 3-...

    Not many think about Spencer Ruggles being one of Anderson County's top 3-point shooters, but that did not matter Friday night as the senior drilled a long ball with 9.4 seconds to play lifting Anderson to a thrilling 64-63 win over visiting Franklin County Friday night.

    “I didn't know if it was going in when I shot it,” Ruggles said. “I didn't really think about it. I just went up and was confident in my shot.”


    The assumed formula for Anderson County's success is simply defense first.

    It worked Monday night as the Lady Bearcats whipped regional foe Owen County 61-46. It was the same Owen County program that left Lawrenceburg with a 15-point win when it visited last January and put a major scare in the Lady Bearcats in last year's regional tournament.

    This time, there would be no doubt as Anderson went on a 12-0 run after giving up the opening basket. The Lady Bearcats never looked back.


    VERSAILLES – Don't let Eriel McKee's smile fool you. There is a fire burning deep in her heart.

    And the Anderson County sophomore proved Friday night that you don't want to give that fire time to be stoked with some time on the bench.

    And there was plenty of time for the fire to grow after McKee picked up two quick fouls at Woodford County. But that fire erupted into a five-alarm blaze as far as Woodford was concerned. McKee scored 20 of her game-high 24 points in the second half to lead the Lady Bearcats to a 66-52 win.

  • WRESTLING: Spencer takes down...

    DANVILLE – Six minutes might have seemed like six hours to Eric Spencer on Saturday.

    The Anderson County High School senior had taken the advantage less than 20 seconds into the 145-pound final at the Region 2 Wrestling Tournament, but then had to do the distance to become Anderson's first regional champion in at least five years.

    “The match seemed to drag on after I got the big lead,” Spencer said.

  • BASKETBALL: Ranking the Region:...

    Boys Eighth Region

    1.Oldham County (23-5, 6-1 against regional competition)

    Oldham moves into my No. 1 spot this week. The Colonels have been playing very well of late and have a deep and experienced team. Winning 23 games, no matter who you play, is impressive.

    2.South Oldham (16-8, 9-1)

    South is a big-time threat. The Dragons have really not regressed as much as it has been Oldham playing well right now.

    3.Collins (18-10, 6-4)

  • SWIMMING: Anderson swimmers have...

    VERSAILLES – Two-hundredths of a second.

    It is a period of time so small that it 10 to 20 times faster than the blink of an eye.

    And it can be an eternity when swimming for speed. Anderson County's Braden Peyton found that out over the weekend. The high school senior turned in a swam the 50-yard freestyle in 23.72 seconds during Saturday's Region 3 meet at Falling Springs Recreation Center in Versailles.