Today's Sports

  • South Oldham holds off Lady Cats...

    South Oldham built a 14-point third quarter lead, then held off a furious Anderson County rally to defeat the host Lady Bearcats, 63-62 in a matchup of the Eighth Region's top two teams Friday night.

    South Oldham's Jasmine Whitfield, a Cincinnati signee scored 25 points, but it was her defense out of South's variety of looks that gave the Lady Bearcats the most trouble. At one point in the first half, Whitfield stole the ball near mid-court on three straight Lady Bearcat possessions, converting two into layups.


    Anderson News sports editor John Herndon and Jonna Spelbring Priester, publisher of our sister paper, The Henry County Local, worked the Kentucky-Tennessee battle of Top 10 women's basketball teams. Kentucky won, 61-60, on a last second shot by A'dia Mathies.  The accompanying slideshow is the came as seen through Priester's camera.


    For the last two years, they have been considered the teams at the top of the Eighth Region.

    This season, Anderson County and South Oldham might have even bigger plans in girls' basketball. Both have been in and out of the state's Top 10 in the various polls and when the Rating the State rankings appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader, South Oldham came in at No. 7 statewide.

    Anderson? The Lady Bearcats are No. 8.

  • FOOTBALL: State runner-up closes...

    Members of the Anderson County High School football team celebrated their state runner-up season with the annual team awards banquet Sunday at the high school. Seth Carmichael and Ethan Kelly were named Most Valuable on offense while Travis Phillips was selected as Most Valuable on Defense. Bill Rose and Chris Fitzpatrick were selected as Most Valuable on Special Teams. All are seniors.

  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: Anderson...

    Anderson County got 18 points from Jay Smith, while Ross Cox and Lowell Gordon added 14 and 13, respectively, as the Bearcats routed visiting Washington County, 74-55, Saturday night.

    Anderson trailed only once at 3-2 and took total control of the game with a 12-0 run late in the second quarter. A 17-2 outburst over 3:14 of the third quarter turned the game into a rout. Anderson led 53-38 after the uprising.

  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: Missed...

    There is a reason they are called free.

    They are those unguarded shots, taken at the shooter's leisure, just 15 feet from the basket. They might be called free throws, but they were costly Friday night as Owen County dealt Anderson County its first home loss of the season – and second straight defeat – with a 59-50 decision in overtime.

    To be sure, the box score would show that Owen was statistically no better than Anderson, hitting 16-of-32 charity tosses to the Bearcats' 8-of-16. That's 50 percent for either team.


    Anderson's girls steam-rolled host Spencer County, 90-12, Friday to run their 30th District winning streak to 19 games.

    Anderson took care of business early to run its record to 14-4. The Lady Bearcats led 20-4 after a quarter, then outscored Spencer 29-2 in the second frame.

    Ten different Anderson players scored, including five in double figures. Eriel McKee led Adnerson with 20 points.

    Spencer fell to 4-11.

    The teams will meet again in the first round of the 30th District Tournament in late February.



    It only looked like Eriel McKee was a one-girl wrecking crew against Mercer County last Tuesday.

    It is true that the Anderson County sophomore ripped the visiting Titans for 22 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. It is also true she blocked five shots as Anderson rolled to a 58-32 win. And it was not much of an exaggeration when Anderson coach Tony Kays just chuckled and said, “Eriel was just off the charts in every category tonight.”

  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: Bearcats...

    Anderson County will get an opportunity to clinch the top seed in the 30th District Tournament when they travel to Spencer County on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

    Anderson is 2-0 in district play and will take the top spot in the tournament with a victory, no matter what else happens. At press time, Spencer had not played any district games and could win the top seed by winning all of its district battles.

  • COLUMN: Backing Pat

    This was one time I wish I had missed the press conference.

    It is usually a perk when I have the opportunity to work a major college athletic event. It's a time when you get to talk with those highly-paid coaches and some players whose earnings will someday make those coaches comparative paupers.

    And, being in the newspaper business, it is always a chance to hobnob with the local – and occasionally the national – heavyweights in the field.

    I won't lie. It’s a lot of fun.