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Today's Sports

  • Realizing sports are not...

    There comes a time when you realize it is time to say words you never thought possible: Sports aren't everything.

    You say the words, then kick yourself and pinch yourself. Just making sure you are still alive, you know.

    You even stand in front of a mirror, deliberately enunciating the words, then checking your pulse for good measure.

    "Sports aren't everything. Sports are not everything."

  • Indoor track team breaks six...

    The Anderson County High School indoor track team opened its season with a bang - make that two bangs - Saturday as the Bearcats turned in some strong performances at separate meets.

    "We split the team up and sent the older kids to the University of Kentucky meet and the younger kids to Mason County. We had some outstanding finishes it both places. We broke or set six school records," said Anderson coach Travis Gay.

  • Chill factor

    A double header featuring four of the Eighth Region's hottest basketball teams highlights a homecoming night at Anderson County High School on Friday, Feb. 1.

    Anderson County and South Oldham will match up in what has become an annual girl-boy twin-bill to usher in the final month of the season. This year, the games might take on an added aura as all four clubs have emerged with legitimate chances to be playing in the Kentucky state tournaments in mid-March.

  • District's top seed on the...

    The top seed in the 30th District Tournament will be on the line when the Anderson County boys' basketball team travels to Spencer County on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

    On paper, Anderson has established itself as a slight favorite in the Eight Region but will be facing a red-hot Spencer team that had won 6 straight before a three point loss at 12-1 LaRue County last week. The Bears came in at 9-9 on the season. They have won their only district game, a 71-33 mauling of Eminence on Jan. 8.

  • Paintsville scorches Cats in...

    MOUNT STERLING - For 32 minutes the Paintsville Tigers were on fire.

    Their lethal sharpshooting from long range and the free throw stripe led them past Anderson County in the 17th annual Kentucky Prep Classic at Montgomery County High School Saturday. Shooting 6-for-15 from 3-point land in the first half, Paintsville a top 20 team in the state, also was very feisty on the defensive end where they forced 17 Bearcat turnovers. Paintsville picked up the win with a final score of 79-58.

  • Pioneers of sport should never...

    Some members of the current Anderson County girls basketball team underwent a little hoops history test.

    Do you know who Nancy Flynn is?

    No answer.

    How about Kay Birdwhistell?

    Still no answer.

    Do you know who Kathy Goins is?

    Still silence and puzzled looks.

    Last question, do you know who Anne Flynn is?

    Aha! One Lady Bearcat got a gleam in her eye. "Wasn't she the point guard on the (Anderson girls') team that made the state tournament?"

    Well, not exactly. But at least the connection to the Sweet 16 was correct.

  • Creating magic out of dust

    Wayne King chuckled when asked about the secret to Anne Flynn's success leading the Anderson County girls' basketball team to a pair of state tournament berths and a place among the state's elite programs 30 years ago.

    "She had two sisters that could play," King said with a smile. "You have to have talent to be good."

    There's little doubt that Anne Flynn's youngest sisters, Patty and Nancy, played huge roles for the earliest Lady Bearcats. Patty was the team leader in 1975, while Nancy was a 4-year starter who received some all-state recognition in her senior year, 1978.

  • Bearcats to face one of...

    A date with one of eastern Kentucky's best teams highlights this week's Anderson County boys' basketball schedule.

    The Bearcats will play 15th Region power Paintsville on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2:30 p.m. in the Kentucky Prep Classic at Montgomery County High School in Mt. Sterling.

    "Paintsville is very similar to us," Anderson coach Glen Drury said. "They have some size and several good players."

    Drury scouted the Tigers in a game against Lawrence County last week.

  • Gemmell's steal, layup send...

    HARRODSBURG - The only question is whether Christy Gemmell would have enough time.

    The Anderson County guard scooped up a loose ball, then drove for the game-winning layup with 1.7 seconds to spare, propelling the Lady Bearcats to a 53-51 win at Mercer County Monday night.

    On a night when the score was tied 8 times and the lead changed hands five more, Gemmell's second basket of the night was the biggest.

  • Thinking about good is easy in...

    Trying to list just a few of the good things about sports in Anderson County ...

    As the 1975 and 1978 girls' Eighth Region champions were honored between games of Friday's double-header, those Lady Bearcats entered the gym wearing their letter jackets from their playing days.

    It was one of the nicest touches I have ever seen at such a ceremony at Anderson County or any other school. The pride that those ladies still have in something accomplished 30 years ago is unmistakable.