Today's Sports

  • SPORTS BUZZ for May 24: Lady...

    Up until last Tuesday, it looked like the Eighth Region softball race was just for second place. Anderson County had won 20 of 21 games, was beating good teams and demolishing decent teams. Not only were the Lady Bearcats ranked, they climbed to the program's highest-ever ranking. They are still there, in fact, coming in a No. 7 in the final regular season coaches' poll. They were the only regional team to be in the Top 25 most of the year.


    The Anderson County baseball team will open defense of its Eighth Region championship Monday, May 25 when the Bearcats play North Oldham in the tournament opener at Shelby County.

    If Anderson is able to win three games this week, the Bearcats will accomplish something no team, in any single-class sport, has ever done in the 60-year history of the school. No team has ever repeated as regional champion.

  • Bearcats repeat as district...

    SHELBYVILLE – The decision to give Jacob Brown the task of shutting down Shelby County in the 30th District championship game was really not difficult, according to Anderson County baseball coach L.W. Barnes.

    “When he's on, he has the nastiest stuff on our staff,” Barnes said.

    Suffice it to say that the senior left-hander was on Wednesday night. Brown scattered five hits and struck out a career-high 14 in 6.2 innings as Anderson won its second consecutive 30th District title, 13-4, at the Shelby County Athletic Complex.

  • Rivals and fans

    The debate on who is the better diamond performer, Jeremy Turpin or his younger sister, Courtney, might never be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction, but there is little doubt about the president of Jeremy’s fan club.

    “He’s going to get a base hit,” Courtney says as she conducts an interview during the Anderson County-Danville baseball game on May 7.

    At the time, the Bearcats were clinging to a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Danville pitcher Duran Elmore had been giving the Bearcats fits, but Jeremy strode to the plate.

  • Bearcats open regional play...

    Anderson County got the toughest possible first round opponent when the Bearcats drew North Oldham in the first round of the Eighth Region tournament, which will begin Memorial Day at the Shelby County Athletic Complex in Shelbyville.

    The Bearcats and Mustangs will play the first game of the lower bracket and the winner of that game will play the winner of Gallatin County and Walton-Verona in the semifinals. Anderson defeated North Oldham 9-2 on May 9 in the Woodford County Yellow Jacket Classic. Anderson also defeated North in the regional semi-finals last year.

  • Regional baseball, softball...

    The Eighth Region baseball and softball tournaments are set to begin Monday, May 25. Both will be held at the Shelby County Athletic Complex in Shelbyville. The baseball draw is set for Friday afternoon, softball will draw on Sunday, according to the Anderson coaches.

  • Bearcats back in state rankings

    The final Kentucky High School Baseball coaches' poll is out. Anderson County moves back into the rankings at No. 19, the highest ranking ever for the Bearcat program. Anderson had fallen out of the poll last week. The Bearcats will open defense of their Eighth Region crown on Memorial Day.

    Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches' Association final poll

  • BOYS' TENNIS: Breaking bad

    Most athletes welcome a break, but Eric Steedly and Zack Allen might have wanted to go on playing tennis last Tuesday.

    The Anderson County duo had just completed a red-hot second set, defeating Franklin County’s Brian Steitz and James Robb 6-3, sending the Region 8 tournament quarterfinal to a deciding third set. The rules dictate a 10-minute break between the second and third sets, but the stoppage could not have come at a worse time for Steedly and Allen.

  • Knees, title feel good for Sloan

    LEXINGTON – Jordan Sloan made sure he had plenty of rest in the days leading up to the Class 3A, Region 6 meet, held Thursday at Paul L. Dunbar High School.

    “Today, my knees felt good,” a beaming Sloan said moments after winning his second consecutive regional high jump championship. Sloan cleared 6-00, easily besting Dunbar’s Lamont Johnson, who jumped 5-08 for second place.

  • Shelby stuns No. 7 Anderson to...

    EMINENCE -- Shelby County stunned highly-ranked Anderson County, 11-5, to win the 30th District championship Tuesday night at Eminence.

    Down 5-0 early, Shelby rallied with a five-run third inning, then put things completely out of reach with another five runs in the top of the seventh.

    Anderson, ranked seventh in the state in the final coaches' poll of the season, looked anything but a Top 10 team over the final five innings as the Lady Bearcats committed seven errors and had numerous mental miscues in the field and on the base paths.